Can Someone Explain Assassinations?

In previous Halo games you could only assassinate someone in the back, but in this game now I get a lot of assassinations when meleeing someone in their chest. Why was this changed? Just so we get happy getting more assassination medals?

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Because player to player collision was removed. When you melee your lunge throws you through your target. That’s how people end up back smacking eachother in the kill feed.

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Is that why I sometimes die by one melee when I am full shield? That should be fixed.

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Yes, but it could also be desync.

Take a look at the kill feed

If there is an open hand symbol between your name and theirs then it registered as a back smack (there are currently no assassinations as such)

If the symbol is a fist (is it a fist? I can’t remember :joy:) it was a melee from the front. In this case they may have hit you with a mangler, bulldog or heatwave first or you may have already been weak.