Latest Halo Bulletin: Your Journey Begins

The latest Halo Bulletin has dropped as of a few hours ago thanks to B is for Bravo (343i Community Director, Andy Dudynsky). The release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection is looming large on the horizon now with only five days left until launch. A mere five days remain before Halo 2, on its tenth anniversary, returns to Xbox Live. Halo: Combat Evolved will also make its Xbox Live debut as well. There are so many out there who never truly got to experience the Master Chief saga from the very beginning in the first game and to have it presented in full HD and 60 FPS? Fans of the series have been waiting for bated breath for next week. The Halo Channel also launches alongside it with access to the first episode of Halo: Nightfall as well. Achievements, terminals and a whole lot more will be available for the first time next week. If you’re a fan of the Halo franchise then next week might just be your own video game Super Bowl.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection – Skulls & Laso Playlists

Skulls, if one remembers correctly, are Campaign modifiers to ramp up the difficulty of playing through missions along with helping boost scores on Leaderboards and Timed Runs. B for Bravo consulted with Max Szlagor, Senior Designer on MCC, to give a rundown of what is available:

Halo Bulletin 1

Add those Skulls up, Spartans. Multiply your score and test your mettle.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

  • Anger – Enemies fire their weapons faster and more frequently.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Assassins – All enemies in the game are permanently cloaked.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Bandanna* – Infinite Ammo.
    • Halo CE: Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Black Eye – Your shields only recharge when you melee enemies. Bash your way to better health!
    • Halo CE: Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4
  • Blind – HUD and weapon do not display onscreen.
    • Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4
  • Bonded Pair* – Co-op skull: When one player dies, the other player gets a large damage boost that lasts a while.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Boom* – Explosions have twice the damage radius. Light fuse, run away.
    • Halo CE: Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Catch – Enemies throw and drop more grenades.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4
  • Cowbell – Acceleration from explosions is increased.
    • Halo 3, Halo 4
  • Envy – Chief trades his flashlight for Active Camo.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Eye Patch – Auto aim features disabled for all weapons. You’ll miss it when it’s gone.
    • Halo CE: Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Famine – Weapons dropped by AI have half the ammo they normally would. You might want to pack an extra magazine.
    • Halo CE: Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4
  • Feather* – Player and enemy melee strikes impart more movement physics.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Fog – The motion tracker is disabled. You’ll miss those eyes in the back of your head.
    • Halo CE: Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4
  • Foreign – Covenant weapons: How do they work? Players cannot pick up or use Covenant weapons.
    • Halo CE: Anniversary
  • Ghost – AI no longer flinch from attacks.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Grunt Birthday Party – Grunt headshots lead to glorious celebrations.
    • Halo CE: Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4
  • Grunt Funeral* – Grunts die in a blaze of glory. And plasma.
    • Halo CE: Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Iron – Death carries a heavy price. Dying in co-op resets you at your last saved checkpoint. Dying solo restarts the level.
    • Halo CE: Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4
  • IWHBYD – Rare combat dialogue becomes more common.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4
  • Jacked – Players can only enter ground vehicles by boarding.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Malfunction – Every time you respawn, a random element of your HUD is disabled.
    • Halo CE: Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Masterblaster –  Co-op skull: One player’s shields recharge to overshield level and can only melee while the second player has no shields but infinite ammo. Roles switch after a number of enemy kills.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Mythic – Enemies have increased health.
    • Halo CE: Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4
  • Piñata* – Punching enemies makes them drop grenades. Beat them ’til candy comes out!
    • Halo CE: Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Prophet Birthday Party – Punch that Prophet up to 11.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Recession – Every shot is worth twice the ammo. Save those bullets, playa.
    • Halo CE: Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Scarab – All player-held weapons fire Scarab Gun beams.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • SO…ANGRY… – Enraged Brutes explode like a frag grenade if not dispatched within seconds. Base Brute score values are increased.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Sputnik – Mass of objects is decreased, making them more easily displaced.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Streaking – Player shields constantly decay at a slow pace but recharge some with every enemy kill.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Swarm – Hunters are much stronger. Base Hunter score values are increased.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • That’s Just… Wrong – Increases enemy awareness of player.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • They Come Back – Flood Combat Forms spawned by Infection Forms reanimating a corpse are much more dangerous. Flood Combat Form score values are increased.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Thunderstorm – Upgrades the rank of most enemies.
    • Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4
  • Tilt – Enemy resistances and weaknesses are increased.
    • Halo 3, Halo 4
  • Tough Luck – Enemies always go berserk, always dive out of the way, never flee.
    • Halo 3, Halo 4

LASO Playlists

Halo Bulletin 2

LASO playlists enable you to experience the campaign missions in all four Halo titles with nothing held back. A true challenge!

Many of the new achievements in MCC are tied to running through the campaign, solo or co-op while playing on Legendary difficulty with all skulls on (LASO). The list is as follows:

Halo CE: Anniversary

Black Eye, Boom, Fog, Eye Patch, Foreign, Famine, Malfunction, Recession

Halo 2: Anniversary

Anger, Assassins, Black Eye, Blind, Boom, Catch, Fog, Eye Patch, Famine, Iron, Jacked, Malfunction, Masterblaster, Mythic, Recession, SO…ANGRY…, Streaking, That’s Just…Wrong, They Come Back, Thunderstorm

Halo 3

Black Eye, Blind, Catch, Cowbell, Famine, Fog, Grunt Birthday Party, Iron, IWHBYD, Mythic, Thunderstorm, Tilt, Tough Luck

Halo 4

Black Eye, Blind, Catch, Fog, Cowbell, Famine, Iron, Mythic, Thunderstorm, Tilt, Tough Luck

Ranking System

Bravo elaborated further on questions posed regarding the Ranking System employed by The Master Chief Collection that encompasses all four titles. The game will, at launch, provide one Ranked playlist for Halo 2: Anniversary with more to follow. The system, in tribute to the original in Halo 2 is also completely new on the backend with further iteration on Bungie’s matchmaking system in place. Post-launch there will be rankings given for playlists on the other three titles.You’ll also be able to see your rank by your name in the pre-game lobby before matches begin.

Halo Championship Series

APGNation reported earlier this week regarding the upcoming re-entry into the eSports scene by Halo. The HCS will start with the Master Chief Collection and, in particular, Halo 2: Anniversary and its maps. Things will build until late 2015 with the release of Halo 5: Guardians. Seasons in the HCS will revolve around points. Those teams that compete in offline event tournaments and organized online outings will accumulate points throughout each season. This will help to cultivate the dramatics and week-to-week feel of eSports that currently resides at the core of the attraction to it at least according to 343 Industries. 

Terminals

The additional terminals added in to Halo 2: Anniversary will give players a glimpse into the mythos of the Arbiter and, along the way, shed further light on the events of the game and the beings behind them. They offer differing perspectives and, ultimately, provide a much richer tapestry for the Halo universe that fans want to be apart of. Videos of these new terminal sequences can be seen below:

One last thing was the big update postings from Bravo will be changing formats and moving to the Halo Channel as of next week. Be sure to stay tuned there for further updates from Community Director Andy Dudynsky (Bravo) and more. Halofest will also be kicking off next week with numerous events on Twitch planned so stay tuned.

The post in full can be found at: https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/community/bulletins/the-halo-bulletin-your-journey-begins. Halo: The Master Chief Collection releases on November 11th only for Xbox One. For all your gaming news and reviews be sure to follow @APGNation on Twitter!

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