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Halo 4 has been one of the most anticipated games of the year by many 360 owners. The series has spanned 4 main titles, a spin off, a prequel, a RTS game, several books, an animated movie, and a movie adaption that is still in progress. Over 11 years, the Halo series has gone through many changes, and even a change of developer. But despite that, it was still one of the highly anticipated titles.


Since its release, many people have been gushing about it, praising it for nearly every aspect. Unfortunately due to some travel circumstances, I was not able to acquire my copy as I expected. So every post I see about Halo, just made me jealous that I am not going to be able to get my copy for another week. But after some thinking about the game, something struck me that changed my jealousy over the players already playing it.


I'm not going to enjoy the game.



Now don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Halo. I own all the games except Halo Wars, I've read several of the books, and have the animated movie in my movie backlog. So I'm still going to play it, but there is one factor that is making me dread when I get my copy.

 



I'll be playing it alone.



One day I found Halo cheap, and convinced my parents to get it. After inspecting it for a bit, I decided to wait on playing it until my cousin could play it with me. We were both looking for something new to play other than another Mario title, and it looked like something we would enjoy.


Once the weekend came we both got together and started playing it. And we had an absolute blast. it was new, and refreshing. Escaping the Pillar Of Autumn as it went down, rescuing Keyes, running away from Hunters, screaming as they chased us. (We were 7-8 years old when we played this, so the screaming was normal)




We stopped playing right before the level where the Flood is first introduced. When he left, I decided to try to carry on by myself. I managed to finish that level, but I was scared out of my mind. Then the Library came. I was so scared I could not do that level by myself for anything. I played the earlier levels with ease, but I had to wait for my cousin to finish the second half of the game. While it was still scary playing through that level even with my cousin, we had the time of our lives doing it.

 



As the years continued, we kept getting each Halo game that came out. After years of playing Halo: Combat Evolved, we never realized Halo 2 had come out. So after a few weeks of looking for it, we finally acquired the copy. After putting it it, we tried pulling an all nighter to finish it, we both fell asleep just before the last level of the campaign.


Each summer, we marathoned both games over and over. It would take us weeks to finish a campaign on Legendary, because we were that bad at it. And we kept toying with Hunters inside the elevators in one specific level of Combat Evolved.

 



When Halo 3 came around, neither of us had an Xbox 360. So I managed to get enough to get the limited edition Halo 3 themed 360. My cousin was out of town when this came out. So once I got the 360, I waited 3 weeks before putting the game inside the 360. I bought other games to tide me over until he came back, because I wanted the experience of playing it for the first time with him. Once he came back, we succeeded in completing it in one sitting, playing it all night long.



Ever since the first Halo, it has been a tradition to wait and play the campaign for the very first time with him. We did that for Halo:Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo: Reach, and Halo: ODST. But for the first time in our history with Halo, Halo 4 will be the first game I will not be able to play with my cousin.

 



He is currently serving overseas, and I am very proud of him for that. But I miss having him here because the Halo games have been the best experiences in my gaming history I will have.

 



So as I wait until I can get my game, I will reflect on all the experiences I have had in the series. From when we were scared out of our minds from the flood, to when he was cussing me out when I used to accidentally stick him with a plasma grenade. I do plan on playing through the campaign with friends online, but it won't feel the same without having my cousin right there next to me on the couch as we step back into the shoes of Master Chief.

 

So for those of you playing the game, if its solo or playing it with a member of your family, enjoy it, and take care.

DJH--

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