The Halo series has always been one of the biggest sellers for Microsoft, and many would argue that the original Halo is pretty much what save the first Xbox. With the fifth installment of the series releasing in just a few weeks, here are 5 reasons why Halo 5 must be a critical success for both the franchise and the Xbox One as a whole.
One of the hallmarks of the Halo series has always been the ability to sit down on a couch with a friend and play through the entire game together via split screen. I personally have many fond memories of my best friend and I attempting to marathon our way through the campaign in a single session on launch day for each new game in the series. We would even go back and play the previous games in the series split screen in preparation for the newest game’s launch. I, like many others out there, was quite disappointed and irritated when this feature was cut.
Now, the game developers have come out and stated that the removal of split screen functionality was necessary in order to provide “the best possible experience” and that the dev’s goals for Halo 5 would need to be compromised by the inclusion of split screen. In order to make justify those statements and mollify angry split screen fans, Microsoft and their devs need to make pretty damn sure that the game is absolutely fantastic as an average or below-average experience would not make up for losing that feature.
Another reason that Microsoft needs to make sure Halo 5 is critically acclaimed and an overall fantastic game experience is because it is no secret that Sony and the PS4 are still winning the console wars this generation. Sure, there have been a few months where Microsoft has managed to come out on top, but the total number of sold PS4 consoles still greatly surpass Xbox One sales. What makes this situation even trickier is the announcement made by Sony that the PS4 has dropped in price, and just in time for the all-important holiday season. Unless Microsoft releases a pretty-much perfectly received exclusive, such as Halo 5, it will be difficult for them to come out on top during the holiday season.
Many Halo fans look back on Bungie’s time as the developer of the series as the best time for the series, with many of those same fans being unconvinced that Microsoft and 343 Industries can deliver the same quality, even after their work on Halo 4. In order for 343 and Microsoft to come out of Bungie’s shadow and prove that they can handle the series, their work on Halo 5 will need to equal or surpass those developed by Bungie, and that will mean that it must be a critical success.
Biggest Games Lineup In Xbox History
One of the things that Microsoft has been throwing around lately is the phrase that they are heading toward the “biggest games lineup in Xbox History.” However, there is not a lot of evidence so far this generation to back that statement up. Now, don’t get me wrong, the releases from both Sony and Microsoft this generation have not been all that amazing, with most of their release schedules being padded by HD remasters, re-releases, and remakes. Granted, both companies seem to be working hard to rectify that issue, but it has not happened quite yet.
Microsoft can go a long way toward justifying their statement of having the biggest games lineup by delivering a critical success and amazing experience with Halo 5, mostly because more than any other game and franchise, Halo is the Xbox’s flagship title, and has been for every iteration of the console.
Master Chief Collection
Finally, the release of the Master Chief Collection pretty much ensures that Microsoft needs to hit it out of the park with Halo 5 for a variety of reasons. For example, the disastrous launch of the Master Chief Collection when it comes to the multiplayer portion of the games means that Microsoft has a lot of making up to do to its fans in order to repair the damage to their brand.
Another reason that the Master Chief Collection has made the need for Halo 5 to be amazing is because it gave gamers a small taste of what the series can look like on the newest console’s hardware. This has made many fans extremely excited to see what Halo can look like when it is built from the ground up for the Xbox One.
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