Rampant Speculation: Female Lead Character

Halo_4_Spartan_Ops_Palmer_MagnumWhat if a major Halo release starred a female lead?  I think this could happen.  I think it should happen.  I believe Halo has the strength to out do Metroid, Tomb Raider, and The Last of Us in presenting a strong and interesting female lead character.  Here’s why…

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Sarah Palmer. Think about it… she is currently the main focus for Halo related content lately, but why?  She was introduced in Halo 4 and is heavily featured in the glorious CGI cut scenes in the additional Halo 4 content of Spartan Ops.  She’s the lead in Halo: Spartan Assault, the only Halo game to release since Halo 4 (2012).  Oh by the way, did I mention she’s voiced by one of the most prolific female voice over artists in the industry, Jennifer Hale?  Why is that important?  Oh I don’t know, maybe because she’s played Fem Shep (Mass Effect series), Leah (Diablo 3), Samus Aran (Metroid Prime Series), and is probably in a dozen other of your favorite video games.  She’s seen an origin story in the Dark Horse Comics mini series Halo: Initiation and is now a focus of the current run of Halo comics Halo: Escalation.  She’s not a random character. She is a pillar at this point and I don’t think that 343i and Microsoft would be devoting so much time and money into this character if they didn’t have big plans for her.  I think she could really lead to something interesting.

 

Now for juicy, full fledged, baseless, wholly-opinionated speculation.

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One thing I didn’t like about Halo 2 and it’s take on a dual campaign with two main characters on opposite sides of a struggle, was the fact that Master Chief and the Arbiter never really engaged each other.  A dynamic that could have really spiced up the campaign.  Imagine the thrill of hunting the Master Chief as the Arbiter, or vice versa.  This is the kind of thing I could picture happening in a future Halo title.  Master Chief fighting to protect Dr. Halsey from Sarah Palmer who’s acting at the behest of ONI spook Admiral Serin Osman, who, herself is acting on the wishes of her own predecessor.  Over the course of a campaign or two, I could see Chief and Palmer coming toe-to-toe a couple times, and the player having a chance to be on both sides of these bouts.  Finally, further down the line, in Halo 6, what I’m assuming to be the end of the Reclaimer Saga, Chief and Palmer see eye-to-eye and work together to defeat the Didact.  (Made up spoilers) Palmer dies, heroically…or something like that. ;-)

Of course I have lots more to say on this subject, but why don’t we start a dialogue?  Leave a comment below and I will surely reply!

As always, thanks for stopping by!
Drewcifer CCG (XBL)

 

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