Bots on ODST level are too accurate with the sidekick. At mid-range (BR’s niche), they laser me from across the map and kill me. The Sidekick is a sidearm pistol. This should not be possible. They’re firing it way too fast and accurately from that kind of range. Even when I hit all my headshots, I still die to the bots ridiculous accuracy with it. It’s like they get perfect kills every time, and we aren’t even on Spartan difficulty.
Every time I’m about to kill someone, even if I do 99% of the damage, I get an assist instead of the kill. It’s very annoying how a teammate can shoot one shot and get the kill I just about earned, without even putting in that much effort themselves.
The bots use grenades way too often and are stupidly accurate with them. Way more than they should be, especially for only ODST level. Seriously, they’re better than actual players and it’s annoying. They always use them instead of gunning you down, and then they die without them and immediately respawn with more grenades. It’s a frustrating cycle of explosions and a lack of actual shootouts.
Although this is subject to change, the awful performance and constant stuttering are really making this a chore to play. I’m amazed they released Bazaar without fixing the commonly-complained about hitching first. I’m not even going above 60FPS, so hitching is even worse. The map design is incredibly boring and e-sportsy. None of these maps have been asymmetrically styled like Halo 2 or Halo 3. Live Fire and Recharge feel like boring UNSC metal boxes™️ and Bazaar just feels boxy and boring in layout as well. There is nothing like Guardian or Damnation, here. Quite frankly, the only map that’s peaked my interest now is Behemoth, which isn’t even playable yet.
It is incredibly difficult to tell when an enemy has no shields or low shields, and tying the shield color to the outline makes this problem worse. This is going to be even worse when customization ramps up. They need to bring back the gold shield effects or do something to drastically increase the flare.
Customization itself is unimpressive. There’s very few base colors for when you start, and there aren’t even basic black or white coatings for free. Like, really, there’s so few basic color coatings compared to the amount in previous Halos that I am once again against the coating system. It is not making up for what it got rid of, at all.
The AI is annoying, and I want to be able to turn it off. I hate how it’s supposed to be “quirky and funny”. It’s annoying and makes me cringe when it tells me I’m accurate after I missed 3 bursts.
The motion tracker is terrible. I cannot find enemies on the map before most of my teammates due to there being no motion tracking unless an enemy is sprinting or shooting. It also means by the time I see enemies on my radar, I’m dead from an ambush. This is frustrating. You can’t “prepare” for gunfights anymore because your enemy has to be sprinting, which most of the time I don’t see the bots doing. This right here is probably my absolute BIGGEST problem with the gameplay right now.
The Heatwave needs a buff, by the way. It’s way too weak at close range and it feels like I’m shooting marshmallows sometimes.
The game is solid, but these issues are bugging the heck out of me and I am incredibly fed up with trying to play the game due to the performance.