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    But seriously man, TLJ was about as good as RotJ. It made about as much sense.


    Ah, so I am not alone in that feeling. Nice to see another who likes the film.


    But as for Halo Online, Attack on Titan is perhaps one of the most incredible Infection variants I've ever come across. So simple yet so fun.

  2. Well, that sure was short-lived. Most fun I've had with Halo in ages. It was going to happen eventually, I suppose, but man, the timing is very unfortunate.


    Hopefully 343 will follow through on that demand that they have acknowledged for a classic Halo PC experience.

  3. Hey guys, I wanted to update you all on my situation with 343.

    I haven’t posted here in quite a while, but I knew I had to after seeing the fallout from this whole conundrum. While I’ve not really talked to you or discussed things with you in my capacity, your work speaks for itself. You are, in my mind, the best Forger this community has without a shadow of a doubt. Your knowledge, prowess, and mindset regarding the game and level/map design is ridiculous, and I feel that you would have been an invaluable asset to 343. The ways that they could have dealt with a situation like this are incalculable, and what happened to you in this instance, is, in my view, incredibly unfair. I hope you can bounce back from this man. You deserve better.

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    really makes u think huh

    I understand that not everyone is knowledgeable about weapon balance, but I always tell folks that if the pistol in Halo 5 suddenly transformed into a rifle with none of its other attributes adjusted, it would still be relatively inadequate as a utility weapon.

  5. I think the best philosophy for making a game is to make it as fun as possible. As simple as that sounds, if the game has good mechanics, people love it, and it gets popular, then there will be players who want to be the best at it. Halo doesn't need to be made to be competitive, it just needs to be made as a good, fun game. In my opinion


    First of all, I just wanted to say that I've been following your channel for a while now, and really enjoy the content you put out. Keep it up!


    But on your point about a game not needing to be consciously designed as a competitively viable game in order to be one, I agree, but only to an extent. Your core sentiment is fine; I doubt Bungie envisioned Halos CE, 2, or even 3 being played at such a high level. But nonetheless, the design of the games (CE/2 more so) facilitated that high level of gameplay that we like to see, whether it was intentional or not. And as a result, a community grew around that aspect of the game, and as the caretaker of a community, it would be in a developer's best interest to ensure that as many people in your community as possible are satisfied. So when a community as passionate and as dedicated as the competitive community spring up, it would be best to address their concerns, no? (Which, for the record, Bungie didn't really do...)


    What I'm trying to get at here is that it's hard for a competitive scene for a game to arise if a game doesn't have enough base depth. A competitive game can be played casually assuming the developers don't make said game borderline impenetrable to newcomers (like what 343 has done with H5). What made the older Halo games so great is that they facilitated every type of Halo fan. Halo CE's multiplayer is very deep, but that won't stop a few random joes from hopping into a split screen Slayer match and having a good time. CE satisfied both completive and casual fans to a high degree.


    Once again, I'm not trying to refute the basis of your claim, I'm just trying to say that one does not need to be done to the detriment of the other. Because what may be 'fun' won't always be competitive.


    Thanks for reading!

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    Honestly, I hate being a pessimist, but this thing is looking like a mess.


    First of all, the pricing for everything is outrageous.


    $50 for a Joy Con?


    $70 for a Pro Controller?


    $90 for the dock?


    That's ON TOP of the $300 asking price. So if you want a Switch, Zelda, and a Pro Controller, that's $430 goddamn dollars.


    The launch line up as looking rather anemic as well. Outside of Zelda, there isn't anything that enticing, really. A good number of the other games are available on other platforms, as well. Zelda is the only system seller they have at launch (and even then, its on Wii U). Also, how on Earth did Mario Kart 8 Deluxe miss launch? That should have been nailed down IMO. Better it come out finished than a buggy mess, I suppose, but it's still rather disappointing.


