Halo 5 Gaurdians – First Person Shooter Video Game

November 3, 2015 | Action,Adventure,Games

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Halo 5 Gaurdians

Halo 5 Guardians is a first-person shooter video game developed by 343 Industries and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox One. Part of the Halo franchise, the game was released on October 27, 2015.

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The Halo franchise is a science-fiction space opera that takes place in the 26th century. The first three games in the series chronicle a war between the United Nations Space Command, mankind’s governing body, and a theocratic consortium of extraterrestrials known as the Covenant, who had declared holy war against humanity. Halo 4 details the adventures of the franchise’s main character, Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, as he deals with a new threat: Prometheans, the remnants of the Forerunners, an advanced but extinct race of spacefaring beings whose technology outstrips that of the Covenant and humanity. Though the Master Chief succeeded in stopping the vengeant Prometheans, the cost was steep: his closest companion, the AI Cortana, sacrificed herself to strike the final blow. Halo 5 concerns the efforts of the Master Chief to rescue her after he receives intelligence that she might be alive. To do this, he goes Absent Without Leave, and a second set of characters, led by special agent Jameson Locke, is dispatched to retrieve him.

Gameplay

Players experiencing most gameplay through the eyes of a playable character. The camera switches to a third-person view for some cinematics and gameplay sequences.

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Though previous games in the franchise have featured segments where the player character is accompanied by United Nations Space Command Marines, and occasionally even other SPARTANs, Halo 5 takes it one step further by equipping the player with a persistent fireteam of non-player character SPARTANs, who accompany the player character at all times. The player may give them limited orders using the Xbox controller. If any SPARTAN, player-controlled or not, takes too much damage, they enter an incapacitated state, and a teammate must rush over and revive them.

Development

At Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013 (E3), Microsoft announced a new, then-untitled addition to the Halo series, along with a trailer appearing to depict a post-Halo 4 Master Chief. After E3, Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer said that the “Reclaimer Trilogy” had been expanded into a longer series of games, saying they “[didn’t] want to limit the Reclaimer story within a trilogy.” Bonnie Ross of 343 Industries confirmed the game’s Halo 5: Guardians title and 2015 release date in a May 2014 blog post.The game is exclusive to the Xbox One and runs at 60 frames per second (FPS).

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On the departure from the Xbox 360 hardware, Ross noted that the Xbox One allows 343 Industries to broaden the game’s scope, as its matchmaking and four-player online campaign co-op modes utilize the console’s dedicated-server support. Franchise development director Frank O’Connor explained that Halo 4 pushed its game engine to the limit, such that moving on to the Xbox One called for the development of a new engine.Producer Josh Holmes stated Halo 5: Guardians‍ ’​s engine employs a “new progressive resolution system that allows us to dynamically scale the resolution at which we render the game” to guarantee it maintains a frame rate of 60 FPS; this is achieved by decreasing its resolution from 1080p during periods of intensive gameplay.

Unlike previous first-person shooters in the Halo franchise, Halo 5: Guardians does not feature any offline capabilities, including split-screen cooperative campaign and multiplayer modes; it also does not have any local networking options.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection gave players exclusive access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta, which began December 29, 2014, and ran through January 18, 2015. In response to the negative coverage of The Master Chief Collection‍ ’​s broken launch, O’Connor announced that Guardians would not be broken at launch.

Marketing

During the Season 5 finale of The Walking Dead, two different advertisements aired, which revealed the release date of October 27, 2015. In June 2015, Game Informer featuredHalo 5: Guardians as its cover story, in which it revealed more information about the campaign and multiplayer. It was revealed that the campaign would feature four player co-op, and that it featured Blue Team, led by Master Chief, and Fireteam Osiris, led by Spartan Locke. They revealed that Fireteam Osiris consisted of not only Spartan Locke, but included Holly Tanaka, a new character named Olympia Vale, and fan favorite Edward Buck from Halo 3: ODST. On the multiplayer side, it was revealed that there would be a new map called Fathom, as well as that there were changes to the map Empire from the beta. A new mode that would combine all of the sandbox (later revealed as Warzone atE3 2015) was hinted at, and it was revealed that the game would feature 20 maps at launch, and 15 download able maps would be added later for free. At E3 2015, a new campaign trailer was shown that featured Fireteam Osiris, and a trailer for the new Warzone multiplayer mode was shown. The game was also shown being played by Benji Dunnin the film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.