The existence of Halo 4 is one that has worried me since Halo 3, not only am I iffy about whether or not Bungie ever intended for this to exist is one thing, but the other worry is whether or not it will be just another "Halo style" game with a few new weapons and the same exact combat model that we have been using for ten years.
I have been worried about this because with each new release I find my self less excited than the last as there is a feeling of staleness. Halo CE was something new and special, it created a whole new way to play games on a console, unrivalled graphics, gameplay and AI were among what it brought to the table, Halo 2 brought Online, matchmaking and so much more than this to the table. Each Halo game has upped the stakes but they have become very small increments since the first two games, and one thing that I am worried my never adapt fully is the gameplay. I want something new, that uses what they have learned from past titles but completely innovative and fun, not the same thing over and over again. All the Halo releases have been high quality up till this point but it really is time for change.
A good example is what Call of Duty 4 did to fps games in 2007, it was the "Halo" of this generation, and hundred of games tried to copy it, Though most failed, some took that core idea and expanded it to be a more polished concept with different elements mixed in, Like the battlefield series. But now in 2011 we see that the Call of Duty franchise is becoming stale, each new game feels like the last, and it is hard to tell where that series is headed.
That is where Halo 4 comes in, this is the perfect time for 343 to show us what is fun and new, create something that captures our imaginations like Halo CE did in 2001 of Halo 2 in 2004, but will they try? Or will they make another game that plays it safe and shows that one of the best series ever made is afraid to show us what is innovative and fun again?
We need to be shown what is fun, not just resold the same safe concept of that idea again and again just to play it safe.Microsoft is one of the richest and most powerful companies in the world and they have a team capable of brilliance, this will mark the time of whether or not that are willing to take a risk and blow our minds again. But that's just how I feel.
Thank you for reading, I will edit this and add more as I feel that I need to