first, the bad. it feels like 343 have changed some things just for the sake of change. like ordinance drops. these pump the match full of way too many power weapons, and the fact that they have a random element is a little dumb. i might get a needler and another guy might get an incineration cannon for doing nothing more than what i did to achieve it. that just doesn’t make sense to me.
then there are random weapon spawns. they can favour one team at a pivotal time in the game to unfairly help them win. now this system does get rid of the “problem” that people with more knowledge of the game will have an edge over those who don’t (which isn’t really a problem), but it creates other problems which i have already stated. it can screw one team out of the win because a rocket launcher and a sniper just happen to spawn closer to the other team. unpredictable and hugely annoying.
instant respawn. killing people who are without shields because he just fought and killed you. this is the only problem, but it’s also the only one i saw coming. i haven’t noticed this being done to me, because it’s hard to tell, but my god i have done this multiple times to other players, and i can’t help feeling like a scumbag when i do it.
forge needs fine editing mode back on the left stick, for obvious reasons. magnets do not help when trying to merge objects accurately.
oh and custom options need a hell of a lot of improving. you can’t even change the weapon an infected carries. that one fact gets rid of a whole lot of brilliant gametypes that we all enjoyed playing in previous halo games. plus there is no race mode. wtf.
the good. the campaign is the best halo campaign yet in my opinion. and whilst i have bashed the multiplayer quite a bit, overall the movement and physics of your character have been vastly improved over reach, and sprint is a hell of a lot more fluid. bloom is gone, and AAs don’t really bother me that much in this game.
spartan ops is great, it’s as good as i knew it would be. i don’t like mindlessly killing AI without a reason, which is why firefight bored me, but the storyline of spartan ops is keeping me interested so far.
this game is a lot better than reach, and ultimately i’m happy with it, but i can tell it won’t have the longevity of halo 3 if certain things aren’t fixed, like customs. actually pretty much just customs. everything else, whilst i would love to see them fixed, i can live with.