To be a more well rounded gamer I have been playing playstation exclusives recently (already beat all the big xbox and Nintendo ones). I have just started uncharted 3. The series has a great story. And I like how Uncharted 3 has a flashback segment early in the game. You get to play as Nathan Drake a child, and learn more about his history and origins. This small segment shows some back story for other characters as well and makes the story much more intimate, as well as the writing being good.
I want Halo 5: Guardians campaign to tell the best story it can tell (story means everything to me in Halo), and it can take a cue from Uncharted 3 and feature a short flashback segment where you play as a young 6-14 year old Master Chief / John. Perhaps let players experience his childhood before he was abducted by the UNSC, this would be a piece of untold story that the lore has never explored. We can get to meet his parents, siblings, find out his last name, delve deeper into his humanity as Halo 4 strived for. Or maybe cover an untold event during his life at boot camp that relates back to the present (present being 255X). We can also see a young Halsey, and further develop her character.
A segment I loved from Halo: Fall of Reach is when John is 10-14 (I can’t remember), he and his best friends (Sam and Kelly) as well as other young pre spartans (can’t remember if it was before their augmentation, but it was definitely before they got their armor) are sent to capture an insurrectionist leader and kill soldiers on board the ship. It will be interesting to play this out and see how John reacts emotionally to the first time in life he kills, not an alien, but another human being. Seeing blood pool on the ground from his own doing as a young kid. 343I, you want to consilidate the books, the games, and everything correct? Why not have players play out a chapter from one of the books and relate it back to the current story? Or put more depth on it.
I’d love to see a childhood flashback segment in Halo 5: Guardians.
Now before you all chop my head off for this next paragraph, and start calling me a fanboy, I say this not because of the console war, but because I want Halo to be successful. It needs to have a really deep and good story to compete with Uncharted 4. Right now the PS4 is kicking the Xbox Ones butt in sales. If the Xbox One fails, Halo fails with it. And I don’t want anyone to walk home crying. Halo’s writers should take a page from The Last of Us or Uncharted, those games have great writing. I am confident in 343i’s ability to tell a good story with Halo. Chris Schlerf, the old head of the lead writing department, did a beautiful job with Halo 4’s story (I could write a whole thread about how good Halo 4’s story was with Chief and Cortana, but thats another story). Sadly Chris has left, and the new member(s) (I will not name them because I do not call people out) of the lead writing department haven proven to be that good in writing. Because of this I fear for Halo 5’s campaign story.
Going back to flashback segments in Halo, I think this would be a fun way to learn about lore and characters. I want Halo to have more intimate moments, like Chief and Cortana in Halo 4, that was done well. Halo needs to keep doing this. Its obviously too late to give suggestions for Halo 5: Guardians’s story at this point in development, but if you read this 343i, please consider it for Halo 6.