It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the Halo universe, so you can imagine my frustration with not getting to play Halo 4 until after the Year of Shame Challenge was complete. Now the challenge has passed, I’ve finally got around to playing it, and oh my word, it was so worth the wait.
Halo 4 picks up a couple of years after the events of Halo 3 and you once again get to take control of the Master Chief. Before I started playing, I did two things. Google the legendary ending of Halo 3 (as it’s been a while), and then watch again the Machinima film, Halo 4 : Forward Unto Dawn, as Forward Unto Dawn is the ship the Master Chief was on when we last saw him. Those two things made a really added to the experience in my opinion, as there is quite a lot of character crossover and back history.
In Halo 4, we are done with the Flood (thank god, was never a fan), and faced with a new enemy, The Promethean. The Proetheans seem to he higher in the technology food chain, with some new and interesting weaponry, a lot of which made me have to rethink my usual run and gun strategy. They did however drop some quite interesting weaponry which I had great fun with, however I would try to drop back to my trusty magnum and a M392 DMR wherever possible.
Story is great, everything flows very well and I was saddened to see the end credits. There’s an interesting side story running parallel with regarding Cortana and the state of her health…which added a lot more feeling to the story. Being spoiler free I’ll leave the story there, but as mentioned above, I was gutted when the game had finished as it was an amazing journey.
Visually, this game was stunning, it’s amazing how we’ve come on over the last couple of years, and how the graphics have improved so much between this and Halo Reach. One thing that did throw me was the visor marks on the HUD, initially I found these very distracting, however once I go used to them, I did get the intended feeling of wearing a vision.Throughout the game there were some really good lens flare effect of which JJ Abram would have been proud.
I did have a couple of fanboy moments in this game, there was a level where you could fly a Pelican…..which was amazing, and a level where you had to escort a Mammoth which also allowed you to get inside, which was also….amazing.
Finally, the multiplayer, only had a couple of goes, but felt like more of the same, very smooth experience, got my arse handed to me, but enjoyed it non the less. Didn’t get a chance to have a go on Spartan Ops, however once the Game of the Year edition has dropped in price, I’m sure I’ll be picking up two copies for me and the good lady to coop through.
Bold statement here, but this has to be my favourite Halo game to date, and if this is what we can expect from 343 Studios in the future, this makes me a very happy man.
Approx Time taken to beat – 8 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:5/5]