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Don't hate me bro. 0

Halo 4 starts a new journey for the franchise where Bungie handed the reigns over to 343 Industries. The big question was whether or not 343 could do Halo justice and not ruin the franchise. After finishing Halo 4 I went back and played a little ODST, Halo 3 and Reach for a small refresher. I can officially say 343 has not ruined Halo, but we already were pretty sure of that right? However I can also say that 343 hasn't made Halo any better, yet.In the gameplay department it looks and feels like...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Halo 4 Review: A New Dawn 0

Halo is the most venerated of Xbox series, mainly due to the first Halo putting the original Xbox on the map and making it a legitimate platform with a future in the industry. Bungie crafted Halo into one of the finest shooting franchises in gaming, attaining a stunning level of quality not only in gameplay but also in its mythos, scale and production values. Halo provided players with an outstanding trilogy of games as well as 2 excellent spin-offs in ODST and Reach, and Bungie left the franchi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

An Excellent New Halo 0

Halo is back and the new developers have everything to prove.When it comes to being a new development studio taking on an existing franchise, your first job can’t get much bigger than Halo. There had been considerable debate up until the launch of Halo 4 over whether 343 Industries could really take the reins from ex-developer Bungie and successfully create something that did justice to a series as influential and popular as Halo, but they have clearly delivered, and provided us with something t...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks 0

Although Halo 4 introduces great new enemies, weapons, and environments, 343 Industries ultimately plays it safe with this new chapter by skillfully iterating on the canonical Halo experience.One of the most disorienting experiences a critic can have is liking something, but not knowing why. In the context of video games it's an epistemological hazard I usually can avoid, but one series that persistently confounds my critical judgement is Halo.For example, I've never found myself particularly in...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Perfects Halo's design but fails at executing its own ideas 0

Videogames were changed forever when Bungie released Halo: Combat Evolved in 2001. In that seminal release, the world met Spartan II cyborg Master Chief as he is awakened from cryo sleep to fight against the alien Covenant. We also met Cortana, the artificial intelligence that would accompany Chief and become the voice in his ear as he fights. Among many of its revolutionary ideas was its holy trinity of combat that mapped guns, grenades and melee onto an intuitive control scheme that provided a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This IS your father's Halo. 0

My dad likes Halo. In fact he bought an Xbox 360 when he found out Halo 3 wasn't coming out on PC. His gaming interests aren't diverse, but he does like shooters, and of those, the Halo franchise is one of his favorites.I like Halo a lot too, but I must confess I'm a bit burned out by them. I don't think the surpassed the original Halo in terms of impact. And Halo 3 put into place all the elements that make a Halo game great. The forge map editor, the video replay system, the excellent matc...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Better or worse, the Master Chief is back 0

If you're not mentioning Call of Duty as one of gaming's top-tier shooters, it's usually Halo. On the flipside, if the answer for the most overrated and/or overexposed shooter wasn't Call of Duty, it was usually Halo. Wildly successful and influential in showing console shooters can actually work, the franchise is now in the hands of a new developer, taking on a new storyline and in hopes, starting up yet another successful trilogy of games. An excellent campaign, a rather unique and potentially...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Hello Halo - Halo 4 Overview 0

~PLEASE ONLY READ THIS IF YOU HAVE FINISHED THE GAME~The Chief is back!Let's just get this out of the way, I'm a fan of Halo. Moreso the books and the universe they portray than the games. I've read the books and the wiki pages, played the games, and looked for as much information as I could find to acquire more knowledge about the lore. So I was surprised when I found that Halo 4 was a nod to those of us who had invested time in learning about the extended Halo universe.Duh duh duh duuuuuh!The ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Halo 4 Review 0

Halo 4 is the first installment in the new trilogy of Halo series games, named the "Reclaimer Trilogy" and is the first Halo game not developed by the original developers of the Halo Series,Bungie. 343 Industries is the brand new studio put together by Microsoft to carry on the Halo legacy. The Halo and the Call of Duty series are at the top players in the First Person Shooter on consoles and Halo in particular has revolutionized the FPS genre on consoles which was once considere...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Halo 4 Review. 0

A constant that's surrounded Halo 4 since it's announcement as been the ever lingering question on if we actually need a new Halo trilogy. The much loved Xbox exclusive shooter as been well served by it's creators at Bungie, but with a new team in charge and the doubts that have surrounded the game, one must question if Halo 4 is simply a result of a console generation dragging on to long.Say Halo to 343 Industries, the new daddies of the Halo franchise. We've known for a while that they were to...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Halo 4 is a satisfying and entertaining shooter, even if it's not blazing trails unlike it's predecessors 0

