Ladies, gentlemen, and genetically-engineered super soldiers of mostly indeterminate gender, the Halo 4 reviews are in.
The game is currently commanding a Metacritic average of 91 and a Gamerankings average of 91.76, although the review embargo was only lifted at 9 AM this morning so that’s likely to shift up or down a bit over the next few days. In the meantime, though, here’s what people are saying about Master Chief’s next big adventure.
Joystiq – 5/5
“The developer launches the best kind of protest, which is to wave an impressive, throbbing shooter in your face. Trust me, you want this.” Read the full review.
IGN – 9.8/10
“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.” Read the full review.
Eurogamer – 8/10
“Halo 4 is authentic, and assures 343’s role is more than a mere tribute act. Their delicate yet sprawling work may be more continuation than true expansion – and perhaps the true test comes in the next step – but for now, Halo returns with a bang, not a whimper.” Read the full review.
Gamespot – 9/10
“Every bit the massive shooter package that its predecessors were, and it holds the series’ standard high. The thrilling and emotional return of Master Chief and Cortana is the highlight, and the campaign breaks new ground in narrative quality for the franchise. The top-notch competitive multiplayer picks up where Halo: Reach left off, infusing the action with some mainstream elements while still remaining undeniably unique.” Read the full review.
CVG – 8/10
“Halo 4 isn’t just a another Halo; it’s the Haloest Halo ever. It’s good at mimicking the bits you most remember best from past games to make it clear that, Bungie or not, this is the real thing.” Read the full review.
Destructoid – 10/10
“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.” Read the full review.
Game Informer – 9.25/10
“Halo 4 is a thrilling adventure, and takes the science fiction franchise headlong into the future. The magic formula is intact, but the new development team isn’t afraid to put its own signature features into play, assuring that Halo is on a path to growth instead of stagnation.” Read the full review.
Polygon – 9.5/10
“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.” Read the full review.