A. I hate how they brought Master Chief back, the ending to Halo 3 was good enough.
B. They messed with all the covenant. Look at them, they look EXTREMELY different than they used to.
C. Master Chiefs armor. Really, new armor? And supposedly it's looked that way since the beginning? Riiiight.....
D. Multiplayer has too much Call of Duty. I hate having to do loadouts! I just want the regular start out options like in Reach!
E. They're milking the series. Seriously? 3 games? And you're calling them the Reclaimer Series? How much more can they screw up the universe?
F. Oh yeah and the multiplayer armor? Looks like crap also.
G. Finally, Spartan Points? Really? I totally want to spend/earn 1 point at a time rather than earn credits and work for my armor like in Reach.
And no I am no Tom Chick. lol
Alright, here we go. You want to do bullet points; we can do bullet points.
A. If you hate then, then you'll hate it. I just know there were a lot of people who wanted to know what happened to Master Chief. Plus, you call a ciff-hanger the size of Halo 3's legendary ending good enough?
B. This isn't really knocking on the quality of the game, just the artistic choice of 343. This is simply an aesthetic complaint because you were obviously attached to the way the Covenant looked before. Regardless, the change makes sense because in the lore of the game, four years has passed. The look of things change in four years.
C. This isn't really a complaint specific to Halo 4. Every Halo has evolved and changed the way Mater Chief's armor has looked. Graphically, Master Chief looks superb in Halo 4. I don't really think it looks artistically bad in anyway. I wasn't a huge fan of it to begin with, but it's doesn't detract from the quality of the game at all. Plus, his character is actually present in Halo 4. For the first time in the series, you actually can empathize with him. His look could have totally changed, but I still would be happy with his character's development in Halo 4.
D. First off, Call of Duty did not invent load outs. Halo is not becoming Call of Duty. It's becoming a modern shooter
. It's implementing successful tactics other shooters, yes, like Call of Duty, have incorporated. This is obviously not limited to Call of Duty. They have to market to the audience, and the same multiplayer again and again would get stale. The game has to evolve to compete. Do you really just want a Reach again, or do you just want loadouts to be gone? I'm not a huge fan of loadouts too, but there are still custom games, and 343 was really good with Reach playlist content. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a classic playlist by the next update.
E. I struggle with milking, because I don't like it. But I also don't like it when it's said about every game that has more than 2 iterations. Halo has not been milked. The time span between games leaves plenty of breathing room. Development of Halo 4 took four years. Four. I wasn't a fan of the new overall storyline, but hey, I'm still open to be surprised. Still, Halo 4 is not just a rehash of 3 or Reach, which I'm still not sure if you want or not. It sounds like you do want a rehash, which would be milking.
F. Okay, it looks different. Very different. Once again, graphically, It looks amazing (For Xbox, PC ftw). And from what I've seen just playing to today, there's some really cool looking combinations you can do too. I thought that Reach and 3 did have better looking armor on average, but there's some stuff in Halo 4 that looks really, really cool.
G. Haha. HAHAHA. You didn't earn armor in Reach. You spent an obscene amount of time playing Reach, and you got armor. Either that, or you boosted. That's not earning, that's having time. I can't say I like Spartan points either, but what I do like is that commendations give you armor. You want to earn armor? Get the Master Headshot commendation. Get the Master Assist commendation. That'll earn you some video game respect. In Halo 3, when you saw Recon, you respected that player. Everyone one I played against in Reach who had inclement weather was pretty terrible. Also, again the idea of unlockables does not make Halo like Call of Duty. The first shooter I remembered playing that had unlockables for xp, etc was Battlefield 2. That was well before Modern Warfare.
Still, I am a Halo fan, so take what I say with a grain of salt. I tried to be objective, but I'm pretty bad at that sometimes.
tl;dr Don't be hatin' just to hate.