Let me start this thread by saying I’m no hater. Go ahead, check my posts. I’ve stuck by sprint, loadouts, and anything else 343 threw our way. The original leak of the pages honestly had me raging pretty hard. After a few days to collect my thoughts and calm down, I figure I’d make a thread explaining the pros and cons of these changes, and what should be changed.
From what I’ve read of the campaign, it’s sounding pretty epic. It’s nice to know we’ll be shown the true power and finesse of Spartans in game. From the quotes I’ve seen, Chief seems like Chief, and Cortana seems like Cortana. The throwback to Halo CE first-person-cryo-pod-opening has me giddy. Picturing Master Chief saying “Not a problem” and ripping open the door has me oozing with joy. It sounds like we’re going to be in for a good ride.
This is where things get hairy for me. At first, I was angry over the exclusion of Firefight. Getting into the nitty-gritty and learning the details, this turns out to be a very worthy replacement. 5 free missions and a cutscene every week, all for absolutely free. This is a lot more than most game devs are doing nowadays. We’ll still have our carefree co-op slaying of AI enemies, but with a lot of added twists, and new content added regularly. To me, it sounds like Firefight, but with a story overlayed like Mass Effect 3’s Special Forces multiplayer.
What I don’t like about this though, is the name. For the love of god, change the name. Spartan Ops is clearly, very very clearly, ripped off from Call of Duty’s Spec Ops. I’m all for the game mode, it sounds awesome, but a name change is needed desperately. Ripping the name from Call of Duty is completely unacceptable. I understand the game is still in development and is subject to change, so please say this is a placeholder name. We still have the power to change this.
Again, I love the progression system. There is nothing wrong with it. I personally like the feeling of getting rewarded for playing the game often. Unlocks add replayability to the game. And again, the name needs to change. This is a painfully obvious ripoff of CoD Points. Why not call them cR again? It was established in Reach ‘canon’ that cRedits are the currency in the Halo universe. It’s much more creative than Spartan Points, so let’s try to get this name changed.
Elites Not Playable in MM
Honestly, I’m very disappointed by this. I personally don’t play as an Elite (maybe on and off for one game once in a while), but it was fun to see the few unique people that did and added a little variety to the game. Hitboxes aren’t that much of a problem. Spartan IV’s where described as “bigger and stronger than ever” so why can’t that be a canon reason to make them the same size as Elites? I’m also disappointed that this means that Invasion won’t be making a return.
This is where I am going to hate. This is the feature that absolutely needs to be taken out. Halo is a game based on skill. If you died, you did something wrong. You should have to wait to respawn. There should be a consequence to dying, not a slap on the wrist press X to respawn immediately. Also, there are the problems that other people have mentioned, instant spawns won’t allow your assailant much time to recover or move to a new position. Another thing that is almost as iconic as the Halo theme itself is the “boop…boop…boop…BEEEEP!” Why take that away from us? I suggest counting the 3-5 seconds down, and THEN we can press X to respawn (to allow us time to mess with our loadouts).
This is another thing I’m not particularly happy about. Yes, it will solve camping problems, but at what cost? I’m calling it now, if this AA makes it into the game, it will be a problem like Armor Lock. I never thought I’d use the word “crutch” but this will be a crutch for people who can’t read their radar. The ability to see through walls is just too much. Take it out, and replace it with another AA. If it does make it in, by the Nine, change the name to something less silly.
"Random" Weapon Drops
Another idea I don’t care for. I will reserve judgement for this for later, but it had better work good. 343’s response to the leaks said that a lot of features weren’t talked about in context. Frankie put the word “random” in quotes, so this might be a blunder on GameInformer’s part. I’ll wait to here from the devs before I say anything, but I DO NOT want to see people killing people better than them just because they got LUCKY and a rocket launcher dropped in front of them. What I do like however, is that this can instigate battles. This makes me think of The Hunger Games. Frankie’s Comment says they will be telegraphed, which is okay in my book. If it’s shown on our HUD a minute before the drop, this will be okay in my book.
Return of AA’s
I can live with this. I like the concept of AA’s, but Reach’s were extremely unbalanced. Radically overhaul the system and I’ll be happy. Just don’t make jetpack ANYTHING like it is now in Reach. Make it a jump boost/double jump, that’s it. No flying like a fairy.
Carbine is back, and it looks sweet. Page 8 of the article, the Elite is holding it. That’s all I have to say on that one.
The Bottom Line
If you’ve read this far, bravo. This is where things get real. Spartan Points’ name needs to change. Spartan Ops’ name needs to change. Instant respawns need to be removed. These are the only things that, in my opinion, absolutely need to change. Thank this post to get this done. 343 needs to see this. I believe with enough persistence, this wonderful community can change the ripoff features that aren’t wanted or needed.