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Halo 4 Review | IGN

IGN - As usual, of course, the fate of the universe rests on Master Chief’s long-dormant shoulders – the green-armored super-soldier has been on ice aboard the Forward Unto Dawn since Halo 3 faded to black five years ago – but this time our hero bears an even greater burden. (Halo 4, Xbox 360) 9.8/10

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-Alpha  +   1194d ago
Damn, I'm jealous.
Swiggins  +   1194d ago
Of what?
-Alpha  +   1194d ago
Don't have a 360, but I was a hardcore Halo 1 fan, so it sucks that I'm missing out. Halo is such an phenomenal franchise, I can't help but get excited.

Regardless, I'm glad 343 did such a great job.
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LX-General-Kaos  +   1194d ago | Well said
Everyone was afraid of putting Halo in the hands of a new development studio. Luckily they have not let us down. Keeping the title of greatest First Person Shooter franchise of all time.

The Xbox 360 has aged gracefully, even at the end of its lifespan the 360 is still able to produce industry leading gaming experiences. Possibly and likely game of the year quality. Halo 4 is finally here. Cheers to a good time.

Rated E For Everyone
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NukaCola  +   1194d ago
Crazy high score of IGN. Haven't seen them give a score like this in ages, even with the minor nitpicks. Either way, the game looks pretty damn good. Halo is fun and I'll get it sometime soon. Glad to see 343 did a good job on this one.
martinezjesus1993  +   1194d ago
^^uncharted 3 got a 10 from IGN, just sayin.. so anyways i had my doubts with the new developer and all, but congrats to 343, good thing i have both 360 and pas3 so i get the best of both worlds
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Kingdom Come  +   1194d ago
@ Martinez

Uncharted 3 was given a 10 back when IGN restricted themselves to .5's in their reviews, making them round up to the nearest .5. They listed flaws for Uncharted, but Greg Miller wanted to give it a 10 regardless.

This review was written superbly and truly highlighted Halo 4's magnificence. I prefer their reviews now that they've returned to their older scoring system, the reviewers can be more free with their scoring, and if I'm not mistaken, Halo 4 is the highest scoring game since they returned to the current scoring system. Again, 343 did a tremendous job.
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LOGICWINS  +   1194d ago | Well said
Someone just HAD to mention Uncharted in this thread

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NewMonday  +   1194d ago
Dose the story arc standalone or is it a cliffhanger ending?
SuperLupe  +   1194d ago
Same here man ... just got myself thinking of getting another 360 just for this.

I left home for studies so left my 360 for my little bro's and bought a PS3 for myself.

Maybe I'll just get the one of those 4GB models second hand. That is if the game/multiplayer doesnt require some kind of mandatory install. Anyway, I absolutely HAVE to play this.
unchartedxplorer  +   1194d ago
crusedernm. Yeah, wait until GTA V comes out
mewhy32  +   1194d ago
Wow, the reviewer said this was the best game on any system!!!!!
RAZORLAND  +   1194d ago
so when did IGN go back to the 100 point scale?
EVILDEAD360  +   1194d ago
Halo fans rejoice the time is near...
A huge salute to 343 studios for pulling off what some thought was impossible..

You could feel that something special was brewing over there this entire time.

This may be the greatest collection of talent put together in the history of gaming.

Been a massive fan of Halo and Bungie from the old Giant box debut all the way through to Reach.

But it's official...the Baton has officially been passed.

Just a few more days..Can't wait

Life is good

darthv72  +   1194d ago
im surprised you still do not have a 360. I can recall a few years back you saying you want one but the reliability was a factor.

so even after they have made a better system you still dont have one....oh well.

Do yourself a favor and get one. then you can play this game and many other games in the 360 library. There really is nothing wrong with playing the field.
Jinkies  +   1194d ago
I can't to get Halo 4

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How does this guy keep getting bubbles, he's such a fake. The Rated E for everyone crap is just plain annoying now.
gaffyh  +   1194d ago
@darth - Tbh though, now it's got to a point where it's almost not worth buying an Xbox 360 or PS3 (if you don't already have one or you have one of the other) because next gen consoles are right round the corner.
darthv72  +   1194d ago
yeah i can agree. But there is really nothing wrong with having both at some point.

