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This review is from: Halo 4 Xbox 360 Game
Pros: The campaign and War Games multiplayer are fantastic. Minus the first mission, I enjoyed playing the whole campaign. The campaign cutscenes and graphics are great. A lot less 'light bloom' and 'softening' are used this time around probably due to the increase in graphical fidelity (mainly increased AA on character and weapon models). Cortana's is practically the star of the game as her 'conflict' becomes extremely captivating.
War Games are fun as well. Each game mode is broken up into their own playlist (Oddball, Flood, Dominion, Slayer, etc.). You would think some of these playlists are ghost towns, but new gametype centric daily challenges help keep multiple playlists populated so you don't always have to play Slayer. The hitboxes for headshots have been increased quite a bit, so lining up someone long distance with a DMR or BR isn't as much of a challenge.
Contrary to what another impatient and juvenile reviewer posted, you CAN play with 4 people on one Xbox, though the setup is not as easy as it was in H3 or Reach. Go to custom games with all the controllers turned on, and you will see a flashing 'Press A to Join'. On any of the controllers not signed in, press A, and sign everyone in as 'Guest'. Back out to War Games, and you can play online with up to 4 people on one Xbox.
Cons: Spartan Ops is innovative, but innovative doesn't always equate to 'good'. Its not bad, but the missions don't provide the same adrenaline rush that you got in Campaign. This could improve over time, and might even be better for H5, but as it stands, I don't believe I will be spending too much time in this mode.
Other Thoughts: MAJOR KUDOS TO NEWEGG FOR RELEASE DATE SHIPPING! Originally, my package was slated to ship from CA, which I knew meant I had no chance of seeing the game on time. However, the shipping confirmation stated it was actually coming from NJ, about a week after Hurricane Sandy. To see it on release was quite surprising. ***** 5 stars for NewEgg!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft XBOX 360 Wireless Halo 4 Limited Edition Controller
Pros: The mostly-transparent/slightly opaque lightning blue looks great. The balance draws your attention not only to the board on the inside but the artwork on the outside as well. Joysticks have the same design pattern as the Reach controller, but the texture is a bit smoother; more akin to the texture of the Dualshock controllers. This create a smoother feel rather than a dry and gritty one found on the Reach controller.
Cons: The glossy front doesn't attract fingerprints, but it is slick to grip even with the slightest moisture present. Thankfully, the textured plastic on the back provides a good grip. Also, there's no charge kit included which surprised me considering the price.
Other Thoughts: The price is a bit steep (even with a 10% off coupon). If it included a play-and-charge kit, I'd give it 5 eggs.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Performance gains are good when hard drive is functioning properly...
Cons: ...which is seldom to never. Whatever algorithms are in place on the firmware simply are not working correctly. Maybe they need more NAND.
Other Thoughts: It doesn't matter if you have SD23 or SD24 firmware, you will continue to have issues. I do applaud Seagate for trying extremely hard trying to remedy the issues, though I'd imagine its mostly because they are touting Hybrid drives as the next big thing and if they can't get this working right, it's a big investment going down the drain. It seems the SD25 beta drivers are running good for most people, but I think I would just hold off for a brand new model with more NAND. BTW, I see absolutely 0 difference between this model and the cheaper $99 model other than model name.READ FULL REVIEW