Following the surprise early release of Halo Infinite's multiplayer, fans have been flocking in droves to give the highly anticipated shooter a try and have been met with some of the best multiplayer shooter matches in recent memory. This is no doubt thanks to the year-long delay that the game faced allowing 343 Industries to polish and refine Halo's mechanics and modes. While the game is still in its early days, it feels as if players will be having fun, no matter which game mode is picked. That said, one mode stands out from the rest as the pinnacle of quality Halo matchmaking: Fracture: Tenrai - Fiesta.
Fracture: Tenrai is a week-long event that's set to the samurai theme that's been present in a lot of marketing for Halo Infinite's multiplayer. The event is set to come back for select weeks throughout the game's first multiplayer season, but currently, it's the home of Halo Infinite's best game mode. Fiesta is a mode that's been included in the Halo series for many entries, and its inclusion in Halo Infinite is a welcome one that's helping the game succeed thanks to the addictive nature of the randomized game mode.
The Strength of Fiesta's Randomized Loadouts
Essentially, Fiesta is a mode where each Spartan's loadout is completely randomized, meaning that someone could be totally hosed by being given two low tier weapons and poor equipment, while others might be blessed with plenty of Halo Infinite's power weapons. However, each time a player dies, they respawn with an entirely new, randomized loadout. This means that, even if a player is dealt a poor hand, if they die they roll the dice once more and could potentially respawn well-equipped and more powerful than ever.
This mode in itself is plenty of fun because its random nature means that players can't feel too bad about performing poorly during a match. They could have been using unideal weapons, so they're much more likely to not be discouraged and try again in hopes of getting a brokenly-overpowered loadout to cause chaos with. It's a great fit for Halo Infinite's early days, because it asks players to leave their comfort zones by giving them weapons they aren't familiar with and telling them to give them a shot. Players are far more likely to stick with the guns they know in regular multiplayer matches, meaning that they might be passing up the newest additions to Halo Infinite's arsenal despite some of the new guns being the most powerful weapons in the game.
Fracture: Tenrai - Fiesta is the perfect introductory course for anyone looking to become acquainted with everything that Halo Infinite has to offer, as its randomness makes it be viewed as a much more casual match type than that of the Big Team Battles. Adding to its fun is the way that it presents players with completely new situations that they might not normally be in. It causes them to make the most out of the equipment they have on hand and experiment with it as a result of being pushed to their limits.
Fiesta has been a reoccurring game mode in plenty of other Halo titles, so hopefully, it sticks around as a permanent fixture of Halo Infinite. So far, it seems as if it's going to be rotating in and out with the Fracture: Tenrai event, but if it's proven to be popular enough among fans, 343 Industries might include it as a full-time game mode along with the likes of Ranked modes and Big Team Battle. The studio also might be waiting to introduce some of the classic Halo modes as the multiplayer season progresses so it does not go too big too fast, but hopefully Fiesta makes a return soon alongside other classic modes.
Halo Infinite is available now for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
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