It’s been a few years since I’ve played any of the Halo games, but I’ve always been a fan of the franchise. I loved Halo Legends and enjoyed the Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn mini-series back in 2012 and was glad to learn that Ridley Scott was producing a new webseries based on the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians. Those who didn’t get a chance to see it due to the series being shown exclusively on Xbox Live and other Microsoft services – or maybe felt burned by The Master Chief Collection – now get the chance to watch all five episodes of Halo: Nightfall edited together into an action packed film available on Blu-ray.
This project serves as an origin story for Agent Jameson Locke (played by Mike Colter) who will be the secondary playable character in the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians game. Here things start off not long after a peace treaty is made with the fanatical aliens known as the Covenant, but of course things aren’t all sunshine and roses as there’s a cold war going on behind the scenes. Some time later, the Office of Naval Intelligence (aka ONI) has Locke leading a band of commandos that are investigating a Covenant terror plot on the planet Sedra.
It’s not long before a biological weapon threatens to kill many of the people there, which puts Locke and his team in touch with the local Sedra commander named Colonel Aiken (played by Steven Waddington) who doesn’t care for ONI and those who work for them. This uneasy team up will be put to the test as their investigation leads them to a destroyed part of a Halo ring, along with a terrible secret there that could possibly be the end of all they know.
Halo: Nightfall was a blast to watch, as it reminded me of the more action-packed later episodes of the Forward Unto Dawn series, but done even better this time around. Fans will enjoy the backstory that ties together Halo 4 and 5, while those looking for a cool sci-fi action flick to watch will get their kicks here. It was nice getting to see all five episodes edited together instead being treated like a series, which serves to pull you in and keep you there. Adding to this was getting to see it all in high definition that shows off all the awesome gear and special effects perfectly, while also cranking out the booming sound effects and music.
After the dust settles from all of that action, there’s some extras worth checking out that go behind the scenes and story such as “Beyond the Game – Expanding the Halo Universe” and “Canon Fire – Developing the Story of Halo: Nightfall” along with a few others on here that’s sure to fill in any who watch them on all things Halo.
Some may beg to differ, but I enjoyed Halo: Nightfall and think it’s a great addition to the franchise’s growing non-gaming cannon. Decent acting by the cast, cool special effects along with some pretty sweet extras serve to make this a well done sci-fi action piece that will make both fans and newcomers want to pick up their MA5B assault rifles and join the fight on Halo.