Go to the bottom for a summary of everything written below if you don't want to read everything.Regarding Split Screen
Joe's Quote: "One of the Core Tenants of the Halo Franchise, now ripped out, with no warning...to force you to buy two copies of the game and a second Xbox One."
REALITY: Well, there actually was a warning for everyone as I can find articles dated back to July and August that say Halo 5: Guardians will NOT have Split Screen. 343i decided to take it out for the sake of 1080p and 60 Frames per Second. So the claim that there was no warning is obviously false and shows the ignorance of the reviewer here in researching before the review. Onto the claim that he makes about the article he uses with Phil Spencer: I actually have the original article where Spencer talked about Split Screen multiplayer and the full interview transcript here
; in the interview, Spencer's response was that of pragmatism. He told the interviewer that most multiplayer and Co-Op action happens through Xbox LIVE. Now, for someone like Joe, who doesn't usually play on the Xbox to come out and call Spencer out for PR BS is makes zero sense and is atrocious.Regarding Campaign:
Joe's Quote: "We beat the game in 4 hours and 30 minutes...on normal..." "...your campaign is going to be closer to 3 hours, you know, repeating levels and getting killed..."
REALITY: For me and probably many other people, on Co-Op the game takes way longer than 7 hours on Legendary. I had a full team of friends who wanted to play Co-Op together on Legendary and it took us roughly 11 and a half hours to complete the game. Also, the game wasn't meant to just rush right through the campaign, if I could quote some people at 343i I cou-- oh wait, I can, here is a link
of Frank O'Connor talking about Halo 5's campaign length. In the article he discusses with the interviewer that the campaign is largely influenced by the player and he continues on by saying that players are getting better at the games and that's also why it take shorter periods of time to complete the game. Including the fact that later on the average campaign length was reported to be at least 9-13 hours long and that didn't include finding Intel or Skulls. What he does with the Grunts in the video is exactly what we are suppose to do in the campaign as there are plenty of tidbits from every NPC that talks about the lore or just has a funny moment of dialogue. He bashes the game for not having a long enough campaign but didn't play it the way it was meant to be played, but everyone can play the campaign however the like and I don't think Camapign Length tells as much about the story.Regarding Story:
Joe's Quote: "[Halo 5's] campaign is mediocre at best with a cliffhanger, ball-busting of ending that never earns it..." ..."Halo 5 isn't very new player friendly, if you're brand new to the franchise...you'll be somewhat lost as to who the hell some of the these characters are and why they're missing arms and their current conditions, okay." "...unfortunately, it wasn't half and half, it's pretty much 85% Locke and his Osiris team and just three missions as Chief, THREE OUT OF FIFTEEN!"
REALITY: On the topic of the cliffhanger-ending, it wasn't so much as a cliffhanger as people make it out to be. A cliffhanger is like that of Halo 2 where Chief responds to Lord Hood "Sir, finishing this fight" and then cuts black (Not that there is a cutscene of Cortana in the Epilogue that is really important to the game currently, but who gives a damn about that, let's -Yoink- about the cliffhanger and not how everything ties together.), but in Halo 5, that wasn't a cliffhanger ending, that was simply closing the page of the game and changing the page to the next game, it's called a transition, but if you want to talk about a cutscene that looks like a cliffhanger, it's the one with the Halo ring in the background after you complete Halo 5 on Legendary; there were so many questions running through my mind after that cutscene that I didn't ask with Chief and Halsey because that cutscene has dire implications and makes one wonder if *SPOILERS* Cortana is going to activate the Halo ring as it is not known if she still has the first index from Halo: CE. I call that great and subtle story-telling. As for the new players who are just hopping into the game let me give you the information you need for Halo 5: Play the Master Chief Collection ($60) on Easy as it shouldn't take you any more than an 5 hours to complete, then play the Spartan Ops missions or watch the Episodes in Halo 4 Spartan Ops, then go and look up the terminals for every Halo game except Halo 3 on YouTube (FREE), then read up or get a summary on Halo: Escalation and Halo: The Fall of REACH (FREE-$10, also available on the Halo Channel), then listen to Hunt the Truth (FREE), watch Halo: NIGHTFALL (FREE) for Locke's story, and once you do all of that (Should take less than a day) then play Halo 5 as that's what you should know about Halo 5; completing everything shouldn't take more than a day because you can listen to the podcasts while playing Halo and then read up or research some of the lore to grasp the rest. Personally, I love Halo's story and if you like Halo's story I recommend reading into the lore. Regarding the Locke and Chief mission disparity, this is all about personal preference, Chief has some of the longest missions in Halo 5 and has the best cutscenes that are related to the story. Locke has definitely the shortest missions with several (Warden Eternal Battles) being pretty long. As I said, this is about personal preference.Regarding Marketing:
Let me just say that the Marketing for this game was spot on. Many could argue, justifiably, that ONI was in charge of the ads to smear Chief after they released Hunt the Truth and the A Hero Fall and a Spartan Rises trailers. You just need to connect the dots and think of these as propaganda BECAUSE THEY ARE!Regarding Requisitions:
I know I've been using his quotes to be able to rebut some of his major complaints but this is where his rant came in. Let me outline where he misses the points with the REQ system:
- He forgets that you can add boosts that dramatically increase XP and RP.
- He forgets that once you level up, you have a chance for cosmetics.
- He forgets that once you fulfill a commendation you can get cosmetics.
- He forgets that Bronze and Silver have their place in the REQ system as they drop commendations that Gold doesn't.
In summary, I found the review some what unfair to the greatness of the franchise as a whole. The game is amazing and does fall short in some areas and we should recognize those areas, but the areas he ranted on were the areas that I would deem low-priority. Why? it's simple, we need to assess a cost-benefit analysis with every decision and realize and be empathetic even if we don't agree with their moves. Do I think Halo could do better than Halo 5? Of course. Do I want people to enjoy a game they love, the way they want to enjoy it? Of course. As it stands right now, I find Halo 5's rating of a 6/10 not only wrong but a complete slap in the face to the franchise and it's wonderful, meaningful story and amazing multiplayer. I respect Angry Joe's opinion even though I disagree with it wholeheartedly so I hope that people will do the exact same for me even though you may disagree with me.