The sharpener never gets the respect it deserves. Halo fans have always been excited about the Halo 1 pistol and the battle rifle, the plasma sword or the Halo Reach grenade launcher or even the Covenant rifle, but hey, I love the needle. And it looks like the Halo Infinite combat designers do too, because after a couple of hours of practice with the multiplayer technical test, I think this could be the strongest the sharpener has ever had.
I love the from the point of view it sounds as it shoots a rapid sequence of purple crystals like a razor. I love that it gets a little messy, because I'm badly thrown. I love the excitement and tension of these needles that build up to a critical mass where they immediately explode and kill my target. To fire the needle is to bet that I will land enough needles to change their damage from powerful to powerful, rewarding me with that purple cloud of death.
I’ll admit that the Halo Needle: Combat Evolved was a joke, though. Of course, you could use it in the campaign to pop some grunts, but there were too many needles to cause an explosion in other multiplayer Spartans. Three gunshots to the head and you would make a toast, your needle still half full. In Halo 2, the needle wasn't much better on its own, but with the power of dual handling it was formidable: if you got two needles, you could bomb a Spartan full of explosive purple in an instant.
Bungie really gave the needle the fan he deserved in Halo 3, which made him strong enough to stand alone in a shootout. I’m sure there are Halo purists who hated killing him or using a weapon with powers, but that was fine: it meant the needle was always sitting on the map waiting for me when I wanted it.
I’m pretty sure the needle stayed formidable in Halo Reach and Halo 4, but I don’t remember if it was as good at tracking and as fast as it got to its boom point as it is in Halo Infinite. Infinite has a pretty quick kill time, so I’m not sure if the needle stays really unbalanced. But is it good? Oh yeah, it’s good.
Welcome back, beautiful purple central.