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Official Star Trek Fan Film Guidelines Aim at Current Projects

For those who know me, I’m a Trekkie. I’m The Star Trek Dude on Twitter and Facebook and I do tend to bring in Trek examples more often than I probably should. That’s why this issue is near and dear to my heart. On Thursday, June 23rd, Paramount and CBS announced via StarTrek.com the first official Star Trek fan film guidelines. Of course, I jumped on quickly to review these and see what the situation was. Now, I was feeling very optimistic after everything Justin Lin (Director of Star Trek Beyond) and J.J. Abrams had said specifically about fan films and the Axanar lawsuit. Unfortunately, my mood has since changed.

For a full explanation of these guidelines, please check them out here but I’m to highlight a few and talk about my thoughts.

Analyzing the Guidelines

I don’t hate all of these guidelines. Some make perfect sense like:

2. The title of the fan production or any parts cannot include the name “Star Trek.” However, the title must contain a subtitle with the phrase: “A STAR TREK FAN PRODUCTION” in plain typeface. The fan production cannot use the term “official” in either its title or subtitle or in any marketing, promotions or social media for the fan production.

I totally get it. They want everyone to know exactly what is and is not a fan production. There is nothing wrong, in my opinion, about this one. It’s straight forward and reasonable. The very next point is just as reasonable:

3. The content in the fan production must be original, not reproductions, recreations or clips from any Star Trek production. If non-Star Trek third party content is used, all necessary permissions for any third party content should be obtained in writing.

Again, yes, we don’t want fan films literally ripping off content from licensed official episodes, movies, etc.

If the rest were like this, I wouldn’t even need to write an article but things just blow up. Let’s start with the very first point:

1. The fan production must be less than 15 minutes for a single self-contained story, or no more than 2 segments, episodes or parts, not to exceed 30 minutes total, with no additional seasons, episodes, parts, sequels or remakes.

Out of the gate this means that Star Trek Continues is basically dead in the water. They produce nearly hour long episodes following ongoing missions of The Original Series Enterprise and crew under Kirk’s command. Each episode would break this rule not to mention every other fan film that is well over 30 minutes in length like Of Gods and Men and Renegades. In fact, Prelude to Axanar is over the 15 minute mark and would need to be broken into two just to fit this very rule. The short segments could be dealt with in a serialized web format much like Red vs Blue or something to that affect BUT “no more than 2 segments” and “with no additional seasons, episodes, parts, sequels or remakes.” That means you get 30 minutes to tell your story with your characters and then they are gone forever. I don’t know about you but one of the things I loved about Trek in the 90s was how characters’ lives continued. They grew older, got promoted, and showed up on different shows. It was a connected and evolving universe. Fan films can kiss this goodbye.

4. If the fan production uses commercially-available Star Trek uniforms, accessories, toys and props, these items must be official merchandise and not bootleg items or imitations of such commercially available products.

That point focuses on props and costumes. Now, if I’m understanding this one wrong, let me know. It sounds to me like fan films that use existing styles (i.e. uniform designs from TV series or movies, props from the same) they must use officially licensed products. Does this mean fan films can make their own? What about costumes made from officially licensed costume patterns? And how is this going to be enforced? This one is tough and a little nebulous to me, so I’ll move on.

The big one I want to talk about is #5 which focuses on the actors and crew allowed involvement in fan films.

5. The fan production must be a real “fan” production, i.e., creators, actors and all other participants must be amateurs, cannot be compensated for their services, and cannot be currently or previously employed on any Star Trek series, films, production of DVDs or with any of CBS or Paramount Pictures’ licensees.

So this means that ANYONE who has ever worked on Trek in any official capacity or any other CBS or Paramount product cannot legally be involved in a fan film. No one. No actors, lighting guys, DVD art designers, maker of t-shirts. Even a person who does graphic design work for Star Trek Online said he has to drop off a fan films he was planning to work on. This immediately means that Star Trek: Renegades and their upcoming project Requiem is a no-go from the start since it includes legacy actors like Walter Koenig, Tim Russ, and Robert Picardo just to name a few. It also means that anyone who might have helped with ship design back in the 90s is a no-go too.

What does this mean?

