History YMMV / Halo4

12th Jan '18 6:48:18 PM Sanokal
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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[http://soundcloud.com/neil-davidge/awakening-sample Awakening]]. [[http://soundcloud.com/neil-davidge/to-galaxy-sample To Galaxy]]. [[http://soundcloud.com/neil-davidge/revival-sample Revival]].
** Don't forget [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqL5eu8DOgI Arrival]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWiKqjm2TPg it's dubstep remix.]] Nothing short of godly.
** With the OST now online, [[http://soundcloud.com/neil-davidge/06-haven-ost Haven]] is a truly marvelous experience.

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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: It's generally agreed that Davidge doesn't quite live up to O'Donnell, but there's still some excellent music in the game.
** Original to ''4'' are
[[http://soundcloud.com/neil-davidge/awakening-sample Awakening]]. [[http://soundcloud.com/neil-davidge/to-galaxy-sample To Galaxy]]. [[http://soundcloud.com/neil-davidge/revival-sample Revival]].
** Don't forget
Revival]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqL5eu8DOgI Arrival]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWiKqjm2TPg it's dubstep remix.]] Nothing short of godly.
** With the OST now online,
[[http://soundcloud.com/neil-davidge/06-haven-ost Haven]] is a truly marvelous experience.



* AnticlimaxBoss: [[spoiler:The Didact ends up being a CutsceneBoss, taken down in a quick-time event with a single grenade.]]
** [[spoiler: Also Parg Vol, a Covenant leader and main villain of Spartan Ops Episode 3, is nothing more than an Elite Warrior armed with a Fuel Rod Gun when you meet him.]]

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* AnticlimaxBoss: AnticlimaxBoss:
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[[spoiler:The Didact ends up being a CutsceneBoss, taken down in a quick-time event with a single grenade.]]
** [[spoiler: Also Parg Vol, a Covenant leader and main villain of Spartan Ops Episode 3, is nothing more than an Elite Warrior armed with a Fuel Rod Gun when you meet him.]]



* [[Awesome/VideoGameLevels Best Level Ever]]: Midnight opens on epic, with the player [[spoiler:piloting a Broadsword through the Didact's ship while he battles the fleet around Earth]]. This level is where you feel like a hero.

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* [[Awesome/VideoGameLevels Best Level Ever]]: Ever]]:
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Midnight opens on epic, with the player [[spoiler:piloting a Broadsword through the Didact's ship while he battles the fleet around Earth]]. This level is where you feel like a hero.



* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: It's obviously meant to be an EasterEgg, but the Didact's ship in the final mission contains a Gravity Hammer despite the fact that the player never encounters a single Brute throughout the campaign.

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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: It's obviously meant to be an EasterEgg, but the Didact's ship in the final mission contains a Gravity Hammer despite the fact that the player never encounters a single Brute throughout the campaign. This might be why they were initially absent in ''Halo 5: Guardians''.



* DemonicSpiders: In addition to old "favorites" such as Stealth Elites and Jackal Snipers (now with the damage output of their ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' version,) this installment brings the [[EliteMook Promethean Knights]]. They possess an astounding array of abilities including mini-turret deployment, (with help) a damage proof shield, teleportation, (including a DesperationAttack where they TeleportSpam to your location and skewer you) and have access to all of the best Forerunner weapons, including the [[SniperRifle Binary Rifle]], [[ShortRangeShotgun Scattershot]] and [[{{BFG}} Incinerator.]] On Heroic and Legendary, they always come in groups of 2-3 or more, often with a diverse combination of weapons that ensures you can be killed [[OneHitKill in one shot]] at any range. The strong shields and fatal melee (endemic to those difficulties) are just another slap in the face.
** Elite Zealots. They have much stronger shields in this game, and especially since they prefer Fuel Rod Cannons.
** Enemies in campaign can now create needler supercombines (something they couldn't do since ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''). Be ''very'' careful when fighting Grunts or Jackals wielding the weapon - as soon as you get shot with seven needles, you ''will'' explode violently.
* FridgeBrilliance: Despite the Flood not making an actual appearance in game, astute fans should know that the Forerunners spent a long time fighting them. Every one of the Forerunner weapons would be ''excellent'' against the Flood - even the nightmarish Carrier Forms (and just about anything, really) would be perfectly countered by the delayed secondary explosions of the Incinerator Cannon. Even the Prometheans are a perfect counter to every known Flood form - a small squad of them could have walked through [[NightmareFuel The Library]] like it was nothing.

