Halo 4 revives Xbox 360 in 2012

by Gaetano 'Xbot' Prestia Featured 9 Comments 5 Votes 1178 Views 06/03/2012 Back to Articles

Halo 4 is suddenly the talk of the gamer world. Out of absolutely nowhere a hoard of new tidbits have emerged about the game, following Microsoft's Spring Showcase.

Along with the game's developer, series newcomer 343 Industries, a new and refined Master Chief was shown off in all his glory, with new multiplayer details revealing a new, and exciting, direction for the latest Halo adventure.

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Many a commentator has argued that 2012 is going to be a dry year for Microsoft, following a year in which only Gears of War 3 and Forza Motorsport 4 could compete with Sony's tonne of PlayStation 3 exclusives.

And yet, while Sony has a handful of great games set for release in 2012, none really has the pulling power for the console as Halo does for Xbox.

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Halo 4 is the type of game that people rush out to buy a second console for. This is the game that persuades people to upgrade their 2008-2010 Xbox 360 with a new, HDMI-ready, affordable slim-design. This is the game that justifies the purchase of any inevitable Halo Special Edition Ultra Collector's Edition Xbox 360 (or thereabouts).

Sure, not everyone likes Halo. Hell, the series has it fair share of, well, haters. But its worth to, not only Microsoft, but also the Xbox faithful is something not quite as passionately exemplified on Sony's console. Quite simply, no quantity of exclusives can compete with a game of the Halo caliber.

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Case in point: Gears of War. While certainly not of the level, brand wise as Halo, Epic's third-person multiplayer-infused, macho-charged post-apocalyptic tale almost sold more copies globally than LittleBigPlanet 2 and Uncharted 3 combined. That just goes to show how different the Xbox fanbase, or at least those that would by a Halo game, are.

That's not to say PS3 gamers aren't as passionate, but Microsoft has essentially made 2012 theres when it comes to exclusives. There will be many an epic cross-platform game, including the likes of Grand Theft Auto 5, but no exclusive screams "system seller" quite like Halo 4.

Halo is why many of us bought our Xbox 360, and it's the reason why the Xbox 360 is still so relevant, no matter how limited its list of exclusives might be.

By Gaetano Prestia

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Halo: Reach sounded good but this is going to revolutionise fps.

Cant wait.
This is the 2nd Time I've seen this 'fact' in an article on this site, so I don't know who's doing the research around here but I knew it couldn't be right so I just had a quick look.

GOW3 sales :5.22M
Total = 5.22M

Uncharted 3: 3.67M
Littlebigplanet 2: 2.46M

Total = 6.13M

and ps3 still had about another 20 exclusives I could have kept adding up...

GOW3 did not 'almost' sell more than all ps3 exclusives combined, not even close.

Jet said: This is the 2nd Time I've seen this 'fact' in an article on this site, so I don't know who's doing the research around here but I knew it couldn't be right so I just had a quick look.
GOW3 sales :5.22M
Total = 5.22M
Uncharted 3: 3.67M
Littlebigplanet 2: 2.46M
Total = 6.13M
and ps3 still had about another 20 exclusives I could have kept adding up...
GOW3 did not 'almost' sell more than all ps3 exclusives combined, not even close.


dont be a buzz kill :P

Jet said: This is the 2nd Time I've seen this 'fact' in an article on this site, so I don't know who's doing the research around here but I knew it couldn't be right so I just had a quick look.
GOW3 sales :5.22M
Total = 5.22M
Uncharted 3: 3.67M
Littlebigplanet 2: 2.46M
Total = 6.13M
and ps3 still had about another 20 exclusives I could have kept adding up...
GOW3 did not 'almost' sell more than all ps3 exclusives combined, not even close.


Defiantly a 360 fan boy right here

Jet said: This is the 2nd Time I've seen this 'fact' in an article on this site, so I don't know who's doing the research around here but I knew it couldn't be right so I just had a quick look.
GOW3 sales :5.22M
Total = 5.22M
Uncharted 3: 3.67M
Littlebigplanet 2: 2.46M
Total = 6.13M
and ps3 still had about another 20 exclusives I could have kept adding up...
GOW3 did not 'almost' sell more than all ps3 exclusives combined, not even close.



I've amended that, and I sincerely did mean a select few PS3 exclusives. I also relied on VGchartz in the past, and I've since realised they are not reliable.

That said, GOW3 still performed better than those two games did, almost selling as much as them combined, while managing to sell pretty much half of the total figure of 11 PS3 exclusives. That's impressive.

I am not really highlighting quality or anything here, just the importance of a brand like GOW3 to Microsoft, whereas Sony spreads the love out a bit more. I don't think R3 sales were that far off Sony's own projections, for example, despite how poor they may seem.

GOW3 to Microsoft is what 2-3 franchises are to Sony, if you get my drift ;)

Dr_Mario said: Halo: Reach sounded good but this is going to revolutionise fps.
Cant wait.

Revolutionize how? It's just another chapter in the franchise.
The only thing it has it going for now, is the multiplayer.

Dr_Mario said: Halo: Reach sounded good but this is going to revolutionise fps.
Cant wait.

I think you're having way too high expectations of this game.

XxmadmanxX said:

Jet said: This is the 2nd Time I've seen this 'fact' in an article on this site, so I don't know who's doing the research around here but I knew it couldn't be right so I just had a quick look.
GOW3 sales :5.22M
Total = 5.22M
Uncharted 3: 3.67M
Littlebigplanet 2: 2.46M
Total = 6.13M
and ps3 still had about another 20 exclusives I could have kept adding up...
GOW3 did not 'almost' sell more than all ps3 exclusives combined, not even close.


Defiantly a 360 fan boy right here



It's not really about being a fan boy or not, its just about facts in a news article. I'm just like that I guess, I hate seeing lies being portrayed as fact, but I guess I'm fighting a losing battle on the internetz lol [Facepalm]

Tsunamo said:

Dr_Mario said: Halo: Reach sounded good but this is going to revolutionise fps.
Cant wait.

I think you're having way too high expectations of this game.



How can I not :P

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