I encourage those with only a 360 to get a ps3. It isnt an evil system that many proclaim it to be.

Same with those who only have a ps3. the 360 does a nice job of going well with the ps3. Those who stick to their guns and only support one, you have more strength than me.

Im a console whore who loves to play field..
deafdani  +   1194d ago

You mean the Microsoft™ Xbox 360® Entertainment System.

pixelsword  +   1194d ago


Good job 343!

I usually don't like IGN Reviews, though because they're fullabull, but how can you hate Halo?
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guitarded77  +   1194d ago
I've never been a big Halo fan. I've played the games and like them, but not really a must play kinda game for me. Until now that is... 343 clearly has a better understanding of the XBOX hardware than Bungie did, and Halo 4 looks beautiful. Can't wait to get my hands on it.
Sarcasm  +   1194d ago
Gotta say this game is looking pretty damn good. Haven't been excited about a 360 game since the first Gears of War.

Bravo 343
Nimblest-Assassin  +   1194d ago
Even though I don't own a 360, I love Halo.

Its been tradition since Halo 1 that me and my cousin split screen the campaign

Congrats 343
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slixshot  +   1194d ago
how does one disagree with this comment? What, you disagree that he's played Halo 1 with his cousin?
zgoldenlionz  +   1194d ago
I rarely touch my 360 but there's always the exception when a new halo comes out. Glad to see this one looks to be pretty great, too bad I'll have to go buy another battery pack for my controller I don't want to run thru tons of double A batteries while playing this game.
Reverent  +   1194d ago
I'm in the same position as you. Halo by itself is a massive reason that makes me wish I owned an Xbox. Anyone who doesn't own both a PS3 and an Xbox are really missing out on some of the greatest games of the generation.
dragonrage00  +   1194d ago
They disagree that he likes Halo. Apparently one cant have opinios. Well you're in N4G so get used to that.
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ReservoirDog316  +   1194d ago
I'm in your exact same position. I really wish I didn't sell my 360.

I guess I'll just go back and get it when the next xbox comes out with backwards compatibility (hopefully).

Or maybe I'll just steal a 360. Yeah...
insomnium2  +   1194d ago
I feel like playing Halo:ce. If I pick up a x360 (or a b/c 720) someday I will buy all the games I'm interested in with it.

Though I'm going to have to wait until I retire in 35 or so years before I have that much time to spend in gaming so.....
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PinkFunk  +   1194d ago
Damn! Didn't expect that. Well, to be honest I didn't know what to expect. I remember playing Halo 2 on my xbox with some friends and having a serious blast. Though I never played the single player so I can't really say much.

I am really happy for 343 though. They had a lot to work up to but it looks like their passion and talent surpassed expectations. And that's something to really acknowledge.

I don't have a 360 so i'm not sure i'll get to experience it in the foreseeable future, but I really hope to stumble in at a friend's place and see it in action!
SockeyBoy  +   1194d ago
Is it sad that I got a teared up? I can't wait!!
FragMnTagM  +   1194d ago
Goosebumps and tears. It just means you have really fond memories of Halo's past, and this reminded you of those good times, which in turn released a dose of seratonin.
Autodidactdystopia  +   1194d ago
Goosebumps and tears. It just means you have really fond memories of Halo's past, and this reminded you of those good times, which in turn released a dose of Gayness.
sandynig  +   1194d ago
I'm the same way. I love Halo and I've been hoping that 343 would make the best Halo game to date. Looks like they have! I'm so stoked! November 6th can't come soon enough!
JAMurida  +   1194d ago
Yeah, I'll admit that I didn't think Halo would do well in other hands but just going off of the footage and what not, I'm impressed. Sadly I'm in the same boat though. Got rid of my 360 like 3-4 years ago.
Crazay  +   1194d ago
I would fully agree with this assessment from IGN for a change. The game is killer. I'm just not ready to post my review yet.
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gman_moose  +   1194d ago
I'm jealous too. I want to play it but it would cost me $60 for the game, and $50 to renew my XBL Gold for another year. Screw that. I'm done with paying to be able to play online.
videoxgamexfanboy  +   1194d ago
So u came in a halo thread to complain about paying for live? Trolls will be trolls
kupomogli  +   1194d ago

Yeah. He's a troll because he disagrees with your opinion. He's stated he's jealous because he wants to play the game but won't pay to play online. That's the same reason I no longer have 360 and have yet to pick up the slim.