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* DemonicSpiders: DemonicSpiders:
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In addition to old "favorites" such as Stealth Elites and Jackal Snipers (now with the damage output of their ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' version,) this installment brings the [[EliteMook Promethean Knights]]. They possess an astounding array of abilities including mini-turret deployment, (with help) a damage proof shield, teleportation, (including a DesperationAttack where they the Lancers TeleportSpam to your location and skewer you) and have access to all of the best Forerunner weapons, including the [[SniperRifle Binary Rifle]], [[ShortRangeShotgun Scattershot]] and [[{{BFG}} Incinerator.]] On Heroic and Legendary, they always come in groups of 2-3 or more, often with a diverse combination of weapons that ensures you can be killed [[OneHitKill in one shot]] at any range. The strong shields and fatal melee (endemic to those difficulties) are just another slap in the face.
** Elite Zealots. They Zealots have always been this, but they have much stronger shields in this game, and especially since they prefer Fuel Rod Cannons.
''always'' wield heavy weapons.
** Enemies in campaign can now create needler supercombines (something they couldn't do since ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''). Be ''very'' careful when fighting Grunts or Jackals wielding the weapon - as soon as you get shot with seven needles, you ''will'' explode violently.
violently, and it's a OneHitKill on Normal or higher.
* FridgeBrilliance: FridgeBrilliance:
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Despite the Flood not making an actual appearance in game, astute fans should know that the Forerunners spent a long time fighting them. Every one of the Forerunner weapons would be ''excellent'' against the Flood.[[note]]The rapid fire and wide spread of the Suppressor would be excellent against Infection Forms, the large magazine and secondary shotgun fire of the boltshot would work well against Combat and Infection forms, and the disintegration effect of the Incineration Cannon, Scattershot, and Binary Rifle would prevent bodies from being re-purposed by the Flood - even the nightmarish Carrier Forms (and just about anything, really) would be perfectly countered by the delayed secondary explosions of the Incinerator Cannon. Cannon.[[/note]] Even the inorganic Prometheans are a perfect counter to every known Flood form - a small squad of them could have walked through [[NightmareFuel The Library]] like it was nothing.



* FridgeHorror: [[spoiler:In saving Earth from UnwillingRoboticisation, the player destroys the digitized remnant of the inhabitants of a research station and a major city.]]
** [[spoiler: Although when you realize the only other fate for them would be to serve as robotic slaves to the Didact, forced to capture or kill even more humans, it's more of a MercyKill.]]
*** [[spoiler: Actually it's not. Spartan Ops reveals that the memories of composed individuals from at least New Phoenix are on Requiem.]]

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* FridgeHorror: FridgeHorror:
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[[spoiler:In saving Earth from UnwillingRoboticisation, the player destroys the digitized remnant of the inhabitants of a research station and a major city.]]
** [[spoiler: Although when you realize
city. You could rationalize it as a MercyKill since the only other fate for them would be to serve as robotic slaves to the Didact, forced to capture or kill even more humans, it's more of a MercyKill.]]
*** [[spoiler: Actually it's not.
but then Spartan Ops reveals that the memories of composed individuals from at least New Phoenix are on Requiem.]]Requiem]].



* {{Gamebreaker}}: You wouldn't really think that the Faster Reload tactical pack would be this, but it is. We can expect a nerf at some point in the near future.

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* {{Gamebreaker}}: {{Gamebreaker}}:
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You wouldn't really think that the Faster Reload tactical pack would be this, but it is. We can expect a nerf at some point in the near future.



* GoddamnedBats: Watchers, flying mooks which can pull up shields for their teammates and revive them (Including those Promethean Knights you just killed)at an alarming rate. To make things worse, when you shoot them, they tend to fly away, which can make killing them much more difficult if you're using a slow firing weapon, or firing at them from far away while probably also getting shot at by other baddies.

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* GoddamnedBats: Watchers, flying mooks {{Mook}}s which can pull up shields for their teammates and revive them (Including those Promethean Knights you just killed)at killed) at an alarming rate. To make things worse, when you shoot them, they tend to fly away, away and fold their wings to reduce their hitboxes, which can make killing them much more difficult if you're using a slow firing weapon, or firing at them from far away while probably also getting shot at by other baddies.



* IronWoobie: Master Chief.

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* IronWoobie: The Master Chief.



* MemeticMutation: "Palmer has the [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved Halo CE pistol]]." / "Palmer was playing on Easy." From Episode 7 comments joking about how Sarah was defeating the Prometheans with [[HandCannon one pistol shot each]].

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* MemeticMutation: MemeticMutation:
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"Palmer has the [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved Halo CE pistol]]." / "Palmer was playing on Easy." From Episode 7 comments joking about how Sarah was defeating the Prometheans with [[HandCannon one pistol shot each]].



* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: If the Didact didn't cross it in the terminals, he sure as hell crossed it when he fired The Composer on Ivanoff Station. [[UpToEleven Then he destroys a city on Earth with it]]]].

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* MoralEventHorizon: MoralEventHorizon:
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[[spoiler: If the Didact didn't cross it in the terminals, he sure as hell crossed it when he fired The Composer on Ivanoff Station. [[UpToEleven Then he destroys a city on Earth with it]]]].



* {{Narm}}: [[http://www.halopedia.org/File:TheLegendof117Achievement.png The Icon for Legendary Difficulty]] replaces the Elite Skull of the Prior Games (and Human Skull from ODST), with a Promethean Knight's. At least in the achievement icon, it looks pretty goofy.
** Near the end of the game, [[spoiler: the Didact destroys the terminal Cortana was on. Master Chief screams, "Cortana!"]] but his voice kind of died out there on the scene.
** Also, near the end of the game, [[spoiler: the Didact gets swarmed by a whole bunch of mini-Cortanas.]] It's just as silly as it sounds.

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* {{Narm}}: {{Narm}}:
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[[http://www.halopedia.org/File:TheLegendof117Achievement.png The Icon for Legendary Difficulty]] replaces the Elite Skull of the Prior Games prior games (and Human human Skull from ODST), with a Promethean Knight's. At least in the achievement icon, it looks pretty goofy.
goofy, though the actual icon in the game proper looks more menacing.
** Near the end of the game, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Didact destroys the terminal Cortana was on. Master Chief screams, "Cortana!"]] but his voice kind of died dies out there on near the scene.
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** Also, near the end of the game, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Didact gets swarmed by a whole bunch of mini-Cortanas.]] It's just as silly as it sounds.



* PlayerPunch: Cortana slowly succumbing to rampancy [[spoiler: and her death]].

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* PlayerPunch: PlayerPunch:
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Cortana slowly succumbing to rampancy [[spoiler: and her death]].



* SpecialEffectsFailure: The exploding Lich clearly just vanishes with an blue smoke cloud and debris taking its place, rather than actually bursting apart. The same thing happens with Phantoms.
* {{Squick}}: [[spoiler:Halsey's arm appears to have been very messily amputated.]]
** [[spoiler: It's possible the tied-up sleeve just looks this way, though; the actual point of amputation is not seen.]]

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* SpecialEffectsFailure: The exploding Lich clearly just vanishes with an blue smoke cloud and debris taking its place, rather than actually bursting apart. The same thing happens with Phantoms.
Phantoms. The destroyed Cruiser is even worse, since it simply breaks apart into four large pieces, despite how [[SceneryGorn gorgeous the ensuing malestrom looks]].
* {{Squick}}: {{Squick}}:
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[[spoiler:Halsey's arm appears to have been very messily amputated.]]
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amputated. It's possible the tied-up sleeve just looks this way, though; the actual point of amputation is not seen.]]



* TearJerker: Cortana's rampancy [[spoiler: and death]]. The massacre at [[spoiler: Ivanoff Station]].
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: See above re: the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty''-esque changes. ''Halo 4'' has killcams, a hit indicator, grenade warnings, perks, an overhauled base-10 scoring system, and a dedicated sprint button, all of which enraged ''Halo'' purists.

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* TearJerker: TearJerker:
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Cortana's rampancy [[spoiler: and death]]. [[spoiler:and death]].
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The massacre at [[spoiler: Ivanoff [[spoiler:Ivanoff Station]].
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: TheyChangedItNowItSucks:
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See above re: the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty''-esque changes. ''Halo 4'' has killcams, a hit indicator, grenade warnings, perks, an overhauled base-10 scoring system, and a dedicated sprint button, all of which enraged ''Halo'' purists.



* TheWoobie: Both Cortana and John-117. Neither of them seem to get their deserved break (Cortana is give or take) after all that has happened.

