Halo 5 reviews are live! Well, mostly. A number of gaming sites are holding back their scores until the servers are fully populated, in order to give the multiplayer aspect a fair review.
Eurogamer, who no longer hands out scores, chose to review the SP mode only. “Perhaps the most important thing to say about Halo 5’s campaign is it’s a substantial improvement on Halo 4’s campaign, which I’ve always maintained was a decent first effort from a new developer still finding its feet. Halo 5’s missions do not revolutionise the FPS genre, or even the Halo series, but they are a welcome return to form. For me, that’s good enough” was their verdict.
God is a Geek likewise held back their score and were impressed by the campaign. “Halo 5 boasts the best campaign since Reach, mixing enormous, beautifully detailed environments with fast-paced, exciting combat across some of the most interesting and colourful locales 343 has ever produced” they said.
Does this mean you shouldn’t trust the sites that did give it a score? Of course not. It’s likely that the servers were reasonably busy over the weekend as many gamers received their pre-orders early.
Here’s what has been said so far:
A – Gaming Age: “There’s a hefty amount of content to explore here across the campaign and multiplayer modes, with a large map variety at launch and an enjoyable story to uncover. And it all looks and sounds absolutely gorgeous, with fantastic enemy and map designs on top of the excellent technical groundwork behind it all”
100/100 – Gaming Trend: “Halo 5: Guardians is a masterpiece, and quite possibly the best Halo game so far. The campaign is top-notch, even as Master Chief shares the spotlight, and the multiplayer is largely a return to everything that has made the franchise so beloved to begin with”
9.5 – Arcade Sushi: “Though the story is a draw for longtime fans, most people will be stopping in to check out Halo 5’s multiplayer, and it’s there 343’s direction really shines. Warzone is a lot of fun, and Arena’s classic inspiration is made all the better thanks to 343’s latest twists to core mechanics. It’s gorgeous, it’s fast-paced, and it’s a blast to play regardless of your skill level. Halo 5 is absolutely the flagship title the Xbox One deserves”
9/10 – The Metro: “The story campaign is a mild disappointment but the multiplayer is a bold reinvention of the Halo experience, that should keep the series fresh for years to come”
9/10 – Post Arcade: “If there’s anything that’s really going to be copied from Halo 5, it’s going to be Warzone. Which really gets to the heart of Halo 5. Halo 5 is a very good video-game, but will Warzone be enough to maintain the franchise’s special status? The real question is if there are enough Xbox One players at this point to really push it forward. But I have to say, I’m hoping my friends pick up Xboxes if only so we can play Halo together”
4.5/5 – The Escapist: “Halo 5 proves that 343 is a worthy team for taking over the Mantle of Responsibility for the Halo series from Bungie”
9.0 – EGM: “The continuation of a new Master Chief saga, the refinement and additions to multiplayer for casual and pros alike, plus a gorgeous presentation made possible by current generation technology—all add up to the makings of a FPS worthy of the Halo series’ best iterations”
8.8 – Gaming Nexus: “It’s not perfect, but this might be the best single-player Halo campaign ever written. 343 finally feels like it’s taking the franchise in a new direction—and it’s a good one. Just don’t expect closure”
4/5 – Giant Bomb: “There will certainly be some players who find that the specific omissions in Halo 5 are extremely disappointing, and you’ll see a rough edge or two, but all in all there’s a fantastic big-budget shooter in Halo 5 with lots to see and enough multiplayer options to keep you going for quite some time”
4/5 – US Gamer: “The campaign mode hits some great highs over its somewhat short 15-mission span, but also occasionally suffers from a lack of variety, and some boss fights that feel disappointingly one-note. Arena and Warzone offer two distinctly different flavors of PvP action, and both are solid, very well designed, and a lot of fun to play. Ultimately, campaign is a good way to ease you into the game – but it’s the PvP modes that deliver the best of what this game has to offer”
7.5 – LazyGamer: “A short, disappointing tale makes nearly no progress in 343’s trilogy, and offers nothing that lives up to the billing of a tense showdown between Halo 5’s two protagonists. Thankfully the improved gameplay and consistently great multiplayer shine in Halo’s uneven debut on the Xbox One. The multiplayer is fantastic, and the co-op is magical. Bring friends”
7/10 – Destructoid: “If it weren’t for Warzone, Halo 5: Guardians would probably be somewhere on the lower end of the franchise spectrum for me. It’s still a fantastic and well-oiled machine, but the story falls flat, and the shift in gameplay mechanics result in the loss of some elements that made the series so unique in the first place. Still, if you’re looking to shoot some dudes online, Guardians is your huckleberry”