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Submitted by JJRivers 1119d ago | review

Halo 4 - Xbox 360 Review - ACE

From the Review:

"The relationship between Cortana and Master Chief deserves some special attention because for all the gravitas and effort put into cementing the weirdest love story just north of Lars and the Real Girl, I couldn't take it seriously. It's as if Halo 4 is the galactic parable of someone marrying an anime girl body pillow. Or that guy that runs his fingers along the hood of his car like it will shudder some kind of response to his loving touch. And that's the lens through which I viewed the entirety of the game. Master Chief exhibits some real emotion with Cortana, but c'mon, she's a computer AI." (Halo 4, Xbox 360) 5.5/10

green  +   1119d ago
From the review

The Good:
- Looks phenomenal
- The "backpack" power-ups are cool, especially the jet pack
- Instantly playable for anyone with previous Halo experience
- Moments of bad-assery
- Multiplayer (so far) and Spartan Ops
- More Halo for Halo fans

The Bad:
- Hard time buying the Master Chief/Cortana love story
- Weapon variety is basically about the looks
- "You are required to maneuver straight down this trench..."
- A Halo game without the familiar theme is like Superman without John Williams
Blaze929  +   1119d ago
"Master Chief exhibits some real emotion with Cortana, but c'mon, she's a computer AI."

I wasn't going to comment on this, and make this submission temperature rise but this is just fucking stupid. Either this reviewer never played halo or he clearly doesn't get it.

Of course MC would exhibit emotions for Cortana - as a player, Cortana has been by our side for over 10 years. It's not even about showing love for an A.I. - it's showing love for a CHARACTER that's been in the series since the beginning to which the player, WOULD understand why it's so emotional.

I think we all obviously know Halo 4 is nothing less than a 7. Another lower than that and you are really just trolling.

I don't care what you say, you cannot justify a 5.5/10 score with this game.
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JJRivers  +   1119d ago
Wait, wait, wait. So what you're saying is that you have an emotional attachment to Cortana? Love?
aviator189  +   1119d ago

The point is, and I mean no disrespect, but I don't think you fully understand the chief's and cortana's relationship intricacies and why it's transformed into what it is in Halo 4.
lastofgen  +   1119d ago

so players can't have emotional attachments to in-game characters?? if something emotional happens in a game, you can't expect everyone to have a stiff reaction.
JJRivers  +   1119d ago
lastofgen, I'ver been reading the writer's reviews of the Walking Dead series, seems that he could be emotionally involved with some of those characters. And by emotionally involved, I mean that "the game characters and story evoke emotion in the player." Not on the level, "I think I'm in love with Cortana. For real."
Irishguy95  +   1119d ago
This might come as a shock but Cortana is essentially a human without a body. Some emotional attachment to what has become a close friend and ally would be expected
Old McGroin  +   1119d ago
Anyone who thinks it might be a little weird for Master Chief to have an emotional attachment to Cortana should read this story, a woman's been married to the Berlin Wall for nearly 30 years for crying out loud!
hennessey86   1119d ago | Trolling | show | Replies(1)
aviator189  +   1119d ago
Even though I don't agree with the negatives, I respect the reviewer's opinion, but are those negatives really considerable enough to drop the score down to a low 5.5?? It's as if some of these reviewers acknowledge all the great and more positives, but do so while almost completely weighing the game with the less quantified and less game-changing negatives..

And I think the relationship between the chief and cortana makes sense if you played through the previous halo games, considering the type of bond and experiences both of these characters share. And cortana's death cycle is only making it worse on both of them.

I, whatever.
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cleft5  +   1119d ago
Reviews like this is why you can't trust game reviewers. It's a shame too because when I saw the 7s and 8s AC3 was getting I didn't believe them, but after beating the game with a full 100% synch for the main story, I agree with the 7s and 8s reviews.

Oh well, it's better to play a game and find out for yourself than to blindly believe reviewers anyways. Either the major game reviewers are being deceptive because of ad revenue or want for clicks. Or the smaller game reviewers are just looking to expand their site by kissing ass or being controversial. I wish desperately for the old days when Gamespot was credible and reading Reviews with scores meant something.
Dlacy13g  +   1119d ago
Based off the positives / negatives of this reviewer I would have guessed a 7/10...possibly 8/10. 5.5? The reviewer gives no justification for going that low. The only justification I can see... site hits and haters hate.
ALLWRONG  +   1119d ago
Giving low scores is the only way these sites can get hits. Many of these sites no one has heard of or they just pop up overnight. Some you can actually tell they didn't play the game, and are using other reviews to base their reviews. They see the attention EGM got, and they desperately want some of that attention. Most of these sites don't even generate enough traffic to make it on Metacritic, only N4G.

Haters hate.
MrDead  +   1119d ago
This should be the new No1 story in no time..... And maybe that’s the real point of the review.

The only thing I don't like about the Halo series is that MS banned PC users from playing the game, I’ll just have to borrow my Nephews Xbox to get my Master Chief fix.
Lvl_up_gamer  +   1119d ago
Seems like any kid with a computer and internet connection in their room paid for by their parents can create a site and pass off their childish immature opinions as a so called "review".

