…It’s More Likely Than You Think! Something I still often hear when Halo 4 is discussed is: “You have to read The Books™, and if you didn’t read The Books™ then you require a protracted ‘filling-in’ lesson that sounds a lot like George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones commentaries.” As a matter of fact, […]Read More Understanding Halo 4… WITHOUT the Books
In the summer of 2016, I received an offer to fly out to Seattle and visit 343 Industries. “Yes!” I said, because of course you would. “That would be absolutely fantastic, let me check the calendar and we’ll sort something out!” As it turned out, my calendar was free… two-and-a-half years later. Better late than never, […]Read More I Visited 343 and Bungie!
16 November 2552 ONI EYES ONLY OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE CONFIDENTIAL //AMICO ET INIMICO?// //URGENT// ADM. M. O. PARANGOSKY ‘VADAMEE Margaret, Considering the circumstances of impending extinction, I’ll be brief. Two months ago, I compiled a target profile on Supreme Commander Thel ‘Vadamee and his recorded interactions with humanity from 2535 to the fall of […]Read More “You’re not the only one here because of him.” – What if Jameson Locke was in Halo 3?
“And those who made the rings? What happened to the Forerunners?” One hundred thousand years ago, a great and terrible civilisation achieved technological dominance. They appointed themselves as the galaxy’s rulers, imposing a chastening peace over their protectorates for countless millennia. This they did in the name of the Mantle. Their duty: to preserve diversity […]Read More Mantle’s End – What the Forerunners did AFTER Halo (and where they are now…)
“You are the child of my makers, inheritor of all they left behind. You are Forerunner… but this ring is mine.” It’s been over ten years now since Halo 3 released and we ‘finished the fight’ (er… sort of?), bringing with it this ‘reveal’ from 343 Guilty Spark at the end. The statement is comprised of three […]Read More “You ARE Forerunner” – A Complete History of Human-Forerunner Origins
The darkness of space twisted, warped, pulsed, and then exploded into a brilliant white light as the fragile walls between normal space and its dimensional subdomain rent apart. Anodyne Spirit emerged through the slipstream, its divine engines speeding its way towards a planet that its fragmented heart had, over millennia, long yearned to find its […]Read More In Defence of Halo 2’s Cliffhanger
“Sir, finishing this fight…” In the previous article, we explored the characterisation of the Master Chief in Halo: Combat Evolved and the reception that had was everything I’d hoped! With the enrichment of greater context and a closer look at the cutscenes, the resounding sentiment was that there was definitely more to the Chief than one might expect to […]Read More The Master Chief: A Character Study – Halo 2