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    Great post Matrix. Dang, Halo 4 looks amazing. Probably the new game to beat graphically this gen. Mind boggling how good that games looks, and it is sandbox on top of that.

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    Yep definitely the best looking game on console especially after seeing the latest footage on Live with making of Halo 4 part 2. The graphics have come a long way since we saw it at E3.

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    Game looks $#@!ing beautiful!

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    Halo 4’s Covenant Weapons



    The Covenant weapons in Halo 4 presented us with an interesting design challenge. Traditionally, they haven’t been as popular as their UNSC counterparts, and they get much less use across the board. From a high level, we still wanted them to feel alien, futuristic, and technologically advanced (or at the very least, foreign) when compared to human weaponry, but we also wanted them to be equally viable choices.This was not an easy problem to solve.

    There are a lot of gameplay specific reasons why Covenant weapons function the way they do. The blue/purple/pink color schemes and higher-pitched sound effects are intended to contrast the UNSC weapons and make enemy fire stand out. The projectiles are intentionally slower so that when fighting AI, the player is able to react and dodge them. They also tend to drain shields faster than armor health because it adds tension and creates situations where the player feels like they are escaping a fire fight by the skin of their teeth. In short, the weapons were designed to be fun to fight against, and some of these properties work against making them fun to use.

    So how did we resolve these issues? On the aesthetics side, we felt like the shiny textures, bright colors, and flawless models of the past made them read a bit too toy-like, so we tried to make everything slightly more grounded. We did that by showing more wear and tear (such as scuffs and imperfections) and using new textures that made the guns look like they were created from hard metallic alloys (instead of plastic). The audio for all Covenant weapons went through several iterations until they felt a bit more punchy and visceral, while still sounding alien. As far as gameplay goes, we changed the weapon properties to make them better equivalents to UNSC weaponry. For example, the projectile speeds are drastically increased when the player uses them so that they are easier to hit targets but when AI fires them at the player, they are slower so that they are still fun to dodge. Finally, we spent a lot of time on the interface components. Two such examples are the zoom scopes, which were made to have a much more alien feel when using the guns, and the digital displays and reticles use of a similar alien language.

    Halo 4 features nine Covenant weapons, with a mix of old and new. Take a look at them in action by watching the following (brand new!) video, and then we’ll chat a bit about how they feel when you’re using them on Halo 4’s virtual battlefields.






    PLASMA PISTOL
    DESIGNATION: T-25 Directed Energy Pistol
    MANUFACTURER: Iruiru Armory
    MAGAZINE CAPACITY: N/A

    Directed-energy weapon capable of semi-automatic firing and a scaled-burst effect which disables electronics.

    How it feels:

    Frank - Absolute beast, tempered by the fact that you’ll deplete your charge quickly and are brutally punished for running around with it pre-charged all the time. I had it in one of my go-to loadouts on a semi-permanent basis but I’ve kind of moved away from that, except where early vehicle domination seems likely.

    David - Let me answer your first question: No, we’re not introducing the Halo 2 Noob Combo as a standard loadout in Halo 4. While the Plasma Pistol still strips shields, in my experience it doesn’t track nearly as much at a distance when compared to previous titles. It’s still very useful against shielded enemies (UNSC and Covenant alike) but as Frank mentioned, pay attention to your remaining charge.

    Chris - Don’t be deceived by the toy-ish looks. This is a powerful gun! To be effective with the normal shot, you will need to use it at close ranges because the projectiles are extremely slow relative to other weapons. And since players spawn with it from the get-go as a secondary weapon, we’ve had to retune the number of charge shots down from the past (when charging, the energy drains pretty quickly in multiplayer compared to the past). It’s still a great choice, though, especially on vehicle maps. If you are a fan of the Noob Combo, I’d recommend trying to scavenge a Magnum as a backup. The Halo 4 pistols all have faster animation timings than in the past, allowing you to switch to them faster than any other weapon in the game. Charged Plasma Shot + Magnum headshot = WIN!

    Jeff (Test) - The Plasma Pistol continues its role as one of the strongest utility weapons in the Covenant arsenal. Its ability to strip enemy shields or disable enemy vehicles makes it a dangerous and deceptive weapon in the hands of the right player. There’s something so satisfying about landing a charged shot against a Banshee and watching it fall from the sky, the pilot helpless to avoid his descent to an inevitable barrage of fire from your appreciative team members. The soaring green blasts in any PvP match are a reminder that you are only one good shot away from being defenseless against headshots. The sound of the charged weapon rounding the corner as the player un-crouches from cover to engage you stops your breath for a moment. The sting to a Spartan’s hands when the weapon overloads from charging too long is a bittersweet reminder that the weapon remains destined for the hands of the tactical player.





