I managed to get my hands on the Halo 5: Guardians Beta through an invite from 343. I have been playing Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the past week or so, and I wanted to go into this beta with a firm grasp on the previous games to see exactly where the changes have been made. My impressions after the first hour are that Halo 5 is one big mixture of different halo games. Bring in a lot of Halo 4, combine it with a little dash of Halo 2 map design, and then add a few new things like Aim down Sights, and you have Halo 5 in a nut shell.
The movement feels very familiar to Halo 4. The speed and overall feel seems to build off of what that game tried to do, which was speed up the Halo game play and bring it into the modern era of shooters. The issue a lot of people had with Halo 4 was that it was almost too modern, and it started to feel more like another shooter than a Halo title.
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The newest Halo: The Master Chief Collection patch has hit, and it aims to fix a lot of the issues that have plagued the game since it launched a few weeks ago. Weighing in at just over 500 megs, this patch plans to improve the matchmaking, UI, and other things that have been not performing well. Here is the full list of details from Halo Waypoint.
- Made improvements to the way the matchmaking system handles player matching
- Made improvements to the team selection process to improve team balancing
- Made an update to the party system to improve searching with parties (2+ players)
- Made further improvements to how matchmaking progress is communicated to the player
- Made an update to ensure that players do not enter a non-joinable state after searching for a match
- Made an update to ensure that the “Game Session” UI does not persist after leaving a matchmaking lobby
- Resolved a variety of incorrectly displayed matchmaking prompts
- Improved matchmaking roster presentation during team creation phase to remove roster flickering
- Corrected a “connecting to host” message that incorrectly displayed during the matchmaking searching phase
- Made an update to ensure that FFA players do not appear as if they are on the red team in the pre-game lobby
Party, Lobby, and Custom Games
- Made an update to ensure that custom game settings persist between matches
- Made an update to ensure that player’s player emblems load correctly when returning to lobby
- Made an update to improve nameplate and emblem display
- Improved the display of emblems in the “Games Session Details” screen
- Made improvements to parties to ensure that parties are merged when the host joins another player and “brings party”
- Made an update to improve party stability after completing a matchmaking game
- Made an update to ensure that players are joinable after playing a matchmaking game
- Made a variety of updates to improve UI stability
- Resolved stability issues that occurred while viewing medals in “Player Details”
- Made an update to prevent stability issues caused by controller disconnects
- Made an update to improve post-game-carnage-report stability
- Made an update to address in-game stability for Halo 2
- Improved matchmaking stability while searching with parties (2+ players)
- Addressed a crash that could occur after searching in the Halo 2: Anniversary Rumble playlist
- Resolved a variety of miscellaneous stability issues to improve overall performance
- Made an update to ensure that the “Zealot” achievement is unlockable
As mentioned earlier this week, we have additional updates on the way in an effort to further improve your experience with Halo: The Master Chief Collection. We thank you for your continued feedback, patience, and support.
Tune into another great edition of the best gaming podcast on the planet, For the Love of Gaming Podcast.
Cory and Chris played more Halo 4, and Cory talks about his review.
Garrett and Cory picked up Call of Duty: Black Ops II, find out how they like it after a few days.
Cory got a chance to play ZombiU and New Super Mario Brothers U.
Ten Minute Topic: Reaction to Game of the Year Nominees from Spike TV.
Next Call of Duty rumored to be Modern Warfare 4.
Lego Lord of the Rings ships with demo discs on accident.
Capcom says don’t count Megaman out just yet.
Halo 4 is a reminder of how Master Chief changed gaming forever.
There was a time when Halo was the king of gaming. When it came to online multiplayer, that is what console gamers played. Halo started a revolution among console gamers, and without Master Chief who knows where Xbox Live and console online gaming would be. Halo 4 is indeed a Halo title, but there is something about it that makes it feel like something special. Maybe it’s the fact we haven’t seen Master Chief since 2007, or it could be that the new ideas from 343 make Halo 4 feel fresh, but I would bet that it’s the simple fact that Halo isn’t complete without its main character and the simplicity of it’s multiplayer.
A lot has changed since Halo’s inception, and the basic story of stopping the world from being destroyed with the help of a blue female AI named Cortana isn’t sufficient. Halo 4 needed to breathe new life into the series, and 343 managed to do just that. Halo 4 feels like a new beginning for not only the franchise, but for Master Chief as well.
This week is action packed with arguments, rants, and awesomeness.
Chris played some Final Fantasy 13-2.
Garrett downloaded The Simpsons Arcade Game.
Cory tackled Soul Calibur 5.
TMT: Kaz becomes President of Sony, but this turns into a debate for PS2(Chris and Garrett) VS. PS3 (Cory)
Is Final Fantasy 13-3 a real thing?
THQ in some serious trouble.
Alan Wake PC comes February 16th got $30.
Xbox showcase on Febraury 29th, Halo 4 to be unveiled.
Cory and Chirs both played Halo 3, Gears of War 2, and Brink.
Cory played some more of the Gears of War 3 beta.
TMT: E3 2011 Predictions: Nintendo
Modern Warefare 3 drtails possibly leaked.
New Alan Wake game, but not a sequel?