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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: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

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    Ratfoot
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    343 really botched this game, controls are absolutely abysmal, story goes nowhere and is full of Mary Sue characters and the multiplayer feels lacking in modes.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Solid

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    erock33
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    Solid game, but lacked some of the Halo character.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Enjoyable gameplay, Alright story, Great multiplay

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    MasterChef
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    Campaign story felt somewhat rushed and character development was lacking, however campaign gameplay was enjoyable enough. Multiplayer is well worth the purchase price and will remain satisfying for a while

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    They changed it too much

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    Aidan
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    It's not the same halo feel as it use to be. Characters are choppy and nothing is really in depth.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Great Halo Game

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    StokedRider
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    Expertly crafted level design, beautiful visuals, and outstanding multiplayer, are just some of the reasons Halo 5 is so good. If I had one critique, though, it's that there isn't enough Master Chief. Locke, IMO, isn't that good of a character.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Halo 5

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    brom
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    The combat and multiplayer may be the best since Halo 2. The story is lacking and Locke is an ok character but not ready to carry the story for as long as he does. Great multiplayer makes this worth buying alone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good continuation

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    Zumbi
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    Fun continuation of the series. Nothing spectacular though. I would have gave a 3.5 if the option was there. Didn't really care for the new characters though. Stick with master chief please 343.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big Improvement over Halo 4

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    Bobcat
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    Really enjoyable. The additions of the rocket based mechanics and the squad based tactics in single player makes the game a joy to control. I've played every Halo game since Halo 2 came out and I can say that this is a great evolution of the series. On a story note, this game was emotionally haunting at times. The plot with Cortana is devastating as someone with a decade of attachment to the character.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very half-baked....

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    BuTcHeR
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    This new installment of Halo 5 is great and gorgeous in many ways. However the single player just falls extrememly short, both with character developments and just around the story itself isn't that great. The multiplayer is OK, it doesn't do anything revolutionary in the multiplayer compared to the previous Halo's. It is much more beautiful in the graphics department, but really nothing new here. This one is a total RENT.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as I hoped

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    FDNYwife
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    The reason that we bought an X-Box to begin with is for the original Halo games. My son and I love to play all of the Halo FPS games. This one falls a little flat. A lot of 'movies' and switching characters too much. Plus it is very short. It feels like they already have the next one nearly finished and are using this game to try and sell the next one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good game, Disappointing by Halo standards

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    Matt
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    My biggest critique of this game is the storyline and the change in gameplay while playing as Master Chief. The story just sort of pushes along with no real hook to draw me more interested in the story. Part of the reason could be due to switching between two different characters ( Chief and Locke ) throughout the story which makes it convoluted and sometimes frustrated to stay engaged. It bothered me to play as Master Chief and have the same attributes and move set as Locke which completely veers away from the traditional Halo formula. Although I haven't played much online, it is a lot of the same and some modification. It has made a small step toward an RPG style system while keeping the fast pace FPS style of Halo 4 and COD. ...neither of which is my cup of tea, but that is only my opinion.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not Halo

    Posted
    BigBoss00
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    If you love Halo you'll hate this game. It's not bad, but it's definitely not Halo. 3 out of 15 missions have you playing as chief, the story makes little sense, there is no character development and there aren't any awe inspiring moments. Multiplayer is the highlight, but awkward aiming and overpowered weapons make it hard to enjoy for long unless you're a pro. The new req system makes all your hard work earning points worthless because it's all randomized and doesn't guarantee you'll get anything worth the investment. Unfortunately, as much as I absolutely love every other Halo and as much as I wanted to love this installment, it's very simply the weakest in the series. The whole thing felt like one big stepping stone to Halo 6 and here's hoping 6 is much improved.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent gameplay. Poor characters.

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    Bominator
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    The multiplayer and gameplay for this game is definitely a step up and addicting. They need to include more variety in their maps for certain game modes or combine them. If they don't, the game will get stale very fast. The single player campaign needed to flesh out their charcters more. 343 can't assume players know the background of the characters on there. Not everyone has access to the dossiers as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    As a self-professed Halo fanatic, its only "okay"

