(Disclaimer…These are my opinions, and I mean no offense to any-one…So no hate please…)
About 6 weeks ago I started to play Halo 5 war-zone firefight on-line, and initially I was very excited and enthused by the game. I felt sure that I would in time figure the game out and do better. Well, yes I’ve done better, and several times in the carnage reports (even though we LOST!) I was on top of the list…Well by now, the bloom is off the rose!
I’ve had a LOT of bad experiences with this game, and these experiences keep repeating EVERY day!! Had these bad experiences only happened once or twice, OK, I can live with that.
But when these episodes appear to be part and parcel of the game structure itself, well then, the game is no longer enjoyable, just frustrating, and anger inducing…I’m referring here to Warzone, firefight only, no other aspect of Halo 5.
Hate to say this, but this part of the Halo 5 game, Warzone firefight, IMHO, really is poorly done! I come from about 5-7 years of Halo Odst, Halo Reach and etc, so I know the premise of the Halo series. I like Reach and Odst the best of the series. Halo 5, ain’t no Odst!! It seems to be full of errors…
But to give some examples why I’m so sour on this game…
Saturday evening, I started a match in firefight, March on StormBreak. I was surprised to see that the game was in progress. Just starting level 5! So I selected a tank to start the game with. Much to my disgust and outrage there were 5 tanks with me in the basement of the armory, and I could NOT get out!!! Finally after managing to squeeze out, LOSING 2 minutes(!!) doing so I eventually came with in range of the warden and scored a few hits, but we still lost because there was a huge traffic jam of vehicles TRYING to shoot the Warden!! Tanks running up on tanks!! Ridiculous!! My score was ZERO, and ‘we’ lost!! Is that fair?
Plus, I ‘lost’ a new tank that I barely even used!! I would like to see in a circumstance like this, that the tank would not be lost but restored to your req count. Seeing as how I LOST a lot of time in this case, I would think that would be ‘fair!’ Or should we not use the word ‘fair’ in connection with this 'game?'
Then, I’ve seen where when I want to acquire a new vehicle, but I will get a message that states ‘there are too many vehicles in the field’, or a message similar to that, in short I have to WAIT until some one loses a vehicle!! More time lost!!! I could mention at least 10 more examples where the game was lost, because of time lost, for NOTHING!!
If I lose because I played poorly, fine, but it’s NOT fine when I lose because of obvious errors in the game! I’ve even played a level in Escape from Arc, level 3(?) I think, where the enemy did NOT even show up until the start of level 4!! ‘They’ must have had a late lunch, huh?
…Or getting a tank, or other slow heavy vehicle for the last levels, to find your self ALL the way across the map, and wasting 2-3 minutes, out of 5, getting to the target area! Thats ‘fair?’ In similar fashion to get a heavy weapon, like a chain-gun turret as a req, and once again find yourself WAY across the map and moving slow!! So, do you abandon the req that you just had acquired?, or walk SLOWLY to the target area and HOPE there’s enough time? The whole notion is patently absurd!! There is NO time to waste like that!! How is it a test of my gamer ability when I lose (for example) 2-3 minutes moving from one side of the map to the other, because that is where I appeared after getting a req? That’s crazy!!
Then there have been MANY cases where I was getting a req and when I got the req I found myself surrounded by Promethean troops, who suddenly pop in out of thin air(!), and I lasted about 2 seconds!! Losing my new req in the process! Is that fair?
Also there is the case of the extremely powerful enemy weapons, compared to the ‘popguns’ that we have! Unbelievable!!
This idea of 'req’s, IMHO, was a bad idea! Odst and Reach worked wonderfully well with no req system. I’d like to be able to walk into a armory in the game, and select WHAT EVER weapon that I want! Just like you do in Odst! Not have to ‘buy’ it, with req$!!
Why could not 343 at the very LEAST make ALL of these weapons available in the solo campaign?, that would be something at least…I’d like to try those new pistols out. I’ve played with them in forge, so I have an idea what they’re like…I still like this game, well, some what, but the ‘like’ has been muted, and tamped down by ALL of the erratic patterns that I’ve seen in the game.
If I’m confronted by a swarm of covenant or Promethean troops that I can SEE coming over the hill, fine, bring em on! However, when ‘they’ appear out of mid air 10 feet away, and they surround me, and I have a antiquated pop gun pistol or assault rifle against superior Energy weapons, what chance do I have? That is a ‘test’ of my gamer ability, right?
I could go on and on, but I think I make my point. I believe that 343 did a very poor job on this game. I have to wonder is the game even finished? With some of the errors that I’ve seen in the game I have serious doubts that this is a ‘finished product!’ I think that this game needs PATCHES!, several at least, to bring it into the vicinity of game play found in Odst or Reach…
In short I’ve lost my enthusiasm for Halo 5, and I hope that 343 will listen to these types of complaints and make the game more fair and balanced and fix some of these exasperating, irritating wastes of time in the game!! I play a game to have FUN!, not get all hot and bothered because the game is acting like it is still in beta!!