Submitted by Cupid_Viper_3 1028d ago | opinion piece

Is Halo 4 really A 5.5/10 Game?

"Is Halo 4 a non-polished, bug-infested mess that is almost unplayable and a 5.5 out of 10 game? Of course not, and it is also not the perfect 10 out 10 game that other reviews would have you believe either. So why are reviews so all over the map? Why is it that there seems to be only 3 categories to rate a game? Either a game is horrible, or it’s Meh, or THIS IS THE BEST GAME EVER, OMG!" - Gamer-Rider.com (Call of Duty: Black Ops, Halo 4, Industry, PS3, Xbox 360)

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inf3cted1  +   1028d ago
The question is, is Halo 4 really a 2/10 game?

No, its not. More like an 8.5 / 9.5
StrongMan  +   1028d ago | Well said
To YOU it's an 8.5/9.5, even though you haven't played it, but to that guy that gave it a 5.5 then it's a 5.5 to HIM. It's all preference.

Halo 4 sits at an 87 on metacritic which says that the industry as a whole thinks it's the worst Halo game of them all.

Halo CE- 97
Halo 2- 95
Halo 3- 94
Halo: Reach- 91
Halo 4- 87

Besides, you guys always whine that COD is the same every time yet when reviewers point out that Halo is the same every time you guys whine and make excuses for Halo that you don't make for COD. Make up you mind, is more of the same good or bad?


Halo Wars was a real time strategy game and ODST was just a DLC for Halo 3 that MS decided to stick in the Halo 3 multi player and charged a full $60 price tag to. I only counted full Halo stand alone FPS games.
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Snookies12  +   1028d ago
ODST and Wars? What about those? They're Halo games as well.
Forbidden_Darkness  +   1028d ago
It doesn't matter if Halo Wars was a RTS game, it is still a game in the franchise and deserves to be recognized as such. As for ODST, since MS believed it to be worth the 60 dollar price tag, than it should also be counted as a game in the franchise (even if it wasn't 60 dollars). The only reason you didn't count either of those games is because you wanted to say Halo 4 was the lowest rated game in the Halo series.

I understand what you were going for with the whole COD vs. Halo argument, but I do believe despite your valid point, Halo also has improved more than COD has (obviously my opinion), besides ODST.
IAMERROR  +   1028d ago
But... HALO HAS CHANGED! Ask any Halo fan that was around every time they revealed new info. To say Halo hasn't changed is ignorant. Problem is some reviewers don't like what makes Halo, Halo. I'm not even going to get into detail since people would just say "IT'S HIS OPINION", no fucking shit and my opinion is that his opinion sucks. IMO LMAO
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EVILDEAD360  +   1028d ago
Playing it now..game is Epic..troll review means nothing..
Have to get some shuteye, .but worth every second of the wait.

If Halo 4 is a 5.5 then the scale only goes up to 6..

Love it..bought Limited..Halo console arrives tommorow

Life is good

the_eddster  +   1028d ago
It may be one of the worst but since when has 87 metacritic score been bad?
xursz  +   1028d ago
Halo4 is the best game of existence. Stop hating.
SilentNegotiator  +   1028d ago
Really? You topped off your comment with "life is good"? Talk about trying way too hard.

Who said it was?

People, we're talking about one review that gave a middling score to the worst rated game in the main series. Quit being so sensitive. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people not impressed by the Halo series, especially the most recent installments, so a review like that is not surprising.
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kickerz  +   1028d ago
How would u know he hasn't played it yet? I've been playing it for hours already strongman??? I bet I could bench press more then u.. I give your comment 1/10 :P
Psychonaughty  +   1028d ago
For me it's clearly the best Halo since Halo CE, at the very least it's better than Reach, it shows how broken Metacritic is really.
Oh_Yeah  +   1027d ago
Imo Crysis > Halo. Crysis 3 is going to be amazing.
hellvaguy  +   1027d ago
Halo 4 is a popular exclusive game. Obviously fanboys gunna log into metacritic that have never played it and rate it a 0/10 to mess with the average score.
ZeroX9876  +   1027d ago

mmmm your avatar speak for itself.....

another fanboy without bubbles, bashing someone else dear game.

you're complainning about a game that you don't own for a console you probably don't have either.

I'm a bigger playstation fan than a Xbox fan, but I can assure you that halo is a very good Competitive FPS. had a blast playing halo 3 back then.
Munky  +   1027d ago

basing how good a game by comparing it to previous games in a series is not totally accurate. that statement goes for all games reviewed in the past... games reviews are like everyone says, one persons opinion. the fact is gamers have evolved as well as the games we play, we have become a lot more demanding as the games have gotten better over time. IF game reviews were based on a uniform and standard rating scale then your statement is true, but it is not.

and your statement about the game not changing is just flat out wrong as well. go to the forums on halo waypoint and you will see that some actual fans of the series are very upset with the changes made in halo 4. some examples would be the fact that the grunts looked to "aggressive", or the fact that MC's armour seemed to be upgraded while he was in cryo sleep.

