Halo 4 Review | IGN

IGN - As usual, of course, the fate of the universe rests on Master Chief’s long-dormant shoulders – the green-armored super-soldier has been on ice aboard the Forward Unto Dawn since Halo 3 faded to black five years ago – but this time our hero bears an even greater burden.

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-Alpha3740d ago (Edited 3740d ago )

Don't have a 360, but I was a hardcore Halo 1 fan, so it sucks that I'm missing out. Halo is such an phenomenal franchise, I can't help but get excited.

Regardless, I'm glad 343 did such a great job.

LX-General-Kaos3740d ago (Edited 3740d ago )

Everyone was afraid of putting Halo in the hands of a new development studio. Luckily they have not let us down. Keeping the title of greatest First Person Shooter franchise of all time.

The Xbox 360 has aged gracefully, even at the end of its lifespan the 360 is still able to produce industry leading gaming experiences. Possibly and likely game of the year quality. Halo 4 is finally here. Cheers to a good time.

Rated E For Everyone

NukaCola3740d ago

Crazy high score of IGN. Haven't seen them give a score like this in ages, even with the minor nitpicks. Either way, the game looks pretty damn good. Halo is fun and I'll get it sometime soon. Glad to see 343 did a good job on this one.

martinezjesus19933740d ago (Edited 3740d ago )

^^uncharted 3 got a 10 from IGN, just sayin.. so anyways i had my doubts with the new developer and all, but congrats to 343, good thing i have both 360 and pas3 so i get the best of both worlds

Kingdom Come3740d ago (Edited 3740d ago )

@ Martinez

Uncharted 3 was given a 10 back when IGN restricted themselves to .5's in their reviews, making them round up to the nearest .5. They listed flaws for Uncharted, but Greg Miller wanted to give it a 10 regardless.

This review was written superbly and truly highlighted Halo 4's magnificence. I prefer their reviews now that they've returned to their older scoring system, the reviewers can be more free with their scoring, and if I'm not mistaken, Halo 4 is the highest scoring game since they returned to the current scoring system. Again, 343 did a tremendous job.

LOGICWINS3740d ago

Someone just HAD to mention Uncharted in this thread


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NewMonday3740d ago

Dose the story arc standalone or is it a cliffhanger ending?

SuperLupe3740d ago

Same here man ... just got myself thinking of getting another 360 just for this.

I left home for studies so left my 360 for my little bro's and bought a PS3 for myself.

Maybe I'll just get the one of those 4GB models second hand. That is if the game/multiplayer doesnt require some kind of mandatory install. Anyway, I absolutely HAVE to play this.

unchartedxplorer3739d ago

crusedernm. Yeah, wait until GTA V comes out

mewhy323739d ago

Wow, the reviewer said this was the best game on any system!!!!!

RAZORLAND3739d ago

so when did IGN go back to the 100 point scale?

EVILDEAD3603739d ago

A huge salute to 343 studios for pulling off what some thought was impossible..

You could feel that something special was brewing over there this entire time.

This may be the greatest collection of talent put together in the history of gaming.

Been a massive fan of Halo and Bungie from the old Giant box debut all the way through to Reach.

But it's official...the Baton has officially been passed.

Just a few more days..Can't wait

Life is good


darthv723739d ago

im surprised you still do not have a 360. I can recall a few years back you saying you want one but the reliability was a factor.

so even after they have made a better system you still dont have one....oh well.

Do yourself a favor and get one. then you can play this game and many other games in the 360 library. There really is nothing wrong with playing the field.

Jinkies3739d ago

I can't to get Halo 4

Off Topic


How does this guy keep getting bubbles, he's such a fake. The Rated E for everyone crap is just plain annoying now.

gaffyh3739d ago

@darth - Tbh though, now it's got to a point where it's almost not worth buying an Xbox 360 or PS3 (if you don't already have one or you have one of the other) because next gen consoles are right round the corner.

darthv723739d ago

yeah i can agree. But there is really nothing wrong with having both at some point.

