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Halo 5: Guardians

Opening cinematic's lack of Master Chief is not a problem.

With Halo 5: Guardians due for release at the end of October, Microsoft and 343 Industries have been ramping up what they show of the game. What started with a multiplayer beta focus has now been expanded to campaign footage, the new mode ‘Warzone‘ being shown off, and the biggest visual treat; the opening cinematic.

Halo 5 sees you take control of not only Master Chief, but new character Locke and his fireteam Osiris, featuring people’s favourite Nathan Fillion reprising his role as Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck (in an astonishingly realistic recreation).

With a 4-player co-op campaign, always solid and eSports friendly multiplayer, a beautiful look, and what looks like an engaging storyline that differs somewhat from Halo’s usual sci-fi hokum, Halo 5 is looking sharp. But with the Xbox One lagging behind sales of the enormously successful PlayStation 4, and the Christmas market always awash with games, can Halo still draw the crowds it once did, in a post-Destiny era?

If you’re a PlayStation 4 convert this generation, can you justify buying another expensive console for one more round with Master Chief?