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* TheWoobie: VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Compare ''4'' to ''3'' and be amazed. The game looks absolutely gorgeous on almost every level, particularly in the pre-rendered Prologue and Epilogue cutscenes (think the precursor to blur's work), and whenever something disintegrates. It actually looks even better as part of ''The Master Chief Collection''.
* TheWoobie:
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Both Cortana and John-117. Neither of them seem to get their deserved break (Cortana is give or take) after all that has happened.
2nd Sep '17 9:25:35 PM TheFlash
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* NightmareFuel: [[spoiler: The effects of the Composer on Ivanoff Station. You're "treated" to a close look at its effects on Doctor Sandra Tillson.]]
13th Jul '17 9:49:01 PM CaptNoDad
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: This may pull a few heartstrings but Cortana's rampancy is very similar to an actual human condition. Cortana's processors are eating themselves up until there's nothing left, while her closest friend seeks a solution that may or may not work. Essentially, Cortana has cancer for A.I. Or Alzheimers. In fact, one of the writers wrote the game while his mother was suffering from dementia.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: This may pull a few heartstrings but Cortana's rampancy is very similar to an actual human condition. Cortana's processors are eating themselves up until there's nothing left, while her closest friend seeks a solution that may or may not work. Essentially, Cortana has cancer for A.I. Or Alzheimers.or digital Alzheimer's. In fact, one of the writers wrote the game while his mother was suffering from dementia.
9th Jul '17 3:15:20 PM Retloclive
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* UnderusedGameMechanic: The first mission introduces the player to wall-climbing. Unfortunately, the only other time it comes into play throughout the campaign [[spoiler:is the quick-time event that results in the Didact's defeat]].
9th Jul '17 3:12:30 PM Retloclive
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: It's obviously meant to be an EasterEgg, but the Didact's ship in the final mission contains a Gravity Hammer despite the fact that the player never encounters a single Brute throughout the campaign.


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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: It's obviously meant to be an EasterEgg, but the Didact's ship in the final mission contains a Gravity Hammer despite the fact that the player never encounters a single Brute throughout the campaign.
9th Jul '17 3:12:03 PM Retloclive
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: It's obviously meant to be an EasterEgg, but the Didact's ship in the final mission contains a Gravity Hammer despite the fact that the player never encounters a single Brute throughout the campaign.
1st Mar '17 5:26:38 PM jormis29
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* CreatorsPet: Sarah Palmer. Despite the fan reaction to her being mostly negative, she's gone on to receive her own game (''Halo: Spartan Assault'') and comic series (''Halo: Initiation'').

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* CreatorsPet: Sarah Palmer. Despite the fan reaction to her being mostly negative, she's gone on to receive her own game (''Halo: Spartan Assault'') (''VideoGame/HaloSpartanAssault'') and comic series (''Halo: Initiation'').(''ComicBook/HaloInitiation'').
30th Sep '16 7:24:18 PM TheBuddy26
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** ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' [[spoiler: reveals the same about Cortana.]]

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** ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' [[spoiler: reveals the same about Cortana.Cortana, although [[CameBackWrong in a far different state]].]]
5th Sep '16 12:26:35 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* SpiritualLicensee[=/=]WholePlotReference: As noted in the {{WMG}} and [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] sections, ''4'', at times, plays out like an adaptation of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Cortana and Chief's relationship in particular shares a lot of similarities between the relationship of Madoka and Homura.
26th Jul '16 10:41:15 AM MasterHero
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* TheScrappy / LoveToHate: [[GeneralFailure Del Rio]]. Just Del Rio. Considering how 90% of Halo 4's plot only gets worse because of his mistakes, many fans hated him for making everything worse, or just love to hate him for how ignorant and idiotic the character turned out to be. Bonus points for being explicitly designed for players to hate him, and admit it,[[spoiler:[[TakeThatScrappy You cheered when the UNSC weren't happy when they found out what he did to Master Chief]]. ]]
** Another example would be the Didact, a GenericDoomsdayVillain who indulges in eloquent speech (that might remind you of Gravemind), instead of, you know, killing his enemy. The Chief and the player do not even get the satisfaction of beating him in a boss fight, instead he gets beaten in a QuickTimeEvent. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHDnCyeoQJc WatchMojo]] even described him as the [[Franhise/StarWars General Grievous]] of videogames, in the sense that his origins and motivations are only explored in secondary material but in the main event he comes off as bland and unoriginal.

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* TheScrappy / LoveToHate: [[GeneralFailure Del Rio]]. Just Del Rio. Considering how 90% of Halo 4's plot only gets worse because of his mistakes, many fans hated him for making everything worse, or just love to hate him for how ignorant and idiotic the character turned out to be. Bonus points for being explicitly designed for players to hate him, and admit it,[[spoiler:[[TakeThatScrappy You cheered when the UNSC weren't happy when they found out what he did to Master Chief]]. ]]
** Another example would be the Didact,
TheScrappy: [[BigBad The Didact]], a GenericDoomsdayVillain who indulges in eloquent speech (that might remind you of Gravemind), instead of, you know, killing his enemy. The Chief and the player do not even get the satisfaction of beating him in a boss fight, instead he gets beaten in a QuickTimeEvent. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHDnCyeoQJc WatchMojo]] even described him as the [[Franhise/StarWars General Grievous]] of videogames, in the sense that his origins and motivations are only explored in secondary material but in the main event he comes off as bland and unoriginal.
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