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Halo 4 (Xbox 360)

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Halo 4 is a first-person shooter in the Halo franchise and the first entirely new game in the series without the involvement of the original developer Bungie Studios. It is the first title in a trilogy, dubbed the Reclaimer trilogy. The story takes place in a science fiction setting in the year 2557, four years after the events of Halo 3. It marks the return of the surgically enhanced super soldier or "Spartan" Master Chief, John-117, as a playable protagonist for the first time since 2007's Halo 3, who'd been considered dead or missing in action by Covenant and UNSC forces since the end events of that game.

The game sets the stage for a new story in which Master Chief returns to confront his destiny and face an ancient awakened evil that threatens all life in the universe. The main campaign also heavily explores the relationship between Master Chief and his AI companion, Cortana. Cortana is nearing the end of her life, before devolving into a state called Rampancy in which an AI begins to think itself to death. The campaign features both first-person shooter and driving elements, and can be played either single player or co-cooperatively (either over Xbox Live or split-screen). It features new weapons and an entirely new class of enemy characters called Prometheans.

The game also features a reach multiplayer experience called Infinity. The centerpiece of this experience is the UNSC Infinity, the largest starship ever built by humanity. The player controls a personalized Spartan IV which, as the player competes in multiplayer sessions, gains experience and unlocks new abilities, armor customizations, and weapons. Play is divided between two modes: Wargames and Spartan Ops.

War Games is the traditional Halo PVP experience, but couched as training simulations for all the Spartans on board the infinity. In addition to classic modes such as Team Slayer and Capture the Flag, War Games also features some new modes, such as Regicide and Flood.

Spartan Ops is an episodic cooperative campaign which contains ten episodes, in which the player players as their Spartan IV character. Spartan Ops is set 6 months after the end of the campaign and continues the adventures of the Infinity's Crew. Each episode is released weekly and contains a new cinematic along with 5 new missions to complete. These missions can be completed solo, but are designed to be played cooperatively, again over Xbox Live or split-screen.

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Halo 4 Xbox 360 Scene from the opening cinematic for the second campaign mission
Halo 4 Xbox 360 Talking to Cortana after exiting the cryo-tube.
Halo 4 Xbox 360 Exploring the Dawn. Not much enemy activity...
Halo 4 Xbox 360 Main menu

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Common Sense Media 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Co-Optimus Nov 05, 2012 5 out of 5 100
ASPEB Dec, 2012 9.4 out of 10 94
Xboxdynasty (XD) Nov 01, 2012 9.4 out of 10 94
Trusted Reviews Nov 06, 2012 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 01, 2012 16 out of 20 80
Legendra Dec 25, 2012 8 out of 10 80
IGN Germany Jun 02, 2013 7.9 out of 10 79
The Video Game Critic Dec 22, 2012 B 75
AllAboutTheGames.co.uk Oct 31, 2012 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2012 – Best Shooter of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany) / GamePro (Germany)
    • 2012 - #3 Best Console Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2012 - #4 Best Shooter of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • Xbox 360 Achievements
    • 2012 - Best Multiplayer
    • 2012 - Best Graphics
    • 2012 - Best Original Score

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Angus McQuarrie (8) added Halo 4 (Xbox 360) on Nov 25, 2012