The goal of this series of articles is to try to pair the armors in Halo 5 down to roughly 50 returning in Halo Infinite. There are more than 90 sets of armor, presently.
I’ve been wanting to write these articles for awhile now. As we start to edge closer to more news about Halo Infinite, it’s time we discuss what armor (and helmets, in another series of articles I’ve written: part 1, part 2, part 3) will return. These are just my opinions folks. Do not take this as a direct line to 343.
Some armors have their place, some that might be considered for returning or not, some shouldn’t return for various reasons. That said, I do realize that real people put in work to make these. So I try to take a light approach with armors I’m not fond of.
I’ve split this subject into four articles. I’m not including the skinned versions of armors as skins can relatively easily be changed. This topic is more about the form and functionality of the armors themselves, than their skins.
Here are the categories I made up for this series of articles:
- Angular Armor: Armors with sharp angles to them
- Bulky Armor: Large armors that often make the Spartan look even more oversized
- Character Armor: Armors worn by named characters in the Franchise
- Standard and Thin Armor: Standard I deem as roughly humanoid, not too bulky or thin. Thin being those armor that are small on the Spartan in one way or another
Part 2 covers 22 “Bulky” armors.
Okay, let’s get started.
Athlon is already an iconic/classic armor of Halo due to it’s prevalence in advertising during the run-up to Halo 5. Thick and rounded armor give Athlon a muscular look. To me, it’s the “football” armor of Halo 5 and I’m totally okay with that! I hope this RETURNs.
There is something about that big middle piece in the chest that stands out in a not so good way, to me. The flattish shoulders seem a bit out of place too. I’m okay if this armor is GONE for Halo Infinite.
I’m not sure why the chest armor is segmented as it is with a large top and smaller bottom, but it looks off. This is much in the same manner as the helmet of the same name. No protection of the abs is a drawback too. Just not a fan of it. I vote GONE.
Foehammer seems a bit busy with greeblies. Aside from that, the high arching curve to the chest piece leave a bit more space uncovered and prone to damage. I know it’s named for a long gone Pilot in Halo CE. So that said, I think it’s time to put this one to rest. GONE
The armor of FOTUS is a bit ordinary. It’s shoulders are used with other armor as well. It’s not a bad armor, not great. I’d be okay with it making a RETURN especially given it’s popularity with the helmet.
At first I was going to say gone. I’m not a fan of the shoulder mounted pouches. However, the chest is decent and the shoulder armor itself is large and would prevent damage better than most other armors. So I’m going to have to go with UNSURE for this one.
Now really it’s mostly just the torso that’s bulky, while the rest is a bit slender. Jumpmaster does have a slight Gears of War vibe to it that perhaps 343 was going for. As another exclusive title to XBOX, I’m okay with it’s RETURN.
Marauder is another one of those that’s really busy with details. Too much so. I’m not sure why those mustard color clips are on the armor. The additional white lines don’t really help it either. Gonna have to be a GONE from me.
Oy…Seeker… Not only is the helmet a dreadful design, so too is the armor. I know this is going to seem like a dig, so apologies for this next comment. It looks as though Seeker has a baby harness on the chest plate. I guess if you’re a Spartan momma to be, it’s good. But seriously though, it’s SO out of place on armor and Halo in general. This needs to be GONE.
White markings aside, the Teishin armor is fantastic. A large chest is complemented by cool looking shoulder armor, fierce fins on the forearms and thick thigh armor as well. This needs to RETURN, IMO.
I like the shoulders of Tracer. Though the chest is larger, there’s something about the downward curvature of it that doesn’t quite sit right with me. The forearms are kind of funky too. I’m UNSURE about this one.
Here are the armors discussed above it their respective RETURN, GONE and UNSURE categories.
Come back tomorrow for Part 3, where I’ll discuss Character Armor, which should return, which should go, any I’m unsure of, and why.