gamers (74%) found this review helpful
I think the best thing about Halo 4 is that it feels so fresh. It still has a lot of the same core mechanics from past Halo titles but 343 has breathed new life into the series and given it some new interesting elements.
THE CAMPAIGN - While I do feel that 343 probably could have put a little more time into the storytelling part of the game, its still quite fun. You get to see both Master Chief and Cortana interact on a really human level as you try to save her from her Rampancy issue while fighting the ancient evil that was woken up on the planet Requiem. The main gripe I had with the campaign was that the missions felt a little too linear at times with few chances to explore. However, it was still a very enjoyable campaign experience.
VISUALS - The guys at 343 really pushed the limits on the 360 here. I wouldn't call it the best looking console game ever but its pretty darn close to it. My mind was blown away when I first stepped foot on Requiem. The colors of the landscape and the lighting in the world were truly something to behold.
SOUND - I would expect this kind of sound from the Frostbite engine but the folks at 343 really surprised me on this one. The sound is absolutely amazing and if you have a proper sound system or a good pair of headphones then you are in for a real treat. Weapons sound better, explosions sound way more forceful and the sound of Master Chiefs armor acutally moving around adds to the immersion of the game.
MULTIPLAYER - Still the same ole Halo MP we are use to except with some added elements. Armor abilities are back this time around but now we also have Strategic Packages that serve to give you a boost in combat like Unlimited Sprint. Along with the Strategic Packages there are Ordinance drops that you unlock during matches as well which award you with different weapons and boosts like Damage Boost. Some veteran players might be disgruntled by this but I think its pretty refreshing and a nice change of pace.
gamers (73%) found this review helpful
halo 4 reclaims its throne with a blaze of glory. truly this epic quest reestablishes the mantle of glory that has been so thoroughly tarnished...story telling, combat, and music all combine to give a presentation that leaves one awe struck and amazed at how far the series has come.
This campaign is moving and truly epic, a return to its roots in that you once again care about the trials and tribulations that the master chief must undergo and rise above. the outcome isnt some meaningless solution that must be slogged towards, rather it is a culmination of all the minute struggles that comprise this enticing campaign. rarely does a video game move me like this has, and never has it looked so good doing so. if you can tell the difference between the prologue and a movie then your a better man than I, and while the main parts of the game arent as shiny they are still far and away one of the most beautiful games ive ever had the pleasure of playing. sterling symphony comes in at opportune moments to give a sublime feeling of greatness to the experience.
with varied enemies and an entirely new host of weapons to use this game has the feel of a brand new halo, almost like how the first one felt when we learned about the covenant. awe inspiring back drops and extremely detailed environments provide a new playground that weve never seen. gone are the endless corridors and mindless repetitive dribble that made up the last few games. gone are the npc characters that fall by the roadside without a care, suddenly you find yourself trying to save them just because thats what you want to do.
multiplayer is also fun, it seems to move much faster and it has an excellent flow. the customization of powers is a nice touch, and yet a stock amateur can still take down a top level guy with a quick hand and steady sights.
well worth a purchase, IMHO, this is one of the best games all year. This game makes being the master chief amazing again, and the journey has never been
gamers (70%) found this review helpful
Halo 4, what to say about Halo 4? I'll admit, I was very skeptical about this game when it was announced, seeing as how Halo 3 had ended. I decided to give it a try anyway though, and honestly I was amazed. It is a a great game, so here we go:
- The graphics and the sounds are amazing in Halo 4, almost comparable to what the Frostbite 2 engine can do for BF3.
- Has a good storyline, and shows more of the human side of our buddy Master Chief and Cortana
- End of the campaign leaves you wanting to know what is going to happen next
- The multiplayer is much better than it was in Halo Reach
- A decent amount of new guns to have fun with, of course with a bunch of old favorites showing up as well.
- Lasky, nuff said.
- Can't help but to feel like it is the same story arc as the first Halo in a way, just on a new planet.
- The campaign was incredibly short, like Call of Duty type short, and a little choppy in places.
Long Story Short:
If you are a fan of the Halo series, you will love this game. If you used to be a fan of the Halo series, but aren't sure if you want to try the new one, you do, you'll love it. 343 Industries did an amazing job with this game, and it will be good to see where they take this Reclaimer series and where it all ends up.
It gets a solid 9/10 from me.