Another disgruntled and massively disheartened Halo fanatic, been playing since the Halo CE system link days, my loyalty unwavering.
This game is close to being an unmitigated disaster, for the long standing Halo player. The online experience has become HORRIBLE.
I acknowledge that a couple of the items below are subjective opinions on my part, but bear with me:
a) BROKEN JIP
Empty slots left unfilled, late game joins, Slayer matches starting with seven players and not a single player joining afterward etc etc.
b) FIVE MAPS ONLY IN SLAYER.
Seriously?! FIVE MAPS?! One of which is a mess of CoD-style mindless run-and-gun chaos (Abandon).
c) DISPROPORTIONATE ASSISTS
Myself and those I play with and speak to have NEVER had so many Assists in ANY online FPS, ever. 12 and 13 Assists for a single player has become NORMAL in eight player Slayer. When it happens to you it feels PERPLEXING AND UNJUST. Ultimately, I feel angry when it happens to me, match after match.
d) WEIRD shoulder barging METERS across the floor by TEAM MATES who cross your path. I’ve never played a Halo game before in which I’ve been accidentally PUSHED and SHOVED into enemy fire so many times by team mates sprinting into me. This particular phenomenon of Halo 4 is absolutely INFURIATING.
e) INCONSISTENT, MATCH UNBALANCING ORDINANCE DROPS
I’m tired of matches against players who have Saw after Saw and Sword after Sword vs. my team’s Needler and Overshield. WHERE is the HALO in this system?
f) STUPID, UNNECESSARY AND COUNTER INTUTIVE SCORING TALLY
Call me dumb, but I’m sick of having to work out how many kills are left in the game while under extreme duress due to all of the problems above plus ACTUAL gameplay pressures themselves, such as aiming and negotiating map design. What on EARTH was wrong with 0 - 50? Oh I know - CoD doesn’t do it that way.
LAG LAG LAG. This game can feel as bad as Crysis 2 at times, and often. Melees which don’t register, disappearing reappearing enemies, unregistered synchronised final shot exchanges with an opponent, getting killed after getting well round a corner; all of which are often apparent in a match which has NO visible latency bars. Actual visible latency bars feel like a bonus!
For a Halo game, these things are UNACCEPTABLE. The game should be a pleasure to play, an absolute delight. But it isn’t.
It feels like a copy, a bad fake. It feels like a Halo clone which looks the part but lacks the finesse, balance and technical polish of a Bungie multiplayer first person shooter.
This makes me sad and angry at the same time. Frankly, I’m gutted. To those who disagree with me and say they love the game, I’m genuinely happy for you. Enjoy. But please don’t hate on me for not feeling the same way. I’m very upset by how this multiplayer - how HALO 4 - has turned out. I feel the Halo era is over.
I feel betrayed.
343i, I’m going to have a break from the game and begin my Legendary campaign play through. If after I’ve finished it I return to your multiplayer to find there are no satisfying improvements to the Halo experience I’ve decided I’m going to trade in my copy. This isn’t a stupid little meaningless threat, I’m not expecting sympathy from anyone. I’m merely expressing how miserable and sad I feel about my favourite multiplayer franchise now and I want the people responsible to truly know how some of us feel due to your design choices and system flaws. Maybe something can be done, but I don’t expect that now. I expect many veterans to leave, and 343i should expect that, too.
Thanks for reading.
All the best and peace.
– UK Halo fan