Halo (franchise) - Official Discussion Thread

  • To echo @Lotias and @HappyGaming , I too have a lot of fond memories of playing Halo when I was young. I think Halo is more of a sandbox than anyone gives it credit for. My friends and I would play 4 player split-screen and make up rules and such like HappyGaming also did.

    The Halo series to me is kinda like growing up riding your bike with your friends, or playing hockey a few times a week throughout childhood - you don't realize how fun it is and how much you miss it until it's gone.

    Halo was a hangout staple until we all got too old, grew up, moved away, and pushed along with life. I really miss those days...

    It was painful knowing Halo MCC was exclusive to Xbox One since 2014. I'm not an Xbox guy and never will be. That is why the new release of Halo 3 on PC has opened the door to me in a way I never had. I don't have to go to my buddies house to play Halo anymore!

    Here I am, 25 years old in the year 2020 and I'm playing Halo 3 at every opportunity I can get. I almost feel that addiction that everybody in middle school had way back in 2007. For the first time, I'm starting to get pretty good at the game. I have to say, and I'm not throwing this around lightly, but Halo 3 might be better than any multiplayer game on the market today. It still hold's up and is THAT GOOD.

  • As someone who only dipped a toe here and there into Halo the series never really hooked me in. First Halo game I bought for myself was 3 on the 360. Didn't have the OG Xbox so I only got to play the first Halo once when a buddy brought over their Xbox. I will say that first impression didn't do the game justice.

    The section I saw was fighting against the Flood and it just didn't impress. It wouldn't be till years later when I played it on PC and got to try the MP that it really started to click. There's a lot of things I really like about the games, mostly to do with how the weapons/vehicles feel. However I could never really get into the stories of 1, 3 or Reach (these were the games I owned). The game play in campaign was fun enough to see my way to the end but I was never really engaged with the narrative they were trying to tell. Multiplayer with friends either in Co-Op or MP would be fun but I was never good enough to enjoy the MP solo.

    Mostly I do remember living in the dorms freshman year of college and Halo 2 and Half Life 2 came out at the same time. I got Half Life 2, dude across the hall got Halo 2. We'd argue over which was better... to this day I still say Half Life 2.

    That all being said I'm glad its still around and I hope this next game we satisfy those eagerly awaiting this game.

  • When Halo CE came out I felt like finally a FPS could reach Half-Life. In some ways it went beyond. The "open" alien world, weapon variety and dynamic, vehicles, all that was really great. On the other hand the Library is really bad and the Flood a really boring and uninspired enemy (343i removing the Flood from Halo was a huge improvement for me). Still a game I like and that occasionally play the first hours, because it is my opinion that they're close to perfect. No other Halo feels as special to me, I enjoy them all (even 4 and 5), Reach being my number 2.

    Although I'm a big sci-fi fan, I'm not that really into Halo's universe, too much focus on intrigue and politics and not enough on mystery and location. Halos 4 and 5 even push that further making it even less interesting.

    Online I've played maybe 10 minutes overall. Really, really not my type of game. I'm more of a CS and PUBG type when it comes to online, although I can spend years without playing anything online.

    As for Infinite, I'm happy with the direction they're taking. I loved the return to the ring, I'm curious to know what happens before with you and the pilot. I want to drive a Warthog and explore that world. If they manage to trick me to play online, better.

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    I used to play hours and hours of Halo CE on PC back when it was originally released. He'll, for the longest times I didn't even own the actual game because the demo servers were the same as the retail servers, so there was always a full server of Blood Gulch somewhere.
    I cooped the entire original trilogy with my step brother and it was absolutely glorious.

    That 343 has taken an unceremonious shit on the entire franchise and produced the abysmal dogshit that was Halo 4 and 5 is something I honestly have a hard time getting over.

    Fuck 343. I have absolutely zero faith that they will produce a good Halo, and everything I've seen about Infinite confirms my fears.

  • MinnMax is currently doing a Deepest Dive on Halo: Combat Evolved.

    Here is part 1:

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  • I'm not a big shooter fan, but Halo was a revelation to me. I bought the original Xbox at launch, and picked up Combat Evolved along with it.

    It was honestly mind-blowing at the time, the leap in graphics coming from a PS1 was incredible, and the openness of the outdoors levels was so freeing. The controls felt great, the weapons were fun, the vehicles handled brilliantly, the enemies were smart and fun to engage, the story was intriguing... I didn't even mind the Flood that much. And all this with co-op!

    Then along came 2 and 3, which I also loved, as well as ODST with a refreshing setting and characters.

    Reach is where I started to drift off the series. It still had great gameplay, but it was more of the same, and I lost interest in the story.

    I have very few memories of Halo 4, I think I beat in one or two sittings with a friend, and it was... just adequate, but not at all the leap that the fourth entry should bring. The story was also dumber than ever at this point.

    And I never played 5, nor do I want to.

    Infinite looks like it's trying to emulate what made the original CE great, but will it be enough? What was impressive 20 years ago is taken for granted at this point, and they haven't shown anything surprising so far.

