The Halo 5: Guardians Beta comes to an end January 18. After weeks of playing the next epic Halo adventure, what are fans of the series to do? It’s going to be a long wait until they get to play Halo 5 again. Luckily, Prima Games is here for you. There are a few activities that should help pass the time during this long period of sadness and internal turmoil. Don’t worry, they’re all gaming-related. No need to go outside!
Go Back to MCC
The obvious option to fill your time after the Halo 5: Guardians Beta ends is to simply go back to playing Halo: The Master Chief Collection. While the game was plagued with matchmaking issues when it first released, 343 Industries and Microsoft have been working diligently to correct those issues. If you haven’t played the collection much since the Halo 5 Beta began, now would be a good time to revisit and see what’s improved.
With everything now working much better, you can enjoy the games that kicked off your love of the Halo franchise. While Halo 5 doesn’t play exactly like the older Halo games, it will keep you in the world and lore of Halo and you’ll be able to unlock a few items in Halo 5 if you haven’t done so already.
Play the Evolve Beta
Immediately following the Halo 5: Guardians Beta, Xbox One, PS4 and PC owners can head over to the Evolve Beta. The open beta began on January 15 for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, but if you want to play the game on PC or PS4, you can still get in on the fun until January 19. It’s not a lot of time to enjoy the upcoming game, and other than being an FPS it’s not all that similar to Halo 5: Guardians, but a change of pace is always welcome.
At the very least you can invite a few friends into a party and work on your communication. Evolve requires quite a bit of team work if you’re playing as the bounty hunters. You’ll need similar teamwork to take on the Halo 5 Breakout mode, or even Slayer for that matter. Anyway you look at it, playing the Evolve Beta is a good idea when you’re done with Halo 5.
Play Advanced Warfare or Titanfall
Halo 5: Guardians isn’t just another Halo game. 343 Industries has gone to great lengths in order to create a new and unique Halo experience. No matter how you feel about the changes to the Halo series, it’s hard to argue that Guardians feels a little bit like Call of Duty and a little bit like Titanfall. That’s what happens when you’re trying to evolve a series. You take the best aspects of similar products and you try to improve upon them while still maintaining the look and feel of the original product (in this case, Halo).
Playing Advanced Warfare or Titanfall won’t give you an identical experience to playing Halo 5, but you’ll find various aspects of Halo 5 in both titles that you won’t find in other Halo games. The aim down sight (ADS) aspect of Halo 5 isn’t exactly the same as ADS in Advanced Warfare, but it’s closer than you’re going to get playing older Halo games. As with the Evolve Beta, at the very least you can improve your teamwork by playing both Advanced Warfare and Titanfall.
Pay Homage to Destiny
Bungie created the Halo series, but the company moved on to Destiny. While there have certainly been mixed reviews on the new game, there’s no denying the fact that it still retains some of the Halo feel fans of the series know and love. It’s a safe bet that if you’re a Halo fan, you picked up Destiny. Going back to the game with new DLC is a great option once you’re done with the Halo 5: Guardians Beta. You probably have about 10 months or so to grind for all that loot before you can play Halo 5 again.
Play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
If you still have your Xbox 360 or a PC that will play the game, opting to spend some time with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive wouldn’t be a bad idea. Halo 5 focuses quite a bit on teamwork, and Global Offensive is a game that requires solid teamwork if you wish to perform well. Granted it’s not an Xbox One title, but even if you play the game on PC you’ll hone your FPS senses. Just don’t get too comfortable with that keyboard and mouse. It may be difficult to go back to a controller.
The Halo 5: Guardians Beta is almost over, but our coverage at Prima Games will continue throughout the month.