In my opinion, Halo: Reach still stands as the best Halo game to date. Here's why:
Multiplayer: Halo: Reach's multiplayer introduced new, exciting game modes and armor abilities while also sticking to the game's core elements. (Now, I LOVE he armor abilities, so I think those should stay for the next Halo game.) The map design was phenomenal and no map was the same. The weapons were perfectly balanced (like Halo 5's).
Firefight: Firefight is a game mode I really miss. When MP got boring, I didn't have any Forge ideas, or campaign was already finished, I would revert to Firefight. The endless round and wave based gameplay was a blast, especially with friends. I think 343 should consider bringing Firefight back.
Forge: Halo: Reach Forge was incredible and it's only getting better, so I have no doubt it will be amazing in the next Halo game.
Customization: This is probably the second most important. This also coincides with the way you level up and acquire these items for customization. Being able to customize each individual aspect of your spartan's armor was a blast and I really miss saving up my credits to buy some specific armor piece that j wanted. I hope the leveling system and customization in the next Halo game are more like Reach's. (Not a huge fan of customization options being only in REA packs, but I do like the vehicle and power weapon aspects.)
CAMPAIGN: This is by far the most important item on this list. Reach' campaign was devastatingly emotional and incredibly action packed all at the same time. The music, camera angles, missions, and basically everything else in the campaign was absolutely gorgeous and I never had a second thought about replaying a level. Reach had an amazing story and I feel the Halo games have been lacking that. (I'm pretty fluent in the lore, so that's not a reason. I'm saying the actual story in the game and how you feel towards each action and death.) The campaign was so emotional and strong and it was the first time you really felt hopeless playing as a spartan. It was a good change.
Those are the reasons that I believe Halo: Reach was and still is the best game in the series. I hope 343i takes some of these things into consideration when planning for the next Halo. Let me know what you guys think!
-ROY G BIV 19
PS: this took me a while to think about so please take the time to read it <3 (:
Hey what if they did Halo Reach but go back to Blue team, like to how it let up to fight against the covies, how they had to fight in the book. I remember when I read, although I may be wrong but I don't remember Noble team being part of the story. but my main point is that you get to play as blue team and if 343 could please take the hints we are stating.
allow us to fight with the enemies
have a correct ranking system
keep the armor and weapons like reach had. of course the weapons would be a new system that wasn't in the original.
allow us to pick one of the four members of blue team.
you know options like this.
I am over 100% sure that the rest of you Spartans have better or even more ideas to add that we'd all love to have for the next and maybe even the rest of the games.
but I am serious I want to be able to have the ability to fight hand to hand combat as Spartans are able to do. kicks, punches, etc. all that good stuff because a meele with any weapon is just no more fun.