Is the Split-Screen Removal from Halo 5: Guardians Worth It?

SegmentNext - Late last year, 343 Industries revealed how Halo 5 would degrade the much loved split-screen system from 4-players to 2-players.
The news was received with mixed emotions, and most were disappointed that such a core feature of the game’s co-op and multiplayer system was being dumbed down.

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Septic1110d ago

Depends on which side of the fence you are on.

Some people really want split-screen and are bummed by the omission. Its removal is a a first in the series so naturally its disappointing.

Others like me dont play Halo on splitscreen anymore. For me 60fps is key and I hope 343 can achieve it, at least for MP. My brothers don't play Halo and I play this cooperatively online with my mates. So it won't really effect me although it would be nice to have splitscreen on the rare occasion I do go to a mates house and we might wanna play this.

Neonridr1110d ago

I had so many fond memories of Halo 1 in split screen with my buddy. But that was the original Xbox when MP gaming was still finding its way.

Still a shame that there can't be any couch co-op.

rdgneoz31110d ago

Whenever I go over a friend's place, I end up kicking their kid's asses in a split screen game of Halo (3 or Reach) or COD. Nothing like crushing a teens hopes and dreams, then tea bagging him on screen in front of his mom.

tinynuggins1110d ago

I just got my son hooked on halo coop splitscreen in preparation for halo 5 so I'm super bummed. I'll still rent it though to check out war zone.

moomoo3191109d ago

Well there's still two player splitscreen for you and your son unless you have more children at home playing halo lol

Bigpappy1110d ago (Edited 1110d ago )

I only play casual games split screen. AAA game I play with my full screen even with the first Halo, I used a LAN connection and others had to bring over their Xboxes. This was one of the things that Xbox had over PS2 (every Xbox had a LAN port out of the box).

Tiqila1109d ago (Edited 1109d ago )

if you never play split screen then you won't care, if you do, it is a great loss to be honest.

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Sureshot1110d ago (Edited 1110d ago )

Not for me unfortunately... Was really looking forward to co-oping the campaign with my wife :(
Halo has been 30fps for over a decade so why change now?

MSBAUSTX1110d ago

Games were 2D side scrollers basically for over a decade. Why did they change it in the mid to late 90s to 3D gaming? Because it was the future buddy. The fact is that there arent enough people like you and your wife in this world anymore that makes it worth keeping an option that keeps the fidelity of a game down. The future is online gaming at 1080P 60 FPS. Not Couch Co Op.

If you havent noticed that a lot of games are removing couch co op then you havent been paying attention. The focus is on the online aspects. Sorry man. It is the way things are going. I personally want warzone and awesome single player. The couch Co Op is just a nice perk if it has it.

Sureshot1110d ago

So losing all face to face interaction is the future? Sacrificing the joy of seeing the reaction of your mates or partners face for a slightly smoother framerate is a bad call. Online is cool but shouldn't be the only way to game...

twiggytree121109d ago

Same boat as you man, I understand your pain. At least we still got Halo MCC for co-op fortunately.

MSBAUSTX1109d ago (Edited 1109d ago )

Yes it is the future. I ddnt say i like it. I merely said games are going that direction. I dont even know anyone anymore that wants to come over and split screen play. They all want to play online if we play together. It is the way things will be. VR isnt going to help as it will be a further leap towards playing by yourself instead of face to face.

moomoo3191109d ago (Edited 1109d ago )


Its still two player splitscreen!!! Hope your not a polygamist

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Blaze9291110d ago (Edited 1110d ago )

To be honest, I see the same people still wanting this as the same people who still wanted a 56k connection port on Xbox. Sometimes you just gotta move on for a technically better game.

Rookie_Monster1110d ago (Edited 1110d ago )

This is what, the 20th articles approved this week asking that same question? It is like I am pretty sure there are still those 1-2 people that still misses those 56k telephone cable that served as their telephone and wired Internet connection and you can't please everyone, I understand. THE reason why split screen was abundant back in the days was because the internet speed, affordability, and availability are not what it is today so split screen mp was the only way to go with the expense of degrading performances and limiting what developers wanted to do.

Funny thing is EA dropped Split screen mp on Need for speed and Killzone SF also dropped split screen co op while both games had them before and do we get 50 articles asking "is split-screen removal worth it" pertaining to those games and other games as well?

Rimeskeem1110d ago

I remember there being articles on KZSF splitscreen removal. The main reason for these articles is that Halo has had splitscreen for so long and it has became a huge feature of Halo.

twiggytree121109d ago

Agreed, Halo has always been about co-op for me.

BinaryMind1110d ago

I haven't played split-screen in Halo since Halo 2 in 2004.

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