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i've been playing a lot of Halo lately, not sure why, just have, and i've been noticing that its amazingly similar to some things in 40k. Like the Halo Marines, they're amazingly like Imperial Guard, and the Master Chief, whos some kind of enhanced human, can you say 'Space Marine'? Furthermore the "Pelican" is pretty much a Thunderhawk, and they have Drop Pods, i've never heard of any other use of those accept in 40k. The Covenant is slightly Tau-esque in how they try to adopt everyone to their philosophy, though i will admit that thats a loose similarity, but it still stands in my mind
Please tell me i'm not alone! Tell me that i'm not entirely insane. i mean, hasnt 40k been around since the late 80s or something? the broadest designs for Halo are only about 5 or 6 years old at most! doesnt anyone out there agree with me?!?!? :confused:
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Hmm, they are very vaguely similar but then again nearly all sci-fi worlds and settings have similarities between them so thats hardly surprising.
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Drop pods, enhanced warriors (SM are genetically enhanced remember, the MC and other Spartans are cybernetically enhanced), Human Soldiers which use rifles and fight like the IG do (how else would they fight?), drop ships (Thunder Hawk, Pelican, or the real world Huey) are all archetypical Science Fiction concepts. They show up everywhere. Another one that you seem to have missed is Rings, these are very common in SF, although most people only know them from Star Gate or Halo.
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As said before, the majority of the connections are connections you'll find in almost ALL sci-fi.Originally Posted by matthiastheprophet
If you want more of a similarity, I'd just look at Starcraft vs. 40k ... Space Marines vs. Tyranids vs. Weird Eldarish people. :p
The only similarity between Halo and 40k that I can ever think of is that Master Chief is kind of like a Space Marine, but skinnier. And faster. He jumps higher. Has more weapons. An energy shield.
And, overall, can woop any Space Marine, any time.
I swear we just had this topic. I could have sworn I made a very lengthy post about 40k and Halo and I even mentioned a few things about Starship Troopers or something.
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But the whole ring idea was from "Ringworld" by Larry Niven. The Space Marines are the Mobile Armored Infantry from Robert Heinlein's "Starship Troopers," the Eldar, Orks and Dwarfs are all from fantasy games in general, and the Tau were built as a parody of British Imperialism, with their vehicles named after naval creatures (Pirahna, Tetra, Broadside, Hammerhead, Devilfish, Manta, etc.), usage of "savage" brutes like Kroot as auxiliaries for their obviously superior Firewarriors, etc. The Necrons are very much Stargate, an ancient race that had to find a way to cheat death, plus the whole Egyptian thing with Monoliths, etc. Tell me that is not Stargate.
The mechanics for 40k were derived from an earlier system called Laserburn (which would then evolve to Lasersquad, from whence would spring the X-com series. RIP Microprose).
Comparing the soldiers in Halo to Ig is a pretty close relation, I mean, they both sort of look alike, i mean uniform and such, and they also seem to both get wipped out by the thousands. It seems the Master Cheif is the only one who you never lying around the corner in a million pieces. Maybe its his shinny green space suit.
Yeah, but they call him "Master Chief". It's a freakin Navy term, which doesn't exactly conjure up images of death and destruction for me. I dunno, maybe it's just because I've seen too many donut eating Sailors during my time in MI. :rolleyes:
This is the second time that this topic has come up, as far as I can remember.
Just about everything can be drawn back to Starship Troopers. For example the Mobile Infantry and their suits. They're everywhere. Space Marines, Spartans, SAMAS Suits, Elemental Battle Armour, drop pods of any sort...yeah, you get the idea. Everything is drawn from another. Any giant walking robot, from Titans to Battlemechs to Heavy Gears, ect, can be drawn back to assorted Japanese giant robot comics from the 50s. The genetically-altered supersoldier has been around as long as the idea of genetic enginerring. The list goes on and on.
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