There is no rest on Requiem.
343 Industries, inheritors of the Halo franchise, introduced many new elements with the release of Halo 4 back in November. New enemies in campaign, new armor and ranking system in multiplayer, new tools in Forge to facilitate creative construction, and a feature that is entirely new to the Halo experience: Spartan Ops.
Spartan Ops is story-driven cooperative play that feels like the perfect combination of campaign and Firefight. Spartan Ops takes place six months after the events of Halo 4 and features the Spartan fireteam Crimson. Each week there are five objective-based missions that are unlocked on the Halo 4 disc, each mission furthering Crimson’s exploration of the planet Requiem and Promethean mysteries.
One of the most engaging aspects of Spartan Ops is the trailers that precede each new episode. These videos cinematically deliver critical backstory and provide deeper meaning and context to Crimson’s missions. You can view all of the trailers here.
Personally, I have been greatly enjoying my Spartan Ops experience. I was never a fan of the Firefight gametype in Halo: Reach or Halo 3: ODST because of the lack of purpose. Spartan Ops satisfies by providing a story, goal-driven missions, and waves of enemies that make you go:
While I fully own my Halo fangirl status, there are a few things that I hope to see improved in future Spartan Ops episodes. First, the environments can be somewhat repetitive and I sometimes found myself in settings that I swore I had just cleared. Second, I hope that it becomes more accessible to the lay-player. I consider myself well educated in Halo lore - I’ve played all the games, read all the books, even went the HaloFest! - and even I sometimes have trouble tracking what is going on story-wise.
In total, 10 Episodes of Spartan Ops have been planned. Five episodes, each containing five chapters, have been released so far and the next episode will be released on January 21.
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