Franchise director Frank O'Connor says Halo built with balance in mind, Call of Duty favors players with the "bigger gun."
Gamers have long drawn comparisons between chart-topping shooter franchises Halo and Call of Duty, but now Microsoft has commented on the similarities. Speaking to GameSpot, Halo franchise development director Frank O'Connor said such comparisons are "reasonable," given Halo 4's new loadout system. Ultimately, though, he said Halo is different than Call of Duty because it does not favor the player with the "bigger gun."
"Halo 4's loadout system frequently, and sort of appropriately, gets compared to other FPS games, including Call of Duty and others. And definitely, in terms of how much effect the progression system has on your player, that's a reasonable sort of comparison," O'Connor said.
"I think the real difference is that Halo is built on a notion of really balanced gameplay. I love Black Ops, for example, and in Black Ops I'm always trying to get to a weapon; my eyes are always on that prize. And it will be a very, very powerful weapon," O'Connor added. "Halo is really more about survival encounters, rather than getting the drop on someone or winning through having a bigger gun. And also using the things you've learned on the battlefield. So while you are able to unlock weapons and abilities that do modify your baseline traits [in Halo 4], they're, bluntly, not as powerful and not as game changing. They're about subtly and their about style ultimately."
Players will be able to decide for themselves this November. Halo 4 arrives on November 6 exclusively for the Xbox 360, with Call of Duty: Black Ops II releasing a week later for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on November 13. A Wii U version is in the works, but it does not yet have a release date.
For more on Halo 4, check out GameSpot's just-published coverage from developer 343 Industries' preview event.
How do they compare, other than the fact that they're both shooters? CoD is basically a game of hide and seek with guns. TAG! You're out! 2-5 bullet death. There's no skill involved. Then there's Halo. If a lesser skilled player starts shooting you in the back, you still have the opportunity to outrun and return or turn around and best them.
Ok, bigger guns are stronger in COD, an MG,beats a pistol, but getting kills in COD is mostly about who sees who first, or camping, because of the low health, lack of a proper radar, accurate scoped powerfull guns etc. most encounters are over in a flash.
Halo was always built to prevent cheap kills like that, many encounters in halo can turn into messy, fun and exciting dogfights. In halo you don't take an enemy down by doing a quick zoom and releasing a few bullets, or by doing a quick spray at close range. No, depending on the weapon you have to keep your reticule firmly on the enemy for up to a 3 full seconds. Halo takes true skill and has an extensive learning curve, while call of duty takes luck, gadgets and perks and any noob can get the hang of it in half an hour.
Reading how Halo is getting influenced by COD is not making me happy. Luckily, from the looks of it they've kept it to a minimun.
The two games that I'm tired of hearing about.. And like Madden is getting played out to the fullest
both are equally shitty fps games in my eyes any fps game that has this sit and hide and regen health bs I ignore. What happen to the days of health packs and actual picking your battles and conserving ones health to get to end of leave???
I tell you where they went they went all Sit and hide and regen health path for the lil kiddies that dont know how to think other then run in and gun and ahide then regen and do it agian
@tsunami2311 have to disagree, in oldskool shooters with a health bar you can only survive a limited number of encounters no matter how high your skill is, because you always get a little damage (unless you camp and constantly shoot people in the back). So it's just a matter of time before your health runs out. And if your health is low you just know, next enemy is gonna be last.
In games like halo, if you got a good strategy and rely on your skill you can continue winning every encounter. your killstreak doesn't has to end because you've accumulated some minor damage here and there.
@fourclawrider @tsunami2311 I prefer the halo one health, or something like far cry 2. where in halo one it's a mix of both, and I like far cry 2 how you had to take time to pull out a piece of shrapnel or whatever to gain health back, it takes time and you can't shoot while doing it and really it isn't any less realistic than picking up some magical health pack. I think BF3 on harcore has a good health system you won;t regen health ever unless of course someone throws down a medic pack, which makes a group of snipers easier to take out. CoD hardcore is the same but bullet damage does way more
they have different take on what's balance and what's not. unless you want to dump a whole clip on to your opponent in multiplayer.
CoD is soo played out. They should have killed it after Modern Warfare 2. Halo 3 was good Halo 1 was the best and Halo Reach sucked. Halo 4 i probably wont be buying that nor will i buy CoD Black ops 2.
I dont think they are anything alike other than being FPS. As far as balance goes yeah that went out the window in Halo 3. The first Halo had by far the most balanced multiplayer, its a damn shame they didnt bring that back with the anniversary edition.
"he said Halo is different than Call of Duty because it does not favor the player with the "bigger gun."
What do you call rocket launchers.
@boirascal90 I'm sure they are out there. CoD has a huge following and so does Halo. There is probably a Venn Diagram that could be made to illustrate how many like both. I played MW2 last and am pretty happy to never go back to the CoD universe, but Halo still holds my attention.
At least Halo isnt out (what feels like) every 6 months.
There are to many COD's they need to ease up a bit.
@steelmouth MS should just hold it off a bit. I'm pretty sure Halo fans would still buy Halo no matter what but the shooter game fans might just pick up COD and wait till christmas or something for Halo
Halo is to Futuristic Space Alien Sci-Fi for me to be a good shooter game.
I like COD for the realistic shooter style but once u have played COD u have played them all.
Getting sick of both games to tell u the truth...
the difference between halo and cod is i still enjoy halo where as i am fed up of cod being threwn in my face.
A lot of the same people who claim Halo is overrated will be the first ones to grab a copy once it's released. Hypocrites.
I enjoy both of those franchises, but I enjoy them actually more for their single player, instead of their multiplayer. I know they're both extremely popular for their multiplayer, but Ive really loved the campaigns in each, not to mention the coop that's been implemented lately.
says the guy whose game also has a rocket launcher, sticky grenades, a high powered sniper, a 1 hit shotgun and a sword that kills in one hit. I would say it's the exact opposite.
@DeFiLeDTitan Having guns and explosives in an FPS makes sense. The 1 hit shotgun is definitely one of the worse parts of Halo but it doesn't mean it's not generally balanced elsewhere and the shotgun does at least suffer from range helping it not be the perfect gun for every situation, some guns (like a Battle Rifle) will outpace the shotgun with ease so long as you position yourself and everyone starts with grenades so if someone wants to camp a corner with a shotgun you can flush them out anyway. Also if you consider anyone can get these weapons rather than just if you're already winning you can spawn with it then that makes a difference too. COD doesn't necessarily give you this sort of balanced play and counters. Also if you're saying its unbalanced just because there are lots of high powered weapons I'd have thought that was better than just 1 or 2 so that those that possess those weapons are next to definitely on a huge advantage.
gameplay wise Halo was just designed a bit better in my opinion, depends on your taste of games but for me it's got a better balance to the weapons and I don't really care if COD is more realistic since I'm playing a game anyway so I just want good gameplay.
@Sigil-otaku @DeFiLeDTitan I used to pwn ppl with a plasma pistol and a magnum in Halo2. Charge shot and as soon as it hits, magnum to the face one shot kill. There are ways around having the best weapons in Halo. Though running around with the plasma pistol charged isn't very incognito. I don't like the killstreaks in COD. Let's further reward the person/s that are already dominating...
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