Zero Punctuation: Halo 4

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Halo 4

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews Halo 4.

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Never been a huge fan of Halo, only played Combat Evolved on the PC and got bored halfway through. It's one of those game franchises where I just don't see what the fans see, good for you, I wish I can enjoy these games (or at least think I enjoy them).

Good video, had a good laugh at the "Weapons looking like toys".

Well, at least Halo fans can say he likes it more than Call of Duty. That's something... I guess.

It is true that reading the books before playing this is Warhammer 40K level of mandatory.

Another example of Yahtzee neither hateing nor liking a game . The result is always a boring review, sorry dude .You should have reviewed Epic Mickey 2 or something.

Anyone else only like the maps with colour in them?

OuendanCyrus:
Never been a huge fan of Halo, only played Combat Evolved on the PC and got bored halfway through.

Man, I got bored before the opening cutscene was over and quit ten minutes later. Dull, dull, dull.

So, basically Halo 3 #2 rather than Halo 4?

I understand how you feel, Halo is one of my favorite franchises but even I understand that it's not for everyone.

"It's not Spunkgargleweewee" - Microsoft should put it on the front of the game's case.

Halo bores me, anyway.

And personally, I do consider it spunkgargleweewee.

Wait, your carparks cost more when it's closer to the exit? Is this what I'm missing by biking to work?

I like how most of the problems he had with Halo are reasons I love it. I can't disagree that they're there, I think they're awesome.

Doom972:
"It's not Spunkgargleweewee" - Microsoft should put it on the front of the game's case.

It should be name of Halo. Because, to me, that's the only thing going for it.

No waves? Well I guess that tides well for Halo fans.

Yellowbeard:

OuendanCyrus:
Never been a huge fan of Halo, only played Combat Evolved on the PC and got bored halfway through.

Man, I got bored before the opening cutscene was over and quit ten minutes later. Dull, dull, dull.

Same here- got bored pretty fast, quit after meeting the flood (not because it was hard, but because it was boring)
Couldn't stand aiming system in this game (ditched automatics for semi-autos as fast as possible)
Although regenerating shield+non-regenerating health system was awesome- I'd even go as far and say that it was the best part of the game

I've been waiting for an objective review which looks at Halo 4 as a game and not a "Halo game" for a while now and it was interesting to see Zahtzee's opinion (as ever.)

Some of the points raised here are quite valid, hell most of them are probably quite accurate, but the one thing I didn't find Halo 4 to be was boring. It was confusing, yes, but the relationship between the Chief and Cortana was enough to keep me interested, and probably because I actually liked the last 5 Halo games.

If the Chief has all the emotional range of a totem pole with a bucket perched on top then, well, anyone who followed the story will realise that was kind of the POINT in this game.

Yellowbeard:

OuendanCyrus:
Never been a huge fan of Halo, only played Combat Evolved on the PC and got bored halfway through.

Man, I got bored before the opening cutscene was over and quit ten minutes later. Dull, dull, dull.

I'm not knocking your preference in games but I don't understand what could be a more exciting first level for a game. You're a super soldier, the last of your kind, aboard a massive spaceship, in space, which is under attack from a persistent alien force. On paper that sounds like a pretty good start.

That's something about Halo that's always perplexed me, the alien weapons. They all look so ridiculously like toys. When you envision alien weapons, do you think nerf guns with glow sticks on them? I don't. Also, why is it in every Halo game, human weapons always seem to be the best guns, or is that just me?

On another note, Halo 4 is the only Halo game since 2 that I'd say was decent. My only gripe is difficulty. I choose legendary difficulty and it isn't even difficult, just inconsistent. As Yahtzee pointed out, you kinda just die from random bullshit.

Balkan:
Another example of Yahtzee neither hateing nor liking a game . The result is always a boring review, sorry dude .You should have reviewed Epic Mickey 2 or something.

With a game like Halo 4 I'd say there's a high chance it was simply expected of him - by fans or the Escapist. It's not like those times where he does a retro review or two indie titles that drew his eyes.

It's interesting watching this as a fan of the Halo series. A lot of what he says here is absolutely true. Hell, pretty much all of it is, and yet, I don't feel like that diminishes the series for me. It's still incredibly fun for me, and I enjoy it a lot most days, find it tedious some days, but, most of the time, I will feel better for the experience. It's a bit like when Yahtzee did that Pokemon review a while ago, as I can't help but laugh as something I love gets ripped apart; I think that's because I've invested so many hours into these series that the problems that are there are so familiar to me, and it's good to laugh about it and acknowledge them, otherwise you're clinging to something claiming that it's 'perfect' when all it really is is 'enjoyable for some'.

As a Halo fan since day one I can understand his criticisms. There where only three types of Prometheans for example, there should have been some Forerunner vehicles and more enemy types. Prometheans are digitized life forms and can take any form but we only got three types. One of Halos strengths was the varied Covenant enemy types, you needed to approach them differently according to which enemies where in the groups and what they where armed with. Every fight with the Prometheans in the late game was the same, earlier on there mixed groups of Covenant and Prometheans which where fun.

