Posted by LongMasterWolf (175 posts) -

So in the two weeks prior to Halo 4's release I played all the Halo campaigns on Legendary. I mean all of them, in Canonical Order because I'm a stupid fan boy.

  • Halo Wars
  • Reach
  • Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary (I substituted this one for the Original)
  • Halo 2 ( Until about mid way)
  • Halo 3: ODST (After finishing this I switched back to H2)
  • Halo 3

Upon finishing H3 on the Monday prior to Halo 4's release I was pretty happy to have gone back to the campaigns, and while there were frustrating moments in each the overall experience was satisfying. The games definitely have different feels for each of them.

Now that Halo 4 has been out for a little less than a month I feel confident saying that the campaign in H4 is by far the most emotional of all the other Halos. This isn't suppose to take away from the others, but at the end of Halo 4 I actually felt connected to Master Chief as a character. Contrast that to the feelings of, "Oh Shit! Master Chief is a crazy badass, I can't believe he made it out of this one" that I felt in the others. Still not sure where it ranks with the other campaigns but I don't necessarily feel the need to do a ranking.

Has anyone else done something similar for other franchises? This past summer I played through all the Mass Effect games, but that was mainly because I hadn't touched one prior. I mean specifically replayed the previous game in anticipation of the new release?

#1 Posted by LongMasterWolf (175 posts) -

So in the two weeks prior to Halo 4's release I played all the Halo campaigns on Legendary. I mean all of them, in Canonical Order because I'm a stupid fan boy.

  • Halo Wars
  • Reach
  • Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary (I substituted this one for the Original)
  • Halo 2 ( Until about mid way)
  • Halo 3: ODST (After finishing this I switched back to H2)
  • Halo 3

Upon finishing H3 on the Monday prior to Halo 4's release I was pretty happy to have gone back to the campaigns, and while there were frustrating moments in each the overall experience was satisfying. The games definitely have different feels for each of them.

Now that Halo 4 has been out for a little less than a month I feel confident saying that the campaign in H4 is by far the most emotional of all the other Halos. This isn't suppose to take away from the others, but at the end of Halo 4 I actually felt connected to Master Chief as a character. Contrast that to the feelings of, "Oh Shit! Master Chief is a crazy badass, I can't believe he made it out of this one" that I felt in the others. Still not sure where it ranks with the other campaigns but I don't necessarily feel the need to do a ranking.

Has anyone else done something similar for other franchises? This past summer I played through all the Mass Effect games, but that was mainly because I hadn't touched one prior. I mean specifically replayed the previous game in anticipation of the new release?

#2 Posted by Nightriff (5366 posts) -

I've wanted to do either a Zelda, MGS, Resident Evil and other games but usually after I beat one or two I need a break and play something else. Last year my goal was to beat all the Zelda games I owned before Skyward Sword, only got through OoT and LoZ.

#3 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

I played through Mass Effect 4 times overall, twice in the week before Mass Effect 2?

That's the closest I can get.

#4 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (6011 posts) -

Good for you.I just watched Drew and Alexis play on the stream.I ended up playing through ME 1 and 2 as a renegade femshep before ME3 came out.I also plan to play through Bioshock again before Infinite comes out.

#5 Posted by Nightriff (5366 posts) -

@Tylea002 said:

I played through Mass Effect 4 times overall, twice in the week before Mass Effect 2?

That's the closest I can get.

I did the exact same thing, ME2 looked awesome so I decided to get the first one, played the game like 3 times the weekend before and then picked up ME2 and subsequently beat it twice in the first few days.

#6 Posted by Baillie (4285 posts) -

I played the Metal Gear series back to back, not in canonical order, though. MG1, MG2, MGS, MGS 2, MGS 3, MGS: PO. MGS: PW, MGS 4. Played through on the hardest difficulty on them all. It was glorious. I also played through the three mass effects in a row, on insanity. The games seem to get much easier on each iteration.

#7 Posted by Nightriff (5366 posts) -

@Baillie said:

I played the Metal Gear series back to back, not in canonical order, though. MG1, MG2, MGS, MGS 2, MGS 3, MGS: PO. MGS: PW, MGS 4. Played through on the hardest difficulty on them all. It was glorious. I also played through the three mass effects in a row, on insanity. The games seem to get much easier on each iteration.

I envy you and your skills, still need to beat half the metal gear games I will probably play them on normal or easy.

#8 Posted by believer258 (12212 posts) -

I have enough trouble finishing one game that I haven't beaten; I couldn't keep my attention on five games that I have, even if those five are some of my favorites.

#9 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

and I did the exact same thing together leading up to the release.

#10 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -

That's alotta Halo. Did you burn yourself out on the franchise before reaching 4?

