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POSTED 27/10/15


HALO 5: GUARDIANS

343 Industries/Microsoft



In the year 2558, if man is not too late...

...then Fireteam Osiris will extract the defecting Dr Halsey, who wants back in on the UNSC. Meanwhile, Blue Team will blow up the Covenant-occupied Argent Moon. All while Master Chief mourns Cortana. He really shouldn’t have ditched his Windows Phone for an Android...

That’s just the first two chapters of this much-anticipated, erm, cinquel to the game that launched a thousand (give or take millions) Xboxes back in 2001. But how do you mend a broken Master Chief’s heart?

OK, we’re dribbling crap now. Getting down to facts, Halo 5: Guardians splits the single player campaign so that you’re variously controlling either of the aforementioned teams (but mainly Fireteam Osiris – although it does contain Nathan Fillion, woo!) in a story that ultimately involves peace.

If you’ve been with the series since the start you’ll meet many a familiar face in your travels. If you’re new to the Haloverse then you’ll likely drop a ‘WTF?’ here and there.

It doesn’t matter though. What does matter is whether this is any cop, and that depends. Are you after a solid, fun, sometimes challenging weapons-bulging cinematic first-person shooter that’s often too cinematic (you’ll wish you could control some of the ace shit that they do when the black bars reign)? Then thumbs up. Or, are you seriously Halo and expect a fully-interactive modern day masterpiece of Master Chief-centric narrative? Maybe not so much. It all rocks better hitting co-op with friends though.

Speaking of muliplayerness, online brings single-life ‘Breakout’, point-hunting 12-on-12 ‘Warzone’ and classics like capture the flag, with many a map that will spread a grin across the face of even the most battle-hardened soldiers.

When it comes to shooters Halo 5: Guardians doesn’t exactly tear it down and start again, but it will take you on one hell of a future trip.

take me back to the start...

 



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