Halo 4
New Trailer Teases Halo 4 Spartan Ops Episode 2
Written Friday, November 09, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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Microsoft has teased the second episode of Halo 4‘s Spartan Ops with a new trailer. It's called Artifact.

“The mysterious artifact recovered from Requiem takes control of vital systems on board the UNSC Infinity,” says the blurb, “forcing the Spartans of Crimson and Majestic back down to the planet to look for a way to free the ship. 

“Commander Lasky and the UNSC need you, Spartan...get back in the game!”

Spartan Ops Episode 2 is out on Monday. It's free, with 343 Industries promising weekly updates for the next 10 weeks. 

Not bought Halo 4? You probably should! Review here.


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Comment #1 by Olliezilla
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 12:04:30 PM
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Not started the first episode yet, but looks great

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Comment #2 by deluxnugs
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 12:06:05 PM
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2 for 1...

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Comment #3 by Cinderkin
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 12:06:09 PM
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Smashed this game in a quick Redbox rental (Im broke wanted to buy it) and got 840/1000. Spartan Ops was fun, but I hate that it isn't all unlocked from the start especially having achievements tied to it. Only Microsoft would pull this crap. Anyone else try it and they get in trouble.

Fun game though. Hope to get it on Black Friday!

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Comment #4 by daardu
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 12:06:32 PM
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Don't know why they would make achievements unobtainable until all the episodes came out.

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Comment #5 by creaper210
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 12:09:50 PM
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Agree with #3. I wish it was all unlocked from the start.
I really don't care for the multiplayer, I want to play all the story/coop missions.
Well, at least they're not like Capcom or EA and actually charging us to unlock it...

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Comment #6 by Sanchezz4387
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 12:10:38 PM
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Well all I'll say is I hope it's longer and more challenging than episode 1.

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Comment #7 by Amar93
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 12:12:32 PM
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I don't understand why everyone is making a huge deal about the achievements being unobtainable from the get-go. It only gives you an excuse to come back and play this game some more, I mean, why would you want to just max it out for achievements and leave it? It's a great game.

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Comment #8 by Zacry072
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 12:22:38 PM
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The Halo franchise is one of the few that I still play purely for enjoyment rather than hogging up all of the achievements on them. It's actually sort of refreshing to be able to just play a game and not have a plan going in on how to unlock all the achievements in the quickest way possible, as that's what I tend to do sadly. Spartan Ops was okay, nothing really more than a pleasant distraction in my opinion, but I still look forward to all of the new episodes.

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Comment #9 by Caramel Cardinal
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 12:33:53 PM
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apart for the infinite respawns loved sparten ops

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Comment #10 by dude1286
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 12:39:09 PM
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What is funny is that while I was playing Spartan Ops, I felt like I was playing Resistance 2' s co-op campaign. They have plenty of similarities, but Halo does it a little better, although they are shorter than the Resistance ones. It feels like this is what Insomniac should of done with the co-op campaign in Resistance 3 as a follow-up.

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Comment #11 by ViNyLek
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 12:43:01 PM
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@#7 You must be new here, so le tme enlighten you. most ppl that come here don't play the game for it's qualities, but for achievement. When there is nothing left to unlock, it's next one please...

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Comment #12 by ViNyLek
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 12:44:33 PM
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@#10 GTFO, Resistance 3 co op campaign was stellar=P one of the most memorable campaigns IMO, thanks to all the varied locations/set pieces. Who cares story was shit, it was good enough as an excuse to travel through all those locations=)

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Comment #13 by strawberry
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 12:49:20 PM
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@3 A wise man once said: "you can't complain about something that's free".... Here you are doing it...

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Comment #14 by maverik919
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 12:53:06 PM
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Would love to play Spartan ops but having to be online AND a gold member is a bit of a piss take. Personally I kinda feel cheated. Campaign was a tad short and nearly everything seems to be locked out for us offline players. C'mon M$ and 343, quit the money grabbing and give us offliners Spartan Ops :D

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Comment #15 by ChipmunksRus
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 12:54:37 PM
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Calm down Halo 4, I don't even own you yet.

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Comment #16 by KrisXX
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 12:55:49 PM
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@7 Because ppl think a big gamerscore actually means something and are actually proud of it, LOL!!! I come here because its a great place for news. I love getting achievements too, but don't base my game playing on them. It makes for a BIG waste of money and time. To each his own tho!

