Halo 5: Guardians picks up two fresh videos, includes new campaign footage

Halo 5: Guardians is right around the corner, and Microsoft just released two new videos to help tide us over.

Halo 5: Guardians follows the exploits of John Locke and Master Chief as they try to rescue humanity from a galactic threat.

The first gives us a look at Halo 5's cinematic treatment while the gameplay trailer follows Spartan Locke on a mission named "Swords of Sanghelios".

Halo 5: Guardians – Cinema First Look

Halo 5: Guardians – Swords of Sanghelios Gameplay Capture

In the first video, franchise director Frank O' Connor remarks that Halo 5 will feature a subversive plot. We know from Microsoft's #HUNTtheTRUTH campaign that in Halo 5, not everything will be as it seems.

..."We have deliberately put ourselves in a world that isn't black and white. It's not fully understood that there's simple good guys and simple bad guys."...

Both videos showcase the fact you can issue squad commands to your team if you opt to play with A.I. instead of use the game's four-player campaign co-op. The gameplay footage looks utterly stunning in HD at 60 frames per second. The mission takes place on Sanghelios, the home-world of the Sangheili, perhaps better known as the "Elite" enemies from previous Halo titles. The vid showcases how vast and open-ended the game's combat spaces are, as well as their verticality. Halo 5 certainly appears to be a step up in every sense for the Xbox One's flagship franchise.

Halo 5 Guardians faces off against intense competition from the likes of Fallout 4 and Star Wars Battlefront when it ships on October 27th, 2015.

Is Halo 5 on your list? 2015 has certainly been harsh on the wallets.

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25 Comments
  • Oh my god. This looks absolutely unbelieveable. Wow. Cannot wait. Easily game of the generation right there.
  • That's a bold statement, given we might get four more Halo games this generation, between the main series, Wars, and mobile.
  • I love wars to. But I meant so far. It looks so epic though.
  • Looks nice!
  • Quite honestly, I've gone back to checking out the books in the Halo series, there seems to be a LOT of political intrigue when it comes to ONI involvement in the UEG/Colonial struggle of power... =[
  • Yes there is! What books have you read?
  • Just read the other day that the brute bubble shields are ONI tech
  • If you dont have the follow on series from Ghosts of Onyx; Glasslands, The Thursday War and Mortal Dictata i highly recommend it. On a side note I was/am not happy at the games portrail of Spartan 3s in Reach. They aren't better improved spartans, they were worse mass production spartans, they physically couldn't use S2 armour... so much in Reach is wrong....
  • Can't watch right now. But I will :) BTW Twitter isn't working?
  • I don't like the "turning the coin" comment from the first video.  The Master Chief is the story.  If he starts to fade and they focus on other Spartans, Halo will lose its shine.  It's like Mass Effect without Commander Shepard.  What's the point?   Especially now with the Spartan III (they weren't bad) and Spartan IV's (god, cast as such terrible trash-talking adolecent babies), the stong, silent types like the Master Chief are needed more than ever to save the franchise from being tacky and childish.
  • Agree with you on this. But I'm gonna wait and see how the game ends.
  • See halo 2. That's the type of coin turning they are referring. Halo 2 was amazing. Masterchiefs not taking a backseat. He is still the main man, and still is the only character who's face we don't see. That intrigue about him is so god damn good.
  • Well, only for so long. The intrigue dies if we get no advancement towards something. For me, after 14 years of Halo, I no longer care about Chief's face. There's a point where apathy sets in.
  • I honestly hope that they never show his face. It's more interesting if they leave it a mystery.
  • Honestly, I don't think there's any mystery in the face of a person whose face doesn't actually exist.
  • I think this will be more like Halo 2 where it told the tale from both sides. The only thing I'll miss is having Cortana in my ear :(
  • If you have the time -- read the books.  They have fleshed out an entire universe.  Master Chief is very important, but even with him missing -- the wars wage, technology is discovered and other Spartans are in the field. 
  • I have read all the books, which is probably why I'm a purist and picky. It's why I have distain for the Spartan IV''s (or their portrail) and such respect for the Spartan II program and the Chief.
  • Xbox one will start to overtake ps4 this holiday each week. With forza 6, halo 5 and rise of the tomb raider then quantum break, sea of thieves, gears of war 4, forza horizon 3, killer instinct season 3, scalebound, recore and halo wars 2 next year sonys first party is looking pretty bleak.
  • I don't want to spark any console wars but March 2016 Uncharted 4 will take the gaming world by storm, it looks incredible and has some ridiculously well done animations and interactivity. Graphically it's astonishing... Otherwise I'd agree, PS4 exclusives are falling short with playable movies rather than games (The Order 1886, Until Dawn). There's also nothing mind blowing as an exclusive that's coming to PS4 as far as I remember. Posted via the Windows Central App
  • I agree uncharted is a strong ip for Sony. It looks wonderful. But I don't think it will do much against the next 18 months for xbox. I think quantum break also has amazing visuals, awesome animations and great story gameplay to. Graphically its also astonishing, especially the amount of detail when time stops or slows down. That game is pure eye candy.
  • Ever since I played Alan Wake I started loved Remedy. Can't wait for Quantum Break!
  • Yeah with master chief on it I hope
  • Anyone else hear the grunt shout "The arbiter is dead" in the second vid?
  • Yeah, that was curious...