Having owned the game since release day, I finally finished the campaign in Halo 5: Guardians this weekend. My buddy and I had attempted a co-op heroic run but we only got a couple of missions in before bailing (the only Halo we’ve never beaten together on “legendary”).
Halo has always been one of my favourite franchises for both the story and gameplay alike. I grew up on a diet of LAN matchmaking and pizza-coated Duke controllers as a youngin’, with fond memories of all the crushingly challenging legendary solo and co-op runs with the aforementioned buddy. We rallied together with the warcries of Johnson and clashed against each other on the towers of Lockout. I can’t count the number of hours of fun the series has brought me. Nor can I convey just how disappointed I was with the lacklustre Halo 4, the flaming train wreck Master Chief Collection and the soulless Halo 5.
I decided to drop the difficulty down to easy and just blaze through the missions in the hopes that I could at least glean something enjoyable from the story, but everything from the gameplay and level design to the plight of Cortana was as dull as the game’s colour palette. It doesn’t feel like a Halo game. It doesn’t feel like a good game, full stop.
So now I’m left in a quandary. I would love more Halo but I do not have any confidence in 343 with regards to what they can do to turn the ship around with Halo 6. Do any of you guys feel the same or do you have reason to actually look forward to the inevitable sequel?