From my perspective it’s simple. This is a direct reaction to the events around Axanar, its lawsuit, and the other popular fan productions, specifically Star Trek Continues and Star Trek: Renegades. Paramount and CBS have a new movie and TV on the horizon. While we don’t know the details on the show, we know that Beyond continues the JJ-verse with Kirk and company. Meanwhile, the fan productions focus on the Prime universe in the old TV show era, before that, and in the future after Nemesis. These things don’t clash yet Paramount and CBS seem to take issue with them. Now, maybe this is more personal and just about Axanar or maybe it’s less personal and it’s about all fan films. I don’t know but I can say that these new guidelines appear to take aim at the big three.

As a lifelong fan, I’m disappointed. I love Star Trek and I enjoy the fan productions. They get me through the empty time Paramount and CBS have left in addition to telling stories those companies have no interest in telling. The fact that everything is coming to a head on the 50th anniversary of the franchise is both disappointing and disheartening. For us fans, it was supposed to be a year of celebration and excitement. Instead, there is a lot of tense, hurt feelings, and distrust.

Since the news is still young, I’m curious to see what these fan films have to say in addition to others I have not mentioned. In fact, we’ve published at least five other articles about Star Trek fan films. Check them out below to see some of what we might be missing with these new guidelines.

Star Trek Horizon

Star Trek Progeny

Star Trek Renegades

Pacific 201

Axanar

What do you think of the new fan film guidelines? Comment below or hit me up on Twitter @griddaily!

Official Star Trek Fan Film Guidelines Aim at Current Projects

Marvel Collector Corps: Women of Power Unboxing

Hey everyone, it’s time for another Marvel Collector Corps subscription box unboxing! Once every other month, we receive a new box from Funko in their Marvel Collector Corps line. Each box contains 100% exclusive items including comic book variants, POP Vinyls, and more. Every box has a theme. In the past we’ve had Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Secret Wars, as a few examples. We’re well into the second year for this service and it’s now time for Women of Power. Keep in mind that throughout the video, I’ll be discussing and showing every item in the box, so if you don’t want spoilers, I’d stop now.

If you like the video, be sure to check out the rest of our unboxing videos, interviews, and other videos on our YouTube page. You can find the link in the top right of this website. We unbox the DC Legion of Collectors and Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty boxes too!

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Marvel Collector Corps: Women of Power Unboxing

Justice League Logo & Synopsis Released

(Updating as news comes in. Last updated: 6\21\2016 8:30AM CST)

The upcoming Justice League film from DC Entertainment officially has a logo and a plot synopsis. For those wondering, it has also been confirmed that the main villain for the movie is not Darkseid but instead one of the New Gods, Steppenwolf.

Additionally, it looks like we know who Willem Dafoe is going to be, Vulko, one of Aquaman’s main allies. Per Wikipedia:

Nuidis Vulko is a fictional DC Comics character and one of the most recurring members of the Aquaman supporting cast. He was created by Bob Haney and Howard Purcell in The Brave and the Bold #73 (August–September 1967).[1] His look was redesigned by Nick Cardy for Aquaman #35.

Here’s the Justice League film synopsis:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.  Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack Snyder, this marks the big screen debut of the Justice League, featuring an all-star lineup: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher.

Two logos have been released, one black text on white and one the opposite of that. check them out below and let us know your thoughts.

Justice League Movie Logo Black Justice League Movie Logo White

Justice League hit theaters in November 2017.

Which logo do you like best? Are you excited for the film? Comment below!

Justice League Logo & Synopsis Released

SH S1E26: CW’s DC-verse + Supergirl Season Recap

A power outage won’t stop us! For those watching the live stream, we kicked off a few minutes late but things eventually settled down. This week was recap The CW DC TV shows which include Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. We also talk about CBS’ Supergirl which is set to move to The CW for its second season this fall. We discuss everything from season finale plots, best and worst moments, character deaths, and expectations for next season. So with that in mind, we have tons of spoilers for both shows! You have been warned.

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Finally, we are off next week. This episode marks the end of Season 1 for Screen Heroes. We’ll return in two weeks with our fan casting of a live action Super Mario Bros movie! See you then!

