I just spent the latter half of my day playing Halo 5 Guardians Multiplayer Beta on Xbox One. I was invited into the beta early because I am an Xbox Dashboard preview user.
I fired up Halo 5 and jumped right into a 4 v 4 Slayer match and that is when I stopped playing all I know as Halo. Sure all of the Halo familiarities are there. The look and feel for the most part is what we have all come to love about Halo, even the reboots. The problem is that this game plays like a combination of Halo and Call of Duty with a little bit of Titanfall mixed in. If Halo 5 is anything like a Halo game in the franchise, it would be most similar to Halo: Reach.
All weapons have ADS (Aiming Down Sights). You have a sprint function that all players also have, and a strange dash/boost feature that uses the “B” button. The dash function isn’t intuitive at all and is actually quite hard to master. If you just press the dash button you will either dash to the right or left. You can dash forward and backwards but you have make sure you are pressing the thumb stick in that direction. For those who are familiar with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare you will understand this feature.
I found the ADS function to be annoying and unhelpful. For anyone who has devoted much time to any previous Halo game, you most likely won’t even use the ADS feature as it becomes more of a “just in case” than a necessity. The grenades are familiar and the patented shoot, shoot melee function is also in game.
Without features like jetpack in Reach, Halo 5 multiplayer will feel confusing and a strange merger of games that wasn’t really asked for. On the other hand though, Halo 5 will appeal to new Halo players who don’t have hours logged into the series. They may feel accustomed to the Call of Duty-like functionality. This should draw some of those players to play the new Halo game, but discourage veterans.
There are only two maps currently available in i multiplayer beta: “Truth” and “Empire.” Truth is a reboot of the “Midship” map and Empire is all new. The game looks great, even for a beta build. I am looking forward to seeing how loyal Halo fans feel about the changes in Halo 5 Guardians.
To check out our first playthrough of the Empire map, click here!
Have you played Halo 5 yet? What do you think?