point being, that game reviews can't be trusted as a real indication of how good a game is, the fact is that a person reviewing a game should be giving an unbiased/professional review not a biased and downright unprofessional review. it should not have been allowed to be submitted. this would never happen on a respectable legit site for any other product, cars, movies, pc's... anything. respectable and trusted reviewers conduct themselves accordingly, with professionalism and integrity.
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MrChow666  +   1027d ago
StrongMan - nice trolling I bet you havent played any of the halo games, you sorry tool.
Do you make your opinions based on metacritic? very clever dude, the ratings on that website are made by morons and the "professional" reviewers nowadays like to ride the trend of hating whats popular,

5,5???? are you serious? thats plain stupid
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Neonridr  +   1027d ago
since when was ODST not a Halo game? It has a full length campaign to play..
Muffins1223  +   1027d ago
Okay first of all,i just played halo 4 and omg this game is amazing,and reviews like these 5/10 are the things that are making it have a 8.8....and that's amazing. Assassins creed has a 8.5
Killzone 3 has a 84.....besides this is a xbox news,we can tell dont have a xbox.Halo is a amazing game.
Shepherd 214  +   1027d ago
Is halo 4 a 5.5/10? Idk, was uncharted 3 a 4/10?

Its obvious halo 4 has very high quality and deserves high marks. Sometimes opinions suck ass and have no real substance. It was Hitlers opinion that Jews were the source of Germanys problems. It all comes down to preference tho, ya know?
StanLee  +   1027d ago
@ StrongMan

This is one situation where numbers lie. There are 60 positive reviews for Halo 4 and 3 negative reviews, one being absolutely ridiculous which brings the game's average down. Almost every reviewer has said this is the most polish, most full featured Halo game to date. You're clearly being a troll but I'll let you be. Dick!
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darthv72  +   1027d ago
lets think about something
The amount of time between the first halo CE and now and the amount of new 'review sites' that have dramatically increased during that time.

obviously if there were some that intended to bring down a good game score they have found the way to do it.

Hell even gamer reviews for other games like halo or gear have been intentionally bad to bring the score down.

I am disgusted with the lack of professionalism in todays so called game reviewer. I dont have a problem with a real fact binding legit review. we are just getting more opinion now than actual real legit reviews.

I guess the days of respectable journalism really are gone for good. Its all about sensationalism now.
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Ji99saw  +   1027d ago
It really doesn't matter since Halo sales are going to ass rape every exclusive game this year and next. And Sony will still the Vita..... Oh yeah lol
Cherchez La Ghost  +   1027d ago
ODST was a different story with all the map packs from Halo 3. That's why it was $60.
rockbottom3076  +   1027d ago
the fact that its rated the worst does not mean it is the worst. LEts be honest a lot of people out there have been tougher than normal on games in general. Plus theres a lot more opinions out there since gaming has become more mainstream. Lets not forget the people that are just trying to generate hits to websites too. A 5.5 is unplayable mess in most opinions, to say halo 4 is that is completely ridiculous. Even COD with linear campaigns,dumb AI, and short campaigns does not deserve a 5.5. Medal of Honor though, unfortunately has a case for 5.5.
Simco876  +   1027d ago
ShinMaster  +   1027d ago
Fans of a series will never accept any other opinions that differ from theirs.
Not everyone likes Halo. Same with every other game. Mystery solved.

A 5 /10 for one person may be a 7 /10 for another and a 9 /10 for a fan.

People need to learn what opinions and different tastes are.
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miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   1027d ago
Funny... Industry finds GT5 the worse Racing sim this generation as well.
extermin8or  +   1027d ago
Reviews aren't supposed to be preferred but an unbiased look at the pro's and con's of a product in comparison to its rivals and then usually a score so you can rank it up against it's rival products on the market the games industry seems to struggle with...
pixelsword  +   1027d ago
Said the same thing with Lair, Killzone, and Uncharted, and I'm saying it about Halo 4;

The Critics are murdering a good game.
Shepherd 214  +   1026d ago
When a reviewer reviews a sequel like halo 4, he needs to review it based on if a halo fan would like it or not. What does it add to the franchise? What does it take out? How much content is there? Are the graphics better or the same as the last game? Would a halo fan appreciate the changes? What would a non halo fan think?

No one gave counterstrike go shit for just making minor tweaks to the 13 year old formula, because everyone knew cs fans would appreciate GO regardless.
dboyc310  +   1028d ago
Recently review scores have really been going out of proportion. These last few games that have released have suffered from it. If the reviewer doesn't like the game he forgets about the numbers that go in between 5 and 9. Its either 9+ or 5-. It's ridiculous that they try to make a point by implementing such a low score when it lacks substance to back it up.
Revolver_X_  +   1027d ago
Exactly. The fanboys of any console or game are to blame. These journalists do this for hits and attention. We should have outrage at every BS review or none at all. Be unified for once and quit showing blind loyalty to a bunch of suits. H4 gets a 5.5 and Xbox users get outraged. Where were you when Jim Sterling was ransacking RE6's metacritic by giving it a 3/10. You know what the sum of his review was? He sucked at the QTE's which are god awful easy, so he said the mechanics were broken. Egocentricism at its best. I lack skill, therefore it must be the games fault. The GS review amounted to the same. Mechanics suck cuz I couldnt get the QTE's right, I felt cheated. Since when did dying in a game become poor game design?

