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Halo 5: Guardians - Xbox One

Model: U9Z-00030SKU: 9441137

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 7389 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Enjoyable, but nothing really new

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    ryanmcv
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    I've played all previous Halo games and, for the most part, I've been able to follow along with the campaign story with no problems. Halo 5's story seems much more convoluted and appears to build on events that may have happened in Halo novels and animated shows. If you're not fully invested in the Halo universe, you may have a hard time understanding all of the characters and events in this game. If you're expecting a healthy dose of Master Chief action, you'll be sorely disappointed --- you only play a handful of short missions as the Chief himself. Story aside, gameplay itself is still loads of fun, especially multiplayer modes. 343 Industries has introduced a variety of new weapons and suit upgrades that do just enough to create a fresh experience. Graphics are sharp, but I can't say I see much of an improvement over Halo 4. The recently-released Gears of War Ultimate Edition looks much better than Halo 5, in my opinion, and that was a remaster of a 10-year-old game. The lack of split-screen is also notable, but this appears to be an unfortunate trend with most modern video games. Halo 5 is good, but don't approach it expecting anything earth-shattering from the story or campaign. The game's longevity will be in its multiplayer mode, which should provide hours of entertainment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Multiplayer, Solid Campaign

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    Cnote824
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    First off, if you've played Master Chief Collection or any of the original Halo releases, then you already know the multiplayer is going to be great. This is more of the same with new modes and a few key new modes. The highlight is Warzone, which has two teams pitting against each other (as usual), but incorporates some AI drones, as well as various objectives that teams have to fight over for additional points. I love this mode for the variety it brings to the franchise. Now onto the single player campaign. I finished it in about 8-10 hours on Heroic difficulty, and never really got stuck on any section. So for those wanting a true challenge, be sure to ramp it up to Legendary. In terms of story, it is not as compelling as the trailers and commercials made it out to be. I won't say more so that I don't spoil it for anybody. And the ending certainly leaves you wanting more, which is obviously just a setup for the inevitable Halo 6. The mission layouts are solid but not great, but have many more avenues to explore than in previous titles, something that smartly incorporates the 4-player co-op.. If you are coming just for the story, I would say just rent it due to the short length. But if you're like most and are coming for the multiplayer, then I highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Gameplay So-So Story

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    Fragems
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    If you are looking for a solid Co-op or Multiplayer game then this is definitely a great choice. The single player is also pretty well done however the story is very complex and many of the new characters and the events leading up to the opening of the game aren't explained. To truly understand what is going on within the series you would have to read some of the books released along side the games. Luckily you can just completely ignore the story and enjoy the game play which is just as solid as the previous games aside from the so so squad ai and one very repetitive boss who makes multiple appearances. The multiplayer on the other hand is great and I really enjoy the new Warzone mode which is kind of a mash up of Big Team Slayer, Zone Control, and Mini Side quests with AI Mini Bosses. They also did a decent job with matchmaking so it's pretty fast and not the crippled mess they made for the Master Chief Collection. Overall if you have some friends who also own Halo 5 or if your mainly interested in multiplayer go ahead and pick it up. If your looking to just play the SP and continue the story wait for a price drop and go read up on any of the Halo books you might have missed they are pretty much required reading to get the most enjoyment out of the new storyline.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Polished, and fun...not without flaws.

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    Tecknic
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    I give it 5 stars not because I think it's perfect, but because I think it's strengths pull a lot of weight. The story of the single player campaign doesn't quite gel, it requires too much outside knowledge, leaves too many threads hanging, and doesn't do a good job of setting making you believe in the motivations of many of the characters. In short it's the weakest story since Halo 2. But I did quite in enjoy the gameplay, and much of the encounter and level design. It does however rely quite heavily on a repeated boss encounter that features little to no variation whenever it pops, and there are some strange sections where you just walk around and talk to people, these feel a bit like there was a broader idea for them that never came together. But these are brief segments between some wonderful action set pieces. It won't convert the cynics, but it's fun all the same. The multiplayer is the best since Halo 3. You can jump into tight fast paced 4v4 matches, or large scale warzones with multiple objectives. The gameplay rewards, practice and game knowledge, encounters are not determined by who has the better loadout. And with the recent addition of big team battle, and the upcoming forge mode, along with all the maps being free, it stands to get better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bannhammer strikes