I encourage those with only a 360 to get a ps3. It isnt an evil system that many proclaim it to be.

Same with those who only have a ps3. the 360 does a nice job of going well with the ps3. Those who stick to their guns and only support one, you have more strength than me.

Im a console whore who loves to play field..

deafdani3739d ago


You mean the Microsoft™ Xbox 360® Entertainment System.


pixelsword3739d ago (Edited 3739d ago )



Good job 343!

I usually don't like IGN Reviews, though because they're fullabull, but how can you hate Halo?

guitarded773739d ago

I've never been a big Halo fan. I've played the games and like them, but not really a must play kinda game for me. Until now that is... 343 clearly has a better understanding of the XBOX hardware than Bungie did, and Halo 4 looks beautiful. Can't wait to get my hands on it.

Sarcasm3739d ago

Gotta say this game is looking pretty damn good. Haven't been excited about a 360 game since the first Gears of War.

Bravo 343

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Nimblest-Assassin3740d ago (Edited 3740d ago )

Even though I don't own a 360, I love Halo.

Its been tradition since Halo 1 that me and my cousin split screen the campaign

Congrats 343

slixshot3739d ago

how does one disagree with this comment? What, you disagree that he's played Halo 1 with his cousin?

zgoldenlionz3739d ago

I rarely touch my 360 but there's always the exception when a new halo comes out. Glad to see this one looks to be pretty great, too bad I'll have to go buy another battery pack for my controller I don't want to run thru tons of double A batteries while playing this game.

Reverent3739d ago

I'm in the same position as you. Halo by itself is a massive reason that makes me wish I owned an Xbox. Anyone who doesn't own both a PS3 and an Xbox are really missing out on some of the greatest games of the generation.

dragonrage003739d ago

They disagree that he likes Halo. Apparently one cant have opinios. Well you're in N4G so get used to that.

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ReservoirDog3163740d ago

I'm in your exact same position. I really wish I didn't sell my 360.

I guess I'll just go back and get it when the next xbox comes out with backwards compatibility (hopefully).

Or maybe I'll just steal a 360. Yeah...

insomnium23740d ago (Edited 3740d ago )

I feel like playing Halo:ce. If I pick up a x360 (or a b/c 720) someday I will buy all the games I'm interested in with it.

Though I'm going to have to wait until I retire in 35 or so years before I have that much time to spend in gaming so.....

PinkFunk3740d ago

Damn! Didn't expect that. Well, to be honest I didn't know what to expect. I remember playing Halo 2 on my xbox with some friends and having a serious blast. Though I never played the single player so I can't really say much.

I am really happy for 343 though. They had a lot to work up to but it looks like their passion and talent surpassed expectations. And that's something to really acknowledge.

I don't have a 360 so i'm not sure i'll get to experience it in the foreseeable future, but I really hope to stumble in at a friend's place and see it in action!

SockeyBoy3740d ago

Is it sad that I got a teared up? I can't wait!!

FragMnTagM3739d ago

Goosebumps and tears. It just means you have really fond memories of Halo's past, and this reminded you of those good times, which in turn released a dose of seratonin.

Autodidactdystopia3739d ago

Goosebumps and tears. It just means you have really fond memories of Halo's past, and this reminded you of those good times, which in turn released a dose of Gayness.

sandynig3739d ago

I'm the same way. I love Halo and I've been hoping that 343 would make the best Halo game to date. Looks like they have! I'm so stoked! November 6th can't come soon enough!

JAMurida3740d ago

Yeah, I'll admit that I didn't think Halo would do well in other hands but just going off of the footage and what not, I'm impressed. Sadly I'm in the same boat though. Got rid of my 360 like 3-4 years ago.

