Let me start this off by saying that I am assuming that Brutes will return in Halo 5/Xbox One.
Remember this vidoc: Halo 3 ViDoc: Et Tu Brute? - YouTube? I remember watching it for the first time, being completely stunned at the Brute animations. Watch the whole thing if you’d like, but I’m mainly talking about 2:45-3:55 - y’know, the parts with the Brute ripping a human’s arms off, smashing a Marine into a wall, hitting another Marine over the head with a gravity hammer, and flipping a warthog.
Of course, these animations were nowhere to be found in Halo 3, and I still feel a slight sense of betrayal when I fight the Brutes in that game. They basically became the Elites of H:CE and H2. I want a Brute’s presence on the battlefield to really mean something, y’know? I want a Brute’s presence to be an “oh -Yoink-” moment. Brutes need to be a game changer. I want Brutes to have the same power they had in First Strike, when Chief fought one for the first time. This doesn’t mean that they should take 3 BR clips to take down or anything, but they should definitely make the player rethink his or her strategy.
Does anyone else share this opinion? For the most part, I love where 343 is going with the canon of the Haloverse, but I think Brutes have fallen VERY short of their potential so far. I’d love to see them become more…well, brutal.
And holy -Yoink-, I’d -Yoinking!- LOVE to have the Brute Chopper back.