    There were also several titles announced that had barely started production (Shin Megami Tensei), or have no release window (FE Warriors). This is more of a general game developer thing, but I wish devs would stop announcing games when they have little to show. It felt like they were padding the conference out with a few projects that have barely begun development.


    The subscription is sucky, too. Not enough games to justify it, and we get monthly rentals of retro games. Yippee.


    With the initial trailer, I thought Nintendo had gotten it. A clear message, an enticing concept, and all the Nintendo games on one system. But the mistakes they've made recently overshadow any confidence I might have had back then. I'll be holding off at launch, and be waiting for more games and a price drop.




    Mario Oddessy and Zelda look great though.

  7. Looks pretty polished for a prototype, but it was also a vertical slice (which tend to be pretty polished).


    Kinda wish this project got off the ground, it looked quite fun. Kinda concerned about how aiming would work (lots of shooting stuff off screen), the weak sound effects, and the odd-looking vehicle handling, but I'm sure those would have been sorted out had it entered full production.


    Shame, this looked like a pretty unique take on the series that probably would have expanded Halo's audience. Oh well :/

  8. I really don't care about my rep, if I did then I'd stop posting about how much I like H5. The only times I really acknowledge it is when it's used as a "disagree button". If I write a lengthy post about something and all I'm met with is a wave of downvotes I get a little bit pissed off. Not because of the downvotes, no, I get pissed because I spent time and effort into writing something which I wanted to discuss. However, instead of engaging in discussion people just downvote and move on. 


    That's one of the reasons I honestly think the rep system is fucking stupid.


    We're on a forum, a place designed to promote and encourage discussion. The rep system actively discourages this. A downvote is the essence of a shitpost distilled into a single button press. Most of the time it is used merely as a disagree button (you're right, not by everyone, but most do). Not only does this discourage people with controversial opinions from posting (I agree people shouldn't care about rep but apparently a lot do) but it's also used as I described above where people will downvote instead of engaging in discussion. 


    Whilst upvotes aren't as bad as downvotes they do cause rep whoring which is also annoying.


    The rep system in its entirety serves nothing more than to create a hivemind environment filled with circle jerking.




    And before anyone says I must care about rep to bother taking the time to write this: I enjoy talking about Halo and IMO the rep system makes this site a much worse place to do that.


    On that note, do you have to be a mod or something to get the infinite red bar? I'd quite like that.

    I agree with you wholeheartedly.


    I've never liked rep systems in which you could downvote. Hell, even upvoting can lead to stifled discussion in places like Reddit, where the community effectively curates the posts they like the best, and more often than not those posts are just zingers and witty one-liners. Controversial opinions or comments actually trying to simulate discussion get left in the dirt a lot of the time. Thankfully most forums don't work like Reddit :P


    Another forum I frequent actually only allows for "likes" and no downvotes, which while better than your standard rep system, also has its downsides. While this leads to less driveby responses, it can still be odd. It's strange to see a detailed response with a bunch of likes, but no one responding to them. This doesn't always occur, of course (much of the time it does not), but it's still something that CN indirectly affect discussion, even if it is far better than most rep systems.


    It was very evident with your response to me regarding Halo 5's play spaces. You presented a clear and concise argument, which, even if one disagrees, is all anyone can ask for in a discussion. But rather than counter arguments, you were just neg bombed. Really disappointing behavior to see :(

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  9. Yeah, I enjoyed the demo. You can switch weapons mid combo, but it's mapped to the d-pad by default, unfortunately. Thankfully you can fully customize the control scheme (which way more games need to start doing) to make the placement more convenient.


    I found the combat system to be smooth, enjoyable, and satisfying which is expected for a Platinum game, but it also felt very safe. Like, I feel like Platinum needs to start diversifying their combat mechanics. Ever since Bayonetta, they've been using the same "template", so-to-speak. And it's gotten to the point where the systems aren't exactly that deep. Bayonetta is still the deepest combat system that they've developed, with only the sequel approaching its depth and complexity.


