Before I begin i would like you to know I am not trolling anyone and I am expressing my opinion on a matter I consider very serious. I know many of you will flame me and disregard me, but I need to get my feelings out to the community. I need you to know what I believe. I know for a fact Halo 4 is going to be a great game. But it is not what Halo is, it is not Halo.
I grew up with Halo and my Xbox. Halo was a very important part of my childhood. I remember coming home everyday from school and starting up Halo Combat Evolved and Halo 2 with the same euphoric look on my face. There was nothing that compared to popping skulls with the pistol, or headshotting grunts and elites alike with the BR. When time came, I saved all the money I could for an Xbox 360, because I knew Halo 3 was on its arrival.
I was so eager to play it, so hyped up by everyone around me. To this day, I believe it to be the most hyped up video game ever. Some say that throne belongs to Modern Warfare 3, but I disregard them. G4 did not do a 24 hour countdown to MW3, and if they did. It was not worth it. The hype that led up to Halo 3 was completely worth it. That game was the reason I got Xbox Live. And that game was to this day, the best experience I have ever had in a multiplayer game.
A few years ago, Halo: Reach, Bungie's farewell had released. For months prior, I would spend hours on the forums. And I had spoiled the campaign for myself prerelease. But I cared not, while we enjoyed Reach for weeks, we crashed and came to loathe it. But I recently returned to it, to give it another shot. And what I discovered is how much i had loved it. It was a bitter-sweet finale. Halo was done.
Until they announced Halo 4.
From the get-go, I had shaky feelings about Halo 4. Previous to the release of the ViDoc, I felt like the entire new trilogy was just milking the series. The original Halo had to die, its rezurection was blasphemous to the original trilogy. The thing I was so hung up on was the fact that they had already defeated the covenant. Starting a new trilogy with all new enemies would undermine the entire struggle, the entirety of Halo: CE, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo: ODST, Halo:Reach, and even Halo Wars. The one thing I would not stand for is the replacement of the Covenant as the new enemies. There is way too much of a nostalgia factor to replace grunts, elites, jackals, hunters, and even brutes, prophets, and drones. The sheer gameplay that was created by the variations in the enemies you fought was what made Halo Halo.
How do they plan on replacing the Covenant with "Forerunners", as speculated and completely change the gameplay of the it all. My biggest gripe is that there is too much change for this to be a canonical continuation.
Sure, I know the game must change from game to game. But the game no longer resembles what you and I grew up playing and loving. There is too big of a jump. The thread was sewn so tight, the only thing we had left to wonder was where Master Chief would end up. Johnson and Miranda are dead. The Arbiter and the elites have gone home. Who is there to fight?
The ViDoc had gave me mixed feelings. On one hand I was estatic to play this game as it looked good and fun. The multiplayer instantly gave me visions of Halo 3 on Narrows, although I am not a big fan of the new Spartan IVs(they look like they are wearing the Nanosuit from Crysis) But on the other hand, I felt violated, and I have never, ever felt this way about a video game before. Why does Chief have new armor? How does chief have new armor? Why does the BR look so different? Why does the Warthog look so different? Who is the Chief going to fight now?
These things,The BR(atleast a semi-shot, skill required weapon), the Warthog, The Covenant are all staples of the Halo Franchise. If you remove them or heavily alter them, these staples are going to fall apart, and the paper they bind together will promptly follow. There is so much change with little canonical explanation. My hope is this will all be explained in the beginning of the game, and that the covenant will return as the main enemy, but the Forerunners will replace the flood as the emerging enemy. Although I know for sure that is not going to happen. 343 is going to take Halo 4 in the direction they deem fit, and I do have respect for them. They are the ones making the game and it is their right to alter it. But I know, deep down that the new trilogy will end up being like the second Star Wars Trilogy.
I don't want Halo to be like this. Halo has changed too much, it is no longer Halo. It is no longer the game I grew up with. I will by the game, there is no doubt about that, but I don't think I will enjoy it. I'm not mad, I'm scared, scared of what Halo is going to become. I hope, I really, really hope that I am dead wrong. But that is not what I think, that is not what I know will happen.
I'm scared for Halo 4, and you should be too.