The saga that began eleven years ago on a new gaming console released by Microsoft returns for another go around, and it couldn’t have come at a stranger time. Tuesday was both the national election day in America and the launch date for 343’s new entry into the Halo series. The launch of the new game went off without a hitch, except for some server problems which hindered online play for some players. A common dilemma with multiplayer games is the lack of maps on some game modes.
While the technical issues are being worked on, new players are trying out the campaign, facing gamers online, and taking the new ‘spartan ops’ missions for a spin.
Earlier this month, a Microsoft spokesperson announced that Halo 4 would not make it to PC, thus ensuring that console kiddies everywhere get the last laugh, at least for now.
As an Xbox 360-exclusive title, Halo 4 Is treated with a full arsenal of online goodies for players to experience and play through together. The new ‘spartan ops’ downloadable co-op missions help make sure the game isn’t over when you hit the credits screen.
While the conclusion of the story mode marks the beginning of tons of online fun, this won’t be the end of the Halo franchise or the Master Chief. Halo 4 is the first in a new ‘Reclaimer Trilogy’ that the developers no doubt have many blueprints for. However, this may be the last halo released for the Xbox 360, as Microsoft plans to release a new console gaming system around the 2013 Holiday season.
Microsoft, in a stroke of genius, has also stated that players will get paid for playing halo 4 online. In other words, players who are enthusiastic enough to spend 24+ hours on Xbox live with Halo 4 will receive free Microsoft points, and the more they play the more points they collect. It sounds too good to be true at first, but if players spend enough time on Xbox live, they will find a whole new reason to keep fragging opponents and capturing flags.
The game is receiving all-around good comments by players. It pushes what can be done visually with the xbox 360 and shows just how far these new types of game development technology can go. Despite the few launch glitches displayed and the over crowded lines, halo 4 looks to continue to carry the halo flag rather well.
If you enjoyed this article, subscribe for free at the top of this page to be alerted to future publications by Joshua Adams on everything Technology. To read more articles by this author click here.