Tuesday, November 06, 2012

It's called character building.

Recently Microsoft released a series of web videos to tie into the release of Halo 4. The series, consisting of five 15 to 20 minute videos, is called Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. Personally I enjoyed it. However, I have noticed that people are decrying the series as being too slow. Yes the first three episodes are slow, but it is a slow build to something greater in the last two episodes.

As the title of this post implies, they spent those first three episodes building up the characters. After all how and why are we supposed to care about these characters if they just throw us into the action?

Several of the people claiming that it is too slow claim that, as a video game spin off, it doesn't need that much character building. I disagree. In an actual video game we play as the character and therefore character building can be accomplished through gameplay. In a video/movie we are merely passive observers.

Here is the trailer for it in case anyone is interested.

All in all I recommend it. It is paced well and if it being slow bothers you just remind yourself that it ends with a bang.

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