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Halo 4 Review - Game Arena

The greatest praise and strongest criticism I can level at Halo 4 is that it sure is Halo. (Halo 4, Xbox 360) 5.5/10

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Chuk5  +   1194d ago
He says the multiplayer is great, spec ops is good, and the single player has great moments. And it all equates to a 5.5?
Godmars290  +   1194d ago
From what I understand, for what such is worth coming from me, its another case of MP over SP. That SP or story has moments doesn't help that the actual story is near exact retread of Halo 1.
Shadonic  +   1194d ago
I’ll wait until i play it to judge and compare these reviews to mines.
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Muffins1223  +   1193d ago
The SP for halo 4 is one of the best single player's i have played for a fps this decade almost
Awesome_Gamer  +   1193d ago
I'm a proud PS3 fan, and i depise first person shooters, all of them, but 87 is a great score, stop trolling.
Shepherd 214  +   1193d ago
The story isn't a retread. Yes you are discovering a new world/environment for the first time but that's where the similarities end. Master chief and cortana have evolved as characters and their relationship so much farther than what they were in halo 1. The main enemies are new and different. Multiple new characters are introduced and older story threads are also expanded on.

Not a retread. It's a great story.
Godmars290  +   1193d ago
You're also discovering an ancient enemy at the same time the old, who you supposedly settled things with, are up to their old tricks.

I could see if this were about renegade human and convenient factions fighting over Forerunner tech, but no, a major legal military force just happens to turn up as the same location MC does with all aspects of war at the exact same level they were at the end of the old war.

MC and especially Cortania are going through some personal issues, but besides that and enemies who revive everything else is the same.
knowyourstuff  +   1193d ago
Yeah, there's a lot of hate but it's always going to be expected. It doesn't matter how good a game is, there will always be some troll with a low IQ hating on it.
Shepherd 214  +   1192d ago
Because what else is more fun than discovering something for the first time? 343 is trying to capture the halo 1 feel, they've never been secretive about that. But what you're discovering is something so much more than in halo 1.

In halo 1, you discover one of their abandoned ring world weapons that just sits there. You fight covenant over it. Thats it. In halo 4, you find one of their planets. You find their home, their actual place of operations which is very much still alive and teeming with Forerunners themselves. You even find and speak to the didact, who is one of them but betrayed them. You may as well give return of the Jedi shit for retreading a new hope with the death star battle, which is what both movies lead up to and revolve around.

And it's mentioned in the story that the UNSC infinity had been orbiting the planet for some time, they didn't just pop up when master chief got there too. It makes the game more interesting and gives a reason to have more characters and use Human weapons for variety.
Sony360  +   1194d ago
Why is it only these troll reviews are on frontpage N4G?
fr0sty  +   1194d ago
It's simple. Fanboys cannot see their beloved game/console getting based without responding. So, when a no-name site posts a negative review of a beloved game, the fanboys come pouring in to it's defense and the article's temp shoots up to 1000 degrees. The site then laughs all the way to the bank as the fanboys argue in the comment sections.
EVILDEAD360  +   1193d ago
I love the troll reviews..this will be the undoing of Metacritic's power on gaming
These obvious troll reviews designed to lover the Metacritic review and also give sites hits are why it's clear that Metacritic has turned into user reviews on

EGMs reviewer got exposed on Neogaf and it's not even worth looking at this review.

The word of mouth from Halo fans that ACTUALLY play the game starting in 4 hours are going to drown this out.

Excessive backlash hate scores no matter how they are pretending to justify them won't hurt Halo 4 at all. When the smoke clears, the game may end up breaking every Halo record in existance, including Halo 3.

But, the precedance is now set. Other MAJOR upcoming games from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are about to suffer the same fate. Some arent going to be as lucky. This is now going to be standard for games to get Medal-of-honored. Look at the clicks garnered by this site for a blood review.

Don't believe me..

Just wait till Black Ops 2, God of War prequel, Gears, Zombie-U, Bioshock: Infinite, Grand Theft Auto 5, Last of Us, Beyond etc. are all's going to be the same outcome.

I salute 343 for the accolades it has achieved, Metacritic can't change that. Now it's time for the real fans to finally get are hands on this Epic gem.

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moneygun2  +   1193d ago
It will be nice when you just get the damn game so you can stop cheer-leading the $hit out of it.

Yes, we get it, you like halo. But your need to constantly come to every single one of these low scoring review stories just to try and downplay and make some condescending remarks is tiring.

