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Ken Ganster

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  1. Just because a map has been created in Forge or anywhere else, it doesn't mean that it isn't poor quality. What I saw while playing BTB was nothing short of a lack of effort. I personally develop software for a living and know what kind of testing and work goes into making something of quality. Given that you maintain a large website yourself, I understand to have about the same experience as you. However, I know that they haven't done their due dilligence when I am trapped inside a structure which clearly has objects around it to climb up and onto it (somewhere near the red base spawn in Deadlock, toward the top of the map). I do feel that 343 has done a poor job with this update, but I also feel that Halo 5 is a better quality game than Halo 4 could hope to be. Whether the game has been in development for 3 years or not is irrelavent. The product given in this iteration is terrible and it needs to be known in order to improve. I think Forge can produce high quality maps. (Storm the Beach, Territories comes to mind) I've played many that were fun and interesting. Perhaps my comment regarding your inexperience regarding FPS and gaming in general was out of context. I don't know if you are a member of technical services or development, but either way it is probably unwarrented. I apologize for that. However, I can say that I have seldom been this disappointed with any production-level product as I have with this. I make the assumption that you have never played some of the really fun (though not neccesarily focusing on competetive gameplay) maps like Rocket Races on Sandbox and the aforementioned Storm the Beach. The real crux of it is that I'm not asking for new and inventive gameplay. I understand the kind of hole Halo has dug itself into. I just want the game to provide me with maps that show me the developers care. The maps need to fit in with what they've created thus far and they need to have at least a similar level of detail. When I play these maps, I feel like I'm playing early beta like Overwatch has right now. You bring Microsoft as an example of a company that doesn't allow failure, yet we can look at Operating Systems (Win 10, Vista) that have done very poorly and created solely in their name. The only reason Win 10 has so many downloads is because they are practically forcing their users to update with regular reminders and notifications. Outside of this, as I feel it should also be addressed given its close relation to our discussion, I have very passionate feeling toward how development *should* exist. I've stated before that fast, poor content will not win my vote. This is the same reason I wait until the very last day to preorder, if I preorder at all. I feel that rushed products (like what has been shown in this update) have less quality and are TOO subject to the users' input. Before developers could push an update to fix gameplay, they were forced to ensure their disc (or whatever medium they were going to deliver their product in) was of a quality that wouldn't lead to players being upset. They were pressured to ensure gameplay, graphics, and design were all up to par. In general, we don't see that today. Batman: Arkham Asylum and the Halo Master Chief Collection come to mind, with huge flaws and even major segments of the game being largely unplayable. This is a problem with modern gaming production and it shows its ugly teeth here.
  2. I understand that you would wish that old maps were done as a learning experience, but the fact remains that these were released to production. As such, I expect production quality. If they really beleive that they are worth re-releasing, they should spend the time. I don't feel like they've done that. The quality of maps just isn't what I have come to expect or a quality of series as Halo is. It has been around for more than 2 generations. That's a long time. 343 isn't doing the job that is required of games in this generation. If this is the weakest that they throw out, it isn't setting a very high bar, and it doesn't make me, as a consumer of those products, expect a high quality moving forward. I personally haven't played Destiny. This is only because I have found myself in the position where I couldn't upgrade when it was meaningful. As a result, I'm behind in gaming in general(I haven't played the lasted assassin's creed etc) and I want to play Destiny. I can't speak for what what it is now, but I can speak for what it was when I was involved. I loved reach. The campaign was an amazing rollercoaster of emotion and the multplayer was solid. They may have gone astreay with the ranking (I'm not a fan of exp based ranking) but it brought new and exciting content to Halo. This update simply doesn't have that. I'm sorry if you are new to gaming or the process of software development. I'm sorry if you don't know the difference between trying and putting forth little effort to make something to generate an income long term. The difference between them is huge, and it is made up of the passion and thoughtfulness to make a great game. Without that, the game loses soul, and it loses the ability to become something that matters. This update simply doesn't have that soul. I don't feel like the developers care enough to make me care.
  3. These maps are terrible. I am incredibly disappointed in the quality of the graphics of these maps. It takes me back to the days of ps2. I'd rather pay for quality maps than this ****. For everything that I've ever thought of Halo and its series, I hope that you are being sarcastic. It looks like these maps were developed over the course of a weekend. These hurried maps are not to be defended. Give me quality. Make me wait. Hell, make me WANT to wait. If future patches are anything like what I've played so far, I can guarantee you I won't pay a single dime going forward. I won't stream, I won't talk about this game. I will simply forget it and move on to something bigger and better. I honestly liked an enjoyed the story of halo going back to its roots. I have played multiplayer since it was LAN parties at my buddie's house for the weekend. The fact that 343 let this pile of trash through its "testing" only shows how devoted they are to pushing content and making a buck. Fast, frequest **** content will make a dollar, but it won't create an investment. Bungie understood this. They made a quality product that created a community that lives on today. If this is what 343 is about, it deeply disheartens me.
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