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Halo 5: Guardians by Microsoft

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  • Platform: Xbox One
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Developer: 343 Industries
  • Category: Shooter

Product Details:

A mysterious and unstoppable force threatens the galaxy, the Master Chief is missing and his loyalty questioned. Experience the most dramatic Halo story to date in a 4-player cooperative epic that spans three worlds. Challenge friends and rivals in new multiplayer modes: Warzone, massive 24-player battles, and Arena, pure 4-vs-4 competitive combat.*

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Halo 5: Guardians

Reshaping an Icon
by Matt Miller
Concept:

Continue the long-running sci-fi epic with some dramatic changes to gameplay, storytelling, and multiplayer


Graphics:

Few games capture the overpowering grandeur of futuristic structures, weapons, and aliens like Halo


Sound:

An excellent new score offers occasional bursts of nostalgia, while uniformly strong voice acting carries the story


Playability:

New mobility options demand players rethink their approach to combat, and the controls are precise and flexible


Entertainment:

A strong new entry, but veteran players may feel like the series has moved away from some of its previously established pillars


Replay:

Moderately High

Developers face a tough challenge when crafting a new entry for a beloved series. Fail to evolve, and the franchise feels too reiterative, but change too much and the game loses its identity. 343 Industries walks that tight rope with Halo 5: Guardians, offering a higher focus on speed and mobility, a story that takes characters off their established courses, and a multiplayer mode that veers dramatically from expectation. The balancing act is not without stumbles, but even when things feel a little off, Halo 5 is still fresh and surprising.

As established by a rollicking opening cinematic, Halo 5's gameplay is all about motion and speed. New mantling, slamming, and dashing maneuvers make your Spartan feel like a superhero, flitting about the battlefield in a flurry of action. That sense of maneuverability shines on Normal and Heroic difficulties, and the inclusion of distinct A.I. teammates layers in an additional level of joyful chaos. Legendary difficulty doesn't feel quite right, however. The sense of speed is neutered (since turtling up is often the only option), your allies make bad decisions about when to complete revives, and checkpoint placement feels archaic as the frequent deaths stack up. The absence of large gun magazines on lower difficulties leads to constant change-ups and a breathless pace, but the low ammo on Legendary is frustrating.

Cooperative online play is a blast, especially because of some excellent challenge scaling based on number of players. However, I am disappointed by the absence of local co-op, which has long been my preferred playstyle for Halo campaigns.

For the first time, Halo is fully embracing the broader fiction established in other mediums, drawing in characters and concepts of greater complexity. As a result, the universe feels more nuanced, even if some less devoted players may get lost in the jargon. Beautiful cut scenes lend a cinematic vibe to the ongoing adventure, which sees Master Chief chasing the one thing that can make him turn away from his duty, and a new generation of Spartans ordered to bring him back.

See the Rest of the Review at Game Informer

Hunt the Truth

A mysterious and unstoppable force threatens the galaxy, the Master Chief is missing and his loyalty questioned. Experience the most dramatic Halo story to date in a 4-player cooperative epic that spans three worlds. Challenge friends and rivals in new multiplayer modes: Warzone, massive 24-player battles, and Arena, pure 4-vs-4 competitive combat.*

Your Team is Your Weapon

Choose how to achieve objectives while playing solo with AI teammates or with friends in a 4-player cooperative experience using your Xbox Live 14-day Gold trial.1

Warzone

New, massive-scale multiplayer mode that supports 24-player battles with both friendly and enemy AI dropping in. It's nonstop action when you confront Spartans, Covenant, and Forerunners while trying to complete a variety of objectives.

*Online multiplayer features require Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately).

1Offer cannot be transferred, redeemed for cash, or combined with any other offer. Offer is not valid on prior Xbox Live Gold membership purchases. After 14-day trial, online multiplayer features require Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately). Monthly Updates from December 2015 through June 2016. Download from Xbox Live; ISP fees apply. Dates and content subject to change.

Important Information:

*Timed-exclusives, may be available elsewhere at a later date.
** Online multiplayer requires Xbox Live Gold membership, sold separately.
*** At participating retailers, while supplies last.

Important Information:

If you are a fan of the Halo franchise, check out all the latest Halo 5: Guardians games and accessories available for the Xbox One.

Important Information:

Offer cannot be transferred, redeemed for cash, or combined with any other offer. Offer is not valid on prior Xbox Live Gold membership purchases. After 14-day trial, online multiplayer features require Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately). Monthly Updates from December 2015 through June 2016. Download from Xbox Live; ISP fees apply. Dates and content subject to change