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Old 02-12-2013, 10:46 PM   #121
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Holy crap I still hate Sarah Palmer big time since the beginning. Her character development is really bad. I was hoping there'd be a good reason given for me to hate her but everything about her is still wrong: she's inconsiderate, she doesn't care nor have the slightest curiosity to understand any new discoveries or situations. Her character is simply a cliché old male war veteran grunt slapped with a female skin. She doesn't reflect what I've encountered from female commissioned officers. At least Lasky is what I expect of a good character development about a no-nonsense commissioned officer.
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I sure did. I thought it was both cool and interesting that the were helping us. I don't recall what the Librarian said right now, but when I heard it, I was like "WAIT WHAT?!"

Since I'm officially out of 14 day trials, I'm forced to watch Spartan Ops on YouTube. I only noticed one person who uploaded a walkthrough of Episode 9 (and he's only uploaded the first 2 chapters so far). He tried to do them solo legendary. Really painful to watch. But anyway, at the end of "The Search for Halsey" Spartan Miller questioned where the sentinels where going once you activated that button, and after a pause, the Librarian said "To the absolute record." Wonder what that is. Since I have to wait for the final 3 chapters to be uploaded, I'll be in the dark for a while, but I assume that this absolute record is not going to be in Episode 9, based on what DarkReign said with more reused maps.

That opening cinematic was awesome. Tension keeps reaching for greater heights. Now that Palmer is "in the know" about Halsey, how could her opinions on Admiral Osman change? And what Halsey accessed...is that similar to how Chief interacted with the Librarian in the main campaign? So both Chief and Halsey never physically met the Librarian?

And Halsey took a bullet to the shoulder. Surprised Palmer missed that shot, but at least Halsey is still alive. For now.
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I enjoyed it. Not the best in the set and I'm disappointed that they've used the same 5 levels again for yet another Episode, but at least they're finding ways to keep most of the levels feeling fresh(er than the first 5 episodes did.) The only mission I didn't really like this week was 'Clean Up.' That level was fun the first time we went there, but it's the same area and it's failed to change anything up.

Fortunately for me, Apex remains my favorite map and generally my favorite series of missions so far...I'd have loved taking on some Banshees (which seem to have disappeared from existence since Episode 3. Did we destroy every banshee in existence during that run?)
ARGH. I've just about had it with people mentioning the whole "recycled maps" stuff. Did anyone really expect 343 to have a new map every week!? Firefight only had 4-6 maps and no one complained/mentioned recycled maps then

Putting my frustration towards those who complain about this (mostly those "not-so-true" Halo fans who comment on the Home Page Articles), I enjoyed almost all the Chapters this week. I like the open area at the end of Chapter 4, and Chapter 5 was pretty solid. The first three Chapters didn't have anything amazing to them, though.

We did, the Covies ran outta Banshees thanks to Crimson Team. There won't be any in Halo 5.

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Holy crap I still hate Sarah Palmer big time since the beginning. Her character development is really bad. I was hoping there'd be a good reason given for me to hate her but everything about her is still wrong. At least Lasky is what I expect of a good character development about a no-nonsense commissioned officer.
I enjoyed Palmer a bit during the Campaign - she seemed like a likable character, but the fact that she hates Dr. Halsey for NO REASON bothers the shit outta me.

Maybe because Dr. Halsey is one of my favorite Halo characters, or maybe cause I missed the part where they explain why Palmer hates her - either way, it's just obnoxious. Tom is a good guy. I'm pleased he doesn't want to kill the Doc.

And she [Palmer] looks silly in her Scout Armor. Her helmet looks too big.

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[A]t the end of "The Search for Halsey" Spartan Miller questioned where the sentinels where going once you activated that button, and after a pause, the Librarian said "To the absolute record." Wonder what that is...I assume that this absolute record is not going to be in Episode 9.

That opening cinematic was awesome. Tension keeps reaching for greater heights. And what Halsey accessed...is that similar to how Chief interacted with the Librarian in the main campaign? So both Chief and Halsey never physically met the Librarian?

And Halsey took a bullet to the shoulder. Surprised Palmer missed that shot, but at least Halsey is still alive. For now.
YES! That's what she said, and in the Intro Cinematic, The Librarian mentions it to Dr. Halsey. Maybe Crimson Team will get there in Episode 10, and save Halsey? Or at least just go there. And yeah, we don't get to go to the "Absolute Record" this Episode. But I think the ending of this Episode hints at it.

