Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries have returned with the biggest Halo game of the franchise to date, Halo 5: Guardians. The highly anticipated title is due to be released this month on October 27th, and marks the continuation of the Reclaimer Saga and Halo 4. With the EB Games Expo 2015 this weekend, eager FPS fans got the chance to indulge in the ultimate multiplayer experience.
Halo 5: Guardians Warzone features a massive 12 vs. 12 player combat mode, that is divided accordingly into two teams – Red and Blue. In an all out war for territory control, the goal for both teams is to destroy the opposing sides core (essentially their home base), while defending against Covenant alien forces. The key to success requires effective team work, which can be tricky in such a large-scale battle. Unlike the 4v4 Arena, Warzone requires all players to do their part in the mission, instead of relying on the strongest ones to hold the fort and achieve the teams objectives. While playing at the Expo, it was amusing to see the majority of my team roaming off on their own and returning only after respawn.
Warzone balances out the playing field with huge AI bosses, designed to attack both teams. Fortunately for players, the bosses are worth a great deal of points for the team that destroys them. The reason why earning points for your team is important, is because you can strategically win Warzone by reaching 1,000 points first. This brings to question, whether it’s better to go for a points-based victory or try and defeat enemy Spartans by invading their core.
Combat has evolved in Halo 5: Guardians for both multiplayer and campaign, players have new Spartan abilities they can utilise in combat without the need for armour abilities. To get ahead of the other team in Warzone, players must use the “energy points” they earn from kills to access more powerful weapons, vehicles and power-ups from Req stations.
From the perspective of a not-so-good Halo player, I found the sheer pace of Warzone overwhelming and lack of coordination between team mates a death wish. The high casualty rate isn’t for lack of trying, but not being supported when needed. Ultimately, teaming up with a group of friends as opposed to strangers would be wiser when playing Halo 5: Guardians Warzone, as you’re more inclined to work better together.
Don’t miss out on securing one of the greatest Xbox titles this year, pre-order Halo 5: Guardians to receive exclusive bonus DLC offers or get the Xbox One Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Console, with a wireless controller and a bundle of fantastic extras with the game.