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Games A Halogaf Community Thread: The Old Becomes New

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Nice. I'll be interested in your thoughts on Halo 4's campaign since you just did Halo 2 and Halo 3. I actually like 4 a lot but not everyone agrees.
I liked it when it first came out. I had my issues with it like the reduced enemy AI and smaller fight zones but I understand that was done to reach the level of visual fidelity on the 360. Also the game was made in like 2 years by a new studio so I really could't nitpick too much. I'll put my updated thoughts after I beat it.
 
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This is a cool video posted on gaming side:

Man i'm getting halo cravings sooo baaad man need a fix. No console no 4k tv 😪
Eh you don't need a 4k tv. Are you waiting for PC? Hang in there man.
 
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This is a cool video posted on gaming side:


Eh you don't need a 4k tv. Are you waiting for PC? Hang in there man.
I'm a filthy graphics whore 😪 alas my trusty dag 1 samsung 40" C580 served me well. Waiting for black friday 65" E9, Elite conroller 2 then i wait for infinate.
 
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Latest TMCC development update. Still no release date announced...

I'm a filthy graphics whore 😪 alas my trusty dag 1 samsung 40" C580 served me well. Waiting for black friday 65" E9, Elite conroller 2 then i wait for infinate.
Well once it does come you will be ready to roll in style!
 
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Has 343 said what settings will they use for Reach MP?

Personally I really liked the Anniversary settings, which reduced reticle bloom, but not completely. The default settings were too random, but Zero Bloom was just insane.

Reach for the MCC can't come soon enough. I need it NOW.
 
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Has 343 said what settings will they use for Reach MP?

Personally I really liked the Anniversary settings, which reduced reticle bloom, but not completely. The default settings were too random, but Zero Bloom was just insane.

Reach for the MCC can't come soon enough. I need it NOW.
I don't think they have said anything about it yet. I hope 343 goes with the updated settings too. Go with what was popular and not start from scratch.
 

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I've been looking and they talked about the settings they'd use in this dev update:

https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/community/blog-posts/mcc-development-update-may-2019

TU settings will be the standard for MCC Social Matchmaking. This includes the core categories (Slayer, Flag & Bomb, Zone Control, and Asset Denial) and the secondary categories (SWAT, Snipers, and Action Sack). Grifball and Infection are the sorts of niche experiences with unique settings which we don’t want to clobber. We may experiment with TU Infection settings internally and in flights but Grifball settings will remain unchanged.


Outside of the more unified social experience, we currently plan to launch with two ranked playlists for Reach. The first is a ranked hardcore playlist with a format which will be familiar to fans of the existing H3 and H2C Hardcore playlists. Reach Hardcore will feature zero-bloom-no-sprint (ZBNS) settings across a collection of MLG V7 map and game variants. Our internal Pro Team is aiding us in locking down the final lineup here.

The other competitive playlist will be Invasion. Invasion was perhaps the most unique and defining mode for Reach and featured a delicate balance between Spartans and Elites. To preserve this balance, we will not be applying TU settings to Invasion. This playlist should scratch the itch for a ranked big team experience where teams must develop strategies around the unique objective and fireteam setup. As such, matchmaking will focus more on group size than individual player skill. Reach’s original Invasion playlist suffered from a lack of maps with only two at launch and a third (Breakpoint) gated by DLC ownership. To remedy this, the Invasion Slayer (and later Invasion Skirmish) modes were also included. These modes don’t fit into a competitive experience and have analogues better suited to the 8v8 player count in Social Games. We do not have plans to include Invasion Slayer/Skirmish in this playlist. All three core Invasion maps will hold equal weight with the forge variants adding additional map variety at a lower weight.

While matchmaking will focus on TU settings, both TU and vanilla variants will be built-in and selectable from the Custom Game lobby. Anniversary map and game variants will also be available to players.

Seems like a sensible choice
 
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Done Halo 4, I'll summarize my thoughts in pros and cons
Pro:
-Visuals are insane for a 360 game, set pieces are amazing and the art direction is really good so the game will age very well visually.
-The new gun sounds are really good.
-I enjoyed the vehicle sections like the pelican and mantis and that star fox level were very good.

Cons:
-I don't like the covenant resigns.
-The story on its own isn't bad if it was a send off for cortana so I wouldn't have to see her again, but Halo 5 basically makes the entire story irrelevant.
-The ammo the guns can hold is way too low.
-Watchers are not fun to fight.
-The ending isn't really that satisfying from a gameplay perspective.

I don't want to nitpick too much since this was a game that was put together in two years from a new studio so I'll leave some stuff out. Overall a good effort for their first game.

Not sure if I'll end my Halo marathon there or go back and play ODST/Reach or play Halo 5. I didn't enjoy Halo 5 my first playthrough, the only reason I'd play it again is because its the only Halo game I haven't beat on legendary.
 
