Before I start I want to ask anyone reading this try to be considerate of others opinion, this is very difficult here I know but please try.
I have been a big Halo fan since Halo: CE, I have been playing Halo among many other games since. I have all ways loved Halo more than the others by far. This was not due to my fond memories of playing Halo for the first time as a young kid, but because Halo to me all ways had what I wanted in a game. It had an amazing amount of story to me, playing with friends in campaign or multiplayer was all ways fun, it was competitive yet I could go and do something else on the game to relax, later I could make my own creations to play or show off, and even more.
After playing Halo: 4 I was very disappointed as many others were I felt it did not stay with Halo’s roots(I am not going any farther into Halo: 4 That game is done) . Right before the announcement of the Halo: 5 Beta I saw posts containing leaked info about the multiplayer as many of you did as well. In short I thought they were fake, what I was reading at the time surprised me. It did not sound anything like Halo to me.“ADS!? are you kidding me.”, is the kind of stuff I was thinking. Than I saw the game play, I was surprised and angry. To me it did not look anything like Halo at the time.
Once I got into the beta, still angry with 343i with the MCC, all I had in my head was how 343i just messed up Halo again for a third time. I played it to the semi pro rank and experienced all of it. After it was over, I was disappointed again. With 343i’s terrible communication and there bad handling on Halo so far I felt done with them.
Now the community is torn in almost every which way, only now does it seem to be calming down. One of the reasons being Halo: MCC, which at announcement sounded like a dream come true to a Halo fan, but it turned into a nightmare. To those who say “get over it” or “wait till Halo: 5”, you need to understand that 343i made a lot of Halo fans excited for their favorite games when all we expected was a Halo: 2 Anniversary. I personally believe 343i owes a lot to their fans for that blunder. I also know that this is the internet and it will have many very ugly heads keep come up. But some of the things on here are just stupid. For one understand that others have different opinions, I for one have struggled to get past that people liked Halo: 4 when I hated it but I’m perfectly fine with that now. But in the arguments I have seen on both sides (sprint for example) that it’s just vile the things said and how close minded people are. Everyone here just wants Halo to be the best it can please realize that and stop being at each others throat all the time for every disagreement.
Back to Halo: 5. Since the end of the Beta I have been on the forums almost every day reading posts and getting information. I have since re thought my stance on Halo:5, yes you read that correctly, a die hard “Halo: 2 is the best!” has decided that he actually likes Halo: 5. But I also realize that what we played was a beta, and as a beta there are things that need and will be changed. I would be fine and content with this completely if 343i was more transparent, especially considering their last two mistakes. As we have seen a little glimpse as to what they have changed so far right after the beta, to those where it was not enough just wait till E3, I am positive they have done much more. On top of that we have only seen a very small fraction of this game, the campaign alone might be a $60 value for all we know.
Now on to the more delicate matter… As we ALL know even if you live under a rock you have to have heard the arguments on these forums. I am going to give my opinions on these so please respect it and keep and open mind and I will do the same for yours.
Sprint right out of the gate was all ways a very controversial topic on Halo, to be fair if you have looked into it with great length than you have to except its flaws, but yet it has potential at the same time. A very used and frankly a common sense idea is that a super soldier should be able to sprint of course. But, if you look into it a Spartan should be able to shoot while sprinting and it should not be unlimited (even for a super soldier it has a limit). Sprint from playing it in the beta was used far too much as an evasive ability, yes you can shoot them to stop them from sprinting but with thrusters it does not matter, I was able to get out of any losing engagement easily. But if we add the ability to shoot while sprinting this solves the issue of too much running away and the difficulty of chasing the person down in circles around the map. A super soldier like a Spartan should be able to shoot and sprint at the same time easily. If 343i does not do this I would rather them take away sprint, but I could deal with it and hope for next time.
ADS in Halo: 5 or should I say SS was a big surprise because really, it was not needed. Now before you say “well it does not have the side affects of ADS so it’s not ADS”, this does not change the fact of what it is. Your aiming down your sights, it’s ADS. Do I think its bad? No, But its just so pointless, and furthermore lore breaking. The Spartan suit all ways linked up to a gun they were holding and the visor would aim for them. That is about it really, it does not ruin the game I just think it was stupid, but I can live with it.
Thrusters I feel like just need a tad less distance not as short as Halo: 4’s but less than the betas
Ground Pound I feel is unneeded and gimmicky but it is staying so at least make it useful. Honestly I was afraid to use it, landing them was too difficult and they were not rewarding enough. In fact they often got you killed because you were stunned. Maybe make it so that the target hit is stunned?
Sliding was pointless to me. Never a good situation to use it.
I am a firm believer that every sequel has to bring something new and innovating, as long as it does not ruin what made the predecessors so great. But I have seen multiple times is when someone wants sprint removed for example I see “Sprint needs to stay or else this game is just like the others”, really? That is all that changes the game to you? None of the other abilities or changes matter? Now that just doesn’t seem like a good argument to me.
All I want to ask is that people be reasonable about others. realize that this is a beta for a reason, the only thing I am worried about is if 343i listens. Anyway, see you all in the MCC than Halo: 5.