    NEEDLER
    DESIGNATION: T-33 Guided Munitions Launcher
    MANUFACTURER: Lodam Armory
    MAGAZINE CAPACITY: 18 rounds

    Exotic guided-munitions weapon firing crystalline shards that home in, impale, and detonate on soft targets.

    How it feels:

    Frank - The Needler is not my favorite weapon in terms of efficacy – and you’ll see that in my Reach stats, but as something I used to only use in cases of last resort, I’m finding it more and more useful in Campaign and Spartan Ops than ever before – and taking out Elites and Promethean Knights by supercombining can be a great way to break up strategic logjams in big encounters.

    David - Here’s some friendly advice for your Legendary Campaign runs in Halo 4: make friends with the Needler. For clearing out Elites and Knights, it has quickly become the pick-up weapon of choice at higher difficulty levels in both Campaign and Spartan Ops.

    Chris - The Halo 4 Needler is probably the most powerful version of the gun to date. I love the new, more mechanical firing sounds of the gun as it feels more visceral. One of the big changes this time around is that the needles stick to shields again (in Reach, the needles only supercombined when shields were down). This makes it deadly for sure. However, its effectiveness is tempered by the overall faster pace of the game, which gives players a better chance of avoiding the needles. If you catch an opponent off-guard, they are in for a world of hurt.

    Chris H. (SDE) - The Needler has received a damage and speed boost, which definitely makes it more powerful this time around. It’s always been a fun gun to use, but now it’s extremely satisfying and almost always a good idea to pick up if found on the battlefield.

    Josh (Senior SDE) - The Needler is so bad-ass, some of us call it the “noobler”. It feels like the Halo 2 Needler to me. It will wreck your -Yoink!-





    STORM RIFLE
    DESIGNATION: T-55 Directed Energy Rifle/Advanced
    MANUFACTURER: Lodam Armory
    MAGAZINE CAPACITY: N/A

    Fully automatic, directed-energy weapon, widely considered the successor to the traditional Plasma Rifle.

    How it feels:

    Frank - This isn’t accurate in terms of power or performance, exactly, but in a way I am reminded of the Brute Plasma Rifle from Halo 2 in terms of ferocity and sheer visceral pleasure. Of course it doesn’t work well at long range and can’t be dual wielded, but that’s my snapshot impression, if it makes any sense.

    David - The Storm Rifle fills a role similar to that of the UNSC Assault Rifle, but somehow the Storm Rifle is just plain more frightening to come up against. Early in development, there weren’t a lot of people using this weapon, despite how effective it was at close range. That changed overnight when the weapons effects and sounds started to come online.

    Chris - This is a fantastic close-range weapon, once you figure out the rhythm on the overheat. I especially love using this weapon on smaller maps or in tight areas as it’s incredibly lethal. It doesn’t have the range or accuracy of the AR but if you manage the heat well, you can continue firing for quite a while and it will give you a significant advantage over other weapons that require longer reloads. It takes some getting used to, though. If you just hold the trigger down and let the gun reach its overheat state, you are faced with a long cool down penalty.

    Alyson (Producer) - The first level of the campaign is set up really nicely for the Storm Rifle. Use a charged shot on the Plasma Pistol to knock down the Elite’s shields, then pop him with the Storm Rifle, and finally finish off the fodder of Grunts. Then pick up the Plasma Grenades for yourself. Mwhahahaha!

    Todd (UI) - Before Halo 4, I was lukewarm on Covenant weapons. I never felt like I got the meaty feedback I got from UNSC weaponry. The Storm Rifle has converted me to the Covenant arsenal – half of my loadouts are customized with it in mind. Its rapid fire rate makes it perfect for run-and-gun, and covering teammates has never been so rewarding. When I engage enemies with the Storm Rifle, it’s like I’m repeatedly slapping my opponent in the face with a thousand fruit roll-ups. Delicious victory.





    COVENANT CARBINE
    DESIGNATION: T-51 Carbine
    MANUFACTURER: Iruiru Armory
    MAGAZINE CAPACITY: 18 rounds

    Notable semi-automatic mid-range accuracy, firing ballistic rounds unlike most other Covenant weapons.