Back in 2007 Call of Duty 4 changed the landscape of the first person shooter and effectively threw a wrench in Halo’s domination of the genre on consoles. It introduced exciting and interesting new gameplay innovations like killstreaks and perks and pretty much made custom loadouts and sprinting a standard. Call of Duty stood as a pub of a different gameplay style for those not as keen on the thrill of piling into a warthog for a flag cap or fierce battles over controlling power weapon spawn l...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Well, It's More Halo 0

The review sounds dismissive and, I suppose, in fairness, the game might warrant some of it. 343 had a chance to make this game something different and unique but, instead, opted to go for a drop-dead gorgeous game of Halo. It's a solid formula, but hoping for something different is not a crime.You are Master Chief and Cortana pulls you out of stasis to deal with --- what, the Covenant? AGAIN? I thought we pretty well closed the book on them in Halo 3. The visuals do need to be mentioned as it i...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

An In-Depth Look at Halo 4 from a Dedicated Player 0

Hi! My name is Luke, or Kozzmo on XBL, and I just signed up for GiantBomb about five minutes ago; to "commemorate" this I figured I would write a review on one of my most-played games, Halo 4. I have over 5,000 matchmaking games played and more than 30 days of gametime on Halo 4, and am still ranked in the top 1,000 overall on Halotracker. And while it may seem contradictory or counter intuitive, I have rarely enjoyed this game. Here's why.Things 343 Did Right From Release343 Industries, the de...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Master Chief embarks into a tremendous journey 0

Game play: After lots of years into the Halo franchise we have experienced that the storyline in every game is very intuitive and playing through the entire campaign of Halo 4 keeps you on the edge of your chair and keeps you wanting to play from the beginning to the end. In total there's 8 missions, around an hour each. As a United Nations Space Command Spartan you're ultimate goal is to save humanity from an ancient threat taking over. When I finished Halo 3 years ago I thought that the story ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

343 Does Halo Just As Good (If Not Better) Than Bungie! 0

Halo 4 developed by 343 Industries and published by Microsoft is a slightly different take on the iconic series that fans everywhere have loved for years. 343 adds a new story arch and some gameplay tweaks to deliver a highly enjoyable game.For the record I am not one of the Halo super fans that have followed the series for years. I played a little bit of Halo 1 and Halo 3, but other than that Halo 4 was easily the game I sunk the most time into. At its core Halo 4 is very similar to every o...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Halo 4 Review 0

It is time to see if Bungie was the only reason that the Halo franchise could succeed. This was 343 Industries' chance to shine, and also make the Halo series continue. You will once again be called into action as Master Chief, this time you will find that you are on a heavily damaged ship orbiting some strange artificial planet, but there's something more going on. The Covenant seem to be swarming this place, but not paying you any attention. What could possible be going on here, and what myst...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Halo is back with a bang, but forgot some features 0

Before I start, I want to lay out what I love about past halo games, I believe the games offers many options and features and people value certain aspects much more so than others. Hopefully knowing where I come from will allow perspective on my review.The campaign of combat evolved was where i originally fell in love with the series. The tight combat, the various ways you could approach encounters and the way seemingly huge battles with seamless transition to vehicle combat, could feel as focus...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

"It's not over... not yet" 0

Since it's explosive introduction back in 2001 that helped revolutionize console shooters for years to come, Halo has become recognized as one of the most innovative and adored franchises to hit the genre. What was once thought insane, Bungie was able to craft a first-person shooter on a console and not only have it succeed, but do so in ways that no one could ever imagine. In a market once dominated completely by PC's, consoles became relevant and many give credit to Bungie and Halo for accompl...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Halo, again. For better or worse. 0

There are a lot of fantastic-looking moments.It’s perfectly fine to go into Halo 4 weary of a new studio’s hands getting all over a classic franchise, but rest easy for 343 Industries didn’t break Halo. Master Chief (John) makes his heroic return, Elites are still cunning foes, and the grenade, gun, and melee holy trinity is still the centerpiece of combat. The issue is 343 Industries played it too safe. Halo 4 is very much a Halo game and it’ll take players on a very familiar journey despite be...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The Chief is back! 0

This will be a single player review since i have not dabled in MP yet. There will be some spoilers mostly the beginning.The Chief is back and more bad ass then ever, the game opens with where you left him on the "dawn". But everything is not honkey dory, the Covenant is on the ship and they are not your friends anymore so be prepared to figth! The fight leeds you outside where you are faced with a Forerunner planet which eventually drags you and the covenant in with a "Gravity Well". From there ...

1 out of 9 found this review helpful.

