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Halo Infinite review
by RickLander

While the campaign hasn't released yet, it is on the way, and I'm quite excited. I think the multiplayer is good, it feels and plays like Halo, but my interest in the multiplayer isn't enough for me to keep coming back. That's not a knock at the game, more personal taste. The only negative I have is the progression and the incentive to keep playing is almost nonexistent. The battlepass hysteria needs to die, and companies need to stop ripping off Fortnite. It's a terrible business model that I despise.
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Love the power move of the unannounced multiplayer release. The performance was pretty solid on day one. A few glitchy moments but overall good and I found games in like 5 seconds every time. Halo is back and I fucking love it. Early impressions of this halo are fucking good. They just need enough content and reason to keep playing. The foundation is there.

I bought the season pass which is the first I’ve ever bought. The multiplayer is free which they didn’t have to do so I like the idea of supporting the game. Opening night impressions is I’m not going to love the challenges system. It makes me feel like some games are pointless because I couldn’t possibly progress any of the weekly challenges. I’d rather there be a traditional leveling system for playlists. Even if they only had a rank, no unlocks. I’d like that added.

I hope we get a good statistics page. Previous halos had good stats and I’ll be bummed if this one doesn’t add it in later.

Challenges already slightly modified to make it so every daily is just 50xp for a match. That’s a bit better but I think there should be a bonus 50xp for winning the match. There needs to be motivation to win. Some games I don’t give a shit about winning because I’m desperately trying to splatter somebody.

I think the shock rifle feels better. I love the new sniper/carbine gun. This halo feels good. I just hope they continue to improve the progression system , add a stats page, and continue to add many more playlists and maps etc. Strong start though. I’m not in a rush with this halo. I think it sticks around for awhile and just gets better and better. I can see this being a game I keep coming back to. 

So far I’m not liking the challenge system. It’s not the worst. But it is definitely causing more frustration than joy and satisfaction. It isn’t encouraging me to play the game in different ways. It’s forcing me to do things that are not practical or beneficial and most importantly, not fun. It feels like a chore to do the challenges, and to not do the challenges feels like a waste. So it’s lose lose. I hope it gets changed.

Damn this game feels good. I love that they added fiesta. I hope they continue to add new playlists regularly. Keep it fresh. I also had a good streak of challenges that weren’t too difficult. It’s a lot more fun when I’m just trying to win games rather than complete weird specific tasks. 

First two weeks impressions is the challenge system ultimately needs to be changed. It needs to be improved upon for this halo to reach its potential. I had a challenge to win 1 stockpile game. I had played 9 big teams in a row before getting stockpile and then my team got crushed even though I had a heroic game. Took another 6 games to get another stockpile where we crushed. I was having fun still but not nearly as much much as when I was actually progressing the challenges. This is always going to be the case to some degree. There will be easy weeks and lucky weeks where the game modes and maps line up well for the challenges but there will be streaks like this where the challenges just suck the fun out of the game. Still really like the feel of the game though. Best halo feel ever.

My biggest needs:
- Triple the amount of playlists
- The ability to filter what game modes you play
- Xp for winning games, and ideally also based on individual performance.
- I still need my stats page.
I feel some fatigue with playing the same modes over and over when I’m trying to get a specific game type for a challenge. I still love the look and feel of this halo but as it currently stands it’s a high A-. I see potential for an A or even A+ once they get more content and make the necessary QOL changes. I hope it makes it there before too long.

Current Score: A-