Before I get started, I wanted to throw a shoutout to this article which is now famous for this quote “We hired people who hated Halo” because for me it kind of shows with how Halo 4 has turned out.
I just did a check on game populations and here are the results.
Halo 4: 24,508
Halo Reach: 19,678 (counter broken, but more people play Reach than GOW3)
Halo 3: 7,408
And has sold: 8,150,000 copies world wide.
In total 27,086 would rather play a previous Halo game over Halo 4.
In short, we are the voice of the ones who prefer not to play Halo 4; trying to speak on behalf of the people who don’t bother going on forums, or do but just get beat down for voicing their opinions and for ourselves.
And as it stands, from the peak population, we have lost about 75% of the players? Somewhere about there I believe. And yes, I am aware there would be a substantial drop from the all time peak players, but the population of Halo 4 is lower of that which Halo Reach was at prior to Halo 4’s release.
So what I’m getting at is 343i should not ignore the complainers simply because we are or might be a vocal minority. They should seriously and honestly consider what we say as valid points.
I will give a brief history of my relationship with Halo Matchmaking right now.
Halo 2: I started at the end of Halo 2’s life, did not get a chance to truly play it but I knew I loved the game.
Halo 3: My first true expereince with the Halo matchmaking, I could honestly play the game for hours on end without getting bored or super frustrated. I would also get irritated if I was unable to play online with my group of friends for a day or more.
Halo Reach: Overall I enjoyed the game, though I would often want to smash my controller due to the frustrating Armour Lock and Jet pack, I still could play the game hours on end without getting bored and I would get mad if I missed a night playing.
Halo 4: I entered this game wide-eyed and joyous, this game is a sequel to Halo 4, was “brought back to it’s roots” and was going to be the bees knees. But now I get bored within an hour playing, I get fed up almost every game due to global weapon placement and ordinance. Messed up objectives which are simply not fun anymore. The list could go on.
Before, I could play 2-3 hours a night normally without fail, so about 21 hours a week.
Now with Halo 4 I play on average 6-10 hours a week. I often don’t bother playing the game some days because I just don’t have the urge to play it.
So with that, I want us to discuss our own personal problems with this game, both covering the campaign and matchmaking in a calm fashion.
Everyone interested in providing constructive feedback, please list what you like and dislike. And mention what you would like see changed or removed.
If this can’t be done for Halo 4, it can be possibly done for Halo 5.