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Comment #17 by PluralAces
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 01:09:20 PM
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So what happens if you get this game for Christmas? You cant get any of the achievements for Episode 1?

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Comment #18 by PluralAces
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 01:10:40 PM
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So lets say I get this game months from now, would Episode 1 be replayable?

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Comment #19 by BiggD
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 01:14:19 PM
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@ 7 & 16 - Agreed!

@ 18, Yes it would. All previous Episodes are re-playable.

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Comment #20 by creaper210
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 01:19:10 PM
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@13 Sounds more like he's complaining about buying something that he cannot play yet(or part of it). It's not free if he just paid $60 for it.

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Comment #21 by Cinderkin
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 01:28:22 PM
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@ 7 & 13

I never said I wanted to get the achievements and then stop playing it. If you read what I said you would see that I was not happy with the fact that the game isn't complete yet. If you read the article you'll see its spread out over 10 weeks. I thought the campaign was too short, beat it twice already and wanted some more co op stuff to do. I didn't get that in my rental as it was all locked out.

I also said that I plan to buy the game. Why would I buy the game if I didn't like it or plan to continue playing it after I get the achievements.

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Comment #22 by ADTR TOM
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 01:40:24 PM
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Oh dear just put them on the bloody disk and stop messing around with this weekly release shit, I got through chapter 1 on legendary in less than an hour it's moronic.

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Comment #23 by Opiate42
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 03:09:57 PM
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I'm annoyed at the weekly release thing. Could it not simply be a part of the massive disc 2 install and playable from day one?

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Comment #24 by MyNameIsWill
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 04:00:41 PM
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@3 Your GS says it all...

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Comment #25 by Astrex
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 04:10:31 PM
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will be epic! more exp!! wooohooo

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Comment #26 by Bohemian
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 04:29:41 PM
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now that episode 2 is out, can i still play episode 1?

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Comment #27 by asilent boom
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 05:12:31 PM
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@3 That's because it's Microsoft and it's their service, they can do that.

@11 You've just described what's wrong with this community. You have people like you who seem to think that they have a some imaginary right to easy and non-time consuming achievements, They then try telling other people to just deal with it because this is an achievement site and that somehow makes it ok that we've twisted the achievement system into something it's not supposed to be.

@26 Yes, you can still play episode 1.

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Comment #28 by Targus
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 05:16:25 PM
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@3 No, any other developer/publisher would be appreciated by their respected fans. Only hardcore achievement hunters with, what appears to be, little actual appreciation of a game's longevity cycle in terms of free content would have issue with this. I genuinely don't understand people complaining about free extra content just because it has been included in the original 1000g. Play the game for the game.

And @26, yeah all prior episodes are still playable :)

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Comment #29 by Deadly Modified
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 07:16:56 PM
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I think this is fun, but not as fun as Firefight but maybe that's down to opinion... doesn't mean I don't like it though.

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Comment #30 by chizrocker88
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 08:47:32 PM
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I would gladly trade Sparton Ops for Firefight. Played through the episode and just didn't find it fun.

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Comment #31 by Sanchezz4387
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 09:00:38 PM
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@9 there isnt infinite respawns at all

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Comment #32 by o D M C o
Saturday, November 10, 2012 @ 04:59:13 AM
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@31 is that right? On one of them I managed to die 22 times so I assumed they were infinite aswell. Either way its too easy to complete.

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Comment #33 by Caramel Cardinal
Saturday, November 10, 2012 @ 05:55:56 AM
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@31 do a level on solo legendary then tell me there isn't belive me when you can die 20 times on one level by just running in killing one enemy at a time you'll soon think otherwise

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Comment #34 by thenewpeter
Saturday, November 10, 2012 @ 12:19:09 PM
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... Why are some people really complaining about this... How childish can you get? You're getting episodic content for free over time... please tell me how that's a bad thing, if you can find any possible way.
I've yet to play spartan ops, only just got hold of my copy, going through the campaign atm, and loving it. :D
Feels like a nice blend of ce and 2. Will be trying to multiplayer in a little bit :3

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Comment #35 by creaper210
Saturday, November 10, 2012 @ 08:55:55 PM
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@34 Well, you know, it's not like they're giving us free DLC. They're unlocking content that is on the disc. Things that we already bought, but just cannot access yet. That's why it's a bad thing. How would you feel if you purchased a car at FULL price, but they said you have to wait 3 months to use the radio?

