THE FOLLOWING IS THE PERSONAL OPINION OF THE O.P.
Like all of you, I too found Halo 5’s story premise to be highly ambitious before its release; but post-release, I see now that it was poorly executed.
(For my thoughts on this, please look up my previous forum post, THOUGHTS ON HALO 5: GUARDIANS AND THE FUTURE)
However, after playing through the campaign and mulling over its story and the manner in which it was told, I have come to a realization: I believe that I have discovered how the story of Halo 5 is structured from a narrative standpoint.
Below are my thoughts on how this is so.
Halsey Prologue: Foreshadowing
#1: Intro to SPARTAN-IV Fireteam Osiris
#2: Beginning of Story Proper / EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
#3-6: Main Story (From Outside Perspective)
#7: Main Story / EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
#8-12: Side Story
#13-15: Main Story
#14: Main Story / EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
Allow me to break it down:
Halsey Prologue: This is obviously meant as a foreshadowing piece, just like the prologue for HALO 4. But exactly how is unknown.
#1-OSIRIS: This level acts as an introduction to SPARTAN-IV Fireteam Osiris.
#2-BLUE TEAM: This level obviously continues the story of John-117 / The Master Chief and is the proper beginning to the story, as it is the catalyst for what comes after. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO THE STORY
#3-GLASSED: This level is part of the main story, except that it is viewed from the perspective of a separate party (aka Fireteam Osiris).
#7-REUNION: This level is viewed through SPARTAN-II Blue Team’s perspective. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO THE STORY
#8-SWORDS OF SANGHELIOS: This level acts as part of a side story starring SPARTAN-IV Fireteam Osiris.
#11-BEFORE THE STORM:^^^
#12-BATTLE OF SUNAION:^^^
#13-GENESIS: This level continues from the side story on Sanghelios and coalesces into the main story.
#14-THE BREAKING: This level continues from the last mission and shifts the story focus back to Blue Team. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO THE STORY
#15-GUARDIANS: This level wraps up the story for HALO 5: Guardians from the outside perspective of Fireteam Osiris.
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