Submitted by Pozzle 1041d ago | review

Halo 4 Disappoints | Rediff Review

Halo games have always been an acquired taste. With its candy coloured enemies, a mute, faceless protagonist, and a convoluted storyline that almost seemed as if it were overcompensating for the simplicity elsewhere, it was a hard game to like if you were looking for something beyond the carnal gratification of fragging AI or human opponents. However, none of this should take away from just how well it plays, or from the fact that it is pretty much the progenitor of the modern console FPS. (Halo 4, Xbox 360) 7/10

Belking  +   1041d ago
"Halo 4 Disappoints"

So does game journalism.
mushroomwig  +   1041d ago
Not to mention 7/10 is considered disappointing now? Back in the day a score like that would be welcomed.
Blastoise  +   1041d ago
Lol "back in the day"

You mean back in the day when people didn't buy games based on Metacritic scores?

When games used to be complete instead of having things taken out for DLC?

When reviews used to slightly mean something because only the very best games received 9's or 10's?

I miss those days...
coolbeans  +   1041d ago
I think you're misinterpreting the reviewer's statement.
I agree with the sentiment about bloated scoring modules, but I don't see that as the reviewer's intention. At the beginning, Murali (<-reviewer) mentions how enjoyable Reach was and 'fixed some issues.' He/She only thinks 4 is a disappointment because it shows the series taking a step back, in his/her own eyes.

So...yes a 7/10 can be disappointing, but not bad.


I'm almost certain Reach wasn't running on a "brand spanking new engine," but was instead just the Halo 3 engine heavily upgraded.
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ziggurcat  +   1041d ago
@ Blastoise:

"When reviews used to slightly mean something because only the very best games received 9's or 10's?"

which would then make this review on par, since i doubt this game is among "the very best."

halo not getting a 10/10 review isn't the end of the world, so get over it.
Blastoise  +   1041d ago

I never mentioned Halo, my comment wasn't really about Halo but more about Reviews in general these days
Knight_Crawler  +   1041d ago
I really wish that they would get rid of the scoring scale and just review the game and say if its a rental, Buy or avoid.

The fact that some games are getting 10/10 is crazy...a 10/10 means that the game is perfect and has no flaws.

Plus some sites use giving a game a bad score so they can get more hits.

This is my sulution - create an AI program that reviews the game based on some codes that you give it for example if the game is a sequal then it should know if the the story has improved, did the graphics upgrad, does the game have more content, how smooth the game runs....you get my point.

I know that this would be expensive but atleast we know that the AI program wont be bias and does not preffer a certain game or console brand.

Also I would call it Milk Shake after my dead dog :( RIP MIlk Shake.
liquidhalos  +   1041d ago
What a silly little review, how in gods name did this get approved, thats not a review by any stretch of the imagination, its reads like a note one might doodle while your ISP has you on hold to one of its indian help lines
Dms2012  +   1041d ago
Just another opinion rather than a review, since when do reviews start out by bashing the game?
miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   1041d ago
This review sucks, just like that site.
Captain Qwark 9  +   1041d ago
the website is terribly laid out as is the review. also reach is far from the best halo imo and im pretty sure is considered the weakest entry by most.

on that note, i dont necessarily disagree with the score but def disagree with the contents of the review

the sp for me was weak in this one. the story was the best so far but the gameplay is still walk from a to b shooting everything, press button, repeat. the story help mask this somewhat and the vehicle levels offer a little variety ( driving the jet and pelican is def cool ) but as a whole its a tired design that needs to be redone. there was also far mroe small corridor shooting and made me really miss the huge open battles from halo 3 ( the strongest halo campaign imo ). also while i enjoy the new promethean weapons, the pro enemies didnt impress and i found boring to fight. sp is 6/10 for me.

i wont go into any detail on the mp but its as good as 3 and just under 2. 9/10.

in conclusion, id def recommend the game to everyone and agree with any score 7-9.
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Hydralysk  +   1041d ago
On the subject of Reach that's debatable, Reach was really the only where the story rose above "Master Chief is a badass who always saves the day!" formula. I wouldn't call it strong writing by any stretch, but in terms of story I'd rate Reach the highest.

Was it the multiplayer that sucked, cause I never even bothered to touch it.
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Captain Qwark 9  +   1041d ago
you get my last bubble.....

although my lack of experience with reach hardly makes me qualified to offer a true opinion ( thats why i said "considered the weakest by most, almost everyone i know and myself think its the weakest ). the sp fell flat for me a couple hrs in and i couldnt even bring myself to finish reach. so i tried the mp and after a few hours of that as well i just didnt like the new direction and most importantly the maps it shipped with were very weak.

in halo 4 enjoy all the maps like i did with h3/h2. in reach i didnt care for a single one it shipped with, my mp career stopped there.
liquidhalos  +   1041d ago
I found your comment more interesting and explanatory than the review itself. Nice one.

You should mail the site admin as im sure after they see that weak review there will be a spot on staff opening up
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hennessey86  +   1041d ago
Respect opinions
But I still love halo 4, especially swat I could play that all day
aviator189  +   1041d ago
i agree. swat in halo 4 is pretty darn fun.
CYBERHATER  +   1041d ago
Thats because it plays like halo2. You know the game they dropped from xbl and folks have been screaming for its return ever since?
GuyManDude  +   1041d ago
Edit: this was meant as a reply to Captain Qwark 9

Yeah I'd have to agree on the single player. The lack of variety in enemies was disappointing, and the game was too "walk, shoot, walk, shoot, activate" like you said.

There should be "incredible moments" in the gameplay. Things like Master Chief having to go out into space to fix a space colony while fighting off a threat. Or leading a group of Spartans into a huge battle against hundreds of enemies.

Master Chief is a very capable badass, and I want to do more with him than run and shoot 6 enemies.
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Captain Qwark 9  +   1041d ago
i have been waiting for a battle with hundreds of characters on screen at once since the beginning lol. it just seems like a natural fit. halo 3 had the most wide open battles so far and a few epic moments like fighting the scarab. thats why it was my fav so far, other than the star wars moment in the jet fighter this one def lacked those and the lack of enemies def hurt it. i miss the brutes for starters and my prob with the promeatheans is that they felt weightless. when i shoot a covenant or vehicle i can "feel" it ( i have no other way to explain that lol ) but when i shoot the promeatheans it felt no different than just shooting a wall.
MerkinMax  +   1041d ago
Come on son...
"Where Halo 4 trips up is in the story. Picking up a few months from Halo 3's conclusion."

The VERY FIRST cutscene of the game sticks a big fat "4 Years After Halo Event" right on the screen for you. Act like you at least payed attention. I was not pleased with Halo 4, but I sure feel I can write out my disappointments 10x better than this guy.
Captain Qwark 9  +   1041d ago
i was gonna point this out as well but it just seemed so obvious lol
bubblebeam  +   1041d ago
True. Even in the first level, the Chief asks Cortana how long he was out, and she says like "4 years, 7 months and 10 days".

How you could miss that is unbelievable. Some people just shouldn't review games at all. Try harder.
vega275  +   1041d ago
I finished the story yesterday and I have to say I enjoyed it from start to finish and wasnt disappointed in the least. At the end of the day my opinion is all that matters to me not so journalist who probably spent more time looking for something to bash instead of enjoying the game.

I cant wait for halo 5. 343 industries did a greatvjob in my eyes and I'm looking forward to the next project.

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