Crazay3740d ago (Edited 3740d ago )

I would fully agree with this assessment from IGN for a change. The game is killer. I'm just not ready to post my review yet.

gman_moose3739d ago

I'm jealous too. I want to play it but it would cost me $60 for the game, and $50 to renew my XBL Gold for another year. Screw that. I'm done with paying to be able to play online.

videoxgamexfanboy3739d ago

So u came in a halo thread to complain about paying for live? Trolls will be trolls

kupomogli3739d ago


Yeah. He's a troll because he disagrees with your opinion. He's stated he's jealous because he wants to play the game but won't pay to play online. That's the same reason I no longer have 360 and have yet to pick up the slim.

Most anything that has been coming out on the 360 that I've been interested in has come out on the PS3. There are games that are exclusive to the 360 that I want to get. Forza Horizon and Gears of War 3 are two games, but when I do get them, it'll be single player exclusive after the free membership that comes with the game ends because I refuse to pay to play games online like every other system doesn't make you do outside of games being MMOs.

It's times like this that I'm glad most of the games I like are on PS3 or PC.

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PtRoLLFacE3739d ago

The Xbox’s original king has returned to his rightful place on the throne. no one can argue about that

ILive3739d ago (Edited 3739d ago )

I feel the review is being very bias because its Halo. The game is not even innovative, its just ideas new to the series.

FragMnTagM3739d ago

Your comment doesn't stand to reason at all. Yes, they did incorporate SOME things from other games, but they have given so much more content in a game pre DLC than anything I have seen this generation.

Name a game that has had WEEKLY episodic content for FREE. 3 to 5 missions every week for FREE!

You are either crazy, a hater, or just plain stupid.

That doesn't even touch forge mode, which in itself is a whole 'nother thing that will surely create even more game modes that will be incorporated into multiplayer, just like Halo 3 and Reach. They have really given players robust features and a nice toolset to create some truly special maps and game modes within forge.

You are either crazy, a hater, or just plain trolling.

I feel I have wasted enough time on your worthless existence.

otherZinc3739d ago

Wow! What a review.

They hit everything I was looking for:
Sandbox is better
Scale is larger
Enemy AI
Spartan Ops

This is all written without spoilers galore. Only concern is the Music, that may be the reason for the 9.8.

Absolutely cant wait. This review has me ready to play. I'm going to play some Halo:Anniversary to prepare for Halo 4:Heroic Mode!

TENTONGUN3739d ago

music has always been good in halo. but i hate how you can never turn it off and just listen to the environment effects with the 5.1 cranked. anyways i love when a new halo is released.


awesome score but Nov 13 75% of those players will jump on COD BO 2

ConstipatedGorilla3739d ago

Yeah, I don't think so. COD is tired. It was tired last year even.


like i said only that much

Amplitude3739d ago

Ive got a 360 but im not paying for Live lol ill probably get it for single player and split screen though

FragMnTagM3739d ago

That is pretty sad seeing as how a lot of the game involves multiplayer.

I bet you have a cell phone that doesn't bring you nearly as much entertainment as Live does, but you spend over 50 bucks a month on it.

By the way XBL can be had for under 30 bucks for an entire year at times.

Amplitude3739d ago (Edited 3739d ago )

I dont use my 360 even close to enough to justify it.
I buy my PS3 exclusives on 360 and my multiplats for PC lol free online <3

Let's be honest we havent had a great 360 exclusive in quite a while. :/

Tonester9253739d ago

I really loved Halo 3. I was in highschool and I used to stay up all night/morning lol Then the newer ones started releasing and I just couldn't get into those.

I really started hating the fact that you could take a heavy load of bullets, but an elbow hurts more than a sniper round in the chest? lol

So everyone had the assault rifle and could empty a whole clip and hit you with 70% of the bullets and still keep running away. I just opened my eyes and seen how dumb that was.

Now the multiplayer story was great! I loved going with a squad of friends looking for skulls and watching youtube videos trying to find them all.

I tried to play Halo Reach recently and that spark is just gone (crazy boring) and my Xbox has dust on it. Maybe this can get me back in the franchise.

