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January 27, 2016

Let’s Talk Xbox: Halo 5: Guardians Infinity’s Armor

If you are a Halo fan, I am sure by now you have heard about the upcoming update for January 2016, Infinity’s Armor. As promised, each month 343 Industries will be releasing a content update to coincide with the next month’s multiplayer season. Last update we got the much-anticipated Forge, new maps for Warzone and some tweaks to the Arena playlists, and in November we saw Halo 5’s take on Big Team Battles. Suffice to say the community divided on how these updates have turned out. Some like the increased complexity and control in Forge, others the move toward a more eSports-friendly and competitive Arena system, yet there are some who question the approach. They claim the [...]

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November 7, 2015

Halo 5: Guardians Review

Photo: Blue Team | 343 Industries

Developer: 343 Industries Publisher: Microsoft Studios Release Date: October 27th, 2015 Price: $59.99/£44.99 (Digital Standard Edition on Xbox Store) Platforms: Xbox One Reviewed on: Xbox One

The reviewer pre-ordered a copy of this product. A review copy was requested from the publisher but at the time of writing no code had been provided.

The second title in the Halo franchise’s Reclaimer Saga (Halo 4, Halo 5 Guardians), sees the return of  John-117 (‘Master Chief’), alongside his childhood friends Spartan II  Blue Team’s, Frederic-104, Linda-058, and Kelly-087. Following their dramatic return to the Halo [...]

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September 8, 2015

Will The Power of The Xbox One Allow 343i To Attain The Mantle, and Keep Halo Alive?

Photo: Halo Waypoint

Halo is one of the key franchises that brought first-person shooters to the mainstream when Halo: Combat Evolved launched on the original Xbox, essentially driving sales. Since then it has branched into real-time strategy with Halo Wars and top-down shooters like Halo: Spartan Assault, on top of maintaining a solid series of core first-person shooter titles. Originally a Bungie property, the Halo games were loved the world around, and millions of gamers like myself have fond memories of blasting Covenant with a pal in co-op or ploughing hours into multiplayer squeezed onto a couch with four mates and swearing to not screenwatch. Halo is a staple [...]

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March 29, 2015

Halo 5: Guardians Release Date Confirmed in New Trailers

Halo 5 Guardians looks set to turn the series right on its head. We know the game has new elements like dash-dodging, clambering, and sprinting by default. We know that the shield won’t regenerate while dashing and a whole bunch of other information but we didn’t know the release date — until now.

Released only a few hours ago on the Official Xbox Twitter, was a video sporting the tagline “There are two sides to every story”, and the #HUNTtheTRUTH hashtag. The video—shot in live-action portrays Agent Locke from the Halo: Nightfall tv series. He is talking to someone who has betrayed humanity, in return for their own selfish reasons. he talks about how [...]

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December 20, 2014

Microsoft VP Apologizes, Offers Free Gifts — Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Head of 343 Industries Bonnie Ross recently sent out a heartfelt apology and an offer of free gifts. Since its launch on November 11, 2014 — Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One has suffered from numerous performance and matchmaking problems. The issues were so offensive that some players were reportedly seeking refunds and exchanges. Teams at Microsoft have been positively scrambling to address these problems and no less than five patches have been released since the game’s launch. Their efforts in addressing these issues however, have been met with limited success.

Players that have logged into the game’s [...]

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November 21, 2014

Halo: Master Chief Collection Latest Data Bug Fix

Today at 4PM PST, 343 Industries released the latest content update patch for Halo: Master Chief Collection. Xbox One players who have recently patched their games may be experiencing issues with multiplayer matchmaking. In some instances a window indicating “Downloading Latest Data” will pop up without resolving, and players will be unable to join any matchmaking games. Youtube personality DeeKay86 uploaded a video detailing a possible workaround by hard-rebooting the console to fix the problem. If you’re neither amused nor aroused by heavy British accents, we’ve gone ahead and transcribed the solution in five easy steps below:

Download and install the [...]
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November 5, 2014

Halo Championship Series Announced by 343 Industries

Big news for eSports fans! 343 Industries has announced that on the back of the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection that there will be an official eSports league.  This is pretty huge for any Halo fans out there.  Is it time to turn your party games you have with friends into an eSports team and take on the rest of the world in a game of Halo?

343 Industries has teamed up with Twitch, ESL, and many other tournament organizers to help create a quality sect of eSports for Halo fans, wherein pro players, enthusiasts, and spectators all can enjoy the game they love on a larger scale.  It looks like they will be focusing on Halo 2: Anniversary from The Master Chief [...]

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October 27, 2014

Halo 2 Documentery Slated To Air October 31st

Ahead of next month’s release of the much-anticipated Halo: Master Chief Collection, Microsoft announced that they will be airing a documentary this Friday that will chronicle the development process of remaking the collection’s version of Halo 2.

First released a decade ago, and actually celebrates its 10th anniversary on the 9th of next month, for the original Xbox, Halo 2 helped to solidify the Halo series as a major competitor in the crowded world of First-Person Shooters and is considered by many to be among the best games in the series. The updated version, which will launch as part of the Master Chief collection, is getting the full HD treatment from the [...]

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August 30, 2014

A Barnburner in Seattle: PAX Prime’s Halo 2 Tournament Kicks Off Strong

With the start of the college football season, one of the most important weeks of the year in the sporting world, another event is taking the stage to determine the best of the best. Instead of battling on the gridiron, these competitors are gearing up for PAX Prime’s Halo 2 Anniversary Tournament. Highlighted by $10,000 in prizes, you can expect to see some of the world’s finest professional Halo competitors battle it out as they all have something to prove.

For those unfamiliar with Penny Arcade’s annual event, PAX Prime is a yearly convention relating to all things gaming. Since 2004, PAX Prime has evolved from a small, 4,500-person event in Bellevue, Washington, to now [...]

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May 16, 2014

Halo 5: Guardians Concept Art Revealed

Just this morning, Halo 5: Guardians was announced by 343 Industries and Microsoft.  Now, the first piece of concept art has been revealed.What appears to be a desolate base in the canyons of a planet, a lone stranger walks in the sand dunes towards the installation. Who exactly is the black shadowed figure?  Is it Master Chief? Unfortunately, all you can see is a small silhouette but it looks like a human figure more than a Spartan. In addition, Frank O’Connor Franchise Development Director for 343 Industries made some serious statements relating to the future of the series today on the Halo Waypoint Blog, “Previous Halo titles, Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 for [...]
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