Just before I start I’ve always preferred playing ranked.
My brother however back in the day used to play Halo 2 & 3 social playlists all day and night, he’d never play ranked and he liked it that way. He’d come online I’d leave ranked Lone Wolves and we’d play social playlist’s all night screwing around, having fun just playing Halo for fun.
Now apart from the following month after November 6th my brother pretty much has only played Fifa 13 and Black Ops 2 in the last few months. Not because he didn’t like Halo 4 but because Fifa 13 and Black Ops 2 are just easier options, after a hard day’s work he doesn’t want to sit there and try really hard to win every match he wants to just game and have fun.
I told him there had been an update since he last played (boltshot nerf) and that there was a new map pack coming out on Monday so he got excited and we logged online for a Halo session.
Needless to say every game we got in was full of kill stealers, people treating a random game of Infinity Slayer like it was an MLG final, people only going for kills and not going for the objective, boosters, AFK’ers and laggy Germans. (Or Germans with astonishingly good connections).
After about two hours of all that ^ it led my brother to dashboard and say “I’m never playing this again” I asked why he said…
“It’s not Halo anymore, you start a fight with someone and they just sprint around the corner (and he mentioned these new maps only make this worse because they are so small for a feature like sprint), the AA’s make it so random it’s not fun guessing what magic power the Spartan you are fighting is going to pull out next. People also take it so seriously it ruins it, I can’t be bothered trying really hard to win, I just want to have fun. I’m going back on Fifa mate”
So doesn’t this ring any alarm bells for 343? My brother, a guy who used to love his Social Halo now hates Halo, Halo 4 343i’s first entry in the series.
Do you (343) not see the flipside of not having a clear divide of ranked and social playlists? With Halo 4 and Reach for that matter we are all forced to play together and social guys hate having to play against competitive guys and competitive guys hate having to play against social guys.
Halo 4 as it stands right now is one big mess and it’s a big mess myself and my brother don’t really want to be a part of.
If you had launched with social and ranked playlists then everyone would have a home, I could play socially with my brother and have FUN and the people we see putting a high price on K/D could have a real skill related rank to shoot for instead of making everyone that’s not as good as them hate the game in Matchmaking.
Before any Waypoint guys say it, the supposed true skill matchmaking in this game is completely non-existent. Or maybe it is but because hardly anyone is playing Halo 4 anymore there isn’t enough players to pick from when matchmaking, so the only people left playing are god-like, I don’t know.
That’ll do from me, love the Halo community, both social and otherwise.