Posted on September 23, 2007,

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.

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6 Comments on Halo 3 "Two Soldiers Reminisce" Trailer


On September 23, 2007 at 10:31 pm

Actually, instead of watching SPR on TNT at 8:30, you should have been watching THE WAR on PBS. Talk about getting chocked up.


On September 24, 2007 at 2:29 am

ya beyler


On September 24, 2007 at 3:18 am

Besides, these Halo advertisements breathe a bit of life into a boring advertising method (for games).

As for a real Scorpion…heh…well…”shotgun”!


On September 24, 2007 at 7:23 am

it always interests me to see people talk about how they remember war. I have only been removed from combat for a couple years myself and my opinions on the matter have already begun to change drastically. I wonder when I am 80 years old how I will remember it.


On September 24, 2007 at 8:12 am

I totally watched that movie on TNT too. The ending scene always chokes me up too. :/


On September 24, 2007 at 9:39 am

These ads are… I can’t find the right words, but they move you. I think that’s what makes them most interesting. It doesn’t seem that the future would be any different than our past, and that’s what helps to make the connection, that this sci-fi could actually be so real…