My Humble Opinion 0

Mario, Nathan Drake, and Master Chief are names that are synonymous with Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft respectively. Whenever one of these console mascots are mentioned gamers worldwide tend to listen. So when Microsoft Game Studios, and 343 Industries (343i) launched Halo 4 in November thousands of gamers sojourned to video game outlets at midnight for their chance to continue the adventures of Master Chief.But much has changed since Halo 3, gone is Bungie, the progenitor of the Halo series, an...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

What is New is Old Again 0

(Warning, there be spoilers ahead)When Halo 3 ended, it was left in a way that when someone was ready, they could really take the series anywhere they wanted. With a different developer being put to the task of making the next Halo trilogy and the freedom that Halo 3 left them with, you might have the feeling that Halo 4 is going to be something different, exciting, and everything you've ever wanted it to be. It turns out that that is not so much the case.Where Halo 4 needed to differ the most w...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The first of another three 0

One of the most popular game series returns with another 2 more guaranteed. The game doesn't feel much different from the originals which most fans will appreciate. The campaign is just as lengthy as the originals as well. The multiplayer runs like Halo Reach with a couple new qualities but not enough to make it feel any different. A new feature they have is spartan ops which is a new side story with new episodes coming out every couple weeks. It's pretty much 5 missions per episode but most of ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

343 take the reigns well 0

343 have done a great job in revitalising the Halo franchise.The sound has been beefed up, the graphics are gorgeous and the story line ties in nicely and captures you. The multi-player remains fast paced, vast and customisable. The new addition of "Spec Ops" to provide an alternative perspective in an episodic format is a great idea and give the play an alternative to simply repeating the main story missions.The legendary difficulty is at a nice level, tough and requires patience (especially if...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Halo 4 is not combat evolved but combat refined. 0

Halo 4 has been in development for around three years under newly formed studio: 343 industries. Microsoft has put together the most talented developers at their disposal and given them unlimited resources to continue bungies halo legacy, putting Microsoft’s most valuable property in the hands of a new development studio could be considered a huge risk; fortunately they exceeded all of our expectations.Halo combat evolved is among my top five games of all time. It is as close as a developer has ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Halo meets Prime 0

I'm a little late to the Halo 4 review circuit, but maybe I can give you a different look at Halo 4. Because I've only had time to play the campaign, and I don't normally do well at Halo multiplayer, this review will only cover the campaign.Let me say first off that I am a Halo fan. I didn't think I ever would be. In fact I used to be a hater until I finally played the first Halo when the 360 first came out. I'm no longer a hater now and I try to get my non-Halo playing friends to join in too.I ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Return to form 0

Halo, the console and genre defining shooter developed by Bungie, helped put Microsoft's gaming division on the map. With millions of copies sold, Halo sequels have become a known quantity. Four games later, Bungie shocked the gaming world when they announced their departure from the franchise and plan to hop over to Activision in order to begin working on a wholly different property, leading many to speculate if this meant the end of Halo."Not so!" said Microsoft as they tapped newly created 34...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Halo 4: A return to form 0

Fondly remembering the Bungie launch party for Halo: Combat Evolved on a cold Chicago evening in October 2001, I couldn’t have been more excited to see how the series evolved with the developmental reigns being handed over to 343 Industries for Halo 4. While having clocked enough hours in the campaign to complete it, in addition to spending a fair amount of time on War Games and Spartan Ops, it’s offered a distinct illustrative impression of how the series has progressed from Halo: Combat Evolve...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Convoluted story a small knock on an otherwise solid game 0

Despite switching to a new developer, the latest chapter in the story of the Master Chief looks and feels great. Unless you’ve been following the story from the first game – and even if you have, it would definitely be to your benefit to also have read some of the books – the campaign’s story is going to have you constantly saying to yourself, “I have no idea what’s going on right now, but I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing because I think that’s what I’m supposed to be doing.” Between not e...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Halo 4 Pulls No Punches 0

Halo 4 is about to be set out into everyone's hands and it's an exciting time for video games. Does the game live up to the hype set up from Bungie though? Did 343 Industries handle the franchise with care? The answer to both I believe is yes. I will go into further details after the jump, but if you were looking for more Halo, this is the game for you. The game tries very little to change things up, if at all. The graphics, sounds, presentation and gameplay are all impressive; however, the camp...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Welcome Back Chief 0

I have a confession to make. Before 3 months ago, I had never beaten a Halo campaign. I will follow up on my history with Halo in a blog post sometime, but I now own every one once again and am a total story enthusiast. So I was really excited for Chief's big return. So much so that I put down $100 for the LE back in AUGUST. If this game was bad, I was probably going to shoot myself.Since you are reading this, its obviously very good. I'm not going to go into the nitty gritty of explaining the s...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Halo 4 Review 0

