The last two days I’ve been playing it more and really enjoying it. Finished my 10 ranking matches and got Gold 3 late last night. It took me a few days to get comfortable with the controls, but they are felling smooth now.
The assault rifle has a tighter spread and better range so its definitely better this time around.
The Commando is a beast at close and mid range. I find the BR is similar and perhaps a tad better at long ranges. But it absolutely destroys at closer ranges if you are reasonably accurate. I also noticed that not a lot of people are picking it up which I find strange too. It’s so good.
CQC is all about the melee. I play Bumper Jumper and the melee is right above trigger so it’s perfect for getting a couple shots in and and melee for the kill. You’ll see savvy players rack up 8-10 melee kills in a round.
Some of the Power Weapons and pickup weapons feel a little underwhelming. I wish they had a firing range where they had all the weapons lined up and you could just practice using each one and seeing its strengths and weaknesses. An example was the shotgun. In previous Halos it was a one shot weapon up close. My limited experience with it this time around , it’s definitely weaker. I put 2 shots on someone at pretty close range but didn’t get the kill.