By Adam B. Vary
Updated June 04, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT

The trailer for Halo 4 is really two trailers in one. The first is more of a cinematic preamble, featuring live actors (or the best CG I’ve ever seen) heading into deep space in a starship built for war but now commissioned for exploration and “the discovery of new worlds.” That…doesn’t go well.

The second is a true gameplay trailer, as demo’d at today’s Microsoft press briefing, showcasing the new planet Requiem‘s vertiginously overgrown jungle landscape (and some of the hostile creatures inside it).

Check it out below:

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