    How it feels:

    Frank - It’s the Carbine. I have always felt it was a perfectly good sub for BR and DMR and indeed sits somewhere between the two in terms of its utility for my style of play – but I have tended to avoid it every now and then because of the super-visible contrail. For some reason, in Halo 4 that hasn’t been much of an issue for me – or it was my imagination to begin with, but I have been using it more and more and in Campaign, it’s essential.

    David - I can’t decide if it’s the size of the bolts you fire or some other intangible, but the Carbine feels (to me) like the most accurate weapon in the game. I find it especially useful for when I’m waiting to launch an ambush. Against inexperienced foes, the barrage of rapid fire shots can cause enemies to panic and make mistakes… to their doom. As Chris mentions below, it’s great as a finishing weapon. I would recommend pairing it with a Plasma Pistol or Storm Rifle.

    Chris - Mathematically, this is the most lethal long-range rifle in the game in a one-on-one encounter. It fires extremely fast – double the rate of the other rifles. But it doesn’t have the range of the DMR or LightRifle, and each individual shot is relatively weak. A player that can land the bulk of their shots and manage their ammo well can be extremely successful with it, though. Because of its headshot capability, it is also a great weapon for playing cleanup with teammates (have them drop opponent shields and then score the headshot). I love using this weapon but I can only use it in short bursts. The firing rate is so fast, it makes my fingers tired after a while!

    Joel (Test) - The Covenant Carbine is an absolute terror when going up against unshielded foes. Bringing it into Spartan Ops missions against Grunts, Jackals, and Crawlers allows you to quickly drop waves of enemies, provided you can land the headshot. In PVP, it has a little trouble getting through enemy shields, but the precision and high rate of fire allow you to constantly bombard your opponent.

    Ali (Systems Designer) - It’s my go-to weapon on the Covenant side because it’s the anti-Grunt and Jackal weapon from a distance, and it caters to my somewhat stealthy play style. I enjoy the firing rhythm and the punch it delivers.It’s fascinating compared to UNSC rifles because the look, feel and audio feedback are unique and alien, especially when scoped in.





    BEAM RIFLE
    DESIGNATION: T-27 Special Application Sniper Rifle
    MANUFACTURER: Merchants of Qikost
    MAGAZINE CAPACITY: 10 shots

    Extreme-range sniper rifle, charging ionized hydrogen gas into a lethal beam of accelerated particles.

    How it feels:

    Frank - The Beam Rifle always felt a bit more solid and frightening to me than at least one or two iterations of the UNSC sniper. Now I prefer the UNSC sniper overall, both aesthetically and in terms of performance, but the sonic impact of the Beam Rifle is super satisfying. Like the Carbine, they seem to be easier to find in Campaign than human snipers. It’s also a bit easier to know where you’re being pinged from [with the Beam Rifle].

    David - First off, I love that a proper Covenant sniper weapon is back for Halo 4. It’s been sorely missed. Secondly, the new HUD elements on the Beam Rifle when zoomed in really help to sell this as a piece of alien technology. As before, the meta-game of managing the heat of your rifle and firing on enemies means that every shot counts. Get too hasty and you’ll be looking down at your dead body in the flash of venting gas.

    Chris - I love the Halo 4 version of the Beam Rifle! This thing is ridiculously large and imposing looking, and it has a really mean firing sound. Because of its enormous size, it does have a decent amount of recoil between shots but the firing rate is the fastest of the snipers and if you manage the heat state of the gun, you can get off all shots in quick succession without an overheat or reload. One other pro-tip on this one: it’s the best sniper rifle for hip shots in Halo 4!

    Kynan (Lead Multiplayer Level Design) - The Beam Rifle is sick. What’s not to like about being able to clear out an enemy team with a single weapon that when used correctly doesn’t require a reload… and the sound is so satisfying.





    CONCUSSION RIFLE
    DESIGNATION: T-50 Directed Energy Weapon/Heavy
    MANUFACTURER: Merchants of Qikost
    MAGAZINE CAPACITY: 4 rounds

    Similar to other Covenant mortar weapons, firing explosive bolts of plasma at close-range to mid-range distances.

    How it feels:

    Frank - I have always found this weapon to be useful in close quarters combat and even against vehicles as a “confuser” – and I think the combination of fireworks and physics does a tremendous amount to add chaos and doubt to a battlefield. While I don’t use it except in desperation in Campaign, in MP I will absolutely grab it as a secondary, or when I am out of ammo on a primary.