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    BudaVision

    This is the worst Halo game in franchise history. 343i continues to drag this once proud game into the gutter with releases such as the Master Chief Collection and now H5 guardians. To start, this campaign is comparable to the standard Call of Duty campaign, with little thought put into the characters or story. Halo 5 focuses all of its efforts on multiplayer. While the MP is entertaining, the lack of quality maps and competitive only style of play makes Multiplayer become a boring and repetitive in a very short period of time. Not to mention, 343i are "ban happy" and players will be unable to play for 8 hours at a time for "quitting" but should you get dropped from the game mid match due to their servers, it's viewed the same as quitting. 343i needs to walk away from Halo before they kill this great franchise.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Halo modernized

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    John
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    Halo has been brought into the current gen, and not all in good ways either. With a lackluster story yet stunning graphics and solid gameplay, this is the most shallow game in the entire series. Multiplayer also plays well but is plagued with the introduction of micro-transactions for packs containing, well, you don't know until you open. Yes, this is halo becoming modern and copying off many other games - there are some good inclusions such as the ability to scramble up the side of a cliff which add to the fluidity of movement. Sadly you won't be scrambling with your friend on the couch next to you because they will have to be in a separate location on their own Xbox one with our own copy of the game in their own subscription to Xbox Live to be able to play co-op missions or multiplayer with you. Whether you should a buy this or not depends on what kind of player are you are. If you really like Destiny and other modern shooters than this will fall right into your wheelhouse. If you're a fan of the Halo series, especially playing through a great story story on couch co-op ,then you may find this one a disappointment. For those latter players I would say wait for a sale, rent first, or just by keeping in mind that you may resell it soon.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Mediocre addition to series

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    MButler
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    Besides the lack of the split screen, which is a whole other issue, the game is very lackluster at best. The control is very loose and unresponsive (even with me having the sensitivity on 10/max). I've only played part of the story mode, which has been ok especially the graphics. Being able to direct squad mates is a plus, but the AI's ability (especially when it comes to them reviving you ) is laughable. They tend to come to your aid like blind lemmings and have total disregard for utilizing common sense in coming to your rescue (i.e.: 2 characters doing covering fire while another takes a reasonable route to assist; instead of 1 AI player after another walks directly in the line of fire and die while you watch helplessly). I've only played a couple of games on Warzone, however I did like battling the other team in the midst of taking on different enemies to score extra points. I'm undecided when it comes to the req pack stuff (purchasing weapons/vehicles while you level up during the match). I need to play some more to have a better understanding of how it works. I would ONLY recommend this to a diehard Halo fan that prefers the multiplayer modes AND preferred to play previous Halo's on a sensitivity level much lower than the max (10)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Half of a great game

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    Sfactr
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    I just finished the campaign on Heroic difficulty and have played roughly 10 hours of the multiplayer. The central plot is convoluted and the characters paper thin. There were a few standout lines, but the writing it general was poor compared to Halo 4. Mission structure is typical Halo: you go your obligatory vehicle levels and mini-bosses. I did like the environments, but none of them standout above past Halo games. I like the direction of the story, even if not all fans will, but Halo 5 feels like it needs a second part that truly focuses on Master Chief and unfortunately we'll have to wait 3 more years for it. The multiplayer is a significant leap forward from Halo 4. It brings back the classic feel of power weapons while adding in some new mobility. I would have liked to have seen more maps because the initial offering for slayer is fairly mediocre, but whenever I get bored I can jump into the excellent Warzone. Yes, there are also microtransactions. Take that for what you will. I wouldn't buy them as they don't offer anything you can't earn through gameplay. Halo 5 feels like half of a great game: the best arena multiplayer in years, but a half-baked campaign that doesn't capitalize on the fantastic Halo mythology. Yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Reignited my passion for Halo!

