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Halo 4 Review | EDGE

Still, if there’s work to be done with the multiplayer then Halo 4’s campaign, and thus the series’ overall sense of purpose, is back on track. Perhaps resolving just one problem at a time is the most we can expect. 343 Industries has certainly done that; Halo 4 isn’t a reinvention so much as a recalibration, a common-sense repair to a drifting narrative, with a hero who is now back in play and back at his best. Halo 4’s biggest victory is that it gives us Master Chief back.

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Blastoise1366d ago

A surprising score considering they gave Halo ODST a 9...

otherZinc1366d ago

This guy is trying to make a name for himself.

From everything Ive seen & read about Halo 4, I have no reason to believe any reviewer rating this game under a 9.5 or 9 at the lowest.

Halo 4 increased its sandbox element, scale, & enemy AI. So no, this score is wack!

Blastoise1366d ago

Well to be fair you can't judge a game just by reading about it.

I seriously doubt he's chosen an 8 to make a name for himself. An 8 is a very high score...

MerkinMax1366d ago

An 8 is not "whack". I am a huge Halo fan and obviously love to see 9+ reviews. That said, the more I've broadened my gaming horizons the more I've come to respect that the high scores mean jack. At the end of the day, my enjoyment of the game I am playing means more than any arbitrary number some journalist applied to it.

WolfLeBlack1366d ago

Yes, it has increased its sandbox element, scale and enemy AI. However, it also exists in a world where there's now many other FPS games that also do all of those things very well. It's better than Halo 3 or Halo Reach, you might say, which is fine, and if it was released at the same time then it would have scored huge, but it wasn't, it was released today and today has different standards.

The key is that YOU believe it shouldn't score otherwise. The reviewer believes otherwise. Both are opinions, both are valid.

humbleopinion1366d ago

"This guy"!?
Edge reviews don't even carry the reviewer name, so how is he making a name for himself?

An 8 is a great score, especially in Edge terms. True, they gave ODST a 9 but that was back in 2009 and expectations went up since then. ODST was actually a very good game by itself.

The review does seem to lack on the multiplayer front however: just a single paragraph on loadouts and such and nothing truly revealing, and nothing on the co-op mode.

NastyLeftHook01366d ago

jusave it a 8 he is lying? wow thats deluded.

kikizoo1366d ago

[email protected] (new multiaccount fanboy) : most of the review are 8 (wich is good), so the biased one are probably the others ;)

and don't forget, edge is on par with metacritics score for xbox and wii exclusives (not for ps3 ones, most of the time 1 to 3 points under the meta score)

DigitalAnalog1366d ago

Many sites have pointed out that the game is FAR more linear than previous Halos in order to compensate for graphics.

humbleopinion1365d ago

@DigitalAnalog
Most reviews actually say the scale is bigger than Halo Reach.

@kikizoo
Right now there are just as many perfect 10's as there are 8's. And the game sits on an average of exactly 90, so it seems that the collective truth lies somewhere in between...

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Ak47Russia1366d ago (Edited 1366d ago )

People should really ignore reviews, If you like the game go buy it....

Stop making big deal out of reviews and stop calling it bad or GOTY because of "scores" play the game for your self first then call it what u want//
Your opinion is better than any other opinions/review!

I played the campaign (torrent) but im still buying it for multiplayer. SP was decent not much, graphics are good better than Reach but nothing ground braking... I think MP will be lots of fun!

omi25p1366d ago (Edited 1366d ago )

Its edge. Every other reviewer gives a game a 9 Edge gives it an 8.

Its just how they work and they do it with every game.

I really see no problem with Edge giving it an 8 anyway. Because 8 out of 10 in any other product means its brilliant.

So i fail to see why the gaming industry makes such deal out of a game not getting a 9 or 10.

ginsunuva1366d ago

That's because Edge uses the true rating scale: 5 is average. Everyone else uses the elementary school grading system: 85% is average.

IQUITN4G1366d ago (Edited 1366d ago )

Hmm a little surprising. Who knows but on he grounds I don't always share their opinions, I'll wait until I've played the game. Halo3 got a 10/10 and it was an inconsistent quality. Halo ODST was on the money though as was the Halo1's 10/10

A-Glorious-Dawn1366d ago

"These powers are also the focal point of a multiplayer game that’s slowly losing its identity. The bold, simple template of old featured no variable loadouts and no rechargeable powers, instead relying on a beautifully balanced weapon set and accomplished controls. This slowly eroding system has now been nudged a little closer to frenetic Call Of Duty standards thanks to the inclusion of sprinting for all players, item drops as a reward for kill streaks, and customisable loadouts. At the core remains the solid, steady hand of Halo, but those hoping Halo 4 would roll back Reach’s intricacies and deliver an alternative to the current wave of console shooters will be disappointed."

Wait a second there, item drops for killstraks? customizable loadouts? I really respected Halo because it had it's own tried and tested formula for multiplayer, as mentioned, it was all about the great controls and skill, not about items and loadouts. It had managed to keep it's own rules without getting some of that COD bug that every game has been having recently.

It will still be a great game, I'm just confused as to why 343, doing such a good job on the single player, would add those things to the MP which is the core of Halo.

I'm going to have to rent a 360 and find out for myself.

labaronx1366d ago

"This slowly eroding system has now been nudged a little closer to frenetic Call Of Duty standards thanks to the inclusion of sprinting for all players, item drops as a reward for kill streaks, and customisable loadouts. At the core remains the solid, steady hand of Halo, but those hoping Halo 4 would roll back Reach’s intricacies and deliver an alternative to the current wave of console shooters will be disappointed."

this was what has me worried most... still cant wait to play as MC again and spartan ops looks cool

-Alpha1366d ago

The item dropping (ordinance drops) is for one multiplayer mode, but I completely applaud the criticism by Edge.

They put it beautifully-- the simplicity of MP is being traded for crappy reward systems that alter the balance of Halo, and deserves to be struck with criticism. Every IP does this now, and it never works out

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