Halo 5: Guardians is the 5th mainline game in the downloadable Halo franchise that focuses on Master Chief, but this time does alternate between a second character, Spartan Locke. Released exclusively on the Xbox One on the 27th October 2015, the game was developed by 343 Industries, the same team behind Halo 4, The Master Chief Collection, and multiple spin-offs of the series. With the story alternating between Master Chief and Spartan Locke, depending on who you’re playing as at the time will see the story from a different perspective.
Download Halo 5: Guardians
You can download Halo 5: Guardians for Xbox One from Microsoft Store. Unfortunately, there is no Halo 5: Guardians PC version. To start downloading, hit the button at the end of the review. And if you like science-fiction shooters you should also download and check out Bright Memory.
Halo 5: Guardians Review
Even though the series usually focuses on the titular hero Master Chief and while the story does this time as well, it also focuses on Spartan Locke, another Spartan leader that is tasked with hunting down Master Chief for all of his crimes. In the pursuit to retrieve his old ally, Cortana, Chief takes himself and a few friends to discover her whereabouts and bring her home. Along the way, he makes more than a few questionable decisions that cause Spartan Locke to be assigned to capture and eliminate him, at all costs, causing the story to constantly reverberate between the Master Chief and this new Spartan Locke.
Halo 5: Guardians Gameplay
Gameplay is that of 343 Industries last Halo game, Halo 4, where they made some small gameplay changes to the classic Halo formula that we’ve all come to know and love at this point. For the main campaign, you take missions in turns, playing as either Spartan Locke or Master Chief, with the 2 occasionally clashing with one another to gain some perspective on the story. Throughout the main campaign, not much is expected of you as the player – pretty much just kill everything in sight without dying, and on the odd occasion, complete whatever objective the game decides to throw at you.
Making its usual return, the classic multiplayer is back and better than previously. Filled to the brim with unique maps, weapons, and game modes, multiplayer allows you to play alone or with friends in a variety of different ways. There are plenty objective-focused game modes, along with the always fun team deathmatch, and as always, there’s always a way to play custom games throughout Halo 5 to keep things interesting while you’re playing online as well.
Other Games Like That
In terms of comparisons, Halo 5: Guardians took some more inspiration from the Call of Duty franchise and many of the same tropes and ideas as other popular FPS games. The original trilogy of Halo games never allowed you to sprint or aim-down the sights of all of your weapons, but in Halo 5: Guardians, that has been changed for a new audience and to keep the franchise more up to date with the times.
Anyone that’s on the lookout for a more modernized version of the Halo franchise or simply want a new FPS to lose many hours to online, then look no further than Halo 5. Halo 5, at least when it comes to the multiplayer has plenty to offer any fan of the genre, even if you’ve never played the previous games.
- Interesting perspective for the story
- Plenty to do with the online multiplayer
- Custom game modes remain to be one of the best parts of the entire game
- Campaign is too short to give the story much depth
- Isn’t exactly classic Halo, which fans of the original won’t like
- Playing the previous games will be necessary to fully comprehend the story