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The Good Wife’s Lemond Bishop teams up with TV’s Castle (and the pink and white Power Rangers) to take the fight to the Covenant in the Halo 5: Guardians opening cinematic.

In what might be seen as an unusual move, Microsoft have released the opening cinematic for Halo 5: Guardians nearly two months before the game’s release. Some might argue that’s spoiling the surprise somewhat. The opening cinematic can often be a real highlight of the release-day experience, and now it’s gone.

Microsoft on the other hand just wanted to announce to the world: “Look! It’s Nathan Fillion! In Halo 5!”

It’s certainly a bombastic opening.

Spartan Locke – who as we’ve seen from previous reveals is hunting the Master Chief for some reason – is assembling his team for a mission to rescue Dr Halsey from a colony that has been overrun by the Covenant. Their mission is to, and I quote: “Insert behind enemy lines, to retrieve Halsey and bring her back to Infinity.”

And then they jump out of the drop-ship, through an aerial battle, and bundle head-long into a massive running firefight as they attempt to slow down on a very steep hill, having just jumped from the upper atmosphere.

I don’t think ‘insert behind enemy lines’ means the same thing in Halo’s world as it does in ours.

In addition to the Nathan Fillion character and Spartan Locke – a regular from the Halo miniseries Nightfall, but perhaps best-known as The Good Wife’s Lemond Bishop – played by Mike Colter, we’re also joined by two female Spartans; one’s in a bright pink armour and the other’s in pristine white, which does give an unfortunate air of the Power Rangers to this otherwise excellent Halo 5: Guardians cinematic.

It’s all visually rather splendid, but we’re not quite sure it makes up for the removal of local split-screen co-op.

Pre-order Halo 5: Guardians from Amazon now.

Catch up on the series so far with Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One.

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