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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