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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Spectacular Game, November 10, 2012
This review is from: Halo 4 - Xbox 360 (Standard Game) (Video Game)
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The campaign of Halo 4 mostly takes place on a Forerunner planet called Requiem, 4 years after Halo 3's ending. The Chief and Cortana are stranded on their half of the Forward Unto Dawn, and eventually find the mysterious planet. They crash land onto it, and encounter a hostile faction of the Covenant and Forerunner constructs, the Prometheans, while trying to figure out what's going on there. The campaign is excellent, and is the 2nd best in my opinion, after Halo 2. There are 8 missions in it, and each is very unique and fun. The Prometheans are a very interesting class of enemy, and you'll have to form new strategies to take them down. Some of the Covenant also return (elites, grunts, jackals, and hunters), and pretty much fight the same way as they have before. The Forerunner weapons are very cool, adding a new element of weapon scavenging to the game. As for the story, I wouldn't really recommend this to a newcomer of the series, as they won't know pretty much anything of what's going on. It's still really fun, though, so you shouldn't pass this up. There are also new vehicles to drive and fly in the game, but I won't ruin the surprise of what they are. The campaign seems to be more difficult this time around, as the Prometheans are very smart and tricky. You can still play with up to 4 people in co-op, which makes for a great time. Skulls have also returned, and are available by default. The campaign is a core part of Halo 4, and should not be taken lightly. My only gripe (and a very small one, mind you) with the campaign is that it was a bit short for my taste, but it is definitely a 3-time playthrough at the very least (because of achievements, difficulty, etc.). 9.5/10

WAR GAMES (MULTIPLAYER):

The multiplayer of Halo 4 is very unique, in that it is a part of the main story. It takes place on the UNSC Infinity, a massive starship which is also present in the Campaign. You are a Spartan-IV recruit, taking part in lifelike combat simulations. The MP is not story-based to a cheesy degree, but it is just a cool little addition to it. Before you can play multiplayer, you have to install it for 8 GB from the second disc of Halo 4, which takes about 5 minutes or so. This might be a pain for users with limited storage, but you can pick up a hard drive of flash drive for relatively cheap. Many changed have been made for multiplayer, including sprint as a default ability, perks, and customized classes. Don't worry, it isn't a Call of Duty clone: 343i did a great job of keeping it balanced. There are 50 ranks in MP, and after you reach level 50, you can enlist in a specialization, where you gain a special ability, new armor, and new emblems. Each time you level up, you gain one Spartan Point, which can be used to purchase items for your custom classes. There are many, many things you can buy, including armor (the changes are purely cosmetic), weapons, grenades, and armor abilities. You unlock all of the weapons fairly quickly, so don't worry about getting your hands on your Battle Rifle or DMR. You also unlock armor by completing commendations, challenges which accumulate across your entire career. Some are very challenging to acquire, but you'll eventually reap the benefits. There are 10 multiplayer maps, and all are very aesthetically pleasing and fun to play on. The new game modes are very addicting, like Regicide, Dominion, and Flood. In Infinity Slayer, the default gametype, you can now call in Ordinance Drops when you have scored X amount of points, which contain weapons or powerups. These are not overpowered by any means, just a fun reward for your effort. 10/10

FORGE:

Forge is a game mode where you can edit the maps included with Halo 4, not changing the landscape completely, but placing structures, weapons, and vehicles. This is all done in real time, so you can be working while your friends are goofing around (a common scenario in my case). Forge has been made a lot easier for newer Forge artists, which allows for so many more creative maps to be made. You can also edit player trait zones (i.e. in this area, there's zero gravity) and ordinance drops for Infinity Slayer modes. All in all, Forge is a great mode and only a few problems are present. 9.5/10

CUSTOM GAMES:

Custom Games have returned, where you can edit and try out your own game modes. You can edit default player traits, starting loadouts, ordinance frequency, and points to win, along with many others. You can also play your game types with your own Forge maps, which makes for some very fun games with friends. There's not really much else to say about Custom Games except that it's still awesome. 10/10

SPARTAN OPS:

Also present in multiplayer is Spartan Ops, a new, weekly-based, episodic continuation of the Halo 4 campaign. There are no major spoilers here, so feel free to start whenever you want to. Every week for 10 weeks after Halo 4's launch, 5 misssions are released which can be played with up to 3 other friends or matchmade for you. You can adjust the difficulty as well. These missions are short and sweet, and although the story isn't groundbreaking, there's a wide variety of what you and your friends can do. It's optimal if you play with friends, as it isn't nearly as fun by yourself. 10/10

THEATER:

Halo 3's Theater mode has returned, where you can record previous games, take screenshots, save highlights, and watch the finished product with your friends. It is very easy to use, and you can fly around the map anytime during the film to check out what's going on elsewhere. Whether you're watching an awesome game, an epic failure, or seeing the enemies' tactics, it's a very interesting mode. A major problem with it, however, is that you can no longer watch or save your campaign footage. This is a major downfall, especially for YouTube channels. It may be released in an update later on, but as of now (November 10, 2012), it isn't available. 7/10

OVERVIEW:

Overall, Halo 4 is a fantastic game, keeping the classic Halo gameplay while adding new, modern FPS elements to keep up with its contenders, These don't ruin the game in any way, and only add to the already-awesome multiplayer and campaign. It's certainly worth your money, and is even more fun playing with friends. This is probably one of the best games of the year, and that's really saying something. So go and buy this game right now, you certainly won't regret it.

9.7/10
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