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What would you rate Halo 4?

Perfect 10 103 45.78%
9.5 - 9.9 28 12.44%
9 - 9.4 40 17.78%
8.5 - 8.9 5 2.22%
8 - 8.4 12 5.33%
7.5 - 7.9 5 2.22%
7 - 7.4 6 2.67%
6.5 - 6.9 1 0.44%
6 - 6.4 2 0.89%
Spartan IV 8 3.56%


Welcome to the Official Halo 4 Thread! Your home to all things Halo 4 (at least until the game comes out!) First off I'd like to thank my partner in crime, Millemium for all the help done to get this thread going and secondly I'd like to thank Miz1q2w3e for the most excellent banners you see in this thread.


Vgchartz Halo 4 gamertags & playtimes. All playtimes are put in as Eastern Standard time for the USA --

Gamertag Best Time to Play
YO mUThEr Late afternoon/early evening almost every day 
Fmundafunksak Late night mostly every day
br00tal ben Not specified
smroadkill15  Thursday - Sunday in the afternoons
maximrace Not specified
PassionOfGandhi Not specified
IXI Mo D IXII Not specified
CrissCross PRO Not specified
ironDX Not specified
Marcus Stanford Nov 6th - end of January


Forward Unto Dawn Pt. 1 / Forward Unto Dawn Pt. 2 / Forward Unto Dawn Pt. 3 / Forward Unto Dawn Pt. 4 / Forward Unto Dawn Pt. 5


Halo 4 Launch Trailer


Halo 4 is set to release Worldwide on November 6th 2012.

The story so far

Halo 4 marks the triumphet return of the Master Chief (also known as John 117) to the series and is the start to an entire new Halo trilogy named the "Reclaimer Trilogy". Halo 4 picks up a few months after Halo 3 ended where the Master Chief was left stranded on the Forward Unto Dawn with Cortana after the ship broke in half as they were trying to escape Installation 00 and now find themselves near a mysterious Forerunner planet facing an ancient evil bent on vengeance and anihilation.

The story of Halo 4 will be less focused on the series' traditional straightforward FPS and instead be focused more on mystery, exploration and discovery. Forerunner elements will be featured extensively in the game's environment and will reveal how humanity has adapted to the galaxy after the end of their war with the Covenant. Overall, this new Halo trilogy will be much darker than past Halo games.

For an extremely in-depth analysis of the Halo lore, go to BenVTriggers Official Halo Lore Thread.


Halo 4 Limited Edition

There will only be two different version of Halo 4 to buy upon release. The normal $59 run-of-the-mill version and the beefed up $99 Limited Edition. The Halo 4 Limited Edition will include the following:

- Three future competitive map packs for a total of 9 maps to destroy and corpse-hump your foes.

- The ability to unlock 6 Specializations early (expect more info on what Specializations are post E3)

- The UNSC Infinity Briefing Package. This includes a Spartan Armor schematic, information about UNSC weapons, and introduction to the massive ship UNSC Infinity, and insight on what it means to be one of humanity's finest warriors.

- A 90-minute special extended version of the live action digital series known as Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn as well as a behind the scenes at the making of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.

- Bonus digital content through Xbox Live including a unique in-game Spartan IV armor and Assault Rifle skin, an exclusive in-game emblem, and Xbox Live avatar prop, and a Xbox Live avatar Spartan IV armor set.



Halo 4 Limited Edition Xbox 360

The Limited Edition Halo 4 360 costs $399 and includes the following:

- Limited Edition Halo 4 skin on the 360 and controllers.

- Comes with 2 special Halo 4 controllers with blue LED lights.

- Halo 4 regular edition.

- Black headset.

- 320 GB HDD.

- Downloadable content including unique armor and weapon skin, a unique emblem, matching avatar armor, and a unique avatar prop.

- Exclusive on/off Halo 4 sound effects.

- The smugness that comes with buying the sexiest console of all time. 


Halo 4 boxart






PosGamePlatformYearGenrePublisherNorth AmericaEuropeJapanRest of WorldGlobal
1 Halo 3 X360 2007 Shooter Microsoft Game Studios 7.58 2.65 0.13 1.16 11.52
2 Halo: Reach X360 2010 Shooter Microsoft Game Studios 6.43 1.70 0.08 0.81 9.01
3 Halo 2 XB 2004 Shooter Microsoft Game Studios 6.82 1.53 0.05 0.08 8.49
4 Halo: Combat Evolved XB 2001 Shooter Microsoft Game Studios 4.98 1.30 0.08 0.07 6.43
5 Halo 3: ODST X360 2009 Shooter Microsoft Game Studios 4.14 1.26 0.06 0.59 6.04
6 Halo Wars X360 2009 Strategy Microsoft Game Studios 1.18 0.71 0.04 0.20 2.13
7 Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary X360 2011 Shooter Microsoft Game Studios 1.09 0.51 0.03 0.17 1.82

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The Halo Multiplayer will be returning with Halo 4's release, it's gotten a slight change in name however, namely: "War Games".