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    @axel Infinite looks to me like it is following the exact same throughline of 4 and 5.
    These games aren't designed by people who are passionate about the anymore. They are designed by a committee to make a product that appeals to the lowest common denominator.
    Halo 4 and 5 failed because they tried to turn Halo into Call of Duty. Halo Infinite will fail because it is trying to turn Halo into Destiny.

  • @el-shmiablo said in Halo (franchise) - Official Discussion Thread:

    @axel Infinite looks to me like it is following the exact same throughline of 4 and 5.
    These games aren't designed by people who are passionate about the anymore. They are designed by a committee to make a product that appeals to the lowest common denominator.
    Halo 4 and 5 failed because they tried to turn Halo into Call of Duty. Halo Infinite will fail because it is trying to turn Halo into Destiny.

    Bungie ruined Halo before 343 step in with Halo 2. in Halo 2 instead of Haloguy most of time you play as some alien who is fighting is inner conflict with other aliens. and focus full on MP.

    however none of 343 Halo came to PC so i have not played but watching some Halo 4 footage. it does feel like COD. include ironsight, QTE, scripted segments, etc. i can say they also ruined it.

    Halo CE was best Halo game. It has some wide open missions.

  • Was looking for Gametrailers reviews of Halo games and decided to share.

    Crazy that we never had a Halo game under EzA. Unfortunately Halo:CE and Halo 2 are not reviews of the original releases, because that's just how time works.

    Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (8/10)
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    Halo 2 Vista (7.2/10)
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    Halo 3 (9.8/10)
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    Halo: Reach (9.3/10)
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    Halo 4 (9/10)
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    Halo 5: Guadians (9/10)
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    Halo: The Master Chief Collection Review (9.3/10)
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    @b-cell Please don't ever quote or @ me again.

  • @Phbz

    I was waiting for somebody to mention Halo 2 on Vista. If I'm not mistaken, this was the first version of Forge mode and it kicked off Microsoft's piss poor attempt at getting back into PC gaming (along with Gears of War for Vista). My god was Windows Vista broken. For a graduation present in grade 8, my parents bought me a half decent laptop from Costco. Nothing special but it could play Bioshock on low settings and that was enough for me.

    At the time, I didn't know much about computer hardware / software so I didn't know why Vista sucked, but I got Halo 2 Vista and my god the fucking game wouldn't even work at all. It'd boot, have graphical problems, then crash. I don't think it was my hardware either because numerous people online complained about it being unplayable. I brought it back to EB Games and that was teetering on the edge of you not really being able to return games just cause they suck, but they took it back.

    Then Microsoft was like "well I guess nobody plays PC games anymore" rather than looking in the mirror at how broken Window's Vista was. They wouldn't come back to that market until like 2018-2019. It's crazy how backwards Microsoft was in that 2007-2016 near decade.

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    here if someone has not seen this video. difference between passionate and greedy developers.

  • @el-shmiablo said in Halo (franchise) - Official Discussion Thread:

    @b-cell Please don't ever quote or @ me again.

    You can quote or @ me all you want, B-Cell. Halo 1 purists unite! ^_^

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    @dipset Haha yeah I tried some Halo 2 on vista too, had similar problems. Didn't help that Vista was an absolutely horrible OS to begin with.

  • Been playing Halo 3 for a bit longer than a month. This was a long time coming. Even if it was SWAT. Couldn't resist the edit...

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  • Papa Schreier and co-writer Dina Bass have the scoop on Halo Infinite...

    Staten worked as a lead on the cinematics in the original trilogy among other roles and is a writer on Halo Reach, Destiny, and lately was helping the team on Tell Me Why.

    Read between the lines and his ascension to "Project Lead" on the campaign is a clear sign that this game had absolutely no business releasing in November (if the gameplay demo wasn't enough evidence already). Hopefully he can get the campaign "back on track" but we'll see.

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    What do they hope to do bringing him in so late in development?
    Infinite honestly seems doomed to fail. Spending half a billy on a game only to delay it indefinitely after years of incredibly rocky development just spells bad game to me.

  • I think we’re going to get a game in late-2021 that is fun by late-2022.

    Not trying to be negative but between this, the reports of a revolving door of contract work and the fact it’s been in development for 5 years already.

    This ROI is gonna be rough.

    Gotta say tho, I’ve played like 30 hours of Halo 3 multiplayer only and I’m not even done with it yet. So at least that game should have enough legs to carry me to when the F2P Infinite MP is playable.

  • Halo 2 and reach are the best

  • Damn!

    I hope the population goes up between this update and the eventual crossplay update. I know we shouldn't expect this high bar for Xbox Series X games going forward because a 2021 game is obviously more taxing that an update to games from 2001-2007,


    this is essentially the most high fidelity way of playing Halo multiplayer on consoles in the history of the series. As of now, I'm limited by my 60Hz refresh rate so I can't even get this fidelity on my PC.

    At this point... do we even neeeeeeed Halo Infinite? I'll take 2 more years of support to MCC instead tbh.