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    MeKiwi
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    I am a die-hard, avid Halo fanatic and have been since before the very first Halo game came out (yes, I followed it's development back when Halo was to be a Mac game!) I have every (official) Halo game ever made, as well as all the books, comics, and other such media. I LOVE Halo. And being such a huge Halo fan, I had very high expectations for this game, particularly in the characterization and story departments. On that front, I was highly disappointed. The characterization in Halo 5 was almost completely lacking, and this with 8 main characters instead of the normal one!! Utterly shameful. Such potential for awesome story-telling, for complex human emotions, all wasted on textbook characters who all seem like clones of sheep. Atrocious. If you like playing story mode and can ignore the horrific lack of depth in the characters and story, you may actually enjoy some of the gameplay. I feel that it does retain the feel of a Halo game while also introducing some new elements which are intriguing and interesting. The verticality of this game is very refreshing and noticeable, though perhaps not to the extent of games like Titanfall or Mirror's Edge. But really, the multiplayer is where it's at with this game. The typical deathmatch style gameplay is your usual Halo fun, and the new e-sports type gamestyles (Grifball, Breakout, etc.) can be a lot of fun. Warzone is a decent attempt at large-scale madness and, while certainly not perfect, it comes off pretty well and is enjoyable. Personally, I did not find the gameplay to be quite as satisfying (or as addicting) as Destiny, though it was certainly fun and addicting in it's own way. Yes, I admit my review is biased towards the single-player campaign (story), but the depth of the Halo universe and characters is what gets me to buy Halo games in the first place. The fact that these qualities were woefully inadequate in the Halo 5 campaign is partially offset by my enjoyment of the many multiplayer modes, but in the end the MP was not enough to truly satisfy my "Halo" longings. In fact, to me Halo 5 was almost a 180 of Halo 4, in which I thoroughly enjoyed the depth of complex emotions and character development of the campaign but found the actual "fun" of the gameplay and multiplayer to be lacking. Maybe with Halo 6 they'll get it right?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great game. Must have for XBOX ONE owners.

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    ku8321
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    Halo 5 is a great game. XBOX ONE owners need to get this game. The campaign isn't my favorite in the series, but the multiplayer is a winner. The controls and the movement feels like the best of what Halo has offered in the past. As far as the campaign mode, I figure the new studio is trying to spin off their own Halo hero, because everyone knows Master Chief was created by another studio. Too bad, because there is no other character in video game lore like Master Chief. Instead of celebrating the fact that they have one of the most liked and celebrated video game characters, they try to make their own mark by making another character the main part of the story. Otherwise, great Halo experience for multiplayer fans.

    I would 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 isn't 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: 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 makes up for mediocre campaign

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    fletchnut
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    When I first popped Halo 5 in and started the first campaign, I was immediately struck by how beautiful it was. That first level was captivating, and I ended up dying quite a few times simply because I was checking out the visuals and not shooting at baddies. That quickly wore off as the levels became more and more tedious. Sure, the gunplay was better than most games I'd played recently, but it got stale quickly. I'm not one of those who solely despise this game based on the almost total lack of Master Chief, but Locke was a boring character that I couldn't get into. The story was very confusing at times and somewhat hard to follow. There was one point where I fell off a bridge and instead of dying I cued a cinematic that felt very abrupt and out of place. The multiplayer, on the other hand, is fantastic. I don't play a ton of online shooters, so I realize my opinion is somewhat slated on that fact, but to me Halo 5's multiplayer shines. It's enough for me to keep the game. The new REQ system is an odd but welcome addition, and the Warzone mode is a blast. For me it seems to have lost its competitive edge (from the likes of Halo 3), and that might be why I like it more. It's easy to pick up when I have a free 20 minutes. I'm not an amazing player by any means, so it's nice to not get lambasted by a horde of foul-mouthed juveniles when I perform poorly. Anywho, if you're big on fun multiplayer, it's definitely worth a look. If you're looking for a deep dive into the awesome mythos that's Master Chief, stick with the original trilogy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Multiplayer returns to Halo-esk, but story suffers

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    Yount
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    The game's multiplayer returns to its Halo roots; however, the story suffers within the context of a "Middle Game". With how heavy the talk about chasing Master Chief was, I was expecting it to last the whole game, it was 5 mission. The game is trying to capture that Halo 4 story magic, but succumbs to giving us more of a character that I cared less and less about as the story went on. (Buck from HALO 3: ODST is in those missions though, and he's fantastic! Nathan Fillion reprises his role and made story mission more fun with him around.) It must also be said that of the game's 15 mission, 3 are walking around and talking to people (about 20 min if you want to collect all the intel, 3 min speedrun), 9 are with the new character, and 3 are with Master Chief. I understand wanting to introduce a new character, but only 3 missions with Chief is still too short. The game needs to be played on Heroic or higher as normal and easy are just that EASY. Legendary is still as hard as ever. This mostly comes from your squad of three other Spartans that can revive you upon death. Their AI is okay, but leaves something to be desired. The big factor for HALO 5 is its multiplayer. 343 refined HALO 4's multiplayer and it's fantastic. Warzone, the big multiplayer advertisement, is a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena)-esk style where the first to reach 1000 points win, and there appear AI soldiers and bosses that will help get you to that point total. Overall, the game is a good game, but due to the lack of story that actually happens and the false advertisements of an epic chase after the Master Chief that ends after 5 missions ( A third of the game), the game left me wanting. Now begins the wait of 2-3 years for HALO 6.

    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