Set on the UNSC Infinity's combat deck, the War Games is a collection of classic you've experienced in previous Halo titles as well as soon new ones being introduced for the first time, some of the Customizations and Specialisations as well as Assasinations from Halo: Reach will be re-introduced in Halo 4 although in a tweaked manner as well as a new Perks system being added, additionally your Multiplayer Career Progression is now tied in together seamlessly.

One Multiplayer mode that has been confirmed not too make an appearance in Halo 4 is "FireFight", the mode has been ditched in favour of the new "Spartan Ops", but "Forge" is confirmed to be returning, no confirmation has been mode about "Theatre" yet.

Unfortunately even though there have been many requests from fans over the years to include them, 343I has confirmed that bots will not be showing up in "War Games", and Elites or any other Covenant species will also not be playable unlike in Halo: Reach.

Fun Fact: Being set on the UNSC Infinity, Halo 4 will finally "explain" why Blue Spartans fight Red Spartans, it's unlikely anyone really cared about knowing, but what the hell, it can't hurt to give it a bit of canon.


  • Halo Infinity Multiplayer: Halo 4's multiplayer will revolve around the UNSC Infinity, a starship that serves as the center of your Spartan career. Here's where you build and customize your multiplayer character, and "progress your multiplayer career" through all Halo 4 co-op and competitive multiplayer game modes. The idea is to embed the mutliplayer experience into the larger fictional universe of Halo, and to create a system where you "progress and game choices affect your appearance, arsenal and role on the battlefield."
  • War Games: This is what game modes that take place on the Infinity are called in the Halo universe. War Games promise the kind of immersive multiplayer Halo is known for, but will offer "fresh, immersive new game modes and strategies." More specific details on the War Game modes are coming.
  • Perks: For the first time ever, Halo multiplayer will feature useful perks. They're described as "a new loadout and player progression system, and a new armor modification system that introduces gameplay-enhancing customization"

"Spartan Ops" is a completely new Multiplayer system being introduced with Halo 4, described by 343I as:

"An episodic adventure that blends immersive storytelling, high-quality cinematics, and action-packed gameplay to deliver an unprecedented serialized experience".


In a nutshell: Weekly episodic Co-op or Singleplayer missions.

The first season is absolutely free if you buy either the special edition or the regular edition, a significant amount of content which has been compared to the entire Campaign of Halo 4 in length.

Recently Frank O'Conner (Franchise Director at 343 Industries) has stated that "Spartan Ops could run for years" as well as be used to tie in other chapters of the Halo franchise as well as any future Halo games.


  • Spartan Ops: Think of this as the intersection between Halo 4's campaign mode and multiplayer modes. 343 describes it as "an episodic adventure that blends immersive storytelling, high-quality cinematics, and action-packed gameplay to deliver and unprecedented serialized experience."  In a nutshell, weekly episode of a cinematic show about the crew of the Infinity will be watchable through Xbox Live. These will set the scene for the week's Spartan Ops gameplay missions. These missions will be co-op or single-player.  This is provided at no charge.

Spartan Ops will be fully revealed during a special segment on Gametrailers on Thursday, June 7th, and we'll be posting all the information right here.


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Nice thread, can't wait to see what they show us at E3.

Bout time bitches! Seriously though, looking good so far and I like both the countdown clock and the Halo sales chart. I'm seeing some nice pics in Millenium's post that I haven't seen before too. That's a sick looking weapon the blue Spartan is holding.

I LOVE paying for Xbox Live! I also love that my love for it pisses off so many people.

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toadslayer72 said:
Bout time bitches! Seriously though, looking good so far and I like both the countdown clock and the Halo sales chart. I'm seeing some nice pics in Millenium's post that I haven't seen before too. That's a sick looking weapon the blue Spartan is holding.

We actually have quite a bit left to do before the threads up to a 100%. So expect a decent amount of new stuff (especially when all the Halo 4 news comes in from E3 this week)

Yeah man, I'm ready. You bastard!

I LOVE paying for Xbox Live! I also love that my love for it pisses off so many people.

toadslayer72 said:
Yeah man, I'm ready. You bastard!

Just in case you haven't seen this one yet (Concept):

Just 12 more hours!

Xbox: Best hardware, Game Pass best value, best BC, more 1st party genres and multiplayer titles. 


I'm going to keep staring at that counter nonstop until it reaches zero!