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Written by on April 11, 2012

Below are high-res screenshots from Halo 4 in the latest issue of Game Informer.

Cortana gets a significant make-over.

What do you think, is the new Cortana too much of a change?

The new battle rifle is looking impressive, hopefully it handles the same way it used to.

The environments look like they’ve had a lot of work put into them. One of the aspects of the original Halo game I enjoyed the most was all the beautiful and mysterious locations you discovered. Halo 2 and 3 lost sight of that somewhat. It looks like 343i may be bringing some of that mystery back to Halo.

The Elites look like they have not changed much.

While 343i said the Covenant aren’t the main antagonist in Halo 4, some of these screenshots show that it’s not all cake and rainbows between humans and the Covenant.

More action with the Covenant.

Some impressive shots of Master Chief in his new armor.

This group of screenshots wouldn’t be complete without featuring some multiplayer action.

343i has only really mentioned red vs. blue when discussing multiplayer. I wonder how many team colors Halo 4 will have.

When Halo Reach first introduced assassination animations, I was a bit skeptical. They weren’t a part of any of the 4 previous Halo games, so why do we need them now? That skepticism faded fairly quickly because now performing an assassination feels so rewarding. I’m glad they’re back for Halo 4.

What do you think of the multiplayer maps we’ve seen so far? Do they look like they’ll make for some good Slayer action?

Sticky grenades are as important to a Halo game as Master Chief himself. Glad to see they’re not doing anything stupid like removing something that’s been such a key aspect of every Halo game.

And now some beautiful concept art.

I was incredibly skeptical of a second Halo trilogy. It’s not even about the Halo rings anymore. (Which is still an issue, 343i is not off the hook on that one.) However, every time something new comes out showing off an aspect of Halo 4, I get more and more excited that 343i is making a game I will thoroughly enjoy. But beautiful environments and good game mechanics can’t fix a game if it has a poorly written story. Here’s hoping they hired some incredible writers as well, because it looks like they’re doing everything else right.

What do you think, are you getting more excited, or more hesitant as new Halo 4 details emerge?