I'm just wondering since I was honestly disappointed in Halo 5 Guardians Campaign and traded it in at my retro gaming store (They've already had a copy of Halo 5, selling it for $24). I've been playing Halo since Combat Evolved (the first game on the original Xbox) and the only thing I liked about Halo 5 was Warzone, Arena Multiplayer and free DLC map updates. The Campaign sucked with it's Cliffhanger ending, along with the fact that you only get to play as the Master Chief in 3 mission while the rest of the Campaign as Locke, who's a very bland with very little character development throughout the storyline of this game. Don't get me wrong, I understand that they're trying to make this game not only follow the Halo games but the Halo books as well but they way they excuted the stories following the book was done poorly. The amount of offline content (outside of online multiplayer) in this game is also very barebones. Honestly, I think 343 Industries intentionally made that cliffhanger ending just to use that as an excuse for them and Microsoft to milk the Halo franchise til it's dry.
Overall, I think Halo 5 is probably the most overrated exclusive game for the Xbox One. I've tried really hard to love this game but I just couldn't and would rather just stick to Master Chief Collection (even with it's broken multiplayer) and Reach (through backwards compatibility). I'll just pretend that either Halo 4 and 5 never existed or their campaign storylines are non-canon.
[SPOILER ALERT]: Here's Halo 5's crappy ending (with no closure), even worse than Halo 2's cliffhanger ending -
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Another passionate, long-term Halo fan here lol... All of the Halo's had cliffhanger endings... it didn't make them bad games.
Based off of what I've seen with Halo 5, a lot of people were upset because they expected Halo 5 to go one way with the story, when it went another... Again, that doesn't make it a bad game. Personally I've been disappointed on some level with EVERY Halo game after the original, for similar reasons... they seem to keep on drifting away from the original Halo "feel," in different ways if that makes sense. But if this is the story they want to tell, so be it...
Halo 5 is a GREAT game, especially from a gameplay stand-point. The lack of multiplayer content at launch was frustrating, but now there's quite a bit, and with even more coming I believe. Also, in terms of the multiplayer, this is probably one of my favorite Halo games ever, or at least in about 10 years. It just feels so smooth to play and the hit-detection is amazing... It's not perfect but the game receives a lot of unjustified criticisms, in my opinion.1