Yes, I predicted it. This is Halo Reach 2. This review is based on the Multiplayer as that is what 90% of the people who buy it buy it for.
This game might of had the sales, but I havn't seen ANY of my 34 friends on Xbox play this since early November. (No they don't all play CoD I have a range of different friends). Proving further this game is rubbish and pure hype. I absolutely LOVED halo 3 don't get me wrong, but the Halo franchise should of stuck to Bungie.
First of all there is no trueskill, some guy mentioned it on waypoint but who really cares about that rubbish? It is NOTHING compared to Bungie.net as the menus are confusing and is generally a bad website.
There are constant powerups? AND killstreaks where you can spawn a gun such as the rocket launcher or incineration binary thing (1 shot death to any part of the body with a sniper zoom). This is the fail of Halo Reach all over again, why the hell would you want an unbalanced multiplayer game by making you able to constantly have camouflage/constant shield/jetpack/hologram?! The game constantly reminds you that if your a good player, you will be owned by Noobs and 343.
The emblems are bad as I am level 20 and there is literally 10 to choose from all from Halo 3. The multiplayer menu when you find people is annoying as everyones name is sideways, why not just leave it like Halo 3. If its not broke, DON'T FIX IT!
Also as a nice little bonus they have added mantis which are like a giant mech you can jump in, adding to the number of vehicles you can hog if you have no skill in aiming with a gun.
There are some good points to this game..which are..um..the graphics are bright and you get lots of XP for doing challenges. But the game is very frustrating if you are a decent Halo 3 player like me (HighSkill 47)
The colours on the armor you can have are all the same with a primary and secondary, and to be honest I am really dissapointed how each of the armors look. Each just look really rushed and boring and none of them make you go "Wow! how did he get that helmet, I want that!" Not even recon (which you get at like level 19).
The BR has been kept but there is a very stupidly over-powered gun, the DMR. Its a single shot gun which if shot in the head (not hard atall) kills you in 5 shots. This means in some games if 2 or more people are aiming at you, you literally have 2.5 seconds to live.
Must be 343 Fans downgrading my votes, it's a shame they don't know the true beauty of what Bungie did to Halo. Literally none of my 30 friends play this anymore that's how good it is.
Overall the campaign is ok but you can complete it in around 3 hours with a friend, and if you liked halo reach then you will like this. However, if you think 343 is a very big fail like me and you love Bungie and how halo used to be, save your hard earned cash.