Shooters have now changed, they’re faster in pace and less, atleast from a traditional standpoint, tactical. However, it’s the most fundamentally sound games that push the envelope.
With that being said, recently, Microsoft in conjunction with developer 343 Industries released the multiplayer beta for the highly anticipated Halo 5: Guardians and I must honestly say I am impressed.
It’s not so much that Guardians is new. It is that it’s actually fundamentally sound. And, now, I know 343 Industries will be fine tuning a number of things but, from the beta itself, you can tell it is going to be something special.
Growing up, Halo represented innovation in the medium, from online, etc. It’s something that a number of shooters haven’t been able to do, expect for probably the original Modern Warfare in recent memory. Anyway, though I can’t really see the innovation from the beta, I do believe, once again, that Guardians’ multiplayer will be something fundamentally special.
Guardians features an impressive pace and speed but also runs congruent–thanks in part to the 60 fps. Every shot echos with a rattling impact with just the right about of punch, and the audio is simply, at this phase in its development, fantastic. Honestly, if all betas released like this one gamers would just only play the beta.
I wasn’t expecting to have so much fun playing a beta. It’s honestly a needed surprise playing something like this because the repetitiveness of the shooting genre was starting to show. All that being said, I’m now really excited for what 343 will be doing with Halo 5: Guardians.