Master Chief's new stewards, Microsoft's 343 Industries, has struck gold with its first Halo outing.
Halo 4 reviews landed online this morning, delivering near-universal praise for the Chief's latest adventure and likely his last outing on Xbox 360. At the time of writing the game has an impressive 91 per cent on Metacritic.
After soaking in the new game, I am beyond thrilled to be so in love with Halo again, more than I've been since Halo 2,” IGN wrote in its 9.8/10 review, in which it describes the game as ‘awesome'. 343's debut effort out-Bungies Bungie.
Halo 4 is a masterstroke everyone can and should celebrate, and its two guaranteed sequels instantly make the next-generation Xbox a must-own system, with Halo 5 its most anticipated title. Halo has been rebuilt. It has been redefined. And it has been reinvigorated. The Xbox's original king has returned to his rightful place on the throne.”
Polygon scored it 9.6/10, concluding: Halo 4 is most like the original Halo, where the novelty and wonder of exploring something really alien and different is a key factor. While Halo 4 continues the series' tradition of iteration on its own design more successfully than any one of its predecessors, that sense of awe, of discovery, has been light since the first game, and I didn't realize how much I missed it until I played Halo 4.
Halo is in new hands with 343, but the studio nailed exactly why the series became a genre-defining franchise. And it's exciting to think about where it goes from here.”
GameSpot scored in 9/10, saying: Halo 4 is every bit the massive shooter package that its predecessors were, and it holds the series' standard high. The thrilling and emotional return of Master Chief and Cortana is the highlight, and the campaign breaks new ground in narrative quality for the franchise.
The top-notch competitive multiplayer picks up where Halo: Reach left off, infusing the action with some mainstream elements while still remaining undeniably unique. 343 Industries should be proud of what it has accomplished, and you should be excited to experience it for yourself.”
Eurogamer scored it an 8/10, musing: Halo 4 is authentic, and assures 343's role is more than a mere tribute act. Their delicate yet sprawling work may be more continuation than true expansion - and perhaps the true test comes in the next step - but for now, Halo returns with a bang, not a whimper.”
Halo 4 will be released worldwide on Xbox 360 on Tuesday November 6th.