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Halo 5: Guardians E3 2015 Multiplayer Preview

When you think of Xbox, usually the first game that comes to mind is Halo. This is the biggest franchise under the Xbox banner, one of the greatest first-person shooters in existence, and an undeniable blockbuster that manages to wow fans every time. So it’s only right that fans everywhere are excitedly awaiting the Halo 5: Guardians’ October 27th release date. We got a chance to sit down with some folks at 343i for a hands-off demo of the game, and what we learned was quite impressive.

During their presentation they broke down each of the three major components of the Halo 5: Guardians experience: campaign, standard multiplayer, and the all new Warzone mode. Each has received an unprecedented level of attention that enables all three components to feel like a complete Halo experience. No one thing is better than the others and all are absolutely massive in scale.

In order to make things a bit easier, we are going to cover each of the three components in their own section. Not only will this make it easier to follow, but it will also show just how focused they were on creating something that was new and can be loved by die-hard fans. We’ll also cover the differences between the red and blue team.

According to the developers, Halo 5: Guardians received the biggest investment into the multiplayer component in the series history. The focus here was to make sure that there was something for everyone. Newcomers and fans who’ve been with Halo since the beginning will be able to jump in and enjoy the experience without any sacrifice.

Halo 5: Guardians will launch with 20 maps. An additional 15 maps (or more) will be made available between launch and June of next year at no extra cost. That way, the player base isn’t spit because of something as infuriating as a pay-wall.

As far as multiplayer goes, there are two overlying modes that you choose based on what experience you want to have. There is a mode that represents the Halo legacy that is perfect for newcomers or for those who want a fun experience without all of the frustrating need-to-be-great requirements. Playing under this keeps all matches at an even playing field at the start of a match. Things like everyone having the same loadout and easy to learn maps will let those who may be intimidated by competitive multiplayer to get in on the multiplayer action in Halo 5: Guardians.

Then there is the competitive focused side. This is where skill is everything and will be the basis of the e-sports side of Halo 5: Guardians. There won’t be hand-holding of any kind here, so don’t feel too bad if you find yourself dying a lot. This mode was created for veterans of the series so they can instantly get their competitive fix. So train up and join the fight.

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