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Halo 4 Review | Blistered Thumbs

BT writes: 343 Industries have created a title here with sparks of brilliance, making me really get into the Chief/Cortana relationship for the first time, but the whole experience is let down by lackluster gameplay and poor pacing. This studio obviously has it in them to produce, and the last few sequences show promise that hopefully can be expanded upon in the sequels. Despite this, I fail to see how I can possibly rank this game anywhere above average. (Halo 4, Xbox 360) 5/10

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JANF  +   1195d ago
5/10 really? There's always a website looking for hits.
SonyStyled  +   1195d ago
agreed, looking for hits. i generally ignore/dont trust reviews that seem out of place compared to other review scores.
DatNJDom81   1195d ago | Trolling | show
knowyourstuff  +   1195d ago
You're always going to find excellent games with bad reviews, MGS series, Uncharted series, God of War series, there's always some douchebag out there looking to sh*t all over everyone else's fun in their own uppity way.
AngryTypingGuy  +   1195d ago
So far I've seen IGN's score of 9.8/10, and now BT's score of 5/10. Either IGN is giving up its reputability and kissing MS's ass, or BT is trying to be "that website" by being different. Time will tell as more reviews roll in. Considering the people behind Halo 4 and the fact that MS spared no expense, I'm willing to believe that IGN's score is more accurate.
TheRealSpy   1194d ago | Trolling | show
Kurt Russell  +   1194d ago
Gotta love it when someone like DatNJDom81 calls everyone a fangirl then goes mega nerd rage on our arses.
darthv72  +   1194d ago
lets be fair here...
there are many factors that go into how someone reviews something. It could be that they just simply didnt like it and had to give it a score.

Or it could be someone trying to stir up stuff for hits (as others have said). We all know that opinions differ but we should reserve our. The game IS for me so I will judge it accordingly.

I would expect someone who has played the series and understands the story dynamics to be a rational person the review. I would NOT expect someone who's main role in life is to say "what fries with that" to be the voice of reason in writing a game review.

There are people suited for certain tasks that are just better at it than others. And by no means was i implying the reviewer is the "fry guy". That was just an example.
Statix  +   1194d ago
@TheRealSpy said:

"you have no sub-par exclusives to pretend are good (ie uncharted, killzone). we get it."

Are you joking?
ShinMaster  +   1194d ago
"Recommendation: For Fans Only"
Sounds about right.

There are plenty of Halo fans and they'll always buy and like these games no matter the flaws.
People don't understand that it doesn't have to be revolutionary or that it doesn't have to win over new gamers. It just has to be good enough to satisfy the fans.

Maybe the reviewer is jaded. And although some points he made were quite valid, maybe he was a bit too harsh.
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Qrphe  +   1194d ago
Basically what knoryourstuff said

They're called outliners, and they're ALWAYS there.
NewMonday  +   1194d ago
So far about 100 comments and counting

"looking for hits" is cheap but works
ZombieNinjaPanda  +   1194d ago
IF you look at this from a reviewers perspective, he gave it a 5/10 meaning just about average.

People gotta remember there are 2 halves to the 10 point scale.
Insomnia_84  +   1194d ago
Medal Of Honor: Warfighter 4.5/10..5/10..6/10..8/10

Some "gamers": "if they say it is bad that's because it is.

Halo 4: 5/10 7/10

Some "gamers": "nahh they are just looking for hits"

lmao! some people..
Blacktric  +   1194d ago
"Either IGN is giving up its reputability and kissing MS's ass, or BT is trying to be "that website" by being different."



Yodagamer  +   1195d ago
The site was probably looking for hits, but there is also the possibility that he just didn't like the game.
Bathyj  +   1195d ago
Even if he personally didnt enjoy it, I dont believe for a second this game is of such poor quality as to warrant a 5.

A 5 is a broken, unplayable mess.

A review is supposed to be a reflection of quality. Some of these hacks need to get the notion out of their heads that calling it opinion justifies anything they want to say including baggage they brought with them.
JasonXS12  +   1195d ago
Well said. A lot of reviewers these days review games based on bias and opinionated thought and no actual work goes into reviewing the game for what it actually is.
Simple instances such as rating the game bad because of 1 issue (eg. a bad ending), and disregarding the rest of the game's quality.
I think one game that suffers from this is AC3. Most of the low rated reviews for AC3 only have pointless complaints and a bad ending. A bad ending doesn't justify a 5/10.
shodan74  +   1195d ago

Er, I was under the impression that a 5 meant 'average' - not "an unplayable, broken mess".