I have finished the game and played all aspects of the MP and Forge. Even if you hate the Halo franchise to death, to be a "creditable" reviewer, you would still have to give this game an 8 simply just based on the polish and content given to you. You may not like the story, you may not like the art direction, but as an "overall" game, there is no way this is anything lower then an 8.

I personally feel this game is as close to a perfect game as you can get.

Halo 4 shows an evolution in the series. It's matured AND has become darker.

Now that everyone lives half their lives connected to the internet, haters have their own sites now to bring down a respectable reputation towards games simply because of who makes the game or what console it can only be found on.
CommonCent  +   1119d ago
Downvoted the site. I hate these troll articles that fish for hits.......
Blankman85  +   1119d ago
Yawn. Either it's a review for hits or simply reviewer's opinion. Both ways aren't getting a hit or reaction out of me.
dubt72  +   1119d ago
Halo 4 easily beats every PS3 exclusive this generation, except for Uncharted 2, to include Killzones, Resistance, God of War, Infamous, Heavy Rain and especially MGS4. Sorry Sonyboys!
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Blastoise  +   1119d ago
You just HAD to go there didn't you?
Imalwaysright  +   1119d ago
Lame... forgetting the best PS3 exclusive and game of this gen is lame. You get an F and have to repeat the current gen for another 7 years. Now go home and write Demon's Souls 1000 times until it sinks in!
nemrawy  +   1119d ago
I liked the " especially MGS4 " part ..... Bravo :)
palaeomerus  +   1119d ago
Hmmm. I'd say that I like Halo 4 a lot but I'd also put Valkyria Chronicles ahead of Halo 4 (aside from Uncharted 2). That's in terms of single player fun.

The MP puts Halo 4 well ahead of UC2 and VC doesn't have MP(or coop). And UC 3 I enjoy the MP less than i did UC2.

I still think Halo3 was probably the most Gonzo fun Halo though the Flood hive levels weren't as fun as the rest of it, and some of the indoor levels were a little bit sad looking compared to the outdoor levels.

Demon's souls was certainly interesting and fun In fact HELL no. It's really not the best anything. It's decent and was novel at the time. But that's all.
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Imalwaysright  +   1119d ago
That is your opinion. Imo Demons Souls has more atmosphere than Halo and Uncharted combined... it looks more survival horror than RE5/RE6 and that says a lot. Its more original than Halo and Uncharted combined, its more challenging than Halo and Uncharted combined and unlike Halo and Uncharted you actually have to use your brain to accomplish something in it. Its controls are tight and gameplay its top notch. Its only downfall is the story but at least its characters and story arent cliche like in Uncharted. Demons Souls is a breath of fresh air in this gen infested by mindless shooters and imo is the best game of this gen! Now mods mark my comment as off topic. I dont give a shit.
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ItsTrue  +   1119d ago
Why do you have to try start flame wars? Can't you learn to not bring down other consoles?
You make us Xbox fans look bad.

Just bubble this kid down and don't bother replying to him.
iistuii  +   1119d ago
There's a reason why the top sites like Gamespot, IGN, Eurogamer & Gametrailers give roughly the same scores to most games they review, it's because they are unbias & the reviewers know what they are talking about. These sites that nobody has heard of pop up all over the Internet to get hits by being completely out of sync from the other top review sites. It'll happen again when COD comes out. Just ignore them & enjoy yet another good outing from Halo.
Godz Kastro  +   1119d ago
I'll tell you what..Halo is a technical Marvel... a friend and I started Campaign last night. IF this was a launch title for the xbox 720 I wouldve still been excited...thats how good this game looks... Im talking about jaw dropping visuals from the lighting to the vistas...I just could not believe this game was running a 360.

I know graphics aren't everything but that alone is worth a few points... Sound? Amazing, Story so far? So much more involved than I can remember in previous halo games and im only three chapters in. Cant wait to play tonight.

Go to meta critic and look at who is giving this game good scores and whose giving it bad... you'll notice the no name sites talking down on it just for hits.... I understand this is a subjective matter but come on a 5.5...suck a d**k
JJRivers  +   1119d ago
Quarter to Three's a "no name" site? How old are you?

And I don't see anywhere in the review that laments poor visuals -- the exact opposite, I tells ya! I've played it too and I think it's amazing to look at especially the cutscenes.
ALLWRONG  +   1119d ago
You guys keep holding on to those 3 negative reviews, it's the only ones you got. You guys have such great games like... uh... well... Little Big Mario Kart Racing. <- That's some GOTY quality right there.
A-Glorious-Dawn  +   1119d ago

uh, what are you talking about?
Godz Kastro  +   1119d ago
Sorry, never heard of them.. I am 35 and been gaming since i can remember. I thought I would have at least stumbled across them at some point...either way, do u think it deserves a 5.5? The opening 20 min alone is a mile stone for gaming.

Chill out with th e attacks bud, im making a point, You couldve kept the "age" comment out...
tigertron  +   1119d ago
Troll review is trolling.
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Pen15  +   1119d ago
From what I can tell, a 5.5 is just very mediocre. Get over yourselves.

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