Halo Infinite's original campaign reveal split opinions and spawned the now-infamous Craig brute meme, as fans were not impressed with the graphics showcased then. But after a year's worth of additional work, today's campaign overview video seems to have won over even its more skeptical fans.
Halo Infinite's latest campaign overview video mixes more cinematic footage with actual gameplay but gives a good overall idea of what we can expect from the first-person shooter this December. There's a lot that's familiar, from the gunplay, the enemies we'll go up against, to the ability to drive around in a Warthog while AI allies man its mounted turret, but this latest entry seems to tap more into open world elements while adding a few new additions of its own.
Halo Infinite gives Master Chief increased mobility thanks to the addition of a grappling hook which is used, in one of the video's best parts, to tether to a Banshee and hijack it in midair after blowing up another one seconds prior.
Halo games have always allowed players to freely roam across their handcrafted levels to some extent, but Infinite is described as "the most wide-open and adventure-filled Halo experience yet." Towards the 3:33 minute mark of the gameplay overview trailer embedded below, we're shown what seem to be Banished camps of sorts that Master Chief can apparently approach as he deems fit.
While the footage was received better than the original reveal, thanks in part to its crisper graphics, some fans have brought up comparisons with the Far Cry or Just Cause series, which also feature enemy camps that are a big part of their sandbox experiences, but which sometimes hurt the quality of their combat encounters.
It's unclear just how big a part these Banished operations play in the broader scheme, but it's possible that they could just be additional activities to do on the way towards the main objectives.
The trailer also reveals an upgrade system that lets players improve Master Chief's equipment by spending Spartan Cores, which adds additional customization to the returning protagonist.
But the bulk of the video focuses on the kinetic gunplay and iconic vehicles that fans of the series love, which is reflected in the considerably more positive like to dislike ratio, when compared to the original reveal.
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