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    gamerchik
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    I have played Halo since the original xbox version, Halo: Combat Evolved. In fact, I have owned and played every Halo game to date, including the spin-off games such as Halo Wars and ODST. After many years of being a fan, I always find Halo fun. However, Halo 4 was a major let down for me and my interest in the series was finally waning. I pre-ordered Halo 5 expecting to be let down again but ordered it simply due to being a loyal fan. I was extremely happy and surprised to find that I LOVE Halo 5 and it has totally reignited my interest in the series! Online is incredibly fun and addicting. I love the Area multiplayer games the most and find them a lot of fun to play with my friends. The campaign so far is also a ton of fun. The graphics are beautiful and they really have added a lot of new features to gameplay that make it feel different yet not too far off from the "Halo" feel. My biggest and only complaint is that they took away local play. You CANNOT play split screen co-op or multiplayer anymore!! Talk about disappointing. You can only play with your friends through Xbox live. Overall, I LOVE this game! It would be perfect and I would give it 5 stars if it still had split screen capabilities for local play.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Multiplayer Since Halo 2

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    Bonesaw
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    **Have not finished Single Player as of Review** Halo 5 is a major jump in the series, and not just because of the new movement features. Like many others, my main concern with this game is the multiplayer, and Halo 5 delivers a comprehensive next-gen experience with innovative modes like "Warzone" and the re-vamped "Arena". In Arena, players are now slotted into tiered skill levels based on their performance and can only advance through winning, regardless of K/D. This leads to a level of teamwork that I didn't often see in Halo 3 or 4. "Warzone" introduces the REQ system and is more like an old school Star Wars Battlefront-style command point struggle with a Halo twist. Players earn REQ points through play and can choose to redeem them on weapons and vehicles to help capture command points and take town enemy bosses. Also included are a mind-numbing amount of specialty guns and armor. If you want to collect everything or even come close plan on playing a VERY long time. Pros: Amazing multiplayer experience resets the Halo franchise to its roots while also providing a mode (Warzone) that is fun and challenging withought being overly competitive. Cons: No Couch Co-op on the same system for single player mode

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect

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    Shook
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    Halo 5 is a fantastic game but it is not without flaws. The campaign had all the potential to be the best Halo has ever created but the misleading, "Hunt the Truth" television ads, and underwhelming story arc that takes it's place. The campaign is solid 8, but my expectations shaped by the ad campaign was never realized, and that truly was disappointing. The multiplayer is fantastic, the movement is buttery smooth and the shooting is at it's best. The new features truly make your Spartan feel like a super solider for the first time in this great franchises history. There are only two flaws in the multiplayer quitting and the ranking system being tied to winning the game mode. The first is only a problem because once someone quits you are playing 4 V 3 in team arena. This happens at least 25 percent of the time and really makes those matches frustrating for both the winning and losing teams. Second, ranking up doesn't account for individual performance which makes playing with a random party quite difficult. I work hard, and so do my friend we can't always play together but playing with random teams can be painfully bad. Even with good teamwork you can't always carry extremely poor players. I hope this helps.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great multiplayer, so-so singleplayer.

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    5UP3RB0T
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    Got this on release day and hopped right into multiplayer. It is fast and frantic, like we are used to with Halo. New abilities like the boost, clamber and the slam add a bit to the gameplay, but by and large this is the Halo multiplayer you are used to. In terms of multiplayer modes, you have all of the classics, plus Warzone which is even crazier and hairier than usual. In terms of single player, I really couldn't get into it. Halo stories have been junk since the original Halo (with the one MAJOR exception of Reach). This one throws you in with little to no preamble as to what the heck is going on in the universe. You play only about a third of the game as Master Chief. In terms of gameplay, it is really uninspired. It is the same basic Halo formula from the old games. Travel, come upon a group of enemies, take them out, travel. What's worse than past games is that there is even less in terms of vehicle combat, and unique levels to break up this monotonous structure. I was really disappointed with the campaign. Overall, the multiplayer saves this game, but I'm not going to lie, I picked up Star Wars Battlefront a couple weeks ago, and I can't imagine going back to Halo anytime soon....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Halo for Next-Gen

