Halo 4: 10 Reasons It’s The Best Halo Yet

Halo 4, easily one of the most anticipated games of the year, finally hits shelves today, and fans worldwide can...

Shaun Munro

Contributor

Halo 4, easily one of the most anticipated games of the year, finally hits shelves today, and fans worldwide can relax safe in the knowledge that it’s not only an excellent game, not only is it one of the best games of the year, but it’s also the best game in the Halo franchise, serving up more nuanced thrills than ever before, while taking the multiplayer offering to a more accessible and intricate dimension. Though Black Ops 2 drops in one week’s time, it is going to need to boast some serious fire-power to drag us away from what is a stunningly comprehensive and thrilling game, assuring us that the future of the series is in safe hands at 343 Industries.

 

 

10. They Took Their Time

Take a look at other popular FPS franchises like Killzone; they’re great games, but they rush out sequels in a 2 or 3 year development cycle, leaving little room for innovation, and of course giving the impression that it’s more about the financials than about artistic integrity. Halo 4, however, has been labouring in development for over 5 years now, during which time the landscape of the FPS game has changed considerably, what with Call of Duty’s rise to supremacy, setting the gold standard for online multiplayer and leaving most of its competitors in the dust.

That 343 Industries were announced as taking the mantle scared a lot of Halo fans, who of course wanted series mainstay Bungie to stay at the helm, but in taking their time, 343 have delivered a title that not only lives up to Bungie’s fine legacy, but in many ways exceeds it, ensuring that this is the most refined and ludicrously entertaining game of the bunch. It’s refreshing to see a developer not rushing a title out to a street date ordained years in advance; the long gestation period has been totally worth it.