Monday 13th September 2010, it was the last time I had so much fun playing Halo BTB. It was the night before Halo Reach launched and my friends and I jumped on Halo 3 for the last time for one final night of mayhem before moving on. Since then Halo BTB just hasn’t felt right.
But last night playing Halo Infinite with my friends together again it felt right and it felt fun. For the first time 343i seems to have hit the nail on the head and captured what old school Halo multiplayer feels like. It’s not 100% perfect IMO but it’s far closer than Halo Reach (first game in which 343i had a hand in developing), Halo 4 and Halo 5.
Like I said it’s not 100% perfect, there are some things myself and my friends found off putting to say the least…
- Audio there is far too much chatter going on in game, from AI, female announcer, Flag taken klaxon and music it too much. Please give us a Legacy option to turn that off and just have the announcer Jeff Steitzer please. - Vehicles I’m an old school BTB player so I love having vehicles from the off, it’s called Big Team Battle not Big Team Skirmish. The only time I saw a scorpion tank was when there was around 2.minutes of the game left. It should be all out mayhem vehicles and infantry going at each other from the start. - Weapon Room An absolutely useless addition that brings nothing new to the game, all it did last night was have players from both teams camping the door in both objective based games and slayer. Also there’s nothing much in there that’s worth having really. - Game modes While slayer and CTF are staple modes of Halo BTB strongholds is by far the weakest mode, a well organized team can steamroll the opposite team in a matter of minutes and the game is over. Personally I think 343i should have gone with territories or three plots. But, I am hoping to see those two with the addition of assault, King of the hill, heavies and asymmetric flag and bomb games. - Team colours This is a personal perspective but others have voiced the same concern, the outline system is flawed at the instinctive level off identifying friend from foe, it doesn’t have the same feel as team colours and it doesn’t feel as instinctive as a RvB match. How about a toggle to have the option to see Red and Blue teams for those that would like that option.Like I said I had fun which is the most important part of playing games online or single player. Hopefully 343i can build upon what they’ve got and deliver a brilliant experience for many years to come.