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    XboxFanatic101
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    Halo 5 is the next installment in the series started by 343 Industries, this time around it has been brought to Xbox One. The gameplay is very familiar and similar to that of Halo 4 on the 360, with a couple new additions such as the Phaton Ship and Plasma Caster gun. The storyline, in my opinion, was not very intriguing. The fact that you only get to play as the iconic Master Chief for a couple missions out of the 15 mission campaign is sort of disheartening. It is apparent that Spartan Locke is the main character of this game. It is a battle between Team Blue and Team Osiris fighting against Promethean and Covenant forces, all while trying to stop Chief from going rogue. It is a fun campaign, but to dedicated Halo fans it may not be too appealing as it was to me. Multiplayer is fun and brings back classics such as CTF, Strongholds, and SWAT. In addition new modes Warzone and Breakout have been added to provide big battlefield wars and close quarters combat. It feels a lot like Halo 4 but is all in all worth it if you want to add this to your Halo collection or if you are looking for a new shooter to play.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

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    DroidToyiu
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    While the campaign in this one leaves a lot to be expected, that is understandable for a game that is second in a trilogy. It has no real beginning, no real ending, and the interactions between Master Chief and Locke are few and far inbetween unlike the trailers would have you believe. This being said, just as in any Halo campaign, the action is non-stop, the cinematics are breathtaking and the story is grand. The multiplayer, while I haven't played much of it yet, seems to be pretty great. The new Warzone mode is a very refreshing take on FPS multiplayer with an even mix between AI and non-AI enemies. While I wish the games lasted a bit longer and weren't so rushed, it is still a welcome addition to the game. In Arena mode the classic Halo multiplayer is back with the same modes and gameplay everyone loves. If you like customization, you will love this games multiplayer because there are hundreds of armor options, camos, gun variants, visor skins and emblems to get. Overall I would highly recommend this game to anyone, however I would strongly suggest you have played at least Halo 4 so you know what is going on if you plan to play the campaign at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Everything you come to expect from a Halo game

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    JakeNotFromStateFarm
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    Long time fan of the Halo Franchise here. Every subsequent game brings in a new set of features and game play abilities, and the story just keeps expanding. If you've played one Halo, you've played them all--but the thing that really struck me about this game is the story and the music. Yes, I was the nerd who watched the launch event the night before. I had the game the day it came out. And I played through the story very quickly. But the cut scenes...I was glued to my TV! Halo 4's missions all felt a little bit too long...Halo 5 returned these to a manageable length, where you can knock a couple out in an hour without perfect skilled play. The music was AMAZING. Oh, and did I mention the cut scenes? The opening live action scene did a great job getting you pumped for the game, can't tell you how many times I've rematched it. I'd definitely recommend if you like the Halo games, for the story alone. Playing through multiple times has not gotten boring (yet). Multiplayer is great, but the new player abilities make for a little bit of a learning curve. Still, well worth it, and tons of fun. I just wished they had kept split screen. Oh well...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy it, not a Halo game

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    NickT13
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    I didn't read any reviews or anything about the game before it came out so I didn't spoil anything for myself. Big mistake. There will be SPOILERS ahead so stop reading now if you really don't want to know. This is a Halo game in name only. You only play as Master Chief for 3 missions. The rest of the time you play as Spartan Locke. Halo is Master Chief, I bought it so I could be Master Chief. I don't want to be some other spartan hunting him down, that boring. Especially when the confrontation finally happens and its very underwhelming. I haven't even finished the game because I dislike it so much. Thank god Fallout 4 came out the next week or else I'd have nothing to play. I don't think I'm going to finish the game to be honest. From what I've heard about the ending, its very disappointing. They should have made Halo 5 be a Master Chief game and then made a spin off like ODST that happens concurrently with Halo 5 where you play as Locke and you're hunting Master Chief. Call that one Halo: Guardians. That would have been way better than what they gave us. And there hasn't been a good multiplayer since Halo 3