Most anything that has been coming out on the 360 that I've been interested in has come out on the PS3. There are games that are exclusive to the 360 that I want to get. Forza Horizon and Gears of War 3 are two games, but when I do get them, it'll be single player exclusive after the free membership that comes with the game ends because I refuse to pay to play games online like every other system doesn't make you do outside of games being MMOs.

It's times like this that I'm glad most of the games I like are on PS3 or PC.
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PtRoLLFacE  +   1194d ago
The Xbox’s original king has returned to his rightful place on the throne. no one can argue about that
ILive  +   1194d ago
I feel the review is being very bias because its Halo. The game is not even innovative, its just ideas new to the series.
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FragMnTagM  +   1194d ago
Your comment doesn't stand to reason at all. Yes, they did incorporate SOME things from other games, but they have given so much more content in a game pre DLC than anything I have seen this generation.

Name a game that has had WEEKLY episodic content for FREE. 3 to 5 missions every week for FREE!

You are either crazy, a hater, or just plain stupid.

That doesn't even touch forge mode, which in itself is a whole 'nother thing that will surely create even more game modes that will be incorporated into multiplayer, just like Halo 3 and Reach. They have really given players robust features and a nice toolset to create some truly special maps and game modes within forge.

You are either crazy, a hater, or just plain trolling.

I feel I have wasted enough time on your worthless existence.
otherZinc  +   1194d ago
Wow! What a review.

They hit everything I was looking for:
Sandbox is better
Scale is larger
Enemy AI
Spartan Ops

This is all written without spoilers galore. Only concern is the Music, that may be the reason for the 9.8.

Absolutely cant wait. This review has me ready to play. I'm going to play some Halo:Anniversary to prepare for Halo 4:Heroic Mode!
TENTONGUN  +   1194d ago
music has always been good in halo. but i hate how you can never turn it off and just listen to the environment effects with the 5.1 cranked. anyways i love when a new halo is released.
LUCKYXS7LEVEN  +   1194d ago
awesome score but Nov 13 75% of those players will jump on COD BO 2
ConstipatedGorilla  +   1194d ago
Yeah, I don't think so. COD is tired. It was tired last year even.
LUCKYXS7LEVEN  +   1194d ago
like i said only that much
Axecution  +   1194d ago
Ive got a 360 but im not paying for Live lol ill probably get it for single player and split screen though
FragMnTagM  +   1194d ago
That is pretty sad seeing as how a lot of the game involves multiplayer.

I bet you have a cell phone that doesn't bring you nearly as much entertainment as Live does, but you spend over 50 bucks a month on it.

By the way XBL can be had for under 30 bucks for an entire year at times.
Axecution  +   1194d ago
I dont use my 360 even close to enough to justify it.
I buy my PS3 exclusives on 360 and my multiplats for PC lol free online <3

Let's be honest we havent had a great 360 exclusive in quite a while. :/
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Tonester925  +   1194d ago
I really loved Halo 3. I was in highschool and I used to stay up all night/morning lol Then the newer ones started releasing and I just couldn't get into those.

I really started hating the fact that you could take a heavy load of bullets, but an elbow hurts more than a sniper round in the chest? lol

So everyone had the assault rifle and could empty a whole clip and hit you with 70% of the bullets and still keep running away. I just opened my eyes and seen how dumb that was.

Now the multiplayer story was great! I loved going with a squad of friends looking for skulls and watching youtube videos trying to find them all.

I tried to play Halo Reach recently and that spark is just gone (crazy boring) and my Xbox has dust on it. Maybe this can get me back in the franchise.
Anon1974  +   1194d ago
Fantastic. I'm so looking forward to getting my hands on this game and having some time to spend with it. I've made no secret of the fact I was thoroughly disappointed with the lacklustre single player of Halo Reach and skipped over ODST altogether.

