Race is a free-for-all and team multiplayer gametype in Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo: Reach. The player's objective is to be the first person or team to reach all checkpoints marked on the map. It was announced on November 27, 2013 that Race would be debuting in Halo 4 later this year.
Checkpoints are demarcated by an arrow or, if a player is directly facing one, a flag icon. The maximum number of checkpoints is fifteen.
When a player has completed a lap, information is displayed at the top left corner of the screen, showing the lap number completed and time taken in seconds.
Racing is ideally done in a Warthog, as this allows you a high amount of maneuverability as well as the option of having a gunner to fire at enemies behind whist the driver focuses on reaching the checkpoints, whereas a Ghost or Banshee can only fire in front of you and a Scorpion Tank is far too slow and clumsy to be of use in a Race. Alternatively, racing can be done on a map where there are no vehicles allowed. Racing on close quarters maps like Prisoner or Damnation with heavy weapons can result in highly chaotic game, with players more focused on killing one another rather than actually trying to complete laps.
Originally, racing in vehicles in Halo: Combat Evolved was only available upon the maps Blood Gulch and Sidewinder. However, various updates now mean that racing in vehicles is also available upon Infinity, Danger Canyon, Death Island, Ice Fields, Gephyrophobia and Timberland. A number of these maps - most notably Sidewinder and Gephyrophobia - require for the driver of the Warthog to make difficult maneuvers such as driving up narrow ramps with tight corners. Other maps, particularly Ice Fields and Blood Gulch, have shortcuts that are available to the more experienced drivers e.g. regular racers on Ice Fields will often drive right off the bridge, where the score checkpoint is found, to get to the checkpoint directly beneath it.
Race was removed from the list of playable gametypes in Halo 2—likely due to its unpopularity—and replaced with the new gametype, Territories. Race did not return in Halo 3, although features of both Territories and VIP can be edited to recreate a similar experience. Bungie has created a gametype that is somewhat like Race called Rocket Race, found in the Team Doubles playlist of Halo 3. It is a variant of VIP in which everybody is invincible (except for assassinations) and carries a rocket launcher. The player that is not the VIP is supposed to drive the VIP in a Mongoose to a territory.
Race, however, does make a return in Halo: Reach. A new option provides the capability to turn on Landmines, which bear resemblance to the Trip Mine. Another option is also included for vehicle, default vehicle is the Mongoose, but the player can change the vehicle driven in the options menu before starting, options include the Mongoose, Warthog with LAAG and the Ghost. Also with the use of Forge, players can design their own tracks.
On November 27, 2013 it was announced in the Halo Bulletin that Race would make an apperence in Halo 4. Players could vote for which map they would like to have Race featured in as well as the game variants.
- A Bungie Weekly Update mentioned a gametype with emphasis on vehicles, possibly hinting at the return of this gametype in Halo 3. However, Race did not return in Halo 3 and the mentioned gametype was Rocket Race.
- Territories looks like the gametype that replaced Race.
- Some players create racetrack maps in Halo 3 by Forging map variants with only one Territory. When the map is played in Territories with permanent capture turned on, the player who reaches the end first ends up capturing the only Territory on the map, winning and ending the game.
- Alternatively in Halo 3, if the goal point for the race is edited to a position where it is impossible to continuously pass and cheat, for instance in mid-air, or surrounded by death bringing teleporters, then an actual variant of VIP, commonly known as "RACETRACKS" can be implemented, affording for a proper race with several laps.
- It will be making a return in the list of gametypes in Halo: Reach.
- There are multiple Race maps avalable for download on Halomaps.org
- It was not originally present in Halo 4, but it can be "imitated" using King of the Hill.