It was in a whirlwind of optimism that I pre-ordered my PS4... Unpacking the sleek black box my touch outlined the embossed PS4 logo. I slid off its thin protective bag and placed it on the shelf it would call home... in reality all it had that was 'next gen' was 'great Wi-Fi'.
You've probably heard a few things I've done, maybe 'Teardrop' by Massive Attack, the title song for the TV show 'House MD', or the track I did with David Bowie for the movie 'Moulin Rouge'. You might even have a copy of an album by Massive Attack and played the video game 'Halo 4'.
Edgy, epic, rarely dull and stunning to look at. And best of all, it's about something. However, 20 minutes in I wished heroic Max (Matt Damon) would get a break - and not just his arm from a cop droid.
I never thought I'd be the kind of person to care about guns - as long as it did the job and killed the enemy it's all good, right? - I was surprised at how fun it was to explore all the different types of weapons and have fun trying to find which one suits my playstyle the most.
When we think of the games industry we still imagine a world that is populated entirely by men. Boys make games so boys buy games so boys make games. The girl gamer - and games designer - remains a lesser spotted beast.
Overall if you are a fan of Halo then you have to get this game. And if you are new to Halo then you won't be disappointed either. Go on, get it, now. Halo 4 is available right now for the Xbox 360 - and frankly it's a must have game. It's not just one of the best games of the year, it is THE game of the year.
Many are looking on with baited breath as 343 Industries pick up the hallowed Halo franchise from the series' paternal developer Bungie. Halo 4 is named correctly as the fourth game in the series, with Reach and ODST essentially being tangential to the main Master Chief touting story.