It sounds like this is finally a return to form. Good job, 343.
Crazyglues  +   1194d ago
@ -Alpha

yeah don't feel bad I was a super Halo 1 fan, I mean I loved some Halo back in the day.. having friends come over and linking the Xboxes together -Was just some of the best gaming moments of my Gaming Life..

We would play all night to the next day... Good Times..

I have since moved on, and just became diehard PS3 and even though I have a 360 I kinda left halo after the let down IMO of halo 2 on 360...

-But wow Halo 4 looks amazing, and I mean amazing.. they did do a hell of a job.. 343 I'm super excited at what they seem to have been able to do with the franchise.. and I can't wait to play it..

My PS3 friends are about to be a little upset that I have abandon them, but it was for HALO 4 I mean it's HALO 4 Come On' I have to play it (just because of everything Halo 1 was on Xbox)... and IGN gave it a 9.8 that's just extra icing on the cake.

||.........___||.......____|| I'll be back.. LoL
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SephirothX21  +   1194d ago
Though the environment are not as large as those in halo 3. The levels are narrower as a compromise for the improved graphics. This is the only disappointing thing.
ShabbaRanks  +   1194d ago
Dam I don't know... IGN was saying the same thing about Halo3 and I was uber disappointed. They gave Halo Reach a lower score and I actually liked it better then Halo3...

Hitman5 is arround the corner too plus BF3 aftermath so I think il pass... Big big Hitman fan :S and I may end up getting Halo4 anyway, but not right now
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joab777  +   1194d ago
So, either they hav had it longer to judge it better or others r not as happy about halo 4. I figured that it would be amazing (maybe not this goos from ign...though some bias is expected), but so many others do not share the same opinion. Can u really review this game in such a short time? Do many just hate halo and microsoft. Or is next gen approaching making it hard to review games honestly? I guess i will see when i play
Rage_S90  +   1193d ago
Halo is the best thing to ever happen to humanity.
chaos-lockheart  +   1193d ago
is it me or is this review scripted? Gamespot sounds like it has the same reviewer that says the exact thing as igns, im i missing something?
Kingdom Come  +   1194d ago
Congratulations 343. You deserve this appreciation after the sheer amount of effort you've put into the development of this game. The anticipation for my Limited Edition's arrival is unbearable...

Chief's back, and better than ever.
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floetry101  +   1194d ago
No doubt. The pressure was certainly on them to deliver. Glad they did.
Norrison  +   1194d ago
I knew this game was going to get epic reviews, the devs looked decided to make an epic game, and they did.
aviator189  +   1194d ago
The review was an awesome read and the score is pretty much what I was expecting from all the previews and praise.

This just made the 5 days waiting game a little longer...
Kalowest  +   1194d ago
Finally, a FPS that pushes the genre in the right direction.
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Gamer1982  +   1194d ago
What direction is that? its still the same as every other Generic FPS out there run from point A to point B and kill guys along the way with an online mode thrown in so you don't get bored after you finished it. Killzone, Resistancer, COD, Battlefield there all the same generic war game with a differnt code of paint and other differnces to make it a differnt experience. The point it you still do the exact same thing you been doing on the game since back in the Xbox 1 days running from point A to point B. This is not Dishonoured or an open world game is another FPS the same as any other and for that reason it doesnt deserve massive praise IMO. Game reviewers don't know a great game anymore.
videoxgamexfanboy  +   1194d ago
99% of the games out there are go from A to B. It's about how u get there that separates them. You make absolutely no sense.
greenpowerz  +   1194d ago
Must be dam good. Picking it up before the election and playing it after.


Disagree with my and reviewers opinions? Disagree with my plans?

*You know you're an xbox fan: when no matter what you say it's bad*
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Cocozero  +   1194d ago
GOTY Confirmed
ALLWRONG  +   1194d ago
GOT(freaking)Y Confirmed

Had to add some spin :)
Conzul  +   1194d ago
Yeah, Halo can have this one. Looks like this iteration deserves it, considering AC3 didn't live up to the hype.
Captain Qwark 9  +   1194d ago
we will see about that.

the witcher 2 ( 360 ), mass effect 3 and borderlands 2 were all amazing.

my guess is that this will be better but ill wait until ive played for final judgement
Lvl_up_gamer  +   1194d ago
Dishonored has gotten some pretty good reviews as well. I expect they will all be nominated.

