From Nintendo's sucker-punch NintendoDirect video to Microsoft, EA, and Ubisoft's press conferences, E3 2012 has started in a big way. As per usual, the gang jaws about the deluge of news and trailers from the first day of E3 with opinions that range from jaded dissatisfaction to open contempt.
When Bungie announced that their last piece of work in the Halo series would actually be the first chronologically, I found myself reeling. The last time someone decided to do a prequel to a fantastic and fan loved trilogy I was up to my ears in Jar Jar. Luckily for me and the rest of the Halo loving world, Bungie truly saved their best for last. Halo: Reach is a culmination of all the great things about the rest of the series while trimming a lot of what sucked about those previous installments. Being a prequel allows freedom from plot devices and story lines that severely hampered Halo 2 and 3 in the story department. And say what you will about Halo 3: ODST but that experiment paved the way for a game that looks and plays great, and is absolutely the Halo that the XBOX 360 deserves.
When I heard a new Halo was coming out in 2009 I thought it was a lie, or wishful thinking. When I heard that Master Chief wouldn't be in it, I knew it had to be a lie. The Halo series is a monster franchise, but compared to a certain plumber, Master Chief is still a pimply faced tweener. It wouldn't make any sense to take the marquee character out of a game, based in a universe that depends on him saving it. This lone Spartan, through grit and sheer bad-assery, has been the glue to a convoluted story, and he's majorly responsible for the XBOX being a legitimate brand. So when I started to see information about Halo 3: ODST, I'll admit, I scoffed. A Halo 3 offshoot, that has you take the role of an ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper) seemed like a money making scheme, pushed to capitalize on the lull between the summer blockbusters and the Holiday games. The ODST are the troops you see getting killed in the background of Halo 2 and 3, so I remained skeptical. Leave it to Bungie to make me eat my words. Though short, Halo 3: ODST is an fantastic FPS that continues the excellence you've come to expect from the series.