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Halo 4 three months out
By:Cody Miller
Date: 3/5/13 1:40 pm

I would like to preface this by saying I enjoyed the game, so this is not an ODST style rant about how it wasn't very good. These are merely observations as to why, after november, I haven't had any desire to play Halo 4 again.

The largest issues for me are:

1. Gimicky game elements that lack depth
2. Uninspired level design
3. Lack of new challenge
4. Spartan Ops

Large sections of the game are segments like flying the death star trench run, boosting the ghost through the earthquake, mowing down stuff with the mantis, piloting the pelican and quicktime events. The problem for me with these is that the scenarios are rather simple, with no real room to play or improve or really scale with difficulty. You have a few easy things to get the hang of, then you can do the segment easily. This doesn't really inspire me to repeat those parts of the game.

The level design for me again did not really take advantage of any of the new things offered in the game. I did not see any level that stood out from anything in any of the other Halo games besides the Gimicky stuff listed above. Marathon infinity used the same engine as Marathon 2, yet the levels design made it feel totally new and fresh. Same with the fan maps like Evil, Tempus Irae, etc. Halo 4 used a completely new engine! Why are all the levels still the same? Why aren't we seeing Infinity / Evil / Tempus Irae style innovation in our levels? Add to the fact that many of the stages were deliberate throwbacks to previous games, the experience really was more of the same. That's not bad in and of itself, butů

Lack of new challenge. You can take all your skills from Reach and prior and finish Halo 4. There simply aren't any new techniques to master. The new enemies are killed the same way as the old ones. The new weapons work the same way as the old ones. Rather than playing it and realizing how much I have left to learn, I play it and realize how much I already know. Can I beat RC Master's times? Not right now. But why would I want to when I can be working on a new game that requires me to learn new stuff?

I might be trying the new spartan ops, but I have no HD space so I have no way to play them.

I do not think the Halo formula is stale; I think the design and imagination of the games is stale.


Messages In This Thread

Halo 4 three months outCody Miller3/5/13 1:40 pm
     Re: Halo 4 three months outGeneral Vagueness3/5/13 4:26 pm
     Re: Halo 4 three months outscarab3/5/13 5:23 pm
           Dull PrometheansRockslider3/5/13 8:10 pm
                 Re: Dull PrometheansCaptain Spark3/6/13 12:37 am
                       Re: Dull PrometheansRockslider3/6/13 3:53 pm
                             Re: Dull PrometheansLeviathan3/6/13 5:39 pm
                       Re: Dull PrometheansLouis Wu3/6/13 4:20 pm
                       Re: Dull PrometheansGeneral Vagueness3/7/13 5:44 pm
                       Re: Dull PrometheansNikko B2013/8/13 11:19 am
                 Re: Dull Prometheansscarab3/6/13 2:43 am
                       Your hog-fixing suggestionsRockslider3/6/13 3:42 pm
                             Re: Your hog-fixing suggestionsGravemind3/6/13 4:09 pm
                                   Re: Your hog-fixing suggestionsuberfoop3/6/13 4:27 pm
                                         Re: Your hog-fixing suggestionsRockslider3/6/13 4:43 pm
                                               Re: Your hog-fixing suggestionsuberfoop3/6/13 4:54 pm
                                                     Re: Your hog-fixing suggestionsRockslider3/6/13 5:25 pm
                                                           Re: Your hog-fixing suggestionsGravemind3/6/13 6:11 pm
                                                                 Re: Your hog-fixing suggestionsPhoenix_92863/6/13 7:51 pm
                                                                       Re: Your hog-fixing suggestionsGravemind3/7/13 1:04 am
                             Re: Your hog-fixing suggestionsscarab3/9/13 11:10 am
                                   Re: Your hog-fixing suggestionsRockslider3/9/13 1:02 pm
                                         Re: Your hog-fixing suggestionsscarab3/9/13 1:33 pm
     Re: Halo 4 three months outBry3/5/13 7:15 pm
           Re: Halo 4 three months outGravemind3/5/13 8:10 pm
                 Re: Halo 4 three months outBry3/6/13 2:38 am
                       Re: Halo 4 three months outGravemind3/6/13 4:02 am
                 Re: Halo 4 three months outRC Master3/6/13 9:02 am
                       Re: Halo 4 three months outGravemind3/6/13 1:00 pm
           Re: Halo 4 three months outVincent3/5/13 8:36 pm
           Re: Halo 4 three months outAvateur3/5/13 9:19 pm
                 Re: Halo 4 three months outBry3/6/13 6:25 am
                       Re: Halo 4 three months outAvateur3/6/13 2:47 pm
           Re: Halo 4 three months outCody Miller3/8/13 1:32 pm

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