For me it was great, had a great design and true “motives” to hate humanity, but i want to read you people.
I think he was an “ok” villain in Halo 4 that had great potential, but slightly wasted. They brought back a literal Forerunner then instantly got rid of him again.
I love the Didact as a character in books and game and terminals combined.
I agree that his motivations are interesting, but I can imagine that they could be very confusing to those who don’t know his backstory.
The Didact was a compelling character in Greg Bear’s books, and he was an intimidating enemy in Halo 4, though the semi-cinematic quick-time event was anticlimactic. I personally would have very much preferred a boss battle like we had with Tartarus in Halo 2, or one of the Warden Eternal fights from Halo 5.
I wasn’t a fan of the Didact being revived in a comic, only to be taken down immediately by a Composer… something he said in a cutscene that his augmentations made him immune to.
He certainly had the potential, but was somewhat squandered. He could have returned in Halo 5, but that obviously didn’t turn out to be the case. He was intimidating in Halo 4, and his speech at the end of the game is still chilling, but he didn’t really go anywhere… I mean, he was one of the greatest of the Forerunners, and nothing really happened.
I felt like I really didn’t know anything about him until I saw the terminals, so I ended up not really caring about him at all in halo 4 on my first playthrough
I think he’s a great villain with a powerful backstory and good reasons. Liked him very much.
I think he had a decent beginning in Halo 4 and any problems with his story could have been ironed out and improved in Halo 5. Sadly, that didn’t happen. Otherwise, he had (has?) tons of potential.
I like his motives, but his design and abilities reminded me too much of darth vader. In some ways he did not seem like he belonged in halo. Honestly the switch in art style in halo 4 was jarring. Like a few other repsonses I felt he was also wasted in being defeated in a quick time event.
Didact would have been a great villain if 343i had followed the rule of show not tell. They took the time to build him up and tell us in books and in terminals, he was a bad dude. However if you skipped all that, and just played Halo 4 directly after Halo 3…you’d be lost and he ends up being the “Saturday Morning Cartoon Villain”.
343i has done a lot of world building and making the Halo universe feel full and rich with lore, while also self sabotaging their game releases with half baked game play and recons.
Halo 4 kinda felt pointless other than getting Chief back to Sol.
Halo 5 had another chance at a villain built up in the Halo 4 terminals and in some of the books in Jul, and then killed him unceremoniously in a cutscene. Makes sense if the “Hunt The Truth” storyline was where Halo 5 was going to go, but it didnt…
Honestly this, 343 has been making the mistake of not following the show don’t tell rule and its been harming the franchise consistently, I hope this is fixed with Infinite but when I heard they explained what the flood were and what the forerunners did to cause the flood to become a thing I was like “waow okay you ruined the mystery and turned the forerunners into assholes who screwed over the galaxy because baby wouldn’t get to keep their stinky mantle”
God I hope they got better at this.
From a purely game perspective, no. However, after reading the Forerunner trilogy and going through Halo 4’s terminals, I can say the Didact was an extremely complex “villain”that I wish was fleshed out more in the games and had the Reclaimer saga be more about Chief going against him than it was.
If he was able to compose all the ancient de evolved humans, the forerunners would still be holding onto the mantle and the galaxy would continue to thrive, heck there was probably still back up human templates they could have used after words but instead the librarian betrayed her husband, gave humanity the genetic make up to access their technology and cause humanity once again to fight the flood
The Didact had potential to be a great villain, but I think he was grossly under utilized in the game series. I wanted to see more of him in Halo 4 and I really hoped he’d make an appearance in Halo 5.
Same, I figured giving him and his world 3 books as well as setting up Jul in the books and comics like they did, they were about to have a great adversary in the Didact and Jul combo going forward…
Then in the next series they composed the Didact and he’s just not been seen since…and we watched Jul die in a cut scene…
I’ve talked this point to death in the old Waypoint forums but I just hope we don’t have dumb crap like this in Infinite.
They need to keep Atriox and Escharum as the new big bads for the next couple of games. Creating new villains every other game is making each game feel detached from the greater overall story of the series and hard to follow.
The issue with the Didact is the world building. Humanity should not be in any position after Halo 3 to assume the Mantle. The main Halo trilogy made it pretty clear that humanity was almost wiped out and a low tech civilisation fighting a collosal Alien empire. Even broken up, I still would have said the Elites would be the main faction. So even with all the Infinity, Forerunner Tech and we are the giants it doesn’t work IMO. This makes him come across as too delusional to be taken seriously. It’s not like Saren in Mass Effect where humanity really is a challenge to the Elder races of the galaxy.
What they should have done, because he does show a fair bit of interest in Cortana at the end of Halo 4, is make it so he Frankenstein’s Halo 5 Cortana with all the Forerunner tech to take over the Galaxy. But then Cortana betrays him and he’s caused precisely what he feared; the Reclamation.
It’s one of the biggest disappointments I feel with this entire trilogy. We haven’t had any really good villain and we’ve had too many over the span of just 4 games (including HW2) that weren’t properly given a chance to become truly memorable (even Atriox, IMO). His arc should have been longer and not gotten rid of being composed in a comic.
I liked him, at first I was rather confused and thought he was just another big enemy, but after reading The Forerunner Saga, watching all the terminals and replaying the story, I think I’ve come to understand his motives and the nuances of his character. So now I like him even more, I’m just sad about his fate in the comic, I don’t think he deserved that.
If we got more, very likely, but with just Halo 4 and the expanded univer, he is okay, he could easily return though given he was composed, I feel if he were to return he would be another shadowpuppet like the Primordial as some kind of Gravemind and Mendicant Bias as the one to help humanity where he can, especially since Tragic Solitude has been depowered due to recent actions. If the Didact were to return I think it’ll prove him to be an excellent villain but as is he is below the Harbinger who as of now seems more like an Anti-hero than villain
He was a better villan than anything we have gotten since Halo 4 imo. They’ve done nothing but introduce new knock off Didact villans since then with The Warden Eternal and the Harbinger, so I’m not really sure why they didn’t just bring the Didact back. At least he was an established character with some believable motives and ties to the lore.