The point is, either be unanimous or Shut Up about it. The gaming community did this. Where did you think this stupid PS3 vs Xbox war would go. Clearly neither console suffers in sales, so now its the games that get low balled as to somehow drive a point home, or just to sensationalize in general. A site like Destructoid can low ball a game then turn around and give your favorite game a great score, and its like all is forgiven. Its madness. Get it together people. Remember before the internet when videogames were alot of times an impulse buy. Play games that look cool to you, and F*** the rest. This over analysis is getting ridiculous. Unless you own stock for a company, screw the numbers. What does the sales matter to you? In the end, the consumer drives an industry. We are the reason it is this way. STOP IT.

/End rant
Insomnia_84  +   1028d ago
I've played Halo before at a friend's house, campaign and mp, nothing special really. I also played Gears and that one actually makes me consider getting a 360 now that is dirt cheap. My friend on the other hand, bought a PS3 after playing Killzone 2 and God Of War 3 at my place.
Insomnia_84  +   1028d ago
So, the disagrees are because of my preferences or my friend's???
lol some people.
Veneno  +   1028d ago
I talked to your friend and he confirmed that everything you said is untrue or a stretch of the truth.
xursz  +   1028d ago
You got disagrees because you don't like HALO!
Cerv-Clash  +   1028d ago
It's the fanboys. unless you give their game 10/10 then they'll hate you.
Insomnia_84  +   1028d ago
LOL! See? I never said I didn't like it, It was fun like many other FPS games but IN MY OPINION not a game that would make me buy a system. I had as much fun with Halo as I'm having now with MoHW. Both games have had mixed reviews, to me MoHW is definitely not a 5/10, more like an 8/10 and if Halo 4 is still as fun as Halo 3 then I would give it an 8/10 also.
xursz  +   1028d ago
Well if you didn't enjoy HALO as much as i do, maybe your doing it wrong? I get that people think this could be the worst of the series but it doesn't make it any less of a good game!
Insomnia_84  +   1028d ago
"Well if you didn't enjoy HALO as much as i do, maybe your doing it wrong?"

WHAT?? so because if I don't enjoy a game as much as you or anybody else...... I'M DOING IT WRONG??


You have to be a kid to think such a thing.
spicelicka  +   1028d ago
And you're exactly the problem!! People like you think u have already made the perfect judgement of halo by playing it a couple of times at a friends house. This is what halo fans are always trying to tell u people that halo is impossible to love without giving it sufficient time and understanding it's pillars. Its not a scripted eye candy game that can impress u in 5 minutes.

And to all the people agreeing with 5.5 and bullshitting about the guys opinion, I can guarantee you 99% haven't finished the game or are total trolls. It's so transparent to me, u idiots have a certain jealousy towards halo but u know u don't wanna like it, so as soon as u see a shitty review u find an excuse to justify your hatred, because if all halos got all 10s it would make u green with envy. So u go on every bad review saying "o u haven't played the game, u fanboys always wanna defend halo, o it's the guys opinion, o it had an xx on metacritoc oo it's the worst game on the series".

You idiots know it's true and I can guarantee it cuz I used to think like u when I was younger and more immature. You ppl are pathetic!!
MrChow666  +   1027d ago
those games are good, I have them & beat them but no way I would play them over halo and gears specially for multiplayer, gow3 u beat a couple times and thats it, KZ looks good and all but the gameplay is clunky, sorry man halo just plays 10000s times better, theres no fps that I know on the ps3 that can beat halo gameplay wise
indubitably  +   1027d ago
My friend bought an xbox after playing Halo, and I promise you, my story is more common.
XeNoStRatoS  +   1027d ago
Probably PS3 fanboys votet you down for getting a 360 and 360 faboys voted you down because your friend got PS3. Crazy world, don´t give a shit on opinion of others - the only way to get along.
emartini  +   1027d ago
Fully agree. Halo campaigns never did anything for me. The multiplayer is alot of fun on the other hand. I spend most my time on 360 due to being able to talk to friends in parties and xbox live but when a sony exclusive comes out like Uncharted or God of War i play the crap out of them.
Aloren  +   1027d ago
You got disagrees cause you come on a Halo 4 news and hint that gow3 and kz2 are so much better than 360 exclusives that people go buy ps3s when they already have a 360. You can't seriously expect people not to think this is trolling ? Cause no matter how you meant it, that's how it sounds, esp here on n4g.

It's just like saying I tried gt5 at my friends house. It was nothing special. Then he tried Forza on my 360 and bought one the next day.

Actually, you sound just like a pepsi vs coke commercial.

And note that you absolutely didn't need to mention whatever your friend thought about god of war or killzone, you just couldn't resist to spice things up a little bit ;)
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morkendo23  +   1028d ago
So why are reviews so all over the map? Why is it that there seems to be only 3 categories to rate a game? Either a game is horrible, or it’s Meh, or THIS IS THE BEST GAME EVER, OMG!"

i believe JOURNALIST is being paid to lie for MS to say "THIS IS THE BEST GAME EVER".= sales
or if a gamer honestly say "it is horrible" you get boo's and called a TROLL by MS fanboys.
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MrChow666  +   1027d ago
how can you know that? have you played the game?
couldnt it be that some attention seeking ""journalists"& quot; are bashing the game out of proportion as its common recently???
noooooo, you SONY FANBOY prefer to belive that the game MUST be sooo sucky that it deserves a ridiculous 5.5 thats even lower than cooking mamma, are you damn serious????
Count  +   1027d ago
By your logic, pretty much every game's reviews has been paid off by somebody.

