Anvil's Legacy update for Halo 5: Guardians adds two new maps and more
343 Industries and Microsoft have released Anvil's Legacy, the ninth free content update for the Xbox One sci-fi shooter Halo 5: Guardians. It adds two new multiplayer maps to the game along with more content.
One of the new maps is the Arena-based Mercy, a remake of a previous Halo 4 map:
The other new map is the Warzone Assault-based Temple:
There are also a couple of new weapons variants in the update along with new character and weapons skins, It also includes the same Content Browser that's available in the just released Halo 5: Forge map editor and game for Windows 10.
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"The Halo 2 Beam Rifle also makes its Arena debut" I don't get the nostalgia for these older weapons like the Halo 2 Beam Rifle and Halo 2 Battle Rifle. The Halo 5 versions of both are much better, and I'd prefer the Halo 2 versions stay out of Arena. Keep them confined to Warzone REQs. Excited about the new Arena map, though.
I like the old BR as a hip-fire weapon, but its restrictive reticle definitely makes it inferior for mid-range combat (it seems to have a bit better zoom for long-range, though the lack of peripherals isn't made up for by that fact). I wouldn't mind if they made some of the REQs from the game into map-spawned things in Arena, though not all (The Answer would be a nightmare). It would be nice to randomize weapons on maps in matchmaking, just to make it less stale. The maps are horrendous, having some varied experiences on them would distrct from that a little.
I liked Haven in Halo 4, though it felt tiny in that game. Here, where everything's much faster and easier to reach, I fear it will be an atrocity. If you can sprint and mantle to everything in a flash (something that ruins a lot of small-to-imd maps in Arena already), it's going to be just another congested mess of spawn killing. I like the looks of it, though.