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I will readily admit that I am a Halo Video Games That Converted Me From Casual Gamer To Hardcore Addict [MUO Gaming] Video Games That Converted Me From Casual Gamer To Hardcore Addict [MUO Gaming] Throughout the life of a gamer, there are certain games that make us cross over from the realm of casual gaming to being a hardcore gamer. If you look back at your gaming life, you... Read More hater. I’ve played almost every entry in the franchise (except Reach, I heard mostly negative things from my hardcore Halo playing friends). I reached a point where I decided that the Halo franchise just was not for me. Part of the reason could have been because I was bad at the game, but to be honest, I was bad at the game because I was not willing to put forth the effort to learn it. With Call of Duty Why Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 Makes Me Want To Play COD Again [MUO Gaming] Why Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 Makes Me Want To Play COD Again [MUO Gaming] Sometimes, it seems as if Activision purposely releases a franchise until gamers hate it. Every year they pumped out a new Tony Hawk until everyone was sick of it. They did the same with Guitar... Read More , I put in the hours needed to become a good player, and with Halo, I just never did.

Now, Halo 4 comes along, and I completely ignored it at launch and remained gleefully enamored with Black Ops 2. After some persuasion, a friend convinced me to pick up Halo 4, and I just assumed that I would hate it. I must say, I was incredibly wrong. Since I picked up Halo 4 a couple of weeks ago, I have not placed Black Ops 2 in my Xbox 360 10 Of The Best Xbox 360 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming] 10 Of The Best Xbox 360 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming] At this time of year more than any other there will be a host of new console owners getting to grips with their system. And after they get bored of the games bought alongside their... Read More again. The team at 343 made some key changes to the multiplayer in Halo 4 that go a long way towards making it appeal to COD players while still maintaining what makes it Halo. If, like me, you’ve given up on the Halo franchise, Halo 4 is the game you should give another chance, and here are the reasons.

Loadouts

Halo 4 has implemented a loadout option that allows you to build a basic kit to bring into battle. While not as crazy as the pick 10 system in Black Ops 2, it still gives options, which is something that most people who play COD are accustomed to.

With loadouts, you can choose a gun, armor ability, grenades, and more. This allows you to customize the game to work with your play style, and that makes it a game that fans of COD can get behind.

Leveling/XP

Halo 4 has implemented a ranking system that is akin to that of Call of Duty. I am the type of gamer that needs to see some form of progression to stay interested in a game for a long time, and Halo 4’s new system delivers on that. Halo 4 has worked in a leveling system that is quite similar to that of Call of Duty.

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Just like Call of Duty, you unlock new items and skills as you level up in rank, so the ranks are more than just a number. They actually alter the way you play the game, which makes you feel more powerful with each new level. It makes it incredibly easy to invest hours and hours in the game when you know that with each battle, you are getting closer to something that will make you better, or at the very least, something that will alter the game a bit.

Specializations

In Call of Duty, when you reach the highest level, you enter Prestige mode. This strips away everything and starts you from the beginning with a new icon. In Halo 4, the team at 343 added a feature called Specializations. When you reach level 50, you can move to a new specialization and level that one up, just like you would in Call of Duty.

The difference between Specializations and Prestige mode is that Specializations actually change the way you play the game. It changes the look of your Spartan and brings you some new skills and a new way to play. Not only does it extend the life of the game, but it changes the game in some noticeable ways. That’s about as good as it can get in terms of extending the game’s life.

Ordnance

Ordnance in Halo 4 is similar to kill/point streaks in the Call of Duty series. Instead of helicopters and nukes, you get things like damage boost, weapons, and shields.

You don’t get to choose them, as you do in COD, but it still gives you a sense of accomplishment when you get to roll out to the battlefield with something a little more powerful for a while. It should help Call of Duty players, like myself, feel a little more at home in Halo 4.

SWAT Mode

The cool features of Halo 4 have won you over; awesome! However, sometimes, the need to play something that feels a little more like Call of Duty might overtake you, and you might want to go back to your evil ways. SWAT mode is just what you are looking for. It takes Halo, and makes it feel a little more like Call of Duty.

In SWAT mode, the radar is gone, as are shields and ordnances. This means enemies die much more quickly, which should feel right at home to a dedicated COD player coming over to Halo. When the urge to drop enemies in just a few shots overtakes you, jump into SWAT mode and feel right at home.

Conclusion

If, like me, you’ve written Halo off, Halo 4 might just be the game to get you back on the horse. I still love COD, and I always will, but it’s nice to make a change every now and then. Halo 4 has just the right amount of differences to feel new, but it borrows enough from Call of Duty to make feel it comfortable.

One last tip, if you make the switch, change your controller layout to Fishstick, as it features the exact same button layout as Call of Duty. This will make the transition a much smoother process for you.