Don't get me wrong, this score certainly seems drastically lower than the consensus and would appear to be quite harsh. But I blame review score inflation generally for the kind of ire these verdicts attract. If the writer did indeed feel the game was average and, under their site's score criteria a 5 is considered to signal as much, then there you go.
Hellsvacancy  +   1195d ago
IGN gave MOH a 5, and MOH isnt a broken mess, I can tell you that, as ive played it a little, its boring thats the problem, but it doesnt deserve a 5 like IGN gave it

"theres no better review than your own"
Grap  +   1194d ago
No MOH is broken the game itself run that way no update can fix it.
ginsunuva  +   1194d ago

5=average. You're just accustomed to the elementary school grading scale.
HammadTheBeast  +   1195d ago
I saw "Cortana/Chief" relationship and stopped reading. This isn't a low budget soap. It's Halo.
Omnislash  +   1195d ago

Im actually interested in video game stories, Im gonna judge this game myself solely on the story. When I play this game the story better blow me away or Im pretty much going to agree with this review...

How different can this Halo be from the other ones anyway? C'mon be real....
DARK WITNESS  +   1195d ago
Not quite sure what you mean Hammad, Cortana and chief have had a relationship since Halo CE.

It's one that has grown over the series.

That is part of what makes Halo.. well Halo.
chaos-lockheart  +   1195d ago
I hate critics, just like to judge games and not play to have fun. "Master Chief is brought out of cryostasis and teams up with Cortana. They accidentally stumble across an artificial Forerunner planet. "If that sounds like a lack of creativity and new ideas, then you should wait until you get into the game"
what does this got to do with anything??? Tetris doesn't have story, bomberman had a short simple story, but it was all fun to play, people gave it high reviews, to me i think this game is a plus to even have a story, they can just make online play only and everyone will still love it.
admiralvic  +   1194d ago
While having a story is usually a plus, not every game needs a story, thus it's only an issue when it needs to be one.

Take Spelunker, it's a simple game about a spelunker in a cave. Sure odd stuff happens to him, but do you really need a story about how aliens came to Earth to create creatures, which resulted in these series of odd caves and the creation of the human race? (thats pretty much what the mural you could form / true ending implies) If you ask me, a story like this would be dumb as **** and I would give the game less credit over having absolutely nothing.

In the end, we all ascribe different meanings to different things. These can change wildly based off the most minor of differences. Mass Effect 3 was highly regarded, but the ending apparently "ruins the series". This basically suggests that the scores would be wildly different between someone that finished and someone that played till some point. While I certainly agree gameplay is the most important, these are subjective things. I thought Bioshock was an okay game with an amazing story. Does it really warrant a 5 or even as low as a 7? Ultimately we should expect more from developers, not less.
Rage_S90  +   1195d ago
Who are they again?
Lovable  +   1194d ago
Scores sounds about right.
CDzNutts  +   1194d ago

So it's humanly impossible for someone not to like Halo 4??

wages of sin  +   1194d ago
What a stupid, hyperbolic comment. Stop being a dramaqueen because that's not the point being made here. It's the quality of the writing, the actual review that is being questioned, not a pesons 'right' to like/not like Halo 4.
Insomnia_84  +   1194d ago
There can only be one of us, CDzNutts.
AO1JMM  +   1194d ago
They must know Brandon Justice from EGM. It is a nobody site anyway.
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Gamer1982  +   1194d ago
Oh dear a website gives a game its honest opinion and doesn't like a game AND NOT EVERYBODY DOES REALITY CHECK! and its fishing for hits now... This just proves its not a 10/10 game.
NastyLeftHook0  +   1194d ago
its an opinion. GET OVER IT. he has the right to not like the game. and 5/10 is medicore.
inf3cted1  +   1195d ago
Pff, they can brag all they want. Its not gonna show up on metacritic, so yeah..

And no Halo 4 doesnt deserve a 5/10. This guy just doesnt get that for Halo to be awesome, it has to play like Halo and feel like Halo. This reviewer thinks everything would change, but its not how it works.

And its not like they didnt change anything. There is some new gameplay added without breaking the formula.

PS: And this websites really slow. Might pop up a second comment of mine. Sorry about that.
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Kohven  +   1194d ago
Yeah just wait. Metacritic trolls are going to be flooded with PS3 fanboys.
The_Infected  +   1195d ago
All of these sites giving Halo 4 top notch score and you giving it a 5/10 just makes your review look like a joke.
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Megaton  +   1195d ago
Trying too hard. I don't think it deserves all of its 10's either, but come on. Assuming it's exactly the same as all the others, it's at least a 7.
SAE  +   1195d ago
i would give it a score between 7 and 9 but not above , that if i reviewed it as a halo game and didn't compare it to other games ..
Wile  +   1195d ago
Meh, I'd play the game before I offered up any score, otherwise it's an assumption rather than an opinion.
SAE  +   1195d ago
It's just a bigger halo game with a different story just like gears of war 3 , i don't need to play it to know if it's good or not or worth higher then 9, i always know the special game when i see it , like when you look at gta v trailer you know it will be above 9 game

it's not that i don't like halo or gears , they are just really hyped , i love the original games , the sequels just doesn't worth above 9 for me compared to the first games ....