Technically, not physically because those are just the memories of the Librarian - I think - but I think the method in which they both communicated to her was the same, if that's what you're wondering.

I'm almost certain I'm wrong - but I think Palmer shot Halsey on purpose.
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Big pictures questions:
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  • What is the "absolute record"
  • If the Librarian knows Halsey, why give her this knowledge?
  • How will Chief come out of "assumed retirement"
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ARGH. I've just about had it with people mentioning the whole "recycled maps" stuff. Did anyone really expect 343 to have a new map every week!? Firefight only had 4-6 maps and no one complained/mentioned recycled maps then

Putting my frustration towards those who complain about this (mostly those "not-so-true" Halo fans who comment on the Home Page Articles), I enjoyed almost all the Chapters this week. I like the open area at the end of Chapter 4, and Chapter 5 was pretty solid. The first three Chapters didn't have anything amazing to them, though.

We did, the Covies ran outta Banshees thanks to Crimson Team. There won't be any in Halo 5.
I'm not really against the re-using of levels. I just wish they would vary up the levels a little more frequently. They have an entire slew of multiplayer maps to utilize as well as all of the original levels from every episode so far. For Episode 8 and 9 they've decided to completely cut out the older levels and only ever use one multiplayer map when there are other maps that would work really well as well (such as Extraction.) Curious, however, if there will be more map variety in Season 2 since we'll actually be paying for the content.

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  • What is the "absolute record"
  • If the Librarian knows Halsey, why give her this knowledge?
  • How will Chief come out of "assumed retirement"
1. Doubt it. She has her reasons for hating Dr. Halsey and I don't think she'll just give up on hunting Dr. Halsey short of her being reacquired and arrested again.
2. I'm assuming her means Dr. Halsey and I honestly don't believe he has much say so in the matter. Osman is still ultimately in charge of Halsey's future and I don't think her opinion is going to change given what Dr. Halsey did to her 30 years ago.
3. ...I have no answer for that one. Best guess is it has something to do with the key Spartan Thorne has and the map that Crimson discovered.
4. The Librarian created Dr. Halsey. The entire existence of Spartan's, MJOLNIR armor, current augmentive technologies, smart A.I, etc... are discoveries made by Dr. Halsey thanks to the Geas planted in her DNA by The Librarian just like the one that was planted inside the Master Chief. As for the Librarian giving her the knowledge, it's because The Librarian wants Humanity to assume The Mantle of responsibility. Giving them the remaining Forerunner technology pushes them into a position of power more quickly and gives Humanity a chance to be better prepared for a possible Flood Invasion.
5. Umm... Flood Invasion? I doubt the Chief is actually retired. No doubt he's on leave of absence while he recovers from physical and mental injuries sustained during the events between Halo 2 and Halo 4 (That man hasn't had a vacation since his return from the first Halo installation.) I would also venture a guess that his arsenal is being updated, including the MJOLNIR Mk. VII or higher, so we should get to see the chief in some snazzy new armor with Halo 5.
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Palmer did what she did cause she didn't want Lasky arrested by ONI.... Human Civil War for Halo 5 or next Kilo-five book......
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I'm not really against the re-using of levels. I just wish they would vary up the levels a little more frequently. They have an entire slew of multiplayer maps to utilize as well as all of the original levels from every episode so far. Curious, however, if there will be more map variety in Season 2 since we'll actually be paying for the content.
Nah, I know what you mean. It's just the people who comment on the Home Page are obnoxious about it. But I'm with ya. They should at least use more MP maps if anything. And I would hope Season 2 would be bigger and more creative in terms of maps.


1. She may try to understand Halsey's motives. I can see them having a "sit-down" and discussing reasons behind their actions.
2. Osman hates Halsey. Tom doesn't have a say.
3. The Absolute Record - The Librarian already said what it was, didn't she? A cartographer that holds the location to all Forerunner technology.
4. DarkReign pretty much had it spot on here.
5. He's not really "retired" he's probably just chilling on board the Infinity. Man deserves a break and Dark, if anything, he'll get Mark VII like Naomi did in Glasslands. That would be sweet.