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Bold Changes But Average Experience

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    OutAtom
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    Halo 5: Guardians makes some drastic changes to the formula that launched a major franchise. While these refine the overall gameplay to a brand new standard the campaign is less than stellar. With a lackluster story, short duration and poor pacing Halo 5's campaign could go down as one of the worst Halo campaigns made. If play Halo for multiplayer you're in luck though. Multiplayer is great, allowing for high-speed combat through a diverse array of maps. It's a shame that most unlocks are hidden behind microtransactions, rewarding players who purchase more packs or simply get lucky over those who dedicate time or achieve a certain accomplishment. As a long term Halo fan Halo 5 falls short of all the past games. The campaign, while brilliantly choreographed and graphically amazing, doesn't deliver the same polish feeling that other installments have done. Multiplayer is fun but the underlying system simply is unforgiving, other games rewarded players for dedication and skill; Halo 5 does not. If want to jump into the series I recommend going purchasing Halo: MCC, which works now, or Halo 4.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good game for multiplayer, not campaign

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    Wiggi
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    I have always enjoyed the Halo games for the campaigns, not so much for the multiplayer, and the campaign in Halo 5 is not very good. The story is lacking, the AI companions are terrible (thankfully I played with 3 friends so only had to deal with 1 AI teammate). The story also didn't reflect what the marketing lead me to believe and if you are hoping to play as Master Chief in this game, you will be disappointed (you get to play him in 3 of the 15 missions). The story also makes Chief look like a chump in an attempt to force Locke in as a main character. The problem here is that Locke isn't developed very well and isn't a compelling character. As for multiplayer, I have never been a big fan of the Halo formula, but it seems pretty solid. The new mode was fun but matches last around 30 minutes or so which is too long for my liking so I mostly stuck to the traditional match types. The online servers have been stable and matchmaking was quick so if you like the Halo multiplayer style, you will most likely be happy with this game. Just don't buy it and expect to be blown away by the campaign.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    no split screen. what the ...!

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    ryne23
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    Great game but really let me down with the lack of split screen. What made the original halo for xbox 360 was the fact that you and 3 of your friends can have epic battles from your couch with split screen and that you could play co-op campaign with a friend. Now that im older I bought this game to play with my wife and kids. Halo was the perfect game for gaming with the family. I never even thought they would take out such an important part of the game when i bought it and i plan on trading it in for black opps as soon as it comes out. Did i say i was disappointed. I mean ill never by another halo game again. Its too bad it seems to be a really good game so if you only play online, are to much of a gamer to do split screen, and have no life then this games for you. For guys like me this is and epic failure and they ruined halo. Thanks 343 industries way to ruin a game. Guess 2 years wasnt enough time to figure it out. Maybe xbox one should only be made with one controller and will make all games one player at home.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome! Great campaign that finally focuses on co

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    Latuszek
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    This is 2015 & everyone is looking at everything so that they can complain. Internet tough guys (and girls) that are unhappy no matter what & all they do is complain. I however, am not one of those type of fellows. I'm a 37yr old father of 3 (all boys) that's been playing video games since the Atari 2600 days of the early 80's. I've played thousands of games on just about every system that's come out in the last 30+yrs. When it comes to gaming there's only 1 thing I care about, is it fun? If it's fun to play then that's all that matters, period. At the end of the day Halo 5 is an excellent game that I find to be fun, so far. I've completed the campaign & really enjoyed the focus on co-op as well being able to issue basic commands to your ever present squad. I've only scratched the surface on multiplayer but so far it's been a blast. There's a ton of new things they put in & a ton of series staples they just left alone or polished. 343 has done some amazing work & had some awfully big shoes to fill when they took the franchise from Bungie. Give it a try & if it's fun, you won!

    I would recommend this to a friend