This is just my opinion of the game so hear me out and you may think differently, Halo, a title that has dominated my attention since I was 10 (13 years ago) has finally lost it's throne, and it's depressing, Halo was what got me into online gaming. Now here's what I mean by "true" Halo experience, Halo could pull me away from any game, CE-4, that's right even Halo 4 had that addicting magnetic pull that the previous installments had, not because it was competitive, but because it was fun, there were ways to change around the gameplay so easily that I couldn't stop enjoying it, despite my many gripes and moans when I was in a bad mood, I genuinely liked 4. However Halo 5 does not have that addicting magnetic pull as I find that the "fun" aspect has been tossed aside for the sake of esports and microtransactions, and over the course of the last couple of weeks, I find myself playing games like Pokemon and Minecraft more frequently than the newest Halo title, this proves, at least to me, that Halo is no longer the king of Console FPS games, but like a great game once said "Nothing built can last forever." I truly believe Halo 6 will be just as bad if not worse than Halo 5, I will be keeping an eye out for final product gameplay, but will certainly not be pre-ordering. As for a Beta, I think we know 343's track record with Beta testing. All in all here's how i score Halo 5:
As a generic FPS: 8/10
As a Halo Title: 3/10
Alright. I actually checked your service record to make some conclusions here. Now don't take this as an insult, but you are a casual player. There's no denying that. And because of that I understand you and what you mean. I'm just going to tell you what my opinion is to have a comparison.
I too enjoyed the original games a lot, but Halo Reach was still my favorite from Bungie's Halo games. (I'm strictly talking about multiplayer here). And I personally hated Halo 4. I got bored on the game after a month. I struggled to play for another month after I completely quit for a while. The dlc which gave us maps like Skyline and Monolith brought me back for quite some time, but I still got bored. The last time I played Halo 4 seriously was when the dlc including The Pit + Vertigo and the game mode called Ricochet dropped. After that I haven't played it pretty much at all.
So in this regard I'm completely opposite minded with you. I have been playing Halo 5 since launch and still am playing it almost every day. I just don't get bored. I mostly play competitive Arena nowadays with friends, but I still find some time to relax on BTB, Warzone or custom games. Halo 5 has been an awesome experience for me and still keeps being one for probably quite some time. Halo 5 is a true Halo experience for me. If I keep playing it a while longer yet it might become my most played Halo game ever. (Halo Reach currently holds that spot with 1600+ hours).
But like I said, I understand why a casual player doesn't like Halo 5. There isn't enough social playlists. There isn't enough objective based playlists. There isn't enough 'fun' and 'enjoyable'. There's ranks on almost everything. Even some of the social playlists have hidden ranks. I know that Halo 5 isn't an enjoyable experience for a player who just wants to have fun while playing it. But for a guy like me.. Who constantly tries to improve my skills in the game and reach higher ranks.. Halo 5 is a great game, probably the best multiplayer Halo game ever.
Just wanted to let you know how I feel about Halo 5. I was a little bit triggered by that title of yours. Perhaps something like "Is Halo 5 really a true Halo experience?" would have been nicer. People tend to get triggered when someone posts their opinion as the title of the post. You did however point out in your writing that this is your opinion, which I appreciate.