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Probably for the book but not the next game. That's not "big" enough to focus on when there's other important things to flesh out in an entire game.
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I doubt the Chief is actually retired. No doubt he's on leave of absence while he recovers from physical and mental injuries sustained during the events between Halo 2 and Halo 4 (That man hasn't had a vacation since his return from the first Halo installation.)
What do you mean? He was sleeping for nearly 5 years! /sarcasm

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Maybe this sounds like a bit too much of a departure from the iconic MJOLNIR armor, but I really want to see Chief in some Forerunner armor during Halo 6, or at least in some sort of epic final battle. There was a concept art image that was teased a long time ago. I think some of you guys know what I'm talking about. It was sort of like a greyish purple blue color. I'd pull it up if I weren't on my phone.

The two pieces of the Janice key revealed a large map, documenting every single piece of Forerunner architecture. Which makes me wonder what the absolute record is. It sounds like a library. If the Janice key maps all of the Forerunner installations like shield worlds and the Halos and who knows what else, what could possibly be in the absolute record? A Forerunner cashe of armor and blueprints for weapons? Documents on the Flood? Information on the Precursors? There's so much potential as to where the Halo universe can run on from here.
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5. He's not really "retired" he's probably just chilling on board the Infinity. Man deserves a break and Dark, if anything, he'll get Mark VII like Naomi did in Glasslands. That would be sweet.
Mk. VII is the bare minimum. Do remember that this armor existed almost immediately after the end of the war. Nicole had her armor 4 years prior to the events of Halo 4, so it's possible there have been upgrades since then, although I don't know why an upgrade would be necessary exactly.

As for the Chief, I doubt he's actually onboard the Infinity. There's no way Dr. Halsey would be aboard the Infinity and NOT know the chief was there. It's unbelievable enough that nobody once mentioned the chief surviving before Dr. Halsey finds out when she did. Plus the Chief would insist on being actively involved with the Campaign on Requiem and would at least have his own S-IV fireteam.

If anything it would be good for him to work with a team again to work toward his humanization. But no, if anything the Chief is on Earth likely involved with the surviving members of Spartan Blue Team (Everybody seems to have forgotten that Fred, Kelly, and Linda are still very much alive as well as members of the S-III's, all of which I'm beyond disappointed that they haven't shown up at least in Spartan Ops. The last Kilo-Five novel better offer up some excuse as to why they weren't present in Halo 4.)

And Lemons, I know what Concept art you're referring to. I don't think that was ever a concept for Chief's armor though if that's what your implying. I'm pretty sure it was supposed to be Battle Armor for the Forerunner Warrior Caste. Also, I hate to get into technicalities, but being the nerd I am, the MJOLNIR armor was created through the Geas planted in Dr. Halsey and attained through the backward manipulation of Jackal Shield technology, which itself is derived from Forerunner technology, so technically the MJOLNIR armor is Forerunner. This statement is even backed up by Guilty Spark's comment in Halo:CE where he comments about the Master Chief's armor being a Class III Battleskin and that he should upgrade to a higher class to combat the flood. Whatever it is Spark used to identify the suit, it obviously registered on his sensors as being Forerunner by design.

In all seriousness though, I don't think it would be a good idea changing up Chief's suit too much. It already bugs me enough that his suit magically transforms in transition between games, but even with a suit change he would still be expected to maintain some semblance of being the hero of Humanity. That said, I would like to see some more obvious Forerunner influence in the Chief's next armor if at all possible. (The Mk. VII suit on the cover of Thursday War does admittedly look pretty Forerunner already, but that's purely coincidence anyway.)


