Every time a new Halo game is released, I like to speculate what the sequel should have. After many marathon sessions of Combat Evolved, I thought it would be cool to play as an Elite, and whattaya know? Along came the Arbiter — though that didn’t quite turn out as well as I’d hoped.
After Halo 2, I thought it would be a real boon if players could see what all others’ secondary weapon was. At the time, I imagined it strapped to their backs if it was a long weapon (i.e. Assault, Sniper, Rockets), or the hip if it was a dual-wield or small weapon (i.e. Magnum, Needler, Plasma). The Energy Sword posed a problem though, as the other players needed to see that you had it equipped, but as far as canon goes it wouldn’t make sense to strap an activated Sword to your back. (More on this later.) Halo 3 brought this speculation to fruition, much to the betterment of the game — including a non-canonically back-strapped Sword.
Since Halo 1, I think almost everyone in the player community was clamoring to see more Spartans. Bungie obviously felt the same way and included six of them in Reach.
Finally, Halo 4 is upon us. Up until now, I haven’t seen the thing I’ve been silently hoping for most — an aesthetically correct Zombies play-type. But BEHOLD:
The Zombie play-type was obviously created by the fans and admired enough by Bungie to work itself into official playlists online, but I always thought they missed to boat in not tying it to the obvious zombie-like creatures in the story: the Flood. After taking the helm, 343 has pushed to have the story innately (albeit arbitrarily) woven into the multiplayer. As a side effect, it seems they deemed it necessary to truly alter the looks of the game for the Zombies play-type, and someone internally thought along the same lines as I (as well as many of you in the community, I would assume) have all these years.
And this is only one of the reasons I’m so hyped for Halo 4. So it’s a good thing the game went gold tonight! Now we only must wait until November 4th. Also, creepily follow-stalk the party the 343 guys are having to celebrate.