Your argument is that Halo 4 reviews have been largely paid off by Microsoft simply because its reviews are slightly erratic. Which is a symptom that A LOT of games' reviews have. I don't think that I saw you whining about those ones though.

Countless games, countless movies, tv shows, discographies have multiple reviews of which can and do diverge from one another. This does not mean that they're paid off SOMEHOW.

People are different. They have different opinions. They do not always agree with each other, and this is what leads to diverging scores.

''reviews all over the map''? What are you talking about? The score of Halo 4 is consistently high. It's at 88%, not at 50% with like a see-saw reviewer battle to see whether it gets 49% or 51%.

Most of the reviewers have given it a good score. And I find it hard to believe that like 70% of the reviewers have been ''paid off'' and the minority is somehow right, without any solid evidence to back that up.

I am not saying that reviewers don't get paid off. It's something that can happen and does happen. But it can happen with anything that has reviews. The review/s of any game on any console could have been bought off.

That's why you need solid evidence. Because it's not something that is easily determined. It's certainly not something that you can easily determine by just looking at the scores of something.
Perjoss  +   1028d ago
Best way to find out if its a 5.5 game? Buy Halo 4, play it and find out for yourself.
zgoldenlionz  +   1028d ago
Better yet rent the game if you are unsure.
SilentNegotiator  +   1028d ago
"Is Halo 4 a non-polished, bug-infested mess that is almost unplayable and a 5.5 out of 10 game?"

.....who the heck said that a 5.5 meant "almost unplayable"? Sheesh, gamers/publishers get more stupid every day about how a 10 point system works. They act like you can't use the lower 7 points of the system without being some sort of troll.
MRMagoo123  +   1027d ago
exactly like i have said the other day the only way to end all this crap is to remove scores from reviews , all they have to say in a review is pros cons and if you liked this you will also like this suggestions like how it used to be.
Monstar  +   1027d ago
yeah, your opinion. lol
Persistantthug  +   1027d ago
I don't understand the "metacritic problem"...HALO 4 has a score of 87 out of 65 reviewers
That's a good score.
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slixshot  +   1027d ago
Here's my take: FUCK METACRITIC.
Blacktric  +   1027d ago
Oh sweet lord...

One guy gives a 5.5 out of 10 to Halo 4.

Some guy writes and article about it and titles: "Is Halo 4 really A 5.5/10 Game?", essentially reviewing a review.

"Gaming journalism" is dead as sh*t confirmed...

You can get your free Doritos and Mountain Dew at the exit from Geoff Keighley.

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fermcr  +   1027d ago
Every reviewer has there opinion and we must respect it, but... I have seen a Halo 4 review at 2 of 10. That's a joke. A game that gets a 2 is complete garbage and nearly unplayable. A reviewer that gives 2 to Halo 4 shouldn't be reviewing anything. He has no idea what he's doing.

I blame this on Metacritic because they accept reviews from any crap site there is.
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showtimefolks  +   1027d ago
peope always get up in arms about review scores its just one person's opinion. From what i have seen Halo 4 is an excellent game and more like 8.5-9/10.

but will you enjoyment be less because someone gave it a 5.5/10? no right so forget the scores enjoy it
LOGICWINS  +   1028d ago
"Is Halo 4 really A 5.5/10 Game?"

It might be...to a certain person.
ape007  +   1028d ago
who hates halo
LOGICWINS  +   1028d ago
Reviews are a tricky subject.

It's nearly impossible to get an objective review for a game like Halo 4 because most serious console gamers have been exposed to the franchise in some form or another...therefore having a positive/negative opinion on it.

A 5.5/10 review from a person that has never liked the franchise would be highly biased. On the flip side, a hardcore Halo fanboy that goes to sleep with a Master Chief plush doll every night that gives Halo 4 an 11/10 would be equally as biased.

Seems like the closest thing to getting an objective review would be to find someone within the deepest recesses of console gaming who has never played a Halo game, thus having no predetermined opinion on it.

Then again, maybe this person has a bias towards first person shooters.

As I said, reviews are VERY tricky. I guess we're just supposed to assume that MOST gamers tend to agree on the same things...just as most people agree on the same things(Angelina Jolie is attractive, the gap between the rich and the poor is TOO wide).

I LOVED playing Halo 1 as a kid, and this was before I knew about Gamestop, IGN or any review sites for that matter. Afterwards, I realized that these sites existed and found out that virtually everyone else also loved the game.

So I guess in a way, reviews aren't so tricky, since when theres a general consensus on a game, I almost always agree with it.
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Monstar  +   1028d ago
Or is tired of the same gameplay formula with little to no risks taken? Stop being so defensive and learn to understand different tastes and opinions..the sooner you accept this, the less hate and destructability you will create towards yourself.
ape007  +   1028d ago
hate and destructibility LOL take it easy man
bunfighterii  +   1027d ago

Sir, I am that person from the deepest recesses of the console gaming world who has never played a Halo game (because I've never owned an Xbox).