    Chris - The Concussion Rifle and Brute shot have always been somewhat controversial in that players either love them or hate them – there doesn’t seem to be an in-between. The biggest change to the Halo 4 Concussion Rifle are the stronger physics impulses from the explosions along with faster projectile speed, which makes it work better in more open spaces and from a longer distance. That being said, I wouldn’t recommend trying to use this in a duel with a DMR from across the map. I love the firing rate on this weapon but IMO, the best part about it is the emergent sandbox moments you can get from the strong physics impulses on the explosion. Try drilling a speeding enemy Warthog from the side, and watch as hilarity ensues!

    David - I suppose you can put me in the latter of Chris’s camps as I still haven’t quite been able to wrap my brain around this iteration of the Concussion Rifle quite yet. It’s great against vehicles and the physics impulses are great, but I suppose I’m a simple man and I like blowing stuff up in a shower of fire and brimstone.

    Jayce (Spartan Ops Designer) - Against AI, it can topple vehicles and has a fast enough firing rate to scatter large groups, and against other players it has the uncanny ability to cause confusion and pain at a safe distance. It is the ultimate noise gun, a disruptor that can leave enemies in complete disarray before they die.

    Chris H. - I am impressed with the precision the AI can wield the Concussion Rifle with in Spartan Ops. They are really good at juggling my lifeless body after they obliterate me.





    FUEL ROD CANNON
    DESIGNATION: T-33 Light Anti-Armor Weapon
    MANUFACTURER: Merchants of Qikost
    MAGAZINE CAPACITY: 5 rounds

    Typically used against heavy armor by launching charged fuel rods which violently detonate upon impact.

    How it feels:

    Frank - A great weapon, not exactly a Covenant Rocket Launcher, but not too far off – also one of the weapons that oddly enough, really shows off some of the environment mapping on our surfaces. You really get a “feel” for whatever space you’re in based on the reflectivity and the way it catches color and light.

    David - For me, the Fuel Rod Cannon sits somewhere between the Rocket Launcher and the Brute Shot, with regard to how I use it. Against Covenant or Promethean forces, you can clear out the cannon fodder with relative ease, but against more evenly matched enemies, expect to need multiple hits to drop them.

    Chris - Traditionally, the Fuel Rod hasn’t gotten a lot of love in Halo multiplayer. This has changed in Halo 4. This is another case where I am really excited about the direction the audio and FX teams went in with the weapon. It’s not drastically different but the changes just make it feel that much more satisfying and visceral. As with the other “area of effect” weapons in the game, the projectile speeds have been increased on this one, and we’ve fine-tuned the blast radiuses just a tad. Despite the faster speeds, you will still need to land a couple fuel rod shots to finish off an opponent, as an individual blast isn’t powerful enough to kill someone. Because of the large magazine size on this one, it’s also great for area of denial as well.




    ENERGY SWORD
    DESIGNATION: T-1 Energy Weapon/Sword
    MANUFACTURER: Merchants of Qikost
    MAGAZINE CAPACITY: N/A

    Composed of superheated plasma, this sword remains the preferred close-quarters weapon of specialized Elites.

    How it feels:

    Frank - I am just eating it with this right now. I thought universal Sprint would give me a huge advantage, but the reality is it flattens it out for me. I used to go on crazy tears with the sword, but now I find myself being stopped short – that “gun game” thing people are referring to more and more seems to be hitting me where it counts during would-be sword sprees. I do find myself on the receiving end of it a fair amount, however.

    Chris - To Frank’s comment, I think one of the mistakes I see people making with our sword is that now that players move faster with Sprint by default, they assume they can just run at opponents and kill them with the lunge from far away. This is a mistake – you still need to be somewhat sneaky with it. That being said, if you can restrain yourself from going all Rambo and just use it in tight spaces, it’s as lethal as ever. Important changes include making it swing much faster than it has in the past and eliminating those pesky melee parries (no more “CLAAAAAANG!” unless the other person also has a sword). One final pro tip: when sprinting with normal weapons, if opponents shoot you, the shots will slow you down a tad. A sword wielding player is immune to this!

    David - It’s big, it’s made of hard light, and it will wreck your world if you’re not paying attention to your surroundings. I think Frank and Chris covered everything else.

    Kynan - I love the sword in combination with the Thruster Pack. There’s no better feeling than sprint jumping off the roof of a building into a crowd below and then thrusting to dodge or close distance, putting you perfectly in range to cut through them all like butter.