Developer: 343 IndustriesPublisher: MicrosoftSince Halo: Combat Evolved smashed its way into our consciousnesses back in 2001, the video game landscape, particularly in a first person capacity, is an almost unrecognisable place. Call Of Duty has sprouted up and has been happily running the show for around five years now, with the recent release of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 showing no signs that Activisions money train is going to come off the rails any time soon.Following the unprecedented succe...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Welcome Back Chief! 0

The Halo franchise isn't one that I've been a fan of as long as some people have been. Growing up, I didn't have an original Xbox until the release of Halo 2, so my exposure to Halo: Combat Evolved was very limited. I do remember renting an Xbox console from Family Video when I was a freshman in high school, and I remember playing quite a bit of Blood Gulch in multiplayer. However, other then playing through the original campaign once, I don't share the memories that it seems many others share w...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Wake up, John 0

The Master Chief is back! To some people, they may groan at the thought of playing as a character that hardly speaks and lacks some personality, but in Halo 4 343i has written the chief as much dialogue in this game as he's had in the previous 3 games he has been in. He is given a little bit more personality and is left in a very interesting position with himself by the time the story wraps up. The story in general is the most mysterious it has been since the original Halo, and includes some rev...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Bit Two Faced: Great Improvements and Some Let Downs 0

Halo 4 is finally here and overall I think 343 Studios did a wonderful job of taking over the reigns from Bungie. The game has all of the feel of Halo (for the most part) while still having the identity of a new developer working on the game.CampaignWithout getting into spoilers let me just say that this campaign was overall pretty satisfying. The game is gorgeous and I was completely impressed with the juice 343 was able to eek out of the 360. For the campaign there really seems to be two stori...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

343's take on Halo works for the most part. 0

Pros:Solid campaign that is far more emotional then previous Halo games.Great sound design and a decent soundtrack.New guns that add in more variety in combat.It's a visual treat.Great sound design that makes guns sound viscous.Solid multiplayer with great maps.Spartan Ops seems like a cool idea that can be cool.Cons:A confusing story at times that requires you to research it instead of the game making you understand what is going on.It isn't a radically different take on Halo.You fight way too ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A promising future 0

The Halo franchise is in good hands. 343 industries did what many thought it could not be done, make a Halo game that surpasses in many areas what Bungie created with Combat Evolved. The art style is amazing, pushing a 7 year old machine to produce incredible vistas that are accompanied by an amazing sound design. As great as it sounds I really think they played it too safe. Some different gameplay scenarios that did not involve pushing a button or shooting everything in sight would have been we...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A technically excellent game marred by fundamentally broken story 0

It's like someone took the Mass Effect 3 ending and made an entire game out of it.That's harsh, but I can explain: Mass Effect 3 was released a while back, the culmination of years of planning hundreds of gameplay hours. During the final sequence, the logical consistency breaks down, inexplicable character(s) are introduced, and everyone was left scratching their heads. Bioware stood behind their story, however, and released an extended cut, filling in the bits and pieces everyone at Bioware alr...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Reawakening the Fight 0

343 Industries has the difficult task of appeasing millions of fans that come to expect certain elements when it comes to the release of a new Halo title. As the start of a brand new trilogy starring Master Chief, Halo 4 is their major debut as a developer and a chance to show that they are up to the task of continuing the popular franchise.In my opinion, they not only do enough with Halo 4 to let fans know they can create a good Halo game, but have also created one of the best sequel-ed shooter...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

An Interesting New Direction for the Halo Franchise 0

Halo 4 has a hard job. It has to convince us that a new trilogy of games is worth it. It also has to make us want to play yet another Halo game on the Xbox 360 hardware, even though waiting probably would have been a better idea. Most importantly, it has to convince us that 343 Industries is a worthy successor to the mantle that Bungie passed onto them. Not only did they manage to make a game that feels unquestionably Halo-like, they also gave it a unique feel that makes it their own and moves t...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Halo 4: The Chief is Back 0

When Halo 3 was one of those games which can be considered the full package of everything that you want in a game. An awesome story which ended that trilogy, competitive and cooperative multiplayer, a whole bunch of multiplayer options like the theater and forge. Bungie made a game which at the time you knew was a modern masterpiece. Since then, Bungie has left Microsoft and the Halo license with it. 343 Industries has since been made the Halo studio with Halo 4 being their start. With a lofty g...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

My late game halo 4 "review" 0

I have finally reached level 130, this is the highest rank possible in Halo 4, and I though I would do something special for it.One thing I always hate about reviews is that they don't take into account the lasting appeal of something, over time our opinions can change, our thoughts can solidify, and we can work out in our mind what we truly liked about something, and what we did not like about it. Especially in a muliplayer game, where exploits come into play, and play styles emerge that often ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

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