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Mendicant

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  1. This says everything that needs to be said about Spartan Charge (found on r/halo): http://i.imgur.com/XdxDV7x.gifv
  2. Well this is good news; unfortunately campaign-extenders like Scoring need to be present early in a game's life cycle to maintain campaign play over longer periods of time and cast the widest possible net over campaign players. Now all we need is Campaign Theater and hopefully that'll all be present in Halo 6: Subtitle (as @@Zeezbruh mentioned). None of that will make up for a disappointing campaign, however ...
  3. I would recommend that anyone with an interest in Halo's story and campaigns read Haruspis' level-by-level analysis of Halo 5, in particular that of the final level, a sample of which I've included below. Now, in 343i's early days they stressed their efforts in uniting and stewarding the franchise's lore across various media; what happened with Halo 5 and some of the texts preceding it, namely Halo: Escalation, represents incredibly disappointing, poor management of the Halo story. The comments also fly in the face of the idea that the story of Halo 5 was planned well in advance. I have said this before, but I have no confidence that the current situation will improve and I have no interest in the direction 343i are taking the narrative.
  4. I missed the narrative discussion, but this is exactly the issue (and what I and others have been saying since completing the campaign last year). The story of Halo 4 was not by any measure phenomenal, but the right seeds were sown for potentially interesting future developments, in particular, John's humanity (especially given the loss of Cortana, and the parallel of issues of individual 'humanity' with those of the species through the tripartite ONI/Covenant/Promethean fiasco - What does it mean to be human? What is the place of humanity in the galaxy?). Those threads have been squandered, and frankly any attempt to progress those in Halo 6: Subtitle will feel out of place narratively, due to the lack of development in Halo 5: Guardians. Halo 5's story has nullified any interest I had in where the franchise narrative goes; the AI rebellion is simply not interesting.
  5. Mass Effect 2 is one of mine, but Mass Effect 3 is the most disappointing game I've ever played. I personally wouldn't have included Bioware in that list. As for buying Halo 6: Subtitle, Halo 5's campaign killed any interest I had in where the franchise was going narratively, and the multiplayer is, as @@Gazorpazorp alluded to, a strange mix of steps forward in some areas and backward in others (with issues that, months later, are still to be addressed, e.g. the balancing of the sandbox) that failed to maintain my interest.
  6. The new Arena map (Coliseum remix) is called Tyrant, and as @@Mattster alluded to, it certainly looks bright: Also, here's an good look a Skirmish at Darkstar's layout:
  7. That doesn't sound promising for those trying to offer 343i feedback on this forum.
  8. I had started writing feedback some time ago, but stopped after it became quite the repeat of what I had said in many posts before Halo 5's launch. However, with recent focus from 343i on Warzone/REQ system feedback, I finished the following: (any thoughts are welcome) Warzone and the REQ System What are the shortcomings and how can they be addressed? Warzone is an interesting mode with definite potential, and its current iteration in Halo 5 has seen moderate success in realizing that potential. There are, as is to be expected for a first implementation, a number of shortcomings with Warzone itself, and the tightly integrated REQ system. Scale AI Objectives Core Destruction Landslide Victories and the REQ System @@Sal1ent, any response is appreciated.
  9. Just signed in to post this ... a few minutes too late. It's an excellent analysis, and I hope that UI is identified by 343i as a major area requiring improvement, but given that both Halo 4 and 5 had such issues in this area, it's difficult to be optimistic about the possibility of positive change.
  10. If it was intentional, why include vehicles in Team Snipers (as you say, that's a strange and not particularly palatable decision)? If not: Remember, remember, the 12th of December; Crimson Map Pack, 14 Day Buy and Play.
  11. And the new Warzone map looks ... disappointingly similar to all of the other human maps in Halo 5 (however expected that may be, given the Meridian setting).
  12. I think you're underselling the extent to which spread reduction and the resultant increases in accuracy skew the skill/damage balance (which itself isn't great at the moment), and push the effectiveness of automatic weapons beyond their ideal range. 343i would have done better to simply remove spread reduction through Smart Scope following the beta, in place of the slight reduction they implemented.
  13. I was on board with this idea for a while (particularly before launch) to enhance the combative/offensive use of the ability, but I think that, given the short length of the thrust itself, to allow shooting while using the Thruster Pack (with a no aim assist/bullet magnetism trade-off) would confer a greater advantage to automatic weapons than precision weapons as a result of differences in rate-of-fire and their shot intervals and thus exacerbate current issues with automatic weapons in Halo 5's sandbox. I would rather see the time interval for which one cannot shoot while employing the Thruster Pack be tuned to equal the shot interval of the game's utility/starting weapon (which should be a 4sk Magnum, with an ever so slightly longer shot interval than the current iteration and reduced bullet magnetism [which is an issue across the sandbox]) in light of the above, which would also accentuate the act of 'Thrust Cancelling.' However, I would still like to see (at least for testing/experimentation purposes) the ability to shoot while sprinting (with a no aim assist/bullet magnetism trade-off) introduced, perhaps with a slight damage reduction for automatic weapons to address the differing extent to which no aim assist/bullet magnetism would impact such weapons in comparison to those of the precision variety.
  14. Of course it is. While I can perhaps understand his frustration given that his initial expression of his opinion (which was not stated offensively) was met with a fast pile-on of negative reputation by yourself and others, more polite language could have been used in his later posts. That does not change what was unnecessary down-voting that is unbecoming a forum environment, where opinions should be discussed with respect, nor does it change was was pretty poor form from @@heytred.
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