Jeff said several weeks ago in a bombcast that he thinks Super Mario Maker is the best Nintendo game since Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. If that does not indicate game of the year I don't know what does...
Brad hasn't seemed to have gotten as much into it. I am REALLY hoping he puts his foot down on it being number 1. It's not that I don't think Mario Maker deserves GOTY, I just want to see some blood shed arguments.
I hope Brad goes full-contrarian and says something like "oh, it's not even a real game."
Would be right up there when he argued everyone with "GTA V's mission design is FUCKING BORING!"
Outside of the few heists, would anyone argue that GTA V's mission design isn't boring?
The only bug I had was on the last quest of the game. Elevator wouldn't open because it progressed past a quest objective before I actually completed it. I toggled clipping and flew up the elevator. Thankfully it worked and the elevator didn't go into a new zone.
@colourful_hippie: You can still view recent players in game. I haven't tried inviting a bunch of people to a custom game though. Lobby browser would be better for sure, it was just a workaround we used in the past.
@believer258: I agree on it feeling rushed in the sense that Forge and other popular playlists are missing but that game has enough maps already so the several new ones that are coming for free are a nice addition and won't end up splitting up the user base. The reason why they won't have a browser is because they don't want to have a wasteland of empty servers several weeks from launch which is what happened to Halo 4
There's always a reason not to do something. For Forge and custom games to actually mean something they need to be searchable/have matchmaking. It's too hard as an adult to rely on 7+ friends to hopefully be online at the same time, own Halo 5, and want to play at that very moment.
I forgot to mention it in my original post, but didn't Halo used to have good AI? My teammates in the campaign will walk into walls when I go down rather than walk around a wall to pick me up, or rush straight towards an enemy when that boss or mini-boss has a one hit kill melee. H5 is pretty good, but not anything special, which is unfortunately been the case with Halo after H3.
In the halo 3 days, we would always go to BTB matchmaking and do 2 games or so, then invite all recent players to a custom game and you could fill it up.
Also, i don't know about past AI, but I think it might be expectations. There are spartan allies now that are always with you and always worthless, so it stands out more.