gamers (71%) found this review helpful
A glace at the score would likely spark a precursory assumption that I'm probably unqualified to have a real opinion anyway, but you've read this much so maybe hear [sic:read] me out a moment longer.
I was stunned when I opened up my IGN mag from this month and saw that Halo 4 had made a solid claim for Game of the Year via the fans (and quite a few editors as well), and with my curiosity piqued this game went immediately to the top of the queue. (Briefly my background: 1, 3, Reach). When I popped it in I kept thinking to myself (as I'm sure many who've already played it were), "Gee, this opening is sure a lot similar to the original..." and no sooner had we [spoilers] landed on the Forerunner planet and hopped into a happenstance intact warthog [end spoilers] that I finally realized what this franchise has left to offer in form of a first person shooter- nothing! Guys and gals if you're thinking this game has anything different to offer you than any of the other Halo games you're going to be sorely disappointed. It looks graphically amazing and stunning in a lot of places, but the story is just more of the same.
If you're the type of person who loves Halo for what it is and are always wanting more of the exact same, then this game is probably your cup o' tea. In my opinion it's a fallacy that this humanist look at the Master Chief is so refreshing- that's nearly exactly the same feel they were going for in Reach; these brothers fighting and dying for each other not because they had orders, but because they had such strong bonds. For those of you who crave interactive story telling with visceral combat intertwined with strategy and tactics... this isn't the game.
I'm writing this for those on the edge out there. If you're on the edge of buying it my advice to you is RENT IT FIRST. Duh. If you're considering renting I'll say this: play it if you have to (I did), but don't be surprised when you send it back faster than you thought. Not GOTY material at al
posted by RedskinsGM2B (CHASE CITY, VA) Nov 6, 2012
Member since Aug 2012
gamers (65%) found this review helpful
The 1st thing that hits you is the visuals. This game has truly raised the bar with the graphics & sharp scenery alone. It's truly pleasurable to just explore. It can get you distracted from the mission at hand. 343 has managed to make the series look fresh & reborn which, after 7 iterations, is probably exactly what any series of this kind of veteranship & player base needs.
Secondly & most importantly, in my humble opinion is, the story. Right out of the gate, you feel like your watching/living/participating/suffering...a Hollywood blockbuster. You are strapped with a sense of urgency & desperation, within the first 10 minutes. Brilliant writing & spot-on voice acting flesshes out the characters & instills importance with almost every hovering "Hold X". A genius marriage of visuals & drama to dristract you from the oncoming explosion of action just around the corner or on the other side of that blast door.
Microsoft Studios & 343 packs all of the aforementioned candy into its offering of competetive multiplayer. Nothing suffers. To make it even better, they've thrown in the mainstay of "Forge" & some extra ideas for glory hounds out there with "Spartan" mode & "Infinity Missions" & yes, even MORE.
Finally, what keeps a game on the shelves & in a players library is simply the "replayability" value. With so much landscape & frantic gameplay, it's very easy for a player to miss seeing things & doing things with just 1 or 2 plays through the fantastic "Campaign". Add in HALO 4 benchmark multiplayer systems & dozens of modes & achievements that continue to raise the bar for the entire industry & you'll have yourself so many different ways to play & end your day that...you might not be playing that new military shooter, after all.
What Microsoft Studios & 343 has accomplished is nothing short of spitting in the critics & haters faces by showing that they don't ALWAYS disregard the public & others property. This time they paid attention & deserve a HUGE 10