Halo 5 Guardians Beta Trailer Released, Shows Off Next Gen Gameplay For The Upcoming Trial Period [VIDEO]

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Dec 26, 2014 09:57 AM EST

The brief early access period for the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta came and went recently, but the more wide-scale release is just around the corner. Microsoft has posted a new trailer for the beta, which will go live for Halo: The Master Chief Collection owners on December 29.

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That new beta period will run until January 18, giving a much longer sampling to players than the early access edition. 343 Industries is encouraging feedback on the title, as the main aim is to improve the game and hear from the fans what's working and what need improvement.

The trailer, below, is full of some typical shooter melodrama, with the obligatory over-enthusiastic announcer providing some verve to the proceedings. The narration coincides with gameplay clips, showing off the attractive new visuals and changed mechanics. The game looks fun and appealing, but the community's main concern is that it might not be very Halo-like.

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Halo 5: Guardians aesthetically shares the series' hallmarks, but the gameplay is inarguably more similar to Call of Duty than in the past. The actions seems faster and even a bit more twitchy, while additions like aim down sights are directly inspired by Activision's franchise. The extended beta will give more people a chance to try the game for themselves before passing judgment, and it's important to go in with an open mind. Halo must keep interest for a modern audience and evolve at some point, and The Master Chief Collection is again providing the traditional Halo experience online--have faith, and wait for the beta to try it for yourself.

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