    GRAVITY HAMMER
    DESIGNATION: T-2 Energy Weapon/Hammer
    MANUFACTURER: Recovered from field (originally Sacred Promissory)
    MAGAZINE CAPACITY: N/A

    Crude yet formidable close-range Brute weapon, substantially improved by way of a powerful gravity drive.

    How it feels:

    Frank - For me, it’s kind of the opposite philosophy from a lightsaber, an inelegant weapon for a more barbaric time. I love the fact that the splash effect can buy you some distance, even when you whiff it badly. I love the fact that a direct hit is a cast-iron guarantee of success, and I love the fact that you feel almost exactly like Donkey Kong for a similar amount of swings at the “barrels” the sandbox presents you. And yes, I know Mario is the one swinging the hammer, but it’s important to make the Donkey Kong analogy sing!

    David - I think this says everything.

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    Chris - The saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies here. This is one of my all-time favorite Halo weapons. There aren’t a ton of changes that we made to it – more like nuanced tweaks. The animation speeds are a tad quicker, the area of effect has been expanded, the damage tuning tweaked but overall, it’s pretty similar to past incarnations. Probably the biggest change comes in the form of the physics impulses – they are much more powerful now to compensate for the beefier vehicles in the game. This has the awesome side effect of making the Gravity Hammer ragdoll players and objects much more than it has in the past. In short, you should expect the hammer to function similar to past versions, but with more showboating flair!

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    Holy $#@!. That's.....Just..... holy $#@!......
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    Quote Originally Posted by mynd View Post
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    Just holy $#@!......
    So much for the 360 being tapped out after every year eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by A7MAD View Post
    So much for the 360 being tapped out after every year eh?
    That's frigggin next gen $#@!, how are they doing this?
    We sure these aren't bullshots?

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    The Verge---Requiem for the future: a day with 'Halo 4'

    http://www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/...mpaign-preview

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    Halo 4 Spartan Ops: 'A TV Show You Play' & 'A Game You Watch' - O'Connor

    Halo 4's Spartan Ops is set to alter how we consume our games. 343 Industries Frank O'Connor explains how it works.

    Halo franchise development director Frank O'Connor has told NowGamer that Halo 4's post-launch, weekly Spartan Ops content will combine the "best parts" of TV and gaming.

    Halo 4's Spartan Ops is attempting something few games have ever managed. Creating big budget, episodic content that's delivered in a timely fashion each week, just like a TV show.

    A few games have tried – Alan Wake and TT Games’ The Walking Dead spring to mind – but none have really succeeded in capturing a regularly audience; at least not in the same way as TV shows like Game Of Thrones or Breaking Bad.

    343 Industries is set to deliver episodic content with Halo 4 in the weeks after the game’s launch and Spartan Ops is sure to become a talking point. But what exactly is it?

    343 Industries’ franchise development director, Frank O’Connor, defines it as a TV show you play…

    "The dumb version is ‘it’s a TV show you play’ or the flipside ‘it’s a game you watch and experience with your friends’."

    "There are lots of ways to define it, but we knew instinctively once all these elements clicked into place, getting to that point was really difficult to do and it wasn’t about invention or some crazy patent scheme, it was just about effort."

    It's something that's never been attempted on the scale that 343 Industries is aiming for, too. "We’re not setting out to make the best TV episodes ever," explains O'Connor, "and we’re not setting out to make best videogame experience."

    "We’re setting out to see if the two can be combined in a real and meaningful way and give the best parts of both. We want them to play off and enhance each other."

    Blockbuster TV, like Game Of Thrones, has obviously been an influence, but O'Connor wants still wants Spartan Ops to feel like an integeral part of Halo's world.

    "The technology and methodology of making TV these days is almost on-par with movies in terms of spectacle and richness, I think that’s been a huge revolution and we’ve been following in their footsteps somewhat."

    "We’re still a game, there are CG episodes, but they give us the opportunity to explore stories that are deeper and more character focused than you normally can in a videogame."


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    We sure these aren't bullshots?
    Halo 4 and the XBOX 360 take back the crown, 2012 the year of the Xbox 360 (yet again).
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    Quote Originally Posted by mynd View Post
    That's frigggin next gen $#@!, how are they doing this?
    We sure these aren't bullshots?
    In what way is this 'next gen' stuff? The game looks great.. But that shot in particular, out of all the others, is 'meh' to me.

    There are many other shows that are mind blowingly great, why did that one impress you?