It's going to come down to features.

The Witcher 2 - Great RPG and story but did it really bring anything to stand out against the competition?

Mass Effect 3 - Amazing game, but did the initial ending hurt it's chances in the end?

Borderlands 2 - Great game, lots of loot and fun to play with friends, but did it change enough from Borderlands 1 to warrant it GOTY?

Dishonored - New IP, great story and gameplay but will the lack of any multiplayer hinder it from any true re-playability? Is it a great game then forgotten?

Halo 4 - New story, new devs, new graphics engine, added multiplayer, updated forge, Free DLC aka Spartan ops, stat tracking, file sharing and so much more. Could Halo 4's massive amount of content give it the nod for GOTY?

I know I am leaning towards Halo 4 but any of those games listed above deserve to be nominated because they are great games.
Captain Qwark 9  +   1193d ago
well the witcher is out becuase its last years game but for the record it has one of the deepest most complex storylines in gaming and its combat stands out as the best fantasy combat in all of the genre perhaps rivaled by only dark souls so id say yes it does stand out

mass effect 3 - new story and characters, conclusion of a trilogy ( the ending was only a big deal to a vocal minority, i know many people including myself that it was fine for ), updated graphics, deeper rpg experience more like the first, added multiplayer, etc

dishonored-new ip, the only stealth first person shooter this year as far as i now, tons of abilities set it apart from most

bl2 - new and far better story than its first, tons of new weapons, added skins, completely redone ui makes everything easier, still one of the best co-op games, 4 all new characters, new more varied areas, etc

halo 4-nailed it

no offense but all you did was doubt each of them and then praise halo lol now to be honest i dont disagree that halo will likely be the best but its def gonan be a fight and there is no reason to sell the others short lol
HeavenlySnipes  +   1194d ago
Well dman. 343 did a great job. Hopefully they don't slack on the next one
CommonSense  +   1194d ago
Keep in mind that there is a big difference between this trilogy and the last, in that this one is planned. As long as they can ramp up the visuals and AI for the next generation and continue the great story, they should be golden (or platinum).

That review gave me chills. I'm more excited for this than i've been for any game since Halo 2. Yes, i know he said that in the review, doesn't make it any less true for me.

What's up with all the stealth disagrees throughout the comments section of this article? I don't get it... Is it because there's no Uncharted or Killzone this year?
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DiRtY  +   1194d ago
There you have it. GOTY.

Well done 343i. You are officially one of the best studios in the world right now.
darren_poolies  +   1194d ago
One of the best studios in the world after one good game? Wow your standards are low.
bubblebeam  +   1194d ago

I agree to some extent. It's true, you don't get to be called one of the best devs after 1 game.

On pen and paper though, they are amazing. They have people who have worked on;
Halo, MGS, Killzone, Gears Of War, Bioshock, Mass Effect and so on.

343i is a united bunch of people who love Halo. It knows no bounds. Any dev from any platform is in there.
DiRtY  +   1194d ago
It is not after one good game. It is after their first game showing the whole industry how FPS games are done.

They have proven themselves and did something Treyarch, Guerrilla Games, Crytek, Insomniac, Zipper and many many others were not able to do in the past 10 years.
Gamer1982  +   1194d ago
Best studios? Are you nuts? I'm sorry but thats laughable after 1 game that they built on somebody elses engine..
Norrison  +   1193d ago
Most devs use an engine they don't own, are you going to say rocksteady isn't one of the best studios because they use unreal 3? No right?
But yeah they can't be the one of the best studios with just one game, but I'm interested in how the next halo turns out
Toman85  +   1194d ago
Epic score!! Im glad I preordered Halo 4 Xbox 360 Limited Edition Console for about 1 hour ago. God damn the coming days gonna be slow while I wait for this baby!!
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Clarence  +   1194d ago
IGN always give halo and COD high scores no matter what. Though this one does look good i must say
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YodaCracker  +   1194d ago
A well deserved score. It has been so great to be an Xbox 360 owner this year!
vega275  +   1194d ago
I can't wait to get my hands on this game and forza horizon. Great job 343i you guys proved yourselves in my eyes of being able to carry on the game without bungie.
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X_GAMER_X  +   1194d ago
Congratulations 343. Im just glad Bungie is out.
HALO 4, Here I come :D
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Surfaced  +   1194d ago
I'm sure Halo 4 is an excellent addition to the franchise but the Ryan's tone in the review leads to concerns about professionalism.

