Halo 3 "Two Soldiers Reminisce" Trailer
As I’m watching Saving Private Ryan on TNT tonight, I always get choked up at the final scene in Arlington Cemetery where the older James Ryan asks his wife if he had “led a good life.” The raw emotion involved in that particular scene is almost overwhelming to me. Although I tell myself that SPR is a fictional story set within historical context, I am always reminded of those who so dearly sacrificed their lives upon the altar of freedom upon each viewing. Meaning, there is always a strong emotional connection with me and any movie like SPR.
Microsoft and Bungie were probably trying to make that same connection with this latest Halo 3 trailer. Now, I am in no way advocating Halo 3 as being some doctrine for war veteran appreciation. Halo 3 is fiction, period. And unlike SPR, it is has no historical backdrop that merits any tangible reverence. However, the emotional context is still there. If you’ve read the Halo 3 reviews spilling out onto the internet today like lifeblood, they would suggest a familiar story of humanity in its darkest hour. And as the trailers suggest, humanity (within the Halo 3 universe) must have its survivors. As such, those survivors share with us a glimpse of their war experience, good & bad.
In that respect, the Halo 3 trailers are brilliant in design. Much like SPR, these short clips try and capitalize on that almost instant emotional connection with war veterans. Shameless as it may be, it really does work. I would not consider myself a true fan of the Halo franchise (more so a Bungie fan), but I continue to recognize the importance of Halo 3 within gaming history. The simple fact these trailers are such a deviation from the norm is a big plus in my book. So view them for what they truly are – harmless entertainment.
On another note, is that a real Scorpion Tank? Knowing WETA, I wouldn’t doubt them fabricating such a monstrosity.