343 Industries was handed one hell of a ball with the Halo franchise, and it wouldn’t have been surprising had they tried to get away with a rote game in a known universe. This is a series that prints money and has a strong, dedicated fanbase that likely would’ve been happy with more of the same.
It takes a lot of guts to put this much of yourself into a property this well known, but 343 didn’t shy away from the challenge. This is a bold new look and feel for the Halo franchise. The storytelling is more layered, the combat and characters sound better, the graphics have been updated and overhauled, and the plot offers many amazing and unforgettable moments.
If you were curious about 343’s ability to pull this off, to make Halo 4 as good as Bungie’s games, here’s your answer: Halo 4 is not as good as Reach or Halo 3. It’s better. Wake up. Cortana needs you.