Halo 5: Guardians Review Roundup

Halo 5: Guardians (ad) is set to be released on October 27th and reviews are already hitting the web.

In this post, I thought we’d run through what some of the major sites are saying about the latest installment of the Halo series.

Halo 5: Guardians is a masterpiece, and quite possibly the best Halo game so far. The campaign is top-notch, even as Master Chief shares the spotlight, and the multiplayer is largely a return to everything that has made the franchise so beloved to begin with.

Gaming Trend – 100/100

Halo 5 feels like it knows its obligations. The campaign’s narrative is likely to prove controversial, though its biggest sin may be its familiarity. Otherwise, Halo 5 excels under the pressure, providing one of the most welcoming, competitive, balanced and fun games of the year — and providing my personal favorite Halo multiplayer since the series began.

Polygon – 9.0/10

You’ll spot some rough edges and notice some omissions, but Halo 5 looks great, plays well, and has enough options to keep you coming back.

Giant Bomb – 4.0/5

Developer 343 Industries has engineered the strongest combat Halo has ever seen, with tons of excellent weapons, varied maps, an expansive and intense new multiplayer mode joining a host of returning greats, and some game-changing new mobility. At the same time, Guardians repeats Halo 4’s mistake of telling a story that can’t stand on its own without Halo’s expanded universe. This hurts, but doesn’t ruin, its otherwise impressive cooperative campaign.


If it weren’t for Warzone, Halo 5: Guardians would probably be somewhere on the lower end of the franchise spectrum for me. It’s still a fantastic and well-oiled machine, but the story falls flat, and the shift in gameplay mechanics result in the loss of some elements that made the series so unique in the first place. Still, if you’re looking to shoot some dudes online, Guardians is your huckleberry.

Destructoid – 7.0/10

Halo 5 is polished and intense, with some epic approaches to both campaign storytelling and multiplayer. However, go in with the knowledge that Halo 5 feels more distinct and separate from any of the Halo games that have come before, which may come as great news to many, and a disappointment to some others.

GameInformer – N/A

Halo 5: Guardians is an exceptional technical achievement with a solid campaign and a compelling set of multiplayer modes. At the same time it refuses to do anything else outside of its wheelhouse, which may disappoint some players.


You can be rest assured that this at least is a decent game. Metacritic has it rated at 85/100 currently, with 45 critics weighing in. Of those, 41 of the reviews are positive and only 4 are mixed. There are no negative reviews through Metacritic’s scoring system, although there is a 60 and a few 70’s.

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