I think Halo 4 looks great, and I believe it will be great but isn't that enough. If you truly believe these reviews are pointless (which they are) why do you continue to try a make some sort of mockery out of them? Let the sub par shoddy journalism speak for itself. By the way to everyone who might have a problem with instant respawns. Go away.
EVILDEAD360  +   1193d ago
@ money gun

GTFOH...I commented on one other article just like everyone else who is in ANY article commenting.

Don't like that I'm a fan of Halo? Get over it..cry yourself to sleep.

Lol @ these lames pretending that only trolls have commenting rights on N4G.

Once again on topic it doesn't matter if the the guy destroys the game, the proof is in the pudding.

On line for my copy right now..With 300 fans at GameStop..

Life is good..

moneygun2  +   1193d ago
So far I count 4 including this one with the above mentioned, the duke nukem comment, the egm review, and the is the halo 5.5 review one. Comment history dont lie.

I really would rather not get into a rabble rabble off I just made a statement that your need to dismiss worthless reviews over and over is a little....childish. But you did do great at throwing out assumption after assumption.

"Don't like that I'm a fan of Halo"-
Where did I say or would I ever feel the need to tell you that statement

"lames pretending that only trolls have commenting rights"-
Thats a bit elite for yourself wouldn't you agree, and the fact that was never insinuated

"I commented on one other article just like everyone else who is in ANY article commenting"-
Now it would seem everyone else is doing this, right? I would not be so happy to be included into "group awesome"

Now that people have the game we can all see that it is and will be a great experience. But for the future you could try and tone it down. Just a thought. Enjoy the game, it looks awesome.

Just picked up my copy, looking forward to seeing what 343 has cooked up. Have fun everyone
moneygun2  +   1193d ago
Holy $hit!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahaha your comment got pulled onto a website article. They said the same thing about whining for worthless reviews. I think its time to retire from site commenting when you become the problem for an industry. hahahaha
EVILDEAD360  +   1192d ago
LMFAO @ these LAME arguments..the ONLY reason you got an issue with what I'M saying is BECAUSE I'm talking about Halo..

This will be too easy..

S'o far I count 4 including this one with the above mentioned, the duke nukem comment, the egm review, and the is the halo 5.5 review one. Comment history dont lie.'

Again, I'm talking about ONE other review in regards to Halo. The EGM and this one..period. Your b-hurt so bad that your scouring my history just because I commented on a Duke Nukem article..LMFAO. Two games???

Let me remind you where you are. This is puts an article, review, etc. PEOPLE comment on it. They give THEIR opinions. I gave mine..and you can't even argue against it.. Instead you only point me out? LOL

114 comments alone in this one..check out the other ones. Don't like mine..keep crying click disagree..but you clearly got nothing when it comes to proving me wrong. Typical..

Once again..The EGM reviewer got DESTROYED on NEOGAF when his bias was exposed. This one is laughable and I'm FAR from the only one to point it out.

But the best part is some little site uses a snippet of my response and guess what THEY AGREE with it's used on N4G as a headline titled..

'Halo 4 shows why review scores need to go'

Hahahahaha..your pointr is reviews need to go as a rebuttle to what I said.

If you took the fan goggles off you would have read my ON TOPIC point wasnt even soley about this game. Halo 4 is only the latest example of this trend.

'Just wait till Black Ops 2, God of War prequel, Gears, Zombie-U, Bioshock: Infinite, Grand Theft Auto 5, Last of Us, Beyond etc. are all's going to be the same outcome'

Either way..the results don't lie..

Halo 4..Metacritic 66 positive reviews.1 negative.

I salute 343 again..The game is phenominal..period. Real Halo fans already know.

moneygun2  +   1192d ago
I believe they were pointing out how people bitch and moan at all the reviews. Your not the solution your the problem, people invest way to much into a review. Good or bad.

By the way, I do not disagree with people on N4G. Its there opinion, let them have it. IF you are so interested in metacritic, halo 4 is the worst reviewed one in the series. Something to think about.

I however do believe the game is a solid 9/10. Plus it has the best sound design this side of battlefield. You can also stop disregarding the fact I have only had praise for the game anytime you like. How do you say it. Goggles.