    I wasn't a fan of the bosses, really. They lacked interesting patterns, behaviors, and any semblance of challenge. There were parts of the second boss where I literally just mashed the dodge button and came out unscathed, and had no penalty. I'm generally not a fan of dodges that involve zero consequence.


    That said, the bullet hell elements are interesting, if a bit linear in their optimal approach. I also like the perspective shifts, but the controls aren't precise enough for precise platforming in the 2D parts (thankfully there was only one set of platforms that required it however). The art direction is very nice, with the dilapidated ruins and dull grey backgrounds actually forming a rather unique aesthetic. The sense of place is very palpable, and the atmosphere sells the sense of isolation and a world-long-gone very well.


    My post may come across as negative, but I really did enjoy the demo. I just have some concerns, is all. I could go further in depth, but I'm tired lol

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    I was reading that thread and was just as confused.


    His only real supporting argument for Halo 5 in that thread is that the levels are more dense with objects/bits of scenery, and that this somehow makes movement more deliberate, and the denseness of the spaces somehow give you more choice than previous games in terms of how you approach encounters. The thing is that with the larger spaces in the older games, your choices weren't as linear as they are in Halo 5. Halo 5 has much more strict and much more defined pathing in many of the game's arenas, which present defined approach options to the player. The game's level design controls movement much more than the arenas in older titles, which were more freeform in terms of potential engagement opportunities.


    Plus, he doesn't really explain in depth as to why or how the older games had worse on-foot combat in general, which makes his point harder to accept.

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  11. Finished watching it earlier. Well put together as always, even if I don't necessarily agree with everything.


    While I found his analysis of the multiplayer a bit hit-or-miss, his analysis of the campaign was almost spot-on. It felt like it was being yanked around in so many different directions without a true sense if identity, had a general disregard for storytelling fundamentals, while being far below par in the quality of the gameplay experience that one expects from Halo.


    And while most of us will likely differ in opinion from him on the Arena gameplay experience, he does bring up a good point in that it felt like the team behind it at least had a clear focus in what they wanted to accomplish (which you'll be hard pressed to say for the campaign and arguably Warzone).


    Good stuff as usual.

  12. Found a neat little trick by accident. If you set a script to a powerup that despawns it on interaction, it shortens the animation drastically while still giving the powerup's effect.

    I still wonder why they made power-ups have an animation/exist physically. It's not even like you can drop it if killed (which might actually be interesting). As it stands, it serves no purpose other than to delay the effect.


    It would be nice if that little trick could be made universal.

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  13. I'm willing to bet that everything we dislike is going to be doubled down on.

    Considering that much of the Halo community regards Halo 5 as a return to form, I'd wager your bet is true.


    Frankie also has said that the foundation that Halo 5 has laid down, at least in regards to how it plays, is something to be refined and not reinvented. :/


    And when you have a 343 employee lowkey mocking us when they sarcastically say that Mass Effect Andromeda having a ground pound breaks the game, you know we're in for a rough time.


    (Yes, the last part happened, I engaged with them myself).

  14. New community update is out with Ske7ch back at the helm. He did a pretty extensive Q&A, and was surprisingly open about everything. Some choice quotes:


    Many people asked some variation of “will the Halo 5 servers be fixed?”



    I think there are a few different underlying issues that parts of the player base have experienced that have been lumped into “fix the servers!” Overall the online experience for Halo 5 is pretty great but the team is aware of a few specific issues that seem to be increasing in prominence. As a commitment to sustaining a fun and enjoyable online experience along with a consistent and fair competitive landscape, the team is actively investigating these reports. In fact, I’m told there will be a very small update pushed out tentatively as early as next week that’s strictly under-the-hood work to further assist in identifying the root causes of reported instances of higher than usual latency, disconnects as well as melee registration to help facilitate a fix. I expect to be able to share more on this front in the coming days.