CW’s DC-verse + Supergirl Season Recap Podcast Credits

Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

Special Guest
Noah Smith

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S1E26: CW’s DC-verse + Supergirl Season Recap

Doodlespork Cosplay & Children’s Mercy with Big Slick

We’ve talked about cosplay before at The Grid Daily but usually in the context of conventions or movie premieres. While those are fun and enjoyable experiences, cosplayers also have the ability to do great things for the community, especially on a local level. That’s what we have with DoodleSpork, also known as Sloane Withers-Marney. She is working with Big Slick Celebrity weekend and Children’s Mercy to help fund raise. The fundraiser is specifically for the Children’s Mercy Hospital Foundation. In fact, the foundation has raised over $50,000 on crowdrise so far.

The Big Slick Celebrity Weekend is coming back to Kansas City for the 7th year in a row and is looking to continue its charitable tradition by working directly with local high school kids for an event called Red, White & Bowl Celebrity Bowling Tournament. The celebrities include Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, Rob Riggle, and Jason Sudeikis!

DoodleSpork is one of the high schoolers involved in the fundraiser and is looking to make a splash in her first year participating in the charity event. You can find out all the details on her fundraiser page here: Sloane Withers-Marney’s Fundraiser

This is also just one of her charities she works with so be sure to check out her public Facebook page here: DoodleSpork Cosplay

DoodleSpork Cosplay - Super Snow White

Anyway, the Big Slick Children’s Mercy fundraiser ends late this week, so let’s do our best to help Sloane to her goal of $2,500 for the Children’s Mercy Hospital Foundation.

Doodlespork Cosplay & Children’s Mercy with Big Slick

SH S1E25: X-Men Apocalypse Review

We start off with some current events including the official title of the upcoming DC Comics Justice League film, casting news for Pacific Rim 2, some bits about the new Warcraft film hitting theaters this weekend, and then we hit our main event, reviewing X-Men: Apocalypse. For those who haven’t seen the film, there are spoilers abound. We talk about the overall style, plot, characters, and casting for the third film in the new X-Men trilogy. We discuss which characters were the most underutilized and maybe one that is being overdone. We don’t pull any punches and end the episode with individual letter grades for the film.

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X-Men: Apocalypse Review Podcast Credits

Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

Special Guest
Ian Turner

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S1E25: X-Men Apocalypse Review

Muhammad Ali Even Beat Superman

We don’t cover sports often on The Grid Daily but sometimes there are athletes who are so much more than competitors of their sport that they shatter into other universes. Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) is world known as the greatest boxer of all time. With a record of 56-5 including 37 KOs, Ali won nearly 92% of his fights. That number climbs even higher if you take out his final four fights. That’s right, in his first 57 fights, he lost twice. Twice. And one was to Joe Frazier, known as “The Fight of the Century”. Ali would go on to beat Frazier two more times.

Ali was fast, not just in his incredible “float like a butterfly” sense but also in his thinking, quickly calculating where to “sting like a bee”.  His fighting style, personality, and confidence made up just some of the aspects that the world loved or loved to hate about him.

In 1978, toward the end of his historic career, DC Comics published Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, written by Neil Adams and Dennis O’Neil. It wasn’t just a simple issue either. The story counted 72 pages and included not just a fight between the Man of Steel and the Black Superman, but them teaming up to fight off an alien invasion. Now, I’m sure you’re thinking, Ali couldn’t beat Superman, right? I mean, Superman is impervious to bullets, how could a punch hurt him? Well, Ali had become much more than just a boxer. He was an icon, a symbol for many people.

Superman vs Muhammad Ali

Sure, he was a boxer and that’s a violent sport but he was a man of peace, advocating against war, specifically the Vietnam War. Ali was even found guilty in 1967 for refusing to step up when drafted. “The New York State Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title. Other boxing commissions followed suit. Ali would not be able to obtain a license to box in any state for over three years.” Ali’s conviction was overturned about four years later due to “the Appeal Board [giving] no reason for the denial of a conscientious object exemption to Ali”.

Ali was always a man of conviction and continued to stand up for what he believed in. This inspired many people including Martin Luther King Jr. and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

It was the Muhammad Ali symbol in the ring with the Man of Steel. It wasn’t Cassius Clay. It was the Black Superman.

