Halo Infinite won our best FPS award.To see our other winners so far, please go to our GOTY 2021 hub-Update in the rest of the month.
Nat Clayton, feature film producer: I have a problem with Halo Infinite. Its story is a hasty sweep of 20 years of legends, its open world is basically redundant, and it generally lacks the visual wonders that make Halo feel like Halo. But damn hell, shooting aliens on a huge hula hoop has never felt better than this.
Halo Infinite is smart in deciding what to bring back and what to update. We are back on a fairly small list of bad guys, they have very obvious advantages, disadvantages and behaviors. Dealing with a room full of beasts and wolves is significantly different from dealing with elites, grunts, or hunters, and you will constantly switch between new weapons according to the way that works best. But the Chief Sergeant also has a motivation he has never had before-our young man is still a walking tank, but he can now use the grappling hook to jump from room to room, climb on ledges, and climb stairs. Slide down and weave around the plasma flame.
The battle was chaotic and full of vitality as always, but now the chief himself acted eagerly, and a 5-ton Titanfall 2 pilot fell into the middle of an alien war. Even if Zeta Halo itself is no longer popular, the battle with the exiled will never lose its brilliance.
Wes Fenlon, Senior Editor: Infinite’s weapons have a crisp feel, making their shooting feel powerful and precise. As Nat said, 343 did a great job deciding which elements of the game to bring back and how to update them. Although the multiplayer game has received due criticism for its terrible battle pass, I don’t think I see any words against its gunfights. It just nailed it.
Guns are even better in the campaign. I found that some weapons are weak in multiplayer games, but turned out to shine in the battle. They have more dramatic adjustments and excellent situational uses. The Pulse Carbine can definitely penetrate the Covenant shield, and the bounce energy wave of the heat wave is my favorite new way to kill the jackal hiding behind the shield.
As we know, this event almost completes the reimagining of the grand open world of Halo. I don’t agree with Nat’s view that the open world is superfluous — I think it always provides snack-sized Halo fighting fun, even if the side missions themselves are simple. Infinite has no mission to rank with Bungie’s best players, and it feels like 343 can do more in its open world.but it Do Give you a huge game space, some very beautiful scenery, and a large number of battle scenes, you can jump into hell at will. I like that I can drive to a base with a warthog or a tank, or walk in with a needle puncher, look for weapons on the fly, and blow them out of the sky when the Phantom dares to reinforce them. Not today, exile.
Jody Macgregor, Australia/Weekend Editor: Once I upgraded the grappling hook to reduce the cooldown time, I completely fell in love with Halo Infinite. Being able to hoist any mountain or tower by connecting grabs together, which makes skipping the map save every Marine squad. If you want to, you won’t be punished for jumping off the cliff, which is very helpful, because I really want to do it, a lot. Halo Infinite has no fall damage, endless disposable vehicles that can travel through its open world, and stupid enemy combat conversations. Halo Infinite has a bunch of my favorite Borderlands 2 parts. This is not the comparison I wish to make, but here we are.
The enemy’s AI is also very reliable, flanking when you are unexpected, throwing grenades while you are covering-of course, shouting that they are doing this, so you notice and think, “What a smart AI!” Marine warfare The team is not that smart, although it seems appropriate. When one stood under the warthog I called and was crushed to death by it, the other shouted: “The banished people just run them over!” Look, they are not geniuses, but they are my people, and one It feels right to have a truck full of them involved in the battle. When I jumped over the mountains like a goat, they would even follow, which is a little miracle of pathfinding.
After completing the battle, I started looking for more skulls that you can modify the difficulty of. The one that made the rare battle bark trigger more frequently has turned the Marines and Grunt into a part-time comedian, which makes it even better.