At times, playing matchmaking solo in Halo 4 can be frustrating to say the least. Through a combination of coming up against groups of organised and well drilled Spartans, and having ‘Team-Mates’ with the combined intellectual capacity of a single root vegetable. Things can get tiresome fast.
You know what it’s like, you’ve probably experienced it before. For anyone who is unclear what I’m talking about allow me to paint you a picture. 5 4 3 2 1… The timer reaches zero, and you spawn. A portion of your fellow Spartans dart off in random directions, and proceed to be outnumbered and consequently killed immediately. Gift wrapping the initial advantage to the opponent. Resistance is minimal as the enemy eases into the strategically important places on the map, picking up the majority of the power weapons in their stride. They know they’ve acted with a swift and clinical efficiency, they know they’re soon to be in complete control.
Meanwhile back at base, trouble is afoot. Spartan ‘Special’ as I dub him, is throwing a tantrum because he didn’t get ‘his’ vehicle and has decided to EMP and/or double stick the poor sods who would otherwise have flipped the hog in enemy territory 10 seconds later. The driver has rage-quit, leaving you a man down. The gunner is now per-occupied with his plan to get his revenge, it involves a ghost, a team splatter, and further hindrance to your teams chances of success.
On top of the above farce, some chaps younger brother (you know… the ‘guest’) is just stood there motionless. Probably off giggling at assorted pictures of kittens with ‘hilarious’ subtitles plastered on them. He’s AFK, and that’s if you’re fortunate. If you’re not, prepare to meet your newest ally, a fully-fledged member of the 1 for 30 brigade. Assault Rifle, courage, and a learning disability come as standard.
28 seconds later…
The intelligent individuals who just got themselves killed trying to replicate Rambo’s exploits early on in the match have already embarked on their second wave of attack. They repeat their previous actions, the result is not any different. They are outnumbered and dispatched with consummate ease. Handing the opponents their Personal Ordinance on a silver platter.
Another 28 seconds later…
The match has reached its tipping point, the opposition have organised themselves further and have made a collective decision to advance on your position, power-weapons/vehicles at the ready. You and your motley crew of would-be heroes are now spawn trapped with little chance of escape.
Using simple communication and tactics combined with team chemistry built up over time spent playing with one another on a regular basis, the people who chose no to fly solo get to enjoy their deserved reward, 10 minutes of target practice, the victory, and healthy boost to the old K/D ratio.
So Spartans, it appears you have a choice. Fight ALONE and suffer the disadvantage, with frustration a regular feature of matchmaking? Or alternatively, fight TOGETHER and take advantage of the uncoordinated masses, eliminating your adversaries at will with ruthless demonstrations of teamwork?
I was hoping this could prompt some discussion regarding the benefits of playing with friends in an organised fashion in Halo 4, and gripes about the perils of playing solo. Share your experiences good and bad, share some tips on teamwork, how do the people you run with operate on the battlefield what works what doesn’t? Even recall some of your more bemusing experiences when it comes to ‘Team-Mates’. Discussion is welcomed.
Thanks for sticking with me I’m aware I went on a bit of a tangent
- British Fiasco.
[I’ve enjoyed the best, and suffered the worst of both worlds]