So as the title already made clear, I purchased Halo4 and pretty much stopped playing it seriously a month after release. Once in a blue I turned it on to play with a friend, but not often. Now after a year of really not touching it I jumped on expecting some updates, a few changes, some things to make it tolerable. I was again disappointed. Its really as if game developers are clueless as to what made their games fun, competitive, and gave them massive amounts of replay value.
I honestly dont even know where to start, and im sure im not saying anything that hasnt already been spoken about a million times over. Matching making should have just been almost completely redeveloped. I have started multiple games 4v1 4v2, and some of the times nobody loads in for the other team. What 12 people sat in a room together and thought this was a good idea? This wasnt the xbl beta where people were getting their first glimpse of a console playing online for the original xbox. this was a franchise that had been well developed, a system that was proven to work, yet somehow an organization of people who supposedly know gaming went a made these decision. Can the community really wrap their mind around that thought. This wasnt a random choice, people were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars and agreed on these things. It boggles my mind to say the least.
Now again we are dealt with no rank applied to match making. You realize the original idea behind a rank wasnt to give players something to work for, it wasnt a prize, or something everyone wasnt supposed to be equal on. Its main purpose was to filter people with players of the same relative skill in order to ensure fun equally matched gameplay, and although some people felt a sense of entitlement, and cried on the Hal2 Bungie forums about how they wanted a level 50 and it wasnt fair, they still continued to play. They played over, and over, and over again because they wanted to get a 50, and it made it competitive. Now a days its not competitive, its not even fun. And yes, I am one of those players who are for a physical rank. Why? Not because I like to boast, because I never did, but because I enjoy competition. I like to know where I stand in the world, as do many of the people I have played with. I dont like beating a team of players and not knowing if they were good, or just terrible. I also HATE matching up against people who arnt as good a player as I. If I wanted to dominate someone all day, I would play Lan with my GF. I go online for consistency, and competition.
As many can agree, the series has been in a huge decline since Halo 2’s release. Halo 2 pretty much nailed the online experience, and its very apparent now that gaming companies have no clue what the formula was that made it so great. I honestly could go in to great detail about what was great about that game compared to others, why its match making system worked, and why the gameplay itself gave it such longevity, but it would be a huge essay that I have written before and already know it goes mostly ignored.
I am just disappointed that I spent the money on this game, and that even after a year its unplayable.