It kind of baffles me on some level that people are STILL trying to get Sprint removed from the game. Like their rants are making any sort of difference whatsoever… It’s sounding like a broken record at this point.
Here’s the deal… Halo CAN have Sprint and still be a great game. You can’t go and say that it can’t work due to the problems of Reach and H4 because we now have H5 where Sprint has been balanced and practically discouraged in a roundabout way.
I was skeptical too… HIGHLY skeptical in fact, going into the H5 Beta. Not only of Sprint but of the several new abilities that were introduced as well. However H5 turned out to play beautifully from a pure gameplay standpoint, and while we have these added layers to consider in combat, the FOUNDATION of the game remains the same as Halo 1, 2, and 3. Balanced-starts (same weapons AND abilities, map control, and Halo’s Golden Triangle… guns, grenades, and melee). It’s all here!
I really don’t feel like going into specifics and really, you all know how it works, and the past repercussions on gameplay… and it mostly comes down to personal opinion anyway, but being a Halo fan since the beginning, and playing thousands of hours online at a fairly high level, I can say that 343 has eliminated all major complaints I have had with Sprint. Not only that but the new abilities have also brought added layers to Halo’s combat. They present new situations where players’ wit and raw skill and reaction time can be further tested.
I welcome these changes… I have enjoyed learning and mastering new mechanics of a new Halo game and adapting to new maps and their designs. What 343 has done has given us a very well thought-out, cohesive multiplayer shooter, in overall vision and design. Everything is seamless… Play H4 and tell me how clunky the gameplay and mechanics were… It was a mess! It is a prime example of a gaming franchise undergoing an identity crisis. It was tangible, even down to a mechanical level…
End point, Halo 5 is a fantastic game, even with Sprint. Is it perfect? No… Were any of the past games? No… Does it need to be? No… What I do think it is though, is an appropriate leap forward for Halo’s gameplay… If it needed to be done, for whatever reason, this was the way to go.
I love traditional OG Halo… but I love what 343 has done with Halo 5 too and look forward to see its procession into H6, provided that it STAYS TRUE to Halo’s FOUNDATIONAL elements and ideals. THIS is the key factor here… it’s not Sprint.