Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Composer

And so, we reach the beginning of the final act of Halo 4’s story. This is where the characters hit their lowest point, where all seems lost for our protagonists and their goals. At the end of the previous mission, just as it seemed like they were about to succeed, John and Cortana failed to […]

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Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Shutdown

I can give you over forty thousand reasons why I know this game is awesome. I know it because the story’s thematic resonance is disproportionate to its suggested size, I know it because its character arcs are more emotional than that of the common shooter. But for all that, I’ll never actually know just how […]

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Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Reclaimer

So here we are, at the half-way point of this little project. So far, we’ve covered what has primarily been the build-up in the narrative, the setting of the stage for that point in the plot where the stakes get raised higher than ever and the direction of the story becomes clear. Reclaimer is that […]

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Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Infinity

Onto act two of Halo 4’s story which serves as the rising action in the plot, introducing us to and developing a series of critical thematic elements surrounding humanity, our history, and setting the stage for the rest of the Reclaimer Saga by continuing to build on the concept of the Mantle which is, as […]

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Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Forerunner

Onto the third mission of the campaign, titled Forerunner. This marks the end of the first of Halo 4’s three acts in the story,  the set-up where we’re introduced to the characters, their relationships, the world they live in, the disruption of the status quo, and so on. The end of the first act typically […]

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Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Requiem

Roll on, Requiem! One of my favourite missions in the entire series, it has to be said, which further means that I have a lot to say about it. Requiem opens with a bang – literally. Following directly on from the disastrous events of Dawn, the Master Chief finds himself in the midst of a series […]

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Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Prologue

In case you hadn’t noticed, observed, or even guessed, I kind of like talking about Halo. Especially Halo 4. Halo 4 left me with a lot to talk about, more so than any of the previous instalments, with regards to the lore, thematic value, emotional intensity and character arcs. So it should hardly surprise you […]

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Halo 4 – A Feminist Study of Cortana

A topic that is greatly important to me – as a writer, as a believer in equality, and as a fan of this franchise – is how Halo 4 reads as a feminist text with regards to Cortana.

Cortana has long been the subject of a fair bit of controversy in this regard, and I want to address this subject to provide a substantial argument for why I feel that Halo 4 has the most feminist portrayal of Cortana in the series.

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