I wanted to take a moment to vent my righteous and controller shattering fury onto this message board. Tonight while enjoying a 3 almost 4 game win streak on swat, your servers crashed or bugged or whatever the $$$$ they did. Resulting in a respawn that lasted no less than 8 spawns and then proceeded to drop me entirely from a match I was winning 45 to 24 with a positive KDA of 4+.
Needlessly to say I immediately shut down my Halo 5 game and decided if you, were going to literally steal a win from me I would just be done for the night. Then being the ‘go getter’ I like to color myself as, after ditching my friend in a fit of anger I decided I would try to recover the night.
So I pop the game back in load up my profile and find to my COMPLETE AND UTTER HORROR that you’re backwards hillbilly-holier-than-thou leave punishing system had docketed me -2 losses on my rank.
I’ve been playing Halo games since the original Xbox. I was terrified as a small child of the first flood level, I played endless hours of split screen co-op on Combat Evolved, I even played CE on locally networked computers in the computer lab during grade school. I opened Halo 2 the Christmas it was released and discovered Xbox Live multiplayer for the very first time.
I was there with Chief when he defeated the Covenant for the very last time in Halo 3, which included my personal favorite moment in my online Halo career picking up a double kill with one Spartan laser shot. I wept when Kat died on Reach, a game that in addition to bringing emotion to a series that severely lacked it also included the best multiplayer experience of the entire run.
When Microsoft handed the Halo series off to 343 despite the fact that I knew with an untested and inexperienced development team Halo 4 would be deeply flawed, I still pushed for all my friends to pick it up so we could play. Hell! I convinced my best friend to buy an Xbox One just to play Halo 5 with me on it.
All of which is to say I love this game, I love this series, warts and all.
To the point, I don’t mind the rank system, when I was first introduced to it, it made it hard to casually play the game. If I went on a losing streak and lost rank after rank, my controller sometimes decided all on its own to commit suicide on the floor. I’ve personally heard the sound of 8 different controllers flying out of the hands of my best friend and meeting a rocky death on his brick fireplace. Seemingly animating themselves long enough to fly head first into the brick of their own accord simply because they too can’t believe how much god awful emphasis has been placed on competitiveness this time around.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand 343, you made Call of Halo for the multiplayer on Halo 4 and everyone hated it. Your knee jerk reaction was naturally to go completely in the opposite direction and hire a freaking in house professional halo team to help direct and test maps to give them that -Yoink!-, -Yoink!- competitive edge you think gamers crave. You can shoot down people from so many angles on Halo 5 maps it makes me wonder if you started with a ^^^^ heptagon, made it 3D and then added ledges to taste. Every ranked mode is crafted for maximum professional impact which isn’t always a bad thing.
But let’s get real here 343 hardcore professional gamers do not keep this series alive. Its every guy in-between hard core and casual. Halo 4 didn’t hit that sweet spot and frankly Halo 5 doesn’t either.
To bring it back to my original point you know what happened after I realized you had STOLEN diamond 3 +1 from me? I decided to get it back. Out of sheer frustration I played 5 grueling matches and lost every. Single. One. I am now diamond 1 again, joy.
I didn’t quit that game, I didn’t ruin my own night, but you sure as hell punished me like I did and for WHAT?! Honestly. As a neutral observer I get what you are trying to accomplish here, people quitting games is a huuuuuuuuge problem in Halo, in any Halo. Especially in a sub type like Swat you knock the other team down to 3 people vs 4 and someone just got an unfair advantage. The team of three if they are good, the team of four if the three suck.
So look I get it really I do, you want to discourage it, you want people to stop quitting. That’s why I accept every ban I get when I quit multiple times. Its why I’ve even defended the ban system to others because I GET how much it truly sucks for people to leave games early.
You know what though? Taking away ranks is a step too far. Forget for a minute that you’ve changed it so we can actually drop out of one bracket into another. Or the fact that every few months you reset the ranks, I mean what the actual #### 343? Do you know how hard I worked to get Onyx when Halo 5 first came out? And then guess what, I quit for a YEAR when you took Onyx away from me.
343, you guys didn’t even add a little in game bar, you know maybe something hovering above each game type that lists all the ranks you’ve held for every season you played in. Nope just you suck again welcome back to gold, or plat or freaking diamond.
But forget all that, now to punish people leaving which by the way, you already did with gratuitous bans and guess what.
Its. Not. Working.
People still leave games like they just finished eating and it’s time to pay but they left their money at home, and would you like to know why?
Because Halo online multiplayer is FRUSTRATING it is a beautiful and deeply FLAWED creation. For %%%%% sake 343, do you know how many matches I have lost because you paired me with teammates that go -13 when I go 24 and 6? Do you know how many times the other team’s kill sink leaves and suddenly a +9 point lead turns into a complete loss? Not to mention glitches, people that warp out of headshots like freaking Neo in The Matrix. Even worse, when you do put the ban hammer down you are effectively, stealing bought and paid for content from customers, for gods sake why? Because the professional Halo team wanted you to? Do we all suddenly want the same thing from the multiplayer that a professional Halo team does? I really doubt it.
And when the game decides that it’s had enough of you playing and boots you for no reason, you probably just want to move on with your life. Oops you can’t because now you’ve lost a ton of rank because the game thinks you are prematurely leaving a match that you might have had a perfectly good reason to leave in the first place. Like what if the other team is up by 30 to 5 and you just want it to end? I should get punished for that?
You overcompensated and I can sincerely hope you will find the sweet, sweet middle ground in Halo 6.
See I won’t make any sweeping statements about quitting Halo forever, 343, baby, darling, we both know I can’t quit you for long. I’m addicted to that deep baritone ringing in my killing frenzy or triple kill.
What I am saying is this; I hope you can see from my explanation here that perhaps taking rank away for people leaving matches is a step too far. Perhaps you are alienating the moderate and casual gamer with the overly competitive nature of this particular multiplayer.
All of which is my rational and reasoned way of saying this:
I blame you. I blame you for ruining my night gaming with my friend. I blame you for the spectacular reverse phoenix I’ve just pulled with my rank. I blame you for it all.
So for just for tonight I can only say this;
!!! !!! and anyone that had a hand in this terrible. Terrible. TERRIBLE. Leave punishing system coming into existence.