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Halo 5: Guardians Put to the Test: Hunt the Master Chief

The Master Chief is back! And after a few minutes of play, the team disappeared again. In the fifth part of the series you will explore the secrets of the Halo universe. We have tested for you how much fun it is.

Hardly any other game series stands for a platform as much as Halo for Microsoft's Xbox. Sony did on the PlayStation Uncharted or The Last of Us, Nintendo has the likeable plumber Mario on every console - and on Xbox it's the Master Chief in his shiny combat armor. With Halo: Infinite, the next title in the saga about John-117, as the Master Chief is actually called, is in the starting blocks in 2021 and is intended to exploit the concentrated power of the Xbox Series X. Reason enough to take a look at the current part from 2015, Halo 5: Guardians, shortly before the release. Because this part can also be played on the latest Xbox console, for example if you have subscribed to the Game Pass. How well is the fifth part of the series doing today?

Halo 5: The Story of Cortana and Secrets of the Universe

Eight months after what happened in Halo 4 John-117 aka Master Chief is on a routine mission with his team. After an accident, however, Cortana (an artificial intelligence that is supposed to save the universe) appears to the chief in a vision and reveals where she is currently. The Chief and his Team Blue set off straight away to track down the Savior - but neglect her service and the mission assigned to them by the UNSC (United Nations Space Command).

The UNSC is not particularly pleased to say the least and sends Fire Team Osiris to search for Team Blue. There is suspicion that the Master Chief and his team have gone rogue and are betraying the UNSC. While searching for the team, Osiris and Leader Locke repeatedly encounter enemy alien troops from the Alliance and Prometheans. Meanwhile, Master Chief and his cronies keep searching for Cortana.

The story starts a little slowly, but is steadily picking up speed. We keep switching - not voluntarily - between team blue and fire team Osiris, which brings in a lot of dynamism in the course of the game. We are more or less on our own tracks while we are looking for something really big.

Halo veterans will feel at home very quickly. The game mechanics remain largely the same as in the predecessors, but are supplemented by a few nice features. So you can finally aim your guns and don't have to shoot from the hip - I say finally because that was not possible in parts one to four. For this you have a lot of weapons and gadgets at your disposal - including the well-known needle thrower. With the Spartan onslaught (aggressive rushing forward) or Ground Pound (a kind of effective ground pounder out of the trap) you have some new attacks ready that complement your weapons well in combat.

Another new feature is that you are always on the road in a team. That means, in battles with the Alliance, you can mark opponents who should be shot at, indicate paths or, if you are under too much fire, be resuscitated. However, in my opinion, this is a little too easy to do, so that you rarely run the risk of actually dying during a mission. For more thrills, you should definitely increase the level of difficulty.

It's a shame that the local split-screen mode was thrown overboard. I fondly remember the times when my brother and I were at Halo 2 Fought for hours against the Alliance in split-screen mode and almost desperate because it was so difficult to defeat. Granted, we were way too young for a shooter like Halo, but that shouldn't matter here.

Varied battles in multiplayer

A shooter like Halo must of course also have a multiplayer mode ready that has it all. The classic arena mode is included. Here you play with up to three other soldiers against another team of four on mostly small cards. Whoever reaches 50 points first, wins. There are points for kills, of course. The mode has always been an integral part of Halo and also in Guardians again a guarantee for lots of fun rounds. Every match is full of action, lives from its fast pace and plays on cool cards.

The Warzone mode is particularly exciting. Here you fight for victory in two teams of twelve. You either have to reach 1000 points (VP) or destroy the base of the enemy unit. You collect points by killing them (of course), taking bases or killing bosses. At the same time, computer-controlled aliens from the Alliance or Prometheans can be found on the huge maps. The combination of real opponents and artificial intelligence as well as various, varied tasks and goals make a lot of fun in the war zone.

In addition, you can of course play more modes, such as Capture the Flag, Grifball or Infected. Halo 5's multiplayer gives you many more ways to expand the experience once you're through with the story. The only question is how many players are still active here. Halo 5 is already five years old and with Halo: Infinite the next part of the saga is already in the starting blocks.

My conclusion on Halo 5: Guardians

Even five years after the release is Halo 5: Guardians still a great shooter. As the middle part of the Reclaimer saga (trilogy around Halo 4, 5 and Infinite) it prepares you well for the coming 2021 Halo: Infinite before and was even a reason to buy the Xbox One at the time. The game itself is atmospheric as usual with a terrific soundtrack - but the cinematic scenes and story passages could have been a bit more.

It's really a shame that the couch co-op mode has been removed and you can now only roam the universe together online. Looks thanks to some graphics updates Halo 5 by the way, despite its age it still looks very solid. I tested it on the new Xbox Series X, which can get a little more out of here. Guardians is also part of the Xbox Game Pass - as well as Halo 1 to 4 as Master Chief Collection. As a subscriber, you should at least have a look at the game series. You will not regret it! Or you do a marathon and play through all the previous ones before finally 2021 Halo: Infinite appears.


Halo 5: Guardians

The Master Chief is back - and then he's gone. As the Osiris Fire Troop, you are looking for the legendary soldier, while you take turns looking for a secret as Chief. Great shooter and good preparation for Halo: Infinite.
Genre: Sci-fi, shooter
Language: German
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S


  • Antonio is part of the CHIP editorial team and has been a gaming fan since childhood - it all started with the first Xbox and a racing game. Today it's the current Xbox Series X and sports games like FIFA or Madden, battle royale shooters or multiplayer stories.

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