Halo 4
343's Frank O'Connor Talks Halo 4 & Keeping the Franchise Fresh, Says Triple-A Titles Will Never Go Away
Written Saturday, October 06, 2012 By Dan Webb
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In a month's time, literally, 343 Industries' debut Halo outing hits the Xbox 360... and by debut, we mean proper debut. HD remakes don't count. Really.

We caught up with 343's Franchise Development Director, Frank O'Connor, when he was in London recently to talk all things Halo, including the passing of the torch - or the Halo bible, as it's known - the future of triple-A titles, how 343 are keeping the franchise fresh, Spartan Ops and we even touch upon the new bad guy, very briefly. That's not it of course, if we were to sit here and name every talking point, by the time we finish a real-life Halo would probably exist.

Halo 4 is out November 6th worldwide... except Japan, where the game comes out November 8th.


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Comment #1 by ronnie42
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 10:19:55 AM
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Right not long till game of the year is out. Can't wait, already pre-ordered the limited edition.

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Comment #2 by Vundi
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 10:21:15 AM
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Game of the year is a hefty claim. I'm gonna wait and see.

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Comment #3 by ronnie42
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 10:26:18 AM
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Well haven't seen anything else that can compare. Unless Doom 4 comes out of

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Comment #4 by Jack Flak
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 10:28:02 AM
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@3 You must not have seen ANYTHING else coming out this year, then.

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Comment #5 by Legend Xz
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 10:29:16 AM
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Still makes me laugh how one of the producers or designers i forgot who exactly it was , for assassins creed 3 said they are "the last of the dinosaurs" when it comes to triple A titles . Don't get me wrong i love ubisoft but that comment just makes me laugh . People have this idea that casual games are going to take over everything along with mobile games ,etc . But what they don't understand is most actual gamers do not play those and if they do they don't put near as much time into them as other full triple A games .There are so many people with a love of games and a love of creating games that its not going to end . Hell just the rest of this year along with the next half of next year alone TONS of great titles are coming out and thats just in like a 7 month period . But back to the main OT Halo 4 looks awesome :)

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Comment #6 by The Bum-Mobile
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 10:38:14 AM
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#3 that's a joke?

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Comment #7 by TVC613
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 10:41:00 AM
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@3- So you obviously haven't played Borderlands 2. Assassin's Creed 3 should be really good, Mass Effect 3 will get nominated, Max Payne 3 could, Dishonored could; and there are plenty of others that I am forgetting. The game looks good, don't get me wrong, but it's definitely not guaranteed GOTY.

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Comment #9 by thenewpeter
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 10:43:27 AM
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Can't wait for this, defiantly be my favorite game of the year, I can nearly grantee that. I'll reserve full judgement until i've played the full thing, but as it stands, it's looking good.

I like that there's a classic mode included in multiplayer from the go, nice to see a lesson learnt from reach there.

I still worry that the mech is going to be over powered, but we'll see.

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Comment #10 by xxdiamondxxinfernoxx
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 11:43:14 AM
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@9 i had the same worries too but if it is overpowered you know that 343 will be on it and fix anything that needs to be fixed. still wish there was a beta

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Comment #12 by theNomad
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 12:02:49 PM
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Remember remember the 5th of November.... because you'll get no sleep with excitement at Halo 4 coming out :)

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Comment #13 by XxMayhemxX
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 12:15:37 PM
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Ronnie lmao. Resident Evil 6... Assassins Creed 3, Borderlands 2, Black Ops 2, Dishonored, Mass Effect 3... Goodluck nuff said....

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Comment #14 by plum
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 12:36:30 PM
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@3. Completely agree with you there, theres no other game that can even get close to claiming goty off halo 4. It's impossible.

@13 a HUGE good luck to all the games you mentioned looool. I have been playing resi and borderlands for crazy hours great games (borderlands 2 sooo much better than resi) has not much replay value or out of his world campaigns.Also ac3 for me they have just ruined it for me cause revalations was the most boring game I have ever played and I can't sit through another game like that. Black ops is not even in the runnings for goty come on people wake up.

Halo 4 just looks like the destroyer of all games, can believe I am saying this but halo 4 could be better than halo 3 which is one of the greatest games ever made.

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Comment #15 by BiggD
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 12:48:24 PM
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@14, I agree with your comment all the way up to when you claim Halo 3 was the greatest game ever made...that title goes to Halo 2 and that is fact.

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Comment #16 by floridafan765
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 01:31:56 PM
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is it just me, or is xbl currently down?

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Comment #17 by HubDub
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 01:38:12 PM
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I wonder what Halo 4 would look like if Bungie wrote the story? And made the online, maybe it's best they didn't since Halo 4 looks like a solid game. Just have to see on November 6th.

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Comment #18 by head0r Inc
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 01:57:09 PM
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I hope we will be able to return to another Halo. Kind of missed it in the last Halo games.. they had nothing much to do with the "Halo's" at all lol.

