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Notice the number of grenade counters, the shield/health bar, the number of rounds in the BR's clip and the image in the actual site.

 

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One thing I noticed is that in one of the gif's the teams score increased by 10 when they killed the guy. It also just so happened that the two "medals" that popped up both had a 5 next to them. Not sure if this is necessarily hinting at a new gametype or if is mere coincidence and they made it so that every kill was worth 10 points.

 

Also, in the one where a guy gets back smacked, the score doesn't increase at all. Might be the same game as the other one and score is only increasing with actual gun kills.

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The focus of the Xbox Spring Showcase reveal was squarely pointed at multiplayer, aside from a few hints at how its making the single-player gamplay "faster paced and more intense".

Creative director Holmes kicked off the presentation by expressing 343's desire to push the Halo series forward, and not dwell too much on what previous games have done in the past.

"As a team when we embarked on this creative journey one of the things that we really wrestled with is how do we balance the respect that we have for the legacy of this game that we love so much, with our desire to innovate and push things forward," he said.

"As a team we came together based on our shared love for the universe and the games that are at the core of this universe, and yet we don't simply want to innovate what's been done before."

343 says it sees Halo 4 as something of a reboot - not in terms of characters or story, but the gameplay that will lay the foundation for an entire new trilogy. And that means more Master Chief.

MASTER AND CHIEF

 

As suggested in last year's CGI trailer - and as you can see in the in-game shots on this page - everyone's favourite Xbox space marine's undergone something of a makeover. Master Chief's once hulking armour has taken on a sleeker, more "functional" appearance, making the super solider look less like an extra from Quake and more like a sci-fi space ninja who'd fit in shooting through the next Crysis.

The purpose of the new look, says 343, is to emphasise Chief's humanity; gaps in the sleek armour expose the underlying body suit that confirm, indeed, there is a man underneath that heap of green metal - and apparently he has feelings and stuff.

"There were two goals in thinking about what we wanted to do with Chief," explained Wolfkill. "One of those was very gameplay focussed; providing a really visceral first-person experience and what it feels like as a player to embody Chief, really delivering on that fantasy of being a 900 pound Spartan.

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"The second goal revolved around storytelling and character development," she added. "There is such a rich fiction around Master Chief and John that exists in other mediums that haven't traditionally been experienced through the games. So we're going to really try and pull the curtain back on Chief as John, but also his motivations and what's really going on behind the mask."

 

The producer claimed 343 plans to do this not through cut-scenes, but using first-person perspective and the characters around Chief to reflect on his character.

"Cortana is a huge part of that," she adds, "she's obviously his closest friend and ally. The fact that in a way she's more human than he is is a really interesting device for us.

 

"Another lens that we look at him through is really the threat that he faces. He has understood really well the threats that he has faced in the past - we will introduce a new threat for him that is going to bring on some new challenges that he hasn't faced before.

"It's going to be a very ancient, very dark threat and the decision he's going to need to make and the things he'll need to overcome will really start to define him a little differently as a character." Forerunners, anyone?

 

As for the single-player game play, creative head Holmes admitted 343 did consider a more scripted approach for Halo 4, but instead decided the sandbox style of the originals is part of what makes the series what it is.

"We're definitely not creating Mirror's Edge set in the Halo universe - so I wouldn't go as far as to say we're radically changing the gameplay style in a way that it's unrecognisable," he told CVG at the event. "One of the things that we've said is that we want this to very much stay true to that Halo feel that we believe fans everywhere love."

Asked if that means a return to sandbox gameplay, the 343 man said Halo 4 will "absolutely" feature that style of play.

"Very early on there were discussions around 'do we stay with the sandbox approach that has taken Halo to this place, or do we radically reinvent it as something that's maybe more scripted and constrained.

"My view personally is that what makes Halo so special is that sense of freedom and creativity - the fact that I as a player can be creative in everything that I do throughout the experience, both moment to moment and then in the surrounding experiences like Forge at stuff like that - I can create my own experiences and stories to share.

