This awful, ridiculous, bewildering and offensive video may actually show genuine Halo 4 multiplayer

A video has appeared on the internet, claiming to show Halo 4 multiplayer footage. However, it's either a) fake, b) real but awful, or c) totally real, totally planned and totally approved by Microsoft but made to look crap to turn it into a cheeky viral. However, we can't see how it could be c), thanks to the offensive nature not only of the lyrics in the 'rapping' that's been dubbed over the the top of the YouTube video, but of everything to do with it. Here it is, then - be warned, it's all kinds of bad.

The audio is too loud. The game footage is playing off a VHS recording through a standard definition television. In a barn. In the dark. It's got a tongue-in-cheek run-down of the NDA which says something about Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave guitarist). It doesn't make any sense. However - the game that's shown does make sense, especially if you know your Halo.

The sprint is longer than usual. The railgun is new. The weapon change is authentic but faster. In short, everything here looks like it would do if footage were taken from a multiplayer beta of Halo 4 and then played back in standard def via a VHS cassette. Best of all? 343 Industries is currently holding an internal (closed) multiplayer beta. If footage is likely to be leaked from anything, it would be from that.

The pieces fit, although we have no idea what the bear is about. Or the 'music', for that matter. Or the barn, or the straw, or the VHS... OK, in truth, none of it makes sense to our brains. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Kotaku


  • billy-151 - June 1, 2012 12:38 a.m.

    Well obvs fake seeing its been taken down via copyright BY microsoft hahaha
  • MenWithCandy - May 28, 2012 11:24 p.m.

    I think it might be legitimate. Anyone intelligent enough to make such a wonderful high-quality video like this one surely wouldn't be able to make new character models, a new map, new assassination animations and a few new guns.
  • BossHog555 - May 28, 2012 8:01 p.m.

    If this is real. And that's a big if. I will never forgive microsoft and 343 industries. I remember talking about this game a couple months ago and saying that I think it's gonna be a big misstep for the halo franchise. Based on this video that assumption may be true.
  • ChangingtheSpectrum - May 28, 2012 6:10 p.m.

    Oh, thank you so much for thinking to put that WHITE piece of paper down so we could see the WHITE text. Man, if you had put that WHITE text over the BLACK table, I would never have been able to see it!
  • zombi3grim - May 28, 2012 5:32 p.m.

    This shit is not planned by Microsoft in any way. The music is horrible, the lyrics are offensive, you can hardly see anything in the video. I mean, what would be the point if Microsoft even DID intentionally leak this? The vid is crap! Its not even watchable. No, this is something else, its not Microsoft.
  • Divine Paladin - May 28, 2012 8:33 p.m.

    I love me some Call of Halo. OT: What happened to 343 hating Armor Abilities? They had a vendetta against them for months on Reach (and everything else new to Reach), and now I hear something about them reincluding AAs? Nice pandering; it shows why I'm glad I stopped playing Halo games. Greed kills games, kids.
  • Divine Paladin - May 28, 2012 8:34 p.m.

    Feel free to ignore me, everyone. I'm just tired of hypocrisy, and I need to blab somewhere, right?
  • Viron - May 29, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    Because people can totally not change their minds for reasons beyond money. I'm not saying that in this case that's true, but your judging people with no facts at all.
  • Viron - May 29, 2012 8:13 a.m.

    But isn't that what Microsoft would do? Make something so stupidly offensive that no one would think it was them? Refuge in audacity.
  • zombi3grim - May 29, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    Microsoft is a multimillion dollar company. Dont you think if they released a leaked vid on purpose, they would at least make it watchable?
  • LordZarlon - May 28, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    Why would you waste our time with this shit!
  • ObliqueZombie - May 28, 2012 2:04 p.m.

    If this is a leak, I'm glad I'm selling my Xbox. I'll get an Xbox back when it comes out, but this is ridiculous--assuming this is "real," though the footage is undeniable. For the most part.
  • jackthemenace - May 28, 2012 1:30 p.m.

    I wanna say it's fake. I mean, is it not possible for someone to hack an old copy of Halo 3 and add a couple of new weapons and tweak small things? I feel super-hipster saying it, but I wanna call BS.
  • tiben36 - May 28, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    >hacking >tweaks >hacking a game sure smells like summer
  • Cyberninja - May 28, 2012 1:30 p.m.

    I knew I would find a use for the mute button one day.
  • Pudge - May 28, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    I'm just sad that A. Microsoft thinks this will fool people, and B. This is what Microsoft think Halo fans are like. Hanging out in barns, listening to rap music, and watching Deep Space Nine. Disgraceful.
  • ObliqueZombie - May 28, 2012 2 p.m.

    I have never, in my life, described any type of fan in the manner you just did. I highly doubt Microsoft thought that--assuming this is them.
  • DynamicJul - May 28, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    His twitter account is also full of stereotypical tweets mostly about marijuana. It's definitely a deliberate leak.
  • DynamicJul - May 28, 2012 11:01 a.m.

    Also notice how he only started both his twitter account yesterday and his youtube account yesterday. I'm guessing it's a planned leak, made to mess with our heads.
  • MrDobble - May 28, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    I reckon it's a joke leak. True, the beta has been released, so if any other footage were to be releasd, it would surely be HD and not have a dreadful song playing in the back (which is some sort of reference to Halo 3). Also, not filmed surrounded by hay. I think the Tom Morello that has been referenced is not the RATM guitarist, but a Bungie employee that leaked Halo; Reach images. All in all, it can't be such a terrible leak that it's true, I believe its fake.

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