It really is sad how far halo has fallen.It's not necessarily the change in mechanics. Halo had a dominating market share in the market of console shooters in it's inception. Other companies saw a market with few competitors, and created products that fit into that market. Now, there are far more products to compete with Halo than when it originated. This leads to a lower market share.
And yet people still continue to defend stuff like sprint in the face of this stuff clearly not being popular in halo.
What's great for us as consumers, is the increased competition in console shooter products is leading to higher and higher quality products across the board. While Halo has a lower market share than when it originated, the quality of product being put out is superior to the original product put on the market.
This next part is not directed at you Tails, but simply a statement (you could say of opinion).
It's simple economics people. Principles from the first and second chapter of an introductory economics book. Take off your rose-tinted nostalgia glasses, and you'll realize that Halo 5 being great now, does not degrade Halo 1-3, or Reach and Halo 4, also being great. We just have a lot of great games to play now, and we should be celebrating that!!
I see this excuse all the time and I don't buy it. In fact due to the massive spike in game development costs it could be argued that h5 has a much easier market to deal with than h3 did. As fewer high quality games are being released and those that are have an inherent lack of creativity as the high costs of production lead to a "better safe than sorry" approach.
2007 is widely considered to be one of the top 3-5 greatest years in gaming.
Besides that h3 also had to deal with xbl's relative infancy that saw a MUCH lower attach rate to xbl gold than we see now.
Let's not forget RROD mania either or the fact that the xb1 is easily out pacing the 360.
The problem with applying simple economics is the fact that economics are not simple and not every market operates in the same manner.
H3 has most, if not all the qualities you look for in a product that is destined for success. H5, does not.
Consider this list and apply it to h3 and then to h5.