Should 343 Bring Back Extraction?
Halo 5, in my eyes, has been a testament to 343’s ability to push the Halo franchise to its limits and beyond. New mechanics and abilities have redefined what many, including myself, believe to be “Real Halo.” As someone who admittedly hated the game in beta, I feared that these new mechanics would kill the potential of this game, but after playing this game for nine months, I now believe that it enhances my experience. With 343 proving to me that change is not always bad, I cannot help but wonder what could possibly make this game even better?
For me, the only thing I could ask for is more competitive gametypes. With Halo 5 having so many possibilities in competitive play, Halo 5 could easily have more competitive game types that would satisfy many fans. Personally, I would love to see Extraction come back. What many believe to be the game type that made competitive play in Halo 4 somewhat entertaining, Extraction provides players with an exciting mix of both fast and slow paced action.
Almost like Call of Duty’s Search and Destroy without permanent deaths, Extraction is all about arming an extraction point and holding it until the timer runs out. Without permanent deaths, defending and holding an extraction could be an endless nightmare that truly test your team’s ability to work as a unit and hold down important positions. Attacking, however, is not easier in the slightest, with a limited amount of time to re-arm an extraction point, team shots and being able to push through the defense could prove to be very chaotic. With your opponents being put in a very good position to defend, mistakes are not an option and in most scenarios, if one of your teammates dies early, your entire team will collapse, forcing you to restart your attack with whatever time you have left.
Extraction was definitely one of the more nerve-racking competitive game types, but during its time in Halo 4, it proved to be a very entertaining game type to both play and watch. In my opinion, I cannot see any reasons why Extraction should not be brought into Halo 5. With the limited amount of game modes we are currently using, we could easily add Extraction to the mix.
Although the game type may not work well on all maps, I certainly believe that it would work great on Plaza and Fathom, which both have several power positions that could easily have extraction points placed on them. With Extraction potentially being a great fit for competitive play in Halo 5, I am unsure as to why 343 has not created this gamemode for Halo 5 yet. Maybe they are working on it as you are reading this, but if not, I definitely believe that they should.
What do you think about Extraction possibly coming to Halo 5? Let me know in the comments section below.
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