Halo Legends 'The Package' review.

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Post by Rotaretilbo on Sat Dec 12, 2009 6:48 pm

Vigil wrote:Halo Legends: The Package Review Part 2.

Well time for the second part of this review, as it has now been released. I skip the first seven minutes AS THEY MAKE YOU WATCH THE FIRST PART ALL OVER AGAIN. Beware of Spoilers ahead.

Righto, let's do this thing.

Vigil wrote:
Spoiler:
We catch up with the action right where we left off. The Spartans charge forward in a V formation, killing everything that gets in their way. Fred fires his laser and blows a hole in the door in front of them and they move up. We then get a cut away to John’s HUD. It’s a Halo 3 HUD, with a Shield bar. Did not one tell them that they didn’t have shields then?

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And so they seal their fate. It's really too bad, because I liked some sections of this episode.

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The Chief runs out of bullets in his assault rifle and switches to two SMG’s leaping over a Brute and killing more Covenant as they go. The ships commander orders all the hatches to be sealed and more Covenant pour out from the sides of the corridor. Fred pulls out his own SMG and fires one hand as he charges the laser, while Kelly clears out the rest with her grenades.

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At this stage, I like the fighting sequences, but it is noteworthy that all Covenant blood is green for some reason. Guess they never had the joy of beating down Covenant corpses and splattering cyan or indigo blood everywhere.

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We get another cut away to the Chief’s visor where he has over 800 rounds of SMG ammo (they must be the ones with extra clips or something) and sees a plasma turret on the second floor above them. He leaps up and slow-mo kills them with his SMG’s. Kelly also leaps up and grabs two plasma rifles. Then three elites drop down, one of them is the red Major we saw before. He lunges at chief he dodges the blow. A second minor domo attacks Fred with a sword, and he blocks it with his laser somehow… Fred loses and drops his laser but pulls out his combat knife and stabs the elite in the eye. Two problems with this. Firstly, the Elite had no shield protecting him, and the blood that spurts from the wound is GREEN. Even that asswipe the duel got that right.

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Again, the fighting sequence was enjoyable to watch, but the mistakes made were pretty obvious.

Vigil wrote:
Spoiler:
Fred helps Chief and tells him to keep going drawing a second knife and says, ‘All right, the Great Journey ends here,’ (And I thought John got all the good one liners eh?) Kelly is a little bit ahead of the Chief, finally showing that she is faster, she sounds worried about their comrade but the chief just tells her to focus on the mission.

Spoiler:
No issues here.

Vigil wrote:
Spoiler:
The ship commander knows how close they are getting to the package and starts ejecting parts of the ship to stop them. Kelly seems to make it through just fine, Chief a few steps behind. They then reach a massive gap which Kelly meets chief hallway and propels him across leave her behind. Chief yells ‘KELLY!…..Kelly’ Showing a bit of emotion about his childhood friend.

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For a second, I thought they were going to kill off Fred and Kelly. Razz

Vigil wrote:
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We now find out what the ‘Package’ was and are you ready for the big surprise? In front of Chief is a cryo pod, with the name ‘CATHERINE. E. HALSEY’ on it and yes she’s inside fully clothed of course, we couldn’t have her naked now could we? Chief activates the pod and she steps out. She seems a bit too young in my opinion, with long blond hair, not a wrinkle on her face, she looks around her mid-twenties, which is not how I envisioned her at that point. Sure she did stay in stasis a lot, but I’m pretty sure she did show signs of her age in the books, please correct me if I’m wrong.

Spoiler:
If this is occurring around 2552, then she should definitely be showing signs of her age. If it were much earlier, it would make sense.

Vigil wrote:
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She then refers to him as John and he asks if she slept well , to which she replies ‘no thanks to your driving yes.’ (Direct quote from the Chief in Halo CE) He then says that she seems to be in one piece, which she replies that maybe his luck his rubbed off one her. John replies ‘We make our own luck’ (multiple times in the books) but he always be ther- and Halsey says ‘Don’t make a girl a promise, if you know you can’t keep it (Cortana Halo 2). Ah it’s so nice when you rip off other people’s dialogue to make yours look better.

