Is Halo 4 living up to the hype?

Destructoid - Did 343 Industries step comfortably into Bungie's big shoes? Was the story all you'd hoped for? Does the multiplayer still hold up? Does it actually matter that they didn't include iron-sights for the guns? Conversely, does it feel like it's too predictable? More of the same? Was it perhaps not quite the shining beacon of perfection you wanted?

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LX-General-Kaos2175d ago (Edited 2175d ago )

It absolutely is

After playing through some of the single player experience, and extended up all nighter infinity multiplayer battles. It is safe to say that Halo 4 not only lives up to the hype, but has greatly surpassed my expectation with graphics, performance, great level design, and how fluid a shooter sporting all those traits can be. Even the voice acting turned out top notch, and brought to the table a higher quality of voice work, and emotion than past Halo experiences.

Outside of graphics, the greatest leap in successful implementation that I witnessed right away was the quality of sound. Everything from weapons, music, to the engines in the speeding vehicles has had a massive tune up. Anyone that hops into a ghost in single or multiplayer will likely notice the quality increase right away.

I salute 343 for doing a spectacular job in their first true outing into the gaming spectrum. Delivering what I believe is the greatest looking and playing first person shooter of this generation on console. Looking forward to what their next experience brings to the table.

Rated E For Everyone

Allsystemgamer2175d ago

I agree. It's much better than I thought.

Is it just me or are the same 5 lifeless trolls disagreeing in ever halo article??

pixelsword2175d ago (Edited 2175d ago )

Try to ignore them, dude; I've come to realize that disagrees only matter in this little world.

EVILDEAD3602174d ago (Edited 2174d ago )

This is 150% real..not the fake multi-profiles who say ANYTHING to do what they do best on or any other forum.

I bought the original Xbox for Halo: Combat Evolved after seeing the 10/10/10 review of the game in EGM, when that magazibe was bigger than IGN is now.

I have so many vast memories of playing that campaign when NOTHING was touching it.

Just to show REAL gamers (that owned the original Xbox) who may understand how amazing the irony of what has transpired a decade+ later

I have spent a day and a half on multiplayer, and went from I'm not sire I like the changes to this is

Fast forward a decade and almost a year later..

I am nowhere NEAR done with the final campaign. I stopped after the first level to play multi the same morning of the midnight launch.

The multi experience went from this doesnt come close to Bungoes Reach too my god this is the most addicting Halo multi since Halo 3...

But, it was the day after of playing a marathon session co-op with the biggest fan I know outside myself that I realize that Halo 4 is the best Hslo I have played sonce Combat Evolved. The ownder, the exploration, the massive science fction mystery that I and millions felt back then all came back.

But the graphics ..the set pieces..the new weapons..the plot..WOW..

THIS is by FAR the best Halo campaign IMPACT wise since the original. It's all there..don't let these idiots spoil the game for you.

This game will NEVER be a 5.5 or even a 7.0 from EGM which Ironically produced the review that was one of the main reasons I ran to the stores and bought the original giant Xbox and this game shortly after launch..this is the type of gaming experience that comes rarely.

I AGAIN salute 343 studios for pulling off the impossible. You will have another massive massive fanbase in utter anticipation of the next installment of this game.

Well deserved.

On topic..this is worth every second. Best FPS on the 360 this gen..period.


Lvl_up_gamer2174d ago

I am almost done my second play through on Heroic and I have to say it is hands down the best Halo yet.

The graphics are so amazing, well polished and sharp. The story is compelling, mature and even darker then previous Halo titles. You get to see the human side of Master Chief and his relationship with Cortana.

The Multiplayer is just so much faster and fluid with so many variants.

My ONLY gripe with the game is the maps that were selected in Forge. With Halo Reach we were given one HUGE map where you could build in the water, a small island and a Huge playing area, now we have 3 smaller separate maps. I prefer 1 large one to 3 average to small ones.

Any Halo fan who grew up playing Halo since the start would agree this is the best Halo yet. It's nice to have a more mature Halo with darker undertones. Halo 4 truly is the next evolution in the Halo franchise. I can't wait to see what happens in the next 2 episodes.

343i have taken Halo to where it needed to be.

dark-hollow2175d ago (Edited 2175d ago )

Am actually quite disappointed at the campaign.

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I don't know but there is something off in this campaign compared to halo 1-2-3. Don't get me wrong. The graphics are amazing, the voice acting is great and the soundtrack still as epic as ever, but there is couple flaws with the campaign.

The main villians are very unintresting unlike the first time you battle the covenant in halo CE, and they tried to make the story more personal with the multifunctional cortana which could be done better, and the last mission where you go destroying the didact Luke Skywalker's way is not the best way to end this game, especially with the last boss who you kill in a QTE section!!! The multiplayer on the other hand is pretty awesome, so far the best MP in a halo game yet, and that's where the bulk of the game so am not bothered by the lacking campaign.

MerkinMax2174d ago

If you want to really get the motivations behind the Didact and Librarian as well as the huge backstory, watch all the terminals. This will clear up so much for you, as they are meant to.

TheLeapist2175d ago

I'm a ps3 only owner and I played it (the online multiplayer) for the first time last night at my friend's house and it was absolutely amazing. I have only positive things to say about it after a 3 hour taste.

Oldman1002175d ago

I've enjoyed what I played of the campaign so far. The Warthog sounds pretty badass!

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otherZinc2174d ago

Oh Absolutely Amazing!
This story is so damn great, I couldn't ask for more.

I'm not finished with the game yet; playing on Heroic, but the music isn't as good. With Halo 5, they need to incorporate that Halo Theme just a little to get us fired-up.

Jaces2174d ago

Have only played about an hour and already I can tell it's so much better than previous Halo's. Very impressed with 343. Haven't tried the online yet, need to get a 3 month subscription later.

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Jinkies2175d ago (Edited 2175d ago )

It depends on how you view it and what your tastes are, I like it, I think it's amazing, especialy to be playing Chief again but the thing is it's still Halo at the end of the day. I mean it's not like that first time when you played on the very firt Halo and you were like "Oh my god," ; with your jaw basicaly on the floor.

What really bugs me about the game though in the campaign that there was a lot of talk about the relationship of the two characters and how since they've done motion capturing they would be more engaged with each other but with the voices recorded sepertely (maybe it's just Cortanas) they seem like their just reading their lines, like one has to fully finish untill the next line starts, it's hard for Chief and Cortana to be more emotional, especialy with her going through rampancy.

aviator1892175d ago

Actually, Halo 4 is the first game where both voice actors voiced their lines back-to-back in the same room.

In all other Halos, they were done separately.

Jinkies2175d ago

Yeah but it dosent really sound like that in the game, it dosent seem like it flows aswell as it should

Chuk52175d ago

If you we're expecting a Halo game. then it's probably one of the best in the series.

If you were expecting something else, you should have known better. Halo 4 is part of a larger narrative of a new studio who has been given the keys to one of the biggest franchises in any media, with a community as venomous and stubborn as a barrel of kobra's in a bull parade.

I would compare Halo 4 to Street Fighter IV, it keeps the core intact but makes wise iterations. Both of these games are so mechanically pure yet nuanced, that one wrong step can kill their identities. That's one thing I feel some reviewers have failed to realize.

This is why COD needs a change, because at its core, it's a shallow shell of quake's nuance. Cod's dynamics boil down to a meat grinding "I saw you first, you die".

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