This week, there’s a lot for you to choose between when it comes to how to spend your free time playing games. Halo Infinite’s multiplayer is now live, and all progress from it will carry across to the main game upon launch. In addition, Battlefield 2042 is out in full, and it’s got all the multiplayer madness that you could ever want from a shooter. While both games are pretty different, they’re very similar this weekend. They’ve both got pure multiplayer modes available to players, and they’re both shooters, so if you’re a shooter fan, there’s a hard choice to be made here. Particularly because you can access both through Game Pass, at least in part.
Halo Infinite is the next big Halo entry. Halo is a huge franchise and the games are beloved. The thing about Halo Infinite’s multiplayer is that the progress will be kept and help you in the full game. That progress is getting you through the first season of content in the multiplayer, aiming to provide new skins, weapons, and whatever else is in there. The only goal I’d have for it is to build up more cosmetics for my Spartan so I can make the most ludicrous one yet.
Battlefield 2042 is a purely multiplayer focused game. It’s got bots and other players, and a lot of online modes to choose from. You might be battling through futuristic maps or classic ones from older Battlefield titles, but it’s all 100% Battlefield. This game is fully out, and there’s never going to be a single player component. It’s more like Star Wars Battlefront 2 than anything else, and I don’t consider that to be a bad thing. There aren’t microtransactions for things that matter, and everything looks quite fun. There’s also the Battlefield Portal, which is kind of a blast to play through if you find the right matches. Ultimately, you’ll need to make a decision here, and I can’t help you do that. If you love sci-fi shooters, Halo Infinite is probably the way to go, but for multiplayer longevity, I think I’d actually recommend Battlefield 2042, though you may feel differently.