I haven’t played more than a game of Halo 4 in months. Halo has always been my FAVORITE series since Halo 2. I’ve lately been thinking about what this game is compared to the Original Trilogy. It is unrecognizable.
They ravaged the art style;
shattered any mystery surrounding the Forerunners;
sold out in Multiplayer in dozens of ways;
built terrible maps;
Put a huge amount of resources into a lame at best XBOX Live exclusive bland episodic irrelevant story;
took forge a step back;
and RUINED CHIEF, one of the most iconic video game characters ever.
Honestly, its pathetic that such a well-funded studio could fail so poorly. This studio, that I 100% gave the benefit of the doubt to, FAILED. Even Frank O’Connor, who I followed like he was the Messiah, -Yoink- us into thinking there was some intrinsic value to the new “evolution” of Halo 4 multiplayer, when really it was just throwing out any concept of a competitive, Arena Sandbox shooter and turning it into COD. It’s really, really sad.
I honestly can’t believe I’m about to return this depressing game; I was obsessed with it pre-release. But there’s no longer any doubt in my mind that Halo is cursed, and I need to do the best I can to keep the Reclaimer trilogy out of my view of the real Halo, the Original masterpiece trilogy that Bungie created. ODST and Reach were great supplements to this trilogy, too. But its genuinely heartbreaking watching such an original, innovative series get turned into Mass Effect of Duty, and I hope 343 really knows that they ruined such a special series.
And the worst part of it is the fact that 343 COULD have made Halo 4 an amazing game and one worthy of the Halo name; they had the funding, but Microsoft and 343’s terrible decision to sell out has not only ruined the series for the fans, but for the XBOX, too. Halo 4 sees very playing now, and did not at all take the throne that Call of Duty, in my opinion deservedly, sits on.
Well I’m done venting. Yet another dissatisfied customer. 343, I gave you my devotion for over a year of anticipation, and you failed. Destiny is going to crush this sad series and put it out of its misery, so that I can finally think of Halos 1-3 when I hear the word “Halo” and not this “new direction”.