Eight professional Halo players from Major League Gaming got to play the Halo 4 multiplayer a few weeks ago at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. This was the first time that the public got to see multiplayer from the upcoming game. All the pros seemed to love Halo 4 and fielded many questions from curious fans anxious to know more about the upcoming new Halo title.
Many of the pros have likened Halo 4 to feeling a lot like the Halo 3 multiplayer did, except better. One of the biggest problems with Halo 3 online was the poor net code led to severe lag issues. Anybody who ever picked up a sniper rifle will probably remember how often you would get a “blood shot” only to see the person walk away unharmed. The code was vastly improved upon when Halo: Reach came along which is a major reason that game still has so many players on it.
If 343 Industries can capture the feeling of Halo 3 but implement the lag compensation from Halo: Reach, then Brett “Naded” Leonard may have been correct when he recently wrote that he believes Halo 4 will be the best game in the series on his Facebook.
Halo 4 looks like it takes all the best things from previous games in the franchise and combines them, while removing the bad. For example, Halo: Reach’s armor lock and weapon bloom won’t be making a return but the idea of armor abilities and some of the new weapons are here to stay.
Some weapons from other games in the series will also be coming back such as the Battle Rifle and the Carbine. They will compete alongside the Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) which will also remain in the game. Each rifle has its own advantages and disadvantages when it comes to things like effective range and firing speed. A 343 rep has also said the Needler has been beefed up to the point that it will be an ordnance weapon in the new Infinity Slayer game type. This was the mode that the MLG pros recently got to test out, and it looked awesome.
Infinity Slayer is basically a revamped version of Team Slayer on steroids. Teams now earn ten points per kill instead of just one (score limits have been increased, obviously). There are also other ways to earn points for your team such as earning style medals. It’s no longer just all about kills but your performance on the battlefield weighs into the outcome of the game.
The fact that MLG pros are so excited about Halo 4 after playing it is definitely good news.