By: Video Game Rack Fighter, Official Bookshelf Battle Video Game Reviewer
Happy Memorial Day Weekend, 3.5 readers.
The Master Chief is at it again and this time he’s run afoul of UNSC (United Nations Space Command) in Halo 5.
Gotta level with you. This game came out in October, so it’s a bit lame that I’m only now getting around to review it.
Then again, it’s equally lame that that nerd BQB only let me have a column in April.
Halo. What a franchise. What a series. For at least 16 years or so, it’s been the number one reason why you need to have an X-Box.
There’s an intricate back story involving intergalactic intrigue, but if you don’t care about it, you can always just have fun turning aliens into go.
No offense, Alien Jones. I’m not talking about good aliens. I’m talking about douche aliens.
Aliens like the species who have formed the Covenant, an organization dedicated to wiping out humanity.
The Master Chief has come a long way and he’s still going. This time he’s disobeying UNSC command. Throughout the game, you go back and forth, sometimes playing as the Master Chief, sometimes playing as Jameson Locke, the Spartan soldier ordered to bring the Chief in.
The Arbiter (an alien on the UNSC’s side) returns with Keith David lending his voice. Meanwhile, Nathan Fillion of Firefly and last season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer gives his voice and likeness to create a Spartan soldier on Locke’s team.
Halo really upped the video game ante back in the day. Perhaps there are video game historians with better memories than mine but I believe it was one of the very first (some might even argue the first) game where a character could run around, or jump in a vehicle, or ride in a vehicle while a computerized character drives. Essentially, the entire battlefield is immersive and along the way, you choose the best weapons, vehicles and overall approach that fits your strengths and weaknesses.
Do you need to have played the previous five? You’ve missed out if you haven’t but no, you’ll still catch the plot. If you don’t catch it, just shoot some aliens and keep running.
Or climb in your Warthog and drive in an epic race towards safety. No Halo game is ever complete without an epic Warthog chase.
STATUS: Rack worthy.