Halo has absolutely transformed as a series over the years. At one time, it defined first-person shooters on consoles and many titles have attempted to replicate its achievements. However, pressure from the likes of Call of Duty and other huge AAA titles have led certain individuals to lament the alterations that the series has undergone.
Bungie said goodbye to their beloved series in 2009, as 343 Industries took on the challenge of helping with Halo 3: ODST, Remastering Halo: Combat Evolved, and of course, developing Halo 4. Since the masterful days of Halo 2, these games have come a long way. But many fans are unhappy with the direction that Halo 5 Guardians is going and I'd love to hear whether you agree!
Halo 5 Guardians - Has It Become Just Like COD & Black Ops 3?
In the FPS genre, we've all witnessed the latest trend that so many titles are adopting. We've seen it with Titanfall, Advanced Warfare, and now with Black Ops 3. The future is where everyone is placing their focus. We have mech units, jet packs, slides, ground pounds, the ability to run along walls, you name it! It's getting to be a bit tiresome and I think we're already a bit over-saturated with it. But I guess we're kinda stuck with it.
Now with Halo 5 Guardians, at least in the sense of multiplayer, we have seen 343 Industries adopt some of these FPS trends. Halo 4 already saw some pretty big changes for the series, but I was always really content with that game and how it evolved the series' legacy - though multiplayer isn't exactly my forte and I have no doubt that Halo 5's campaign will keep me engaged. But certain gamers are unhappy with how multiplayer felt with Halo 5.
I recently engaged with the Black Ops 3 beta on PS4, and I'm genuinely surprised by how much I liked it! The combat was so fast and ridiculously satisfying. Activision are also famous for the map design they've overseen and Call of Duty never lets you down in that regard. But I could see that Halo 5 had similarities to this style of online multiplayer and after having chatted with gamers at gamescom, they felt Black Ops 3 and Halo 5 were too close to handle.
Halo has always had a definitive style. The multiplayer experience in these games were always more adaptable to for me. Call of Duty was a different story all together. But having not had the opportunity to engage with the Halo 5 beta, I'm at a loss for truly comparing the two. I've seen the various abilities that are similar to those in Black Ops 3, but what's it like to engage with them?
Where do you stand on the evolution of the Halo franchise? Do you think that 343 Industries have moved things in the direction of Call Of Duty? Has the original spark and soul of the series been lost along the way? Or were you delighted with Halo 5's beta? Let us know where you stand in the comments below!