Halo 5: Guardians

Can 343 Industries find the truth about the Master Chief?

Halo, one of the most iconic franchises in Xbox history, is back! Halo 5 has finally come to the Xbox One with the Master Chief making his long-awaited return. What do the critics make of it? Can Halo 5 get perfect scores all round, once again proving that Microsoft have still got one hell of a series on their hands? Let’s see what the critics had to say:

Next-Gen Gaming Blog: 95

“Freshened up and finely tweaked, Halo has never felt better to play. It’s just so much fun. The gunplay is simply fantastic. It’s the best campaign in the series and the multiplayer offering is truly astounding. There’s so much to do! The story makes a few minor missteps here and there, but apart from that Halo 5 delivers. Finally, a reason to own an Xbox One.”

IGN: 90

“In its 14 years, Halo has never felt so good to play. An updated arsenal and great new mobility mechanics give both campaign and multiplayer and modern touch without sacrificing Halo’s classic feel. It fails to introduce its new Spartan characters in a meaningful way, and the story does make some odd logical leaps, but it’s still fast, beautiful, and fun – especially with four-player co-op. Guardians’ multiplayer harkens back to the Halo 2 glory days with tons of balanced maps and fun modes, and the tactical new Warzone mode absolutely steals the show.”

GameSpot: 80

“In some ways, Halo 5 is the boldest Halo yet. The franchise’s multiplayer is at its peak, with a mode I’m sure I’ll return to several times over. But then there’s the campaign, which introduces fluid new movement and open level design, yet can’t tell a coherent story to match. There are signs of a phenomenal shooter here, but certain narrative aspects feel underdeveloped, holding the franchise’s newest sequel back from true excellence.”

Eurogamer: Recommended

“When it comes to campaign, 343 has much work to do. It’s failed to establish Locke as a character capable of carrying a Halo game. The Prometheans are, still, more annoying than interesting. And 343’s Halo trilogy, story wise, doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere particularly revelatory. The pressure is most definitely on to shine the spotlight back onto Master Chief with Halo 6’s campaign. The quality of the gunplay and the commitment to sprawling combat spaces in Halo 5 suggest 343 has solid foundations upon which to build it.”

VideoGamer: 90

“As much as I couldn’t believe Microsoft would allow Halo to dwindle into mid-level exclusive territory, a near incessant noise from naysayers had got me slightly worried about Halo 5. I needn’t have been. Halo 5 Guardians is as slick and bombastic as an exclusive should be, hitting all the right notes in a campaign that is thrilling from end to end and delivering a multiplayer suite full of many delights that play impeccably. Even if you don’t like certain game modes, you’re likely to find a favourite elsewhere.”

There we have it, Microsoft and 343 have done it again with Halo 5: Guardians. Words are great, but why not let Asim Tanvir and Ben Ward tell you once again how great Halo 5 is in their video review below.