> > What character? The Chief never had much of a character until Halo 4, and I fail to see how Cortana was “out of character”.
> Yes, he actually did have character, as did Cortana, laid out in multiple novels and games that show his social habits, mannerisms, and even morals.
Your original post said “games”. Sorry for the confusion.
> He wouldn’t replay to a Marine freaking out that he’s a Spartan, he’d simply keep moving.
Since when? He does care for his fellow soldiers, as has been seen in the books.
> I also can’t see Cortana assuring the Chief that she’s “working diligently” at a problem; that’s an unspoken granted that they both know, and seems redundant to put into dialogue.
Again, since when? Half of Halo’s dialogue is Cortana explaining what she’s doing.
> Nor would she go into a full economic background for some random dead bus driver that they find lying among rubble.
This is debatable. Yeah, maybe she went a little far in her detail, but it’s not entirely new. Much of the early parts of the level “Infinity” in Halo 4 are here talking about the marines IFFs you find. Yeah, she doesn’t give a personal history on each, but it’s not entirely dissimilar.
> Most damning was that Cortana would have no problem whatsoever accessing the local network. That would be child’s play to an AI that can blaze through ONI Section 3 files like a hot knife through butter.
Mombasa’s infastructure and network weren’t exactly in the best of condition when the Chief and Cortana were there. Between the Covenant attack, and people messing with the local net. The Superintendent A.I. was turned off at some point after the Covenant attack, which could have made trouble for Cortana, and Commissioner Kinsler was messing with the network at times. A number of factors could have contributed to Cortana’s alleged troubles.
> The story was written by Robt McLees, who basically handled the Halo Story Bible while Halo was still with Bungie.
I am well aware of who he is; I think it’s still a bad story. The writing is god-awful, namely the over-analyzation of everything. <mark>The average reader is not going to care how many meters away something is exactly.</mark>
This didn’t seem to bother people when Eric Nylund was doing it.