I actually don’t have much a problem with dubstep. Its pretty enjoyable when I just want to tune everything out and listen to the bass-melting wub-wub of a tune while I write. But something about dubstep and Halo just does not mix. If you were holding back any doubts about 343 Industries’ ability to capture the “essence” of Halo in their upcoming Halo 4 title in November, then maybe you should check out this multiplayer trailer for the game:
Something just doesn’t feel right here. Halo deserves a sweeping orchestra and maybe some guitar riffs. Alright I’m probably getting a little too critical. But let’s be honest, now is the best time to be critical. Halo is not only getting a little long in the tooth after its 10 year anniversary, but its also no longer being helmed by its creators Bungie. 343 Industries is basically a super group of big developers brought in by Microsoft to take over the franchise. That could either amount to something incredible or it could tank hugely.
I guess the most confusing part of the trailer is that it doesn’t even show off anything new or interesting about the next game. Its basically more of the stuff we already know from previous Halo games. Warthogs: check. Slayer mode: check. Sticky grenades: check. Ok great stuff guys! So this trailer basically amounts to what we like to call “pandering to the crowd” in the worst way possible. Mix an increasingly popular genre of music with stock footage of stuff people know really well about the game to elicit genericly positive reactions to a popular franchise. Yes a job well done everybody.
Maybe I’m reading into this too much and I should just let the people enjoy their cake…and dubstep.