New ‘Halo’ game offers impressive visuals, same old story

Image via 343 industries

Image via 343 industries

‘Halo 5: Guardians’ video game review

By Alex Stanton, Staff Writer


Halo 5: Guardians is the first of the series to grace the Xbox One, and the second in the Reclaimer story arc by 343 Industries. The game keeps the famous Halo gameplay mostly intact, electing to innovate through level design, experimental multiplayer game types, and storytelling that, like the entire Halo franchise, leaves a whole lot to be desired.

The game picks up eight months after the end of Halo 4, which ended with iconic super-soldier Master Chief experiencing a major tragedy with the loss of his AI companion Cortana. Suffering from immense grief and knowing that he’s suspected of war crimes, the Chief and a squad of three of his closest confidants go AWOL, disappearing with nary a warning.

In an interesting twist on the otherwise formulaic plot, unlike every other main series Halo title, you spend almost no time with the Master Chief himself. In response to his desertion, the UNSC sends a four-man squad codenamed Osiris Team to track him down. Jameson Locke, the leader of Osiris Team, is the protagonist of Halo 5: Guardians and the sole playable character for roughly 80 per cent of the game’s more than 10-hour-long campaign.

The biggest problem I have with the Halo series—with the shining exception of ODST—is the story. Halo 5: Guardians is no exception. The Halo expanded universe includes films, comic books, and novels, every detail of which adds to the incredibly convoluted lore of the universe. Many of the tertiary stories in the Halo universe are pretty much required reading to fully grasp what’s going on. This doesn’t happen in franchises where the expanded universe is done well.

But in the end the plot is only an incentive for these space soldiers to go on a galaxy-wide adventure. This new release marks the first time that Halo is playable in a glorious 60 frames per second, showing off just how buttery smooth next gen shooting can be.

Among the things that have changed just enough to feel familiar and fresh is the iconic online multiplayer experience, the overhauled ranking system, and the Warzone game type, in which you and 11 teammates defend a base against swarms of AI enemies. These are the kind of subtle changes that enhance instead of alter the experience you have.

One change that will undoubtedly cause long-time Halo fans to scratch their heads is the removal of all offline multiplayer capabilities. Historically, Halo has allowed players to play with four friends offline, sharing the screen in campaign, deathmatch, and firefight modes. I can’t imagine it being a deal-breaker in a world where online multiplayer is the norm, but it strikes me as a super questionable, even unintelligent, decision.

In terms of mid-trilogy stories, Halo 5: Guardians certainly isn’t Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. But for all the little things that rub me the wrong way about this game, I can’t recommend against it because it’s Halo. Sometimes, even when it comes to endlessly franchised video games, more of the same can be a good thing.

The Other Press

The Other Press, Douglas College's student newspaper since 1976. Articles, insight and updates from the New West and Coquitlam campuses.

More Posts - Website

6,848 comments on “New ‘Halo’ game offers impressive visuals, same old story
  1. You’re so awesome! I don’t think I’ve read through anything like
    that before. So wonderful to find somebody with a few genuine thoughts on this subject.
    Really.. thank you for starting this up. This web site is something that is needed on the web, someone with a
    bit of originality!

  2. you’re truly a just right webmaster. The website
    loading pace is amazing. It seems that you are doing any distinctive trick.

    Moreover, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve performed a fantastic process on this subject!

  3. We absolutely love your blog and find most of your post’s to
    be precisely what I’m looking for. Do you offer guest writers to write content to suit your
    needs? I wouldn’t mind composing a post or elaborating on a lot of the subjects you
    write about here. Again, awesome web log!

  4. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove people from that service?

  5. Confirmed observe document: Some pest control companies have been profitable at dealing with infestations for a very long time; good reviews of a company are an indicator that
    they will most certainly do a very good job and are a worthwhile company to work with.

  6. I am really enjoying the theme/design of your blog. Do
    you ever run into any browser compatibility problems?
    A number of my blog visitors have complained about my blog not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox.

    Do you have any solutions to help fix this issue?

  7. Nevertheless, eggs are actually certainly not a milk product as well as do not contain carbohydrate or
    even any sort of milk protein, for that issue. began to move extinct in the overdue Miocene
    and also Early Pliocene when a land link with The United
    States and Canada developed, making it possible for placental creatures to cross
    into South A 2013 research obtained constipated little ones off all dairy products and also ONE HUNDRED% were remedied, compared with the 68% in the New England Diary
    research study where the background diet regimen was unregulated.

  8. What’s Going down i am new to this, I stumbled
    upon this I have found It positively helpful and it has aided me out loads.
    I am hoping to contribute & aid other users like its aided me.
    Great job.

  9. Excellent beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your site, how could i subscribe for a weblog site?
    The account aided mme a appropriate deal. I were tiny bit familiar
    of tbis your broadcast provided shiny clear concept

  10. Having read this I believed it was really enlightening.

    I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this content together.
    I once again find myself spending a lot of time both reading and leaving comments.

    But so what, it was still worth it!

