Halo 4 Video Game ReviewWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Video game review by Sagar Sharma – Toledo Free Press
Halo 4 (343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)
Before Call of Duty took the crown, Halo was known as the king of console shooters. The storied franchise helped pave the way for the first person shooter genre to feel comfortable to play with a gamepad. Its sequel, Halo 2, introduced the matchmaking party system that has become the standard for any multiplayer game. Bungie, the developer responsible for Halo, has moved on and 343 Industries now has the unbelievable pressure of carrying the torch. Fortunately for the millions of fans of the franchise, not only have they absolutely delivered on the hype but have crafted a fitting swan song for the Xbox 360. Halo 4 is the best looking game ever seen on the console and the single player and multiplayer experience make sure that it does not go to waste.
Master Chief returns several years after the events of Halo 3 and is awakened from his cryonic sleep by Cortana, his A.I. companion. She informs the super soldier of a new ancient race that threatens the human race. If this is all starting to sound cliché, that is because it is. 343 Industries tries to create an emotional attachment with the player by focusing on the emotional struggles of Cortana as she slowly starts to breakdown throughout the story. This falls flat because of the embarrassingly bad dialogue exchanges between Master Chief and Cortana. Thankfully the most memorable campaign since the original makes up for the weak story. The pacing in this game is superb as the player never feels overwhelmed with constant firefights that plague many shooters today. Without giving away too many spoilers, the variety of locations and vehicle stages keeps the campaign feeling fresh till the credits roll.
Halo’s iconic multiplayer is back and not much has changed from its competitive standpoint. The customization options are purely atheistic, which goes against the Call of Duty style of gameplay altering perks. What is new however to the series is a set of cooperative story based missions. These missions are entirely unique from the single player campaign and 343 Industries plans to add new chapters months after release.
The Xbox 360 is already seven years old and in the technological world that means it is ancient. Many new releases for the system are starting to look a bit aged as games are starting to suffer graphically as developers are feeling the restriction of the system. So it came to a shock to many that Halo 4 is one of the most breathe-taking games to be released in years. Developer 343 Industries have managed to squeeze every bit of juice out of this system. The game stays at a steady 30 frames per second, offering a stable playing experience even in the most hectic of firefights. The lighting in Halo 4 is simply phenomenal, creating a mood that will truly engulf the player in the different locations they will visit.
With the Xbox 360’s successor right around the corner, it is fitting that the franchise that helped launch Microsoft’s console endeavors closes out its second console in style. Halo 4 marks the start of the next chapter of stories for the series and we can rest easy it is in good hands (****, Rated M for Mature, MSRP $59.99, available for Xbox 360).
+ Best graphics on the Xbox 360
+ Strongest single-player campaign since the original
+ Excellent co-op campaign story
+ Classic Halo multi-player
- Weak story