Microsoft Xbox 360
ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 4.0 stars
When the Master Chief was presumed dead by all of humanity at the end of "Halo 3," only his cyber-companion, Cortana, knew that he was really in stasis. Those who played the game on normal difficulty were left to wonder if he would ever be rescued, but those who played on Legendary knew otherwise. Needless to say, the infamous armored warrior returns to slay aliens and save the galaxy once again in "Halo 4."
After the Master Chief awakens from years in stasis, he and Cortana discover a new alien threat on a remote planet. Thankfully, the Prometheans aren't nearly as annoying as The Flood, and they're much more enjoyable to eradicate. I also appreciate how players get to learn much more about what it takes to create the hardened uber-soldiers known as Spartans.
Anyone who expects a revolutionary game will be disappointed, but honestly, most fans of the series want familiar game play. Despite having a completely new developer, "Halo 4" delivers exciting game play complete with devastating weapons, awesome vehicles (like the new Mantis mech) and an interesting story!
Gamers flock to the Halo series for the single player adventure, but they definitely stay for the addictive online multiplayer experience. "Halo 4" offers a whopping nine different adversarial multiplayer modes as well as a separate Spartan Ops cooperative campaign and the ability to play the single-player mode in online co-op.
After witnessing the lackluster visuals in "Halo 3," fans will be thrilled to see the gorgeous vistas and complex structures this sequel has to offer. Everything seems to be rendered in higher detail, a new lighting system accents these details, and the Master Chief looks better than ever!
"Halo 4" may offer little more than what gamers expect, but the refined game play and abundance of gaming modes is sure to satisfy any cyber-warrior.