Halo 5 appears to be the best matchmaking released to date, but dont let your first glance fool you.
For those who have been around since Halo 2 online, im hoping you will find resonance with this thread. Halo multiplayer to me is about seeing multiple enemies on your screen, and using the current weapons at hand to their specific strengths, paired with your limited defences(obstacles), mobility(sprint or not) and awareness(call outs and RADAR) to somehow find a way to take all of these enemies out before they can take YOU out. That is the rush of halo. There were hiccups staying true to this along the way to halo 5 but now the fine lines that define halo multiplayer have blurred beyond recognition.
The most prominent aspects of Halo 5 that has ruined our experience, in my opinion, are:
-Weapons: DMR, Carbine, BR, Magnum, light rifle, AR, SMG… blah blah its all the same now. Youre gonna die or kill the other person, very quickly, whichever weapon you have. Dont waste time looking for a certain one. Nothing really has the advantage anymore. No weapon has those specific strengths if used right. No weapon will be in your hand long enough to make a difference. Grenades count too right? You bet your -Yoink- they do. I have six and before i can throw all 6 i will have restocked. You cant escape.
-Mobility: ‘Oh my god this is great,’ i first thought. Then i realized anyone, no matter where they are, can zoom their -Yoink- to any point on the map in a matter of seconds. You get one shot you find cover right? Not anymore. You WILL DIE whether you like it or not, you might as well put up your best fight, and your best grenades because everyone is coming. I AM COMING, because i have 6 grenades and i have unlimited sprint, thrusters, AND spartan charge. If i dont get you, someone else will.
-Radar: By far the worst of them all, im right behind you, literally close enough to smell you, and you wont know it till youre respawning, You get a streak with that power weapon? No, you didnt, because you literally picked it up 10 seconds ago, and i will be dropping it 10 seconds after taking it from you. Right after sneak attacking you before you can turn your 10 sensitivity -Yoink- around. There is no outplaying anyone. There is only chance.
-Time To Kill - TTK: Imagine halo 3 for a second. MMmm yyyessss, isnt it nice? Those days are gone. People like CALL OF DUTY now, so thats what you get.
-Aiming: I personally cant figure this one out, i just dont understand it. I can go from 1-10 sensitivity and i have the same problem. Its as if i cant keep my sights locked on any dome. My target is just a little to the left as they strafe, so i try to move it a little, but it doesnt make it. So i move it a little more, still doesnt make it, so i move it EVEN MORE, and then ive gone too far, its too late, my crosshair is freaking out and is a wild frenzy all over my screen. Did 343 change aiming? WHAT HAPPENED?
-Streaks: Its never been so hard to rack up a streak, ever. With everything above combined, you can barely get two kills per death. With a 4.8 arena KDA i still feel like all i do is spawn, pistola someones head, then die instantly. OVER AND OVER.
Now looking through that list… 343 hit the nail on the head. Thats just enough to sap all enjoyment from halo matchmaking. I want to play Halo 5 so bad, but i LOATHE it. I get so mad and frustrated every other game that i realize how unhappy i am. I dont want to feel like this. I dont even know what to think but… -Yoink- MY LIFE. The one game i love more than any other has been completely shamed. I will sometimes get on MP to play with friends, and i will definitely finish the campaign achievements, but otherwise there is no way all of this will ever be fixed, so im out. I wont be missed, new generations will play it and play it.
I still cant play MCC because of ‘matchmaking data’ issues that wont let me go into MP, and now i wont have another shot at playing another halo religiously for 3 more years. What a sinking feeling.