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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

    Halo 5 - Great, but not perfect

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    MmmmmmGrapeJelly
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    Great campaign, though short but chocked full of action, great cut scenes (new to halo franchise), and gripping story line. (Spoiler Alert) Story leaves you hanging and wanting more, my favorite kind of ending. Multiplayer is just an all out tour de force of great game mechanics, seemless and smooth online action, and lots of customization options. Warzone is great, love PVE style. An improvement that can be made - A.I.'s should be random and spontaneous. Veterans of the game have an advantage as they know where and when the cash cow A.I.'s spawn. Also, matchmaking sometimes throws you into a game in progress whereby you are behind 300+ points and victory is unlikely. I understand they want to keep games full but throwing you into a losing game and penalizing you for quiting seems like a catch 22. Stay and take the loss and don't get temporarily banned or leave the match and take your chances, either way chalks up to an unpleasant situation. Other than the predictability in Warzone and the match making pitfalls, every aspect of this game lived up to my expectation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    No split-screen co-op

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    RifterAD
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    Although it's gameplay is very good...and this is in comparison for any FPS (not just past Halo games#. Unfortunately, the downfall of this game is that it does NOT have any split-screen multiplayer mode!!! In the past, this single feature is what kept my friends and family coming back to Halo since it's inception! Half the fun is being around others when they are reacting to what just happened in the game! Since all of the past Halo's had this feature, I simply pre-ordered this without reading a preview. Needless to say, I won't make that mistake again because my family and I were extremely disappointed when we excitedly huddle around the TV with controllers in hand as the game loaded up. It was such a let-down, no one wanted to play the game so the next day, we traded it in at GameStop for the Master Chief Collection #which was WELL worth it). I would only recommend this to friends who don't care about the missing split-screen abilities.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not The Experience I Was Hoping For

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    Beeze
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    After playing Halo: Reach and Halo 4 my feelings towards the Halo franchise began to re-kindle. Now not saying this game is not necessarily good, it simply just does not fit the criteria that I would think a Halo title should uphold. The graphics are absolutely gorgeous no doubt, but my biggest flaws are with the game play. For myself it seems like this Halo is transforming into a Destiny based COD game. Now both are exceptionally good titles, but individually not combined. So far the campaign has been interesting and for the most part enjoyable, but not anything to be in shock or awe over. The multiplayer though (Warzone) is a new take on the traditional Halo play style, and really provides a unique twist on the traditional multiplayer you would expect from a Halo game. In my opinion this is a good game to get when it goes on sale, but with a market littered with great titles both single player and multiplayer you could possibly find a better experience elsewhere, or at least one that will capture your attention for an extended period of time.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stunning Graphis, Awesome Multiplayer

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    Vyger
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    After last year's Halo MCC was such a debacle I wasn't sure how Halo 5 would perform at launch. Well, it performed better than I had hoped for. Matchmaking works well and the multiplayer modes (Warzone and Arena# are awesome. The campaign reminded me a bit about Halo 2. Spoiler ALERT: Yes, there is a nasty cliff hanger. The graphics are stunning, fluid and even on 24 player games run on 60 fps without a hitch. Microsoft will over the next 7 months release 15 additional multiplayer maps as DLCs. Best of all here: They will be FREE for everyone. One little downside: Thinking about COOP campaign locally via split screen? Sorry that doesn't work anymore. No local split screen - coop campaign is only available online. Not even with local system link like on the previous Halo versions. You need to connect via Xbox Live. Oh and on 11/15/15 Halo 5 will get an update to include FORGE. The same day the first 4 new multiplayer maps will be released #all forge based maps created my the world's top forgers and then refined by the 343 team).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Oh Thank God.

    Posted
    SteveG910
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    I was really worried this was going to be as big of a train wreck as Halo 4. This is arguably my favorite franchise, and 4 made my soul hurt. Luckily, 343i redeemed themselves a good deal with 5. It's still not perfect, let me very clear on that. But, it is a very enjoyable game nevertheless. I've gone through on Legendary with some friends and Normal solo, and I liked the story a lot. They really stepped it up this time around. However, I liked the story in 4, but they both share the same fatal flaw. 343i still has a long way to go in terms of story pacing. The best way I can sum it up is that it's almost like listening to a young excitable child try and tell a story. All of that said, the multiplayer is super fun. Especially additions like Breakout and Warzone. Already made several new play-pals through these modes. I've really enjoyed the MP in a way I haven't in who knows how long. TLDR; pick it up. It's money well spent over all. Greatest game ever? No. It's Halo. You know that. But, at the same time, it's Halo.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing Singleplayer, Fun Multiplayer

