ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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Could the above image be used to describe Master Chief's current predicament when it comes to the Xbox One exclusive Halo 5: Guardians that 343 Industries will be releasing some time this year? With no exact release date in sight for the NextGen console, one could imagine that 343's issues may all be ironed out by the time Master Chief comes round once more.

But the question remains, has The Master Chief Collection hurt Halo 5 beyond repair? We're now 3 months into Master Chief's multiplayer mishaps, with no permanent fix in sight. I mean the title has to release a beta...A BETA!! It's the culmination of the horrible mistakes that were committed by publishers and developers in 2014, with Ubisoft's The Crew and AC: Unity still leaving broken tastes in our mouths.

Halo 5
Halo 5

Seeing as I've never been a huge multiplayer fan, the Halo: Master Chief Collection was a tremendous gift for me. It allowed me to interact with Halo 2 in a way I never thought possible and granted me the convenience of all the other Halo titles on my Xbox One. But having attempted the multiplayer myself and seen the issues first hand, I can't imagine how frustrating it must be for fans of this definitive multiplayer experience.

So Halo gamers, have your experiences with 343 Industries' multiplayer scandal affected your outlook on Halo 5? I mean we've seen some great trailers, some intriguing plot hints and a beta that worked really well a year before the game is due to hit shelves. Can we assume that all multiplayer issues will be omitted from Halo 5 seeing as we enjoyed such an early and successful beta?

Halo 5 Beta
Halo 5 Beta

Halo 5 & Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo's gameplay is sure to change dramatically with Halo 5. It was so strange for me playing the beta and not being able to just jump straight into it. There were a few additions to get used to, and the use of the scope made a big difference in certain situations. It was a peculiar shift.

But, and dare I say it, I actually enjoyed some of the updates. The game didn't look as great as I'd hoped, but there is a year of development left. But the combat was seriously fast and really fluid. The slams and dashes contributed to close-quarters combat in such exciting ways that I almost dreaded going in for a gun butt.

Halo 5
Halo 5

But the maps were interesting and displayed that 343 Industries can indeed do a lot of things right, I just hope that their multiplayer disaster doesn't impact on people's perception of Halo 5: Guardians. But of course, if these issues are seen on that Xbox One exclusive, people are going to loose their minds.

Understandably too. So what do you think Halo fans? Have 343 wrecked your perception of their abilities to handle Halo 5: Guardians? Or has the beta gameplay sold you? Let us know where you're standing in the comments!


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