Form what I hear though, all Halo games are awesome (except ODST) so I'd be happy to review if someone would kindly lend me an Xbox and a copy of the game.
ginsunuva  +   1027d ago
Exactly. One man's 5/10 = another man's 7/10. Scales can be different.
rbailey  +   1028d ago
Every gamer has their own opinion as to whether a game is worth a certain score or not. Obviously someone who isn't a fan of Halo won't love Halo 4. that should be common sense to the average person lol
Trekster_Gamer  +   1028d ago
"Obviously someone who isn't a fan of Halo won't love Halo 4"
really? So you have to be a halo fan to love halo 4? lame..
hellvaguy  +   1027d ago
"So you have to be a halo fan to love halo 4? lame"

Pretty sure you totally misinterpreted that in every way possible. What was meant was that if you don't like the style of game Halo is (sci-fi fps), your not going to magically love Halo 4 because it somehow transformed itself into a sports strategy game.

Every sequel it very similar to the original but with some tweaking to gameplay, graphics, and the storyline.
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xJumpManx  +   1028d ago
Sounds like a hateful PS3 fan who still thinks Killzone can compete with Halo.
WeAreLegion  +   1028d ago
Personally, I like the story and gameplay of Killzone much more than Halo. I think Killzone is a fan favorite, now that KZ2 and KZ3 were launched successfully and gained critical praise. It may never hit Halo numbers, but it doesn't need to. Bioshock will never sell as well as Halo, but you can't honestly tell me any Halo game is better than Bioshock.
LOGICWINS  +   1028d ago
A Halo title may never produce a unique, thought provoking story like that of a Bioshock title. On the other hand, a Bioshock title may never produce a deep multiplayer/co-op mode like that of a Halo title.

Each game has their strengths.

EDIT: Btw, I think Killzone is a great franchise as well, but I don't think KZ2 or KZ3 even surpasses Halo 1 as an overall FPS experience...this coming from a person who hasn't owned a Halo game in 8 years. The only FPS I've played this gen thats even come CLOSE to what I felt when I played Halo 1 is Resistance 3.
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dubt72  +   1027d ago
Killzone is ass compared to Halo. You kidding me? Not in the same league.
spicelicka  +   1027d ago
halo is a better game than bioshock, to me, and i've finished all games in both franchises. There's certain aspects of bioshock that are better and vice versa, but the depth of halo's universe, the music, the multiplayer, customization options, perfect controls, co-op options, and etc etc make it amazing.

I finished bioshock twice, and bioshock 2 once and yes they were greattt but it was maybe 50 hours of my life spent in that franchise. Whereas i play even halo 3 to this day (over 5 years of playing it) let alone halo reach, plus the time spent on reading up on the backstory of the universe.

That was a really shitty comparison by you, see how you made me almost hate on bioshock when it's one of my favourite games? So never say bullshit like "you can't honestly tell me any Halo game is better than xxxx" again.
Eyeco  +   1027d ago
I think Killzone is a great franchise but to compare it Halo is completely ridiculous, Halo has, and does way more as an overall experience/ package.

Halo 1 alone's campaign is longer than Killzone 2 and 3 put together. The story is way deeper and the universe is more fleshed out, Killzone is literally just a bunch of space nazis , and a bunch of republicans in an arena, with dreadful characters there is zero identity.

The online community features for those games are so robustthat the Halo 2 severs only just went down in 2010. Has anyone played Killzones 2 recently its a ghost town and Killzone 3 isnt that far off. Yet people still play Halo 3 and Reach.

Halo 3 alone has more maps than Kilzone 2 and 3 combined with dlc. Halo has way more online modes, and features, the depth of the online is way more flexible.

Comparing the 2 is absurd you can say you prefer Killzone but to say its better just doesn't make any sense, Killzone as a series has always lacked and identity, character, personality. Its like a pretty girl, great to look at but once you dwell in completely shallow.
Goldenslaya  +   1027d ago
So many haters indeed. Lol I guess thats because all the halo fans r on break from online forums. An actually playing the game. Ps3 fanboys killzone n resistance are great games believe me Iv played them all but they r nowhere near as good as halo. N I highly disagree that halo 4 is only worth 5.5 common guys there's hating n then there's just disrespect
Omnislash  +   1028d ago
I think that if the game is no different than the rest and doesnt improve on what it does then yes it is a 5.5 game. As a gamer I want something new from the games that I play, which is why I dont buy Call of Duty or Madden every year, those games deserve bad scores.
EmperorDalek  +   1028d ago
You must have been unhappy with most games this gen then as most only offered same as last gen gameplay wrapped in improved visuals.
rezzah  +   1028d ago
what games?

Obviously visuals have increased, but haven't the mechanics as well?

Even sports games have increased physics for a more realistic gameplay, and all they do is move a ball back and forth (just an example).
00  +   1028d ago
reviewers don't know how the scoring system works anymore.
TiberusX87  +   1028d ago
There is really only a 3-Point Scale.

9-10 = Play
7-8 = Rent
1-6 = Skip
rezzah  +   1028d ago
You mean 9-10 = Buy.

You still play when you rent.
TiberusX87  +   1028d ago
@ rezzah. Thanks, I did mean Buy.

9-10 = Buy
7-8 = Rent
1-6 = Skip
LOGICWINS  +   1028d ago
Makes me wonder why reviewers don't just do away with the whole number system and simply implement a buy ,rent, or pass system.