Please for the love of god stop with the LMFAO,LOL,GTFO's it comes across as some sort of nervous tick.
badkolo  +   1194d ago
if anyone takes this review seriously they need to be shot
Kos-Mos  +   1194d ago
Yes, that`s how you argue in the land of the free and home of the brave.
Leio  +   1194d ago
Yes. Thats exactly what happens when everyone is free to express their opinions.
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ElementX  +   1194d ago
The site is .au which is Australia, not the US ;)
RememberThe357  +   1194d ago
EDIT: Never mind, misread. Move on...
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Stretch  +   1193d ago
Let's assume that this review is terrible and unfair. It shouldn't get this much attention. It shouldn't be attacked. It should be ignored.
Chuk5  +   1194d ago
If it's any consultation. This dude also gave MW3 a 9.5.
DARK WITNESS  +   1194d ago
Says it all really......
dragonrage00  +   1194d ago
The guy that gave MW3 a 9.5 also says this:
"Halo is so rigid in its linearity that the player is forced to learn gunfight sequences by rote - remember where the snipers are, make sure you find the Watcher quickly to put him down, memorise where extra ammo is.
There's very little reactive gameplay, because the path of least resistance is by way of recall."
Apparently COD has much larger environments and the 1-2 seconds it takes to kill someone leaves you tons of room to react.
Old McGroin  +   1194d ago
That's funny, this review is complaining of linearity and the guy who reviewed it for EGM complained that the environments were too vast and that it wasn't linear enough. Are these people actually reviewing the same game?

Halo 4 has received a fair few 100s and plenty of 90%+ marks from more mainstream sites - it's clear to see that the "lesser" sites are trolling for hits.
calis  +   1194d ago
"Halo 4 has received a fair few 100s and plenty of 90%+ marks from more mainstream sites - it's clear to see that the "lesser" sites are trolling for hits."

Or the mainstream sites were paid off.
Old McGroin  +   1194d ago
"Or the mainstream sites were paid off."

Is that a tinfoil hat you're wearing? ;)
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calis  +   1194d ago
No, I'm pointing out the opposite and being completely flippant about it.

It could be that the reviewer simply did not enjoy the game. It is possible.

People cry way to much over bad reviews. The game isn't better if a reviewer likes it. The game is as good as you think it is.
starchild  +   1194d ago
True. If you enjoy a game then it doesn't really matter what other people think.

BUT that doesn't mean that we can't make fun of people who are illogical and write poor reviews. Or for that matter people that wear tinfoil hats and come up with all kinds of wild conspiracy theories with zero evidence to back them up...
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lastdual  +   1194d ago
What's funny is that this guy complains about Halo 4 being too linear, while EGM whines about it being not linear enough.

You'd think the negative reviews could at least be consistent...
Hellsvacancy  +   1194d ago
"Or for that matter people that wear tinfoil hats and come up with all kinds of wild conspiracy theories with zero evidence to back them up"

Wow, somebody else who spends too much time living in the box

MS is a RUTHLESS company, probably one of the most ruthless corporations on the entire planet, i dont need to show evidence of that, its common knowledge
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young7yang  +   1194d ago
for some reason i can't bring myself to read garbage!

I am not a Halo fan but i have played them all and while not the best games they are good.

If IGN gives the game a near perfect score of 9.8 than the game is at least a 7-9. which means its worth playing.

I for one want to play this entry to Halo..
Gaetano  +   1194d ago
What a pretentious POS review.

Sums up the Aussie game media in a nutshell.
bubblebeam  +   1194d ago
Sorta agree. I live in Australia, and here especially CoD is talked about so much. It's like there are no other games. Hardly any games get a midnight launch here. I still think CoD is good for the games economy here. Before CoD, hardly anyone over here talked that much about games.

Good Game TV are also weird. I love their show, but their ratings are so dumb sometimes. They don't conform with anyone elses. They'll either give a super high score or a super low score. They never hit that sweet spot, also known as an average.

They are also hard to swallow as they have handed out reviews for games when they admit they haven't actually completed it.
Gaetano  +   1194d ago
I enjoy Good Game. I just don't understand this review.

I loved the game!
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Rhythmattic  +   1194d ago
As for good game, Halo 4 review on tomorrows ep. (Nov 6th)

I miss Junglist...

A way better reviewer than Bajo and Hex.
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sly-Famous  +   1194d ago
I am by no means a fan of Halo, but I think too many gamers are concerened about what reviewers say, I know Halo4 has taken some flack but at the end of the day its the gamers choice to get it or not.
bubblebeam  +   1194d ago
Smart comment of the day. I'm leaving for the midnight launch in a few hours, and couldn't give a sod for reviewers opinions. Bottom line is, if you like Halo, you will love Halo 4.

I do find it weird that Halo 4, although mostly very positive reviews, has got hit by a few 'troll' reviews. Most games only get 1 or 2, but it seems Hao has attracted A-holes in droves.

