No, this isn’t a hate thread about the various multiplayer aspects of the game that are quite broken. I’m here to talk about campaign.
Mostly, the Covenant. Now, it’s awesome that 343 created new enemies. You can only fight the same people for so long (meaning forever, but whatever). I think the Prometheans are a great addition.
But I also feel the Covies hurt because of it. What stands out to me throughout the series is that the Covies are aliens. Their weapons don’t work like ours, their vehicles don’t work like ours, and their philosophies aren’t like ours. Namely, the UNSC is entirely focused on performance. No resources are wasted making stuff look good, it’s just left rough-and-tumble. Furthermore, everything has a certain extent of camo. The Marines and Spartans wear green, nothing stands out. I love it, it looks like how our human stuff might actually look in 500 years.
The Covies, on the other hand, are all about looks (even if they don’t mean it this way). Their vehicles and such are sleek and fancy. Every tiniest detail of everything is covered in vivid colors.
Which is what’s completely missing from Halo 4. Everything just looks gray. The grunts don’t even look like grunts, and the Elite’s armor typically just appears dark gray or black. Nothing pops. Even the golden elites look muddy than golden. And it really takes away from the atmosphere.
The same goes for vehicles like the Ghost, which is a very deep blue. What was wrong with the vivid purple? Or the Storm Rifle–the gun itself is black, and the plasma suddenly travels so fast that you can barely see it. Why?
Another area I am absolutely astonished by is 343’s decision to go with the Covies speaking their own language. Sure, it makes sense–until you remember that the Spartans have translators built into their armor. Sure it’s more threatening–except when I hear these stupid grunt whines, I just get annoyed and want to punch something.
I just really liked the old vocals. I realize they couldn’t get the same voice actor, but so what? It doesn’t take a whole lot of uniqueness to say funny things in falsetto. At the very least, why not layer it on IWHBYD so that when activated, Covies speak English? I want to hear about the strong ties between Flipyap and Yapflip, and about how much I ruined that little, bright red guy’s life. The sounds they make now sound like Shy Guy from Nintendo.
Anyone agree with me? On the visuals at least? I’ve heard a few people who hate funny grunts, so just layer it IWHBYD.