Orcaman15 first of all, “nostalgia” cannot be wrong; that makes no sense. Perhaps you meant their collective opinion is wrong, which again, doesn’t make sense because it’s subjective. If you were trying to say that the new formula of halo is better, I’d argue the contrary since it has an extremely low player count compared to classic halo titles. I’d also argue that if Microsoft had stuck to Halo’s original formula, thousands of veteran players would be playing Halo right now instead of other titles such as Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Fallout. Fans of those games can pick up the most recent release, and play it to the same caliber that they played the older games. A sequel should play the same way as older titles. You cannot go from Halo 1,2,3 (and even Reach!) to Halo 5 with ease, since the button layout is completely different to accommodate the new features. This is the biggest failure in my opinion. Using bumper jumper is obsolete since using the sticks to zoom is so clunky now with aim-down-sights, which, as far as I’m concerned, is a silly feature since the old smart-link zooming system was never complained about by fans and was praised by most–also, is ADS even part of the lore? The novels I have read include smark-link zooming for spartans; only marines aim down the sights.
When Halo was relevant, players didn’t stop playing because they really wanted sprint and thrust melee-ing, but now players are no longer playing Halo because these new features were unnecessarily added. Microsoft failed to understand that Halo’s original formula was never stale. They thought adding features from other games would make Halo great again, but instead, these gimmicks have made it one of the stalest titles around. Yeah, I think a classic playlist would be great, and I have been requesting one before the game even launched, without any sort of recognition from 343; one of the moderators even blocked some of my posts regarding it. I’m not saying Bungie is all that, but during Halo’s prime, they did reply to me and other members of the community when we were worried about the game’s direction.
I don’t think Halo 5 is a bad game by any means–except the campaign, which is diabolical garbage- but I don’t think it’s a good Halo game. This was supposed to be such a lengthy post, but I always feel the need to show my concern for a series so which I actually care about.
Now I feel the need to go into the ridiculous strategy to draw a younger audience with the childish new art style and gimmicks, which was never what classic Halo’s–the games that made it one of the most popular titles of all time-- did.
So in short, yes, a classic playlist is the only thing that would get me to play this game, since I’ve barely touched it since launch. I’ve created a custom’s playlist which plays beautifully, and certainly wouldn’t be a hard thing to implement. Perhaps hubris is the only thing keeping Microsoft from implementing it… PROVE ME WRONG 343 !