What I like - Halo 4 War Games

This starts my first thread of a series of threads called “What I like and don’t like” about Halo 4. In this thread I will (obviously) be talking about what I like about Halo 4’s multiplayer. I’m going to cut to the very point because people stop reading and never reply when my thread is too long.

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  1. Exciting, fast-paced action

The fast-paced action of War Games is intense, it gets your heart beating and having so much fun in the video-game. Halo 4 is for people who want a pace of action that is much faster than Halo: Reach but significantly slower than modern shooters like CoD. In Halo 4, weapons are much stronger, or shields are just weaker. CoD is too fast for me and Reach was too slow. Halo 4 is about right for people like me :wink:

  1. Wide arsenal of weapons

We’ve never had a wider selection of weapons to choose from! With so many weapons, 343 has managed to have a weapon in the game to suit many different play styles. There’s some weapon in Halo 4 for everyone. Are you a good sniper but can’t get that one-headshot-kill? The Binary Rifle is for you. Are you a player that likes to DESTROY everything? Then there is the Rocket Launcher and Incineration Cannon. Are you a player that likes to spray and pray with an automatic weapon? There’s the Suppressor, Assault Rifle, SAW, and even the Storm Rifle. Are you a player that prefers long-range combat with a weapon that pretty much dominates the entire game? There’s the DMR. See what I mean? For me, all of the Halo 4 guns are so much fun to use.

  1. Loadouts

Loadouts bring a huge element of strategy into Halo, turning it into a class-based shooter that values strategy and even skill with all the tools you’ve chosen. All weapons, mods, grenades, and AA’s have their own advantages and disadvantages. You must choose them wisely, and suit them to your playing style to perform well in Halo 4.

  1. Limited Grenades

Less grenade-spamming. We all know how Reach went. I died more times from a single grenade than an actual gun.

  1. Flag Tossing is gone

I was a good flag tosser, but I found it unfair when my team’s flag carrier couldn’t flag toss while the other team could. I also found it no fun to flag toss at all and found it extremely boring and unrealistic.

  1. You can throw the Oddball

This encourages more strategic play. You’re being attacked while you’re holding the Oddball. Is it best to throw it to the attacker so when he catches it he can’t attack you? Is it best to throw the ball off the map? Quick, clever thinking is valued. You can also pass the Oddball to your teammates, which brings in an element of teamwork (which brings us to my next point).

  1. Team-based game

Although kill-times are faster, Halo is still a very team-based game. With loadouts with different weapons and different armor abilities and armor mods, every Spartan is unique. Make the most of your team, and use each of your team’s talents to reach victory. For example, have a few people on your team with Promethean Vision? They can help your team with callouts, scout ahead and find enemies and missing allies. Jet Packers and Spartans with Mobility can help the team in getting to places faster such as grabbing the flag before the enemy can. Spartans with the Regeneration Field AA can follow the ‘fighters’ of the team and heal them by placing the Regen Field to recharge their shields.
Most of the Halo 4 playlists require and significantly reward team players like Capture The Flag. Escort the flag carrier to deliver the flag, points rewarded to you for helping your flag carrier! This brings us to another point.

  1. New points system

The new points system rewards teamwork, and for doing very important tasks such as being the “hero” in Dominion, or killing a flag carrier in the last few seconds of a CTF game when he was just inches from his destination.

  1. War Games fits the story

I found it quite uninteresting how Halo multiplayer was never “anything” in the Halo universe. It didn’t tie in with the story . . . at all. Why are Spartans fighting Spartans? Well, in Halo 4 they’re is a reason for all of that. We’re in a War Games, a training simulation for Spartans aboard the UNSC Infinity. This explains so much and helps players feel much more immersed in the Halo universe.

  1. War Games feels "arcade-y"

War Games feels much more “arcade-y”. With Jeff S. (the announcer) being much more enthusiastic, numbers and points flying at your HUD, and people with gamertags killing other people with gamertags on the left of your HUD, everything just makes more sense and feels more fun. Do you think that a real-life Assault Rifle would do more damage than how much it does in Halo 4 multiplayer? 343 has a reason for that. War Games is a simulation, and so the Infinity War Games “Gamemakers” (a.k.a. 343 Industries) can do anything with the maps and control shields, and weapon damage. Bungie’s Halo was a military sci-fi. 343’s Halo is a sci-fi fantasy. When I played Halo 1-3 and Reach multiplayer, I felt like I was on an actual battlefield. When I play Halo 4, I feel like I’m playing War Games, a training simulation and that’s what I personally wanted.

