Love it or hate it Halo: Reach packed with lots of new features – both controversial and well received. One of the most controversial new features in Halo: Reach are armor abilities and while jetpacks have the worst rep, armor lock will likely be ten times worse.
Sure, jetpacks are cheesy, sprinting and evading is pathetic and camouflage is plain gimmicky, but armor lock will likely drive you crazy before any of the other armor abilities. Armor ability will likely be the noobs’ end-all-be-all counter move whenever they are outnumbered, outwitted, or when they just don’t know what else to do.
Armor lock was made to combat vehicles, repel power weapons and give players an out in extreme cases, but armor lock will likely play out like this: hit by a grenade – armor lock, out DMRed – armor lock, hit by the first shot in a fight – armor lock, a vehicle is driving up – armor lock, radar blip goes red – armor lock, surprised – armor lock.
Armor lock will allow Halo: Reach noobs to camp in the open and will allow Halo novices to run out in the open, take on multiple enemies, and do other foolish and careless acts while having the failsafe of having the armor lock armor ability to make up for their incompetence. If you were to take noob fail safes like power drains, regenerators, bubble shields, and camping and add them together, they wouldn’t be half as annoying as Halo: Reach‘s armor lock.
While the prospect of having airborne campers and camping noobs with cloak enabled armor isn’t ideal, I’d much rather have that then giving the enemy an opportunity to have a few seconds of invincibility, the ability to shield sticky grenades, repel grenades, thwart off vehicles, and hurt just about anything nearby. Sure, armor lock prevents the player from moving, but that’s only a small price to pay for the kickass features of armor lock.
Hopefully Bungie will come to their senses and see that armor lock is just a cheap gimmick that’ll weaken the skill game play of matchmaking – and decide to lock up armor lock and throw away the key.
For more, read 5 Ways Halo: Reach‘s Forge 2.0 Will Totally Own Halo 3’s Forge, The 4 Most Hated Halo: Reach Features and Why They’re Not so Bad, and 4 Halo: Reach Features that I Hope Bungie Will Remove After the Beta
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