> > > “Halo” means different things to different people. As the franchise grows and evolves, it will come closer to some people’s definition of “Halo”, but, unfortunately, it will move further from others’ definition of "Halo
> > The Halo 4 population, only a couple of months after release, is a small proportion of what it was in the first week or two. It hovers around what? 100k each day?
> > Comparing that to the number of sales of the game and there’s a small minority, using the quote above, that prefer this Halo.
> > Maybe that’s an indication that Halo really shouldn’t be growing and evolving this way?
> > Just a thought.
> Oh you mean the massive population that makes this the 3rd most played XLBA title? Right behind CoD and Minecraft? (Minecraft FTW)
> Or perhaps you would prefer if Halo became more like CoD? After all that is the current most popular game.
> Pretty much, the Halo 4 population is quite large and the game has proven to be very successful.
> Maybe that’s an indication that Hallo really should be growing and evolving this way?
> Just a thought.
Firstly, I could do without the sarcasm. But whatever rocks your boat. Feel better for it?
Anyway, you should check your figures my friend…that’s if you’ve bothered to have a look in the first place before making those assertions.
Nope, I hate COD. In my eyes it isn’t skill based at all. Not at my level of play anyway. Whoever see’s who first wins the fight. To be fair though I have always enjoyed the campaigns.
I just think Halo 4 is too…busy. Only word I can come up with. AA’s, specializations etc. There’s just too much stuff. Instead of improving the game it diminishes it. There’s no flow.
But while in MM they’ve added too many things they’ve also removed too many things in the other side of the game. Namely forge and custom game options.
To be fair to 343 they’ve tried out new things. Evolution of anything always involves stretching boundaries to see what works and what doesn’t. But the bad decision of not having a public beta left them wide open to the type of negative feedback they’re receiving all over the forums.
The maps created for release are just meh. The only decent one, funnily enough, is a remake.
Of course that last is just my opinion. I just don’t enjoy it as it stands. At all. I liked CE, 2 and 3. I also Enjoyed Reach once they’d reduced the bloom. Even with it’s points based ranks.
I also miss fire fight. Playing a fire fight level over and over again doesn’t get as old as playing a Spartan Ops level over and over again. There’s no longevity to Spartan Ops.
But the most frustrating thing to me personally is that I could see this being played a lot more by myself and my friends (we’ve discussed this at length) if we had a playlist that had no sprint, no AA’s. Basically a vanilla playlist. Because without all the extra toppings this could be a very good game. And that’s what frustrates me the most. I can see the potential but I don’t enjoy basically playing a beta. 343 said there would be no public beta but that’s pretty much what we’ve got on our hands here. Fine, they said they wish they could have done better but they also made a lot of promises regarding the game. Are you happy when someone promises you something and then doesn’t deliver?
I’m a casual player. Granted I like to win matches but what fps gamer doesn’t? If you didn’t really want to win why would you play a points based game? So aiming this more toward the casual crowd (removal of in-game ranks) makes no sense to me based upon the above. I like something to aspire to. Just getting exp to rank up gives me no sense of achievement. Having aspirations in the game help give the game longevity. Yes, I know, you have armours to go after and things like that but those will just come with time. Not through self-achievement.
When I see gamers, from all over the world, competitive and casual gamers alike using words like ‘betrayed’ and phrases like ‘you’ve let us down’ I have to wonder if 343 realise that a lot of us consider the Halo franchise not just a series of games but a journey. It’s more to us than just another installment. We’re actively caught up in it’s own unique universe.
Just my thoughts.