By Jonathan Charles | Sep 23, 2012 09:45 AM EDT
343 Industries spoke about wanting to create concise playlists in Halo 4 after the 20-plus playlists in Halo: Reach. Of course new game modes will be introduced, and one of the modes is called Dominion.
Dominion was revealed to the press during media invites a week ago. It functionally sounds like Conquest in Battlefield 3. In the mode players have the capture a series of bases; once captured, the music changes and the opposing team is under pressure to capture a base. The game tells players to kill survivors to win the game. Captured bases become fortified with turrets and therefore are easier to maintain, along with vehicles, while weapons also spawn for players inside bases.
Interestingly, unlike Conquest, maps will be large- and small-sized. Though Battlefield 3's Close Quarters downloadable content pack brought smaller maps to encourage faster encounters, so the comparisons may still be relevant. In Conquest, players control flags across large maps and aim to maintain control. Fans will be interested to see how 343 Industries builds map for the mode given Halo's history as an arena shooter and therefore focused on smaller maps. The developer previously said maps are custom-built for modes rather than putting the same maps in multiple modes.
A video is below of the mode and pre-game customization. The video shows the emblem creator, the ability to select the "Stance" for spartans (for example, choosing whether to hold a knife or a magnum to determine how it appears after a game), and the game itself takes place on Longbow, a larger map. A second game takes place on Exile, recently revealed. Both are larger maps and probably suited for Big Team Battle, the eight-versus-eight mode in Halo.
However, capturing a base is done by heading to the core and triggering said core. This means full-scale assaults are not needed: a player can slip into a base and ruin the enemy team's hard work. Players hold "X" to capture the base; the footage shows opposing teams being locked temporarily into captured bases.
However reductive, the Call of Duty comparisons will continue: a "Deathcam" is available only in Dominion. Though seeing the final kill, or where players are hiding, probably is not a bad move. Still, some fans will complain.
Halo 4 releases November 6 on Xbox 30.
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