Of course they're fictional characters. So are Iron Man, Captain America and all the other Marvel superheroes. Didn't keep people from crying after Endgame though. You can build an bond with anything, be it emotional or just respect. That's how our brains work.
I think you misunderstand me.
The criticism is thrown out that we're presented with these characters who are Great only because we're told
they're great. Yet this applies for every single character, including the Master Chief. Worse for him, I'd argue, as we're told that he's been Great since he was six. No explanation, just He Is Great. The Spartan IV's had to rise to that greatness, earn
it, and many have.
I can't speak for you, but there are those of us - myself included - who like Vale, Locke, Thorne, and even Palmer just as much as Chief and Cortana. I would actually be fairly upset if Palmer is absent in Halo Infinite. I am
quite upset that attention is being drawn away from Fireteam Osiris because people raged enough to keep the camera on the Chief.
Quote:Spartan-IVs are not that. They have done very little to earn the respect of the players because they are written poorly but yet held on a high pedestal simply because they were new things that 343i made.
No, they are not held on a higher pedestal. Not even in-universe. All Spartan IV candidates, during training, are shown the Chief's Mk VI helmet to impress upon them the standards that they are expected to live up to. And while they may not have your
respect doesn't mean there aren't players who do respect them; you cannot speak for everyone.
Quote:They're inferior but written to be superior simply for the sake of it.
This makes zero sense. At all. Remember before, when we went over the Spartans being fictional characters reliant on their writing? If they are written as superior, then they are
superior. End of story. You thus have no factual basis to judge them as "inferior despite writing" other than your opinion, and opinions don't make for facts.
Quote:We are told, rather than shown, why they are 'better'.
Forgoing the "better" part, as they're not even claimed to be that in-universe, we are
shown how they are exceptional. Palmer
fought off a Covenant invasion and
extracted Admiral Kovalic and the base AI. She has also demonstrated concern for those under her command and significant combat prowess in defending the Infinity
and carrying out orders to infiltrate Jul's stronghold to execute Dr. Halsey. Buck
has quite a long campaign - including surviving two planetary invasions - that quialified him for the Spartan Program. Locke
has history as an ONI acquisitions agent, including a tour on the fragment of Installation 04. Thorne
fought off multiple Sangheili with no helmet or weapon of his own before being subdued.
These are things we have seen.
In contrast, we're just told
that John is lucky. We're just told
that Noble Six (and his heavily-redacted file) is "hyperlethal".
Quote:Just like the Infinity, which was designed to be this ultimate Hero Ship that has, to date, pretty much just gotten boarded by intruders and nearly crippled in every engagement.
We're still expected to worship it as the best ship evar, though. Simply because it is big, shiny and supposedly 'powerful'. It also just so happens to one of the flagships of 343i's creative team.
No, we're not expected to "worship" the Infinity
. It is, however, factually
an experimental and significantly powerful ship within the UNSC arsenal within it's own right. We have seen it damage a Forerunner ship, as well as repell assault once it's systems were brought back online (being brought offline by a significantly more powerful force is no shame). We have read of the Infinity's
actions on Sanghelios, as well as, yes, being attacked, boarded, and crippled. Yet it keeps on sailing.
Is the Pillar of Autum
any better? We've heard about it being crippled on Arcadia, while doing next to nothing. We've seen it flee Reach and crash on Installation 04. Sure, it made it past the Covenant blockade, but it was still boarded. Then sat dead until it was destroyed. In Amber Clad
? It's greatest achievement was catching up to the Solemn Penance
. Most notable for being taken by the Flood and crashing into High Charity
. Forward Unto Dawn
? No great acomplishment either; we're only told
it's cool. And while what the Savannah
did was quite noble, it's not considerably noteworthy. It fought off the Covenant and was destroyed, as hundreds of ships before it.
As for the Forward Unto Dawn's
look, earlier you criticized that we're shown the Infinity
and expected to like it because it looks cool. But you expect the same with the Dawn
? The Autumn
looks like a brick.