Halo Infinite (Campaign) Review OT

Fellow gamepass subscriber here and reviews are definitely still of great value to me. For me time is as much (if not greater) an investment as the money I would spend on a game. Reviews help guide me to which games are worth my time (and which aren’t). I suppose I would have given Infitite a go regardless as you say but for smaller (or bad) games the reviews definitely have value.

But totally agree with your point about the second half of 2021 - its great!

Congrats to 343 and XGS to an amazing stride of acclaimed titles!

I think the 85-90 segment is right, the game would have had a shot for 90+ only if it would have been a complete package (coop and forge, plus listening about progression ahead of time after the summer alpha). It’s a great accomplishment nevertheless, I think the only shooters which scored so high in the last decade were Doom and Titanfall.

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I overall prefer Opencritic over Metacritic because it brings in more reviews, no weighted scores and doesn’t give different scores based on the version of the game

That being said, some of the reviews included are pretty weird…like this review from Altchar or whatever it’s called gave the multiplayer an 8 but didn’t review the SP, but the 8 score for the MP is being calculated into the OC review average

Whelp regardless I’m satisfied, I expect at least an 85/100 Metacritic. Now Xbox has 3 top tier FPS devs with 343/Id/Machine Games under their belt. Really the only other FPS dev that can compete with them is Respawn and maybe Dice if they fix 2042…maaaaybe Sledgehammer if they get to make a new COD with a 3 year dev time and not a rushed game. Because IMO Advanced Warfare is the best COD in the last decade.

good job 343i, 87 is great score

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For a game to break 90 these days, it realistically needs multiple ‘masterpiece’ perfect score reviews.

There are two reasons for this:

1. Five point scales

There are several outlets now using five-point scales. While a 5/5 feeds into Metacritic as 100%, same as a 10/10, the next rung down – 4/5 – is 80%. A game might get, for example, five 9/10 reviews and five 4/5 reviews – and all ten reviewers might have the exact same view that this is an excellent game – but the end metacritic score is 85. That’s just how the maths work.

2. Low ball outliers

Metacritic now seems to accept review scores from a lot of very small and unknown outlets. The smaller an outlet is, the more likely it seems to be that they will post up a low ball score for a big-name franchise, knowing it will drive more traffic to their site than a score that falls among the pack. Using the same formula of ten reviews as above, if nine reviews give a game 9/10 and just one gives it 7/10 as a clickbait low ball, the end metacritic score is 88. Now factor in the five-point scale. Let’s say we get 5 4/5 scores, four 9/10 scores and one 7/10 low ball – 83 is the outcome.

Bottom line is, with the way metacritic is today, getting a game in the 80s is a major achievement, and anything over 90 signifies a masterpiece.

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Perfect Score, high enough that Xbox and Halo fans will be happy but low enough that playstation fans won’t freak out about it.

Love it, can’t wait

i will add open world needs more work but i expect that to be one of weakest points plus the points you mentioned that why i excepted the game to be in 80s.

also this is great year for xbox all of their games in 80s and above and only AAA game to hit 90s is FH5

Great scores and good to see halo being back to the roots of open gameplay.

I think if it had co-op and even a light variety in the landscape it would have touched 90 easily

they can reach 90s in next game they built good foundation with Infinite

Yes we mustn’t annoy PlayStation fans.


I think so. The diversity in landscapes combined with some organic open world exploration will really help future halo games.

One thing that seems to be still not great is 343’s story telling and from the reviews it seems like its not that great again.


Only one biome is pretty disappointing, even for a cross gen game.

Everything else sounds pretty awesome to me.

they improved though and i think the story needs to be longer or have better ending.

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Did any of the reviews talk about the main mission flow? Basically, does the story indeed take us to closed off, linear areas where 343 controls the action for you? Basically like Borderlands really? No spoilers of course, but what is said about this?

Not sure, but when they do Skill Up and the always drunk sounding, mumbling moron, Dealer gave them all the quotes they need to focus on


He said in the comments that a story about Halo Infinite’s development will be up this week .

rubbing hands GIF

I love behind the scenes stuff .

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I was wondering when Jason would chime in with his article and as I suspected a lot of what we learned about Anthem can be applied to Halo. The big difference I feel is that the extra year was crucial for the game turning out as it did.

The moral of the story is that AAA development is hard and is rarely the smooth linear process that a lot of us imagine it is.