Is it possible that they do it for hits, knowing that extremists/console warriors make a huge deal out of a game scoring one-TENTH higher(or lower) than another game?
animegamingnerd  +   1027d ago
here is how mine's works
8-10 must owned
5-7 rental or price drop
1-4 avoid this game like no tomorrow
starchild  +   1028d ago
But it isn't like all the rest. The fact is that Halo 4 has more changes and improvements than Uncharted 3 did compared to Uncharted 2. If they change it too much it wouldn't even be Halo. I think they changed things to the perfect degree.
Monstar  +   1028d ago
How isn't it? it plays just like every other Halo, GAMEPLAY-WISE...mechanic-wise. From movement, nades, shooting with little to no extra new additions. IT took how many halo's to finally impliment a sprint option? which isn't even a core mechanic for god sakes. We should be having a different feel to halo, while maintaining the core basics, some new animations system, different melee sytem, being able to prone, roll..use iron sites etc (hence a gun with scopes, lol) 343 should have taken some risks, if people want the old halo so bad, they have the previous games they can go back to playing. Halo IMO, needs to evolve and just reboot with a fresh style, it's 2012 and halo debuted in 2001...yet halo still plays the same.....yeah you can see why some might be pissed. Master chief can be so versitile..he is made to be much more flexible, yet still moves like a f'en tank...change it.
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LoneCastaway  +   1028d ago
why would you want to go prone or roll in a halo game? this would'nt improve the game at all, it would make no sense to implement that in a halo game. it's a design choice.
apart from that they did change some things. ordenance drops, armor abilities and something similar to perks. these are slight adjustments in a dose that it makes sense but doesn't change the game too much, yet people are shouting COD all over the place already.
concerning multiplayer i think 343 did a great job making a halo game with new mechanics that fit great, but the feeling is a different, it's more customizable and more fast-paced with great map design.
campaign is where you make a point. i didn't play it but from what i've heard there's not much new, a new race in a good story but nothing we haven't seen before really. this is where i think they could really come up with new ideas.
SJPFTW  +   1027d ago
LOL prone, roll and iron sight? this isn't call of duty. so sorry

the problem with gamers and reviewers these days is that they are so used to Call of Duty and most games copying COD that they assume that when a game is unique and different from COD it is automatically a bad game that the game refuses to get with the times. I call bullshit
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TiberusX87  +   1028d ago
That was an excellent read, and some very valid points.

Yes, it is only the reviewers opinion. However; reviewers get paid to do a job and that's what they should be doing. There should always be a certain level of unbiasedness when approaching a game for review and it should be reviewed on the titles success in it's relevant genre and demographic.

We all have opinions and it's definitely okay to let them influence our work, but there also needs to be a level of professionalism kept and a lot of reviewers just don't do this. I want to read reviews which are informative and have influences of the reviewers opinions, but I am not interested in biased opinion pieces (Good or Bad). The 10-Point scale needs to go.
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rezzah  +   1028d ago
All humans are biased, to be something closest to being unbiased means to detach yourself from the object.

To imagine playing it as something never experienced before, which is pretty hard.

Of course there is another way, to point out what is new and what is old. To also state your personal opinion on the goods and bads of the new and old. At least this is how I see it. lol still will be biased in some way.
TiberusX87  +   1028d ago
I see where you are coming from rezzah, but this is why these gifted individuals are hired and paid to do a job that others otherwise could not.

Perhaps unbiased isn't the correct term, lets go with being Objective. :)
rezzah  +   1028d ago
Yes, objective is a better word.
vickers500  +   1028d ago
Ugh, do we REALLY need to bring more attention to that crappy review? A review from a site I and many others have never even heard of?

The stuff that gets approved here, and especially the stuff that stays at the most popular spots of the website is just flat out embarrassing. Most of the time, like 70% of it is just some crappy opinion of some crappy website that just serves to piss people off. I don't mind crappy opinions/reviews that much, but it annoys the hell out of me when they continue to live past their 15 minutes of attention when there are plenty of other reviews out there.

The real question that the author and commenters of these types of articles should be asking is do we need to be writing or approving these articles to n4g? By you creating what is basically a reply article, you're bringing even more undeserved attention to that crappy 5.5 review that many were simply able to brush off as some persons awful opinion.

Idk, maybe I'm just in a bad mood atm, but it's getting to be quite annoying when I see less and less ACTUAL NEWS and more and more articles whose content is something that would be far more appropriate as a simple comment rather than a full blown article. We've gotten to the point where we've literally started making articles out of comments, MANY of which aren't even relevant comments made by people in the industry, they're just comments made by some random dude.

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omarzy  +   1028d ago
I can't give it a 5.5. Halo is just one of those games where the lowest score i could give it would be a 7. Some games are just built well, play well, and i cannot give it such a low score. It just wouldn't make sense. Some games just do not have many problems no matter how much you look for them.

Everyone has an opinion, but Halo is one of the few games where it would not make sense to score it below a 7.
PimpDaddy  +   1028d ago
Why does everyone put so much stock into reviews anyways??? It's just somebody elses opinion. Nothing more. I have NEVER been one to let somebody else form my opinion for me.

I really see no pint in getting upset about some no name sites scoring the game low. Let alone arguing with the trolls on this website that have an agenda to bring Halo down in the eyes of the other members.

