1UP writes: My Halo 4 wish-list has been topped by a single simple demand since before its announcement: Give us something new. Much as I love Halo's mechanics and enjoy its world, the series' sandbox has stagnated over its past few entries. The Covenant simply don't have any new surprises to offer. Brutes, Elites, Hunters, Grunts, Jackals... been there, done that, slapped a sticky grenade on 'em.
In a few short minutes of the campaign play demo at Microsoft's E3 press showing, 343i managed to allay many of my concerns. The Master Chief's first encounter pits him against a small Covenant squad (which seems a little weird -- aren't those guys Earth's buddies now that the Flood threat has come to an end?), yet this familiar situation quickly finds itself cut short when a new enemy vaporizes an Elite rushing to bisect the Chief with its sword