On the topic of discussion, I noticed something strange going through Firefight this week. Spoilers for those that haven't played it. In Chapter 4 when the players tracking down the IFF tags (the second batch) I seem to recall hearing that the Elites were searching amongst the Humans for Reclaimers. This seems to suggest that not all of Humanity is inherently Reclaimer. Judging by those that have manipulated Forerunner technology, I can see that both Chief and Catherine are Reclaimer (ironic since they both possess the Geas?), but also noticed that S-III Lucy seemed capable of manipulation the tech on Shield World Trevalyn and both Miranda Keyes and Johnson were able to activate the respective controls rooms in Halo 2 and Halo 3. (Lucy is a stretch since i don't seem to recall her actually using the technology directly. It's possible only high-level Forerunner tech such as the Halo Array requires Reclaimer, so light bridges and such would be functional for anybody.) I wonder if the state of being Reclaimer has something to do with the seeds planted within certain bloodlines. If that's the case, just how many people have a "Destiny" in the Forerunner's plans?
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Maybe this sounds like a bit too much of a departure from the iconic MJOLNIR armor, but I really want to see Chief in some Forerunner armor during Halo 6, or at least in some sort of epic final battle. There was a concept art image that was teased a long time ago.
I personally wouldn't like that, but I don't think I've ever seen the concept art to it.

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If the Janice key maps all of the Forerunner installations like shield worlds and the Halos and who knows what else, what could possibly be in the absolute record? A Forerunner cashe of armor and blueprints for weapons? Documents on the Flood? Information on the Precursors?
Well The Librarian did say it contained everything for The Didact to help the Humans or something along those lines, so you could be right.

Precursors won't make an appearance in Halo 5 and 6. Calling it now.

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As for the Chief, I doubt he's actually onboard the Infinity. There's no way Dr. Halsey would be aboard the Infinity and NOT know the chief was there. It's unbelievable enough that nobody once mentioned the chief surviving before Dr. Halsey finds out when she did. Plus the Chief would insist on being actively involved with the Campaign on Requiem and would at least have his own S-IV fireteam.
I'm calling BS on this. I highly doubt Chief is back in battle already and isn't on Infinity. Yes, I know it's been 6 months but I'm sure he's doing debriefing with people in ONI or something - just not on the battlefield and not with S-IV's.

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If anything it would be good for him to work with a team again to work toward his humanization. But no, if anything the Chief is on Earth likely involved with the surviving members of Spartan Blue Team (Everybody seems to have forgotten that Fred, Kelly, and Linda are still very much alive as well as members of the S-III's, all of which I'm beyond disappointed that they haven't shown up at least in Spartan Ops. The last Kilo-Five novel better offer up some excuse as to why they weren't present in Halo 4.)
You and I both. Blue Team should almost CERTAINLY be in Halo 5. Chief needs them. Yes, needs. And I'm with Dark here with Spark. He basically hinted at it several times. Spark mentioned/hinted at so many small things that I doubt will ever be picked up on by anyone.

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The helmet looks goofy. Looks to be no visor.

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In Chapter 4 when the players tracking down the IFF tags (the second batch) I seem to recall hearing that the Elites were searching amongst the Humans for Reclaimers. This seems to suggest that not all of Humanity is inherently Reclaimer. Judging by those that have manipulated Forerunner technology, I can see that both Chief and Catherine are Reclaimer (ironic since they both possess the Geas?), but also noticed that S-III Lucy seemed capable of manipulation the tech on Shield World Trevalyn and both Miranda Keyes and Johnson were able to activate the respective controls rooms in Halo 2 and Halo 3. (Lucy is a stretch since i don't seem to recall her actually using the technology directly. It's possible only high-level Forerunner tech such as the Halo Array requires Reclaimer, so light bridges and such would be functional for anybody.) I wonder if the state of being Reclaimer has something to do with the seeds planted within certain bloodlines. If that's the case, just how many people have a "Destiny" in the Forerunner's plans?
I'm not gonna go too into this, but I'd say only a few. Obviously, since not everyone who plays the games has read the books, they'll probably ever only mention that Catherine and John are Reclaimers, even though there should be and probably are more.
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It had potential but it fell back onto reycled maps involving the dlc maps I paid for, copying/pasting stuff from previous spartan ops missions. The only good thing about them was the cutscenes which were ok but short.
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The episode is titled Exodus.

Dictionary definition of exodus: the departure of a large group of people.
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Sounds like Infinity is ready to get the hell out of Requiem. Can't help but wonder what final missions they have in store for Crimson. I would think not rescuing Dr. Halsey. They've relegated the more story-based objectives to Majestic during the CGIs, so they'll probably have us focusing on something else. Most likely taking the necessary actions to secure the remaining Forerunner tech on the planet that they mentioned and take the actions necessary to disable the device holding Infinity in place. I can't imagine them leaving Requiem without Dr. Halsey though, especially since they're supposedly trapped inside the planet so long as Infinity is outside. I'm actually surprised they haven't taken action to get free and take the Infinity and her escorts inside to decimate all of the Covenant cruisers.