The story is also thin for non Halo fans, you need to read the books and watch websisodes and also find terminals in the game to get the context to everything that happened. For example Yahtzee mentioned the ships XO was sympathetic, he was acting that way for a reason and the Captain was an arse for a reason too.

Non Halo fans will probably find nothing in Halo 4 to change their minds though, most Halo fans liked the game it seems and support 343i. The only thing I disagree with this review is Yahtzee said its an ageing series, it isn't the community is still epically active and the series is still full of energy.

lol yes...while I grew up loving the Halo games, I'll admit I got bored halfway through Halo 4. human weapons pack a bigger punch than ever, but gosh everything "Promethean" just made me groan

I'm still enjoying playing it, tho I now see that Spartan Ops was less a gift to the players and more of a "well since the campaign was so short...here"

Waaghpowa:
That's something about Halo that's always perplexed me, the alien weapons. They all look so ridiculously like toys. When you envision alien weapons, do you think nerf guns with glow sticks on them? I don't. Also, why is it in every Halo game, human weapons always seem to be the best guns, or is that just me?

On another note, Halo 4 is the only Halo game since 2 that I'd say was decent. My only gripe is difficulty. I choose legendary difficulty and it isn't even difficult, just inconsistent. As Yahtzee pointed out, you kinda just die from random bullshit.

yes...yes...
altho it's kinda cool when Promethean weapons vaporize enemies...but that's about it

it's NOT cool when they're vaporizing you >:c I too thought Halo 4 got harder, then I realized it was just those bs moments
though personally I felt Halo Reach had one of the most well-rounded campaigns, and 2 had the wonkiest one lol

NameIsRobertPaulson:
Well, at least Halo fans can say he likes it more than Call of Duty. That's something... I guess.

It is true that reading the books before playing this is Warhammer 40K level of mandatory.

You really only need to have played the other games, but knowing about the stuff in the expanded universe helps alot.

I'll just say it as a halo fan, the story was wrapped up in the third game despite not being the ending everyone wanted. Tacking on new story seems pointless to me when some big name characters died in the 3rd game as well. I know that halo 3 hasn't aged that well multi player wise as well, however that's not really a reason to release a brand new game and mess up story that was finished/Rant over.

I'm always bewildered how Cortana gets more unnecessarily sexy and voluptuous each installment.

Does she have like special firmware updates?

Master Chief was downloading porn all those years, and with the porn came viruses.
And that's how Cortana snapped! Porn viruses.

Never been much into the Halo franchise. I played through the first game once, and I think I played a bit of the second one, but not all the way through. When my friend first got his 360, Halo 3 was all he played for almost a year, so consequently, I saw a lot of it. I can't count how many times we played through the campaign, but I still had no idea what was going on. so I'm not surprised that the story here doesn't get any better.

I enjoyed the characterization of the story as 'going from USB port to USB port,' though. That's always what it's felt like, to me.

DVS BSTrD:
No waves? Well I guess that tides well for Halo fans.

Well, it'll certainly tide them over until the next installment.

...I suddenly feel ashamed of myself.

Yea, the story gets a little dense for non-Halo fans. They could have used a little more exposition, I was rolling with it fine (being one of the forever-alone types who reads the books) but anyone new to the series must have been really confused.

Not sure how you feel bored though, the game moves at a pretty brisk pace.

But Space Hulk was AWESOME!!!!

NameIsRobertPaulson:
Well, at least Halo fans can say he likes it more than Call of Duty. That's something... I guess.

It is true that reading the books before playing this is Warhammer 40K level of mandatory.

They definitely help, but the games themselves provide generally enough plot so you're not completely lost. I would also recommend the Machinima prequel webseries "Forward Unto Dawn," as it provides interesting color into one of the main characters in Halo 4.

Got pretty much exactly what I expected from this review - he didn't like it that much, but thought it was better than the general sort of shit the shooter industry throws up now. It had plenty of funny moments though.

Proverbial Jon:
I'm not knocking your preference in games but I don't understand what could be a more exciting first level for a game. You're a super soldier, the last of your kind, aboard a massive spaceship, in space, which is under attack from a persistent alien force. On paper that sounds like a pretty good start.

Exactly. It sounds good on paper, but then why is it so boring? The first level is suppoused to present you to the game and keep you hooked. It did the opposite for me at least (and the subsequent 2 levels were a boring field and a boring art deco nightmare).

Captcha: Good buddy. I'm not your buddy fwiend!

I know why Cortana and Master Chief make such a great couple. She's a hologram and he's a robot.

I'm kidding I'm kidding. Please don't kill me!

EDIT: Actually on second thought, please kill me just don't jump down my throat.

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