#11 Posted by Baillie (4285 posts) -

@Nightriff said:

@Baillie said:

I played the Metal Gear series back to back, not in canonical order, though. MG1, MG2, MGS, MGS 2, MGS 3, MGS: PO. MGS: PW, MGS 4. Played through on the hardest difficulty on them all. It was glorious. I also played through the three mass effects in a row, on insanity. The games seem to get much easier on each iteration.

I envy you and your skills, still need to beat half the metal gear games I will probably play them on normal or easy.

I wouldn't envy me, I've just played them enough to figure out what I'm doing at nearly every point. Still though, some of them are pretty infuriating at some parts. I'd say to avoid playing them on easy though, it's fun to go through but you also kind of miss the point of the stealth aspect. Normal is the way to go. It's what I prefer playing them on.

#12 Posted by Baillie (4285 posts) -

@DuskVamp said:

and I did the exact same thing together leading up to the release.

Who are you replying to?

#13 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

@Baillie said:

@DuskVamp said:

and I did the exact same thing together leading up to the release.

Who are you replying to?

The OP.

#14 Posted by Baillie (4285 posts) -

@DuskVamp: I'm confused. Why did you say Wrighteous86 then? The OP is

#15 Posted by Nightriff (5366 posts) -

@Baillie said:

@Nightriff said:

@Baillie said:

I played the Metal Gear series back to back, not in canonical order, though. MG1, MG2, MGS, MGS 2, MGS 3, MGS: PO. MGS: PW, MGS 4. Played through on the hardest difficulty on them all. It was glorious. I also played through the three mass effects in a row, on insanity. The games seem to get much easier on each iteration.

I envy you and your skills, still need to beat half the metal gear games I will probably play them on normal or easy.

I wouldn't envy me, I've just played them enough to figure out what I'm doing at nearly every point. Still though, some of them are pretty infuriating at some parts. I'd say to avoid playing them on easy though, it's fun to go through but you also kind of miss the point of the stealth aspect. Normal is the way to go. It's what I prefer playing them on.

I believe I did normal on 2 and 3 but when I played 1 I went easy because the gameplay was awkward for me, played it for the first time last year.

#16 Posted by Clonedzero (4196 posts) -

i did it with mass effect if that counts. i replayed ME1 in preperation for ME2, then i replayed ME1&2 with a fresh character to get ready for ME3.

#17 Posted by Baillie (4285 posts) -

@Nightriff: Yeah, I have trouble going back to MGS myself. It takes me a while to get used to it, but when I do... IT'S ON. What games haven't you played then? I wouldn't say it's necessary to really play any other than the main numbered series.

#18 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

@Baillie said:

@DuskVamp: I'm confused. Why did you say Wrighteous86 then? The OP is

I was saying that Wrighteous86 and I played through them together, I just @'d him to call him out.

#19 Posted by Nightriff (5366 posts) -

@Baillie: MG 1 and 2, PW and I want to play MGS2 again just to figure out what the fuck is actually going on. Don't know if I will play the other PSP game....don't even remember the name

#20 Posted by Baillie (4285 posts) -

@Nightriff: Portable Ops. I realised after going back to MGS 2 that I really don't care for the story, which is strange considering how highly I used to regard it. The craziness that Jeff and others seem to love just flat out annoy me. MGS 3 is where my love for the series is, even though the bosses possess weird powers, the story itself is great.

Anyway, yeah. I guess it's up to you, but the story kind of changes a bunch from the MG games, so it seems a little irrelevant.

@DuskVamp: Yeah, sorry. I don't think my brain quite managed to read that right, even though I went over it a few times. It's weird when stuff like that happens!

#21 Posted by Village_Guy (2667 posts) -

I did the same thing before Halo 4, exactly the same thing, down to stopping in Halo 2 when Master Chief leaves Earth - playing through ODST - and then returning to 2.

#22 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

@Baillie: No worries, happens to us all!

#23 Posted by Nightriff (5366 posts) -

@Baillie: I didn't like MGS2 while I was playing it but looking back on it, it was just fucking weird and kinda just want to play it again to see if it's better and the sword stuff at the end was awesome. MGS3 is the best in the series (out of the 4 I've played). Just enjoyed everything about it for the most part, everything I didn't enjoy was usually my fault.

#24 Edited by LongMasterWolf (175 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic said:

That's alotta Halo. Did you burn yourself out on the franchise before reaching 4?

No I didn't burn out on them. I have played through them enough to know the shortcuts if i feel like just running through a mission I can. It was fun to sort of relive some of those games before I got to see the next iteration in the franchise. Online co-op also helped mix it up by playing with some of my friends on XBL.

@Village_Guy said:

I did the same thing before Halo 4, exactly the same thing, down to stopping in Halo 2 when Master Chief leaves Earth - playing through ODST - and then returning to 2.

Did we just become best friends?