The Critics Love ‘Halo 4’; Call The Game ‘One Of The Finest Shooters In Years’

Halo 4, the hugely anticipated First Person Shooter, has finally arrived and the critics are raving about the game. The latest entry in the Halo franchise received excellent reviews, ranging from the critic who called Halo 4 “One Of The Finest Shooters In Years” to’ 5 out of 5 stars’ from Joystiq’s Ludwig Kietzmann:

“You don’t often see a monolithic franchise putting up a fight for fans, but the departure of Bungie has awakened doubt — enough to incur a fierce response from Halo’s new custodians at 343 Industries. The speed at which that uncertainty evaporates is the real surprise. Halo 4 is an expert at making you play along with the unfolding spectacle, and makes sure you’re never ensnared by it.”

The game arrived on November 6, 2012, forcing many Halo fans to choose between a few more hours of playing the new title or doing their patriotic duty to vote. Even those players who supported Mitt Romney’s failed bid for the Presidency had something to celebrate with the knowledge they still had Halo 4 waiting for them when they returned home from their local polling place.

Kietzmann was particularly pleased with the addition of new enemies to the game:

“The introduction of challenging new enemies — the armor-clad Prometheans — is a major alteration within Halo‘s intricate and iterated combat. “The airborne Watchers can shield their companions and return your grenades, while the hulking Knights can disorient your aim by teleporting. If they finish you with a brutal hit, it’s because your shields were whittled away by a pack of canine-like Crawlers, who wield all sorts of guns in their mouths.”

“The nature of Halo‘s fighting, which is to push back just as hard as you prod it, translates beautifully to a four-party team, but it’s the method of delivery that makes the Spartan Ops mode exciting. Every week a new episode will add five missions, exploring the fallout of Halo 4‘s events and giving direction to your slaughter of the alien hordes.”

Halo 4 is Halo — a surprisingly successful, mandatory step for 343 Industries. But the game strives for more than competence, giving it a forceful march and a decadent show of strength. Our doubt and questioning of Halo‘s continued existence has, in some small way, helped deliver one of the best games in the series and one of the finest shooters in years.”