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    masterchief313
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    The multiplayer is a blast, with some welcome improvements that make this the most fast-paced Halo experience yet (while pulling back from the changes with Halo 4 that led some to accuse the series of becoming Call of Duty). As a major fan of Halo's story though, this one was a major disappointment for me. You only play as Master Chief for 3 of the game's 15 missions, and some of those "missions" are just brief exploration/talking snippets. Most of the game, you play as Locke, who just isn't a very likable character for me, and the backstories of his more interesting companions are largely untapped. The missions themselves are good, but lack a true standout and are I highly recommend playing in co-op (online only this time) where possible - your teammates' AI is horrible. So whether this game's worth buying depends on which you're leaning towards. If you're into campaign and story, I say just rent it. But if you're looking to get back into the multiplayer, then look at the campaign as an added bonus.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not another Halo

    Posted
    Nick
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    This game does some things right and some things wrong. This is the fastest paced halo game I've played and I've put 500+ hours into the previous installments of the series. The comparison in combat is much different from the first 3 games and can be best related to its predecessor considering they were both made by the company 343. It's a different taste compared to Bungies version but there's fun to be had with this one. 343's amazing at constantly adding new content for this game and best of all, IT'S FREE! No season pass required. There is in game content you can buy but all of it is optional/non essential since everything can be purchased with in game experience points. Great tactic to get gamers to keep coming back. The campaign is left to be desired, story is weak and short which is the biggest downside. Multiplayer is where you'll get the most of this game but make sure you have friends with XBOX ONES because there is no screen sharing in this version whatsoever.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Halo 5 a must buy

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    United1
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    Halo 5 is second game of "forerunner" trilogy being done by 343 industries after "Bungie" left the Halo franchise to Microsoft when they got with the original Halo Trilogy(also throw two side games with Halo 3:ODST and Halo:Reach) Master Chief is back with Blue Team(fellow Spartan IIs from Halo books. Every halo fan must buy and read the halo books) along with New Spartan IVs lead by Locke(Locke was in halo live action series Halo:Nightfall) these two groups of Spartans are after the same thing "save humanity" but both have different ways on achieving that hence why they are fighting against each other. Now The Arbiter is Back(he was main character from Halo 2 and 3 and had appearances in Halo books) along with the many other familiar faces. The single player is great runs a smooth 60FPS but no more two player split screen like in the other halo games. The multi-player online is great and runs smoothly unlike Halo collection last year. This game is a must buy for any die-hard halo fan along with buying halo books.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Its good... but not that good

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    dbeltran719
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    I've been a Halo Fan since the beginning and have played every single Halo game released. It was hard for me to really get excited with this one since the HALO CE game was so poorly handled (matchmaking broken for way too long). With this version of Halo 5 there are a lot good changes they made. The updated graphics look great, and the 60fps really adds value to the single player. I personally feel that the 60fps has somewhat ruined the multiplayer. Its hard to describe other than it just doesn't feel right. Halo used to have its own feel, but now Halo 5 feels a little too similar to many other shooters in the genre. Using card packs as virtually the only way to unlock new armor/headgear etc... is really annoying. Leaving it up to luck is unfortunate, i'd like to think i'm working toward something. Over all its not a bad game, there are a lot of good things, but just about as many bad things as well. Thats why i'm giving it 3 out of 5 stars. Its worth buying on sale, but you wont miss much by skipping this one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A good game, but not for me

    Posted
    Rdubs
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    I got this game because I have enjoyed a few of the Halo games and thought I would enjoy this one as well. I think the games controls are good and a lot of effort went into making this game, but I just dont enjoy playing it that much. I will admit I am not very good at the game and that drastically affects my opinion of the game. I don't like the Mp and cant stay alive, maybe I just don't have the time to invest in the MP like others do and that puts me at a disadvantage and makes it not very fun. I can play other online shooters and be decent and have a good time. I guess I don't like how you cant start with your own load out, etc. SO I just find my self dying all the time and losing interest when playing. I also dont think the graphics are that great, I think Destiny and Titanfall blow this game away in that department as well. So I guess my review comes across as sour grapes. But I think if you are a big Halo fan you will enjoy this game. I am a very moderate Halo fan, so this game is a MEH for me

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great game but....

