There has been so much debate over which game style is better for the halo franchise, casual players saying class based and competitive players saying classic arena. Well instead of jumping on the forums and biting each others heads off over which style is best suited for halo why don’t we get some hard proof evidence of which game style is actually best.
Now personally I’m more for classic play style, that of halo 2 and 3, and I would love to play a halo made like that again. Halo 2 and 3 kept us all playing for years and years but the newest installments of the game haven’t really stuck with us… But I think it’s only fair to get a certain perspective of what’s popular.
if 300,000 people want to play a class based shooter (reach, halo 4) and 100,000 people want to play classic style (halo 2, halo 3) that would make it seem like class based is the way to go for sure, but my question is… for how long?.. Is it going to be a game we will all return to the store in 3 or 4 months because there was nothing to hold us to it or will it be like that of halo 2 where right before the servers were shutdown people banded together in custom games with people they didn’t even know just to keep the game alive as long as possible. Not to mention this was 7 years after the game had been released (if I remember the dates correctly). We don’t want a game with a population that will disappear within a year, we want a game that everyone wants to play all the time.
So I had an idea, to settle this massive debate I think demos of each style should be released and monitored. Now seeing as how it would be way to much work to make a whole new game for each style I think they should do this instead.
Use a halo 2 demo and like 1 or 2 of the medium sized maps with team slayer on it to see how many competitive players and casual players play it over the course of the time it’s out (maybe 2 or 3 months?) and I say a halo 2 demo because if a halo 3 demo was released to test this people may not get on it due to the fact that a lot of people have the actual game at home. So since a lot of people want to see halo 2 back online this could be a chance to play it one more time while also basically voting for which play style you would rather see.
And this would also help 343i in the fact that I’m sure there is a halo 2 demo floating around their studio somewhere and like I said before would keep them from having to design a demo to put this to the test.
Now for class based style
If 343i could maybe put together a play list on halo reach & halo 4 to help vote for class based style game play that is also monitored for the same period of time and at the same time to show which style you would rather play and since classic halo fans have an incentive to actually get on for this test (to get to play halo 2 again) I think that It is only fair that the fans of class based have an incentive too. If 343i made them a new map on both games (reach, halo 4) for free for them to get to play on a new map that’s free and also fight for the play style they want to see.
Now the way it should be determined is of course half by population but the other half should be loyalty. How many players played, how many games were played, how often did people quit out of matches and how much did each person play.
If you only look at for example how many matches got played …well… you could have had 50,000 games played. But how many people did it take? Did 50,000 people play 1 match? or did 1,000 people play 50 matches? Because if people only play a game for a short time before they get bored with it especially if the game was made for multiplayer and there is no population to play the game it’s going to crash and burn, so don’t forget that casual players may have numbers on us classic players but if they are not around after a short time… then you took the ideas and opinions of people who didn’t love the game and put them above people who want this game to live on forever, I think all these things should be watched if it is tested the way I’m proposing.
I know this was a lot of reading to do and I appreciate it if you took the time to read this, but I think this could help put this debate to rest and finally give the halo universe the best possible play style it needs to make it the best game series in the world.
Also I hope my opinions didn’t come off biased at all, I would like this test to be completely fair for both sides of the community and hope 343i considers my idea. Anyway thanks guys! See ya on the battle field!