Hello all! To answer the foremost question on your mind; Huaorani vs. Koa is coming closer to completion, and should be in the not too distance future. This is a small preview of a future matchup that I hope you will all enjoy, as it will a fight between two cultural icons. On one side is the Coalition of Organized Government's Delta Squad, the stars of the hit Xbox-exclusive series Gears of War, who are forced into a endless series of grueling battles against an ever evolving enemy (well, two) to prevent the annihilation of humankind's sole remaining government and of the species itself. On the other side is a star of Xbox's other great shooter exclusive, the United Earth Government's Noble Team of the Halo Series, who are likewise forced into a desperate last stand against an unrelenting foe. These two teams have fought and beaten the odds countless times over their respective careers, but in this fight they will put to the ultimate test. For neither team has ever fought anyone close to the strength and power that they will now be more forced to confront. Two teams will enter the arena , only one will leave as the DEADLIEST WARRIOR!
The purpose of this preview is not to start off a great battle, but rather to hammer out some details. Namely, I have never done a modern squad on squad battle. While Sarah Kerrigan vs. Anakin Skywalker came to close, it was their supernatural capabilities that came to occupy the spotlight more then their firearms. This matchup is almost completely firearm related, and thus will require a new format. I realize that new formats can be a bit....messy and that is why I would like user feedback on both the grading scale, and final member selection.
Now without further ado lets start the show.
Super Long range: /60
In such a battle as this, the person most likely to get the first shot in is the sniper. Snipers are feared by all in a war, as the individuals that take up this profession (and succeed in it!) are often marked by unusual patience, perseverance, accuracy and an uncanny sense of knowing when the enemy is off guard. Both Delta Squad and Noble Team have first hand experience of seeing someone in their group killed by a particularly attentive and skilled sniper. For those reasons, I have decided that his/her weapon must be evaluated first.
|MA37 Individual Combat Weapon System, a very promising weapon for the Spartans in this match. But can even this powerful rifle hold a candle to the weapon that is iconic to the Gears series?|
The Assault rifles for this section dominate both C.O.G. and Spartan arsenals, with virtually each team member carrying one or two (yes, there will be AT LEAST two weapons for each side in this category). As the staple weapon of the match, I have no qualms with raising the point level here over the sniper rifle section to accommodate for its frequency of use.
Mid range: /50
|The Snub pistol, the standard sidearm of the C.O.G. Though looking unimpressive, any veteran of Gears multiplayer will tell you this thing can be deadly in the right hands.|
Close range: /40
|This archaic blunderbuss looking weapon is one of the two variants of shotgun that the Gears will field against their Spartan opponents. Will having two different breeds of the same weapon type be enough to counter the Spartan's choice?|
Being essential pieces of both armies(especially for the Gears, seeing as every soldier is assigned a Lancer and a shotgun), the shotgun shall hold a special place in this battle between giants. It pretty much demands its position as it is one of the few weapons that can blow both sides apart instantly.
|The Spartan Emile and his Kurkri,. Appearances such as this is one of the reasons ordinary civilians fear him.|
This stage of combat may not occur often, but given the melee focus of both sides this area of fighting will undoubtedly occur at one point or another in the battle .
And now for a brief preview of both side's special melee moves....Gears executions and Halo assassinations!
|M9 High-Explosive Dual-Purpose grenade, standard to the United Nations Space Command. Just one of these is capable of ruining your day.|
In regards to the underlined section header above, this fight will be absolutely full of them. Lethal and non-lethal will be both be in the battle.
Laser Weaponry: /40
Two weapons that need no introduction...
Both Noble Team and Delta Squad have a prominent laser assigned to them- the Spartan Laser and Hammer of Dawn respectively. Both are capable of instantaneously wiping out the other team. This tier will pit both weapons against each other to see which better helps their perspective squads.
Heavy Weaponry: /70
|The Halo Rocket Launcher will be present in the battle, but to that formidable weapon the Gears have an answer: the Silverback.|
Ranging from mini-guns to grenade launchers to walkers, this category will be huge thus justifying the high amount of points allocated to it.
Captured Covenant /Locust Weaponry:/40
|This grenade helped me get so many of a type of award on Halo....|
This category will be a bit limited as the entire arsenals of both genocidal factions is beyond the scope of the match. However expect to see a few of these formidable instruments of war present in this bout.
|To fire back, the Gears bring in a nasty sticky weapon of their own, courtesy of the Theron Guard.|
Defense and Equipment:
In the campaign for Halo and campaign and Horde for for Gears, both squads enjoy some support. This category will factor in the marines of Noble Team, and Jack of Delta, as well as the Horde ability to call in the Onyx Guard.
|Arguably the most popular Delta Squad member, Jack comes to battle with cloaking and a stun gun.|
|Two temporary Delta members (one of whom MAY appear in this battle) in a firefight with some locusts. Clayton Carmine lays down some covering fire for Sam Bryne, who skewers a locus on her Bayonet.|
|John 117 demonstrating his level of badassness, unsurpassed by any other Spartan. He'll need it for when he fight Mass Effect's Commander Shephard.|
|Marcus dueling Skorge, one of several Locust bosses who MAY appear in the sim.|
|The formidable Locust general, recruiting agent and all around badass, General Raam! Yet another baddie that may appear in the sim.|
|Both Delta and Noble are going to have their hands full before ever meeting each other....|
|Must avoid crashing into this....|
|Gears going ape-shit on their downed victims.|
And now there is one last issue to be solved.....who shall be the sixth member of Delta Squad! Each choice will bring something unique to the group that no one else will bring, so choose carefully....
|Clayton is a bit peeved that the Locusts killed his brothers Anthony and Benjamin.|
|Probably the youngest and most spiritual of Delta Squad|
|Every group needs a member that looks like a cowboy...|
|Known affectionately as the "Lovely Duchess"|
|She is used to standing next to destroyed cities|
Any and all feedback is welcome. Do you think I should change around some categories, add or remove them? What about predictions for the overall match?
My next match will be Alex Mercer vs. Sarah Kerrigan, but following that I will start on this.