Today Microsoft has revealed the opening cinematic to Halo 5: Guardians, a full month ahead of its release this coming October. The stage is set for Spartan Locke and Master Chief to face off in 343's latest edition of Halo.
Halo 5: Guardians is going to be colossal. 343 and Microsoft have rolled out this opening cinematic early to bolster the already stellar job they have done in hyping up this evolutionary Halo title. The collaboration has been spot on, the advertising and teasing of division within the ranks is sublime.
This latest Halo will certainly give fans a truly immersive gaming and cinematic experience.
The Opening Cinematic
The opening sequence is certainly not short of action, in truth, it is actually one of the most action packed opening sequences of our generation. It also holds within it a few key points that need pointing out.
It does not feature the legendary franchise protagonist, Master Chief
Instead, the focus is passed onto the titles other playable character Commander, Jameson Locke.
We get our first real introduction to Fireteam Osiris
Fireteam Osiris are the newest breed of Spartan, their mission is always; follow orders, execute authority without question. This fireteam is led by Commander Locke.
Fireteam Osiris have been a topic of debate for some time now and the identity of the members has been close guarded by Microsoft. We can today reveal however that the team consists of Locke, Tanaka, Vale and Buck (aka actor Nathan Fillion).
These fire teams according to Microsoft will "play a crucial role in the showdown between the Master Chief and Spartan Locke."
Beware of a Spartan's Loyalty
Fans of the Masterchief beware, Locke will not tolerate any sentimental thoughts when it comes to treachery.
They Look Brilliant!
Edward Buck, everyone's favourite space captain from Firefly, looks exactly like he did back in the acclaimed series. It would seem that CGI has been kind to Mr Fillion.
Commander (agent) Locke also looks the spitting image of the actor Mike Colter, the man who has brought Jameson Locke to fame through Halo Nightfall.
The opening sequence of the game does not focus on the current rift in the Spartan ranks; instead we see team Osiris being briefed by Locke in preparation of a daring rescue of Catherine Halsey, a prisoner of the Covenant forces.
This is one for the adrenaline junkie. We watch as the team freefall into a Covenant battlezone. The team fall directly into the fray catching the alien armies totally off guard. They shoot, blast and even slice their way through the ranks of Covenant and Promethean units just before a giant ship crashes and explodes behind them.
The filming of the action is almost as if Michael Bay had been given a Go-Pro camera; you can almost taste the explosive residue as we follow the team to the summit of the mountain.
Microsoft has hailed Halo 5: Guardians as “the start to the most ambitious, robust and epic Halo campaign experience yet." The game itself so far is playing out in a much similar vein to Gears of War, 343 have taken part in a number of high profile character deaths, their aim being to populate the new games ahead with all new badass Spartan players.
I think Halo 5: Guardians will create a world that will surpass any other possible gaming experience.