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Great action, but not very satisfying
I like both Halo and Metroid, so I was excited to watch Monty Oum's kickass animated crossover between the two; power armor against power armor, orange and green against orange and green, hero of the UNSC vs hero of the Federation, there is a lot of potential here. Yet unlike many people, I was rather disappointed; I guess I'll try to articulate why.

It starts out with New Mombasa being overrun by Covenant; somber music (In Amber Clad, from Halo 2) plays over the massacre of UNSC defenders as the opening credits roll. It's a good opening that slowly eases the viewer into the first segment. After the music stops, we see the Master Chief makes his Dynamic Entrance on a warthog and proceeds to kick the aliens' asses. This sequence is by far my favorite of the machinima; we see lots of creativity in the choreography, including a wonderful sequence where he takes down a dozen elites with a shotgun by cocking it and using it as a close-combat tool in-between blasts. The scope of the combat is way beyond the actual abilities of a Spartan, and it doesn't really feel like Halo. However, I do enjoy that it establishes that the Chief is on the same level as (the usually more powerful) Samus.

Speaking of which... Samus makes a great entrance too, falling from the sky like a meteor and unfolding from morph ball in a foreboding, powerful manner before scanning the foe before her, Metroid Prime style. With both combatants established, the true battle begins.

The battle between the Master Chief and Samus is just as awesome as expected, with both fighters showing their abilities. Samus goes through nearly everything in her Super Metroid arsenal, yet the Chief's lucky resourcefulness manages to keep him alive. My only qualm is that the battle is far too uneven, with Samus kicking the Chief's ass and suffering only one solid hit.
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I like both Halo and Metroid, so I was excited to watch Monty Oum's kickass animated crossover between the two; power armor against power armor, orange and green against orange and green, hero of the UNSC vs hero of the Federation, there is a lot of potential here. Yet unlike many people, I was rather disappointed; I guess I'll try to articulate why.

It starts out with New Mombasa being overrun by Covenant; somber music (In Amber Clad, from Halo 2) plays over the massacre of UNSC defenders as the opening credits roll. It's a good opening that slowly eases the viewer into the first segment. After the music stops, we see the Master Chief makes his Dynamic Entrance on a warthog and proceeds to kick the aliens' asses. This sequence is by far my favorite of the machinima; we see lots of creativity in the choreography, including a wonderful sequence where he takes down a dozen elites with a shotgun by cocking it and using it as a close-combat tool in-between blasts. The scope of the combat is way beyond the actual abilities of a Spartan, and it doesn't really feel like Halo. However, I do enjoy that it establishes that the Chief is on the same level as (the usually more powerful) Samus.

Speaking of which... Samus makes a great entrance too, falling from the sky like a meteor and unfolding from morph ball in a foreboding, powerful manner before scanning the foe before her, Metroid Prime style. With both combatants established, the true battle begins.

The battle between the Master Chief and Samus is just as awesome as expected, with both fighters showing their abilities. Samus goes through nearly everything in her Super Metroid arsenal, yet the Chief's lucky resourcefulness manages to keep him alive. My only qualm is that the battle is far too uneven, with Samus kicking the Chief's ass and suffering only one solid hit.

And then Samus loses her suit. Now, while Zero-Suit Samus looks just as awesome when fighting as Samus in the Power Suit, I do have to question the choice Oum took here. Metroid has always been about the Power Suit, with all the signature abilities from the games being tied to the suit. Morph Ball, Bombs, Charge Beam, Ice Beam, Speed Boost, all are part of the Power Suit. The Zero-Suit is a minor addition to the franchise that is most known for being weaker than the Power Suit. So why is it that the video has Samus spending most of her time in the Zero-Suit? When we want to see "Halo and Metroid", we don't want to see a John Woo chick swinging a laser sword around on jet boots (Gear she never even had with the Zero Suit). It makes the eventual victory by one side feel rather hollow, since Samus didn't really fight like Samus for most of the fight.

The final battle is a Back To Back Badasses fight against a huge horde of Covenant. And again, it feels rather hollow. In one part, Samus effortlessly cuts through banshees with her inexplicable laser sword while flying with jet boots, leading me to wonder why Oum couldn't have just had her space jump through them with the Screw Attack. The carnage at this point gets so absurd that it becomes difficult to keep track of the action, and individual kills begin to matter less. And then the Chief reveals his backpack to be a random Deus Ex Machina bomb. It just feels pointless to make a crossover between Metroid and Halo that becomes so distanced from both.

Finally there's the twist at the end. The spartan I kept calling the Master Chief? Not actually him. Instead, it's Linda. I think the twist is completely pointless, and it doesn't help with making the crossover feel any more legitimate, but I do like the reference to the original Metroid.

Overall, it's extremely well-animated, but Haloid just doesn't promise what you'd expect. It doesn't really fit the tone of Halo or Metroid, the battle between Power Suited Samus and the Chief is brief, and the action becomes so over-the-top that it has less impact. However, I would still recommend it if you enjoy action sequences in general, because Oum is really good at setting up creative scenes; just don't expect it to be that satisfying.
comment #16602 Scardoll 22nd Oct 12
(AND JUST AS A REMINDER, YES, I KNOW THAT IT'S LINDA)
comment #16603 Scardoll 22nd Oct 12
It was Linda? I thought it was Nicole from Dead or Alive 4. But that was just another comment on Samus Is A Girl talking.
comment #16604 Tuckerscreator 22nd Oct 12
You're right, it is Nicole. My bad.
comment #16605 Scardoll 23rd Oct 12
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