This is mostly just a rant about what I think/suspect about Halo 3.
First of all, the trailer is amazing, but there's more to it than meets the eye as IGN's video introspection told. Also, Bungie, today, released their documentary of the making of the trailer and they showed several different angles, especially one that included a Grunt on a yellow sign blowing in the African wind, as if military groups had been there and put up warning signs. Which, I guess brings me to my first point.
The game is real. Bungie's engine is capable. They're going to try as hard aspossible to make the in-game look like the cutscenes we saw in the trailer andif they fall anything short of that, we should be thankful. The Grunt sign addsrealism to the game, but that's about as much as needed. Maybe a gun jamming, like plasmas overheating, would be a bit extreme. I think there's agood balance in this game.
The grandeur of it all is that it's the last in the trilogy, so as the Chief, we're going to get to bring down a lot of enemies and end a lot of fights. That itself is going to be cool. Plus, the second ending sucked. Hard, but the scene after the credits was pretty intriguing.
IGN helped me out on this one, but it makes sense. In the background of a scene, it was confirmed that Mt. Kilimanjaro was present, as Egypt, Africa is a stronghold for Earth in the future. There's a track on the Halo 2 Volme 2 soundtrack named, 'Road to Voy' which is a city near Mombasa, which is a city near the equator. There are eight human worlds in the Haloverse and I Earth most definitely has a Halo in it- right at the equator. Which explians Master Chief walking toward this huge piece of Forerunner technology and all the amassing ships. Depending on when this happens in the game, the activation of Earth's ring, or at least an attempt, will probably destory Earth, dually destroying the Chief...which just won't happen. OR it will be deactivated or not work and the game may not take place on Earth- maybe it'll be at the location of a fourth Halo. If this happens toward the end of the game, then you've worked your way here and it will be pretty sweet, rest assured.
Here's everything I have to say about Cortana and how it unravels a lot of...stuff.
This is enclosed in the first Cortana Letter from 1999:
I have seen your future.
And I have learned.
There will be no more Sadness. No more Anger. No more Envy.
I HAVE WON.
Oh, and your poet Eliot had it all wrong: THIS is the way the world ends.
At the end of the trailer, Cortana speaks those words. 'THIS is the way the world ends.' It is noted, then, that her race 'X' survived the previous race in the galaxy. Which means her race was extinguished and she, somehow, survived to find Master Chief- a Spartan among the human race, the human generation.
Also, the first transmission read [I was there with the Angel at the tomb]. Which means Cortana was present to see the Angel, the creator who wears the Halo, use it. The tomb? It's graveyard. Perhaps there once existed one more Halo than anyone ever though and it killed it's creator- a Forerunner. This goes one of two ways- the Angel is simply one Angel or the Angel is the Forerunners themselves among the generation that preceded race 'X.' Which means that Cortana is her own entity who has survived time. Damn this woman- she's so confusing.
So, she says she has learned, she has been there, and she has experienced everything. So she can help Master Chief. Maybe she's the Chief's savior, as well as everyone elses. Sounds right?
At the end of Halo 2, Cortana was left behind in High Charity to denotate the In Amber Clad's generator, destroy the city and the ring to keep Tartarus from activating it. It was her part in the mission while the Chief's was to stop Tartarus himself. But MC headed to Earth soon after, leaving Cortana to be confronted by Gravemind, which I believe to be a spokesperson for the Flood.
The transmission in the trailer is very skewed and distorted. You can immediately tell that it's Cortana, but it's extremely glitchy and disrupted. Why? Gravemind has her. Big deal. BIG deal. Maybe Cortana did belong to race X, maybe she didn't. Maybe she's simply a program. And maybe, maybe, the Gravemind is every word in Cortana's Letters. He says he has listened for many years, and now it his time to talk. Sounds like an Ent to me. Anywho, maybe this is him talking.
But the Cortana Letters were sent in 1999. So? Halo begins in 2552. And the story takes place in the future, but we're playing it now. The thing is, they are transmissions from Cortana, but we're never sure that it's her. I think Gravemind is speaking. He saw the Forerunner's die because he was created along with the Halos, as an antidote. He's been here the entire time, as has the Flood. So, if there's a Flood antitode within every Halo, then there's definitely one on Earth. The world he speaks of, through Cortana, to the Chief, is Earth. Not to say the Flood will wipe them out, but if he knows, then he knows. Earth won't last. Maybe. Maybe he just knows how it's supposed to end and this Spartan is just too strong for fate. Even though that starts to sound like Neo's 'Because I'm the One' excuse.
So there are several possibilities, but some of them are bound to show up in the game. Plus, in the documentary, they show a light come from out of the ground, same as some of the Forerunner ships from the previous installments. So, without a doubt, there is a Halo on Earth and it could very easily. kill. us. all. In the hypothetical game environment.
So there's that little bit. Plus, I'm pretty confident this game is still coming out in November, since both console launches and the first two games in the series have been November dates, it would be ridiculous not to follow through with tradition. And if they do, NEXT November is way too far away. If they want to combat the PS3 and the Wii/Twilight Princess, they have to get on the ball. The game looks great so far, and I don't want them to rush it, but they are the one's who said 'It'll ship when it's done.'
Yeah? Well now they know the PS3 launch date.