  1. Playlist selection more organized

I know we all miss our favourite playlists and 343 has a lack of them, it’s still very nice that the playlist selection in Halo 4 is very organized, so we can explore and get to know a particular gametype better rather than switching from playlists all the time.

  1. Return of the Master Chief, Halo franchise taking a new direction

This is Halo taken in a new direction. It’s also the return of the Master Chief. We haven’t seen that guy in a very long time (Master Chief hasn’t taken a pee, dump, shower, or eaten in over 4 years lol). Although many of us don’t like the new direction 343 is taking the franchise, remember that a lot of people do. A lot of people don’t and a lot of people do. It’s your decision if you like the new direction or not. Although many forum-goers here do not like Halo 4 too much, I think it’s safe to say that most of us can agree on liking Halo 4 more than Reach. Although this isn’t the huge return of the Master Chief as we had hoped, Halo 4 is still a fairly strong game that is stronger than Halo: Reach, but ultimately falls flat compared to Halo 3.

But remember that there is still hope. This is 343’s first game, and who knows maybe Halo 5 on the new console will bring back and make a few golden days :slight_smile:

This is not a 343 defense force thread, I am stating my honest opinion. Know that I will be posting a “What I don’t like” about Halo 4 thread soon, but that will come later. There’s enough threads like that on the forums already. And also know that for each point I’ve written, there’s a point to contradict that. For example, loadouts can implement strategy into the game, but it can also bring game imbalance as it already has. Stay tuned for my next thread! :slight_smile:

Question. Is this a thread that we can post what we like about Halo 4?

It’s nice to see someone see the “bright side of the things”.

I like all the things that you said about Halo 4, but I also have things I do not like about the game.

By the way, I am not a 343i Defender, I’m like a “hey, all can me improved, don’t rush to death” guy.

Yes guys, I miss the days before November 6 where we could all be bright, optimistic, and happy on the forums :slight_smile:

I have many things that I do not like about Halo 4 too such as weapon imbalance (DMR can beat AR in CQC COMBAT) and vehicles being super weak, and also including things that tie in to each of the points I have here. I will post the thread soon, but not today.

Halo 4 is a good game, though with MANY, many flaws. I like many things about it, and don’t like many things about it. But I have to say it is overall a good game, just feels unfinished and unpolished.

I skimmed through, it was too long, my attention span disappeared after the second paragraph.Either that or ive read the same lines over and over.Good post though, just too late to make anyone really care.

Oh and i forgot to mention, GRUNTS!

I only complain about Halo 4 because it could easily have been better. Updates can’t fix everything.

343 missed a lot of opportunities, but did a lot of stuff pretty well.

> I skimmed through, it was too long, my attention span disappeared after the second paragraph.Either that or ive read the same lines over and over.Good post though, just too late to make anyone really care.
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> Oh and i forgot to mention, GRUNTS!

I don’t expect anybody to read this without skimming. I just wrote a lot to help get my points across.

And you’re right, my thread is dead. Already.

> > I skimmed through, it was too long, my attention span disappeared after the second paragraph.Either that or ive read the same lines over and over.Good post though, just too late to make anyone really care.
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> I don’t expect anybody to read this without skimming. I just wrote a lot to help get my points across.
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> And you’re right, my thread is dead. Already.

It’s funny that I saw on many topics people saying “If you write an argumment, then support it with others” and no one saw your thread.

I have seen your posts on many topics and you speak the truth, man. You are on everyones side.

> > > I skimmed through, it was too long, my attention span disappeared after the second paragraph.Either that or ive read the same lines over and over.Good post though, just too late to make anyone really care.
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> > I don’t expect anybody to read this without skimming. I just wrote a lot to help get my points across.
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> It’s funny that I saw on many topics people saying “If you write an argumment, then support it with others” and no one saw your thread.
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> I have seen your posts on many topics and you speak the truth, man. You are on everyones side.

