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Another Trilogy awakens Master Chief

Halo 4 is the latest installment of the past Halo trilogy that Bungie started, and changed hands to 343 Studios for another trilogy. The game gets quite confusing at first, but don't let that stop you from entering Master Chief's new adventure. 

Controller Mechanics somewhat changed, with now having the ability to spring without the armor upgrade like Reach did, and add it as a normal movement ability like Call of Duty by pressing the Left Stick, which is way more helpful when trying to run away for cover. Gameplay changed as well, since the new enemies bring easy and hard challenges on the long run. 

The HUD hasn't changed much since the first installments of the franchise. But since there are new enemies, there are new weapons as well. From new Covenant weapons to Promethean Weapons, as well as a few re-designed USNC Weapons and vehicles, like the Mantis. 


The sounds and the voice acting in the game are really amazing, as well as it's inspiring graphics & aesthetics. Not to mention the amazing views it has from time to time, as well as atmosphere. Characters are pretty well done, the cutscenes are amazing and the music is one that Halo still is memorable for.

The Online Multiplayer Matchmaking is pretty decent at best. Not perfect, but well done, with a few glitchers found from time to time. Each week, the playlist is updated with a new matchmaking game type, which means more weeks, more variety. Theater is back, but only one player can view a video per party, so no more Friendly Theater Viewing unless you share the video through File Share. Forge is back as well and with more toys to play with too.


Spartan Ops is a new mode 343 brought and took out Firefight. Spartan Ops is like the Spec Ops in the Modern Warfare games. They are story related and are separated by Episodes, Chapters and Seasons. New episodes are updated every week as well.

As for unlocking Armor and weapons, they unlock after certain objectives are done, such as Commendations, Challenges, Leveling up, etc. The whole purchasing them has been somewhat eliminated except for buying the first weapons for your loadout, which is also similar to Call of Duty's loadout customization. I have not venture far into it, but it is more pleasant than Halo Reach's method of unlocking.

 

Side Notes:
I like the Halo story, but I'm trying to avoid spoilers. There's just something in the story that the previous installments had that this one didn't and it made me uneasy. Not everyone will agree with it as a con, but personally to me, it is. But it's a small con.

Also, those who have played Flood in Complex might have encountered a glitch in the game and exploited it to survive the game. Not everyone knows about it, but I rather not share it to avoid more glitchers. It involves going through a wall. More glitches have been found too.

But those are minors. My major con would be the EXP Limit. But then again, I play other games, so this doesn't bother me much unless I want to keep playing. I believe the EXP Limit is 75K points per day. If you think I'm wrong, comment and let me know to update it.

So my final Verdict of the game is:

Gameplay: 9/10
Sounds: 9/10
Graphics: 10/10
Aesthetics: 9/10
Replay Value: Very High
Story: 10/10
Overall: 9.75/10

I wanted to give the 10/10, but then again, my review is just basically above average. The game isn't perfect, and with it's slight bugs and Matchmaking Glitchers, I decided to cut down a few points. But without them, it's clearly tops as my second-to-first Halo game.

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