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Unfinished: Halo 5: Guardians 10/15/2015

Judging by these first three missions, there'll be MANY grunt-body-check opportunities in Halo 5's campaign. Spoilers!

Sometimes we look at a game before it's done. When that's the case? Well... it must be Unfinished.

Oct. 15 2015

Cast: Jeff, Drew, Dan

Posted by: Drew

In This Episode:

Halo 5: Guardians

Episode Notes:

This is our fourth Unfinished for Halo 5. We've covered a little bit of the campaign (missions 1, 2, and 8), the Multiplayer Beta (Arena mode), and the Warzone multiplayer mode.

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Is it me or Dan is in every damn video?....I dont hate the guy but...cmon you CAN get too much of Ryckert.

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I could have swore this was already out for some reason.

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Is the audio slightly out of sync? Seems like the opening sound effect is a little delayed.

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I was gonna say, another Unfinished?!

EDIT: They keep saying about the intro cutscene, "Man, this is cool." All I can think is, "Man, this is anime."

Also, I wonder how Bungie feels about 343 retconning this much? Bungie: "Spartans have to be engineered from birth." 343: "Oh, Buck? Yeah, he became a Spartan in about three years, no problem." And that's just the tip of the iceberg. I don't think the Halo lore is some amazing thing, but I did really enjoy the premise. But they've gone so far off the rails; the early books added so much absurd tripe, and they've just built on it since.

Let me put it this way: The manual for Halo: CE says, in a very space opera-ey way, that Master Chief is "the last SPARTAN-II." Now? We got high flyin', fist pumpin' Spartans for days. "Master Chief Petty Officer First Class?" Psh, this is the military, kid, call them by their names. Remember how cool Captain Jacob Keyes and Cortana were? Well, now we've decided that Keyes hooked up with Halsey, the lady who created the Spartan program and who Cortana's mind is based on! So, since Halsey is your mother (literally, George calls her mom in Halo: Reach) and Cortana is a memory imprint of her, you're basically lightly flirting with your mom for three games. Also, a close friend and co-worker, Sergeant Johnson has a thing for Miranda Keyes, the daughter of Halsey and Jacob. So your mom/AI is in your head while your co-worker tries to date your half sister. This is less space opera and more soap opera.

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Edited By bybeach

That was quick!. I caught the live-stream at an early point, and initially wondered where Drew was. Two seconds in it's clear why.

Jeff /Dan interactions cracks me up...

These Spartans are into neck extenders.

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I like the distance you can punch alien fools.

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People criticizing Jeff's Halo abilities in 5... 4...

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@kapelan said:

Is it me or Dan is in every damn video?....I dont hate the guy but...cmon you CAN get too much of Ryckert.

Did new people join Giant Bomb and I missed it(?!) Who else is there? Brad's on holiday, Jason is having a baby any day now. That leaves..Jeff, Dan and Drew, all who were in the video. I don't see the complaint, Dan was having fun just watching Jeff bodyslam every grunt in sight, as was I.

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Looks good once again. I would definitely play this if I owned an Xbox One, but not enough to warrant me buying the console.

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@kapelan said:

Is it me or Dan is in every damn video?....I dont hate the guy but...cmon you CAN get too much of Ryckert.

Did new people join Giant Bomb and I missed it(?!) Who else is there? Brad's on holiday, Jason is having a baby any day now. That leaves..Jeff, Dan and Drew, all who were in the video. I don't see the complaint, Dan was having fun just watching Jeff bodyslam every grunt in sight, as was I.

How dare Dan do his job! The audacity!

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Halo!!!!!!!

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Game's been looking good but I'm not sure why MS keeps putting out so much gameplay...not that I'm complaining.

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Great can't wait for this game. Looks awesome and a must play!

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I've managed to avoid seeing any Halo content thus far.
Jumped into the stream for a few minutes to listen in and read some of the chat here and there.
Glad to be hearing people are digging it.
In the time I listened in I didn't even hear Jeff complain!
Can't wait for this!

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@mlarrabee: Spartans never had to be engineered from birth. They were kidnapped as children because they were more impressionable and easy to brainwash. The augmentation process itself took only a few months.

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@mlarrabee: The Spartans were never engineered from birth - physically and mentally exceptional children were abducted and placed into the Spartan II program. This was not true of the Spartan I's (basically humanities first attempt at creating an enhanced soldier) and the Spartan III's (you play as a Spartan III in Reach).

I do kind of agree with you though - I've always felt like the Spartan IV's are really lame.

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Why get Nathan Fillion and then make the WORST possible model of him and his face?

Also, I think CoD Advanced Warfare looked better, more texture detail, more realistic lighting, and a more natural color palette. I guess it a style issue, but I say CoD looked better last year.

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Oh my god that First Level opening cinematic.

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It looks great I can't wait.

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@monkeyking1969: He was on Jimmy Kimmel yesterday and said he asked them to make some changes to his face.

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@mlarrabee: Space aliens using planet sized rings to bring about the destruction of the universe was on what kind of rails again?

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Am I the only one that thinks this looks.... Okay. There is nothing breathtaking about the footage, it just looks like more Halo. Don't get me wrong it looks fun, but nothing that would make someone go buy a Xbox for it.

