DO IT RIGHT!
On Halo Waypoint, Under the section titles Halo 4, it says that the newest game will be the start of a new trilogy. Trilogies are perfectly fine if they are done right, however, it is very easy to screw up. Look at the original Star Wars trilogy, they had a great stand alone first movie, a cliff hanger in the middle, and then a good resolution. For a gaming trilogy to work successfully, the game should be able to stand alone from each other.
The word trilogy is defined as three related things. This does not mean that they have to be completely inseparable from each other. Star Wars did it wrong and if you watched the second movie, you had to also watch the third.
I love the Star Wars movies; don’t get me wrong. I am simply frustrated by how they were cut together. If George Lucas had changed a few minor things, he would have had three movies that would have stood by themselves. This is what the Halo franchise needs to do with these new set of games. Instead of making a good first game and leaving us hanging with the second and then begging for the third one, the games should stand by themselves.
When I say stand by themselves, I mean that the games should have a large over arching story line, but each individual game should have resolution to its story. An example where each installment was resolved would be the Terminator movies. There is a large over arching story, the robots are going back in time to kill John Connor, but each movie has a different set of villains allowing for resolution. Another example of a good series, is almost any novel. Good novels are written in such a way that you don’t need another book to be able to understand what is going on.
There are ways to reward people who have played, read or watched a previous installment in a series. If 343 Industries, the developers of this Halo, want to make a good trilogy, they should add little things in this title to reference the previous game, but not tie the stories together in such a way that if you pick up the second one, you don’t know what is going on.
There are ways that you can go about making a good gaming trilogy. The most important thing to do is to make the games able to stand by themselves in terms of the story. It is the most frustrating thing in the world when you beat the second game and you have to wait for a year to get a resolution. The second thing that should be done to make a good trilogy is that you should reward the gamer for playing the previous games. Add little jokes here or there, or include subtle references to the previous game.
343 does not need to make a good trilogy for it to be a financial success, the public will consume almost any game relating to Halo. But it would be so much more satisfying if they made the games the right way.
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