"That's part of the foundation and bedrock of Halo for me, and we want to stay very true to that."

Holmes did talk of giving players "a greater sense of empowerment through choice" and how that's "one of the absolute design pillars for the game," but we still don't feel much closer to finding out just how far 343 will stray from Bungie's template.

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"It's faster paced and more intense in terms of the immersiveness of the experience and just the overall visceralness of the experience - that's been a real focus for our team," he added.

 

"When you look at Halo games throughout the series they've changed pretty substantially in terms of pace of play. Halo Reach is much slower and more methodical than Halo 3. What we wanted to do is push the balance back towards a more faster paced combat feel."

 

 

"WE WANT TO REDEFINE HALO MULTIPLAYER"

 

The first we see of the game proper - besides the flashes of Master Chief in the sunshine you'll see in 343's behind the scenes vid - is a camera flythrough of two of Halo 4's multiplayer maps. Visually Halo 4 doesn't look a world above Halo Reach - which is to be expected considering its the fifth instalment on current hardware. The most striking improvements though are in its rather gorgeous lighting and some really impressive facial animation shown off in the earlier video.

Holmes said technology is a particular focus point for the studio: "We've been focussed as a team on continuing Halo's tradition of innovation. We've been looking at that both at a standpoint of the creative decisions that we make, as well as the technology that's under the hood and really overhauling the engine top to bottom to provide a number of really significant technological advances."

In terms of multiplayer - which is all 343 was showing us at the Xbox Showcase - Josh wasn't short of tall promises. The studio even claimed it's come up with a "fairly convincing backstory" as to why Red Spartans are fighting Blue Spartans - but unfortunately it didn't reveal details.

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"We really want to redefine what Halo multiplayer is - make it something that's indisputably Halo at its core, but is evolved in important and innovative ways," Holmes said. "From a gameplay standpoint it's about creating something that stay true to that magical Halo feel but is faster, more visceral and intense in all aspects of the combat."

 

The two maps themselves look typical Halo, with gravity lifts and man cannons in abundance - a familiar feeling that's later backed up when we get to see actual gameplay footage.

The first map is Warhouse, a space station arena featuring a beautiful skybox with violent, whirling clouds and asteroids majestically drifting through the stars.

"This is a civilian manufacturing facility that is in near-space orbit above a gas giant," Holmes explains. "It's a tight, symmetrical map that's really optimised for competitive play.

"This particular map has one central feature which is a new weapons platform that is being manufactured here - the Cyclops Mk 2 - which is this massive mech. This really becomes a focal point of battles; players can move around the outer platforms with a circular flow and man cannons that carry them from place to place... it makes for a really intense, face paced play experience."

The second map is Wraparound, another small, Team Slayer-focused arena. "This is a Forerunner solar facility within a Forerunner shield world," pipes up Holmes, before explaining that the facility's designed to generate artificial sunlight for an ancient world. The map's purpose is reflected in its gorgeous lighting, and a glistening white glow radiates from every catwalk and platform.

Next the developer rolls a video showing actual gameplay - red vs. blue Spartans using only Battle Rifles. it's incredibly familiar stuff, which has us wondering exactly which areas of gameplay the promised innovations will come from.

Sleeker Spartan IVs leap from catwalks firing bursts from their long-barrelled rifles, causing energy shields to deplete and a 'head shot' medal to pop up on an instantly recognisable HUD. The footage is rife with melee attacks, trademark 'floaty' jumps and leaps-aplenty from the scattered man cannons and gravity lifts. Without your glasses on, it could be any Halo.

But rather than dismissing the sequel on the spot, we came away from the Halo 4 presentation with an overwhelming feeling that we weren't being shown the full picture.

