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 4 covers 26 “Standard” and Thin armors.
Let’s start with Standard armor. I define these as ones that are mostly humanoid in shape, not too large, not thin, not angular, etcetera.
Air Assault is tied to Kat’s armor from Reach. Though the Halo 5 version is definitely different. It’s chest isn’t as bulky and the shoulder armor is more rounded. It’s a enough of a difference that I think it should RETURN.
The CIO chest armor is a great fit for Halo. While the shoulders are a little too pointy for me, the rest of the armor makes up for it. RETURN Oh, on that note, I hope we get some more customization in Infinite. If we can swap out shoulders, legs and such as we were able to in Halo 4, that would change quite a few of my votes.
Whew, I had to really try to look past the large white painted parts of the pic here. I like the chest harness. The light in the middle evokes ‘Iron Man’ of which I’m a HUGE fan. The shoulders are bulky and protective. Other than missing abdominal armor this gets a huge thumbs up form me. RETURN
Hellcat by far is one of my ABSOLUTE favorite armors in Halo 5! The chest armor looks like a human’s muscular chest. While I’m not normally a fan of angular bits of armor, it works for the forearms here. I’m not a fan of the helmet. But as for the armor? RETURN
The Pioneer armor suffers from it’s chest not being broad. Those breakups in the armor cause weak points. Also not a fan of those ‘buttons’ on the chest. The rest of the armor is okay. I just can’t get past the chest. GONE
Raider definitely says ‘strength’ to me. Something I expect in Spartan armor. The only issue I have is the gap in the chest. Otherwise, the rest is well designed. Look at the hands! Just love that added detail there! RETURN
Scanner’s armor is the same as the Soldier armor. I liked it in the character armor article. So I like it here, but not labeled as Scanner. I’d rather Scanner have it’s own armor set. So this is going to seem weird, but UNSURE…. If you take my meaning.
Once again, I had to look past all the white noise and consider just the armor. Great protection on all but the chest. Though the chest is decent. The middle of the chest makes for a weak point. Still, overall, I like this armor. RETURN
Warrior is already pretty classic as it was used a lot in Halo 4’s advertising. Strong design. Only thing I do not like about it is that ‘bump-up’ for lack of a better term, at the top of the chest. Seems like that would get in the way. Other than that, it most definitely should make a RETURN.
And now let’s look at THIN armors. Those that have slender chest pieces and/or shoulders.
Too much wrong with this armor. It doesn’t know what direction to take. Is it blocky? Is it rounded? Is it bumpy? The chest might be good if the rest of the armor was blocky. But it stands out, for the worse as a rectangular piece in a mostly otherwise rounded armor set. My big drawback here is the “drum kit” for the shoulders. Just too many weak points. GONE
The chest of Fenrir is good. But my oh my are those forearms THIN. Only the most skinny Spartans could fit that armor. The shoulder armor looks to barely protect. Perhaps this armor is meant solely for stealth? But I’m just not a fan. GONE
Legionnaire is strangely a favorite that I do not wear often. I like the shoulder horns or claws, whatever you want to call them. This is repeated somewhat on the forearms too. The front of the legs could be covered up better. Overall though, I like the armor. RETURN
Come back tomorrow for the last article in the series of helmets and armors of Halo 5. This to show the consolidation of which full sets should stay, go, or I’m unsure of. As well, helmets and armors that are displaced. That meaning one or the other should return, but not the full set.