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PC Gamer: Halo Infinite's debut Fractures: Tenrai event is a bust
 

 
Halo Infinite is in a tricky spot right now. On the one hand,*the game itself is phenomenal, a sharply balanced and wonderfully satisfying arena shooter. But that gem is wrapped in a frustratingly stingy progression structure, with*a battle pass that straight-up sucks.

Last night, 343 launched*Halo Infinite's first "Fractures" event, Tenrai. And while the addition of Fiesta mode's hectic nonsense is welcome, its secondary unlock tree is only exacerbating Infinite's exhausting progression woes.

Here's how Tenrai works. On top of your regular pass, the event introduces a new Event track, which you climb by completing event-specific challenges. These challenges require jumping into the new Fractures: Tenrai Fiesta playlist, which in and of itself is fun enough. Fiesta is a Halo staple, a version of Team Slayer that spawns you with two random weapons and a random piece of equipment each life. It's daft fun, tossing Infinite's entire sandbox into one big blender.

Fiesta is a great addition for a game that launched with very few modes, and it's a crying shame the playlist will vanish at the end of the event. Spawning with a grappling hook and a hammer and pummelling an entire team at once is peak Halo, and it deserves to stick around. But it's that event track that's really riling up Halo Infinite's already testy community.

For starters, there really just isn't much in it. You get a new "armour core" at level 5, a handful of pieces to slot into that core and a few emblems. But over half of the track's tiers simply give you flat XP boosts (which are fine, I guess) or Challenge Swaps, which have come to be seen as a crutch for the game's frustratingly specific challenge system. That the more exciting themed items are listed in the store for a tenner a pop isn't helping community sentiment.

The event track itself is only progressed by completing specific event challenges which, being included in the regular challenge pool, might simply not show up. But the real kicker is that, no matter how much you play over the week-long event, you straight up won't be able to complete the event track. See, Tenrai is going to repeat four more times over the course of the season, and 343 doesn't want you exhausting it early—so for the time being, you're capped at 7 tiers this week.

Never minding what this means for first-time players coming into the game 3 months from now to find an event they'll never be able to finish, Fractures has only further stressed the sense that Infinite may have rushed some of these elements.

It was a pleasant surprise to see Infinite's multiplayer drop last week. Servers held up better than most established live games, and the game itself is extremely polished. But with the game's first season extended to six months, it feels like 343 is scraping to stretch out what little they have. A battle pass that, for free players, is*bloated with Challenge Swaps. A coatings system that*struggles to live up to its own promise*of more exciting patterns. I don't think I was alone in a*suming Tenrai would be the first of many themed "Fractures" this season—but instead, we'll be dipping back into this well four more times over the coming months.

It's perhaps too early to have expected a dramatic change for Tenrai. In a*tweet yesterday, community director Brian Jarrard noted that 343 has heard criticism but is currently (and rightfully) taking a break after surprise-dropping Infinite's multiplayer.

"Changes will take time and our priority this week is giving the team a much deserved break for the holiday after a long final stretch," wrote Jarrard. "Thank you for understanding."

343 was fairly quick to respond to immediate progression concerns with*a quick fix to per-match XP. And while more substantial improvements won't drop tomorrow, here's hoping they do come eventually. Because while I love playing Infinite, dealing with its frustrating progression systems and lack of meaningful customization is piling on top of countless smaller concerns I have with the game's design—from somewhat lacking custom game tools to the reality that Big Team Battle's mode of spawning vehicles just doesn't really work.

Halo Infinite truly is good Halo. But a week in, I'm already starting to feel burnt out, and Fractures: Tenrai has only accelerated that feeling.


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 2 months ago '17        #2
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6 OP
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The event itself sounds trash aside from it being slayer fiesta, but I dont get why people care about cosmetics just in general and much less in a first person shooter

I'd rather them focus on a few other things over a cosmetic progression system tbh. The game was fun when I played it, i couldnt have cared less about leveling up and giving my avatar diamonds or whatever the fu*k lol. I really wish Forge was dropping sooner.
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 2 months ago '16        #3
Quinn 
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n*ggas love to complain, but also say sh*t like this


halo infinite is in a tricky spot right now. On the one hand,*the game itself is phenomenal, a sharply balanced and wonderfully satisfying arena shooter. But that gem is wrapped in a frustratingly stingy progression structure, with*a battle pass that straight-up sucks.
343 doesn't want you exhausting it earlyóso for the time being, you're capped at 7 tiers this week.

it was a pleasant surprise to see infinite's multiplayer drop last week. Servers held up better than most established live games, and the game itself is extremely polished
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it's perhaps too early to have expected a dramatic change for tenrai
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"changes will take time and our priority this week is giving the team a much deserved break for the holiday after a long final stretch," wrote jarrard. "thank you for understanding."
because while i love playing infinite
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halo infinite truly is good halo.

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 2 months ago '17        #4
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6 OP
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Of course my number one fan got the first reply
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 2 months ago '12        #5
Bazileus 
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Most fun I had playing a fps or online game this year. The game is a legitimate success and will probably be the best fps this year.


Last edited by Bazileus; 11-26-2021 at 07:41 AM..
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 2 months ago '06        #6
snaxxx 
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The game is dope but the battle pass is trash, also when this event disappears I’ll be stuck with odd ball n ctf in my rotation which absolutely is a big turn off playing with randoms.