If you are interested in playing Halo then buy the game and be your own reviewer. That's what I plan to do.
iNFAMOUZ1  +   1028d ago
halo isn't near a 5,6,7,8, its a 9 or 10 all the way,
mostly 10, any less than 9-10 and your dreaming or your a bashful hateful fanboy who hates on halo. Why am i even bothering replying to these dumbass reviewers, back to halo 4....
calis  +   1028d ago
People really need to learn what opinions are.
WeAreLegion  +   1028d ago
Been enjoying it for about an hour. I like the story, so far, but it's still nothing special, as far as stories go. (I've never really liked the Halo story.)

The worlds look gorgeous, by the way. If you are in this for the view, you are set! Some of that epic scenery you only see in games like Heavenly Sword, Mass Effect, and Uncharted is here...and is one of the best-looking games on consoles. ;)

I can see many people enjoying this game, but the enemies seem to come in repetitious droves, which is a problem I have with many shooters. I want to feel like every single bullet makes a difference in the war. (Killzone 2 says hello.)

I've only played a couple rounds of the multi-player, but it's back to the old Halo for this one. Nothing particularly special. It's just...Halo multi-player. Again. *shrug* Most people love that, however, so I won't complain about it too much.
rezzah  +   1028d ago
"I want to feel like every single bullet makes a difference in the war."


I know it isn't story driven and is MP only, but the teamwork in that game makes you feel important. Like you have a job to do and you can't let just your group of 8 down, but the whole 120 (was it? I forgot) teammates down.

I want to play again but finding a match is too long and too many games to get through. Still, it feels good to get the job (whatever it may be) done in that game.

Edited for missing word.
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StreetsofRage  +   1028d ago
I'm currently in line for the midnight launch! Its freaking madness!!! Nobody here cares about metacritic.

Dlacy13g  +   1028d ago
One thing I am kinda getting tired of is the "reviews are opinions" concept. When you are reviewing a game and rating that game on the premise that readers will use your guide for their purchases, I think the reviewer has a responsibility to look at that game through the eyes of the target audience and not their own personal jaded viewpoint. The "reviews are opinions" just becomes an excuse to give unearned scores. Reviews need a structured approach and a formulaic method to their score.
Imalwaysright  +   1028d ago
I dont think its possible to do that. What you are asking for is some sort or hive mind mentality or borg society but we're all individuals and we all have our particular thoughts, tastes, preferences, opinions...When a person is writing a review, that review will reflect his/her thoughts of the game. Its impossible not to and while you may not agree with a review, someone else will. That is why there can never be just one target audience and its impossible make a review that will meet everyone's preferences even if you try to make it as scientific as you can.

Im well aware that there are paid reviews, reviews made by trolls and by idiots that want hits on their website and i agree when you say that "Its just an opinion" becomes an excuse. That is why the only reviews that matter to me are my own.
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palaeomerus  +   1028d ago
If game reviews are nothing but expressionistic fiat, arbitrary feelings, and contrarian hyperbole then there is no point in having them or any value to them, beyond the author getting to vent, and reader deciding if the author sounds like a serious credible source of information and judgement, or not.

If readers can't trust reviews to mean something, to follow common conventions, to be accurate, specific, and sometimes even skeptical of their own feelings, observations, and conclusions then reviews are just childish vanity rants and snooty posing about supposedly having refined tastes or passionate enthusiasm.

Reviews ARE opinions but opinions and reviews can both be stupid, wrong, insane, quickly crapped out tripe, sloppy, vague, or just BS. The point is to make good and useful reviews that communicate effectively to a lot of people in a trustworthy way that engages their interests and perceptions. Honestly I don't care what Tom Chick likes or hates because his reviews have nothing to with what I like about games, and frankly I don't find him very persuasive. And apparently the same is true of Brandon Justice judging by a quick read through of his reviews.

People who think that subjectivity means that anything goes and it's automatically right from a certain point of view are sophomoric cretins trying to buck a trend that they don't even understand. Subjective opinions can be and often are stupid uninformed knee jerk garbage.
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erikthegman  +   1028d ago
Halo 4 is beautiful :D
The visuals are stunning, the gameplay is smooth and fun but most importantly the story is really good. The amount of polish and work that went into this game is just unbelievable. the scene in chapter 2 I think before you get the warthog, you're walking through the cave, you step outside into the light and you realise just how beautiful the game is when the eye candy and scope hits you. Even if you disregard the gameplay this game is at least a 7/10. But even the gameplay is better than ever so this reviewer is just seeking hits and attention. Do yourself a favour and play this game
kickerz  +   1028d ago
I know. Just started playing it and its amazing. 90% of the idiots on this site have not even played this game yet.. So I think they should shut up and play it for themselves before judging it. So far I would give it a 9/10 :)
The_Infected  +   1028d ago
I totally agree Halo 4 is amazing and just unbelievably pretty!
TheKayle  +   1028d ago
stop with this boring topics...halo is just the best fps franchaise on the market (i liked a lots kz 3 too but isnt on the same lvl of halo sorry)

haters gonna hate like always
HaMM4R  +   1028d ago
I've played the game for about 4 hours now, and anyone who gives a 4/10 is just deluding themselves. The game has fantastic and smooth gameplay, it has beautiful graphics, and the map design is pretty good as well.
xursz  +   1028d ago
Halo4 might have the best graphics on the 360. I think it looks better than Gears.
grahf  +   1028d ago
Got an hour of game time in, need to sleep.
It has WAY better graphics than Gears 3. Now the next one may raise the bar again, but we'll see when its out.

