I’m not going to shut up about this, and neither should anyone that misses a survival-styled Firefight in Reach matchmaking. Let’s go over the reasons why Survival Firefight needs to return…Again. Because this stuff needs to be HEARD, and until we get a message from 343 saying “WE GET IT.”, I’m going to keep on shouting about it.
Survival-Styled Firefight is what Firefight was built on. It’s what Firefight was meant for. To deny this is illogical and insane.
Out of all the possible experiences represented in Reach’s matchmaking, Survival Firefight is the only one missing. You currently CANNOT play a Survival-Styled Firefight experience for Credits.
Returning FF Limited as it was may not be the answer, but the community can come up with a good FF Survival gametype given the chance.
Limited wasn’t played by the general population because easier cR payouts were available in Arcade…Not because the gametype was bad.
Out of all the other “AAA” wave-based survival modes (Horde Mode, CoD Zombies, etc.), Halo Reach’s Firefight is the only one that currently requires no skill and coordination whatsoever. Without Survival-styled Firefight, Reach’s ArcadeFight is just a shooting gallery. It’s embarrassing.
-Not having Survival-Based Firefight is a waste of the gametype and all the hard work the programmers put into AI, balancing, and the design of the maps. In Arcadefight, AI doesn’t matter. Map choice doesn’t matter. Balance doesn’t matter. It’s all just “SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT”. Without Survival-Styled FF, all the work that went into making Firefight unique is lost. All of it is for nothing.
So how do we bring it back? Well, we’re at a playlist wall, and 343 can’t simply create another one. Here’s my thoughts on what playlist(s) to eliminate:
-FF Doubles. It was cool while it lasted, but this can easily be removed.
-FF Arcade. I’d love to see this embarrassment of a gametype removed from matchmaking entirely. It serves no purpose other than a cR booster’s paradise, and if replaced with Survival…Just as many people would play for the easy cR. But now, they’d have to work for it.
-Team Slayer. Move all it’s current gametypes into Squad Slayer, and rename “Arena” to “Team Slayer”. As a side benefit, you’ll also see a massive spike in Ranked players! Win-win.
-Anniversary Firefight. It’s just Installation 04 Arcadefight. Could a playlist get more pointless?
There’s 4 options for you, 343. I love you guys, but it was an utterly boneheaded decision to remove Firefight Limited. There are some of us who can’t enjoy Firefight unless there’s some challenge to it, and currently, you’re depriving us of enjoying that kind of gameplay.
Do the right thing. Make a choice, and give us back Survival Firefight!