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Post-presentation the 343 team spoke of increased Spartan customisation, "aesthetic and gameplay-enhancing", including an evolution of Reach's armour abilities. While the Xbox Showcase footage features only one rifle, the full game's said to include a "vast arsenal" of weapons - and the Microsoft-housed team specifically teased one game-changing feature.

 

"Our design goal is to really dramatically redesign the Halo multiplayer experience and do that in a couple of different ways," says Holmes. "Certainly in ways that impact the core experience and the moment-to-moment, but also the surrounding experience and the different modes of plays that we offer to players.

"The details are that are not things that we're talking about today, but I think people will be really excited as we start to role out more details on our creative goals in that area.

"Today we're not talking about how we're really redefining the surrounding experience for multiplayer and providing a new way for you and your friends to play Halo that's unlike anything that you've played before," he teases. "Hopefully that's peaked your interest."

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Microsoft's blown the lid off Halo 4's first gameplay reveal, releasing a pair of in-game screenshots and a dev diary video on Halo Waypoint.

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Source travelled to Microsoft's Spring Showcase in San Francisco to take a look at the 343 Industries sequel and you can read the first eyes-on impressions in our Halo 4 preview.

While the showing was almost entirely multiplayer focussed, 343 creative director Josh Holmes talked of giving players "a greater sense of empowerment through choice" in the single player campaign.

"It's faster paced and more intense in terms of the immersiveness of the experience and just the overall visceral-ness of the experience - that's been a real focus for our team," he said.

"When you look at Halo games throughout the series they've changed pretty substantially in terms of the pace of play. Halo Reach is much slower and more methodical than Halo 3. What we wanted to do is push the balance back towards a faster paced combat feel."

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Cool pictures. Nicely paused at certain points

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Check out these GIF's, they give some info on the gamestyle. :)

 

1. BR hold a lot of ammo.

 

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2. 3 Grenade slots at the top right! Also the Medals flash on the right for a short time.

 

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3. No Assassination animation! And Jump Height is now back ot Halo 3 settings !

 

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4. Shields now have no health and work like Halo 3's.

 

 

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:D Pumped for Halo 4!

 

 

There saved my post lol

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I think its very possible that the ancient, dark threat is the Forerunners. At first I thought it couldn't be because the Forerunners were a peaceful, advanced civilization but then i remembered that Ancient Humans and Forerunners had a war. SO, I deduce that IF John runs into Forerunners on the shield world they will identify him as Human mistaking him for an Ancient Human designating him as a threat.

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Ok, im trying not to get too over excited for halo 4 so i won't have to suffer waiting for it but man is it getting hard not to. these screenshots look great thx for the post A-Dog

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Something that I just noticed that is really minor but makes me glad is that the score bars actually fill up like in the old days. I never liked how in Reach you had to do math really quick to figure out how far ahead/behind you were (not that it was hard math though) when before you could just quickly check how big the gap between the bars were.

 

Now they just need to fix general objective icons to match team colors (red icon =/= opposing team, red icon = red team!).

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So, "Unlockable Abilities" and "customizable loadouts" what do you guys think?

 

Worried about those...

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I'm hoping unlockable abilities will be fairly minor. And I doubt 343 would be so dumb as to let players choose power weapons for their custom loadouts.

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3. No Assassination animation!

That doesn't mean that there isn't an assassination animation. They might just give you the option to choose if you want to assassinate someone with an animation or just kill them with no animation.

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Eh, it was ok. The lighting is just a lot more shiny and aside from some graphical flourishes here and there, it seems to be the same old, same old. I'm mostly about the theater mode though. Love that! :)

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Customisable loadouts = similar to cod where u can select weapons based on the gametype..

Example: slayer brs

Primary : br

Secondary: pistol or assault rifle maybe other weapons no power weapons selected tho..

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Why do your allies have green arrows over their heads instead of short tags or emblems? There needs to be one of those 2 so you can identify your allies across the map

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I'm sure they will change it to one of the two or at least give the player an option to. It's still a ways away to being released and they probably just wanted something simple while testing.

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