Entitled to his opinion, but in my book a 5.5 means that it is pretty darn broken, which cannot be the case. We need an industry standard set in lace, as game reviews are a joke.

It's not asking how much you personally enjoyed the game (you could have had a bad day and CBF giving a damn), but rather the overall quality and precision of everything.

Just my 2 cents. I don't want to sound like I'm whingeing lol, but I find it hard to swallow when some of the criticisms are overlooked in other games. Particularly other FPS games..........military ones to be even more precise.....oh to hell with it, Call Of Duty (Not a CoD hater, just think that AL games should be held in the same regard when it comes to reviewing).
Tottigamer  +   1194d ago
5.5 is not a broken game, come on man.
ZombieNinjaPanda  +   1194d ago
If 5.5 is broken, what the hell do you consider a 1 or a 2?

In a traditional sense, a 5.5 is supposed to mean an average game. Nothing stands out but it's not terrible. Also am I in no way defending this review. I'm just saying, there are more numbers in a 10 point review system then 5 through 10.
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dmeador  +   1194d ago
I disagree (with Totti and ZombieNinja) and def think 5.5 would mean a broken game. I view it as a 55%. Or about half of what it did, it failed at. A 7/10 or a 'C' would be the minimum for what I would consider a pretty good game.

@ZombieNinja A 1 or 2 would be unplayable
spicelicka  +   1193d ago
agreee, it's a score not a mathematical percentage of the game worth. It literally doesn't mean shit besides getting people's attention.

When a reviewer gives 10/10 he's implying he loved the game and it's an easy way to show it. When a reviewer has some personal issue with the game,the inner troll leads him to abuse his power and he gives the game an extreme noticeably low score, most probably to feel better about himself.
DARK WITNESS  +   1194d ago
I don't know if concerened is the word...

Halo fans are not going to listen anyway. It's just annoying somewhat that some of these reviews are sooo off-key. If they are free to write their opinion then we are just as free to point out why we think they are full of crap.

watch the floods of reviews come in for blops2 and lets see if they are just as picky.

it's got to the point were Halo 4 is getting low scores for being... Halo... yet they were all so worried about 343 not being able to do Halo. Now they have done it they can't find fault so they pick at the dumbist things possible to give it a low score.
Slyfamous  +   1194d ago
Concerned! ;)
yourfather  +   1194d ago
"The greatest praise and strongest criticism I can level at Halo 4 is that it sure is Halo."

bubblebeam  +   1194d ago
I think he might be a highly intelligent retard. Or a highly retarded intellectual.
palaeomerus  +   1194d ago
The greatest praise and strongest criticism I can level at is that it sure is



(drops the mic)
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Rage_S90  +   1193d ago
There, there, it's ok buddy.
NastyLeftHook0  +   1194d ago
looks like this is going on metacritic....
YodaCracker  +   1194d ago
Halo 4 could drop to a 65 average on Metacritic and it would still be the best-selling exclusive this year by miles. Millions will be enjoying the hell out of this game no matter what the reviews say. And 95% of the reviews have been positive, so either way Microsoft has got another winner on their hands here.
NastyLeftHook0  +   1194d ago
the same could be said for wii fit.
InTheLab  +   1194d ago
Best selling exclusive .....Until the next Mario drops...
Rattlehead20  +   1194d ago
I don't understand some criticisms of this game...I mean, I've only done 2 missions on SP so can't comment on the story, but the game is smooth and you can certainly tell it's Halo.

The graphics are brilliant, not just brilliant by Xbox 360 standards, but it is among the best looking console games. You can see the quality wherever you look.

So now multiplayer. Multiplayer is virtually all I've done since I got it.
Everyone knows the MP is where Halo shines and this one is no different. I have no complaints about it, I've been addicted to it since Saturday.

Like I said, I haven't much done SP, and haven't even started Spartan Ops so I haven't found anything that would warrant a massive criticism. The game is a solid 9 for me so far.
StreetsofRage  +   1194d ago
The Halo hate train is chugging a long from the random no name sites. And it's always days after the main sites or mags come out with theirs. Just like clockwork.

It's funny how I seen this game get tons of perfect scores from respectable sites/mags but everybody cares about the 1 or 2 bad scores from elementary sites. Lol @ metacritic. Only nerds care about that site.

