You expect every follow up Halo to be some sort of Halo Turducken or something? Everything the previous Halo games had plus? That's a bit of an unreasonable expectation. Even previous Halos have dropped features, mechanics, etc that people liked in favor of new ones. Don't pretend like this was something that started with Halo 5. And don't mistake that Bungie did this as well not just 343.
Poor response by you. Maybe people should go play halo 4 if they want split screen, or reach if they want in depth emblem/armor customization, or halo 3 if they don't want butchered vehicle play, I could go on....... people expect continuation, not dropping features or core gameplay mechanics in sequel games, the fact that halo keeps dropping in every category shows that you can't get away with it.
I think your son's got the right idea if want to use the Needle Rifle. Play the game that has the Needle Rifle. Reach is Reach. Halo 5 is Halo 5. We have both games. I play both. Don't you?I think this very same thing when people say they want the Falcon back, or a non-sprint game, or playable Elites, or anything else that's from the past the is still currently available and playable on Xbox 1.
Bungie absolutely did drop features, they too even failed on improving things, yet they still offered a bigger game each sequel, not one regressed in content/features (as in KEY or core elements) Why should I give halo 5 a pass when older games have more lol?
i hope you caught the "sequel" part of that, that's what continuation is, that's what keeps your fans coming back. That's what has been lacking since h4 and after (since you assume I'm only going off h5), gameplay has been lacking since reach as well. There is no "in reasonable" to this, a 10 year old game (halo 3) has more features than halo 5, there's even newer games that aren't halo that still contain what their predecessors had while adding new crap.
Understand this: people call the halo fanbase (and 343 which is hilarious) "entitled". What is there to be entitled to? The franchise literally regresses game by game, it gives less and less each time, do you not expect people to get pissed? They're accustomed to what used to always be there in past products. I absolutely do not mind if people like them, but don't go saying x is unreasonable when it was in for multiple games.
lastly: do you think I'm some strict 343 hater? You think I excuse the crap bungie pulled off to? I'm simply a fan that will actively look for every flaw possible and voice it, it's up to the devs to decide what to do after. The name 343 means nothing, I'd be doing the same if it were anyone else, or any game that I see flaws with.