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Halo 4 has been released on 360 and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"Rebecca Mayes reviews Halo with her live performance at our theatre show. She weaves a fascinating response to the game pulling in not only her experience of playing, but the classic Halo chord theme..."
- Audio Gamer (Thu, 25 Oct 2012)
Halo 4 is on its way and Master Chief is back. That's almost all we know, but for many that will be enough reason to get excited.
Following the spin-off games Halo: ODST and Halo: Reach, Halo 4 will finally return to the main story of the series, picking up where Halo 3 left off with Master Chief and Cortana drifting in space.
Microsoft aren't holding back with the 360's main shooter franchise either: Halo 4 marks the start of a new trilogy developed by 343 Industries, who are warming up for their first crack at the franchise by developing this year's remake of the series' first episode, Halo: Combat Evolved: Anniversary.
Bungie's departure is likely to raise concerns.
Halo 4 is the first installment not to be developed by series creators Bungie, who have moved on to other projects. Bungie's departure, and the appointment of an entirely new studio by Microsoft to shepherd the franchise, are likely to raise concerns, but fans can be reassured by the presence of several Bungie veterans at 343, as well as staff from the recently deceased veteran developer Pandemic (Mercenaries, The Saboteur).
Other than the developers and Microsoft's long term ambitions for the series, little is known at this stage, with a teaser trailer showing Master Chief tumbling through space wreckage and little else. However, the ending of Halo 3 left Master Chief in suspended animation on a drifting space wreck, so who knows where and when he will end up? New enemies and environments are likely, but presumably the series titular megastructures will feature somehow.
Master Chief's return will make Halo 4 a must buy.
With well over a year to go, there's plenty of time for Microsoft to drip feed information and raise excitement. However, even at this early stage, for many shooter fans the prospect of Master Chief's return will be enough to make Halo 4 a must buy.
Halo 4 is released for 360 in late 2012.
With so many different perspectives it can be hard to know where to start - a little like walking into a crowded pub. Sorry about that.
But so far we've not found a way to streamline our review output - there's basically too much of it. So, rather than dilute things for newcomers we have decided to live with the hubbub while helping new readers find the columnists they will enjoy.
Our columnists each focus on a particular perspective and fall into one of the following types of gamers: