Halo 4: Sure, 343 could have found an excuse to reignite the human-Covenant war, bringing back everyone’s favorite conglomeration of evil aliens for another battle, but it didn’t. Instead, the developer acknowledged the roots while moving forward, leaving the past in the past and starting a totally new saga with new aliens, new weapons, and new characters.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Call of Duty hasn’t been known for being the most original shooter franchise in quite some time, but Treyarch did put effort into bringing something new to the table. The branching story mechanics of the campaign have never been done in the series before. The guns, gadgets, and futuristic locations that were spawned from the 2025 setting also gives us somewhat of a new experience, but in the end, you’ll still feel like you’re playing a Call of Duty game.
Winner: Halo 4. Treyarch moved Call of Duty forward, but it’s still wrapped up in the same tropes as before, whereas Halo definitely upped the ante.