Why You Should Be Excited About Halo 5May 14, 2016
Halo has been one of the most beloved first-person shooters to ever make its way into my generation. Never have there been such loyal fans; from showing your loyalty and love for a franchise to waiting hours before a midnight launch or making your own Spartan costume for the really hardcore fans. When the team at Bungie studiously departed Microsoft to make their own game Destiny, they left a brand new company to take over the Halo franchise. 343 Industries was in charge of keeping that torch lit for many years to come. Although Halo 4 was successful financially, it lacked nostalgic fun. Don’t get me wrong; the story was amazing but the multiplayer was a mess. For example, level cap was reached easily and then you’d lose purpose to keep playing. I can bash on why 343 industries has screwed up, but as an avid gamer I want to express my love and positive viewpoints of why this particular game brings million of new and old gamers pure happiness.
Halo by far is one of my top favorite games of all time. I grew up on the saga and as a loyal fan I’ve stuck through the good, the bad, and the ugly. As frustrated I am with how things went with the Halo Master Chief Collection, I hope that with the release of Halo 5: Guardians, there will be a huge turn around for 343 Industries. Here are my 5 reasons why you should be excited for Halo 5.
Number one is free maps. Yes. You’ve read that correctly. “Free maps” for you and everyone you know. As strategy to win our attention, 343 Industries abandoned the DLC concept for the very first time. Like they say “the best things in life are free” and I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw other games offering this as a new trend. I’m not complaining. Bring it on!
Number Two is player perspectives. Watching a story unfold itself between a group of characters has to be the most exciting thing I’ve seen since Marvel movies having different characters experiencing different scenarios and leading to one ultimate cause. That’s how Halo 5 is playing it for storyline, which is a blockbuster experience. I cannot wait to experience this, along with all you readers!
Number three is novel lore connecting books to the games present storyline. If you guys read the books you’ll know exactly what I am talking about and for those that don’t know, I’ll let you in on a little information. Master Chief has a team of Spartan IIs called Blue Team that have been through child abduction, augmentation, and battle. They finally return and you’ll be able to point the way and have them use their assets with a click of your d-pad button. But that’s not all. Expect this same feature with different abilities go out to the other team of Spartan IV called Fire Team Osiris lead by Locke whose mission is to hunt down Master Chief himself. Last note playing co-op is free. So Xbox Live or not you’ll be able to jump in with your friends whenever you’re on.
Number four is the return of Edward Buck. Those of you who have played Halo 3 ODST are about to hit nostalgia. He’s back this time as a Spartan IV but still having that notorious Orbital drop shock trooper helmet. Your asking yourself what happened to his team? What about the rookie? Where’s the guy you played in the game? Guess we will have to find out October when the game releases.
Number five is the McFarlane action figure series for Halo 5. “Action figures, Chris? Really?” That’s what most of you will be saying in your head, but here’s a little tip I’ve encountered over the years of being an observer. When you want to see some new type of weapon, character, enemy, etc look at the toy line. You’ll get the info you want earlier then having to interview a developer hoping to have them leak some bit of information.
I’ll be covering Halo’s path in the next couple of months, but for now our next stop is E3 in Los Angeles, CA with the Phoenix Genesis media team. Don’t forget to think positive about Halo or any other games coming out and truly standing up as one to the bad decisions people inside the gaming industry. Thank you 343 Industries for taking the time to evaluate your mistakes and owning up to it by giving the community what is fair.
– Christopher Fiallos Pena, Guest Writer, Phoenix Genesis
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