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Done Halo 4, I'll summarize my thoughts in pros and cons
Pro:
-Visuals are insane for a 360 game, set pieces are amazing and the art direction is really good so the game will age very well visually.
-The new gun sounds are really good.
-I enjoyed the vehicle sections like the pelican and mantis and that star fox level were very good.

Cons:
-I don't like the covenant resigns.
-The story on its own isn't bad if it was a send off for cortana so I wouldn't have to see her again, but Halo 5 basically makes the entire story irrelevant.
-The ammo the guns can hold is way too low.
-Watchers are not fun to fight.
-The ending isn't really that satisfying from a gameplay perspective.

I don't want to nitpick too much since this was a game that was put together in two years from a new studio so I'll leave some stuff out. Overall a good effort for their first game.

Not sure if I'll end my Halo marathon there or go back and play ODST/Reach or play Halo 5. I didn't enjoy Halo 5 my first playthrough, the only reason I'd play it again is because its the only Halo game I haven't beat on legendary.
Thanks for posting! Yeah Halo 4 was a good first effort for 343. It's definitely not perfect, but not terrible either. If you do replay anything else I'd wait for Reach or do ODST.
 

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Done Halo 4, I'll summarize my thoughts in pros and cons
Pro:
-Visuals are insane for a 360 game, set pieces are amazing and the art direction is really good so the game will age very well visually.
-The new gun sounds are really good.
-I enjoyed the vehicle sections like the pelican and mantis and that star fox level were very good.

Cons:
-I don't like the covenant resigns.
-The story on its own isn't bad if it was a send off for cortana so I wouldn't have to see her again, but Halo 5 basically makes the entire story irrelevant.
-The ammo the guns can hold is way too low.
-Watchers are not fun to fight.
-The ending isn't really that satisfying from a gameplay perspective.

I don't want to nitpick too much since this was a game that was put together in two years from a new studio so I'll leave some stuff out. Overall a good effort for their first game.

Not sure if I'll end my Halo marathon there or go back and play ODST/Reach or play Halo 5. I didn't enjoy Halo 5 my first playthrough, the only reason I'd play it again is because its the only Halo game I haven't beat on legendary.
That is pretty much how I feel about the Halo 4 campaign. I actually really enjoyed Halo 4 multiplayer.

Halo 3 ODST is a great experience on Legendary. I love the sci-fi mysterious noir vibe in ODST.
 
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343's New York State of Mind gave us an update on the figure of the Halo Championship Series. There is actually quite a bit of info here. Thanks, Tashi.

Other news:

And a social stream later today:
 
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I used to play Halo CE a lot when I was younger, I didn't know they made the second game available on PC aswell, guess I just missed it. The series just kind of stopped being relevant around here so I didn't even know the series became an Xbox exclusive, but I remember reading several comments, headlines.....etc about the series dropping in quality after Halo 3 or Reach.

Not sure how true those claims were since I haven't been keeping up with the Halo series, but I will gladly get back to it once it comes back to PC.
 
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I used to play Halo CE a lot when I was younger, I didn't know they made the second game available on PC aswell, guess I just missed it. The series just kind of stopped being relevant around here so I didn't even know the series became an Xbox exclusive, but I remember reading several comments, headlines.....etc about the series dropping in quality after Halo 3 or Reach.

Not sure how true those claims were since I haven't been keeping up with the Halo series, but I will gladly get back to it once it comes back to PC.
Opinions are all over the place :) You should definitely come back once Reach is out on PC. Reach is not my favorite Halo game, personally, but still some fun to be had. I'm going to replay the campaign for sure. I didn't like it the first time I played it, so now is a chance to give it a second chance.
 

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Been playing some MCC multiplayer recently, was actually able to find matches pretty easily! Mostly US West (I'm in Australia), but netcode isn't too bad and Halo's longer TTK means a higher ping is still bearable. Hopefully the PC version and next-gen consoles can breath some further life back into it -- MCC is really the Xbox ecosystem's killer app
 
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Been playing some MCC multiplayer recently, was actually able to find matches pretty easily! Mostly US West (I'm in Australia), but netcode isn't too bad and Halo's longer TTK means a higher ping is still bearable. Hopefully the PC version and next-gen consoles can breath some further life back into it -- MCC is really the Xbox ecosystem's killer app
Yeah TMCC has come a long way from its original release. I play HCE social slayer almost exclusively and love it. I'm not sure how big the population is for that playlist but i still find games even in the middle of the night.
 
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Opinions are all over the place :) You should definitely come back once Reach is out on PC. Reach is not my favorite Halo game, personally, but still some fun to be had. I'm going to replay the campaign for sure. I didn't like it the first time I played it, so now is a chance to give it a second chance.
I had the same opinion about the campaign, gonna play through it again too, but I never agreed with the huge praise it got.