I gotta say, I'm definitely happy they're not making us pay for it. But we should've been able to play them from the start anyways.

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Comment #36 by allusiveturtle
Sunday, November 11, 2012 @ 04:51:36 AM
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Spartan Ops is all well and good in theory, but the problem is can you really sit down for a marathan gaming session and play 4 or 5 hours of it and then do it again the very next day? The answer is quite simply no. Once you know that mission, you might choose to play it two or even three times, but then what? You're not going to keep going back to it as you did Firefight. For those of us who would rather avoid competitive play, this means that their is little replayability in the game and that we'll be left languishing in the lower ranks with little desire to pick the game up again. This could well turn into what happened with Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, where after the intial surge, you simply slipped the disc into the console every other weekend to complete the weekend challenge before then going on to play something else. Hopefully, when they look at the numbers that are playing the multiplayer in Halo 4, as compared with Reach, they will decide to bring Firefight back as DLC as there is no way that people will continue to play Spartan Ops years down the line as they did Firefight.

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Comment #37 by VampireViking
Sunday, November 11, 2012 @ 07:55:15 AM
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You knew what you were getting on the disk before you bought it. Also so what if it takes 10 weeks? We waited years for a sequal to halo 3 and it served as a good thing, its anticipation. You wouldnt mind if you saw a film and knew the next one wasnt out for at least a year or two but you complain at a week for a game. Double standards much?

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Comment #38 by StillTIPPIN187
Sunday, November 11, 2012 @ 08:54:50 AM
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Ill be honest.. I love this game.. but Spartan Ops.. Isn't really my thing.. the missions just seem mehh to me.. Id prefer ODST firefight.. I didn't really care for what it was in Reach..

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Comment #39 by secretkaos187
Sunday, November 11, 2012 @ 09:48:35 AM
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It doesn't bother me. I personally enjoy the episdic route tey took,It adds a reason to turn the machine on and have a goal.

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Comment #40 by Bleeding Star
Sunday, November 11, 2012 @ 11:05:27 AM
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Thought the Spartan Ops that was available for me to play was absolutely terrible, no thanks 343

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Comment #41 by Blue Thunder28
Sunday, November 11, 2012 @ 12:13:08 PM
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The missions are pretty good but I seriously love the shit out of the cinematic they tie to the episode... That's what im looking forward to each week, big time.

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Comment #42 by Chaos MAN
Sunday, November 11, 2012 @ 05:51:57 PM
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If you ask me this whole game was a huge let down.

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Comment #43 by Killbomb
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 01:36:40 AM
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I agree that infinite respawns make Spec Ops pointless except for the achievements and the challenges to earn extra XP. Not sure what they were thinking when they axed Firefight.

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Comment #44 by plum
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 04:06:33 AM
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@42 feel sorry for you. For me this is the best halo game yet even better than halo 2 and 3 which surprised me. Campaign is superb and online is amazing feels just like halo 3 which was the best online. It's BRILLIANT thank you 343 you legends.

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Comment #45 by plum
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 04:09:20 AM
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@36 have played all chapters in episode one at least 10 times each so the answer is yes.

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Comment #46 by XenixF47
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 04:30:26 AM
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@35 Excellent analogy! I agree from a consumer's perspective. Just like how many games have release day dlc that is sold separately yet already on the disc.

However, from a programming perspective, this episodic approach allows them to continue to tweak and perfect the Spartan Ops experience long after the game has been sent off to the manufacturers. That allows them to spend more time on the campaign and multiplayer before the release, then focus on glitch fixes, multiplayer and Spartan Ops content after the release.

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Comment #47 by thenewpeter
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 06:40:40 AM
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@35, a fair point, but it's still something we're getting for free here, and we where told that we would be getting this over time, it's not like this is new news, or after you've signed the contract fine print reading.
I like the idea of content like this, which is bonus content, being released over time when we pay no extra for it. Those complaining knew what they where getting involved in from the start, and have no honest reason to be pissed ect.

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