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Dulce et Decorum Est (killing off the protagonist)
I just hope we don't play as humans. Because playing as a faction you know is supposed to lose, just never works out right. You'll have some epic boss battle at the end, but in the end, despite your efforts, you're still fucked, so what was the point.
Playing as the Covies would be so much better.
My fanboy is setting in, and I'm picturing something closer to ODST. Having a squad of an Elite with Plasma Rifles and Needlers, a Grunt with Plasma Pistols and Fuel Rods. A Jackal with the Sniper and Carbines, and the Hunter, with a fucking fist of doom.
(settle down there fanboy, settle down)
Whilst being a covie would be fun. I don't really see your 'what was the point', it would be great. It'd serve to hammer home that the humans are actually losing the war rather badly. Itâ€™s a series of pyrrhic victories culminating in your eventual death losing the battle against insurmountable odds. The point isnâ€™t whether you win, itâ€™s whether you try. It's one of humanities defining characteristics. Plus given the secular themes present itâ€™d be an interesting albeit inspiring take upon it.
I'm just saying any time I've ever played a game where you know you're on the losing team, I've never felt a sense of accomplishment after beating it.
Halo Wars is a great example. We know the Humans aren't winning the war, so even though you get to watch Forge pull shit out of his ass to beat the Arbiter, and then sacrifice himself to blow up a sun, its all bitter sweet, because it had zero impact on the story thereafter. They went away, fought their own battle and "won" which had no impact on the rest of humanity in any way.
I feel the same would be played out if I was playing as Humans on Reach. I know I'm going to lose the planet, no matter what I do. I might fight off some huge invading force, so that X more civilians can escape, and maybe that makes me a hero, but I really doubt I'll feel like a badass for only prolonging my destruction.
Because even though it doesn't end with the nuke scene, it could have. And I would havegone away content.
I mean it might just be me, but heroes live short violent lives. Itâ€™s what immortalises them. And itâ€™s (arguably) one of the greatest acts of â€“ not patriotism â€“ but sacrifice. Youâ€™re giving up everything to protect those you love and what you believe in. Even something as thunderously stupid as the Charge of the Light brigade lights a little fire in you that makes you think fuck yeah. Despite realising its sheer ridiculousness.