The wait for Halo 5: Guardians has been a long one. First announced in May 2014, Halo 5 is the first new entry in the mainline Halo series on Xbox One. Microsoft and 343 Studios have teased the latest Halo's new and improved online multiplayer modes with a beta at the end of 2014 and a Warzone preview for the press at E3 this year. We even got to stream an early look at Warzone mode just last weekend.

Now Halo 5 is here and everyone can hop in to play. So we celebrated the launch with a multiplayer Twitch livestream. Daniel Rubino, Paul Acevedo, and Jonathan Dollison from the Windows Central team all played Halo 5 multiplayer with our loyal readers and viewers. We also gave out a free copy of Halo 5 to sweeten the deal! Read on for impressions, the contest winner, and the full replay video in YouTube format.

Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5 is the long-awaited fifth game in the Halo series, as well as the first original Halo game developed for Xbox One. The story takes place eight months after the end of Halo 4's Spartan Ops missions. Series protagonist Master Chief has reunited with his former Spartan teammates Blue Squad, and embarks on a mission to investigate an ONI research vessel overtaken by Covenant forces.

Competitive multiplayer consists of two separate game modes: Arena and Warzone. Arena represents the traditional competitive multiplayer, with game types like Slayer and Big Team Battle.

And Warzone is an all-new mode and the centerpiece of Halo 5's online multiplayer. There are two Warzone game types: Warzone and Warzone Assault. Both pit two teams of 12-players against each other for control of a large map.

Halo 5 Warzone

The Contest

We streamed Halo 5 for 90 minutes tonight and gave out one prize code:

  • 1 Halo 5 Digital Deluxe Edition for Xbox One, donated by SgtTorrente!

If you enjoyed the stream, be sure to check our schedule and come back for more!

Halo 5 Warzone

How to watch Twitch livestreams

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On Windows Phone, you'll have to grab an unofficial app. There are several to choose from, each with different strengths and weaknesses. Only one app lets you search directly for our channel, though. If you use the others you'll have to find and follow us from a web browser first. Read the roundup to learn more!

Halo 5 Warzone


Tonight we had one Halo 5 Digital Deluxe code to give away. And the winner was...

  • Lightspeedhalo

Tonight's prizes provided by loyal reader SgtTorrente. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prize!

Halo 5 Warzone

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