Halo was one of the top eSports games but struggled to stay on top. Can Halo 5 revive the shooter?
I sure hope it gets great again, I quit playing Halo 4 after a few weeks, all my friends went back and started playing reach again. Hopefully 5 can recapture the magic, love me some halo..well usually
I loved halo 4s multilayer don't really know why that gets so much flak. But my problem was farcry 3 come out around the same time and that game was incredible
With Reach and Halo 4, the devs were trying to fix a problem that didn't exist. There was no need for armor abilities, instant respawns, or custom loadouts to make the game approachable to casuals.... The ranking system already accomplished that. It allowed people to hone there skills against similarly skilled rivals, while also motivating them to get better... If 343 goes back to basics, everyone will be happy...
A problem did exist, it was called being "stale". Reach/Halo 4 MP were natural evolutions to the game. Go back and play Halo 3 MP. Not only is it slow and plodding, it's simply not as fun. The customization in Reach/Halo 4 brought interesting twists, tactics, and strategies. So I'm not sure what people mean when they say they hope 343i brings back competitive arena experience. What does that mean? Are you unsatisfied with the maps, I can understand that but the Gameplay at its core is still Halo. Personally the newer Halos feel closer to how a real Spartan would feel: fast, stealthy, powerful killing machines.
While I normally don't agree with you. I do here. Halo IS my favourite franchise and may sway me to buy an X1. Halo 4 was the best of the games in one game. HOWEVER I did get bored of the MP because it felt too much like halo with a few new features. That and I'm not too fond of the spartan 4 armor. Yea it's cool but I like the plating better than the wetsuits with random armor. LOCUS armor was SICK though. Halo 1 mc is still my fav armor set. Mark V. I dunno. I logged thousands of hours into halo2 and 3 and it needs an evolution. Not just another halo. I have faith in 343. But only time will tell.
It's hard to argue that the customizations brought interesting twists and strategies, when popularity of those games particularly, halo 4, trailed of quickly. How can it be argued that halo3 was stale, when more people had fun with it, for longer, than they did halo 4. Halo4 killed all strategy really. No need to struggle for control of key locations on the map because instant spawn, kill cam, and over powered weapon loadouts meant that dying was hardly penalized, and it was too easy to get the jump on someone who killed you. In the old Halo, dying hurt: it meant losing the weapons you fought so hard to obtain, and being unable to assist your team for several intense moments. It encouraged and rewarded self and team preservation. In the new halo There is hardly any reason to communicate, or learn the nuances of the map, or use the weapons on the map. It essentially became a twitch shooter. Also, the gameplay IS NOT core halo. Sure the shooting mechanics are the same, but that's about it. Halo1,2,3 MP was about knowing the maps, knowing the weapons on the map, knowing when and where powerups and ammo spawn, and using that knowledge to control the flow of the match. And a well timed killing spree could shift the tides of battle. It was about outsmarting the opponent as much as it was about out gunning them. Halo 4, and to a lesser extent halo reach inserted so much randomness that strategy went completely out the window. You could no longer plan an attack based on the weapons your opponents had. And instant Respawn made killing sprees less rewarding. Change for the sake of change does not mean an improvement. Especially when you're changing to be like COD, which was ACTUALLY stale.
@mrhunterjr Nice comment, bubble for you
@mrhunterjr That is so very well said.
Me and my younger brother went back to 3 and while it was indeed slower it was the most fun we ever had on Halo my younger cousin and some of my extreme COD or die friends even jumped on and played Halo 3 talking about the old days before they switched to COD. Its not stale 343 just wanted to make their own Halo (they stretched this a lot) which oddly turned out to be Halo COD. They need to actually bring Halo back to its roots this time I want competitive and balanced play not the same old create a class jargon we see everywhere.
There is an invisible need that the 343i need to achieve...the gamers wont understand that because they think they know better. The author should have said Multiplyaer rise and fall not Halo as a whole...I don't recall the comics, series and books being about the multiplayer.
In my opinion, The books and comics are what make the storylines so poor. I remember the first game, where I actually though the story was great. Then suddenly giant talking plants, and all this other junk. The British villain in 4 was just stupid as well.
I don't see what the problem with armor abilities are they added a gameplay element
Halo 5 will change gaming as the original xbox did years ago.
No. Halo is still a popular franchise. You will see.
Halo changed gaming ???? I really don't think so. Halo is fun but it didn't change gaming.
yea one of the best selling franchises in gaming history did not change gaming in any way what so ever.... /s
Ok ummm lets see here. How about this. Halo raised the bar for FPSs on consoles to which all other FPSs are still measured against. I think I nailed it.