  1. Jager McJenson
    April 28, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Now let me get this straight... SW Bolyard, Halo isn't like COD, COD is like Halo. to be honest, the COD 1 2 and 3 along with Black Ops 1 and 2 were the only good ones, but, Halo and COD were on totally different paths at the beginning until some stupid rookie to Activision came in and told everyone to make COD more futuristic. which then made COD Halo and I don't believe that you were a Halo fan. I bet you are just another one of those COD noobs that wont give up talking about the same COD advantages against Halo. The only things I heard from COD was that it was more realistic than Halo, but Halo has way better explanations for why Halo is better than COD. COD is the same thing everytime. other than 1 2 3 and World at War, the only thing you do is shoot your way through the missions and in the end, defeat the enemy.
    thats it, that is all COD is, while Halo to be honest you do have to shoot your way out, but I hardly cared when someone died in COD, while in Halo, Cortana's death was a big part to the game because she was there from the beginning until she died. that is until Halo 5...
    I'm pretty sure you get my point. #giveupCOD.

  2. Onyx
    February 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Well 343i's done it's work then. This was the point of Halo 4; to steal CoD players. However as a hardcore Halo player, I'll be staying with Reach. Hopefully Halo 5 will cater to both audiences.

  3. Anonymous
    February 23, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Halo 4?!
    We can't even get Halo 3 for PC yet...
    let alone any halo for sony's consoles

    I really would love that RTS bungie built though...

  4. SW Bolyard
    February 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    So, let me get this straight: the reason you like Halo 4 (o the Halo franchise now) is because it is more like Call of Duty? Then why not play Call of Duty? This is the reason I HATE Halo now. If I wanted to play Call of Duty, I wouldn't go over to my console and put the Halo 4 disc in.

    This would be like saying, "I've never been much of a Mario fan, but now that Super Mario Brothers part 17 is more like Call of Duty— holy crap! I love it!" If all games felt or played the same, what's the use of having different games to begin with. I could list my many reasons why the multiplayer in Halo 4 sucks now (in which I have done on 343's forum— and had hundreds of people agree with me) but I won't because I don't wish to be redundant.

    Want more Call of Duty? Wait until they make another one— don't tread on my game. Don't get me wrong, I like COD too, but I don't want cross contamination either. 343, you really screwed up.

  5. This_guy
    February 22, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I find it funny that most of your reasons for liking the game are the same ones many hardcore Halo fans use to hate the game haha.

  6. Darth
    February 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Hm, how does it stack up against battlefield? I hate COD, just a twitch meatgrinder, so if its similar i'll pass.

    • Juan Carlos Espinosa Agudelo
      February 21, 2013 at 4:59 pm
      • Juan Carlos Espinosa Agudelo
        February 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm

        Sorry, the comment posted without me adding anything :)

        Anyways, I was gonna ask:
        What do you mean with COD being a 'twitch meatgrinder'?

        I don't play any FPS(not COD, nor BF nor Halo, nor Killzone), since I've never really gotten into them when I was younger, but I think I should eventually try them out. This makes me wonder what the strong points are for each side. As an Fantasy-RPG gamer, Halo seems to be the most pleasing of all, but it's better to see it from different sides. :)

        • Darth
          February 21, 2013 at 6:22 pm

          I own both Modern Warfare 1&2, and never really enjoyed the multiplayer. It all basically comes down to small maps, with a lot of hidding spot, where people just run around spraying bullets randomly. All the classes play the same, and teamplay is not much incentivated... Thats why people see it as a meatgrinder, constantly dying, constantly respawning, ad eternum...

          I prefer battlefield, were teamplay is key, were every class plays differently (you just cant play sniper the way people do it in COD). You have to stay hidden, you have to do actual recon, you can hop into a tank, jeep, plane and heli, etc... I just is more demanding in terms of tactical thinking and skill. Just more my playstyle

          I have nothing against fantasy fps like halo. I love Planetside2 on the Pc (free to play and amazing), and it basically is very halo-esque in terms of art style... But in terms of gameplay, its Battlefield XXL

  7. Alan Wade
    February 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I had thought of trying Halo 4.
    Does it have Single player mode?
    And does it come on the PC platform?

    • ill stiff
      February 21, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Yes it has single player have u never heard of Master Chief and Cortana?

      • illmaticx
        February 21, 2013 at 8:25 am

        My name isn't ill stiff that was auto correct

  8. gneills
    February 21, 2013 at 5:46 am

    great article , these are the exact reasons why cod players would like halo 4, but these are also the reasons hardcore halo gamers are put off by halo 4. As someone who has played halo multiplayer since Halo 2, I personally feel that these features add something fresh to the game and i thoroughly enjoy it

  9. Arun Ravilla
    February 21, 2013 at 3:36 am

    I play blackops-2 all the time, now i am planning to buy halo 4 because of the positive reviews from gamers, this article really helped me.

    Nice Article :)

  10. Mythic
    February 21, 2013 at 2:47 am

    I have just earned a new found respect for you. Way to not be bias and like both franchises!!!! You are very awesome!!!!

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