How did the fight go? Ali won. It wasn’t quite that simple. The book portrays Ali as the superior boxer, which makes sense since Superman has been portrayed as a guy who just uses his strength and doesn’t usually have fight training like his peers Batman and Wonder Woman. With that context in mind, Ali was able to out maneuver Superman and Superman was able to take a lot of punishment from the Black Superman. In the end, Ali called for the fight to end. He feels that the fight is over and at this point it’s just him hitting Superman. Instead of taking the easy way out and calling a TKO for Ali, Superman ends up falling down, making it a KO for Ali. The story has a lot more to it and continues from there with the alien invasion. I encourage everyone to read the story which is available in digital form on Comixology and hardcover on Amazon.

Muhammad Ali

In the end, Muhammad Ali was many things. He was a boxer, an athlete, a world champion, a religious man and inspiration, a social inspiration, a protester, a husband, and a father. He was not perfect. Nor are any of us but he was an incredibly huge part of American culture and had additional impact throughout the world. He gave voice and hope to many who found themselves unable to speak up and at the same time, he took over a sport for two solid decades.

Muhammad Ali died on June 3rd, 2016 at the age of 74. We wish his family and friends well.

RIP Black Superman.

Sources:

Muhammad Ali Wikipedia Page

Superman vs. Muhammad Ali Wikipedia Page

Muhammad Ali Even Beat Superman

SH S1E24: Captain America’s Twist & DC’s Rebirth

We hit the ground running with some current events covering Disney and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, plus some talk about how fans are handling Arrow’s season finale. After that, we dive headfirst into our two major topics, Marvel’s Captain America #1 comic book twist and DC Comics’ Rebirth #1. We’ve got tons of spoilers ahead so stop now if you don’t want those two stories spoiled for you yet.

Still here? Good. We discuss what it means for the iconic Marvel hero that he is now a Hydra agent and how some fans have reacted to the surprising news. Then we talk about some of the major events Rebirth brings DC Comics including the return of a major superhero, the rekindling of some love interests, and a new and surprising antagonist group thought to not coexist with the standard DCU.

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Next week we’ll review X-Men: Apocalypse.

Captain America’s Twist & DC’s Rebirth Podcast Credits

Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S1E24: Captain America’s Twist & DC’s Rebirth

SH S1E23: Planet Comicon Recap & Thundercats Fan Cast

With our hometown comic con over, we recap KC’s largest comic convention, Planet Comicon. We talk about our experiences, how the convention has changed over the years, among other details. Then we switch gears to talk about the classic animated series, Thundercats and who we would cast in a live action feature film adaptation. The original show ran from 1985-1989 with a short resurgence in a completely new version from 2011-2012. Talks of a live action film have been going on for years with even a fan trailer being made. Most recently, Michael Bay’s name has been attached due to some comments he’s made. Join us as we cast the major players like Lion-o, Panthro, Jaga, Tygra, Cheetara, Mummra, and of course, Snarf.

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THUNDERCATS HO!

Planet Comicon & Thundercats Podcast Credits

Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

Special Guest
Ian Turner

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S1E23: Planet Comicon Recap & Thundercats Fan Cast

SH S1E22: Broforce & Action Films

With Rae unavailable this week, Ryan and Derreck bring in their friend Jon to play some Broforce on the PS4. For those who don’t know, Broforce is a Indie platformer where you play as various classic action stars including Terminator, Rambo, Robocop, and even some new surprises. There’s tons of characters that you unlock as you rescue hostages. The game is very tongue-in-cheek and plays off the classic 80’s action stereotypes. As we play the game, we talk about the various characters we play as plus their films. For example, when playing as Will Smith’s Agent J from Men in Black, we talk about our thoughts on the franchise’s third film.

If you’re interested in the game play, check out our video on Twitch.tv\griddaily or YouTube.

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Broforce Podcast Credits

Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Ryan Couture

Special Guest
Jon Czerwinski

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S1E22: Broforce & Action Films

How Supergirl Can Join the CW-Verse

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a young twenty-something girl who clearly doesn’t look like either of those things. CBS’ Supergirl is changing homes, moving to sister (or is it cousin) network The CW. For those who think that might be an odd move, you’re probably not aware that The CW is currently home to four different DC Comics TV shows: Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and iZombie. They even have a fifth show in the form of a web series on CW Seed, Vixen. The CW is no stranger to bringing the DC universe together either. In fact, they put the first live action Justice League together on Smallville ages ago. After NBC cancelled Constantine, Stephen Amell (Arrow), lobbied to get the character’s rights to The CW so they could do a crossover and not only did Matt Ryan show up on Arrow, he is lined up to be a recurring, if not regular character in the second season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

So, The CW, it seems, is building its own DC Universe and with the exception of iZombie, it’s all deeply connected. Characters crossover all the time and the animated Vixen even showed up in live action form on Arrow already. Say what you want about the DCEU from a film perspective, The CW has pulled out all of the stops by introducing crazy characters, intense stories, and even the Multiverse in just the second season of The Flash. The network isn’t hesitant to go full comic book and I love that!

