Halo 5 has been out for nearly ten months now and we’ve gone through eight content updates that brought both new and old weapons, vehicles, gamemodes, and more into the game. BTB, Forge, Assault & Grifball, Infection, and Firefight have all returned to the game. The Arena Playlists have gone through plenty of changes; social playlists, rotating weekly playlists, map and gamemode improvements, and more. However, I’m finding it increasingly hard to enjoy all of this stuff with all the -Yoink!- farmers, smurfs, and tryhards and other issues plaguing the game.
I’ve all but given up on Warzone and Warzone Assault. Nearly every game turns into a triple cap in five minutes followed by twenty minutes of jerks sitting outside the home base with no signs of a core destruction to end it in sight. My REQ collection is not only complete now, but collecting dust because I can’t use anything.
I can’t enjoy any ranked playlist save for maybe four matches of Slayer before getting pissed off or bored because the other team is a bunch of smurfs or in a party while my team is off doing whatever, not playing the objective, or listening to me or someone else try to lead them. Until we get the ability to be matched with other people playing solo, I can only see myself playing ranked for the season emblem.
And then there’s social and BTB, it seems like every other match of a social playlist that isn’t Grifball or Infection has tryhards who want nothing more than to ruin other people’s fun. Social is meant to be casual fun, not a place for you to get all sweaty, go to ranked for that.
BTB is probably the worst. I’ve been a huge fan of BTB since Halo 3 but Halo 5’s is just terrible. The lack of asymmetrical gametypes, the presence of the -Yoink!- BR as a loadout weapon instead of the magnum, and the crappy maps (which I should add are not because they are forged, that I can care less about), and more make BTB nearly impossible to enjoy. If we can get rid of the BR as a loadout then we’ll have a good playlist. Almost all the maps currently in BTB were tested/designed around using the magnum, not the BR.
And then there’s Grifball, while not the biggest fan of the game it’s still a good time. You know? When you’re not being kicked for playing the -Yoink!- game…
The only two playlists I can enjoy for more than ten minutes before giving up and playing Rainbow Six or Fallout are Infection and Firefight and even then there’s plenty of issues with those two such as the sword’s piss poor excuse for a lunge and the shotgun’s insane range in Infection while Firefight is full of BS rounds and spawning issues and relies on teamwork and communication which no one ever does.
Playing with friends may fix half of these issues, but while I love playing with friends, I shouldn’t have to play with them every second I play Halo 5 to enjoy it.
I love this game, I love the gameplay, it’s fun and addicting but it’s impossible for me to enjoy that gameplay with the current state of it’s playerbase and playlist setup.