An Opinion piece on Halo 4's underwhelming multiplayer and the heavy burden this shortcoming places on Halo 5 to become this trilogy's Halo 2 by being its multiplayer behemoth
halo 4 mp is great its not perfect but i think currently its the best mp out there :) theres a few things i would like changed though like instant respawns are cool but they should not be in 4v4 slayer they work well in other game modes though. and there needs to be a free for all game mode
Ah, I agree about the instant spawns. Although it's fun when you get to jump back into the action right away, it obviously creates some unbalanced situations when you're on the other side of it. Like when you kill two guys and they respawn near you before your shields have even returned - then you get killed instantly, and, well, instant spawns don't seem so fun anymore. The problem is, features that are fun when you get to use them, regardless of how unbalanced they can be when they're used against you, likely won't get removed for fear of fan outcry. That's also why the Mantis will probably never ever be nerfed. Also, yes, there totally does need to be a standalone FFA game mode. I love FFA! Bring Lone Wolves back!
I think 343 did a great job, but I'm hoping for more familiar-looking Halo-styled maps with the DLC packs coming out down the line...I enjoy the current maps, and like that they included Valhalla (Ragnarok) but still feel like something is missing in that regard. The Forge mode also has me at a loss considering that Reach really had a much better option. Forge World was huge and fans cried out for more diverse landscapes, but instead were given not only the same tools, but much smaller landscapes to build on in Halo 4...which is a shame considering how great Halo 4 plays and especially on custom-built maps. Other than that, the game is absolutely stunning and damn near perfect. It has an unmatched fun factor to it. Edit: Also want to see Multi-team and Team Doubles come back. Wondering why they weren't there in the first place. And Spartan Ops is pretty great, but I still would like to see Firefight return in some capacity.
I personally cannot get into the new mp for halo. I miss the old matchmaking style based on ranks and similar skill pairing. I've never been huge on cod games, but after looking into league play, I've converted to cod for serious competitive gaming. I will hold onto halo, when I feel like screwing around.
I disagree somewhat about the ranking system. I certainly don't miss the 1-50 numbered ranking system if that's what you're referring to. It was so easy to game the system and artificially inflate your rank that it could no longer be relied upon as an indication of skill.
I'm enjoying Halo 4 right now, but 343i needs to seriously release a major patch to settle all the issues people are having, especially with the custom games options and some matchmaking and file share problems. The maps are great, imo, even the new ones. My favorite is haven right now, with ragnarok a close second. Also, de-scoping when fired upon needs to return or the flinching when shot needs to be buffed to the point where the person who fires the first shot has some sort of advantage over the opposing player.
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