Anyways, I'll be enjoying this AAA title tomorrow at 1am, so be warned...if you see me on the other team...grab rockets and hide. ;)
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badkolo  +   1194d ago
in this day and age yea we as a whole stay away form 5.5 out of 10 rated games, that is now considered trash, playable but overall a crappy game so this wreaks of total BS.
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x5exotic  +   1194d ago
Lol mediocre
Dlacy13g  +   1194d ago
Hmmm....posted by @Rayan007...First comment made is trolling site hit comment by @Rayan007... all adds up to something doesn't smell right in the kitchen. I can skip reading this sh*t review.
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mananimal  +   1194d ago
The low scores arent going to affect sales, the $$$$!!, Halo 4 will still & ALWAYS WILL sell millions & millions, ...the Reviewer's , there controlled by the INDUSTRY, they make it seem as if there opinion isnt contrived , but it really is, They HAD TO give a game like Dishonoured lmao a high score, 9's , which is a complete joke, cause it was being published by 1 of the darlings in the Industry Bethesda, who is owned by Zenimax, Big BIG MEGA BUCKS Corporation, who's influenced extends way beyond the Interactive Entertainment Industry, way beyond... So had Dishonoured gotten the scores it REALLY DESERVES, 7.0-7.5, it wouldnt have sold very much, beings its a New IP, Halo is ESTABLISHED, has a HUGE following, its here to Stay, Microsofts flagship IP, its dug in like an Alabama tick lol, so reviewer's , the Industry knows it can afford $$$$! lol get it?? lol , to be over critical, hyper sensitive & negative towards Halo, its creates a controversy which only heightens Halo awareness & buzz, its still sales big time, despite what the reviewers say, just like COD, lol. ...Its just a game, its lieing journalist whipping, stirring the emotions of gamers, just for kicks lol, they know Halo rocks!!, & gamers fan's of the series could give 2 sh!ts! what journalist say about Halo.
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TotalSynthesisX  +   1194d ago
Haters gonna hate.
TotalSynthesisX  +   1193d ago
I meant the reviewer, not you guys. Or am I getting tons of disagrees for some other reason...?

Rattlehead20  +   1194d ago
Slightly off topic but to those who own the game;

Where can I find free-for-all Slayer? The only 2 Slayer types on there seem to be team.
aviator189  +   1194d ago
They don't have that option yet.
343i have said that it and other traditional modes will be added in post-launch. They wanted to keep the playlists short for launch so they can get everything organized and ready.
Nunchez  +   1194d ago
Nothing to see here another guy who wants to get hits. I don't want Halo to get all 10s but a 5.5? I highly doubt it.
LAWSON72  +   1194d ago
Call me stupid but i only go by ign there games that have over a 9 are must play titles.
Munky  +   1194d ago
For every 1 garbage review there are 50 (literally) great reviews. All these negative reviews are from hit seeking sites trying to stir the pot.
Loki86  +   1194d ago
Received a letter from metacritic today stating that Quarter to Three's review is being taken down. Gonna critique this review and see if it worthy of being on metacritic, but this is complete bullshit.
Munky  +   1194d ago
I hope something is being done about this review being taken down as well. What criteria do sites have to meet to for their reviews to be published on Metacritic anyway?
Tottigamer  +   1194d ago
I don't think this site will be taken down. They've had lots of low scores for games before - they were the second lowest score on there for ODST and Heavy Rain so I don't think MC cares.
A7XEric  +   1194d ago
This review reads more like a high 7 or 8.
ginsunuva  +   1194d ago
Will people stop caring about numbers? The stupid school gpa system has turned you all into number-reliant freaks
Npugz7  +   1194d ago
Reviewer did this for attention and is quite a big Retard!
noxeven  +   1194d ago
Will I buy it. Yes. Do i care about what review scores, Nope. If i cared what reviewers said some games i own i would have never played like binary domain or deadly prememtion. Thats how you find the gems
iNFAMOUZ1  +   1194d ago
LOL fu** this review, obvious COD fanboy, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Omnislash  +   1194d ago
Why is it that everytime Halo doesnt get a near perfect score people start assuming that the reviewer is a COD fanboy or some other kind of fanboy?
All these reviewers that are giving Halo 4 a less than perfect score are telling me this. They are sick and tired of teh same old Halo and the fact that MS is using the game as a cashcow and playing it safe. When you play it safe and you give gamers the same experience in a different year they will start to catch on. Personally I havent played the game but I will give it my own score but I speculate that its going to be a 6/10 more or less. I dont expect much after seeing these reviews...
SJPFTW  +   1193d ago
"Personally I havent played the game"

Exactly so just STFU lol
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