I have been playing Halo the Standard Edition since the first day it came out. As an enthusiastic Halo 2 and Halo 3 player, I was dying to get my hands on Halo 4. Because of the price-difference and a nice offer by the local gaming store, I decided not to buy the Limited Edition. Not having played Halo Reach, I didn’t see a reason in how it would limit my gaming. Until I reached level 70 two days ago. I’m stuck at it, without a chance of gaining some extra XP or specifications. I searched this forum and the internet to find a solution, only to find that I’m incapable of proceeding because I live in The Netherlands. Apparently, citizens in Europe don’t have the same rights according to 343i and/or Microsoft (not sure who to blame in this case) in comparison to them in the US, Asia, Australia or any other part of the world.
There are hundreds of thousands of players in Europe, if not millions. But apparently they don’t matter to 343/MS. Why are we rejected from the extra spec-codes 343i send to players in the beginning of this month? Me too have been playing this game before November 20th, but I will not have any benefits because of that.
Maybe if the game was flawless, I wouldn’t mind it. Ranking is not my main objective in a game, it’s to do the best I can in a shooter and just have some fun each time I go online. But with all the bugs I already encountered (named by others on this forum again and again and again), my frustration with the game has a reached a top like I never had with other games.
As I said, ranking is not my main objective in the game, but it’s just plain weird to finish a game without a single goal set by the game itself. I can improve my kd-ratio, get some more accomplishments or complete distinctions. But there’s no way to show it, cause there isn’t even a official ranking or something like it. I will stay level 70 and that’s it.
Is there anything known about when it will become available for every Xbox Live-player and not just the ones lucky enough to have the right nationality? I can’t find anything about it and it looks like we are just screwed over here.
Maybe when there’s finally a ranked based system online (Title update in January? Fingers crossed) there will be something to play for again. Not even XP, but to grade true skill and play against the best. Any news about when it will come out exactly? Would be a nice Christmas-gift.
Locking out all of Europe (and Africa + the Middle East for that matter) like this is a big, big mistake I think. Halo has a loyal community, such as myself, but disregarding them like this without an explanation will drive them away. I hope something will happen soon, because I love Halo and I love playing Halo. But just like this video sums it all up http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxPAHIhvmto I just feel royally screwed at the moment (although I also don’t have any Dew, because that also wasn’t an advert here).