(I must admit I'm stupid and disappointed in myself. I was playing through Reclaimer on LASO with my friend the other night and at the end of the level I happened to look up at the Infinity and saw it surrounded by Covie cruisers. I underestimated just how large that sonofabitch is. When you do comparison shots to scenes like POA in Halo 1, the Infinity seems longer, but otherwise appears to be the same size and you have to go on their word that it's big. When you put it up against a Covenant Cruiser, though, sweet Jesus you get a better idea.)
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Since I'm on my phone, I can't properly imbed a YouTube vid, but here's a link to an article on our site that shows off the trailer.

The episode is titled Exodus.

Dictionary definition of exodus: the departure of a large group of people.
I did! I did! My theory: Infinity leaves Requiem, teaser at John, Didact is alive, huge cliffhanger, Season 2 in November.

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Most likely taking the necessary actions to secure the remaining Forerunner tech on the planet that they mentioned and take the actions necessary to disable the device holding Infinity in place. I can't imagine them leaving Requiem without Dr. Halsey.
Infinity is probably and most certainly 5-10x larger than the Pillar of Autumn. Well, that's what I think. As for Crimson Team - 343 is gonna leave off with a nice little cliffhanger maybe.

Wasn't Jul accessing a terminal at the end of the trailer that showed the Didact's logo/symbol? Or am I seeing things.
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Maybe this sounds like a bit too much of a departure from the iconic MJOLNIR armor, but I really want to see Chief in some Forerunner armor during Halo 6, or at least in some sort of epic final battle. There was a concept art image that was teased a long time ago. I think some of you guys know what I'm talking about. It was sort of like a greyish purple blue color. I'd pull it up if I weren't on my phone.
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My theory: Infinity leaves Requiem, teaser at John, Didact is alive, huge cliffhanger, Season 2 in November.
I'd like a Season 2. First Halo game to have 2000g (maybe(I hope if 343i does a Season 2, they'll throw us some achievements, but I don't want Halo 4 topped off at 1950g or something stupid like that)).

I'm concerned more about the pricing of a Season 2 though. If it's 1600 msp, I'll wait until a deal of the week, if I'm expecting to see more of the same Season 1 had to offer.

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Hmmm...interesting concept art for the Armor, I see what could be going on here.

And to be honest, no I haven't even started Cryptum either. I'm so behind, I've been so busy with other projects lately. I might not finish them before Silentium arrives!

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I'd like a Season 2. First Halo game to have 2000g (maybe (I hope if 343i does a Season 2, they'll throw us some achievements, but I don't want Halo 4 topped off at 1950g or something stupid like that)).
As would I. Castle DLC will most likely end us off with 1750 so Season 2 could give us the remains 250. I would hope and almost assume it could be a November release since Halo 5 won't be out until 2015 and maybe 2014 we'll see the 10 year Halo 2 Anniversary. I'd say it would probably be priced at 1200 or 1600 MSP, but I would probably buy it right away, lol.


AH! I knew it. Didact...alive...maybe?
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AH! I knew it. Didact...alive...maybe?
I think he is still alive. I mean a single pulse grenade blast doesn't kill knights, so how should the Didact be any different? (Note: Haven't read any books.)
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I'd like a Season 2. First Halo game to have 2000g (maybe(I hope if 343i does a Season 2, they'll throw us some achievements, but I don't want Halo 4 topped off at 1950g or something stupid like that)).

I'm concerned more about the pricing of a Season 2 though. If it's 1600 msp, I'll wait until a deal of the week, if I'm expecting to see more of the same Season 1 had to offer.
Oh Dear God, I hope they don't leave it in some retarded incomplete number like that 1950 you talked about or the crappy bs number gs range like 1700(Halo: Reach) or 1200(Halo Wars) where Halo 3 did reach the limit at the time when all it's dlc came out at 1750..... Hope Halo 4 does reach 2000G....
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Woah. WTF?!

