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Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 4.1
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.7
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Overall User Score (19 votes) 4.1

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TrueAchievements (Nov 01, 2012)
The only bad thing I can really say about Halo 4 is that the campaign was a bit shorter than expected. At the same time, with the storyline being as heavy, serious and personal as it is, I think even the best of fans will probably not be too fussed by this. Overall, the game’s set to take the world by storm come November 6th. With 343 Industries doing the Halo name proud and building on what was already a very well built on title, there’s going to be hordes of fans itching to see what 343 has in store for their newly claimed saga. Fans of the series will already be unquestionably buying this anyway, but if you’re not currently a Halo fan, I’d definitely be thinking about picking this title up.
Retroage (Dec 13, 2014)
Podsumowując, 343 Industries zdało sprawdzian o nazwie Halo 4 wzorowo. Świetny single player i niesamowity multiplayer łączą się w niemalże perfekcyjnego FPSa. Nowy deweloper sprawił, że Halo odzyskało swoją duszę i dawną formę, straconą gdzieś przy okazji spinoffu trzeciej części. Pokuszę się nawet o stwierdzenie, że Halo 4 to najlepsza część serii. Nie jest może rewolucyjna jak jedynka, ale to kawał dobrego kodu, z którym każdy posiadacz Xboxa 360 powinien się zapoznać.
The Controller Online (Nov 06, 2012)
We all expected 343 Industries to make a decent Halo game, when they took the reins, but that isn’t what they did. Instead, they made a fantastic game that advances the series in just about every way. Halo 4 is the best looking, best sounding, and most intense Halo game to date. The folks at 343 could have played it safe when making their first game but they didn’t, and it paid off. Halo 4 is a brand new game, with brand new features, that I somehow still feel right at home playing, from the moment I picked up the controller.
Co-Optimus (Nov 05, 2012)
Halo 4 isn’t so much of a reboot of the series as it is an evolution. While Halo fans will feel at home, those that are new to the series (seriously, what’s up people?) should be able to jump in, enjoy and appreciate what is there. 343 has laid the groundwork for something that can live up to its predecessor while still calling it their own. Halo 4 is exactly what the Xbox 360 needed at the end of a console life cycle, and it’ll only leave you wanting more.
Mania (Nov 15, 2012)
Halo 4 is the total package, retaining what so many love about the core gameplay, while at the same time taking the graphics to the next level, adding in addicting level progression, and bringing more customization to the table. If you even marginally enjoy spending hours virtually murdering your friends in fascinating ways that make you feel like a space bad ass, this game should already be among your collection. If you've blown off the Halo series for no other reason than it's liked by many other people, I urge you to reconsider and actually find out what all that hype is about. Halo 4 hot dropped from low orbit on November 6th for the Xbox 360, retailing for $59.99.
HALO 4, the Master Chief's first new adventure in five years, picks up right where its predecessor left off, with a broken UNSC ship floating dead in space. The Chief rests inside in cryosleep, the artificial intelligence Cortana holding watch. It's not long, however, before the vessel falls under attack by Covenant forces, and the Chief soon finds himself crashing onto the surface of a strange alien world. The story that follows reveals new details about the Forerunners (the ancient aliens who designed the series' titular halos), exposes a new threat to humanity, and delves into the Chief's close friendship with Cortana, who is suffering a kind of digital mental breakdown. In addition to the six hour campaign, which shows off new weapons and vehicles (including alien rifles and a towering UNSC mech), players can look forward to more of Halo's trademark multiplayer action, including a serialized cooperative campaign composed of new episodes releasing on a weekly basis.
94 Gaming Portal (Nov 18, 2012)
Nismo nikada posumnjali da će Microsoft dozvoliti izdanje loše Halo igre, ali niti u snovima nismo očekivali ovako dobar nastavak. Apsolutno je sve sjelo na svoje mjesto i izvedeno baš onako kako je trebalo biti. Igra je ostala Bungiev Halo u srži i duši, ali su noviteti i promjene itekako dobrodošle te nam se sviđa lagana devijacija smjera u kojem serijal ovim nastavkom kreće. Ne sumnjamo da svi Halo fanovi već imaju svoj primjerak igre, ali odigrali vi prijašnje naslove ili ne, preporučamo vam da u svakom slučaju date priliku Halou 4.
