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Tons of peeps on my FL love Halo(all the games)and their ages range from 20's to 50's. There should be no age stereotype(not that anyone meant to assert one). Halo is just good fun, and the mp is especially addicting and inspires and engages the competitve urge even in older gamers.
As for Halo 4, I doubt 343 will push the gameplay or canon too much, but it's still new fiction, and it's the MC, and it looks fucking amazing in the screens I've seen, and it's built on a NEW engine. Master Chief has never looked anywhere near this good. Gotta play this. It's been a nice respite for me, and I'm ready for more Halo. That weekly co-op business sounds great too.
Based on your initial post tc, play Amalur for sure.
If you get bored skip odd sides and play the faction and main story only, and/or switch to hard.
What is so fun about the game besides the combat which is awesome, is the mix and match abilities you can spec between the three roles. They play very differently, and they all have cool special moves/powers. And you can respect anytime w/a fateweaver.
If you do everything, it does get grindy, but it is still a hell of a first game imo. And I liked the story, lore, and the main questline a lot.
Awesome news. And just in time as the maps were getting just a bit stale.
Free might be PR I guess, but Bioware has stated several times how pleasantly surprised they are about how big and loyal the mp community is. Especially in response to the W/E challenges. The micros probably factored in as well. Gotta keep people coming back for more.