• Gaming Age 100%

    It’s also hard to deny that Halo 4 is a hell of a visual step up for the series. Part of that comes from the art design, featuring bright, neon like colors that infuse the new world of Requiem with inorganic life. But the texture work and character models are a step above what Reach produced, and help to show that that 360 still has a trick or two up its sleeve from a power perspective.

     

  • Game Revolution 100%

    Unless Black Ops II or Far Cry 3 manage to revolutionize the genre in astronomical ways, Halo 4 is the clear frontrunner for best first-person shooter of 2012. Heck, it may very well be the best game you play all year.
  • NZGamer 100%

    A truly spectacular game. Of all of the possible results that may have sprung from the circumstances that now surround the development of the Halo franchise, Halo 4 is the most welcome (and surprising) imaginable.

     

  • Machinima 100%

    The visuals have been massively overhauled to make this the best looking Halo, if not the best looking 360 game to date.

     

  • Joystiq 100%

    The developer launches the best kind of protest, which is to wave an impressive, throbbing shooter in your face. Trust me, you want this.

     

  • Destructoid 100%

    343 Industries have done a remarkable job at continuing the Halo legacy. They’ve gone all out, creating a fantastic sequel that brought forth a major focus on storytelling while upping the visual and audio direction to a level that will be tough for anyone to rival with these few remaining years of the current console generation.

     

  • MondoXbox 100%

    Halo 4 is an emotional rollercoaster, an amalgam of epic scenes and memorable surprises with clockwork-perfect gameplay and a stunning artistic/technical production. The Halo everyone was waiting for.

     

  • IGN 98%

    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.

     

  • GamingTrend 96%

    By far their greatest success lies in a more nuanced realization of the series’ main protagonist, Master Chief, and while the campaign works exceptionally well as a stand-alone narrative, it leaves our hero in a place that opens the story to exciting new possibilities in the next two installments.

     

  • Meristation 95%

    Quotation forthcoming.

     

  • GameOver.gr 95%

    343 Industries delivers one the best Halo games ever created thus proving that this studio is perfectly capable of handling Microsoft’s legendary franchise.

     

  • Polygon 95%

    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.

     

  • Official Xbox Magazine 95%

    Beneath its sometimes bombastic layer of blockbuster-level polish, Halo 4 hides a complicated heart filled with intelligent sci-fi and a surprising amount of humanity and soul. Count us in for Chief’s next outing. We’ll be ready.