    Posted
    Toxicsyndrome
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    The game play is smooth and fluid, but this time around they threw in a few twists, now you unlock REQ packs (like trading card pack) with the currency you receive when playing online. This threw me off at first but I soon adjusted. In anticipation I called my friend over to come play the game with me only to find out that there is NO offline co-op available, in fact you can't even bring a friend along online from the same console. 343 did a great job on aesthetics but failed hard, yet again at making an A+ halo. I mean, this is the FIRST halo where you can't play co-op campaign or online via split screen, to me this is outrageous because that has always been a staple in the halo series, what if your friends don't own an xbone? How are you supposed to play the story together? Nevertheless, I would still recommend this game as it truly is gorgeous and the game play is solid. But this is definitely not a "Must own" for the Xbox one. Bungie, pls come back, these scrubs are ruining everything you built.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Multiplayer is back, but Campaign is lacking

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    Carter
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    I get that few people actually play Halo for the campaign, but I feel it's important to note that the single-player experience here is just as short, and ultimately unsatisfying as Halo 2. Like that entry, the story ends right when it feels like a second act would naturally begin, and I found that rather annoying, especially given that, if they were going to truncate the campaign, they should have made the buddy AI much better. Your fireteam companions, unless controlled by friends, are going to be next to useless on higher difficulty levels, so if unless you really want the Lone Wolf Achievement then bring people who you can count on for a Legendary run. Multiplayer is vastly improved over the new entry, the Warzone mode is like a mini chaotic campaign, and the other classic modes are as good as they ever were. Sine this is where most will spend their time it is where the most effort was put in, and it shows. It should provide hours of tense battles for people willing to sink their time into it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, not great

    Posted
    ksdjfh
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    Campaign was pretty lackluster and played like an online match, ie you have 3 other squad mates you play with at ALL times. This allows the game to be played co-op or by yourself, though obviously AI controls your 3 other squad mates. The story isn't that great, and honestly if it didn't have Halo slapped on the cover I probably wouldn't have given it a chance. Multiplayer is considerably better than single player, and probably the reason why most people are going to buy this game. There is an insane amount of customization when it comes to your personalized spartan. I think there is somewhere around a 100 different armor outfits, plenty of choice in regards to helmets, and even you can change the color of your visor. You will have to unlock all this content through playing multiplayer though. Gameplay is fast and furious and is quite the treat. If the story had been better I could have seen giving this game a 5/5, but that isn't the case (which is reflected in my review of 4 stars out of 5).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Maybe I'm a purist

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    TheBigFatGeek
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    First, let me preface this review with the fact that I WAS a hardcore Halo fan back in the day. I'd read the books, played the games, etc. I love Halo. That being said, the Halo titles released in the past several years just aren't cutting it for me. I disliked Halo 4. MCC was a clusterf**k. Halo 5 is... meh. Halo 5's multiplayer feels more like Call of Duty than it does Halo. Single-player has so many plot holes you could drive an M312 "Elephant" Heavy Recovery Vehicle through them. (That's a Halo 2 reference, btw. Yeah, I'm a geek.) That being said, I do enjoy a game of Warzone from time to time. I'm excited to try Big Team Battle once it releases, and I'm also eager to try Forge when it arrives. Maybe I'm a purist, or maybe I'm just a stuck-in-his-ways nerd. Either way, Halo 5 doesn't live up to the first trilogy of Halo titles in my opinion. But, there's some new stuff that makes it a worthwhile buy for Xbox One shooter fans and Halo fans alike. At least it's still better than CoD.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Definitely different, but an excellent game

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    Mike
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    I'll be honest... I wasn't sure about this game for the first few days. I've been a Halo fan from the very beginning, and there have been certain things I always expected from a Halo game. When 343 released Halo 4, it took some adjusting, but they kept true to the core fundamentals of Halo. Right away, Halo 5 is very different. Pacing and weapon balancing have been tweaked. I actually wasn't a fan at first, and thought I was going to be trading the game away soon. But I gave it some time, and now I LOVE the game. I love that Team Slayer offers you a ton of different ways to attack your opponent... it helps the online mode feel more unique from game to game. Warzone is also a great mode. It does bother me that we don't have Big Team Battle and some other multiplayer modes... but hopefully those will be patched in eventually. Overall, I absolutely recommend the game. I'm sure there are some traditional Halo purists that will have their complaints, but I think most gamers will love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's Halo 2 all over again... Mostly