Asking someone to be completely unbiased and emotionally uninvested in the success of a game is ridiculous. It never happens and it might be undesirable, too; in most cases I wouldn't care to read a game review written by a history professor if I were trying to figure out whether the game, as a commercial product, is worth my time/money.

On the other hand, Ryan's enthusiasm worries me. IGN's review features the highest rating we've seen so far from any of prominent outlets. And his decision to finish the video review with "Master Chief is back, baby" is a perfect example of what *doesn't* help me feel like I'm getting the report I was looking for.

Still, looking forward to playing Halo 4 to see if the newfound emotional depth of the solo campaign is all Ryan and some others are claiming it to be. I want to be impressed.
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lastofgen  +   1194d ago
I didn't see any problem in his review nor his tone. It's obvious the reviewer is just excited and likes what he sees in Halo 4 and he is just conveying that.
I'd rather see a little excitement and quirkiness in a video review rather than listen to a static, boring, flat listen.
GuyManDude  +   1194d ago
Yeah there's no problem here. Being a huge fan of a game series doesn't make you blind to flaws in later releases. For instance, I was a huge Resident Evil nut until RE5 came around. Despite being as excited as I was, I still ended up feeling let down by that game.

Enthusiasm can make you overly forgiving, but it can also make you highly scrutinous and critical. I don't know which one this reviewer falls into (don't know the guy), but his excitement isn't reason enough to dismiss his opinion outright.
floetry101  +   1194d ago
It's a tough one. At the end of the day, the critic they assign to the review is either an Xbox Editor or Playstation Editor, thus, they'll be familiar with certain franchises over the course of the platforms history. Whenever it's a franchise like Halo or Uncharted, my preference is to hear from someone familiar with the series.

Like any review though, take it with a grain of salt.
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Kingdom Come  +   1194d ago
There's no better quality in a gaming journalist than passion for the games industry. I find no fault in a reviewer's expression of a love or admiration for a franchise, his review was thorough, detailed and expertly written, proving his professionalism. If you wish to read reviews devoid of emotion, then I question your passion for the industry...
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SCW1982  +   1194d ago
I agree to a point but when I listen to Ryan on the gamescoop podcast and be openly admits his favoritism towards Microsoft it makes me question this review a little. And on the other side Gregg Miller giving uncharted 3 a perfect 10 was clearly bias. Uncharted 2 was a better game than Uncharted 3 in every way. Just my two cents.
indubitably  +   1194d ago
IGN isn't really the unbiased, objective viewpoint type of site. They do a great job, however, of filling the general gaming population's review needs. A majority of people can relate to the tone used and even personal connections made by Ryan.

If this doesn't apply to you, that is completely understandable, but it is on you to look for a site that fits your needs. For Halo 4 in particular, I think the Penny Arcade Report did a very good job reviewing the campaign, you should give that one a try.
EVILDEAD360  +   1194d ago
@ Surfaced

Let's face it, the true root of the reason your questioning the review is because it's Halo..point blank

It is idiotic to pretend a reviewer shouldnt be excited after playing a 9.8 game that has rejuvenated a franchise he was a fan of.

At the end of the day the reviewer is a gamer first, to put in question his professionalism over a positive tone reeks of the bias you claim he has.

It's clear what you are trying to intimate when you intimate that the IGN score is higher than other 'prominent' sites.

But, the fact is the IGN review isn't the highest score and its clear that they have given perfect scores to other games and actually have been higher than other prominent sites without ANYONE questioning the validity or integrity of the review.

Either way, the results are in..Halo 4 has received great reception from ALL of the major critics.

'Master Chief is back, baby'..9.8 in IGN baby..