Alright, but what does that mean for our Girl of Steel? I, for one, love the show. It’s bright, fun, motivating, and hopeful. Now, there will be some spoilers after the image break pertaining to the March crossover with The Flash. You have been warned.

Supergirl - Kara Danvers - The CW

Still here? Cool. So, back in March CBS and The CW decided to join forces and bring Flash to Supergirl. This was perfect for two main reasons. First, the tones of the show are very similar. The Flash is bright and fun just like Supergirl and definitely not the depressing, teenage angst-filled soap opera Arrow has become in recent months. Second, Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin are old friends from Glee and love working together. That is evident in their promotional photoshoot pairing the two characters together, spurring rumors of a crossover. While the writing for that particular episode may not have been the best either show has seen, the chemistry between Benoist and Gustin was clear and exciting. I wanted to see more of them together and the episode left me wishing Supergirl was a CW show because that network has earned my trust when it comes to DC shows.

The crossover was able to occur because Barry Allen can pass between universes and is specifically trying to do so at the time to defeat Zoom. The Barry Allen character has been able to do similar things in the comic books for decades and in the classic graphic novel Kingdom Come by Alex Ross, Flash has become so quick in his old age that he can literally walk between universes and dimensions.

Now the question The CW has to answer is, will Supergirl stay in its own universe or will something change? Options include keeping the show in its own universe, merging the two universes in a major cataclysmic event, or pulling Kara from her universe to The CW’s permanently. The safe, easy choice is the first one. Let things continue as they are and do a crossover when it’s convenient or organic. The third option would be difficult to pull off. Kara would never be okay with leaving her world behind, so they’d need a really good reason she sticks around. That leaves us with the middle option: major cataclysmic event. Now, these things have happened before… in the comic books. In fact, DC did something like this recently with their “Convergence” story line that spanned the entire DC universe and made basically anything published by them official canon. Now we have two different Superman characters from two different universe, for example.

The CW could do something basically unheard of in the TV world and go down the path of a universe merging event (yes I know this kind of happened in Fringe and I loved that show). Imagine if the Flarrow-verse’s National City was wiped out and replaced with Supergirl’s? It’d be epic. The consequences of such a disaster, dealing with a whole new population that might have doppelgangers around the world is complex, potentially dark, and definitely heavy. Now, something like this could easily be a season spanning arc or at least half a season between setting it up and coming to some kind of resolution. A man can dream but I doubt something like this will happen.

What I expect is that The CW will keep Supergirl in its current universe and provide more crossovers at times, maybe even with doppelganger characters with all the other actors being on the same lot now. We can see Supergirl’s Barry Allen and Oliver Queen pretty much any time now. Like we see Arrow and The Flash characters crossover frequently, we can now see those actors play different versions of themselves much like Earth-2. Does that make Supergirl Earth-3? Those who read the comic books know Earth-3 is not really a good place but The CW-verse is not the comic books.

One final possibility is the inclusive of Legends of Tomorrow crossovers. While the show centers around time travel in the first season, the sky is the limit with such a flexible cast and advanced technology. Crossing between Earths wouldn’t be too difficult to explain.

What would you like to see? Are you excited for the move? Comment below with your thoughts!

How Supergirl Can Join the CW-Verse

Halo: Rankings Evolved

The Xbox division of Microsoft might not be here today if it wasn’t for their original console exclusive hit, Halo: Combat Evolved from Bungie. The first-person shooter revolutionized the genre that GoldenEye had set the standard for in the console generation before. Over the years, we’ve had several sequels and even a prequel to the Halo franchise, each one attempting to build on the lore, following the paths of Master Chief and Cortana and even expanding on the surrounding universe. It is easily one of the most successful video game franchises of this century.

