GR's Daniel Hill writes:
A franchise as large as Halo is a tough shell to crack. It has been around so long that it has become something of an icon – wherein a dramatic change may leave longtime fans feeling a sense of betrayal, while a lack of advancement could mean stagnation and eventual boredom on the fan’s part. So what do you do when you’re a new studio being handed this legendary franchise? Exactly what 343 did with Halo 4 – keep the staples intact while cleaning up some cobwebs.