After many complicating hours of interviewing and playing Halo to make sure the turn of events was correct, finally here is part VI of our ongoing level analysis of realism in Halo. Before continuing, be sure to check out part V of the series, where we discussed the Assault on the Control Room. And now, 343 Guilty Spark!
Please note that the intent of this article is not to bash Halo or Bungie. It is merely a view on realism to video gamers. --Ed
skseifer: So Roy, how do you like life in the Marine Corps?
Capt. Luthan: It's pretty fun and interesting, there's nothing I'd rather be doing than here in the Corps. The pay's okay, and since food and housing is all taken care of, your money builds up so if you ever return to civilian life you're all set for a while.
skseifer: Okay, Roy, we're starting on 343 Guilty Spark now.
Capt. Luthan: All right, let's rock and roll.
skseifer: You're on a rescue mission for Captain Keyes, again. You're being dropped in the swamp and Foehammer gives you instructions. What now?
Capt. Luthan: I hate jungles, especially swamps. The water stinks and you have to keep a sharp eye out for enemy forces since the whole jungle is moving all the time. But upon securing the landing zone and finding the crashed Pelican, I would secure all the gear and listened to the radio transmission. When I got all of the information from the transmission, I would radio in to Foehammer what I found and continue on into the jungle.
skseifer: After fighting your way through the jungle area and reaching the entrance to the structure, you venture on and find the lone Marine who shoots at you. How would you handle him?
Capt. Luthan: As much as I'd hate to leave him behind, if he refused to come and join me, I would either have to disarm him and take his weapons or simply kill him if he did manage to get a round off at me and injure me.
skseifer: Would you have noticed something was wrong when you came across Covenant blood-stained rooms?
Capt. Luthan: It certainly would have caught my attention, but I still would continue on and investigate further.
skseifer: After a few minutes of going through the maze of rooms and floors, you finally reach the room with two ramps on either side of a door.
Capt. Luthan: When I opened the door and found the dead Marine, I would have immediately gone into alert, because at that moment I would have known something fishy was going on. When the soldier's video footage revealed that a new type of enemy killed him, I wouldn't have even worried about it. Instead, I'd have been out of there as fast as my legs could carry me. But for the sake of gameplay and the door "mysteriously" locks until you kill all the Flood, simply unloading your ammo into them would have been the best idea since you don't know of their weaknesses.
skseifer: Now your running from the Flood and trying to get the hell out.
Capt. Luthan: Since in the future everyone apparently doesn't use straps anymore on the weapons, which would have been a real big help, just simply use your assault rifle strap and wear it against your back so you can grab an additional weapon; I would have hunked up on assault rifle ammo and simply just ran the whole way through, conserving my ammo as much as possible. The backtracking would have been a bitch, since the elevator gets destroyed and you have to find an alternate route. But after all that and finding the new elevator up to the ground level, I would have called in the pelican no matter what, since going out there with the Flood swarming the jungle is suicide. Fog and foliage my ass, since the pelican doesn't use a propellar and has armor on it, just simply knock down any tree that gets in your way from picking us up or have us blow it down with a couple of grenades, but DAMN IT, you're picking us up right outside that structure.
skseifer: In the event that the pelican has paper armor on it or the tree roots are imbedded into the ground itself with the Roots of Life, you have to go into the jungle and find the tower for pickup.
Capt. Luthan: In that event, I would have kept the team moving together in a tight group and gave orders to keep firing and moving as quickly as possible. If a Flood got in our way from our run, I would expect the Marines to tackle it or blow his head clear off if they want to get out of there as fast as I do.
skseifer: You reach the tower and 343 and the Sentinels come to save the day. Now what?
Capt. Luthan: First of all, I would have been wondering what the hell was going on. If they didn't shoot at us and were killing the Flood, I still would keep my gun trained on them until I knew for sure they were friendlies. But after the teleportation trick and talking to 343 Guilty Spark, I would have helped him out anyway since we're stuck on that ringworld with no rescue in sight.
skseifer: There it is, 343 Guilty Spark from a Marine viewpoint. Join us next time as we discuss (gasp!) the Library!
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