Life is good

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4Sh0w  +   1194d ago
@ Surfaced
Totally disagree with you. Reviewers are gamers, just because they have to give a professional opinion does not mean they MUST be unemotional. Its sort of like sports analysts, sure they should remain neutral and give their professional analysis of a sports game but IF the players/a team is playing exceptionally well it adds to the overall game broadcast when they show appropriate levels of excitement at times when players/teams show superb execution. Who the hell wants to listen to a dry announcer or a reviewer who gives a game a 9.8 but doesn't sound like he was really feeling the game? If you love it, say you love it and ACT like you love it.
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Nicaragua  +   1194d ago
Im not saying that the game isnt good but IGN gave ODST a 9 and that game was complete turd.

I'll check it out for myself, IGN cant be trusted on any big name franchises coz they always gush over them.
lastofgen  +   1194d ago
many other websites (well-known ones) also gave odst a 9 over over. Does that make those untrusted as well?
Nicaragua  +   1194d ago
Well duh yeah - didnt you read the bit where i said ODST was turd ? Thats my opinion after playing it and so i would have no faith in any website that had the opposite opinion.
ambientFLIER  +   1193d ago
Maybe to you. I loved the darker and more emotional story of ODST and enjoyed every minute of it, so a 9 was very fair to me. No offense.
StreetsofRage  +   1194d ago
Enjoy this real gamers.. what we have here is a rare moment. A masterpiece that unfortunely doesn't come around often. The halo franchise has always been the best of the best. Not only is this the GOTY but quite possibly the Game of this gen.

Word of advice, if you see me on the other team.....just give up! ;)
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Imalwaysright  +   1194d ago
Doesnt come often? Borderlands, Forza Horizon, Dishonored and Assassins Creed were just released and like Halo 4 they got great reviews and are heavy contenders for GOTY.

OT just looking at Halo4 footage i knew that 343 had a masterpiece on their hands.
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BigStef71  +   1194d ago
I dont know about that. It only has a 91% on metacritc after all the big sites reviews. Theres still gametrailers but the score cant go that much higher fro where it is. Dont get me wrong thats an awesome score and probably will get the game some GOTY awards but usually the games will 95 or higher get it. But to be honest there really hasnt been anything that has blown people away and this game might have been the first. It will be between Halo 4 borderlands 2 , AC3(which to be honest didn't get the scores I was expecting), dishonored, and maybe mass effect 3
iWishTifaWasReal  +   1194d ago
got tired of Sci-fi games.

not picking this up. i blame Mass Effect.
ninjagoat  +   1194d ago
Thats why i own all consoles and a PC i don't miss out on the good games when they come round.

Just hope when it comes time for Black ops 2 to be reviewed they don't start dishing silly scores out.

Reward effort not lazyness.
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braydox21  +   1194d ago
imagine Black ops 2 had all its predecessars never existed, never happend and you saw this game, you would say it looked freaking awsome, or it looked good. the point im saying is that Call of Duty is trying to become something like Fifa, a yearly dose of multiplayer action, with games like fifa you see little improvement over time and don't see them pushing it like Naughty Dog does with Uncharted or 343 does with Halo 4, think of call of duty as a sport.
kopicha  +   1194d ago
as much as i believe Halo 4 would be a good game without doubt despite it is taken over by 343. its a game that has always been in my day 1 list since announced. but i would never believe in IGN's review. their inconsistency with the way they give out scores is obvious to contain fanboyism within each review they write especially these days.