    In general I would agree this is impressive. I didn't think we'd be seeing present gen consoles pull this kind of stuff off. Then again, Uncharted 3 and Killzone go to show what clever developers can do.

    I've waited years for a Halo game that fully utilizes advanced graphic technology. Reach was almost there.. Halo 4 is just what I've been waiting for.


    We possibly have an indication of what the Promethean rate\caste of forerunner look like 'in the flesh' as it were:




    ^ New Halo "Legendary" Emblem.



    ^ Trailer shot of Promethean Knight opening its mask and "screaming" at Chief.


    It could be possible that, in general, the top image is what a Forerunner may look like. The novels do say that they are very similar to humans in appearance and that it is likely the two were ancestors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vulgotha View Post
    In what way is this 'next gen' stuff? The game looks great.. But that shot in particular, out of all the others, is 'meh' to me.

    There are many other shows that are mind blowingly great, why did that one impress you?
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    Oh I just really like the Elites model in that particular shot, thats such a significant step up in detail, look at his skin on his arm for example.

    The next gen comment was directed at the overall collection of shots.
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    Yea, that's what I honed in on in that shot.

    Btw, the new Jackal look? Fantastic. They no longer look like wimpy retards like in H2 and H3\Reach. They're also going to use the armored 'bird skull' helmets again from Halo 1 (which I really rather liked..) judging by some SP clips.

    Elites seem to have gone down the Reach\Halo Wars model route, which is good. I like their new faces and mandibles. They're more intimidating, less awkward\gangly looking. Mean.

    It's very interesting that for the Forerunner enemies they've decided to go with a decidedly anime mecha\Evangelion look.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Vulgotha View Post
    Yea, that's what I honed in on in that shot.

    Btw, the new Jackal look? Fantastic. They no longer look like wimpy retards like in H2 and H3\Reach. They're also going to use the armored 'bird skull' helmets again from Halo 1 (which I really rather liked..) judging by some SP clips.

    Elites seem to have gone down the Reach\Halo Wars model route, which is good. I like their new faces and mandibles. They're more intimidating, less awkward\gangly looking. Mean.

    It's very interesting that for the Forerunner enemies they've decided to go with a decidedly anime mecha\Evangelion look.

    I see forerunners and I see Lego bionicles for some reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mynd View Post
    Oh I just really like the Elites model in that particular shot, thats such a significant step up in detail, look at his skin on his arm for example. The next gen comment was directed at the overall collection of shots.
    Yeah thats what caught my eye as well.

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    Yeah, I think this game will rival Battlefield 3 for graphics champion. The game just looks amazing. But I am not surprised. 343 took Halo CE and created a masterpiece update to it with the Anniversary Edition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soldier 95B View Post
    Yeah, I think this game will rival Battlefield 3 for graphics champion. The game just looks amazing. But I am not surprised. 343 took Halo CE and created a masterpiece update to it with the Anniversary Edition.
    Eh.. That wasn't 343i, that was Saber interactive.


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    Halo 4 is 99 percent complete

    Franchise director Frank O'Connor says 343 Industries very close to finishing development on November's Xbox 360-exclusive shooter.

    New Halo series developer 343 Industries is closing in on completing its first original Halo title. Speaking to GameSpot sister site Giant Bomb, Halo franchise director Frank O'Connor said Halo 4 is 99 percent done ahead of its November 6 worldwide debut.

    "It's just sort of getting it in shape for certification and then manufacture," O'Connor said. "And then just cleaning out last minute bugs and getting ready for launch."

    Halo 4 is the first numbered entry in the series developed outside of Bungie Studios, which officially handed the franchise reigns to 343 Industries on March 31, 2012. It is a direct sequel to 2007's Halo 3, picking up four years after the events of that game.

    At least two more core installments--Halo 5 and Halo 6--will follow as part of the new Reclaimer Trilogy. It is rumored that the next Halo game will arrive on a future Microsoft platform, as the company is openly hiring staffers to create next-generation visuals and infrastructure to "drive the future of Halo."
    Cannot wait *****es!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soldier 95B View Post
    Yeah, I think this game will rival Battlefield 3 for graphics champion. The game just looks amazing. But I am not surprised. 343 took Halo CE and created a masterpiece update to it with the Anniversary Edition.
    This game easily beats BF3 in graphics imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vulgotha View Post
    Eh.. That wasn't 343i, that was Saber interactive.
    343 is the main logo on the boot up screen. Followed by the Microsoft Studios logo.

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