Friday, December 21, 2012

Fake Halo 4 for iOS gets Approved in the App Store

Looks like there's a new scam in the App Store, as surprisingly we found out a Halo 4 for iOS claiming to be the full game and showing screenshots that belong to the Xbox version (unless somehow someone has managed to put a B button and "arrow" buttons on the iPhone without us noticing it.

And although the price is for a triple-A game (4,49€), you'd be hard pressed to find a developer good enough to cram such a game into mere 6.6MB as this App does.

Also strangely enough, there are over 100 seemingly fake ratings, saying this is the best game ever, etc. etc.

And last but not least, although they to mention a 343 Industries Copyright, the App is actually made by an unknown developer "Hoan Tran" pointing to a very suspicious web site completely unrelated to any official Halo site.

So... keep you money away from this App... and we'll be waiting to see how Apple explains how such a blatant ripoff has made all the way through the supposedly "strict" App Store approval process.

Didn't anyone at Apple think that a Halo 4 for iOS popping up from a complete stranger developer should raise some cause for concern?

The full game description in the App Store follows:

Halo 4 for iPhone/iPad is the fourth installment in the Halo series where Master Chief returns to battle an ancient evil bent on vengeance and annihilation.

This version is iPhone/iPad exlcusive.


? Halo 4 is a first-person shooter video game, in which players predominantly experience gameplay from a first-person perspective.
? The game perspective switches to third-person when using certain weapons, armor abilities and vehicles.
? The player's head-up display (HUD) shows real-time information on the player character's armor system, such as shield status, information on current weapons and armor abilities, and also display indicators for goals and objectives. The HUD also has a motion tracker that detects allies, enemies, and vehicles within a certain radius of the player.


? Halo 4's story or campaign mode can be played through alone or cooperatively with up to three other players through Game Center.
? In Halo 4 all players assume the role of Master Chief.
? Players can enable skulls in the campaign menu which act as gameplay modifiers such as increasing enemy health, changing NPC behaviour or removing elements of the player's HUD.
? The campaign also features terminals which provide the player with additional backstory.


? Gameplay will now feature customizable load-out and the return of armor abilities.
? Multiplayer maps featured in Halo 4 are designed from the ground-up with competitive gameplay in mind.
? To link online multiplayer matchmaking to in-game fiction, it has been coined War Games.


? Players are also be able to edit their SPARTAN-IV characters with a variety of different armors, and are able to swap genders at any time.
? Players also have access to Specializations, a set of ten unique armor enhancements which bring combat benefits to players who use them, such as increased vehicle handling or resistance to EMP blasts.
? The new custom loadouts, allowing players to edit their loadout before games. As a player progresses through the game, ranking up online, they will be able to unlock loadout slots allowing them to choose the weapons and abilities they start with on game start.

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