The lights are on
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The time has finally come. Halo
4 is nigh upon us, and it seems like the days can't drag themselves out any longer.
Anticipation buzzes across data streams, as loyal fans and newcomers alike
read, watch, and share news of the game. The chance to return to the Master
Chief's boots is one that's been five years in the running, but oh, will it be
Realizing that Halo 4 is an
incredible hype-machine, and worthy of it, no doubt, I also realize that there
may be those out there who will be jumping in with no prior knowledge of what
makes Halo so special: the lore. In reality, something I think many people don't
acknowledge is that the Halo universe is one of the most richly detailed
stories - while there are those who pledge allegiance to Star Trek, Star Wars,
or Mass Effect, the history that is found within Halo's universe surpasses much
of what Mass Effect did, and rivals those of classic sci-fi epics.
Unfortunately, the general public has not had the opportunity to truly
understand all of this from just the games - instead, those who are genuinely
interested must read the books, watch the Legends anime, view the comics, and
educate themselves by alternative means. In an attempt to remedy this, I'm amassing a
several-page venture into what can be considered a "Crash Course" of the
original trilogy's storyline, and the outward fiction that isn't necessarily
detailed through the games.
Why is this valuable to you,
might you ask? Easy, to any newcomer who has played or been interested in these
games in the past, this is a great way to run down everything, and make the
upcoming trilogy that much more exciting and immersive. To those who already
consider themselves Halo fans, but
perhaps aren't on the same level of unhealthy fandom of people such as I, this
will hopefully improve your intimacy with 4's campaign, and make your time in
Eridanus System-II that much more worthwhile. Let's jump in, shall we?
Holy Crap Alex! This is amazing! I was just joking about reading about the story and history of Halo 1--Reach so I could play 4 with you all, and then I see this. You sir, are a scholar, gentleman, and good judge of fine gaming!
Damn! Halo 4 is gonna be my first Halo so this is VERY useful. Thank you so much
Hmm, an interesting summation of the Halo series and will undoubtedly be helpful in helping me remember the events leading to Halo 4. However, there is a principle I must disagree with and that is the concept of Halo rivaling most science fiction in its lore and fiction. Your blog exemplifies part of my argument in that much of the history is mentioned but barely fleshed out in detail.
Does this make Halo bad? Of course not. But I don't think it would be fair to compare it to a classic sci-fi like Star Wars that has spanned over six movies, over 100 books, two cartoon series', and just about 100 video games (not counting mobile device games). Maybe this is just the Star Wars fan boy in me or it is my unfamiliarity with the Halo universe speaking...
That complaint being said, I enjoyed reading your very detailed blog!