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I definitely felt that the quotes were out of place, especially the first and last ones.

Vigil wrote:
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After exchanging more dialogue they decide they got to get moving, and they run in the Major again. Chief just shoots him with his assault rifle which the Elites BLOCKS WITH HIS SWORD! Seriously, what the hell, you have shields for Christ’s sake. He throws a energy sword hilt to John, and they duke it out for a while, until John loses. They then run out of time. The Covenant fleet has cleared the magnetic disturbance and are preparing to jump. The Commander orders all of that section to be jettisoned the minute they are ready to jump. The Elite at the helm asks about the Red Elite and his team , to which the commander replies ‘ He has already been shamed, he will die or Arbiter.’ Thanks for telling me the obvious there chuck.

The Arbiter gets sucked up into the leaving ship, leaving John and Halsey in the detached part of the ship, and he says ‘Commander you fool! I had him! A THOUSAND HELLS AWAIT YOU!!!!!!’ (Not quite ‘And so you must be silenced’ is it?)

Spoiler:
I got the distinct impression that the Commander was leaving the Major behind, based on what he was saying. Then they beam him aboard and I'm like "huh?"

Vigil wrote:
Spoiler:
Halsey and Chief run and use an escape pod to get away, when they get ambushed by Seraphs. With no weapons on the pod and nothing John can do they look doomed, until Fred and Kelly arrive in a captured Seraph and give them cover. They make it to the UNSC ship which decloaks and the ship fires LASERS. LASERS!!!!!!!!

Spoiler:
Well, to be fair, the Prowlers are supposed to be equipped with some kind of Pulse Lasers, per GoO, but I think that was much later in the timeline.

Vigil wrote:
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We then close with a classic John/Halsey conversation. She says he really is lucky, to which he replies that he wasn’t lucky enough. Two Spartans died today and that Elite was strong. He says he needs to be stronger. Halsey replies that they all have to be stronger as she thinks this is only the beginning( Shall I award it? Ah what the hell. ‘No. I think we’re just getting started.’)

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You may also notice that they do a pan out as Chief takes off his helmet so that you don't get to see his face just as he removes it, just like at the end of the first game.

Vigil wrote:So overall, this is still the best one they’ve done so far, but this one is riddled with even more minor little annoyances in the canon, but nothing to crippling that we saw last time. It was the closest they ever come to getting close to the books and I’ll give them credit for that. But still, we’ve got a few to get through and it looks like they let the worse till last.

I disagree. I still think The Babysitter was the best, so far. It has some issues, but none on the scale or in the numbers as The Package. This newest one was a good watch, but the issues were glaring and would have been really easy to fix if they'd given two flying fucks about Halo canon.

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Post by Felix on Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:01 pm

Is it wrong to say I enjoyed it?
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Post by Rotaretilbo on Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:03 pm

No. But it would be wrong to say that you won't actively try to forget it exists.

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Post by Felix on Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:06 pm

Rotaretilbo wrote:No. But it would be wrong to say that you won't actively try to forget it exists.

I wouldn't go that far. It has few(many I should say) errors, but I still find the series, as a whole, enjoyable to watch. I just don't take it seriously anymore. Much like Star Wars. I just enjoy it for what it is.
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Post by Rotaretilbo on Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:29 pm

I couldn't enjoy The Duel at all. The other two I enjoyed watching, canon errors aside.

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Post by Felix on Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:33 pm

Rotaretilbo wrote:I couldn't enjoy The Duel at all. The other two I enjoyed watching, canon errors aside.

The Duel was...Hard on the eyes and a bit stupid yes. The other two were very enjoyable to watch(at least, to me anyway), and I didn't mind the canon errors(as they weren't too over whelming). I'll just say it's nothing more than fan service. And I, a fan, liked it.
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Post by Rasq'uire'laskar on Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:46 pm

Hey, when did they...
Right. It's saturday.
Bugger, this schedule is messing me up.
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Post by Vigil on Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:07 am

Rasq'uire'laskar wrote:Hey, when did they...
Right. It's saturday.
Bugger, this schedule is messing me up.

Yeah they did screw up the schedule I had on file.

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