First-person shooter fans have been salivating for Halo 4 for nearly five years since the release of Halo 3. Sure, there was 2009’s Halo 3: ODST, but that game didn’t feature poster boy Master Chief. Microsoft (MSFT) officially launched Halo 4 worldwide on Tuesday (except in Japan; they get it November 8th) for Xbox 360Halo 4 is developed by 343 Industries’ after Bungie decided to part ways with Microsoft. Although Microsoft didn’t release any figures, the company said recently that Halo 4 is the most expensive game it has ever made. Master Chief faces stiff competition this year with Activision’s (ATVIhighly anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops II arriving next week on November 13th for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Early reviews indicate Halo 4 boasts vastly superior graphics, audio and tight gameplay – improving upon virtually everything the Halo franchise has been renowned for. Multiplayer and co-op is said to be top notch, as always. Halo 4 is available in two packages: just the game for $59.99 and in a Limited Edition boxset for $99.99.

Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. He first realized his love for technology when he burned through so many AA batteries on the original Game Boy that scraping battery acid off it became the norm.