And to touch on the "smooth gameplay..." I'm not sure whats going on, 343 said it was running at 30 FPS, but I am having a hard time seeing it. I could TOTALLY tell a difference in frame rate between BF3 & MW3 on the 360 (NOT A SLAM, TECHINCAL LIMITATIONS ON THIS GEN! Sacrafice either Graphics or FPS), but I'm not seeing any chugging or slowdown at all in Halo 4.

I'm very impressed so far.
The_Infected  +   1028d ago
I agree. The art and graphics combine is just astounding!
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dcortz2027  +   1028d ago
Nope, but it is extremely over hyped and overrated, as are all the Halo games. I've played all of the Halo games and they are great games, but they are not to be worshiped.
DARK WITNESS  +   1027d ago
oh, and what prey tell are the games to be worshiped ?

I could say the same thing about uncharted.
chobit_A5HL3Y  +   1027d ago
just curious, but why would you bring up uncharted for no apparent reason? it's one thing if you don't agree but it's pretty fanboyish to bring up a sony exclusive just because he doesn't like HALO lolz opinions are allowed, you know?
ItsTrue  +   1028d ago
It all depends on the individual really.
chukamachine  +   1028d ago

Abit confused.

BF3 is a 30fps game with dips. Because of graphics and environment.

MW3 is a 60fps game like every other cod title.

HALO4 is is more a shinny environment, without the fx of BF3.

The artwork is good, but graphically it's not upto much.
Psychonaughty  +   1028d ago
Surprise surprise, the festering Sony fanboy pit that is n4g has alot of people agreeing that Halo 4 is a 5.5...For the record it's excellent so far.
Kurt Russell  +   1027d ago
Played solid last night. The best Halo I've played in ages. The MP is sped up and a lot more fun and the single player campaign is just "wow". I haven't seen such creative environments in a long time.

5.5 is certainly harsh, but everyone has an opinion.
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josephayal  +   1027d ago
Halo 4 9.9/10
Norrison  +   1027d ago
Even though I game mainly on PC, I have been enjoying halo 4 a lot, the story is a lot better than 3 and reach. The graphics are the best on the 360, even better than gears, even though sometimes the aliasing is too distracting, just like in most good looking console games so I wouldn't blame the game since AA is really resource heavy. The gameplay feels smooth even for a 30 fps game, and it got no hiccups in framerate just like the UC series.

The game is at least a 7/10. But if someone is sick of the fps genre, halo or shooters in general, yeah this game can be a 5.5 or lower it's the reviewer's opinion; the 2/10 review was bullshit though.
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Jacobster  +   1027d ago
I wonder what would happen if I said Halo 4 is -1000000 out of 10? Carnage? (I am joking by the way). Anyway after that hyperbole, how I see it those who will already have purchased Halo 4 or those considering to purchase it will have some form of emotional attachment, or some form of developing attachment to the game. It is very difficult to have an objective view of a game because you base your experiences on what you have played in the past. This applies to those reviewers who are paid to make judgements and makes this near impossible! A review should be aimed at those who are sat on the fence about a game, and those selling points of the game should speak out to them in some way.

I hope next gen games are judged on true creativity in terms of originality and innovation that seems to be lacking in this stage of current console cycle.
tigertron  +   1027d ago
From what I've played so far, this is certainly not a 5.5/10. Hell no. I'm struggling to find a mature response to that.
Theangrybogan  +   1027d ago
reviews are subjective and this persons opinion was it was 5.5, is that mature enough? I'm currently playing AC liberation on the vita, it's getting absolutely panned by most sites, but I'm loving it, was playing wwe13, it's scoring ok, but I don't think it's very good at all. It's because different people have different views and experience things differently, the world would be a boring place if we all thought and felt the same.

Have yet to see a plausible reason why halo 4 should be a 9-10 either.
Belking  +   1027d ago
They only do that for hits. Halo 4 so far is GOTY.
CuddlyREDRUM  +   1027d ago
After playing it for one day?
Shadonic  +   1027d ago
Who said that he only hade it for one day?
Belking  +   1027d ago
"Who said that he only had it for one day?"

Booya! Ding! Ding!Ding!
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arbitor365  +   1027d ago
i dont know why everyone is all of a sudden "the halo formula is getting old and halo 4 doesnt bring enough new stuff to the table"

first of all, where were these people when halo reach came out? oh yeah. they were hailing it as the messiah of FPS games. come on guys, halo 4 utterly destroys halo reach.

secondly, alot of these people are the same ones who bash games like Resistance 3 for changing things up. they say that games that are different with every entry "have no identity." these are the same people that discourage change and innovation

thirdly, alot of these same people rate COD games with 9s every year. so they really have no right to bash a game for not changing

there is just no consistency within the reviewing community. there really is no reason why halo 4 should have a lower metascore than the other halo games. its the best one in a while. this is coming from someone who thinks that the series is generally overrated
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