Hi guys. Look, I’m not trying to troll. I want to find out what is really happening because I really want to understand the heart of the matter. Did 343 truly succeed (and please… no “yes they did succeed because they made their money.” The question is deeper than that Captain Obvious).
Halo 4 broke records w/ the money it made at launch correct? And yet, I’ve heard at the same time that it didn’t sell as much as 3 or even Reach. This scenario can make sense to me considering a couple of factors that I can see coming into play. Regardless… that is not my real concern and the reason why I started this thread.
Here is my experience:
I played 3 for SO long. I played Reach. It took me MONTHS to get sick of it. Halo 4? I got sick of it in a week. I bought the Limited edition. I feel robbed.
OUR OPINIONS/FEELINGS ON THE GAME ARE NOT ON TRIAL HERE. PLEASE DON’T TURN THIS INTO A FLAME-WAR (and yes I suck, my k/d is low, blah, blah, blah. Didn’t keep me from enjoying the other games much longer. Also, I’ve played since CE, just not online until 3. …just fyi).
Sorry I had to use my outside voice.
The reason for this thread is simple:
I bought the limited edition. I don’t play it. I hate the game. To me it’s not Halo.
Is my experience isolated?
From what I’ve found: No.
Where I work once I was finally able to ask a customer if he bought Halo 4 he said yes. When I asked him if he enjoyed it, he simply shook his head in quite a bit of disgust. He said, “It just didn’t feel like Halo.” And he even only plays campaign. Remarkable.
Another customer whom I asked, “Did you get Halo 4? Did you like it?” immediately and EMPHATICALLY expressed, “NO!” He continued to say that, “It sucked,” and that they had moved on to Black Ops II.
Now, before anyone is in with the standard BOII put-down let me just say that with BOII, I’m pretty sure (at least with me it’s the case) we expect dumb fun. I don’t take it seriously because I can’t. I expect that much out of COD. I don’t play it for that. In fact, I NEVER played it over Halo before Halo 4. NEVER. Now I do.
Flame me if you want. I’m just being honest.
So I asked my buddy who plays BOII (half the reason I play it now instead), if he knows anybody who has a valid opinion on Halo 4. He said that where he works, there were three gamers WHO WERE ALL EXCITED FOR HALO 4…
They bought it, now they all hate it and say that Halo 4 SUCKS!!
That is SIX copies sold. …all buyer’s remorse.
…and yet, I’m not even finished.
I really only pay attention to a couple of players on LIVE, but they both said, “It’s alright.” One of them even remarked that she was glad she didn’t trade in her Reach like some other guy we were playing with because she said that she might go back to it.
So the record here would look something like??:
On top of that, I know a couple or a few people that used to play 3/Reach and they all would absolutely HATE the game. Another person has heard about the horrible reception will probably now not buy it (he was there both times customers relayed their disdain for what was done to Halo). Even more sad is that they have never been an online Halo player and were seriously thinking about doing it with 4. Now? Nevermind!
So what gives? EIGHT copies sold and NO WINS?!?
And 2 more previously sold copies unsold?
Games being returned??? (yes, they are being returned)
Can 343’s game really be a success if this is how the game is being received?? Sure they may have sold a bunch of copies but I can’t deny any of this and the population is pretty slim online…
I keep seeing people rabbidly defend this game, and yet… I know all of this to be true.
I’m just trying to reconcile it all with these people hailing it as the best Halo yet and these press-releases regarding its success but I can’t.
What have you seen?
And if anyone is wondering why I am here if I don’t like the game it’s because I like Halo. And I’m discussing Halo 4 because I’m interested in how this latest entry is affecting the franchises reputation. Capice?
(A quick thanks to anyone who is civil and reasonable in the ensuing discussion.)
PS I’m not convinced this is the best time to post this. But I know I will get a better sampling over time