Thanks so much, man! Means a lot to me aha :slight_smile:

Halo means a lot to me and Waypoint is just a place for me to talk about it and voice my opinions and what I think should be done in response to everything.

Flag tossing, you hit the hammer there. I love CFT but after Halo 3 and hearing flag taken, flag taken, flag dropped,flag taken, flag dropped,flag taken, flag dropped,flag taken, flag dropped,flag taken, flag dropped,flag taken, flag dropped,flag taken, flag dropped,flag taken, flag dropped,flag taken, flag dropped,flag taken, flag dropped,flag taken, flag dropped,flag taken, flag dropped,flag taken, flag dropped,flag taken, flag dropped,flag taken, flag dropped,flag taken, flag dropped,flag taken, flag dropped, i hearly lost it. HAppy for that. Id say so far im enjoying that Spartan Opts, Yeah lot of areas reused and you really cant lose but its the story side im liking. That Gaberial Throne guy, 343 has plans for him im sure of it

> > > > I skimmed through, it was too long, my attention span disappeared after the second paragraph.Either that or ive read the same lines over and over.Good post though, just too late to make anyone really care.
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> > > > Oh and i forgot to mention, GRUNTS!
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> > > I don’t expect anybody to read this without skimming. I just wrote a lot to help get my points across.
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> > It’s funny that I saw on many topics people saying “If you write an argumment, then support it with others” and no one saw your thread.
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> > I have seen your posts on many topics and you speak the truth, man. You are on everyones side.
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> Thanks so much, man! Means a lot to me aha :slight_smile:
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> Halo means a lot to me and Waypoint is just a place for me to talk about it and voice my opinions and what I think should be done in response to everything.

Yeah, and in Waypoint there are few people that respect each other, if you don’t agree with someone you bash them. Pretty sad how the community has turned into.

I personally loved the class based load outs. It creates a new level of team work not experienced before in Halo. When I play with my brother and friends, one person runs with the jet pack to get to objectives faster, on person has prometheon vision to call things out, I have regen field to heal my team mates in long corridor matches, my last friend plays defense so when they’re holding a portion of the map or an objective they’ve got the auto sentry turret.

I love that kind of team work. It’s like playing on a football team, but with guns.

I disagree with just about everything there.

Also, I find it funny you say you dislike flag tossing but are cool with skull tossing.

Though, refreshing to see a positive thought about the changes.

> I disagree with just about everything there.
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> Also, I find it funny you say you dislike flag tossing but are cool with skull tossing.
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> Though, refreshing to see a positive thought about the changes.

Your opinion, I can’t make you change it. But remember that every point I mentioned in my post, there are things I like and dislike about each. But what I dislike will be explained in a new thread because I almost reached the max. word count.

*Oddball tossing, but whatever. Um, I found flag tossing to be just a really annoying and repetitive method to get the flag back home faster. I know a lot of people liked flag tossing, but I personally was not a fan of it. Oddball tossing is a really neat feature, I like football and Oddball now kind of reminds me of it. Oddball is different. Being able to throw the oddball opens doors for luck, teamwork, and strategy. It’s so much fun to throw it too :slight_smile:

Yeah, lol. Thanks.

> > > > > I skimmed through, it was too long, my attention span disappeared after the second paragraph.Either that or ive read the same lines over and over.Good post though, just too late to make anyone really care.
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> > > > > Oh and i forgot to mention, GRUNTS!
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> > > > I don’t expect anybody to read this without skimming. I just wrote a lot to help get my points across.
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> > > > And you’re right, my thread is dead. Already.
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> > > It’s funny that I saw on many topics people saying “If you write an argumment, then support it with others” and no one saw your thread.
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> > > I have seen your posts on many topics and you speak the truth, man. You are on everyones side.
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> > Thanks so much, man! Means a lot to me aha :slight_smile:
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> > Halo means a lot to me and Waypoint is just a place for me to talk about it and voice my opinions and what I think should be done in response to everything.
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> Yeah, and in Waypoint there are few people that respect each other, if you don’t agree with someone you bash them. Pretty sad how the community has turned into.

lol yeah, I agree. A lot of people have moved away from the Waypoint forum community. I had a lot of good buds on these forums but they all moved elsewhere. But what you said is not just on Waypoint, it also happens a lot on other forums/websites. People bash others with different opinions outside the house too.