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> > > Every One has their Armor in a bunch because they had high expectation since Halo 2 became of legendary status and we all honestly expected a better story, I personally Loved the Halo 4/5 Canon Story, I usually expect the outcome of the games before i start it, seeing this a surprise really got me interested on the AI goes AWOL and everyone is on edge, Chief is reunited with old friends, Locke tries to intervene and eventually sides with the man he tried to bring in. Halo 6 no doubt will go down this path unless they M Night Shamalyan the Plot last second. So everyone has to learn to accept it or just not play the campaign, it seems I may be throwing words with empty meanings, but Ill be honest i was like that, I had so much expectation since Halo 2, hell even 3, Reach was Fantastic, 4 Had a redemption, loved it, 5, played it once, loved it! Some things were missed out on, I hate Warden now because of Warzone and the Three Man Warden Battle, Endurance of Will or Lachagos could have been better fitting, but you cant get mad at them too much, its a big IP, 343 had size 117 (Puns!) Shoes to fill. give em props for expanding the story. I couldn’t have done better.
> > Those are pretty big problems though. Just take for example the whole AIs going rouge plot point. Where is the build-up to it? The only times we see any kind of resentment by AIs against humanity occur when Cortana underwent rampant episodes during her life, yet the stories that dealt with such episodes, Human Weakness and Halo 4, have Cortana rising above her rampancy. Now all of the sudden Cortana becomes crazy, says humans mistreat AIs, and seemingly thousands of AIs just automatically agree because she says she can cure rampancy? You would think that a company like 343 that prides itself in how it handles the lore and likes to foreshadow things years in advance would have do that with the Created. They did not. Arguably, the short story Saint’s Testimony deals with this by addressing rampancy, human rights, and how those apply to AIs. Yet not once does Iona, the AI in that story, talk about how awful humans are or comes anywhere close to the kind of stuff Cortana spouts in Halo 5…and it wasn’t even included in that handy infographic with all the lore that ties into Halo 5.
> > So, no, I don’t think 343 deserves props for expanding the story when they did not do so in this case. In fact, they narrowed it down by making everything they worked on from Halo 4 to Halo 5 meaningless. Remember the Janus Key and Absolute Record? Gone. Remember how the Didact was supposed to be Chief’s nemesis and essential to post-Halo 4 fiction? That fell flat. Remember all the New Colonial Alliance insurrectionist stuff across the comics, Hunt the Truth, and books that hinted at human civil strife becoming more volatile? Takes a backseat. Hell, even though the Created is a new faction, I’d argue it is just more of the same as far as bad guys go. They have an obey us or die mentality and they’ll likely be comprised of Prometheans and whatever Covenant species join them.
> So basically Microsoft/343 (I really don’t care who is responsible) just handed the Covenant, whose military capability was irrevocably destroyed in Halo 3, a golden ticket back into the big picture in order to allay fears of a backlash by their loyal fanbase.
> I have no words for this.
Funnily enough, this isn’t the only way they’ve insured themselves. You have the Created, yes, but in Halo: Escalation they had a Sangheili Zealot named Sali 'Nyon rebel from Jul 'Mdama’s Covenant, take some of his ships and Forerunner treasures from Requiem, and go to parts unknown. They killed off Jul 'Mdama, an actually interesting character who flips the script of the Covenant as a religious institution as he’s pretty much an atheist pretending to be a zealot, for more of the same with Sali 'Nyon. Anybody who thinks the Covenant was finished in Halo 5 is likely wrong when Sali represents the Covenant while the Created are the Covenant spiritually.