Mass destruction has gotten to be a November habit with me, right up there with turkey and bad football. Video game controller in hand, I’ve been annihilating digital terrorists, aliens, and even a fair number of British redcoats. And like a man who’s overindulged on Thanksgiving, I feel really good about it, mainly because the games are really good.
Start with Halo 4, the latest in Microsoft’s string of sci-fi blasters that features the series’s iconic hero, the Spartan warrior called Master Chief, and his digital sidekick Cortana. Lost in space after the climax of Halo 3, the Chief is awakened from hibernation to fend off an assault by the evil alien cult, the Covenant. But there are new enemies as well, robotic creatures called Prometheans who prove distressingly hard to kill.