Wassup everybody! Today’s episode will feature my wishlist of sorts for the Halo 5 beta that will drop in December of this year. Let’s begin!

More of Halo’s past being embraced, rather than ignored

By this, I mean I want Halo 5 feel more like Halo 2/3 and less like Reach/4. Let’s face it, Halo 4, while still a great game, felt more like a sequel to Reach than a sequel to Halo 3, which is what it should have been. 343 has stated that they are aiming for Halo 5 to feel like an arena shooter, so that is good news for those who want Halo to return to its roots.

In addition, it has been confirmed by 343 that Armor Abilities will NOT be in Halo 5. Instead, they have mentioned what they are calling “Spartan Abilities”. These abilities are going to be available to all players, and have been compared to dual-wielding and vehicle boarding. After watching the Beta trailer, you can see a few Spartans performing what could potentially be these abilities. One Spartan does some sort of Ground-Pound attack, so perhaps these Spartan Abilities are something like that, and maybe like an Evade ability.

New, fresh ideas that add, rather than detract from what makes Halo, Halo

This will be very difficult for 343 to pull off, because it seems like many players, myself included, are hoping Halo 5 will be Halo 2.5. I’m all for innovation and cool new features, just as long as they don’t get in the way of the core gameplay or change Halo’s identity (equal starts, balanced, competitive gameplay, etc.). Halo: Reach and Halo 4  had this problem, and hopefully 343 has learned what works and what doesn’t work in Halo. As long as any new features and ideas add to, rather than hinder the core Halo experience, then it will be embraced.

Proof that 343 is listening to us, the Halo Community

343’s willingness to listen to the community regarding the game has been shaky at best since taking over Halo, though they have shown improvement over the past year or so. I realize it is difficult to listen to thousands of different voices telling you what is wrong and what needs to be fixed, but there is a reason that they are releasing the beta a year before the final game is released. They want us to give them feedback. They want us to tell them what we like and what we don’t like. As long as they take said feedback and make the necessary changes to the final game, then all will be well. But, if we give them good, informative feedback, and the final game shows little to no signs of that feedback, then it will be clear that 343 did not take our feedback to heart, and just simply didn’t care. The last thing 343 needs right now is to lose people’s trust.

So, that’s about it. I probably could have gone into a little more detail, but ehh….. didn’t really want to. I don’t even have a big wishlist for the beta anyway, I just want to play it and see what 343 has to offer. Well, that’s the end of this post. Um, until next time, I, uh, I’ll be going now.

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