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The first non-Bungie developed Halo is upon us, is the Microsoft owned 343 Industries up to the standards that Bungie left us with in Halo Reach? And  how important is the return of the Mater Chief to the franchise?

“Okay Chief, look up and hit the release.”

This piece of dialogue, uttered by the AI Cortana as Master Chief exits cryo-stasis at the beginning of Halo 4 is pretty much the entirety of the games tutorial.  For FPS players used to iron-sights, lessons in crouching and so on, this may come as a bit of a shock.  For those that have lived through the Halo universe, it is more than enough.

For Halo fans the setting will be familiar, for those joining the franchise now, or even those that have only experienced Halo through ODST or Reach there will be a lot to learn as 343 Industries takes the reins of one of gaming’s biggest titles.

Having completed the single player campaign, the first thing to get out of the way is that the Halo fanatics can remain calm; the return of Master Chief to the series has been handled admirably.  In fact from a story perspective, for people that have only experienced the Halo universe through the video games, this is one of the more cohesive and well delivered pieces of video-game writing, certainly for this brand.
Without going into spoilers, this first part of a new trilogy touches on the humanity of the Spartan Progam, and indeed that most famous Spartan of them all, the Master Chief.  



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Mike Bantick

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Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for iTWire.com, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.