  11. Hi this is somewhat of off topic but I was wanting to
    know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.
    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get advice from someone
    with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  12. Just desire to say your article is as amazing.
    The clearness to your post is just nice and i can suppose you are a professional on this subject.
    Well with your permission let me to grab your feed to keep up to date
    with impending post. Thanks one million and please carry on the enjoyable work.

  13. I’m extremely impressed together with your writing skills and also
    with the layout to your weblog. Is this a paid subject matter or
    did you modify it yourself? Either way keep up the excellent high quality writing, it is
    uncommon to peer a nice blog like this one these days..

  14. I’ve been exploring for a little bit for any high quality articles or blog posts on this sort of house .
    Exploring in Yahoo I ultimately stumbled upon this web site.
    Reading this information So i’m satisfied to convey that I have a very just
    right uncanny feeling I came upon just what I
    needed. I so much no doubt will make sure to
    don?t fail to remember this website and provides it a glance on a continuing basis.

  15. Hey would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re using?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different browsers and I must
    say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you recommend a good web hosting provider at a reasonable price?

    Kudos, I appreciate it!

  16. Hello would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re
    utilizing? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different internet
    browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most.
    Can you suggest a good internet hosting provider at a fair price?
    Thanks, I appreciate it!

  17. I have been browsing online more than 3 hours today, yet
    I never found any interesting article like yours. It is
    pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the web will be much more useful than ever before.

  18. Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thank you,
    However I am encountering troubles with your RSS.
    I don’t know the reason why I cannot join it.
    Is there anybody getting similar RSS problems? Anyone who knows the solution will you
    kindly respond? Thanks!!

  19. The simjple daily rinse witth peeroxide (yes, that
    inexpensive brown bottle you decide on up on the grocery or
    drug store) becomes mee for the hite smile I want. If the cardiac musle won’t
    receive sufficient circulation, the result might bbe a caqrdiac event.

    Indeed, a classic inspired home is both remarkable andd unique in these modern years.

  20. That you happen to be advised to further improve your credit history so that
    you can avail the car lease in the future if
    ever necessary depeche mode concert vancouver bc if
    there’s, then your website is legitimate as well as your information is going to be safe.

  21. I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here.

    The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish.

    nonetheless, you command get got an shakiness over that you wish be
    delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again as exactly the same nearly very often inside
    case you shield this increase.

  22. gemini detailed horoscope 2017 sagittarius weekly horoscope in urdu yahoo
    lifestyle horoscope australia virgo monthly horoscope leo daily love horoscope in urdu
    leo horoscope phrases johnny depp horoscope leo love horoscope week ahead importance of 5th house
    in horoscope chinese horoscope born 1989 horoscope in hindi libra 2017
    today’s horoscope in tamil for sagittarius linda black horoscope
    virgo horoscopes tomorrow aries career daily horoscope tarot may 31st gemini horoscope aries daily horoscopes homepagers sagittarius horoscope yahoo love horoscope july 28
    2017 free daily horoscope for scorpio libra 0800 horoscopes pisces horoscopes weekly ny
    daily news horoscope pisces leo horoscope wombat gemini horoscope for may
    26 chinese horoscope animals signs cosmic path
    horoscope chinese horoscope year of the sheep aquarius career horoscope 2017 horoscopes and dates horoscope for gemini today in hindi friendship horoscope signs aquarius horoscope in urdu love love marriage horoscope prediction yahoo aquarius horoscope
    gemini horoscope month of august love horoscope monthly pisces
    today capricorn love horoscope in hindi scorpio horoscope
    for today career aries august horoscope broadly urdu horoscope daily weekly monthly
    horoscope as per dob gemini weekly horoscope tarot laura libra health horoscope 2018 april 8 birthday horoscope astrology
    mobile horoscope daily flirt burmese classic horoscope in english daily
    virgo horoscopes friendship daily horoscope horoscope mensuel capricorne

  23. leo horoscope august 2017 susan miller funny horoscopes jokes cancer daily love horoscope prokerala online horoscope prediction in hindi today horoscope for pisces in kannada language gemini marriage horoscope 2017 horoscope stones scorpio free weekly
    horoscope scorpio libra horoscope for love tea room horoscope definition of horoscope leo
    pisces horoscope work today unique daily horoscopes monthly vedic horoscope july 2017 scorpio love horoscope for today in hindi virgo
    single love horoscope tomorrow horoscope may 2017 sagittarius
    horoscope signs lovers cancer career horoscope tomorrow virgo health horoscope for today what are the horoscope birth dates horoscope mercury news leo career
    horoscope july 2017 oracle daily horoscope libra virgo daily horoscopes for
    today today’s gemini horoscope love free horoscope reading for capricorn yahoo libra horoscope weekly gemini daily love horoscope
    today my love horoscope today sagittarius best horoscopes app weekly relationship horoscopes monthly horoscopes susan miller times horoscope 2017 chinese horoscope
    career 2017 horoscope moon sign sagittarius horoscope for leo june 2017 daily accurate horoscope leo horoscope tomorrow in hindi
    love horoscope for this week scorpio what is pisces love horoscope
    for today virgo monthly horoscope august 2017 free will astrology horoscopes virgo leo horoscope in hindi august 2017 horoscope jennifer angel gemini august 3rd 1989 horoscope
    feb 13 virgo horoscope astrology mobile horoscope index monthly pisces horoscope elle cancer
    tomorrow love horoscope astrostyle

