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Halo 5 Guardians Multiplayer Tips, Tactics and Strategy Guide
Halo is a series famous not just for its campaign, but also for its intense competitive multiplayer.
If you’re relatively new to Halo multiplayer, chances are you’ll have a tough time adjusting in Halo 5 Guardians. It’s not a lost cause though.
Halo 5 Guardians Multiplayer Tips
With a good bit of awareness, willing teammates, and goals in mind, you can be on your way to becoming an excellent Halo 5 Guardians player.
This guide will cover tips and strategies for Halo 5 Guardians, keeping competitive multiplayer in focus. We’ll cover the basics, team tactics, and individual combat tactics that should greatly help you in becoming a better overall player.
The number one key to success in any team-based organization is communication. This is true for all sports, for all industries, and even true for competitive shooters & e-sports.
If you don’t have a microphone-enabled headset, not only are you putting yourself in serious disadvantage, but are also greatly jeopardizing the team’s ability to succeed as a cohesive unit.
Communication is important in two ways: ability to take help from others, and ability to help your team with your simple presence.
The ability to communicate friendly and enemy locations, ask for covering fire, provide covering fire, and give out brief instructions is extremely important in competitive multiplayer.
Halo 5 Guardian makes things a lot easier for its players by designating universally defined call-outs to different locations in a map. These appear below the Motion Tracker, making it very simple for players to let enemy/friendly positions be known.
Taking time and practicing to familiarize yourself with these call-outs is certainly worthwhile, and you should ask your teammates to do the same. Once your team is familiarized with the maps and the call-outs, you need to take into account another factor: keep call-outs short and precise.
There’s nothing worse than going on a long monologue of how an enemy is jumping around in a specific area and what weapons he/she is using. Not only does this greatly distract your teammates and takes up audible space, it also prevents you from focusing on what’s going on.
Instead, use short, precise call-outs. For example, “Scope at Tower Two!” will inform the players that a Sniper Rifle-wielding enemy is positioned at Tower Two. You just summarized the entire sentence in for words, out of which three use only one syllable.
Teams who use such brief and professional communication techniques will always have an advantage over completely silent teams and motor-mouths.
It’s good to have diversity in your game, and is recommended for everyone. However, when you’re playing with a team, you can’t all be equipped with assault rifles, or all have sniper rifles. This is where specializing becomes extremely important.
You may be an excellent sniper and also a great player with the assault rifle, but you shouldn’t be switching around at will. Instead, use the one that the team needs the most.
If your team has a better sniper than yourself, it’s best to let him be the scout while you wield an assault rifle. Practice with your specialized weapon, and ask your teammates do to exactly the same. This directly plays into the next tip, which is about know your role.
However, this does not mean that you should limit your proficiency to a single type of weapon. Instead, try to diversify your weapon proficiency in practice matches and friendlies to make yourself a better player.
While you’ll still use one weapon more than the rest, this allows tactical versatility in the team, and makes you a much bigger threat both individually and as a unit.
Know Your Role
Yes, you have a specific role in your team. Either you’re a sniper constantly looking for the highest vantage point (termed as Power Positions, discussed below), an opportunistic assaulter who shifts his/her game’s pace according to the situation, or a front-man whose job is to be the spearhead of the team.
This is something you decide based on your strengths, specialization, and general agreement of your teammates. Your role should be one that directly compliments your teammates’ roles. Identify your strengths, weaknesses, and adjust your role accordingly.
You might not have the necessary jumping skills to deal with the vertical nature of Halo 5. That’s fine, as long as you’re a proficient fighter on the ground. Let your team know about your preferences clearly, and come up with a mutual conclusion and roles.
It’s good to have specific roles, but sometimes unpredictability is essential. In times when your standard role isn’t working, or your team needs that extra bit of edge, it’s time to try something different.
This is where you’ll sometimes have to play out of your comfort zone, but this is also how you grow as a player. Taking up less familiar roles gives you newer experiences, which helps you massively improve your game. This tactical fidelity is beneficial for both your team and yourself.
Watch and Learn
Hitting the Theater Mode or Spectating games can be extremely insightful if done with the right mindset.
There’s no better way to expand your tactical knowledge quickly than observing established and experienced players, and to replay your games to see what you did wrong and what you did right.
The Theater is especially useful for a team who is looking to improve their weaknesses and increase cohesion.
Don’t be hesitant in generating constructive criticism while watching your previous games alongside your teammates, and note down the small things that need improving. After that, practice those improvements specifically.
Spectating games of excellent players is how you diversify your tactical versatility. Watching experienced players won’t really improve your reflexes or accuracy (that comes with experience and skill), but it will make you a better team player and allow you to expand your tactical and individual game.
With the basics covered and understood, it’s time to have a look at more advanced tactics to help you out with your game. Your entire team should be familiar with these tactics to give them advantages as individuals as well as teammates.
The first and foremost thing you should know is Hot Spots. It’s a rule of thumb that in any first-person shooter, there is at least one location in every map that is on average more crowded than the rest.
This location is termed as a Hot Spot. Familiarizing yourself with every map’s Hot Spot is extremely important, because this is mostly the place where games can be won or lost.