"A lot can go wrong when a new developer takes over an established and much loved franchise; just ask Crystal Dynamics about their run with the Tomb Raider license. Perhaps that's why Halo 4 was scary to a lot of people. For the first time ever, the established and million dollar franchise was leaving its home at Bungie after the developer signed a lucrative multi-platform deal with Activision, leaving an unproven studio at the helm. Now, after years of waiting and rumors, Halo 4 is here, and those fears were clearly unfounded -- Halo 4 feels like a breath of fresh air for one of Microsoft's most important franchises. Somehow 343 Industries has taken what Bungie created and made it feel refreshingly new yet familiar experience that sets the bar for console shooters all over again."