i think these sequels should be made in next generation to blow us again , but in this generation they are just normal games to me and im not impressed at all like before ...
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chaos-lockheart  +   1195d ago
I can play with my eyes blind and even give it a 7 or 8
Linko64  +   1195d ago
''The amount of things Microsoft said I couldn’t talk about in this review!''

Surely if that was the case then all that is required is to buy the game then review it? or does said author not wish to spend money?
RockmanII7  +   1195d ago
Probably wanted to get the review out before release date.
slugg  +   1194d ago
and that is a pretty misleading comment,
according to what I've read other places, he is referring to MS asking reviewers not to reveal story spoilers and such in their reviews.
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CommonSenseGamer  +   1195d ago
Obviously the gameplay was not to his liking however, definitely seems to be in the minority over this one.
HeavenlySnipes  +   1195d ago
For those who didn't read (and I know most of you never bother reading these type of reviews lol) herer is his criticism.

- Game isn't radically different from previous Halo games. Feels its uninspired because 343 chose to build upon the Halo formula and do it well instead of making something different

- Enemy types are too similar. The new enemies resemble the covenant to much and (according to him, didn't specify what difficulty he was playing at) they are dumb as hell

- To many character military stereotypes in the game, only well written ones are Cortana and Chief

- Weapons are varied but all feel the same.

- MP is bland

- Concluded game is unoriginal

Felt like I was reading a rant, but I won't know if his criticism hods any merit until I actually play the game because som of his points go against things that other reviewers have sad (AI behaviour for example)
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bubblebeam  +   1195d ago
Well, some reviewers probably never played Halo, as everyone knows that Halo, unlike many other things, drastically increase the intelligence of their AI on harder difficulties, not just have a higher enemy count.

I highly doubt he played on Legendary. Also, I can't wait to see what he gives other FPS games along the way.

Before I logged on today, I was waiting for the usual douche looking for hits. I knew this was coming before today. They do it to every exclusive, Uncharted 3 being the most memorable (a 4/10???? GET THE FACK OUT).
Chad Sexington  +   1194d ago
Halo has never increased the intelligence of its enemies as you go up the difficulties. They just make them harder to kill which means you spend most of your time cowering when playing Legendary, while the enemies go through the same routines as they would have done if they'd lived longer on the easier difficulties.

Seriously, put any Halo game on in normal and shoot at the enemies but don't kill them and you'll see the same AI routines as in the higher difficulties.
bubblebeam  +   1194d ago
@Chad Sexington

No, you are wrong. Everyone knows that Halo increases AI on harder difficulties. It waqs even in one of their interviews.

Heroic is when most of it comes in, the strategies and what not, and Legendary is more so a power up.
"■Enemies are smarter regarding tactical actions, and are thus harder to kill (ex. starting to hide behind barriers when their shields are down)."

Meh, unless you want to disregard that. Plus, minor elites are replaced by zealots and major elites, who are smarter.
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miyamoto  +   1194d ago
To summarize it even further by 5 he said it was average not bad but not great either. Its his grading standard.

Sometimes true fans of a game who developed an emotional attachment to it expects a lot from his beloved franchise but when disappointed will honestly speak out his heart.

To be fair this is nothing new. Look at the case of Resident Evil when the original fathers of a game leaves it to the publisher most of the time the franchise goes downhill & the magic vanishes.

Also look at how M$ treated Halo Wars?

But like for any other game never let others opinions steal the fun out of your games.
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Parapraxis  +   1195d ago
5/10 ....really?
Even if the author didn't like the fact that everything in the game wasn't changed (why would they do that anyways?), should that really knock the score down that low?
It seems most reviewers are regarding this game as being very good.
This same guy gave Fable: The Journey a 7/10.
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Kingthrash360  +   1195d ago
Crazy how I see soo many bad reviews this season. Something's really off. I'm not a fan of halo trust me, I've played it beat it but won't stand in line for it. I know it's a great game and should be rated more than a Average five. Because its fun. Ign gave it a 9.8. But in the same token ign gave Sony Vita's Sfxt a 6. In the review he said it was fun. every other site rated it 8+, I even seen a 10 on n4g. As I say something off now days. I'm starting to miss mags like gamepro. these sites now are free so no pressure but mags had to sell so more when gamepro would review they had a score and have a fun factor. That is what should matter. FUN FACTOR the reviewer could hate the game but it would set aside his dislikes and ask him self "was it fun" And give a FF score alog with the overall score.That's the number one thing gone now, so we are stuck with bad reviews like this one by people who do trool reviews for hits. Reviews are now Facebook opinions. Smh
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aviator189  +   1195d ago
I respect opinions, but I know when to stay away from a website.

