It has been a long time since the campaign of the game was announced, and it has been difficult to know what to expect. The start of the next 10 years for Halo and the start of our platform for the future are what 343 Industries describes Infinite as. After a poor demonstration last year caused a delay into this one, Microsoft has shown very little of what it intended to be a crucial entry in its best-known series.
The free portion of the game was released before the paid one. You will be able to play the campaign on Game Pass, but it is only one part of the game that Microsoft is charging for.
What, exactly, are you getting?
It turns out that the answer is another campaign from theHalo franchise. 343 is using Infinite as a soft reboot in an attempt to bring the series back to broader relevance, and it features the most radical changes to the core design since the original game. It feels like Infinite was designed to win back people who were turned off by the aesthetic and narrative left turns of 343's Halo 4 and 5.
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Master Chief, the series icon, starts the series in an unusual situation. He was floating in space after an encounter with a leader of the Banished, a coalition of bad guys from alien races, and was picked up by a pilot in an effort to gain ground and fight back.
It is easy to see that the show is back to its best.
Despite appearances, the game is not an open-world game. At certain points in the campaign, you have a lot of freedom to roam and there are side quests around the map. You can find items that upgrade your equipment and earn you avalor that can be used to call in reinforcements. There is no sense of a singular world that you can explore in these moments. There is very little visual diversity in the game, and it feels like the hub areas in Gears 5 are what made it feel like a genuinely open game. You will spend a lot of your time in the underground corridors fighting enemies, just like in the original halo.
This isn't a big problem because the game plays well. The combat of Infinite is even more creative and free than that of halo, and that is due to the fact that it is an open world. The addition of the Grappleshot, a grappling hook tool that lets you zip around the environments with abandon, istransformational and brings halo up to date with more recent first-person shooters that prioritize the joy of movement. The more open design for missions situated outside gives you more freedom to approach them the way you want.
There is a mission called "The Sequence" midway through the game. It is a simple design that requires you to get access to four different buildings. You have to find a way to get there because they are all several kilometers away. In my case, that meant hijacking various vehicles and getting back to my starting point in a small alien flying craft that was close to exploding. At its highest moments, the game evokes and enhances the blueprints set by classic missions like "The Silent Cartographer" to a whole new level of freedom. It is easy to see that the game is back to its best with its colorful art style and environmental design.
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The side quest are just enemy bases with more aliens to shoot, but they give you something to think about when you travel the landscape. Infinite takes the idea of best playing to its strengths when its combat opens up to wider environments and gives you more flexibility in how you take on your objectives. Too much of the campaign is spent indoors. The combat is still fun, but it can sometimes feel like a waste of time given the promise of how well the game plays outdoors. You will spend a lot of time in the game looking for batteries in order to open doors, which is all the game asks you to do inside.
The boss battles against the Eternal felt punishing and tedious, which was one of the biggest criticisms of the campaign. It feels like 343 put in a lot of effort to make Infinite more interesting than it is. The battles are well-designed and require you to use recently unlocked abilities or weapons, which is a big improvement.
In other areas, Infinite can't fully escape. The narrative is supposed to bring in players who are not familiar with the lore of the game by shaking up the setting, but the consequences of the previous game's big twist ends up driving the plot, and that's where Infinite loses me. Even though it is not a game where you have to care about the story in order to enjoy it, it does feel like it was written for die-hards, even though I am a fan of the series.
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That is the thing about the game. It is the best of the series, but it could have been called Halo 6. There are clear possibilities for expansion down the line, and what is already here will be very replayable. The campaign will not be available in co-op until at least May next year. I plan on getting around to the side quests I didn't finish before, which should be more of a varied experience than running through "The Silent Cartographer" for the 300th time.
There is a lot to this game, but its scope is not infinite. This isn't a game where you can just play and make progress, it's more like a game where you have to replay missions and grind to make progress. It is not a huge open-world game that will take a long time to complete.
343 Industries deserves a lot of credit for laying the groundwork and modernizing the series while focusing on what people loved most about it. At this point, it is not a reinvention of a very good campaign.
On December 8th, the campaign will be available on all platforms. The campaign was given early access to by Microsoft.