> > Glad to see more people gaining faith in 343. I’ve seen alot of hate for 343 from Bungie people, and alot of hate towards Bungie from 343 people. Not employees or anything, but fans.
> > I have nothing against Bungie but this: Their time was up, and they didn’t take care of their fans the way they should have because to them Halo has lost it’s luster. 343 is a group of people brought together because they love Halo unconditionally, they know it’s glory and are dedicated to treating it right. They’re not interested in churning out a game for a quick buck, they’re interested in churning out an amazing Halo experience because they’re dedicated fans like us.
> Now I agree with you at a level but, I really don’t believe Bungie made Reach just a quick buck. I agree that they should be done with Halo I think they need to expand in to other great things. Through out the course of Reach post-launch bungie has had many updated playlists, new stuff, etc. but, the Reach support team is limited since they are really working hard to create their new project. I really don’t blame them for that and I think people take a little for granted but, I can see that Bungie was not as quick as they used to be about problems as they used to be hence the limited number of the Reach support team.
> They put there blood, sweat and tears into Halo Reach and I will never discredit them for that.
I kind of disagree with you about putting “blood, sweat, and tears” into Reach. I loathe the Campaign (retcons and all) and they drastically changed the Halo formula, but there’s to it than that more than that:
They were lazy with map design, they removed certain Custom Game options (seriously, why would you remove Alpha Zombie and VIP?), ruined Infection, Invasion Slayer is a horribly unbalanced mess, Invasion Skirmish is just as bad, nerfed the vehicles into the ground (mostly the Warthog), a bad melee system, ARMOR LOCK, etc.
I can go on and on. Bungie wanted to be done with Halo, we all know this. They knew 343i would take over soon enough, so they left it up to them to fix what they messed up.
I respect Bungie for creating Halo. I respect them for what they did with the Halo: Universe up until Halo: Reach. But I can never smile and say, “this is everything Halo should have been; it’s the ‘Swan Song’ you promised us” when they made Reach. I just can’t.