26 February 2013
FWS Topics: HALO 4 SPARTAN OPS Season One
On Monday, February 18th, the bold experiment in Military Sci-Fi and video games came to close, with the last episode of HALO 4's SPARTAN OPS dropping. While DLC and expansion packs are nothing new to the world of video games, SPARTAN OPS was much different. Season One was offered for free, as long as you had Gold-level Xbox Live, and bought HALO 4, and it was just not a taste, but the full meal...ten episodes consisting of five chapters per episodes, along with a cut-screen episode introduction. This allowed players to experience events six months after HALO 4, and to keep playing a story-driven HALO game active in the community of gaming, even after beating the campaign. For those that were expecting the blogpost on Space Piracy, I must confuses that the research and the writing is going slow. I hope to devote some time to the Space Piracy blogpost this weekend and get it out.
SPARTAN OPS...the Bold Experiment in Gaming
My Impressions of SPARTAN OPS
After all is said and done, I do believe that SPARTAN OPS was a great way for 343i to keep HALO 4 in the spotlight after its drop, because November is a brutal month for video games. Most shooter fans and Xbox 360 users would have bought HALO 4, played the teabags off of it, beating the campaign, and waging war on multiplayer. Then one Black Ops: II dropped later that month, we shooters, would have drift over to that COD game, while only the diehards and COD haters continued onward with HALO 4. Unfortunately, for HALO fans (like me) and 343i, the multiplayer is much more flat than the COD experience, there is little or no weapon customization, but SPARTAN OPS being story driven allows HALO to shine were it is superior to the COD games, in story telling.
The Story of SPARTAN OPS=MSF Greatness?
The cut-scenes are brutal, detail the horror of the war against the aliens and the valor of the SPARTAN-IVs. There is some solid writing here, with all of the elements of why we love HALO fully on display and Also, seeing how a space-based special operations units would operate on planet-wide scale holding operations was very cool and well-done. I only wish that more MSF works would be filled with has much enjoyment and iron as SPARTAN OPS...and cute SPARTAN-IV female soldiers!
SPARTAN OPS...will there be a Season Two?