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[Review] Halo 4: 343 Does Bungie Better Than Bungie - Twinfinite

Fans have been eagerly awaiting this newest release in the Halo series for what feels like forever. This enthusiasm was tempered with some serious concerns. Fans didn’t know if the hand over to 343 Industries would be successful. I’m relieved to say that they went above and beyond any and all expectations. They did such a great job, my amazing coworker Brett McLeod (also Twinfinite’s multiplayer Halo master), demanded to contribute and wrote a little piece detailing his experiences with the multiplayer aspect of the game.

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Monstar1412d ago (Edited 1412d ago )

Err, YES.

Bungie if anything were one hit wonders with Halo, they became way too cocky and road the success of the first Halo for too long..and due to fear were NOT willing to spice things up or make much needed improvements. Bungie also seems to have lost direction or perhaps ideas/creativity what the first story created and in doing so drove the franchise in a more military approach. Halo 2 is a good example of this.

That being said, Halo 4 is clearly what halo 3 shouldn've been, in looks..designs, feel and attention to detail. Perhaps 343 new the overall fragile state of such a huge franchise and did everything they could to make it right without losing it's indentity in fear of the reaction. With such responsibility they mananged to perfect an already aged formula and make it feel good again.

Best story in the franchise, PERIOD! It was above and beyond and pushed forth the direction it needed to go, expecially concerning Master Chief which fully expressed him in more way's than just some typical grunt in an armored suit..but someone more enlightened and emotionally driven..which gave much depth to his mission and surival of the human race.

Metroid Prime was a great influence for 343 NO doubt and i'm glad it was.

atticus141412d ago

While im not making excuses for them I think Bungie just became bored, thus why they left the sequel machine that MS made them to be.

We'll see if 343 gets tired a few games into the series, although they do have a great advantage of finally moving to a next gen console, lots more innovation will be possible with vastly superior hardware.

Kalowest1412d ago

Almost half of 343i are old bungie developers.

IronFistChinMi1412d ago

Not true. Whilst a few did make the switch (in some of the important roles), the majority of them are new to the franchise.

aviator1891412d ago

Not really. Not even close.
I think only a handful few went to 343i.

TekoIie1412d ago (Edited 1412d ago )

I absolutely agree! Heres some reasons why:

1. Easily the BEST single player in any Halo game!
2. Great new MP modes and improvements compared to previous games Halo games.
3. Spartan Ops is awesome! Watch episode then play with friends!
4. Armor looks much more futuristic compared to Reach which I like a lot :)
5. Prometheans add more variety to enemies.
6. I love the concept of the Spartan IV's and Infinity War games!!!

My only issues are the following:

1. Is the battle rifle weak? Or is the DMR too good?
2. Forge magnets are a slight letdown.
3. NO PELICAN IN FORGE D: I mean atleast bring the falcon back!
4. Tone down the boltshots secondary fire mode. Its ridiculously powerful...

My issues with the game are a little picky but I still absolutely love this game!

MrKim121412d ago (Edited 1412d ago )

Your title has me confused.

Jek_Porkins1412d ago

I think Halo 4 is a marvel for sure, Bungie created the franchise and will never be forgotten because of that, but I agree that 343i has done the best Halo game with Halo 4.

It also cant be lost that at least a few employees at 343i are former Bungie, and the rest of 343i is made up of an all star team of developers. Microsoft spared no expense with the future of Halo and it shows.

MasterD9191412d ago

Halo 4 is an epic masterpiece. It's damn near perfect.

My only complaint is that I wish a few more classic Halo maps would come back. I'm hoping that the DLC will have unbelievably awesome maps.