Opinion: Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Trailer

Over the weekend, while Comic Con went through the motions, 343 and Xbox released a trailer for something that Bungie had been playing around with for years: a live action prelude to Halo 4. Forward Unto Dawn caused part of the fanbase to squeal with excitement:

Now this is NOT the first time that Halo has been attached to live action cinema. If anyone remembers the trailers for Halo Reach and ODST a few years ago (CHALLENGE Try to watch them all without crying. I sure as hell can’t. They’re beautiful.):

And finally, the trailer for Halo 4 which was released at E3 2012 was a partial live action:

This is something that has steadily been increasing in popularity for years. I believe that the reason behind this trend has been that when you attach a REAL human face to something, it just makes it easier to relate to them. The emotional and psychological connection which we create becomes stronger when we  are presented with real human faces.

However, after watching the trailer for Forward Unto Dawn, I feel slightly disappointed. It’s like they ripped off Starship Troopers, especially with the NOW KISS scene halfway through. Actually, what I found to be the most disappointing was the whole NOW KISS thing. I hate that! There’s no romance in Halo! KEEP YOUR MUSHY CRAP OUT OF MY HALO 343!


The whole idea of a live action series is titillating as far as Halo is concerned, but this seemed a little slapped together. The acting from what I have seen sucks. Also, why is Master Chief so freaking shiny? Master Chief’s armor isn’t shiny especially since his armor is supposed to have the scars of battle. Plus it makes him look even more bad ass.

Seriously, it’s odd that I like the short live action trailers better than Forward Unto Dawn. It’s the promise of a brand new dimension in the Halo universe, but I feel let down by it. It’s just now as gritty as the other ones. What happened 343? Seriously?

So what are you thoughts on Forward Unto Dawn? Are you happy with what you have seen so far or do you think that 343 has some room for improvement? Tell me in the comments below.



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