The last thing I remember, it was the beginning of November and there were fireworks all over the place. Suddenly its the end of the month – or nearly, still a couple of days to payday anyway – and I seem to have not been near the blog at all.
After a quick check to make sure that nothing significant has fallen over, I’ve dredged up the passwords and taken the time to check back in. Then it occurs to me – there is something that has totally taken over my evenings: Halo 4
The old Master Chief has gone through a few visual changes in the last few games. Not surprising, given how technology and tastes have changed since 2001. While I may have some quibbles over how certain things are implemented or not, I have to admit that the gameplay has retained a familiarity that has allowed me both to slip effortlessly back into his shoes and to realise just how much better at these games I’ve become in recent years.
In previous games I was usually ending up around the middle of the pack when it came to online multiplayer deathmatch-king-of-the-hill-capture-the-flag-send-them-all-packing play, but I’m pleasantly surprised to find myself generally in the top three with a gratifying regularity these days. In part I think this is down to some levelling of the playing field in how the game handles the availability of power weapons, and partly down to knuckling down and playing the games at much harder levels than I’ve previously tended to in the single player.
Master Chief may be evolving, but as a gamer, I certainly seem to be too.