Yeah I have and it bums me out.
I don’t think 343 cares about the community or fanbase that was literally handed to them by the work that Bungie did. The story and open-world concept of Infinite sold me, not the multiplayer. The game is so undercooked that they should not have been able to charge $60 for it. Multiplayer having a free-to-play, live service model disrespects anyone who paid for the Campaign and anyone who has played a Halo game prior. I wish that they could be taken to court for just how ridiculous this whole thing has been.
I dare anyone at 343 to attempt justifying their decision-making legitimately, because to so blatantly slap the fans in the face (especially those trying to defend them) is inexcusable. They knew what they were doing.
I have no faith that Infinite will be ever as good or as complete as 343 and Microsoft hyped it to be and that we hoped it to be either. I don’t even want to play the originals now because Infinite has easily the best gameplay, yet Halo is more of a gross, cynical product than it ever has been. Cash grab, monetization scheme, whatever you call it, Infinite has been an ultimate write-off of anyone who was a fan of the series prior. And the worst part is to know that they don’t actually respect the fanbase. Sure they may listen and take some extra time, but Infinite’s rollout was not the result of them listening to fans.
It was the result of someone wanting to recuperate lost money because they messed up and the game’s development took 6 years. Forget the upfront cost of a completed game (which could have been supplemented with actual DLC like older titles) and satisfying not only your fans, but newcomers too! Get immediate, bemoaned returns with microtransactions!
Yeah no. I wonder how much the return has been so far on the Passes, Microtransactions, and the sparse Singleplayer, because if it’s been enough (which it probably has been), then that’s only shown 343 and Microsoft and the industry that they can get away with it, no matter how vocal we are about it.
It’s easy to say shoulds, coulds, and woulds when it comes to Infinite, and it’s easy to complain about it.
But you know what’s easier? walking away from it and spending your time and money on other games; and if you do, that’s probably 343 and Microsoft’s fault