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Comment #20 by Legend Xz
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 02:08:26 PM
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@floridafan its still up for me :/

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Comment #21 by head0r Inc
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 02:14:20 PM
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Well to me it's been a mess for a while already... something is wrong with xbox live -.-

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Comment #22 by floridafan765
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 02:15:58 PM
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@20,21. thank you. mine is definitely acting up

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Comment #23 by Venomized
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 02:16:55 PM
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When did opinions become facts :0

Did I miss something?

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Comment #24 by Sanchezz4387
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 02:33:44 PM
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yeah xbl playing up we cant sign in its been like that for at least 2 hours :(

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Comment #25 by asilent boom
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 02:59:49 PM
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Only a month left now, fortunately there's some great games coming out to make the wait easier.

@13 That's hilarious, when was the last time a game with a metacritic score in the 60's won or deserved GotY? Resident Evil 6 shouldn't even be considered for GotY.

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Comment #26 by DeepInfern0
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 03:27:28 PM
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@14 They've actually changed a lot in AC3, Halo 4 just looks the same as the others. Not to mention that Halo was supposed to be a Trilogy (Halo 1, 2 and 3).

AC3 will get GOTY.

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Comment #27 by Snowed
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 03:38:10 PM
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I don't see how Dishonored could possibly get game of the year. It looks like a decent rental with no replay value whatsoever. You beat it in 10 hours and then never play again. How could that be GOTY?

Borderlands 2 is just a boring grind which no difficulty to speak of (you either have the gear for the fight or you don't).

AC3 has potential.

Mass Effect 3 was great but it definitely won't win.

NFS:MW actually does have potential if you like racing games.

Black Ops 2 will probably just as bad and uncompetitive as all the ones before it. It will be a lot of people's GOTY (probably most people's, though I doubt it will get many from the media).

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Comment #28 by plum
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 03:50:12 PM
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@15 Halo 2 is best game but halo 3 on xbox 360 is best :). Here's hoping for a remake of 2

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Comment #29 by Lothra
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 03:59:11 PM
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@26 You do realize that there can be multiple trilogies in the same franchise right? Star Wars for example is the most recognizable duel trilogy. Halo 1/2/3 was a trilogy, that story ended, Halo 4/5/6 is a new trilogy with the same main character on a NEW journey.

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Comment #30 by fresh fish 101
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 04:04:18 PM
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halo is getting played out... im sorry to say but its turning into CoD.

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Comment #31 by ATOMICKILA3000
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 04:07:04 PM
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@27 If you are the type of person that wants to discover every single pathway, then Dishonored is going to have a lot of replay value. And Borderlands 2 being a boring grind?? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but what?? That game was one of the best of 2012.

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Comment #32 by creaper210
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 04:18:34 PM
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Medal of Honor, then Halo, then Black Ops, all in 3 weeks. And I'm getting the special edition of Halo and BO2. $240 in 3 weeks on games, LoL! I'm not sure I have enough time for all these great games. And I still haven't even bought Borderlands 2 yet.

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Comment #33 by BiggD
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 05:14:00 PM
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@28, that I can't agree with. I really hope they remake Halo 2 as well. I loved it's campaign. as far as nominations for GOTY, I think it's fair that the four that will battle it out are Mass Effect 3, Halo 4, Assassin's Creed 3 & Borderlands 2.

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Comment #34 by BiggD
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 05:16:00 PM
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@28, can agree with* sorry for the double post just wanted to correct my typo!

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Comment #35 by xxthegodofwarx
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 05:17:14 PM
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this game will be amazing

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Comment #36 by ronnie42
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 05:28:09 PM
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Is just my or does it seem everyone keeps comparing everything to call of duty? I dnt care about cod, this is Halo news article.

I get tired of saying this but there were other games before call of duty........sheesh. I'm a big halo fan but at least they didn't change it as badly as they did with the resident evil series aka generic action, why those terrible live action films exist.

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Comment #37 by Dr Popodopolus
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 05:53:41 PM
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This guy sounds like a guy you can trust.

Honest, good with his vocabulary. Rare stammering and good answers as far as I'm concerned.

The type of guy you want at the Spearhead of a Franchise like Halo.

My excitement for this just went up a notch. I believe.

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Comment #38 by LickableLemons7
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 05:56:58 PM
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As much as I like Halo, and have hopes that Halo 4 will win GOTY, I doubt it will. It's already ground that's been covered. Basic sci-fi shooter.

I'm disappointed nobody here has mentioned Max Payne 3. The only thing I disliked about it was the loading during the cutscenes. Sure, Rockstar fucked up the DLC, but that's DLC, not the core game. I want Max Payne 3 to win shooter of the year, as well as GOTY, but I feel as if it isn't popular enough. And we all know that the GOTY awards ceremony is just one big popularity contest. Right?

