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  • Summary: Peace has been devastated as colony worlds are unexpectedly attacked. What's more, when humanity's greatest hero goes missing, a new Spartan is assigned the task of hunting the Master Chief and solving a mystery that threatens the whole of the galaxy.
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  1. Positive: 89 out of 101
  2. Negative: 0 out of 101
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 3, 2015
    100
    Developers from 343 Industries have finally caught the right way and with the fifth part they fixed the mistakes which they made in the previous installment. So they provide the players with an absolutely perfect and catchy campaign. [Issue#258]
  2. Games Master UK
    Dec 1, 2015
    92
    Although the story feels less of an event, Halo 4's campaign is a thoroughly satisfying spectacle. [Dec 2015, p.64]
  3. GameTrailers
    Oct 27, 2015
    90
    Halo 5: Guardians is a massive game that we intend to keep playing for the foreseeable future. There are parts that let us down, particularly the story, but it’s hard to feel too stung when there’s just so much fun to be had. Halo 5 has a lot to prove and it seems fully capable of doing just that. It’s a pleasure seeing the series in top form once again.
  4. Oct 30, 2015
    85
    Halo 5: Guardians is an exciting Halo package, marred only by some questionable design decisions, like microtransactions and some shoddy friendly-AI in the campaign. It’s not a classic Halo, but 343 is moving in a good direction with the franchise.
  5. Oct 30, 2015
    83
    The saving grace of this game is multiplayer.
  6. Oct 28, 2015
    80
    With so much at stake, Halo 5 needed to be a new perfection of old triumphs, or a landscape-altering revolution. In terms of its campaign it falls short of both of these ideals. Online, however, 343 has taken more significant risks, of the sort that first convinced Apple and Microsoft to place bets on the series. Warzone, in particular, is a kind of bold design that we almost never see in expensive FPS game-making any more.
  7. Nov 13, 2015
    55
    343 Industries made a terrific impression with their first dip into the franchise, but with a lackluster campaign and multiplayer that still needs tuning, Halo 5: Guardians makes them look like one-hit wonders.

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  1. Nov 4, 2015
    10
    Not sure where the low ratings on here are coming from but 343 did a great job on the multiplayer Warzone of this game, really love it.Not sure where the low ratings on here are coming from but 343 did a great job on the multiplayer Warzone of this game, really love it. Campaign gameplay is also fun but I don't like the story. I think the story was huge let down of this game but all other aspects of this game 343 nailed it. Expand
  2. Nov 11, 2015
    10
    Halo 5 is the smoothest video you will play to date. The balance of the game is incredible, the guns are spot on, the br is on point, and theHalo 5 is the smoothest video you will play to date. The balance of the game is incredible, the guns are spot on, the br is on point, and the pistol is back. New medals add to the fun. The multiplayer online play has been extremely fast to load and I have not had any lag issues at all.

    Arena online play mixes in slayer, capture the flag, as well as strongholds and a new gametype breakout. Newcomers to the game will enjoy everything that it has to offer, and original halo guys and gals will appreciate feel of the classic weapons, which, if you are good with, you will likely opt for them over several of the power weapons. (I will say that I am not a fan of the plasma caster or Fuel Rod Canon)

    Also, the new ranking system is similar to the old 1-50, ranking up and down solely through wins however, it has improved on the that as well adding in top levels of Onyx and Champion exclusively for the elite.

    Overall, dont go through winter without dedicated much time to this awesome game!
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  3. Oct 27, 2015
    10
    So Fun, Smooth & Tight. Halo 5 is a masterpiece in design and execution. Moving and gunning mechanics are top-notch, Warzone is superSo Fun, Smooth & Tight. Halo 5 is a masterpiece in design and execution. Moving and gunning mechanics are top-notch, Warzone is super addictive & the campaign is riveting. Even the UI is slick…you can really tell that 343i put a ton of love into this one. I’m already looking forward to all of the post-launch support coming our way. This is hands down the best FPS I have ever played. Expand
  4. Dec 2, 2015
    8
    Halo......Halo everywhere.....

    To give a small back story to my Halo experience, I've been playing since Combat Evolved released on the OG
    Halo......Halo everywhere.....

    To give a small back story to my Halo experience, I've been playing since Combat Evolved released on the OG Xbox. And remember kids bringing in the Halo 2 edition Xbox when it first released into school. So when I hear Halo, it brings back a familiar nostalgia that I absolutely love. And Halo 5 Guardians has done a MUCH better job than Halo 4.

