War Games refer to a collection of game types in Halo 4 in which you play competitively against other human players. These battles are training simulations Spartan IVs perform onboard the Infinity, which they use to improve their abilities for Spartan Ops. There are no computer-controlled enemies in War Games; every ally and enemy is a real human player. War Games offers an interesting dynamic to Halo 4 that is quite different from either the

Campaign or Spartan Ops. Because you are playing against real players, you can fight enemies much more intelligently than those in the Campaign or Spartan Ops. Therefore, some of the strategies I provide for the Campaign do not work nearly as well in War Games. There is no single “best” strategy, so experiment with many tactics and choose one that best fits your strengths and play style.

Leveling System

In War Games and Spartan Ops, you receive experience after completing each game, and this experience is used to level up your Spartan-IV character. You unlock new equipment (such as weapons, armor abilities, and perks) and new armor as you level up. Each level requires more experience to open so that you will level up quickly at first and slowly later. After you reach level 20, you will have unlocked all equipment and any groups past that will have little effect on your gameplay. There are three ways to gain experience.

The primary way is to complete games in either War Games or Spartan Ops. After each round, you will be rewarded a fixed completion bonus and a much smaller bonus based on your success during that game. You will generally receive around 2500 experience from shorter games (slayer, oddball, etc.) and 3000 experience from longer games (Spartan Ops, Big Team Battle, CTF). The second way to gain experience is by completing challenges.

There is an assortment of War Games, Campaign, and Spartan Ops challenges that you can complete to gain extra experience, with rewards ranging from 1000 to 20,000 experience, depending on the difficulty of the challenge. Challenges come in many variations, such as killing a certain number of enemies in a certain way, winning a certain number of games, or completing a certain campaign mission on a certain difficulty.

New Challenges are added periodically. Finally, you can gain experience by completing commendations. Commendations are similar to challenges, but they have no time limit, and new ones are never added. There is a large assortment of over 100 awards, each with between 5 to 7 stages of completion. Every time you complete a new set of an award, you receive a certain amount of experience. You can also gain new armor and weapon skins by achieving the highest stage of certain prizes.

After you reach level 50, you can choose from 8 different Spartan specializations. Each specialization requires ten levels, and you unlock new armor with each level. After completing the final level of discipline, you open a new perk. While these new perks only have a minor effect on gameplay, they offer useful bonuses such as more experience, faster assassinations, or longer overheat times on vehicles.

Once you complete all eight specializations and reach level 130, you have completed the leveling progression and will no longer level up. Throughout the leveling process, you will unlock numerous armor pieces, all of which can be accessed from the “back” menu. This allows you to customize how your Spartan-IV looks in Spartan Ops and War Games but has no effect on gameplay. You unlock new armor by reaching new levels, completing commendations, and completing armor-specific challenges.