Talking to GamesIndustry.biz, Bungie Studios' Lead AI Programmer, Damian Isla, talked about Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4's Xbox Live rivalry, admitting that they can learn a lot from CoD4's scripted single player experiences.
"We have a lot to learn from their success too," Isla admitted, "they [Infinity Ward] did some very innovative things to keep people going and their experience-rewards system was something that we paid a lot of attention to." Talking specifically about CoD4's single player events, Bungie's Isla mentioned that "it's a great game and single player obviously is fantastic" even going as far as to say that "the way that they use those moments to craft the player experience...Halo has a lot to learn from." Learning from CoD4? Yeah, why not? We don't think anyone could keep a straight face while calling either CoD4 or Halo 3 craptacular games as each has something to offer. Group hug!
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8-06-2008 @ 12:28PM
I think that Rainbow Six Vegas 2 expanded upon the CoD4 system wonderfully, and IMO has the best ranking system of any game.
8-06-2008 @ 1:18PM
I agree, good post!
8-06-2008 @ 12:34PM
It is about time , yes I am going to say it HALO 3 SUCKED! The 4 player CO-OP pure chaos. The running back through the level in reverse sucked. Every time you die you lose the cool guns you had. CO4 story was so good it we all played the single player to the end. HALO 3 none of us cared if we finished it or not.
8-06-2008 @ 2:30PM
i cared if i finished the fight!
8-06-2008 @ 2:44PM
how does the top game on xbox live suck? You're just made it's more popular than your favorite game...
8-06-2008 @ 12:40PM
God I can't wait to see how the next Halo incorporates a first person interactive assassination cutscene. That was pure design genius!!!
8-06-2008 @ 12:47PM
Fire Fawkes said...
It's nice to see the developers (or at the very least Bungie) don't hold the same foolish fanboy debate between Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4. Both are great games that could borrow from their competitor to make their own games even better. I've never understood why it has to be Halo OR Call of Duty 4. I switch between the two all the time. (currently on a Halo kick)
8-06-2008 @ 12:50PM
I bump between gears/COD4/Halo 3 and they all have there up's and downs, wish a dev could make one perfect game with all the good parts of those 3 and none of the bad.
8-06-2008 @ 12:54PM
I want to launch my grenades 150m like I can in Halo 3.
8-06-2008 @ 1:35PM
Dude...It's a fantasy game. If that was a diss towards Halo 3, try reading the books, or have a better understanding who/what "Master Chief" is. Otherwise, ignore this comment. =]
8-06-2008 @ 12:56PM
hmmm i think bungie should allow infinity ward to make a halo universe/cod game where you play as normal marines and such with all the perks and goodies. no master cheif or arbeiter. kind of like a prequel to the master cheif prequel. im sure ill get flamed for this but hey $$$$$$$ decides all. halo/cod game would outsell everything
8-06-2008 @ 1:19PM
Personally I thought CoD4's single player campaign was annoying. It was the multiplayer that made that game great. Although, the sniper missions in CoD4 were top notch.
Halo is great because you fight against one of the most intricately developed alien species in any game.
Whichever you like is a personal preference but I do think both dev studios have something to learn from each other. It's nice to see Bungie admit that. That's very big of them.
8-06-2008 @ 1:58PM
Bungie gets it wrong again.
The scripted feel of COD4 was its WORST point. They force you through the story like a ride at Disneyland.
What is great about COD4 is that it's dynamic. Bungie could learn about storytelling... Cortana's dialogue is horrible... and the Halo universe is unintelligible.
But playing COD4... there's mojo to the experience.
8-06-2008 @ 2:00PM
CoD4's campaign was okay.. but I liked Halo 3's much better. I can tell you exactly what happened and why in the Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo 3 campaigns. I don't even remember why I was running around like I was in CoD4. I finished the campaign just to finish, then I went back to Halo 3 for a few months...
CoD4's campaign was kind of annoying, though some parts were cool. I hate the stupid stuff like "Wait here and hold off hundreds of guys because I said so". Though I do agree CoD4's campaign is better than Halo 3's standalone campaign, but combined with Halo: CE and Halo 2's campaign, and nothing can touch it. I never thought of each game as its own campaign.. It was just a continuation of the previous game, and should be treated as a single campaign.
8-06-2008 @ 3:07PM
play through Cod4 again on veteran and then tell me if you like it. That game on veteran is an amazing experience.
8-06-2008 @ 8:53PM
Amazing? Veteran mode on any of the COD's are horrible, with stupid AI, and stupider AI.
But dont get me wrong, I thought the campaign was fantastic. Infinity Ward just needs to learn from Bungie how to do a veteran/Legendary difficulty.
8-06-2008 @ 2:06PM
I preferred both Halo 3's multiplayer and singleplayer. I think the ranking system in COD4 is neat, but I detested the mechanics of the game. There is somethings to incorporate in terms of storytelling, but the gameplay in Halo 3 is much better.
8-06-2008 @ 2:08PM
ZEBRA NINER said...
I would like to see Halo's matchmaking in Call of Duty. I would also like to see 4 player co-op in EVERY game.
The unlocks in COD are great, and the perk system is also fantastic.
Steal those ideas from each other and I'm happy.
8-06-2008 @ 2:29PM
Slammed I Am said...
i do like both games but I prefer halo single player better because in COD4 all the enemies focus on killing you almost like your team is invisible, and the fact that I get a checkpoint in the the worst possible spot
8-06-2008 @ 2:59PM
Just don't turn Halo 4 into a COD4 clone. COD has much to learn as well. That ranking system seemed great at first but Prestige is pointless. If I go through the rank twice I should be able to use two perks at the same time (silencer and red dot) for example. I'd still be playing it if that were the case.