It doesn't.TheDeathSummer wrote:Maybe instead of going at it from a "Look at how pathetically weak Sangheili shielding is!" perspective, try looking at it from a more glass half full angle, like "Wow, UNSC weaponry is really powerful and way more advanced than modern day weaponry if it can take down energy shielding that well!" type of thing. That might help alleviate some of your grievances.Archon Vaxal wrote:I do have to wonder where exactly the writers for the Halo books get their standards for power-levels from.
In Halo: REACH, playing Firefight Classic on Heroic difficulty, so much as going up against four Skirmishers armed with Plasma Pistols is a Herculean task, in and of itself, never mind Officer Elites wielding Concussion Rifles and Plasma Repeaters.
Yet, in Ghosts of Onyx, you see Elites being forced to use Personal Defense Gauntlets?
It's almost as though many writers of the books seem to completely forget that Elites have energy shields- and tough ones, too. And then, well, it's a matter of said writers seeming to think of Combat Harnesses as glorified cardboard.
Where and when exactly was the precedent set that Covenant armor systems get completely gutted by as little as a .22 caliber pea-shooter? Because, even going as far back as Combat Evolved, an Elite without a shield could still take at least three or four bullets to chest. If you got too greedy, and rushed in when an Elite's shield went down, you'd quickly find yourself getting bashed over the head with a Plasma Rifle- especially on Heroic or higher.
Do writers just... pick Easy Difficulty, all the time? Dietz seemed to, when he was writing The Flood...
It makes no sense to me that a person could play and watch the gameplay and come to the conclusion that Covenant armor couldn't defend you from a stiff breeze. Metal is still metal, and kevlar does a hell of a better job with protection, despite being made of reinforced fabric, it seems.
If someone wrote a book, tomorrow, from the perspective of an Elites fighting humanity, how much do you want to bet that, suddenly, Elite armor keeps you safe from everything short of a shotgun? I'm trying to figure out if it's all a matter of plot-armor or not.
My entire position is: given how "weak" the Covenant seems to be, why on Earth is ONI so paranoid about the Sangheili? Why is the UNSC get in such a tizzy over keeping diplomatic ties with the Swords strong? Why does anyone, ever refer to the Elites as dangerous? There's an immense disconnect between "what the characters in-universe do and say" and "what actually bloody happens".