On Tuesday night I got some hands on time with Halo 4’s Spartan Ops multiplayer mode, as well as its traditional team deathmatch. First off, you should put aside any fears you have about Halo 4 because it isn’t being developed by Bungie. 343 has done a fine job taking over the reigns of the Halo franchise, and dare I say that may be the best thing for Master Chief.
Everything about the game feels familiar, yet very fresh all at the same time. The color palette of the world has changed slightly since Halo 3, as it has taken on an Earthy tone opposed to the bright colors from the original Halo trilogy. Even Halo 4’s sound design is different. The guns sound more real and powerful, and the world itself just provides a unique soundtrack that differs from what we’ve come to expect from a Halo game.
I found the visuals to be a little more realistic than past Halo games as well. The new engine in Halo 4 is beautiful looking, and when coupled with the darker color palette the game just looks more gritty. I know it’s a given due to the fact that it’s a 2012 title, but Halo 4 is the best looking Master Chief starring Halo to date.
Like I mentioned I got to play Halo 4’s new Spartan Ops mode, as well as a few games of traditional team deathmatch, and both of them were extremely entertaining. I’m excited for the rest of you to play Spartan Ops, because it has been my favorite new game type in Halo 4. The game mode pits you and 3 other Spartans against AI enemies, but rather than doing it in a Firefight manner, Spartan Ops will actually flesh out a story with objectives tied to it. Each week after the game’s release new content will be available for free to download to continue playing new Spartan Ops missions. Again, each of these mini-expansions will tell a unique story that is completely outside of the single player campaign in Halo 4, and according to the rep I talked to 343 plans on keeping this practice up for many months after the game comes out.
I can’t stress how excited you should be about Halo 4. It looks fantastic, plays like you expect with a few new twists, and is just plain old gaming fun. After the break you can view some images from the Halo 4 party I attended to give you an idea on how jacked Microsoft is about this game, and for a good reason. Halo 4 will definitely be a must play game, and I can’t wait to see it in my console this November. I urge you to check out the Spartan Ops footage below, which is of the demo I got to play and enjoy. You’ve been wishing you were playing unreleased video games too…
MS Halo 4 Party
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