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Wait... am i right in thinking that this "Fred, Kelly, and Linda; ARE NOT the originals from the reach novels.... because they would have been gone long before the "Cortana AI" was around. I'm just confused about that part. I was half expecting that second level to be a dream of some kind.

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@kapelan said:

Is it me or Dan is in every damn video?....I dont hate the guy but...cmon you CAN get too much of Ryckert.

Did new people join Giant Bomb and I missed it(?!) Who else is there? Brad's on holiday, Jason is having a baby any day now. That leaves..Jeff, Dan and Drew, all who were in the video. I don't see the complaint, Dan was having fun just watching Jeff bodyslam every grunt in sight, as was I.

I never understand people like this. Get over it.

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That intro cutscene of them running down that mountain fucking shit up gave me goosebumps. That was pretty rad.

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Wow, those are some really phallic ships in the intro.

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Edited By AMyggen

Pretty great Unfinished. This and the BLOPS3 Unfinished showed that you can actually make entertaining QL-style videos of FPS games. Really entertaining just watching Jeff fuck around here.

And the game looks pretty rad too.

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Halo 4 did nothing for me, but this actually looks really good. Maybe I'll pick this up for PC.

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I have an XB1, but it's a real shame that this isn't launching on the PC simultaneously.

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Is audio out by 2 seconds for anyone else?

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Never mind it is just the opening sting

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@mlarrabee: Space aliens using planet sized rings to bring about the destruction of the universe was on what kind of rails again?

On pretty standard space opera rails.

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Anyone else think master chiefnow sounds like a movie trailer guy?

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Is it just me or are enemies that are further then say 20 feet away rendered at a lower frame rate? Call me crazy but, I keep noticing something weird. The frame rate stickler Jeff didn't say anything about it.

so maybe its just me.

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@kapelan: him and jeff are always comedy gold, jerry.

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OMG i want to watch this but wont bc i must have unspoiled constant boner on the 27th

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#lazerdawgs

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this looks PRETTY. whoa.

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I don't know if someone looks it up later in the video, but I amused myself by looking up the meaning of 'argent' by asking Windows' Cortana (literally, "Hey Cortana, what does argent mean?"), and was further amused by the result:

silver, silvery white:

"the argent moon"

It's been that example long before Halo 5 used it, obviously, but a nice surprise.

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@ripelivejam: It's for jerks.

You know what, I'll expand that. Professional wrestling's for jerks, too.

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This looks pretty amazing, in a way only good Halo games can look amazing. It reminds you of why Halo is (or was) such a huge deal.

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I don't want to watch this, but I also want to watch this...SO FREAKIN' BAD.

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@vagrant_gamer: Fred, Kelly, and Linda were introduced in (and survived) the book, Fall of Reach. Nobody who had only played the games would know that, though, which is why it's bizarre to me that zero explanation is given to get people up to speed. Halo 4 had the same problem, expecting everyone to have already absorbed all of the extra-game story beats.

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Whoa. Nice. I feel like I shouldn't watch this, but this is a nice surprise, and I'm excited.

Edit - 42 minutes in. The game looks awesome! I think they're playing it as if I would play on easy, so not my ideal way of playing, carefully going through it on Legendary, searching every area of the map just to see the environments, but that's fine. What I want to say, and not at all to take away from this game, but as an observation, it looks very much like it's taking off from where Halo 4 left off, not so much story as it does with gameplay, visuals, and everything, putting you right back into the action from the get-go. It just seems to have slight improvements here and there, nothing on a grand scale as far as I am seeing. Not a huge evolution just by the looks and feel I think, just a handful a nice improvements. I am super excited for this game. I wish Jeff through the grenade and the hunter deflected it, as it's a new A.I. behavior.

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That main menu is sleek as hell. I quite appreciate what this game is doing with color. Although I am not sure how keen I am on the "let's fake you wearing a helmet" UI, but maybe that's a Halo thing. Looks like a good time for Halo fans though.

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Also, I wonder how Bungie feels about 343 retconning this much? "Spartans have to be engineered from birth." "Oh, Buck? Yeah, he became a Spartan in about three years, no problem." And that's just the tip of the iceberg. I don't think the Halo lore is some amazing thing, but I did really enjoy the premise. But they've gone so far off the rails; the early books added so much absurd tripe, and they've just built on it since.

I mean, the Spartan IIs have always been the best. Even in Bungie's lore the Spartan IIIs were referred to as "Shake and bake Spartans" in a very derogatory way by everyone that knew a Spartan II but especially the IIs themselves.

It's also always been a real point of discussion in the lore and a big theme of some of the games themselves; the meaning of what it means to actually be a Spartan, the ethics involved with kidnapping children even with the results it provides compared to every single other way Spartans have been made and how the process of becoming a Spartan connects one and disconnects one simultaneously from their humanity and the humanity of those they're meant to protect. It's shaping up to be a big part of this game's story.

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I am getting a little tired of Dan constantly saying "cool" and "cool guy" etc etc. Can his cool-boner just chill for one second? I appreciate the enthusiasm but get some new words or something! Still love the guy <3

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Nice to hear everyone so high on this game in a GB video. Can't wait to play it, man.