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Halo 5 review

Devon Mannin, staff writer

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One of the biggest flagship games is Xbox since 2001 when Combat Evolved convinced millions of gamers to buy the original Xbox. Microsoft hopes that the first Xbox One Halo game can give their next-gen console a lift as well. The games is set to release June 13, 2015

We all know Halo 5 is a big game, but what else do we really know about it? What’s been confirmed so far and what’s just gossip? Here is a summary of everything I’ve learned to date about Master Chief’s retumes announced for Xbox One so far is Halo 5: Guardians. Halo has been the flagship franchise for Microsoft since 2001.

Master Chief

Most of what I know about Halo 5’s story comes from the cinematic trailer from E3 2013. The trailer began with a cloaked figure walking through a desert, and an enormous robot rises from the sand into the sky. The cloaked person pulls out a crystal chip on a dog tag and inspects it. The robot opens up its wings, sending out a blast of wind the wind knocks off the cloaked figures hood revealing that it’s Master Chief (AKA John-117).

A leaked story synopsis said that Chief would face “A new battery of challenges and tests in a herculean effort to stay alive in a galaxy where sentient life is mercilessly hunted.”

Microsoft denied that these details are official, though. The information was generic enough that it really didn’t matter whether it was real or fake.

In case you think that someone else is wearing Master Chief’s armor, Microsoft studios head  Phil Spencer confirmed in a post-E3 interview that the game stars John-117.

Agent Locke

The official box art for Halo 5: Guardians shows an armored figure standing in the desert. A mirror image below him shows Master Chief in the exact location. Some speculated it could be Spartan Palmer or perhaps even Cortana. Although, the executive producer Josh Holmes said on twitter that it’s a brand-new character.

343 Industries Bonnie Ross confirmed in an E3 2014 interview that this character is named Agent Locke.The name sounds human but his race is about all I can guess for now.

Though Agent Locke is featured more prominently on the box art than Master Chief, this new character won’t be the star. Halo 5, Ross says, is a continuation of Master Chief’s story.

Halo: Nightfall

I’ll get more details on the story of Halo 5 with Halo: Night. This live-action, digital series is being executive produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Battlestar Galactica’s Sergio Mimica-Gezzan.

This series said to tell the “Origin story of an all new character” who plays an important role in Halo 5. Bonnie Ross confirmed during E3 that Agent Locke is the character in question. Nightfall is intended to familiarize gamers with Locke in preparation for his video game debut with Halo 5.

Nightfall is set to debut this fall. New episodes will be rolled out on a weekly basis. The series will also be included with Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The Master Chief Collection, a compilation of the previous four Halo games starring the character, will be available exclusively on Xbox One Nov. 11.

Cortana

The data chip Master Chief was clutching in the Halo 5 trailer is probably the storage device that once held Cortana. Cortana, his A.I. companion for the previous halo games, began to deconstruct in Halo 4 because she was past her seven-year lifespan. She manages to save his life and say goodbye before shutting down for good.

Master Chief is probably keeping her data chip solely as a memento of his long-time friend. Her “death” was one of the most pivotal moments in Halo 4 and the series so it seems unlikely that the development team would reverse it by allowing Chief to resurrect her somehow in Halo 5. Maybe her data chip will prove useful to him in someway in his journey, though.

Prometheans

The giant robot in the trailer isn’t something i’ve seen before in another Halo game. However, it’s crystalline shape and orange/yellow lights suggest that it’s a promethean construct. Prometheans warrior-servants of the ancient forerunner race, were the main enemies in Halo 4.

Though the prometheans were decimated during Halo 4, it’s almost certain we’ll see them again. They were the first new group of enemies introduced in the game since combat evolved so why discard them so quickly? Even if the covenant and flood appear in Halo 5, the Prometheans are different from those foes that they won’t feel redundant from a gameplay standpoint. Plus, the trailer suggests there are still some promethean weapons and vehicles we haven’t seen yet.

UNSC Infinity

A piece of Halo 5 concept art from January seemed to show the UNSC Infinity hovering above an unknown planet. The Infinity is an experimental warship built from forerunner and covenant technology. The world they’re visiting doesn’t look like the desert Master Chief is trudging through but it could still be the same planet.

The ship’s presence in Halo 5 would be no surprise. The crew of the Infinity helped Master Chief on his mission during Halo 4. They were also the subject of a DLC campaign for the game called Spartan ops. Sarah Palmer, one of the spartans serving on the ship, was a main character of twin stick shooter Halo: spartan assault. Acting captain thomas lasky’s time in the academy and his first meeting with Master Chief were chronicled in a live-action series. The infinity also appeared in two novels and two comic books.

The infinity and its crew are clearly important to 343 industries future plans for Halo. The departure of cortana makes them even more vital as supporting characters. Wherever master chief ends up in Halo 5, you can be sure the infinity’s going to be there to help him out. Maybe they’ll even get their own campaign in this game.

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