edit: wow so fast and i get 1 disagree. does not matter. i already prove how inconsistent their reviews were in other thread. so for whoever disagree on me that quick, go be IGN's sheep not that I freaking care. This game is only about 5hrs long. Which is shorter than previous Halo game. And even thou with some of their negative points, there's only a demerit of 0.2 already show how bias IGN's review are. But whatever. I dont quite care about review score since what matter is I must enjoy what I pay for. It does not matter if it gets a 10/10 and it didnt impress me if I am the one paying for the game.
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AngelicIceDiamond  +   1194d ago
GOTY people an abolutely AMAZING score. CAN NOT WAIT.
TheModernKamikaze  +   1194d ago
I wish I had an Xbox 360 ( I have a PS3), my cousin has one but he doesn't like Halo. I'm so jealous.
The_Infected  +   1194d ago
343 delivered a masterpiece!! Can't wait to play it:)
Kurt Russell  +   1194d ago
343 delivered us a masterchief!! Can't wait to play him:)
braydox21  +   1194d ago
Correction: redelivered. Bungie gave us the chief, 343 brang him back
SegataShanshiro  +   1194d ago
What the hell is BRANG?
Hasanhastam  +   1194d ago
This review is everything i want to say in this comment. He said all. Im on 3rd mission of sp and i can confirm that volley made me stare for some minute.
Ashunderfire86  +   1194d ago
Wow great review!!! I knew this was going to be the case, because when I saw some single and multiplayer footage, I thought Halo 4 look better than any Halo game I seen so far, and is a hell of a lot to say!!! 343 is the new Bungie and they are here to stay. Now I am much hype for Halo 5 for Xbox Next. I assume that game will come out between 2014 and 2015 with big movies like The Avengers 2, Justice League of America, and Star Wars 7!!! an Epic return!!! Hope you can do as good or better than George Lucas Kathy!!!
GearSkiN  +   1194d ago
thats how u turn the people who doubted the game to a believer. so proud of 343i first game!
BattleTorn  +   1194d ago
I loved the part where the reviewer said MS must've gave 343i a blank check for this game, and every cent shows on screen.
Omnislash  +   1194d ago
Why coudlnt Xbox come out with more games like this?!
This gen by far is the worst ever, I only bought a PS3 because Xbox games suck and now that things are coming to an end a GOOD Halo comes out?? Ive never cared at all for Halo after Halo 2 but this game I want to play and Im gonna borrow my friends Xbox just so that I can play this game. The Xbox 360 sucks compared to the PS3 but Im no fanboy, I only tell it like I see it and I want to play Halo 4 because it does look great and I am looking forward to the story.

I WISH the Xbox 360 had more games like this.... Its a damn shame....
Jazz4108  +   1194d ago
I Feel the exact sameway about the ps3 and how it sucks. I have said numerous times why I believe the ps3 is a mess as its overly difficult to program for and has way to many firmware updates and partial game installs that still are better on the 360. Plus not cross game chat, a horribly slow interface with menu after sub menu and I could go on but I said enough as this is about Halo 4 and it looks like I will have another gem to play this year right next to horzon and witcher 2. Jump in.
iistuii  +   1194d ago
Nice... Thought the 360 had no exclusives. First Horizon, now Halo 4 Seems like the best review scored exclusive games of the year are on the 360..
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trouble_bubble  +   1194d ago

I researched that. Forza Horizons and Halo 4 actually -aren't- the best reviewed exclusive games of the year.

MLB12:The Show has a 87 critical average on meta' , Forza Horizons has an 85

Halo 4 has a 90 meta average as of this post , Journey has a 92 which is higher than all of the above.

Just playing devil's statistical advocate. Trials Evolution is actually rated higher than Forza Horizons as well, as is Okami HD. Not taking anything away from your personal preference.
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Omnislash  +   1194d ago
My reasons for not being a fan of the 360 are because there are no games for it that are worth it and I gotta pay an extra 60 bucks. Everything else is extras.
Your reasons for not being a fan of the PS3 are not legitimate reasons.

"its overly difficult to program for"
Really? I wouldnt know since Im not a programmer Im a gamer. I play the games they make and theyre amazing.

"has way to many firmware updates "
PS3 gets a firmware update every few months which only take up about 10 minutes.

"partial game installs that still are better on the 360."
An install is better on the 360? Yeah thats a real reason why the PS3 sucks...

"Plus not cross game chat"
Unneeded I never even chat with people when I play my games...

"a horribly slow interface with menu after sub menu"
Xbox has menus too wii has them too, PC has them too thats a lame reason.

Of all the reasons for you not being a fan of the PS3 NONE of these reasons are because of the games. What games do you even play? At least my reason for my PS3 preference is because I dont think the Xbox 360 caters to me as a gamer, since I can play all the games it offers on my PS3 or PC. Halo 4 is the first time this gen, that I have even considered buying an Xbox.
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