On the real, I think that this game is fantastic. Yeah, there are some things that I complain about, like wanting a playlist for both AR/BR starts and AR starts alone, but overall this is a great next step in the Halo franchise.
I really like the new abilities, including the ground pound, boost, sprint, etc. Everything feels well balanced, and I’m digging the kick that the rocket launcher has. I only wish I the game had some cool covenant weapons to try out during the time the beta runs.
I also thought that Halo 4 had a fantastic story, and I’m hopeful that 343 will work the same magic with 5, as long as we don’t have to play as Locke for too long (even though I think that an black protagonist in a Sci-fi FPS is great - hopefully it helps make our Halo community even better).
I can’t wait for dedicated CTF playlists, Team Doubles, etc., and I would like a mode with no abilities for that classic Halo gameplay experience.
I’ll probably stop posting on these forums after this one. I hope everybody can find something to enjoy in the beta, even though Halo may never regain the popularity it once had. I have all the Halo books, have played all the games, and I’ll continue to be a fan, at least until they kill off Arby/Chief. Then all bets are off.