    Performance: 1080p / 60fps, Hell yes. What most console owners have been waiting for, and it looks absolutely stunning, from heavy firefights, to quiet moments to observe the scenery. And one thing Halo has always accomplished since Combat Evolved, is the little attention to detail, that if you notice it, makes you appreciate the little things. When participating in multiple matches online, I found that the playlist felt to little, but just right if that makes sense. All online games ran smooth and I did not experience the matchmaking problem that the Master Chief collection had experienced at launch. Excellent in my opinion.

    Graphics: At 1080p / 60fps, I noticed zero screen tear or frame rate drop. A breath of fresh air honestly with newer First Person Shooters having small issues like this. Like I stated before, its the attention to detail that I love that 343 and Bungi have done with the series, that makes this series seem personal to the fans and developers. All in all a knock out of the park!

    Story: Now this is something that I struggled with wrapping my head around. This series is about the Master Chief, now I know that there is deeper Lore to the series that probably follows different people, but when I played mostly as Spartan Locke and not the chief, I was disappointed. And even more disappointed in the marketing for this game. I was under the impression that Locke and the Chief were going to have an epic battle royal, the hunter is now the hunted, super "hush hush" sneaking around whilst battling the covenant missions. But this did not happen. AT ALL. Fairly disappointed.

    Campaign: Now I played on Legendary difficulty on my first play through, and it took me roughly 15 Hours. Making me pleased with the length. But I know that if I played on Easy or Normal that the length of the Campaign would only be around 3-6 hours. A big No-No in my book. Since when did developers start slacking on the story length department? Now the last thing I was displeased with was the AI. Not the enemy AI, but the friendly AI. Now Halo games aren't known for the best AI, but when forced to play with 3 other characters that are apart of your "team" its crap. Literally the STUPIDEST part of the game. If I went down under heavy fire, EVERY team mate ran to pick me up, getting themselves killed, instead of 1 reviving me, and the other two providing heavy fire towards the enemy to keep their heads down to leave me ALONE. Not a reason to not buy the game, but definitely a frustration. And there's a enemy wave system incorporated here. No advancing the story unless wave after wave is killed. Disappointing and lazy in my opinion.

    Multiplayer: Did I mention 1080p / 60fps? The multiplayer looks just as good as the campaign. The game modes are well balanced too. You have five modes with more to come. Arena (mixed game modes) Slayer (classic) Swat (another classic) Free for all (keeping it classy) and a new mode Breakout. Breakout is a 4v4 death match set up in rounds. Won either by capturing the one flag on the map, or killing everyone. Absolutely a blast with immense pressure when you're the only one left alive and your entire team is watching. Then there's Warzone. A mode in itself. 12v12 with NPC's, mini objectives of domination/slayer/ and score 1000points. Not something Ive played to much, but its well balanced. Now there's the REQ packs. Remember Titanfall? Remember the booster packs with perks? Its essentially the same thing. Now you earn req points through matches, or you can pay actual money. Your choice. The packs contain Skins for weapons, new armor, xp boosts, and weapons/vehicles for warzone.

    Overall this is a good game and the multiplayer is well balanced with a long campaign if played on higher difficulties. Something that I will be coming back to later on.
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  5. Nov 4, 2015
    6
    I never really write reviews and I'm quite sure I will not say anything that hasn't already been said but here goes. This is easily the mostI never really write reviews and I'm quite sure I will not say anything that hasn't already been said but here goes. This is easily the most disappointing release since Destiny, the campaign is a funless soul sucking slog of an event. Even as short as it is it just seems to drag on and on, fighting the same enemies over and over and the same boss 5 or 6 times. The AI went full retard, there is far too much focus on Locke, and two entire missions are just "talk to this guy." The promised showdown between Locke and Chief? wait for it... of course there is no split screen or Forge, Arena pvp gets old very quickly and Warzone of course is pay to win. If this wasn't Halo no one would be reviewing this so highly, I give it a 6 rather than a completely average 5 because of the beautiful graphics and sound, the only bright spot in this game. Expand
  6. Nov 3, 2015
    4
    Halo 5 has been released, intentionally, half complete.

    Content and customisation options available in the previous titles at launch, are
    Halo 5 has been released, intentionally, half complete.

    Content and customisation options available in the previous titles at launch, are now gated behind microtransactions, and many key elements such as big team battle and split-screen are missing altogether.

    A very disappointing effort from 343.
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  7. Jun 22, 2020
    0
    La historia y jugabilidad cambio mucho Es el peor halo que hay una vergüenza que este juego sea el mejor exclusivo por así decirlo ya queLa historia y jugabilidad cambio mucho Es el peor halo que hay una vergüenza que este juego sea el mejor exclusivo por así decirlo ya que hasta una pc de gobernó lo corre mejor que la xbox one oficialmente es el peor halo que haya existido Expand

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