    Will Action Sack get any sort of regular updates going forward?”

    Earlier this week I was in a regular weekly recurring Halo 5 multiplayer experience meeting and refreshing Action Sack was an agenda item! So the short answer is yes, Action Sack will definitely get updates. As to when and how regularly, I can’t say for certain yet but Uny and others are passionate about it and will make sure it gets the loving it needs. As I’m getting up to speed with many facets of Halo 5 ongoing sustain and operations I think it might be interesting to pull back the curtain on that process in a future update. Stay tuned.

    Can we expect a classic playlist anytime soon? There are some amazing remakes on the Waypoint Classic Remake Submission Forum.”

    No kidding! Uny has already shown me some incredible remakes that really nail the Halo: CE feel. I don’t want to steal anyone’s thunder but it’s safe to say you can expect a classic playlist relatively soon and which point I fully expect “Why isn’t X, Y or Z in the classic playlist!? and when will the classic playlist be updated!?”

    “What’s going on with the Master Chief Collection?” 

    That’s a great question and something I’ve been working to better understand during my first two weeks at the studio. What I do know is that nobody here has forgotten the launch issues and how it impacted the Halo community. It’s something that everyone in this studio lives through every day.

    MCC continues to be played and enjoyed by a lot of people to this day, and while its been greatly improved since release…it’s not perfect.  I know some people still experience oddities and inconsistent behaviors that hamper their enjoyment, while others play and enjoy it just fine. 

    Many of you just want to know what’s going on and if you can expect further patches and updates in the future.  While I can’t definitively commit to specific fixes as this exact moment, rest assured that MCC continues to be discussed and researched internally as part of the broader “Halo sustain” plans and priorities, including the potential of playlist refreshes. 

    The studio as a whole shares my own personal desire to improve transparency with fans, so our community team will continue to help facilitate that dialog and share any and all news, even if it might not be what (or when!) the community ideally wants to hear, as soon as we have something to share. 

    I’m noticing your Twitter feed is a little..er, inactive. Are you planning on continuing to use Twitter as a platform for Community interaction? Bravo was always fairly responsive on there.”

    I admit that I haven’t had much need for Twitter over the past few years and even though I maintained an account I seldom ever used it. That’s all changed now. When I was introduced last Friday I had less than 200 followers. Now I’m closing in on 1,000! I can feel my self-worth rising. But jokes aside, I absolutely am embracing Twitter as a great vehicle for two-way community engagement and will hopefully continue to get better at doing the Twitter under the tutelage of Bravo.


    What are your personal goals regarding the community?”

    This is a great question that I think warrants a lot more thought and space than I can give it in this already dense Q&A. This is something I am and will be thinking a lot about in my first weeks here in this new role though. At a minimum I intend to carry forward the great work this team has already done (and continues to do) and for me Halo has always been synonymous with a passionate community and a close relationship with the developer. I really believe in transparency, honesty and consistency, even when we know it’s not what fans want to hear. I believe in fostering long term relationships, supporting awesome community efforts and acting as a critical conduit between the fan community and the development teams. I want to help do everything in my power to foster the existing community, empower fans to participate and have fun and hopefully draw even more people into this giant family we’re all a part of.


    I’m just curious if 343 understands how unreliable and annoying the theater system is and if it plans on fixing that issue. I know our community montage creators would love that.”

    The team is aware of the feedback from parts of the community with regards to the theater system. I'm not aware of any current plans to release theater updates to Halo 5 but I know it’s on people’s minds as they think about the future.


    will there ever be a solo Firefight mode in Halo 5 (like in Halo Reach), if not, will there be one in Halo 6?”


    There are currently no plans to add a new “Reach-style” Firefight mode to Halo 5. As for the future, who knows, I haven’t been here long enough to rank up my security clearance to know all the cool things the team is working on…. Yet. 


    Already doing well in my eyes.


    EDIT: Link- https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/news/back-in-the-saddle

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