Understanding Halo 4… WITHOUT the Books

…It’s More Likely Than You Think!

I will show you how to understand Halo 4’s story without having to read The Books™, and this is how…

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“You’re not the only one here because of him.” – What if Jameson Locke was in Halo 3?

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 […]

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Mantle’s End – What the Forerunners did AFTER Halo (and where they are now…)

“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 […]

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“You ARE Forerunner” – A Complete History of Human-Forerunner Origins

“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 […]

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In Defence of Halo 2’s Cliffhanger

“Sir, finishing this fight…”

I love Halo 2’s cliffhanger ending.

I loved it when I finished the game for the first time, in the early hours of the morning, while sat – bleary-eyed, tired beyond relief – in the darkened game room at a friend’s house back in 2004. And I still love it now.

If there’s a hill I am willing to die on, it’s that Halo 2’s cliffhanger ending is good, and this is why…

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The Master Chief: A Character Study – Halo 2

“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 […]

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The Master Chief: A Character Study – Halo: CE

“I think we’re just getting started…” The Master Chief… There’s been quite a bit of discussion over the last few weeks, following Frank O’Connor’s stated intentions of doubling down on the Chief focus in Halo 6 – but the angle from which he spoke about that particular ‘lesson learned’ from Halo 5 left me somewhat concerned. […]

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On Halo and ‘Heinlein’s Premise’

I don’t like Game of Thrones. I don’t like Game of Thrones and 343 wants Halo to last for thirty years. On its own, that sentence sounds extremely odd and the two things seem totally unrelated – and where exactly is Heinlein supposed to come into this? I’ve finally kicked it, gone off the rails; you […]

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Why Halo 3 Didn’t ‘Finish The Fight’

Every now and then, my genesong will nudge me towards towards a particular topic that has been hotly debated in the Halo community for the better part of a decade. Halo 3 was many things, but the whole marketing angle about it being about us “finishing the fight”? The actual content of the narrative undermines that […]

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