SPOILERS AHOY! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
- The UNSC alliance with Covenant only lasts a fraction of one game? Lame. Let’s see SPARTANs fighting alongside Elites. Let’s see Ghosts dropping from Pelicans. Why not? If you add in the increased sleep delay (proposed below), then you can have Pelicans equipped with grav-lifts or Grunts with frag grenades. Again, why not?
- Not bringing Cortana back to her Halo 1 not-a-sex-doll appearance. At one point Halo was progressive, now it has the same sexist graphics as in every other game, and just reinforces all the negative stereotypes about game developers. Remember back when Halo had two prominent female leads, and neither was a sex doll? Sigh. Those were the days.
- I wanted more of Dr. Halsey talking about the ethical implications of the SPARTAN-II project. A segment of that in front of every segment of gameplay; as she lays down her defense, a flashback reinforces it. Not only does this put her story up-front (which is pretty interesting), but it helps newcomers to the Halo series get an idea of what’s happened in previous games and who this Master Chief John-117 actually is. Her defense should be convincing, but so should the counter-argument, and the game should leave her fate to the player to decide. (As-is, Halsey gets a complete pass because it turns out her actions were all somehow telepathically controlled by the Forerunner Librarian AI. Ugh.)
Master Chief was asleep for only a few years. When he wakes up, Captain del Rio (designated bad guy) makes a point of telling him he’s an “aging” SPARTAN. Why? Because he’s like maybe 3 years older than the other SPARTANs on board? Ridiculous.
Better would have been to have the sleep last for 15-20 years, which gives time for a real new generation of SPARTANS, gives more time for humanity to build a ship like the Infinity, gives more time for the Covenant alliance to either survive or break down, etc. In this alternate, saying John-117 is obsolete makes a lot more sense.
- The Forerunner Librarian “evolving” a champion over thousands of years to help against the Didact is retarded. Her motive for using the Master Chief should be much, much more simple and down-to-earth: she just needs his MJOLNIR armor because it’s a portable computer large enough to carry the “unlock code” for the Composer. There, now you can have the same story but none of the “fate-driven” fantasy bullshit. I got enough of that in Skyrim.
The Forerunner Librarian just appears in a “digital hallucination” (or something) and lays out the entire story. Ugh. Better ideas:
The Librarian takes advantage of Cortana’s rampant state and inserts her instructions to Master Chief into Cortana’s memory. You can have the exact same scene, but with Cortana explaining it all and not introduce a new character.
The Librarian inserts herself into Cortana’s memory, but instead of explaining it in a single long cut-scene that lays out the whole story, Cortana says bits and pieces of the story as she goes into her rampant state. This way the player has to actually use their brain to piece together what’s happening in the game. Yes, gamers have brains.
Why the debate with del Rio as to whether the Infinity should stay and attack the Didact or leave for home? We already know the Infinity’s MAC guns can harm the Didact’s satellite. We know the Infinity has a large and presumably highly-capable crew (meaning: they can do more than one thing at a time.) And we know the Didact’s satellite rested only a short Pelican flight away from where the Infinity landed. So…
Why not tell Master Chief, “hey, Chief, here’s the deal: you take out the gravity vortex holding us here, and we’ll fire the crap out of all our MACs at the Didact on the way out. If we don’t kill it in our volley, you can drop out in a Pelican with a few volunteers of your choosing and stay behind to finish the job. Deal?”
But then del Rio wouldn’t be the designated villain.
- Speaking of taking out the Didact, when his satellite was resting in its “recharge bay” or whatever that was, why were the computers running the defense program defended by Phantoms? The Covenant have fighters! Why not use fighters to defend an air asset against air incursions! Ugh.
- Cortana being cloned form Halsey’s DNA is the dumbest thing ever written. I kept waiting for her to say “just kidding, you dope” but alas this plot-point is actually treated seriously by the script.
I’m slightly over halfway though the game.