The only little detail I actaully liked from H4/5 were the electric plasma effects under the Ghost, but frankly, I can live without it as well. I also enjoyed some aspects from the Sangheli historic architecture, can't say the same thing about the main city frame tough... I really have a hard time elevating anything from 343i over Bungie's era frankly. I think light sources were used better in the past, horror inspired aliens bore me to hell - even the new jackals which imho are fairly nice admittingly, but you can't go from birds to alligators without an in-game explanation, also the remodeled covenant vehicles are ugly as sin (especially the new Wrath from H5
), Spartan armors look like power ranger toys, don't let me get started with Marines! Than there is the awful architecture with its overly designed and geometry braking patterns (which irks me especially seeing how I do work in the field)! Also how the ground is rendered, how nature is integrated with various buildings, how human settlements look like, how little love went into the sky boxes compared to H3/Reach etc. There isn't much left frankly, how people can claim they liked the H4/5 art direction the best is beyond me, but everyone its own I guess!
Hmmm maybe 343i's Brutes, they looked amazing in HW2.
HW2 was not made by 343i, they only helped out on some minor things. rater it's a Creative Assembly game mate! However, if you liked the HW2 art direction you should also love what we got in Hi, considering how both productions shared the same art-director, Jeremy Cook, not too long ago that is. If Hi has Brutes they most likely will share the same or at least a similar look, exception made maybe for the armor (especially because we still don't know if the antagonistic army is going to be the Covenant or the Banished quite yet
Even though sadly Cook left the project a few months back, so a lot of things might have changed in the last production phase, but he still left a huge imprint on the game!
No u are completely wrong, I've seen mixed reaction about this armor and art style and it's normal. Bungie took 9 years to make a halo game with good art style so I was pretty happy when 343 come up whith h4 who was miles above everything made in the past halo games.
People were torn about the color and the 117 tag on his chest, but not much more. Compared to the armor discussion in the past, this is nothing mate! :)