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Halo 5: Guardians

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Rating Summary

Based on 101 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

83%

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Game Information

Available on:Xbox OneOct 27, 2015

Developer: 343 Industries

Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

Genre: First-Person Shooter

A mysterious and unstoppable force threatens the galaxy, the Master Chief is missing and his loyalty questioned. Experience the most dramatic Halo story to date in a 4-player cooperative epic that spans three worlds. Challenge friends and rivals in new multiplayer modes: Warzone, massive 24-player battles, and Arena, pure 4-vs-4 competitive combat.

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Where single-player has its successes and failures, Halo 5's multiplayer is one big, sustained high point.

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A solid campaign and wonderful competitive multiplayer sees 343 finally make its mark on Halo.

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Not a bad game, but frustratingly one that succeeds despite its innovations, not because of them. An enjoyable campaign, but not a truly convincing one.

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The story campaign is a mild disappointment but the multiplayer is a bold reinvention of the Halo experience, that should keep the series fresh for years to come.

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Halo timeline: The Banished and the second war for The Ark

In our last timeline article, our resident Halo expert Brendan went over the events of Halo 5 and how Cortana returned, using her Guardians to enforce her new rule over the galaxy. In this one, he goes over the events of Halo Wars 2, which sees a long-lost UNSC crew come into the spotlight once again to face an entirely new threat.

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Halo timeline: Cortana's return and the rise of the Created

Halo timeline: Cortana's return and the rise of the Created

In our last Halo timeline article, our resident Halo expert Brendan covered the events of Halo 4: Spartan Ops and its follow-up comics that detailed the story of the Janus Key. In this one, he goes over the plot of Halo 5: Guardians, which sees the return of Cortana ⁠— except not as she once was.

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Win Halo 5 'Gold REQ Packs' by watching matches on Mixer

Win Halo 5 'Gold REQ Packs' by watching matches on Mixer

Even after all these years, Halo 5: Guardians is receiving excellent post-launch support. A few months ago, the game was upgraded for Xbox One X, and recently, its "Big Team Battle" mode got new maps and playlists. Microsoft wants to keep gamers interested in the experience, and the company is offering viewers the chance to win "Gold REQ Packs" which contain cosmetic items through Mixer.

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Halo 5 gets 'Big Team Battle Refresh' with new maps and playlists

Halo 5 gets 'Big Team Battle Refresh' with new maps and playlists

Even after all these years, Halo 5: Guardians is receiving excellent post-launch support. A few months ago, the game was upgraded for Xbox One X.

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The New Xbox Ad Showed Halo 5 With Split-Screen, But It's Not Happening

The New Xbox Ad Showed Halo 5 With Split-Screen, But It's Not Happening

A new commercial for the all-digital Xbox One S showed split-screen, but it was an editing mistake.

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Will Borderlands 3 have split-screen co-op?

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