We’ve always been pretty honest about the fact that all of us, at The Controller Online, are huge fans of the Halo series. Because of that, we’re often its harshest critics and we feel that it’s time to make the call: Halo 4 has the best multiplayer suite out of all the games in the series. Here are five reasons why.
1. Instant Re-Spawns
In past Halo games, when you were killed, you had to wait five, or sometimes, ten seconds to respawn (depending upon how many betrayals you racked up). In Halo 4, you simply hit X and you’re back in the game (most of the time). Being able to get right back in the game serves to speed up the action, and make the battles all the more chaotic.
Combined with the quick re-spawns, sprinting helps each Spartan get back to the center of the action, once they get back in the game. Giving everyone the ability to sprint also frees each player up to take a new armor ability, like a Jet Pack, instead of filling that slot with the Sprint ability.
3. Ordnance Drops
Instead of being stocked with a set number of weapons, that always spawn in the same places, each map now receives random weapon drops throughout the game. The variety makes the games more unpredictable and stops players from camping on the locations of the rockets or sniper rifle. The fact that each player can then earn their own personal ordnance drops compounds this situation, causing each map to have a number of different strategies instead of the same old tactics every time you play.
Instead of starting you with the assault rifle, and standard grenades each time you spawn, Halo 4 allows you to unlock weapons, grenades, armor abilities and other bonuses so you can spawn with your weapon of choice each time. No more wasting time, hunting around for your favorite weapon.
Now, I know the other games in the series had maps with vehicles on them but Halo: Reach completely removed them from all 4-on-4 maps. Halo 4 bring vehicles back to one 4-on-4 map, so far, and packs the Big Team Battle maps with more vehicles that you’ve ever seen. Combine this with a set of fantastic larger maps, and Big Team Battle is one of our new favorite modes, where it used to be a mode we were forced into when we had too many friends online for Team Slayer.