As the biggest Halo fan around here, I was really skeptical about what was going on with Halo 4. I got so hyped up after the reveal at E3 2011. But then that excitement faded due to the lack of news for a very long time.
First, let's talk about the biggest change, loadouts. I mean real loadouts, not the sort of lame attempt at a loadout system from Halo: Reach. It's the real deal now, and you can create custom loadouts for your primary and secondary gun slots, grenade types, armor abilities, tactical package and support upgrade. Yes, it's getting a tad bit Call of Duty-ish, especially with these last two options.
On the weapons front, 343 has done an absolutely killer job with the reworking of all the guns. They have such a strong sense of power behind them now. Especially the battle rifle, which is currently my favorite gun of all the ones I saw. Yes, even over the DMR. 3-round burst for the win!
Other returning weapons include the assault rifle, Covenant carabine, magnum, plasma pistol, energy sword, and needler. The only new gun on display in multiplayer was the storm rifle, the successor to the plasma rifle. It now has a long body form, much like the BR.
There is a lot of new content here, but everything at its core still has that iconic Halo feel. I'm happy with where 343 is taking things with the multiplayer. It's new enough to satisfy fans of the past games, but not too new to scare them off completely either.