I have long been a fan of the halo franchise since the beginning, and now I'm just not feeling it. I first remember playing Halo CE when it first came out as a launch title for the original Xbox and loved it. I have fond memories of many 4v4 battles using 2 Xboxs and an ethernet cable. Great times! Than Halo 2 came out and was on Xbox Live. Great times again, meeting expectations and satisfying completely. Then the 360 came out and we waited for what seemed like forever for Halo 3. And it was well worth the wait. With it came new weapons, new gadgets, and of course the same old warthog awesomeness, a known staple in the world of Halo. When Reach came out I loved it, played it for hours and hours and hours. The fun I had jetpacking and landing huge airborne plasma sticks was so much fun. And forging my own level; Hell Yeah! I was both excited and nervous when Halo 4 was announced by 343 Industries. Nothing against them at all, I just like my Halo to be by Bungie. After many dollars I beleive to be wasted playing all sorts of CoD games I always came back to Reach for fun, as I just dont have fun playing any CoD games. At all. They're frustrating. I don't like killstreaks, or throwing knives, or PAVE LOWS!!! So I patiently waited for Halo 4, and picked up a copy yesterday. I threw it in and was expectedly amazed by stunning CGI and very very very impressive audio capture, well done 343. And the gameplay, very Halo, as it should be. No wierd new controller scheme, no hide behind cover and switch to 3rd person, just a very Haloie Halo game. All right, everything checks out. But Wait! Could 343 have dephiled my long favorite staple of the franchise? Could they have totally screwed up the warthog? Hell no! And they make sure to let you know that early on. So I played a bit of the Campaign until the title "Halo 4" comes across my screen and say "OK, multiplayer time"
Now this is where my utter disdain for this game comes in. Starting with the UI. I think the company dog designed it, or maybe someones kid. Very basic and unimpressive, and lame. Almost Gran Turismo 5 lame (yes, that lame). So I try to get into my personal favorite online match Big Team Battle Objective based. GONE! GONE COMPLETELY. Replaced with an 8v8 Deathmatch. Lame, but tolerable, maybe it needs to be unlocked like weapons. Not from what I've seen so far. I play many different game types and it's ok. And being "ok" is not what Halo does, not what its intended to be. I get points for blowing up vehicles and such, kinda like Reach, but it feels more like MW3. Then I get a kill, then a double kill, now I have ordinace. Ordinance? WTF is ordinance? Well, it's kind of like a killstreak reward. Not cool, not for me anyway. As i continue to soldier through what I believe is a step down from classic Halo online play I stop, just stop moving and shooting, and to myself say aloud