New footage for Halo 5: Guardians has been made available for public consumption, detailing a few of the things that gamers have been desperately asking about, including the spectator mode and the Killcam.
The video comes courtesy of YouTuber ReadyUpLive and was spotted by Gaming Bolt. You get to see two matches on display and more of the weapons, team dynamics and gameplay mechanics.
One of the features we get to see rather often – due to all the dying that RUL suffers – is the Killcam. This feature is about as common in most modern first-person shooters as sprinting or iron-sights. So what does the Killcam do? It basically just shows who killed you. That's it. That's all. The feature is barely a few seconds long but it at least gives you a look at how you ended up on the wrong side of teabagging.
The two modes in the video above include Team Slayer and Elimination. The latter is one of the first times we've seen the mode in play for Halo 5 and if you've ever been familiarized with the Elimination modes from the previous Halo titles, then nothing you see in the video above will be shocking or surprising.
I did like how the map played out in Elimination; the starting segment showing the Spartans run and jump into the simulation-themed arena. Throughout the match we get to see a little bit of the spectator mode in play.
For me, it's usually pretty boring watching first-person shooters being played by someone else. They're either frantically paced with squirrel-cam movements and jerky reactions, or they're terribly slow and hard to get engaged into. That's not to say that all first-person games aren't a joy to watch – I think a few really hit the right strides and contain the right amount of flair and entertainment values to stand out from the herd, a bit like the upcoming game Private Eye.
Halo 5's lightning-fast pace and Call of Duty-style gameplay got kind of boring watch from the first-person perspective – given that it's really hard to keep track of the action from the player's perspective. When spectating, however, things have slightly better context and it's easier to track the action and the tactics. It's kind of a shame we didn't get to see the entire match from the spectator's perspective... mostly to see how each teams' tactics changed per round.
Nevertheless, 343 Industries is running the beta for Halo 5: Guardians so they can better prep for the release of the title next year, when it launches exclusively for the Xbox One.
For now, what do you think of the multiplayer gameplay? It wasn't really enough to distinguish itself from the rest of the FPS titles out there to get me all too excited about it, but I'm sure die-hard fans are ecstatic.