Also Why can’t they just have ranked arenas slayer mode only
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 2 months ago '04        #7
Liquid-Science  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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I don't be playing live service games so I don't understand the season pass sh*t anyway

All I know is I just hop on, play a couple of games and enjoy myself
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 2 months ago '07        #8
moe4484  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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I think people are complaining about the battle pass just to have something to bi*ch about. As long as the gameplay is straight I couldn't care less what shoulder pads or horns I can add to my armor.
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 2 months ago '05        #9
TonyCartagena 
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 SPdaGOAT said
Of course my number one fan got the first reply
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 2 months ago '05        #10
P-Hill 
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I hate Fiesta - i get the sh*t end of the stick with the randomized weapons
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 2 months ago '05        #11
P-Hill 
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 snaxxx said
The game is dope but the battle pass is trash, also when this event disappears Iíll be stuck with odd ball n ctf in my rotation which absolutely is a big turn off playing with randoms.

Also Why canít they just have ranked arenas slayer mode only
Or let us pick what game modes we'd like to be queued up in .. i'll take stronghold + slayer
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 2 months ago '06        #12
snaxxx 
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 P-Hill said
Or let us pick what game modes we'd like to be queued up in .. i'll take stronghold + slayer
Facts , I fu*k with strong hold too
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 2 months ago '16        #13
LightskinMac11 
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Gameplay is amazing and has brought that halo feeling back for me, but progression really needs to be fixed. Having an amazing match and only getting 50exp from it is hella annoying and k*lls a lot of my hype lol. The challenges is cool I guess but they need to just go back to the halo 3 progression system
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 2 months ago '19        #14
GT33D3e  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Game is alright and fun but honestly I am enjoying vanguard over Infinite right now.
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 2 months ago '06        #15
snaxxx 
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 LightskinMac11 said
Gameplay is amazing and has brought that halo feeling back for me, but progression really needs to be fixed. Having an amazing match and only getting 50exp from it is hella annoying and k*lls a lot of my hype lol. The challenges is cool I guess but they need to just go back to the halo 3 progression system
forreal forreal..... the game is dope , ppl arent just looking for something to bi*ch about, its facts man about the xp system

they need to fix that up, some of these fanboys get mad when we keep it real about something


Last edited by snaxxx; 11-26-2021 at 11:48 AM..
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 2 months ago '17        #16
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6 OP
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 GT33D3e said
Game is alright and fun but honestly I am enjoying vanguard over Infinite right now.
We gotta keep it a buck about Vanguard and call it the great game that it is tho

Iím not a huge fan of zombies but the campaign and multiplayer type piff

 2 months ago '04        #17
dblock187s 
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So cosmetics are the biggest problem now? Game has been fun even tho sometimes I get a bullsh*t weapon
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 2 months ago '18        #18
Juliette DaBlok  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Keep in mind, THIS IS OP























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 2 months ago '17        #19
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6 OP
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 dblock187s said
So cosmetics are the biggest problem now? Game has been fun even tho sometimes I get a bullsh*t weapon
Tbh I think there are bigger problems. Imo this isnít a fish to fry at all
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 2 months ago '05        #20
landlord151515 
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The mode is cool and I didn't have to really grind to get the Samurai armor..


 2 months ago '17        #21
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 landlord151515 said
The mode is cool and I didn't have to really grind to get the Samurai armor..

Wait so you was able to get it?

Why the hell shorty think she gotta tap in for 5 weeks lol
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 2 months ago '14        #22
guccibandana 
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Remember the Hayabusa armor??? Lol good times

 2 months ago '16        #23
Quinn 
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 landlord151515 said
The mode is cool and I didn't have to really grind to get the Samurai armor..

i got it after few hours of actually focusing on challenges(its mixed with all the other weekly sh*t)

really wasn't that hard, and they were basic

-play fiesta
-win fiesta
-get double k*ll in fiesta
-get k*lling spree in fiesta

 2 months ago '18        #24
MayneThaTruth2  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x16
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 Liquid-Science said
I don't be playing live service games so I don't understand the season pass sh*t anyway

All I know is I just hop on, play a couple of games and enjoy myself
 moe4484 said
I think people are complaining about the battle pass just to have something to bi*ch about. As long as the gameplay is straight I couldn't care less what shoulder pads or horns I can add to my armor.
Even when you lose, its fun af. Im blowing a sh*tload of weed all day, and getting it in on that thang later on!

My thing is, more maps. Hopefully they come with 10 more I dont know if thats excessive or not but thats my issue, the same zones.

You always get popped from behind. I figured that I would slow down and crouch more.

Play the game like Im trying to survive oppose to just running in to tare everybody dome off!!

 2 months ago '12        #25
OldBusiness  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 landlord151515 said
The mode is cool and I didn't have to really grind to get the Samurai armor..

 Quinn said
i got it after few hours of actually focusing on challenges(its mixed with all the other weekly sh*t)

really wasn't that hard, and they were basic

-play fiesta
-win fiesta
-get double k*ll in fiesta
-get k*lling spree in fiesta
Yeah I got the armor after you finished playing with us the other night Quinn and then pretty much ran a few matches with illmatic & duzze to get them there stuff yesterday and they did it in one sitting... ( @ trying to hit that 20 a*sist challenge was hilarious lol)

This the first time I'm approaching 30 hours played so fast in a FPS since Battlefield 4

I'll be on later tonight too, @ we had a party going and was trying to invite your anti social a*s
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