Bare with me here, this is a great game in terms of first person shooter but as a successor to halo 3? I think not.
Let me start on the covenant and in particular the elites. I have always been a fan of the elites always played as them in multiplayer and in this halo they are nothing more than a lack luster enemy. The elites were betrayed severely by the prophets which erased their faith they didn’t join with us to help defeat their elders they joined with us because they realized the human cause was right. They wouldn’t just turn back to being our enemy’s especially under the guidance of the arbiter ( a major character in halo 3 yet not even mentioned in halo 4) who was saved by the chief and saved the chief on a number of occasions. And especially seeing as the forerunner locations they worshipped were no longer holy to the elites, this would include requiem and the remaining halo rings they would have assisted humanity in their decommission. Elites easily could have been continued as our allies in this game but 343 axed them.
The remodeling of the elites as having orange scaly skin made me cringe, how could they change that after all the games? And wearing those armor vests? Its embarassing. The jackals have changed and grunts don’t even sound or look like grunts.
The relationship between the chief and cortana has been changed to an almost romantic one where as in the other games they are like close partners like two squad members not lovers this was painful to watch especially at the end.
Weapons and body’s disappear this is just poor. On legendary you can even run back to load up all you get is an empty battleground. This is new. Not to mention the invisible barriers I always encounter even in easily reached places, ruins the feel of the game.
In halo 3 the monitor ( who has all the knowledge of the forerunners) tells us that we (humans) ARE forerunner this was a major thing in the story and 343 have just backspaced it and invented their own forerunners?
The chief talks too much. Never have I heard the chief spit so much pointless crap from his mouth, it is honestly weird to hear him talk so much throughout the campaign when he only has one liners in the other games ruined his feel as being tough and aware of the situation. He never used to have to ask questions. He already knew.
The graphics. Environment detail is out of this world but when a wraith fires at you or a covenant ship explodes I feel like I’m flashing back to halo CE graphics a big fire ball in the middle of separating blocks, very poorly done. Don’t even get me started on the wormholes.
There is more but I’ll start with that. I feel like this halo was deigned for the multiplayer crowd who aren’t huge halo story fans. I am a huge fan of the halo story that bungie created I got halo ce when it was released and got every game from then on as soon as they hit shelves then i waited 5 years for this game and my dissappointment is unmeasurable. Feedback on this would be great any other true halo fans feel as betrayed by 343 as I do?