As a longtime fan of Halo's multiplayer I've been spending a fair amount of time with the Halo 5 Beta. Spoiler: I love it. I absolutely adore it. It's liquid smooth, the maps feel competitive, the weapons are fun to fire, the new movement options are well implemented. In almost all aspects 343 Industries seem to be on to a winner. There's just one niggly little thing that continually irks me..
It's something new to the Halo series. If your team wins a match, all four players, be they red or blue, congregate into what can only be described as a 'bro-down'. A period of about five seconds where the winning Spartans stop being gruff, stoic instruments of war and suddenly become a group of four dudes down the gym who just busted out some serious Crossfit WODs and are off to slam down some wheatgrass shots before taking in the game at the local Hooters.
"Bro, we just kicked your asses bro."
I just don't get it. Don't get me wrong, I'm about as bro as a bro can get. I drink protein shakes, I watch sport. At one point in my life I actually had a faux-hawk. I do exercises. I frequently encourage other people doing similar exercises by saying things like, "come on man" and "you've got this". I've been known to spot people. Badly.
Make no mistake. I am a bro. I am a dudebro.
But Spartans are not dudebros. Spartans are genetically modified super soldiers trained to kill. Having them high-five each other after a few slayer matches (read: sets) like a group of frat boys is flat out weird. It's out of place, doesn't match the tone of Halo and it's flat out obnoxious.
Perhaps I'm reading too much into it, but I'd like to see it go. At the very least I'd like to be able to select my own pose, so that I don't have to endure a bunch of Spartans high fiving each other after winning a match.
Cause bro, make no mistake bro. I'm totally gonna be kicking all your asses bro.