Halo was one of, if not the first console FPS to use the twin stick control style. No console FPS had ever incorporated vehicles the way Halo did. The AI and graphics were some of the best in the business. It introduced console LAN to the masses. Heck, even the physics spawned an entire community dedicated to "tricking", such as launching Warthogs, getting outside of the map, etc. It basically created AAA console shooters. Halo 2 then changed online console gaming forever. The in game UI, matchmaking/rank system, friend's list and clan support trumped anything on consoles before that time. There was stat tracking and heat maps on Bungie.net that to this day is better than most online shooters. Halo 3 introduced theater mode which spawned a community in itself of beautiful screenshots and Machinima. Forge Mode was an awesome addition too. I can't think of a single console game that had a creation mode that combined ease of use and the features of Forge so cohesively. Bottom line is that Halo is THE game that first perfected and defined console shooters forever.
@Galletto3, just because it sold really well it doesn't mean it changed gaming. Do you game differently now since you played Halo ?
Anyone that has ever played on an Xbox has in some way Halo to thank for it. It was basically what cemented the Xbox's success even if some people don't like the game. Games like Forza, Fable, Gears, etc are what helps keep Xbox alive however as Halo is a great franchise but I doubt it could had kept xbox going on its own (but it is a big reason why its still here). As a more general, industry wide 'game changer' Halo basically did what Jaws, Star Wars, etc did for the movie industry. There is no denying there weren't fantastic and even 'better' movies/games before they came along but they are what helped bring around Blockbuster releases which simply changed the way the medium is presented. Other games may have started it but none captured it the same way Halo capitalized on going BIG. Big budgets, big production, big advertising, big everything and it seems to have paid off. Was it necessarily a good change? Possibly not as a lot of the added cost could be put into new games but then again it HAS impacted the industry which is more or less the question at hand. However from a more gameplay/gamer perspective what Halo really did was help push Online console gaming into the forefront of people's/developers' minds. Once again Halo wasn't the first to do this but it did it best and revolutionized the way it was being done. Practically every Halo game has brought something new to the table or at the very least expanded/improved upon an outdated formula. Halo 2 for example basically helped revolutionize Multiplayer Matchmaking since PC has always and often still utilizes more traditional server based systems (manually get to choose servers such as in Battlefield even today) and Party Joining is still a rarity or often unnecessarily complicated system on PC. I'm not one of the biggest fans of the franchise (I have bought/played every Halo game other than ODST however) but I can't deny it hasn't left its mark no matter what people may feel towards the game itself. I think they are great games but to be honest none of the Halo games (on their own) would probably make it into my top 5 FPSs of all time (the Franchise however might but not a sure thing). Halo to me is like most big Blockbuster films--a great lead up to release, a ton of fun while actually experiencing it, some cool memories for later on down the road but ultimately doesn't quite leave the same impression/impact as some of my more favorite titles. Its fantastic, but just a little less awesome as some other games but I would still put it well above 90% of all other shooters or even most games in general. Just my take both on Halo in general as well as how it has affected both gamers and the gaming industry in some fashion.
Fall, what fall? HALO is amazing!
Referring to eSports, nothing major.
I have a good amount of faith they can bring back competitive arena-style Halo because they have Halo pros helping to construct the multiplayer portion. Halo 4 was good but it wasn't a "good Halo game". I like how 343 is taking risks with the game instead of changing nothing because I can bet that there would be an outcry if they kept releasing the same game every installment. What the Halo community used to be was something else...it was amazing. Halo from 2004-2009 were some of the best times I've had in gaming and I really hope 343 can continue the legacy and create a game that we will talk about in 5 years from now of how much fun we had.
Have a combination of classic and infinity modes, with some balance tweaks and people will be happy.
Lol back to back Halo troll articles, this place tries too hard sometimes...
Halo. Going to have fun when Halo 5 comes out. Now where's Halo 2 Anniversary edition to fill in until then.
There is the recent rumor of the Halo collection starting with Combat Evolved all the way to 4. It would make more sense to release it before 5 but just seems a huge thing to be hiding and working on at the same time as the new installment. I'm sure it and H5 though would go a long way of swaying some Halo fans to pick up the Xbox One even sooner though or even just to help lure others along for the ride. A true Halo Edition Xbox One bundle (Halo 1-5/Reach/ODST--maybe throw in Halo Wars and Spartan Ops just for good measure) and it would sell like hotcakes. I'd be tempted to buy it myself and already own an Xbox One. I don't see that happening anytime soon but it would be a huge bombshell and I do expect MS/343 to be working on bringing other Halo games to the Xbox One at some point (I want Halo Wars on either Xbox One or PC personally--I'd preorder it on PC day it was announced as may not be the same caliber RTS as Warcraft/Starcraft/etc but I had a lot of fun with it).
Halo collection. Now that would be exciting.
Halo never fell??? The series has always lived up to its name.
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