So after replaying Judgement again, and the Aftermath DLC. It made me think about how Loomis died defending it, any ideas on when he died? Was Baird still around Halvo and did he fail defending it? Was it years later into the war? Was it right after Kilo killed Karn?
Another question would be: would you like to see Loomis’s final stand as a DLC or as a cinematic?
I’ve always found that GOW has a problem with characterising its characters within the later games. Speaking as someone who doesn’t buy into the expanded universes of anything (books, comics etc) I’ve always found it really frustrating when franchises decide to fill in the gaps in between mainline games/movies etc with books/comics etc with even more story content which is usually quite crucial to understand the main story. Halo is arguably the worst culprit for this. I’m all for expanded universe expanding the story, but not taking the place of the mainline story. And I’ve always found GOW to charatcerise its side-characters in a super skimpy manner. GOW3 was really horrible for this and is the reason I don’t rate it as highly as GOW1 or GOW2. It introduced so many new characters seemingly out of nowhere (if you don’t follow the expanded universe) - Sam, Jace (I know he had a tiny blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearence in GOW2), Bernie, and to a lesser extent Griffin.
GOW1 and GOW2 were good because it had a tight cast of characters. GOW3 felt like they over-did it.
With Paduk, I always found him to be a bit too much of a caricature of that typical 80’s Soviet soldier who hates the West. It would have been nice to show more of a human side to him.
I suppose in that respect GOW4 improved on this because it stripped it all back to focusing on your immediate squad - the three new characters plus Marcus. Just that they weren’t all that interesting at this point.
That’s why I dont like chief. I know hes more humanized in the books and comics but I dont find it acceptable that it took 4 games (in the chief series) for him to actually act human.
I’m not a 1-3 Marcus fan but at least Epic made him show humanity at times. I’m more of a TC Marcus fan.
Having a Gorasynia Paduk DLC could solve this dilemma. Or even a DLC during the Pendulum Wars and it leads up to the Lightmass missile scarring him.
I’m a Sam fan for sure, I havent read any of the books that discuss her but I can definitely see it as an issue. Bernie was someone I didnt like but after reading Aspho Fields she grew on me. Jace is garbage in 3. I much prefer his comic counterpart.
Ditto. I know it’s considered sacralege to criticise Marcus, but I find him to be an extremely boring one-dimensional character in GOW1-3. He’s just characterised as being a constantly angry person. That’s it - just… anger and snapping at people. He’s definitely much more developed in GOW4 and especially GOW5.
Bernie was just ridiculous - she only appears in a very short segment at Anvil Gate. It felt so anticlimatic. I think it was a case of introducing far too many new characters into the game when you’ve already got a large core group of characters. You have to find enough room for the original Delta Squad characters too. I liked the idea that Epic came up with by covering two different narratives - Baird and Cole’s perspective being told in a separate section to Marcus and Dom - that obviously allowed them to squeeze in some of the new characters, but it still felt like some of the new characters didn’t get enough time.
They didn’t even give him the time of day in Judgement either, and that’s the sole reason he was the main character lol. Baird deserves a proper backstory. In a favorite character vote, I know he would win first place, he deserves it.
Oh yeah definitely lol. I always preferred Dom. Not that I’m biased towards side characters but he had a little more range than Marcus.
Gears 5 should’ve pushed the two character narrative that epic did in 3.