Alright, would you consider Halo 4 a "terrible excuse for a video game"?
I would say it's an average video game, an atrocious Halo game, and the reason I don't even play multiplayer shooters any more. --- Perfection. Where everyone fails. If you expect nothing you can be happy for everything.
Halo 4 made you stop playing MP shooters in general...?
Call of Duty 4 is full of cheaters, and, while fun, the imbalanced gameplay gets stale after extended play, especially now that no one plays it to provide adequate competition.
Gears 3 is basically the laggiest game ever now, so it isn't fun at all to play.
Halo was all that was left, really, and both Bungie and 343 killed it for me.
Ah, I am facing similar feelings. Halo 4 is a blast with buddies here and there, but I find myself shaving down my huge backlog of awesome PC/Overlooked PS3/360/Wii games way more than playing MP. --- 175 burgers for $175...this country is winning.