Halo 4 Review: Master Chief is Back

By Tina Amini on November 6, 2012, 8:55 PM

I've never seen Halo like this before. Halo 4 is emotional, something I've never felt from the franchise quite like this. Sure, invested fans will protest and say that the lore is fascinating and the war struggles moving, but I can safely say I've never sat through a Halo campaign quite at the edge of my seat like I have in the first title by 343 Industries.

People, especially gamers, seem to be afraid of change. That's understandable when it comes to the Halo franchise. Halo is a legacy. When Bungie introduced the sci-fi, first-person shooter franchise over a decade ago, it wowed fans with a perfect formula of alien creatures and versatile weapons. People obsessed over the game's multiplayer modes, playing iterations that were years old, even after new titles in the series were released. Halo sold Xboxes. It's a household name, and for good reason.

So change seems like it would be scary. Like it might ruin the integrity of something that's formed such an impressive community. Hardcore Halo fans can rest assured that 343 has stayed true to the core of Halo, and I urge them to keep an open mind when confronted by its new skin.

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PinothyJ said:

I think I will just leave this here: [link]

ikesmasher said:

This is a horribly biased and not so well written review. I did not know that "battle rifles and banshees" are the things that made halo, halo. We are accused of hating change, but halo 4 was not change, it was taking the concepts of the first trilogy (e.g. starting out the same, just generally simplicity) and throwing them all out the window. the writer fails to specify what makes it similar to past games, apart from battle rifles and banshees.

Khanonate said:

Microsoft release it on xbox only. The controls are awful, I prefer keyboard and a mouse.

1 person liked this | Marnomancer Marnomancer said:

Haters may hate. Critics may criticize. But to me, it's a legend all over again.

Way to go, 343! Way to go Chief!

1 person liked this | likedamaster said:

Microsoft release it on xbox only. The controls are awful, I prefer keyboard and a mouse.

You sound like a pc fanboy. My question is, why the heck are you complaining about an xbox game?

Khanonate said:

Microsoft release it on xbox only. The controls are awful, I prefer keyboard and a mouse.

You sound like a pc fanboy. My question is, why the heck are you complaining about an xbox game?

We're in the "comment" section so I'm talking about my actual experiences, so you saying "complaining" is a delusion in your mind.

Guest said:

When the pc version released? :D

2 people like this | Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Microsoft would be wise to release Halo 1-3, Reach and 4 on PC in some kind of super box set on PC, Give us dedicated servers and slightly better textures / Lighting effects and some modding tools, Halo would absolutely thrive on PC, but alas, Microsoft being Microsoft will keep it all Xbox only...

Marnomancer Marnomancer said:

Agreed with Burty117...

Khanonate said:

Agreed with Burty too but with Microsoft, it's going to be "My way or the highway"

ikesmasher said:

343 said at one of their events last year (septemberish 2011) that xbox was their only focus as a platform at this time. which knowing them pretty much means they arent going to PC unless someone else does it for them

Guest said:

No pc version, does this mean Microsoft want to force us buy their xbox? :p

Guest said:

"Xim Edge" people if you want to us mouse and keyboard on Xbox360.

Cota Cota said:

Great ill now go to frys and buy a new video card for my PC and ill buy th.... ohh

Guest said:

Just another Halo with a coat of paint for the glossy finish... nothing more. Pure regurgitation from M$oft!!

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

Nothing will come close to the original, but I will say that 343's game does pay a good bit of homage. I haven't liked a single installation since the first game, with the exception of Reach to some extent, but H4 is breath of semi-fresh air. This is coming from someone with the original game near the top of their favorites list.

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

"Prometheans as a new enemy class are more annoying than I expected. They're cowards. They immediately flee as soon as you shoot them. I expect AI to react to my threat, ducking under cover as needed. But I didn't expect to play hide and seek with them."

How about they just walk out in front of you and allow you to shoot them. Or even better, lets have a completely new species in a Halo game fight in ways we have seen a thousand times before with other forms of AI.