ASPEB (Dec, 2012)
343 Industries tenía la difícil tarea de estar a la altura de Bungie en el manejo de la saga más importante de Microsoft, y puedo decir sin temor a equivocarme de que han salido totalmente victoriosos. Halo 4 es un gran juego, que no solamente mantiene todas las cosas buenas de la saga que enamoraron a millones de gamers sino que además se nota que hubo todo un gran esfuerzo detrás por seguir empujando la saga hacia adelante y que no se quede estancada en lo mismo de siempre. El comienzo de esta nueva trilogía es emocionante, este nuevo viaje que emprendemos de la mano de este joven estudio es una experiencia obligada para todo poseedor de una Xbox 360 y una gran excusa para adquirir la consola si todavía no la tienen.
Xboxdynasty (XD) (Nov 01, 2012)
Jede Reise beginnt mit einem ersten Schritt! 343 Industries macht aber gleich einen großen Sprung und zeigt ein bekanntes Universum im völlig neuen Glanz. Die Grafik ist deutlich besser, als in allen anderen Halo-Spielen zuvor. Die Waffeneffekte knallen ordentlich rein und das Gameplay geht zügiger von der Hand. Die Frischzellenkur hat dem Master Chief wirklich gut getan und wenn auch die Storyline uns nicht in allen Bereichen befriedigen konnte, macht Halo 4 einen grandiosen Wurf in die richtige Trilogie-Richtung. Dazu gibt es einen beachtlichen Umfang, eine packende Kampagne und einen Mehrspieler, der Fans monatelang fesseln wird. Ganz egal, ob ihr die Geschichte im Co-op mit Freunden erleben wollt, dank verschiedener Schädel das Erlebnis dazu noch modifiziert oder euch den Spartan Ops Missionen stellt, zu jeder Zeit werdet ihr gebannt vor der Konsole sitzen und fantastisch unterhalten. Es ist Halo, nur viel besser!
1UP (Oct 31, 2012)
If these criticisms have you concerned for the future of the Halo series, relax and take a deep breath. 343i has done a great job of capturing the essence of Halo, tapping into the kind of options that FPS fans love. Even if some parts don't fit perfectly in this debut title, the final package presents a game that's well-made, carefully crafted, and visually striking. Another Halo game will arrive soon enough, and with such a strong start, I have few reservations that 343i is on the right track to keep the franchise in the upper echelons of the first-person shooter.
Jeux Vidéo Network (Oct 31, 2012)
343 Industries peut sabler le Mountain Dew. Avec Halo 4, le jeune studio américain a en effet réussi son examen de passage. Ce nouvel épisode plante habilement les bases de la nouvelle trilogie, intègre de nombreuses nouveautés de gameplay, et procure une expérience toujours aussi plaisante seul ou en multi. Si la campagne rend impatient de découvrir la suite de l’histoire, les deux modes d’Infinity donne largement de quoi s’occuper en attendant.
Trusted Reviews (Nov 06, 2012)
By any yardstick, this is a fantastic return for the Master Chief, and proof that the spirit of Halo didn’t die when Bungie left the building. Halo 4 is a visually dazzling, consistently thrilling sci-fi shooter, and while it doesn’t do anything at all revolutionary, it adds enough new ideas and material to lay down sturdy foundations for the series’ future. Most of all, it raises an enticing proposition: if 343 can do something this good on current hardware, what an Earth can it do with a next-generation Xbox?
Cheat Happens (Dec 04, 2012)
A lot could have gone wrong with Halo 4 -- it was from a new developer and comes out near the end of what should be the last year of The Xbox 360 being Microsoft's newest console, but to the surprise of pretty much everyone, Master Chief's return is done in astonishingly good fashion. It's a near perfect mix of emotion and badass, of new and old and of great ideas and established principles. It's not perfect, but it is a must play for shooter fans. Welcome back Chief -- we've missed you.
XboxAchievements (Nov 01, 2012)
With big shoes to fill and an enormous amount of pressure on them from fans to deliver, 343 Industries has struck a home run on pretty much their first time of asking. Halo 4 represents a bold step forward for the franchise that feels both fresh and familiar. Boasting Halo’s trademark multiplayer, a gripping campaign, an experimental co-op mode and the usual gubbins, Halo 4 like all the other Halos that have come and gone, represents incredible value for money.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Nov 28, 2012)
Halo 4 is de knappe start van een nieuwe trilogie die zich kan meten aan al zijn voorgangers, al moet je dan wel de kwaliteiten van de zwakke singleplayer en onmetelijk leuke multiplayer bij elkaar optellen.
