Halo 4’s Co-op Play is Awesome

The cooperative mode of Halo 4 is quite spectacular because it feels significant.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

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I had the pleasure of checking out the multiplayer aspect of Halo 4 at an after-hours event on the first official day of E3. Microsoft and 343 Industries spotlighted Halo 4’s multiplayer at the event, and I was quick to jump into the new “Spartan Ops” mode, which is Halo 4’s 4-player cooperative mode.

Right off the bat, Spartan Ops impressed me simply because the mode is centered around developing the Halo-verse’s story. Every week after launch, developer 343 Industries will release new, free content to expand the story of Halo 4 through Spartan Ops. So think about the story-driven content you get from titles like Batman: Arkham City, but instead of it releasing six months after release, you get it every single week, indefinitely. That’s an exciting notion.

Every single mission in Spartan Ops is kicked off with a CGI cinematic to set the stage for the events to follow. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see a CGI cutscene in action, as all the cinematics were replacements with 2D motion-comic storyboards as placeholders. Still, the level of immersion 343 Industries is going for with these supplementary missions is commendable. The co-op missions in Spartan Ops definitely don’t feel like tacked on additions…

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