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    RPGX600
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    Campaign is good fun, a bit on the shorter side but due to its replayability I'd consider it to be a bit longer than halo 4. 15 official missions. (12 game play, 3 walk and talk) large emphasis on the other team, thankfully buck and vales spartan chatter + mystery characters dialogue make it an instant treat. It's just like halo 2 and how everyone was unhappy about the ending and the campaign despite it still being good. Halo 2s campaign is only slightly better in some aspects. Multiplayer is solid fun. Despite some minor quirks its still the best shooter on the Xbox one. With more content coming its safe to say this will be at the top of the charts for years. TL,DR: Buy it, it is a fun solid shooter, it brings the halo back to halo.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Gameplay, ok story

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    Ilove2rock14
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    I've been eagerly awaiting this game for years having been a fan of halo since I was 6. I was excited to see where they took this story. But they really didn't take it very far.. The game is full of cutscenes that seem rushed and are ended abruptly leaving you feel like there was part of the conversation that you missed. There are several unanswered questions that seemed important but really didn't change the characters behavior in any way. But that gameplay. Wow. Every second of a fight was fast-paced and packed with action and abilities that left you feeling like a spartan. The environments are an incredible improvement over halo 4. And the level design is very well done. Also having the squad mechanic from replubic commando made it all more epic and fun to play. Overall I feel the gameplay was more important to 343 than the story. There is a balance of putting equal work into the story and the gameplay, but they unfortunately didn't find it. Thanks for reading!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    King Kong has nothing on Halo 5

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    fmsida
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    I pre-ordered Halo 5 for my 18 yr old brother-in-law. He tried to pick up the game at midnight over at best buy-Gulgate location in Houston,TX. He seemed to have a hard time being able to pick up the game he needed my credit card information...even though Best Buy ONLY requires government issued ID and purchase order number when someone else is picking up for me. Anyways, they then late said they couldn't give him the game because "the computers" were down. I believe the people working that shift were incompetent, therefore didn't know how to provide the game...... ANYWAYS, he then later went during the day and finally picked up the game and immediately began playing it. I usually like to watch him play xbox games because he makes things look so easy and he is WAY better than me. He was screaming and laughing during game play, which to me translates to enjoyment. He is playing that game for days and it's usually the 1st thing does when he gets home from classes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not THE BEST Halo, but still a good buy

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    cac237
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    I did get this on release day (thanks for the extra goodies BB at launch). I should be honest with what made this 4 and not 5 stars. It's one of the weakest campaigns ever. That shouldn't suggest there was no fun to be found, but there was serious imbalance and gameplay mechanics that were at times frustrating. The story was at best good, but not normally mind-blowing. The multi-player is certainly the main attraction here. 343 does deserve props for what they've done here with the content. Not only the content, but also presentation, and variance with timely items. OH! Free DLC has been another great thing too that does give a good one-up here. Post-Bungie, 343 has been a mixed bag with some stumbles, but my optimism says they're on the right track. They do need to work out some things, but chances are they will one day make a great title in the vain of CE and Reach. PS - I am not ashamed to spend extra on the soundtrack!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I've been with Halo since 2001 and Halo 5 rocks

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    StokedRider
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    Halo 5 has, undoubtedly, some of the best level design in the Halo franchise, and it makes most FPS games look like chumps in comparison. Levels are massive with a ton of verticality, allowing for many ways to approach the enemy. Halo 5 also sports the best multiplayer the franchise has seen since Halo 2 back in 2004. Polished and running well, Halo 5 doesn't suffer from early launch issues that many other multiplayer games have. Warzone, in addition to the standard PvP modes, will have me coming back for more for years to come. This is the multiplayer that Halo players have been yearning for since Halo 2's servers went offline. In terms of storyline, I've got to say, I really dig where they're taking the story. While the ending's a bit of a cliffhanger, it takes Halo in new & exciting directions that I can't wait to see what lays ahead for this great gaming franchise. Buy Halo 5 if you like great games. If you don't, you might like Destiny.

    I would recommend this to a friend