Games Finder (Oct 24, 2014)
Halo 4 definitely ticks all the boxes for both the First Person Shooter and Halo fans checklist. There really are not any glaring issues that would prevent you from making the purchase and jumping back into the Halo universe.
85 (Nov 01, 2012)
Flinke Aliens, dynamische Kämpfe und motivierende Neuerungen im Multiplayer: Halo 4 ist ein würdiger Nachfolger.
New Game Network (Nov 06, 2012)
A new trilogy begins on a solid, but eerily familiar foundation. Halo 4 is everything that fans have come to expect from the series, and though 343 Industries should hopefully take more risks in the future, one thing is certain: Master Chief is back, and in capable hands.
Softpedia (Nov 09, 2012)
Halo 4 is worthy of the series it’s part of, a clear sign that 343 Industries is ready to pick up where Bungie left off and deliver hit after hit for the Microsoft-made home console. But for the other two titles in the trilogy, they have already laid out that the developers need to find new ideas, both when it comes to story and to gameplay, and implement them in order to make sure that the Master Chief featuring series is not left behind as the first-person shooter genre evolves around it. Still fans of the franchise need to pick up Halo 4 because it continues one of the most recognizable stories in the video game world, while those unacquainted with the franchise can enjoy a great example of what the Xbox 360 can achieve with help from a dedicated development team.
Giant Bomb (Nov 01, 2012)
The new developers behind the Halo franchise successfully emulate the style of their predecessors as a new trilogy begins with Halo 4.
Entertainium (Dec 10, 2012)
Overall, Halo 4 is made with loving, though all too familiar hands. Much of its new content and innovations are hardly such, and gains are offset by losses. When news of its incredible budget circulated, expectations raise the bar high. Did it meet those expectations? Depends on what you want from a Halo game. As a continuation to the series, Bungie can rest easy knowing that 343 Industries is taking care, patience, and sound judgment in moving the universe forward. However, Halo 4 is hardly a market breaker as its predecessors were. It is another chapter in a long line of stories for Master Chief, and though its outlook seems far, it may be too used to sitting on the shoulders of giants. Halo 4 had the opportunity to reach out and become its own innovative beast, but falls short – just slightly, every so slightly, short! – of utmost excellence.
Legendra (Dec 25, 2012)
Halo 4 magnifie la série de Bungie. Il lui donne plus de densité et d'ampleur dans presque tous les domaines. On se ravit de l'approfondissement de la quête principale, des paysages rabelaisiens, de la bande-son puissante. Bref, on prend plaisir à se retrouver de nouveau dans la peau du Chief, un personnage de plus en plus emblématique dans le répertoire vidéo-ludique.
Lens of Truth (Dec 02, 2012)
Overall,Halo 4 is not the best game in the series, but it isn’t the worse either. It’s a solid entry to Fall Shooter Season 2012, and if you’re a Halo fan, the multiplayer will probably keep you online for a while to come. The story is weak and has little resolution, but it works well enough to keep you entertained shooting things, and there are a few genuinely touching scenes between Cortana and Master Chief. 343 has said they plan to make at least two more Halo games and that this is the beginning of a second trilogy, so hopefully the next game will try harder not to abandon the plot lines they build. For now, though, Halo 4 is here, and at least it brings good online play.
80 (Nov 01, 2012)
Design somptueux, narration léchée au service d'une histoire plus mature en dépit de quelques maladresses, jouabilité modernisée, tout semble sourire à 343 Industries dont on attend de fait les prochains épisodes avec impatience. Halo 4 pèche cependant par certains côtés, comme une campagne qui ne parvient pas toujours à retrouver le côté frénétique et délicieusement bordélique des affrontements en zone ouverte de ses aînés. Les nouveaux ennemis mis en scène apparaissent pour leur part somptueux, mais sont en fait assez décevants à affronter sur le terrain. Le multi enfin, grande force de la licence, lorgne un peu trop du côté de la concurrence pour donner dans le pur Halo. C'était un risque à prendre. Certains fans resteront sur le carreau mais d'autres joueurs – sans doute nouveaux venus dans la série – prendront un pied phénoménal. Dans tous les cas, un fait reste : Halo a changé, pour le meilleur comme pour le pire.
