Unfortunately I cannot edit my previous post unless I'm approved, so double post for me. I'll also wait and see if I have approval first.
However, a couple things came to me as I was reading this. I don't want to sound like a pompous jerk, but I have a tendency to critique things, particularly film and video games, so naturally I had a lot of thoughts going through my mind as I read this. Please view this as constructive criticism. I'm bad at sounding like anything but an asshole, though, so please don't view this as an attack, even if it sounds like one.
1) What, exactly, is the point here? In 100 posts I've yet to tell what the point of the story is. Why are the Covenant in New York, specifically? Did the UNSC hide something there? Is there a base or other supposed secret like in New Mombasa? The reason I ask is because...
2) Fight after fight after fight is boring. There's no real plot development here. I know forum role-plays tend to move a bit slowly considering their nature, but every time you guys finish fighting something, you basically just say "Hey, I just got done fighting something. We should move on before we have to fight more things." And then you fight more things. What's more, until Hunter was buried and sustained a wound, there was no sense of loss or even risk. People just kept killing things. It feels like you guys are trying to just write the gameplay (and certainly not on Legendary difficulty, that's for sure), and in the end that gets boring to read. Furthermore, it'll become boring to participate in.
3) Based on how people described the events, there wasn't a lot of time between the Covenant vessel performing a space jump and Covenant being on the ground. If the Covenant were already on the ground, then they would have died. This means there had to be ships left behind in order to provide all of these forces that put up jamming signals and tanks and banshees all over the ground in no time flat. It's a bit late now, but there really should have been some calm before Covenant forces were all over the place. The areas in Halo: ODST that still had patrols were outside of the blast range of the ship dropping, but based on the descriptions here everyone is crashing down in what used to be NYC as opposed to the untouched suburbs surrounding it.
4) I can't stress this enough, but why. Why are the Covenant in NYC, and why are you creating this roleplay? Based on what I'm reading, it would be better just to sit down and co-op Reach on Xbox Live (or wait a week for the original rereleased with online play, hoo-rah!). What's the point? The purpose?
I guess the best way to describe my feelings is to bring up the ODST commercial. I can't post external links, but it should be easy enough to look on YouTube. The full video is a young man's life, from the funeral of a loved one that died in combat, to his own training and enlistment, to a drop where he is nearly killed and saved by sheer luck, to the burial of a comrade, ending with gun fire in the distance. There is emotion in this video, and so many words are spoken in silence at the very end. The once young rookie is now old and worn, and when the gun fire is heard in the distance, he lazily puts his helmet back on, as if it's back to the salt mines. The younger recruit, however, puts his helmet on with vigor and purpose. The two characters are different, have seen different things, but it gives a sense of what this war is.
A whole generation passes, and this war with the Covenant doesn't end.
In addition, there's a lot of character potential with Spartans as well. I'm not quite seeing it, though. Everyone seems pretty two-dimensional, for the most part, just there to shoot Covenant that don't seem threatening at all within the context of the story. This is the alien race that we're losing to?
I'm sorry to not even be an approved member of the board and to come in and critique this roleplay. I'd love to join in, but it seems to me part of the reason nothing is happening and it is slow moving is because it's nothing but firefights, and not even entertaining ones at that. Perhaps more people would be interested if there were a chance to actually roleplay some characters?
I hope you guys aren't offended, but if you are, then I will not partake in the game. I don't mean to insult or anything. I just want as many people to have fun as possible. I'm just not very diplomatic in my methods.