I started playing Halo CE just after it came out, I got an Xbox for Christmas and I was hooked. I spent thousands of hours in Halo 2 and thousands more in Halo 3. To me, Reach was an abomination that Halo 4 and 5 failed to correct. Halo infinite feels like a true evolution of the gameplay in Halo 3 - to me. I have most of the Halo books sitting on a shelf at home, and I spent countless hours with friends fruitlessly trying to unlock the Recon helmet in Halo 3. Since we’re sharing credentials I figured I’d share mine, even though they’re truly meaningless in this discussion.
There seems to be a rather pernicious idea circulating around the Halo Infinite community that the Battle Pass is unnecessarily difficult to complete, or is somehow as you said a “faulty progression system.” I was level 13 one week after it released on the 15th, I didn’t try particularly hard to complete any one challenge, they sort of just came to me. By my math, with the rather casual amount of playtime I’ve put towards Halo Infinite in this first week it will take me less than 8 weeks to complete the Battle Pass.
With this in mind, what you are saying is that you spent $120 to obtain purely cosmetic items 60 days sooner than you could have by spending $10 and enjoying the game for the next 2 months. Nobody forced you to buy anything, you needlessly spent $110 to have cosmetics now instead of later. That’s your choice, I don’t fault you for it even though it’s not the path I’d have chosen - especially not knowing whether or not the campaign would provide further armor components (data miners show it probably does not, oh well).
Honestly… I don’t know of another Battle Pass that can be completed in 2 months of playing for a few hours each night and that you aren’t locked out of when the season ends. I’m beginning to think that there’s an entire group of gamers that can’t enjoy playing a game for the enjoyment of playing it without every match completed contributing to watching a progress bar fill up. If this is the high you crave then I highly recommend entering the I.T. field, plenty of progress bars to get your hit of dopamine there.