Speaking of which, how do I feel about the future of this franchise? I've made it clear that the last thing I want is for Halo to forsake what makes it great, and while Halo 4 is definitely great – excellent, even – its biggest downfall is that, for all 343's minor new spins on the franchise, the formula remains unchanged, and this is more or less the same game that we've been playing for the last decade. That's not a bad thing at all (hell, it's what I signed up for), but now that I've seen them edge the series ever-so-slightly in a new direction, I'd like to see them take it even further with Halo 5. They've proven that they can maintain the level of quality set by Bungie. Now it's time to see what else they can do.
IGN Germany (Jun 02, 2013)
Videospielverfilmungen haben keinen sonderlich guten Ruf, da sie häufig von Menschen erschaffen werden, denen das Ausgangsmaterial egal und ihre eigene Vision wichtiger ist, als die der Entwickler. Auf Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn trifft das nicht zu, da die Webserie bzw. der Film es durchgehend schafft, das Halo-Gefühl aufrechtzuerhalten. Die Geschichte braucht ein wenig, um in Fahrt zu kommen, ist aber trotzdem unterhaltsamer als manch andere Adaption, die uns Hollywood bisher geboten hat. Wer es bisher noch nicht getan hat, sollte einen Blick auf die YouTube-Version werfen. Wer diese mochte und mehr will oder etwas braucht, um die Zeit bis zur offiziellen TV-Serie zu überbrücken, macht mit dem Kauf der DVD/Blu-ray von Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn nichts verkehrt.
Absolute Games ( (Nov 06, 2012)
Несмотря на вторичность, Halo 4 — лучшая в семействе. Она не привнесла свежих мыслей, но отшлифовала чужие и не поддалась вредным веяниям моды. Она не держит за руку от пролога до эпилога и редко загоняет в узкие «коридоры». Так, глядишь, в Halo 5, которая, по обещаниям, станет очень мрачной, 343 Industries отважится на эксперименты.
The Video Game Critic (Dec 22, 2012)
I like how you can commandeer vehicles in multiplayer, but I hate how weapon icons tend to clutter up the scenery. Halo 4 is a polished shooter, but its by-the-numbers style doesn't really bring anything new to the table. Frankly I was expecting more.
The Game Hoard (Sep 10, 2021)
Master Chief returns to the spotlight in Halo 4, but it feels like most of the game’s successes come from what it carries over while its failings exist in its new ideas. You will still find an enjoyable shooter with strong weapon and enemy diversity, and the existence of vehicles and armor abilities help to spice up combat that takes place in well constructed maps. However, the story struggles to make Cortana’s plight emotional while its main villain is rather bland, and Spartan Ops spends too much time recycling levels to make its contribution to the story effective. Some multiplayer options like Forge and Flood aren’t where they should be, but it’s hard to deny that the fundamentals of the action and the interplay of the gameplay systems still works despite the fumbling in other departments.
Splitkick (Nov 22, 2012)
Previous titles in the series are far from perfect but Halo 4, for all its technical polish, is my least favorite campaign in the series. The elimination of campaign scoring limits the appeal of ‘story be damned’ replays with friends. If Prometheans are a pill fans have to swallow, 343 has to find a more interesting way to use them or I’m checking out of future entries. Still, Spartan Ops sounded like a cool replacement for Firefight – a mode I never really got into anyways – and it’s possible the writing and level design will get better. Even if it never pans out, however, I’m more than happy with the existing competitive multiplayer suite. Nearly every change 343 has made to multiplayer is for the better and I can’t wait to see how the game evolves as players apply new tactics, particularly in the novel Dominion mode.
Factornews (Nov 19, 2012)
Bref, avec Halo 4, Microsoft a probablement eu exactement ce qu'il demandait : un Halo pur jus, dans la droite lignée des épisodes de l’époque Bungie. On peut cependant regretter que les ambitions de renouveau se soient limitées à la partie graphique du titre - même s'il reste fort agréable à jouer au demeurant.
60 (Oct 31, 2012)
If you're like me, a big Halo fan who can deal with a couple of let-downs for the sake of the greater good, then get this right away. Hell, get to a midnight launch. I'll be at the Trafford Centre and I seriously can't wait. It'll whet your appetite something chronic and leave you wanting more. Personally for me this is a 5/5 as the plot and atmosphere is what I care about that that's nailed perfectly *if you follow all the threads*. But for people with a passing interest in the series your money and time are better spent elsewhere.