Specifically to Voc, (and Loftus!) but to all involved. This book is fantastic. So full of excellent information, both new and previously-known. In all honesty, though I enjoyed the Encyclopedia, this is a bit more of what I wanted. I can only hope that the tender love and care used to bring this book to fruition is also applied to the upcoming revision of the Encyclopedia itself.
I love the details on the various classes of Covenant Crusiers and UNSC Frigates and Longswords. Awesome stuff. I also love that almost all of the various armor permutations got their own section, including Rogue, which was exclusive to Halo 3. Details regarding history, dimensions, and variations are lapped up like a starving lion at a savannah watering hole.
There are a few things I would like to see, but these are really just loving suggestions for further detail rather than true complaints.
In any attempt to create something like this, there will always be things that are left out, but there were a few omissions that stood out to me:
-UNSC Destroyers, I’ve really grown to love the look of these ships and would have liked to see a page devoted to them, especially as we’ve been seeing them more of late.
-UNSC Booster Frames, I just like them. That’s all.
-ONI Stealth Ship, like the one seen in The Package (Legends) or The Mona Lisa. These are SO badass, and I want to hear more of their tech… then again, it is ONI we’re talking about…
-UNSC Security Armor, I’ve always really liked this armor (It was my choice in H3 until getting Recon). I would have liked to see it’s own section. I was thinking perhaps it’s a Bungie/MS issue, but then again, 343 did feature it in their MJOLNIR vid (part 2) a bit back, so I’m not sure…
-Covenant Phantom Gunboat, the most badass Phantom should have gotten a page, especially since the Banshee Fighter did.
For the record, I would have traded the Forklift entry for any one of the above…
Also, (and poor Voc is just going to skip over this next bit) I would really have liked to see a mention, or preferably a picture, of variations on certain designs, such as the Banshee and Seraph, instead of only showing the Reach version. I know that they certainly want to use the most high quality assets available, but using something like the Banshee renders from Blur Studios (Halo Wars cinematics) or the Seraph from The Package (Legends) would have been more than sufficient. Especially since there were plenty of other items that had to make do with less than “new” quality visuals, such as the Covenant Shadow.
Even if there was just a mention of the design variation, such as they did quite excellently with the Mk V to Mk VI Scout helmet for MJOLNIR, and the various Longsword designations.
Of course, as said, all of these details pale when brought alongside the overall quality of the entire publication. I really want to thank the entire 343 team for fostering a creative enviroment that seeks to respect and elaborate on the deep and amazing fiction found in the Halo Universe. Keep it coming guys… I’ll be there to snatch up every SKU.