With that in mind, I am providing my ranking of the games. I am not including the Halo: Wars RTS or any of the digital only games. With that in mind, we are looking at seven different games. Additionally, I am only going off of the original versions of these games and not the Anniversary or Master Chief Collection versions. For those who don’t know, that means I’m going on their original releases. That means Bungie’s work is in play here. The remakes of the games do change things, especially since Bungie was not directly involved in the remastering of their games. So, here we go.

#7. Halo: ReachHalo Reach Box Art

So, we got a prequel. It’s not a prequel about Master Chief, it’s about Cortana and where she came from. While her origins are important and they provide some interesting insight into her creation, the game just doesn’t fit in well with the rest of the universe. The team you play with are decent enough NPCs and the graphics are good but being a prequel, you know where things are headed. You are going to die. There is nothing you can do. It’s going to happen. In fact, it’s going to happen in a fairly lame way and I’m going to spoil it. You should someone needs to stay behind so your ship with Cortana can escape. So you do it. You stay behind and fight off an endless wave of Covenant troops until you eventually die. There is no score. No time keeper. No ranking list. You just die and the credits roll. Talk about a waste of time.

#6. Halo 3

Halo 3 Box Art

It’s a good game, not great. It recycles a lot of the first game with the addition of a super intelligent Flood enemy that, for a reason that is still unclear to me, has stolen Cortana. The game doesn’t do much to add to the franchise and the gameplay is fairly simple. I find it mostly a forgettable game in the franchise but there isn’t really anything wrong with it. It does provide some emotional support for the relationship between Cortana and Master Chief which becomes very important in the later games.

#5. Halo 2

 

Halo 2 Box Art

The story in this one is pretty convoluted. I think the dual storyline was handled much better in Halo 5 but they tried. As someone who is color blind, I found the Covenant storyline particularly frustrating because I never knew who was an ally and who was an enemy. I constantly attacked my own people and it got old real fast. This game does deserve some credit because it introduced the dual-wield of weapons and online multiplayer. Both concepts were huge advancements for console gaming and are still leveraged today. I blame the game a bit for pushing campaigns to the back burner because of the interest in online multiplayer

#4. Halo: Combat Evolved

Halo Combat Evolved Logo

Yes, this game launched the franchise but it is not without its faults. It’s a solid game with a decent story. The graphics were good for their day but I found the Anniversary edition to be an improvement on the game. In short, this game opened the door for the genre and each game after it was able to build on the universe in a positive way. I found the higher ranked games to be enhancements and better games overall but this is certainly not one to miss.

#3. Halo 3: ODST

Halo 3 ODST

You are not Master Chief. In fact, you’re not even a Spartan Solider. You have no over shield. You are not a super human. You are a Marine, just a man\woman. In fact, you’re several of them. The story takes place from several different perspectives that you get to play over the course of the game, each individual adding to the overall picture of the plot. The re-addition of med-packs made the game more challenging and felt more like the original. The story, taking place on Earth, allowed for street combat and just a more relatable experience. I loved the story. I loved the game play and I loved feeling more human during it.

#2. Halo 4

Halo 4

This game brought the franchise to a new level. The graphics, enhanced by the new Xbox One, were impressive. We finally got to see the Forerunners and use their technology throughout an entire game. The addition of the new technology, weapons, and enemies made for an exciting and fresh experience for a franchise that had been primarily bogged down in fighting the Flood. The Cortana story was brought in new depth to both her and Master Chief. If you finished this game and did not feel a connection to both of them, then I don’t know what to tell you.

#1. Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5: Guardians

While note quite a direct sequel to Halo 4, we find Master Chief in a hunt for his long lost friend, Cortana but things are definitely not what they seem. The game built on the new style and graphics developed for the previous game but added additional elements. It brought back the dual-pronged story Halo 2 leveraged but did it better. The voice acting, with the help of some star power like Nathan Fillion, was brought to a new level. The enemies were tougher, the story more complex and the game not only ends on an epic cliffhanger, making me want more, but launches a whole new story path for the franchise that had been far too focused on aspects from the first game. I consider this game an improvement on everything done in the franchise, keeping it alive and well.

Halo 5 Guardians

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