You might like Halo. You might not. Crysis 2 lead writer and sci-fi novelist Richard Morgan says he doesn't like Halo at all.
"I don't like the Halo series at all," says Morgan, best known for his dystopian novel Altered Carbon. "Okay Halo is not actually bad, it's just, you know, average."
Average? Do explain!
"The reason that its fiction doesn't work has nothing to do with the fact that you don't get to see Master Chief's face, it's because of lines like 'Okay... I'm gonna get up there and kill those guys'," says Morgan. "Halo is full of these bullshit archetypal characters and there's no real emotional effect."
When Neil Blomkamp, the director of District 9, was attached to the Halo film, he mentioned that the plan was to have the film focus on those around Master Chief. That certainly does give a degree of gravitas to what Morgan is saying.
Of course, Crysis 2, a first-person shooter, is expected to be out later this year. So is first-person shooter Halo: Reach.