The conclusion video to Exodus...I was not expecting any of that. 343 has balls, lemme tell you.
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Overall I wasn't too blown away by S1 of Spartan Ops. If there is a S2, I hope there will be achievements associated with it; otherwise, I'll probably watch S2 from YouTube.
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The conclusion video to Exodus...I was not expecting any of that. 343 has balls, lemme tell you.
Even if we don't get a Season 2 of SPOPS, at least 343i was right... Halo 5's campaign will be the darkest in the entire series.

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And, I guess I'm not disturbed by the "spoilers" my friend revealed to me. He told me he saw a picture of a script that revealed dialogue from the Arbiter at the end of Season 1. Guess he lied. Damn it, I trusted him! So nothing was really spoiled for me after all.

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Overall I wasn't too blown away by S1 of Spartan Ops. If there is a S2, I hope there will be achievements associated with it; otherwise, I'll probably watch S2 from YouTube.
Likewise. I'll only buy it if there are achievements tied to it, and if it goes down for a deal of the week. SPOPS was only worth it for the cutscenes, but a few of the episodes were enjoyable for me to play, namely 5, 6, 7, and 10, but that's only 4 of the 10 episodes. I don't want to risk not enjoying another season, and wasting my money. Thank God we didn't have to pay for episodes this season.
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Even if we don't get a Season 2 of SPOPS, at least 343i was right... Halo 5's campaign will be the darkest in the entire series.

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You're damn right Halo 5 will be dark. I did not see any of that coming...

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No Arby unfortunately but I knew he wouldn't make an appearance of any kind in this game or Spartan Ops. At this point, I doubt he'll even be in Halo's 5 or 6. But all in all, this Episode was really fun. Chapters 3 and 4 were awesome because Apex was opened up and the Mantis was fun to destroy everything with. And Chapter 5 was just beyond awesome.

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I'd buy it right away so long as it's under 1600MSP
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So far I'm only up to Chapter 3. Haven't watched the Epilogue cutscene, although I'm actually pleasantly surprised they even went the extra mile to give us one. I figured they would finish the season with a quick in-game clip at the end of chapter 5. Didn't care much for the Episode 10 cutscene, but I enjoyed the other 9, so 1/10 isn't bad and we got an 11th free, so it will make up for it judging by the way people are talking about it.

So far, the chapters I've played have been enjoyable. The return to Harvester was enjoyable enough and the story did a good job explaining exactly why the Covenant were digging (though I'm not sure why they wanted to get to that artifact in the first place. Maybe to destroy it I guess?

The return to Warrens was a bit dull since it was mostly plot-filler content and there weren't any worthwhile enemies to boost that couldn't be gotten on other levels. It would've gone faster if I'd have had my jetpack though, so it's partially my fault for using the wrong loadout. The Rocket Launchers and Hunters at the very beginning were nice though. A quick and easy method for boosting for the Hunter Commendation.

Apex, as annoying as it is to get an accurate count of enemies for the S-Ops chart, is probably one of my favorite missions in the season. Littered with Ghosts and Warthogs plus a handful of Spartan IV NPCs that couldn't be killed. I ended up letting them drive while I gunned on the Warthog. Still bad at driving, but not nearly as terrible as they used to be. I love the last portion of the level though. Very epic and makes up for its lacking presence in the Campaign.

I'll get back on the other 2 levels soon.
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Shorter posts? Fuck that. Word Walls for everybody!

Chapter 4- Returned to the Warrens. Still pointless plot-filler, but this time they gave me a Mantis and threw a ton of Watchers at me toward the beginning of the level. This makes it valuable to me for watcher boosting due to their consistency and the ease of killing them.

CHapter 5- About what I expected it to be. Smallest enemy count yet and by no means a challenging final fight, but I enjoyed it all the same. The gravity fluctuations at the end were an interesting little tidbit too.


Now than. The Epilogue... What. The. Fuck?!

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I wish Palmer had just shot Halsey in the head because I have a feeling the story is going to take a turn for the even more stupid from here on out.
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Dark, I'm gonna PM you about the Epilogue so I don't clutter this Thread if that's cool.

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Yeah, I feel the same. The entire Epilogue was like "woah wtf" but not the good kind. I don't see how Halo 5 and 6 will be 'epic' or 'big' , if it revolves around Halsey's last statement in the Epilogue. Idk, I didn't like the ending of SpOps..
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