This is literally the only 2 sentences I read from this review and its all I need. While I do appreciate a genuine opinion, this review seems quite... immature.

Houstonheart Houstonheart said:

The only negative reviews are by Ps3 only fans (meaning they do not own both consoles) or biast review by PS3 reviewers. Cross reference posts and reviews for the obvious.

Then there are those ranting about COD BOII which they have yet to even play. COD games typically are buggy at launch and very much the same old thing. I like them but they have less replay value, and the fact is Halo titles are played longer and stay steady.

I myself am a PC gamer, and spend more time on MMo's. Halo 4 was the only game to pull me back to a console. I own a ps3 but the lack of strong titles and any meaningful exclusives, minus 1, just doesn't cut it for me. I'm on a pC, and more on the 360 if I play on a console.

Halo 4 was well done. The graphics amazing concidering the hardware is getting old. The tech savey know the PS3 has serious flaws (developers have complained). The Vita was better designed, and thanks to Sony's decision to increase it's main ram, it has features they just can't include in the PS3.

343 pulled through. THey did it well. I can tell by some comments that are negative that those people haven't played the title, since they are commenting on issues that do not exist.

It's not a perfect game, but it's damn good. Then again many titles are lacking this day and age, but Halo 4 offers a tad more, and is better then previous editions which at times were lacking.

At least there is a title like this on a console, and some others as well that are decent, yet if it is on PC I'll play there first.

Guest said:

Not 4 player Local Cooperative campaign, instantly rules this game out as Modern seeing as we've had such features since Conflict Desert or even Brute Force. Loses many a star when I tried last night with my brothers gathered round, looking forward to enjoying the game together and we get the message saying "there are too many players within this game, campaign is 2 player only".

spencer spencer said:

Great review, got the game and this is easily the best halo I have ever played; no 4 player co-op because xbox is a weak little ***** but this is easily one of the best xbox games I have ever played and my profile has 23 thousand G score

spencer spencer said:

Only complaint is forge maps are tiny, at the moment and it lacks the bungie feel.

it's hard to describe but if your a true halo player you know what I mean.


No pc version, does this mean Microsoft want to force us buy their xbox? :p

You can always get a used one from a pawnshop :P

Guest said:

"Only complaint is forge maps are tiny, at the moment and it lacks the bungie feel."

Yes, Reach had the best Forge but Reach failed at everything else.

Guest said:

I get what you mean about the Bungie feel to it. Hopefully they will play around with that in updates, but there is a taste of it from the easter eggs (spe. Red vs Blue one in Spartan Ops). This review is a good one and is mostly accurate. The barage of intel was alittle strange at first. Like (spoiler, kind of) when I was flying a certin jet thing there was something said about the Cap. of infinity. In the midst of battle (on Legendary, of course) im not paying any attintion of whats being said, and that was the only time that they mentioned the conceqences of his actions. The Promethians being "stale" is kind of true.

The fact that they are cowards is as accurate as it can get, but they are more fun to fight than the "new" covies. The review on Spartan Ops is accurate as well. It only took about an hour to clear them all and gave no insight as to why the hell humans are still on Requiem. Like did you not noticed what the Composer can do?!?

Over all as a long time fan of the halo franchise, this one stays near to my heart. It has to story and feel of vonrability as ODST, but there is still the feeling of MC being the badass and that sence of heroicness

danny22 said:

NO I should not play this game :)) since there is no PC version.

Guest said:

I don't necessarily agree with most parts of your review ^

My Halo 4 review:


Guest said:

Oh so disappointed, spent the whole game shooting Bubbleheads, mad dogs and scaredycat guys wearing capes over endless platforms. Graphics 9/10, enemies 3/10 Going to re-play the originals with exploding beasts, spider things and stuff. Oh, and COLOUR, not this constant blue/grey.

Guest said:

If you listened to the cutscenes, they're studying the prometheans and some forerunner tech. Why else would they go to a technologically advanced planet?

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