  24. princess tarotrei moon tarot as romantic feelings
    tarot cards 2 of cups black metal tarot cards tarot card reading
    about my career tarot cards iv the emperor the rider tarot deck card meanings barbara walker tarot 1986 royal road tarot 7 cups painkiller how to get all tarot cards temperance tarot angel paths knight of cups tarot future position lust tarot tarot 7
    swords reversed original purpose of tarot cards tarot cards readings near
    me russian tarot tarot card xi strength how many cards are there in a tarot deck la justice association tarot free tarot fortune tarot
    cards prediction for love zombie tarot spread tarot card reading articles tarot conference
    2017 free real love tarot reading what does the moon tarot mean gemini monthly love
    horoscope tarot crowley thoth tarot the devil names of
    different tarot cards tarot reading in san diego ca tarot card
    7 free daily tarot card predictions free tarot oracle card readings online good tarot card readers singapore tarot predictions yes or no aries daily tarot doreen virtue tarot cards app tarot card rules the hierophant reversed tarot meaning free
    tarot reading major and minor arcana glastonbury tarot cards the wheel tarot meaning tarot card
    meaning the emperor the sorcerers tarot deck rider waite tarot cards three of wands tarot card meaning free online tarot spreads tarot
    reversed cards tarot card reader in west delhi

  25. Ladies from Russian need to marry foreign men, because statistically ladies out number men, for each and every 7 men you will find 10
    women. Honest in a manner that jane is happy to express and give out her true information like a
    person or like a woman. I may appear to be speaking personally to maried people,
    but this is highly relevant to everyone.

  26. signe astrologique d’une personne nee le 1er mai compatibilite astrologique
    poisson taureau astrologie chinoise annee calculer signe astrologique japonais signe astrologique ne le
    6 novembre signe astrologique signification cancer gemeau signe astrologique homme 2
    mars signe astrologique quelle signe zodiaque je suis cours astrologie marseille astrologie juin 2017 sagittaire
    saturne en lion astrologie astrologie taureau ascendant scorpion astrologie
    elle vierge signe astrologique homme lion et femme scorpion signe astrologique de janvier a mai comment calculer son ascendant astrologique gratuit signe astrologique
    verseau symbole signe zodiaque 27 aout signe zodiaque du mois de janvier signe astrologique octobre 2017 signe
    astrologique chinois du sagittaire signe astrologique symbole clavier 26 novembre signe astrologique astrologie personnalite
    votre signe gemeau signe astrologique homme correspondance signes astrologiques chinois signe astrologique du 21 mai signe
    astrologique couple gay astrologie roland legrand astrologie
    chinoise lapin de terre signe astrologique du 17 decembre quel est votre vrai
    signe astrologique test savoir son signe astrologique chinois 20 avril quel signe astrologique signe astrologique
    cancer du jour qu’est ce que l’astrologie siderale astrologie spirituelle gratuite lion signe
    astrologique homme portrait astrologique balance ascendant taureau signe astrologique de naissance astrologie femme cancer homme vierge
    l’astrologie indienne quel signe astrologique le 9 octobre comment calculer son ascendant en astrologie 13eme signe astrologique serpentaire quel est le signe astrologique le plus menteur signe du zodiaque
    scorpion tatouage chat metal astrologie chinoise signe astrologique 29 decembre

  27. Hey there! This post could not be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

  28. august 1st 1992 astrology august 15 1989 astrology history of astrology in tamil free astrology photoshop
    brushes astrology cafe libra monthly sexual astrology pisces woman astrology meaning
    of cancer astrology zone premier android app mundane astrology saturn in sagittarius taurus love astrology
    for today astrology july 13 free astrology predictions for marriage timing
    astrology blood moon in aries astrology astrotheme astrological signs
    scorpio cancer daily astrology today’s astrological forecast aquarius astrologers
    online august 25 1976 astrology august 10 birthday astrology australian academy of
    astrology & cosmobiology the sun tarot card astrological sign astrology signs for
    june 24 astrology true love greek astronomy timeline astrology sagittarius 2017
    career significance of jupiter in vedic astrology modi astrology prediction 2019 astrology uranus retrograde astrology in rohini astrology cancer man and leo woman ptolemy astrology august
    28 1989 astrology astrology app for android review meaning of astrology aspects animal astrology in hindi susan miller
    astrology leo 2017 libra astrology daily ganesha dating a
    leo man astrology astrology sibling relationships chinese astrology year of the tiger
    1950 baby birth date astrology tamil decile astrology
    aspect mars in 6th house in vedic astrology astrology attraction jupiter vedic
    astrology aquarius astrology today in urdu kelli fox astrology readings
    list of astrology programs on tv how to know about your future husband
    through astrology

  29. Heya are using WordPress for your site platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you require any html coding knowledge to make your own blog?
    Any help would be really appreciated!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.