Halo 4 - Spoiler Free Thread (like you should need to be told!)


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nekotcha
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Oddly I couldn't find an existing Halo 4 thread, although hoary old cynics that we are on here maybe nobody's that bothered.

Some new screenshots have just appeared on EG, clearly somewhat better than life but then everyone does that nowadays, just about. They seem an odd mix to me, some of the landscapes look fairly nice (if not particularly superior to some of the better sections of Halo Reach to my eye), but the built up environments have a really chunky, low detail look to them that doesn't sit at all well (I realise they're trying to be relatively faithful to the Halo environments of old, though to be honest I always found the architecture rather bland - impressively in scale, yes, but not particularly interesting to look at otherwise).

It will be interesting to see the reviews, I'm particularly interested to know how far that 343 have really diverged from the Halo formula. Personally I hope they've changed quite a lot but increasingly I suspect it's going to be very much the same experience with a few new enemies and weapons thrown in.
#1 at 14:50:10 - 21/09/2012
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There should be a law against doing more than two sequels.
#2 at 14:52:02 - 21/09/2012
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I dunno, I'm looking forward to DOA5.
#3 at 17:21:27 - 21/09/2012
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Just started proofing Lutzie's Halo 4 review ahead of the embargo tomorrow. Some of you are in for a big surprise.
#4 at 22:40:03 - 31/10/2012
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Come on then!

Review time.
#5 at 00:11:02 - 01/11/2012
Kay
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It's already been outed by someone, somehow...

Won't say anymore just in case.
#6 at 00:55:36 - 01/11/2012
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Err.. I commented but I guess the review went up and then down.

Interesting read, thanks for not spoilering it!
#7 at 01:42:19 - 01/11/2012
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I updated Halo Waypoint last night after the dashboard stuff with the countdown urged me to click through.
Had a look at the live action video stuff that they've been releasing up towards launch and have to say it was really rather interesting. Had a good BSG feel to it. Looking forward to watching the other 4.
#8 at 10:29:56 - 05/11/2012
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So is ANYONE on this site getting the BIGGEST* game of the year?




*according to microsoft game studios
#9 at 10:52:14 - 06/11/2012
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Not arsed. Black Op2 is where it's at.

:D
#10 at 10:57:29 - 06/11/2012
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I'm stupidly tempted, even though I hate Master Chief, have far too many games on my pile of shame, and am spending far too many evenings having my eyeballs blistered off by Need for Speed.

Why do I want this? I wasn't even a bit swayed by Lutzie's write up! I think I must be ill! Maybe it's the feeling I'm somehow missing out on something.
#11 at 11:04:52 - 06/11/2012
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Completionist. I've enjoyed all the other campaigns so why wouldn't I want to do this one as well, even though up until this weekend I really had no interest in it!

Going to have to wait though as the bank man, he say no!
#12 at 11:12:53 - 06/11/2012
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HairyArse said:Not arsed. Black Op2 is where it's at.

:D


Stop being part of the problem! Both of you.
#13 at 11:17:31 - 06/11/2012
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You're spot on RMJ. It's daft.

#14 at 11:27:55 - 06/11/2012
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I know exactly the feeling. Every Halo game since the second one has had me fairly uninterested before launch only to find myself desperate to play it as soon as it's out. In fairness I've always tended to enjoy the games, although they rarely tend to surprise or excite me these days - they're more like a comfort food, in that they give you something highly predictable and enjoyable to a degree, which makes you always want more, but they're not really anything to get excited about.

Wait until it's cheap and focus on playing what you already have, I would. Admittedly it does help at this point that I have Demon's Souls to be going on with, which might well be the best value for 14 I have ever spent on a game.
#15 at 12:41:07 - 06/11/2012
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That's all very well and good but... Sod it! I'm gonna get it at lunchtime.
#16 at 13:10:20 - 06/11/2012
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It's superb! Had a blast last night, they've added a dash of fun since reach somehow.
#17 at 13:14:31 - 06/11/2012
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I'm afraid Borderlands 2 may bite the bullet if I go for Halo.
#18 at 13:19:01 - 06/11/2012
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Up to the chapter named Infinity and I'm really enjoying this, can't believe how great it looks for a start.
#19 at 16:18:04 - 06/11/2012
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What's the control layout, Whizzo? Same as halos gone by, or have they moved to a COD style setup?
#20 at 16:46:48 - 06/11/2012
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Almost exactly the same as always, plenty of variants to use if you're a weirdo that uses Southpaw for example.

I have absolutely no idea where the left trigger for aim that got mentioned in the EG review came from, it's pretty much the same as before by default except grenade choice is on the d-pad.
#21 at 18:15:46 - 06/11/2012
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Managed to grab a copy on the way home from work. Had an hour on the campaign and an hour messing around on MP (including install and figuring out the menus).

Campaign is cool. Kinda reminds me of Halo 1 actually which is no bad thing at all. Really don't like what they've done to the grunts though. By changing the voice on them they've completely sucked out all the life and fun which is a real big shame.

The game is looking very pretty over all and the best lighting I've seen in an xbox title. For some reason the controls are not sticking with me yet. Guess I was just used to old Halo controls.

The multiplayer stuff was really confusing to me, not sure why but it took me far too long to suss out the menus and the separate hubs and what not. Baffling.

I didn't play Reach MP for long but I remember not liking it too much, it didn't feel as pure as Halo3's offering. This seems to continue the Reach legacy at first glance, and has also been smacked round the chops with a CoD fish. I don't like that at all. Let CoD be CoD and Halo be Halo!
#22 at 00:50:49 - 07/11/2012
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30 quid copy from Shopto (with accrued points) was too good to miss. So I didn't.

Do like that about Shopto, being able to accrue points for discounts every time you buy something. They've really turned it around.
#23 at 13:02:32 - 07/11/2012
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What courier do they use? ;)
#24 at 14:10:03 - 07/11/2012
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LOL!

One that knows what a letterbox is, thankfully :)
#25 at 15:51:42 - 07/11/2012
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Finished it last night, really good stuff. My heroic run was 9.5 hours apparently but I just noticed Raptr says I've played Halo 4 for 12 hours so there's some discrepancy there, probably when I paused it to have something to eat!

Right then 343i, you did an awesome job with the old 360, show me what you can do on the new console because it'll probably be excellent.
#26 at 10:19:41 - 08/11/2012
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Has anyone tried the multiplayer yet?
I'm going to give it a bit more time but currently I'm not sure I like it at all. It feels so far removed from the super fun (when you're not playing against american teenagers) Halo3 multiplayer.

Pointless loadout stuff.
Playlists that have been changed, and not for the better.
CoD style perks that don't suit the gamestyle.

All in my opinion of course.

I didn't particularly like the Reach multiplayer either to be honest, so I shouldn't be too surprised.

Rather liking the main campaign though.
#27 at 10:33:41 - 08/11/2012
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Brilliant, you can now get paid for playing Halo 4!

Talk about missing the point, Microsoft.
#28 at 10:42:50 - 08/11/2012
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Christ, when did Riff Raff start writing for EG?
#29 at 12:20:56 - 08/11/2012
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Not played any MP yet but did take a look at Spartan Ops, the intro cinematic is really good, it's also a big spoiler for the campaign so don't watch it until you've finished as it's set 6 months afterwards.

It looks pretty good, certainly something I can see myself enjoying online, solo it's pretty tricky.
#30 at 12:22:25 - 08/11/2012

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