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Comment #39 by ronnie42
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 06:52:29 PM
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What ever happened to fans have faithing in there series? of course I doubt it get game of the year because of 'cod' fanboys but the whole point of my comments is to keep moral up or we might as well let call of duty take over everything, if that happens it won't be a good day to be a gamer.

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Comment #40 by BiggD
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 07:00:58 PM
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@ 38, I have been a fan of Max Payne 3 since it came out and have been playing it on the side ever since and I do in fact think it's one of this year's best games. The only reason people haven't been mentioning it, is as you say it's not too popular among gamers. The DLC scandal has irritated me since I bought the Season Pass but oh well :/ I agree, GOTY is all about popularity, but Max Payne deserves a's story was by far the best I've ever experienced.

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Comment #41 by Coruba
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 07:37:05 PM
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Sounds interesting, I'd like to know more about this Spartan Ops stuff. I'm gonna have to work really hard to 100% Borderlands 2 before this comes out, especially with the new Mass Effect 3 MP update coming out!

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Comment #42 by DTM V1
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 10:01:29 PM
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Halo is still way off the mark as for halo being best game ever it isnt even #1 in the genre that my friends goes to goldeneye 007 on the 64 game looks good and proberly plays good but as some have said wait and see cause goty is a bold cliam

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Comment #43 by Scrummy64
Sunday, October 07, 2012 @ 02:47:39 AM
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For me, GOTY is going to be between Halo 4, Mass Effect 3, and possibly Far Cry 3.
I appreciate Borderlands, and Borderlands 2 does look pretty ace, but the first one didn't really do it for me. I'm not sure about Assassin's Creed III - it will be a great game, there's absolutely no doubt about that, but unless they really have managed to completely reform the gameplay again (like with ACII before it) then I'm not holding my breath. If they pull it off, it'll be a spectacle; if they don't, it'll just feel samey.

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Comment #44 by ash356
Sunday, October 07, 2012 @ 10:09:35 AM
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Yeah, and remember how the second Star Wars trilogy worked out? Everyone loved Jar-Jar.
It is just you. Whilst comments before yours were mentioning the game, NONE were comparing Halo and CoD. I have to question what you're seeing in this comments section.
The game looks great, even if the 65 second Tom Daley advert made me not want to watch the above feature, I have firm confidence in 343 to handle the series given the footage I've seen. Unfortunately, as XBL is a big no-no for me at this point, I don't believe I will be getting it, even if it is out conveniently in time for my birthday :/
Although I'm sure I'll be missing out :P

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Comment #45 by Darkdefiler84
Sunday, October 07, 2012 @ 10:42:57 AM
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Would love to watch the video, but fucking wait 60 seconds to skip this ad? get fucked

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Comment #46 by secretkaos187
Sunday, October 07, 2012 @ 12:09:20 PM
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@45 Really? 60secs>10mins of a pretty intimate insight into the Halo Universe! Aside from that, I think this guy is taking Chief in the right directin. I personally enjoyed the video.

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Comment #47 by ronnie42
Sunday, October 07, 2012 @ 01:00:09 PM
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@45 simple solution, just mute it, do something else for 60 seconds......

Then come back from playing halo or putting something in microwave then time you get back the annoying advert will be gone.

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Comment #48 by Tsaako
Sunday, October 07, 2012 @ 06:09:12 PM
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I really hope this does well, CoD needs someone to compete with.

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Comment #49 by SweptbackFlame
Sunday, October 07, 2012 @ 06:46:20 PM
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I'm hoping that when the UNSC Understands technology hopefully they'll try to make SGT. Johnson as a clone lol... johnson was the shit.

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Comment #50 by HalfEVILmonkey
Sunday, October 07, 2012 @ 08:06:51 PM
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I agree with #45. I am done watching vids on this site until the 30 f*cking second ads go away. No more.

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Comment #51 by Yourburntstar
Sunday, October 07, 2012 @ 08:42:09 PM
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Vote? Yeah right i'll be playing the shit out of Halo 4.

and as for you little kids who are "Annoyed" by a 30 second add, you literally have issues if that annoys you. get a grip on life. the reality is, thats how our world works now adays, and you just better accept it, otherwise you will have one shitty life.

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Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 06:59:12 AM
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Comment #53 by EngagedMetal7
Saturday, October 13, 2012 @ 07:40:50 PM
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Black ops / Halo runner up.

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Comment #54 by ISnakePIisskenI
Sunday, October 14, 2012 @ 07:53:46 AM
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@26 Only a trilogy? The story was meant to continue from the legendary ending cliffhanger, and that came from the ending of Halo 3 so no it wasnt meant to end there

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Comment #55 by Madhafaca
Sunday, October 21, 2012 @ 12:49:38 PM
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Yes it is a daring assumption but I'm making it: Halo 4 will be GOTY. I don't play AC but I give props to it and recognize it is a very well crafted game. I've been hearing Dishonored is pretty solid too. Borderlands has a very distinctive look.
So, with all due respect for fans of all these games, my bet is GOTY will be a battle between Halo 4 and AC 3.

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