Anon19743739d ago

Fantastic. I'm so looking forward to getting my hands on this game and having some time to spend with it. I've made no secret of the fact I was thoroughly disappointed with the lacklustre single player of Halo Reach and skipped over ODST altogether.

It sounds like this is finally a return to form. Good job, 343.

Crazyglues3739d ago (Edited 3739d ago )

@ -Alpha

yeah don't feel bad I was a super Halo 1 fan, I mean I loved some Halo back in the day.. having friends come over and linking the Xboxes together -Was just some of the best gaming moments of my Gaming Life..

We would play all night to the next day... Good Times..

I have since moved on, and just became diehard PS3 and even though I have a 360 I kinda left halo after the let down IMO of halo 2 on 360...

-But wow Halo 4 looks amazing, and I mean amazing.. they did do a hell of a job.. 343 I'm super excited at what they seem to have been able to do with the franchise.. and I can't wait to play it..

My PS3 friends are about to be a little upset that I have abandon them, but it was for HALO 4 I mean it's HALO 4 Come On' I have to play it (just because of everything Halo 1 was on Xbox)... and IGN gave it a 9.8 that's just extra icing on the cake.

||.........___||.......____|| I'll be back.. LoL

SephirothX213739d ago

Though the environment are not as large as those in halo 3. The levels are narrower as a compromise for the improved graphics. This is the only disappointing thing.

ShabbaRanks3739d ago

Dam I don't know... IGN was saying the same thing about Halo3 and I was uber disappointed. They gave Halo Reach a lower score and I actually liked it better then Halo3...

Hitman5 is arround the corner too plus BF3 aftermath so I think il pass... Big big Hitman fan :S and I may end up getting Halo4 anyway, but not right now

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joab7773739d ago

So, either they hav had it longer to judge it better or others r not as happy about halo 4. I figured that it would be amazing (maybe not this goos from ign...though some bias is expected), but so many others do not share the same opinion. Can u really review this game in such a short time? Do many just hate halo and microsoft. Or is next gen approaching making it hard to review games honestly? I guess i will see when i play

Rage_S903739d ago

Halo is the best thing to ever happen to humanity.

chaos-lockheart3739d ago

is it me or is this review scripted? Gamespot sounds like it has the same reviewer that says the exact thing as igns, im i missing something?

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Kingdom Come3740d ago (Edited 3740d ago )

Congratulations 343. You deserve this appreciation after the sheer amount of effort you've put into the development of this game. The anticipation for my Limited Edition's arrival is unbearable...

Chief's back, and better than ever.

floetry1013740d ago

No doubt. The pressure was certainly on them to deliver. Glad they did.

Norrison3740d ago

I knew this game was going to get epic reviews, the devs looked decided to make an epic game, and they did.

aviator1893740d ago

The review was an awesome read and the score is pretty much what I was expecting from all the previews and praise.

This just made the 5 days waiting game a little longer...

Kalowest3740d ago

Finally, a FPS that pushes the genre in the right direction.

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Gamer19823740d ago

What direction is that? its still the same as every other Generic FPS out there run from point A to point B and kill guys along the way with an online mode thrown in so you don't get bored after you finished it. Killzone, Resistancer, COD, Battlefield there all the same generic war game with a differnt code of paint and other differnces to make it a differnt experience. The point it you still do the exact same thing you been doing on the game since back in the Xbox 1 days running from point A to point B. This is not Dishonoured or an open world game is another FPS the same as any other and for that reason it doesnt deserve massive praise IMO. Game reviewers don't know a great game anymore.

videoxgamexfanboy3739d ago

99% of the games out there are go from A to B. It's about how u get there that separates them. You make absolutely no sense.

greenpowerz3740d ago (Edited 3740d ago )

Must be dam good. Picking it up before the election and playing it after.


Disagree with my and reviewers opinions? Disagree with my plans?

*You know you're an xbox fan: when no matter what you say it's bad*

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