Sorry, reviewer, but I'm not clicking that link.
eliteslaya13  +   1195d ago gave Halo 4 a 5/10?

Pre-order canceled.
Balcrist  +   1195d ago
Not sure if serious... or just being sarcastic...
eliteslaya13  +   1195d ago
shammgod  +   1195d ago
*goes back to playing Assassins Creed 3*
newn4gguy  +   1195d ago
If you'll refer to the "+" next to the name of the website under the "Read Full Review" link...and kindly hit the "WTF?" and "No" options, that would be great. ;)

I have never enjoyed a single moment of playing a Halo game, but giving this one a 5/10 is ridiculous.
DARK WITNESS  +   1195d ago
I think it's fair to say not every body is going to enjoy Halo.

I own a ps3. There are a number of ps3 games that people go on about that I have played and didn't really enjoy that much.

However, I can still draw a line between not liking it for my personal taste and seeing the more objective and technical achievements of the game.

that is what these reviewers need to remember.
bubblebeam  +   1195d ago
"However, I can still draw a line between not liking it for my personal taste and seeing the more objective and technical achievements of the game."

Perfectly said. Plus bubbles.

Reviewers need to understand, that while a review is THEIR opinion, it doesn't ask them to give a score of how much THEY enjoyed it.

For instance, I didn't like GTA4. Does that mean I should give it a 3/10 because that's how much enjoyment I got out of it? NO!. Even though 'I' didn't liie it, I can still see it is an excellant game, so I'd give it a 9/10 at least.

I think proper standards need to be set, as their is too much corruption and hit seeking involved in game reviews. Maybe a swift knock on the door by a games authority followed by a knock-out punch and a few head stomps?
palaeomerus  +   1195d ago
I give a 2/10. I didn't actually go there, and I'm not going to, but I just want some hits, so I'm being controversial.

Seriously, what a shitty review. And site.
A7XEric  +   1195d ago
The only complaint in this whole thing that I can sympathize with is the lack of the original Halo theme which I think is a really arrogant, poor move on Neil Davidge's part. If this was a spin off game I could understand its absence, but I think it's expected that the Halo theme actually appear in a numerical real Halo installment.
IIC0mPLeXII  +   1195d ago
Garbage site.
glennco  +   1195d ago
don't click it
StreetsofRage  +   1195d ago
Welp that's it. Because of this review, millions have cancelled their pre-order. :/

Anyways, because of the ease of creating a website, any noob can create one and put their crappy review. I miss the days of just EGM and Gamepro. Now everybody and their grandma's have reviews.

Word of advice, pick 1 gaming magazine, not some random website, and stick with them. I personally love and respect Game Informer reviews. They are always on point with their reviews and they gave this a 93 which is extremely high. And never never pay attention to Metacritic which adds every single random fanboy review that either gives it perfect scores or terrible scores just to move the average. Losers.
ALLWRONG  +   1195d ago
EGM and Gamepro are about as bad as this. If you want a reaL game mag, go with Game Informer, OPM (yup I said it) or OXM.
jmac53  +   1195d ago
Thanks for helping in making my decision to never read Blistered Thumbs. They are just a Hits Troll.
devilhunterx  +   1195d ago
Shoe is on the other foot, fanboys
seanpitt23  +   1195d ago
Wow cannot believe it's that bad o well better look with halo 5.
jonli1  +   1195d ago
wonder what this person problem in wrting this article
josephayal  +   1195d ago
Halo 4 deserves better than that
thatsBangin  +   1195d ago
most honest review yet
lionelbodestrung  +   1195d ago
Guys chill yourselves please, these 'numbers' don't even exist. A review is meerly someones opinion, nothing more. If you need some dude to give a game a number for you to justify buying it then you need to start thinking for yourself. Thats all this reviewer did. It doesn't mean the game is bad or amazing just thats his view of it. just buy games that YOU think look cool and fuck everyone else, the games review industry does more harm than good nowadays. As they say in The Life of Brian "You don't need to follow me, you don't need to follow anybody. You've got to think for yourselves, you're all individuals. Don't let me or anyone tell you what to think"
thehusbo   1195d ago | Trolling | show
pennywhyz  +   1195d ago
This game industry is getting stupid and old fast.we all know its not a 5 like KZ2 wasnt a 5 either.Dont feed into this shit.
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