Halo 4 is a first-person shooter in the Halo franchise, and it is the series’ first wholly new game without the involvement of the original developer Bungie Studios. It is the first installment of the Reclaimer trilogy. The plot takes place in the year 2557 in a science fiction environment, four years after the events of Halo 3. For the first time since 2007’s Halo 3, it sees the return of the surgically enhanced super soldier or “Spartan” Master Chief, John-117, as a playable protagonist. Since the game’s conclusion, he’d been presumed dead or missing in combat by Covenant and UNSC troops.
The game foreshadows a new scenario in which Master Chief returns to face his destiny and an ancient awakened evil that threatens all life in the universe. The main game delves deeply into Master Chief’s relationship with his AI companion, Cortana. Cortana is nearing the end of her existence before succumbing to Rampancy, a state in which an AI begins to think itself to death. The campaign includes first-person shooting and driving components and may be played solo or collaboratively (through Xbox Live or split-screen). It introduces new weapons and a new class of enemy characters known as Prometheans.
Infinity, a reach multiplayer experience, is also included in the game. The UNSC Infinity, humanity’s largest warship, is the focal point of this event. The user controls a customized Spartan IV, which gets experience and unlocks new skills, armor customizations, and weaponry as the player competes in multiplayer sessions. There are two game modes: Wargames and Spartan Ops.
War Games is the classic Halo PVP experience disguised as training sims for all Spartans aboard the Infinity. Along with popular modes like Team Slayer and Capture the Flag, War Games includes new ones like Regicide and Flood.
Spartan Ops is a ten-episode episodic cooperative campaign in which the player plays their Spartan IV character. Spartan Ops takes place six months after the campaign’s conclusion and continues the exploits of Infinity’s Crew. Each episode is released once a week and includes a new cinematic and 5 new missions to complete. These missions can be performed independently, but they are intended to be played together via Xbox Live or split-screen.