"Put aside the fact that Halo, reception aside, will always be ‘in the black’ (it’s essentially gospel, at this point); the franchise is still, in many ways, an unenviable inheritance. As a studio, 343 was not commissioned but lab-grown by Microsoft for the express purpose of shepherding Bunjie’s creation over the hills of a new console generation, and far away. No one said the task would be easy, but the property is of such renown that players are unlikely to go easy if at all crestfallen."
Calling all Halo fans! This Saturday, January 3rd only at Gamestop there will be an exclusive “Halo Day.” According to a recent article by Gamespot and a flyer that I received from Gamestop, gamers are invited to come out and take advantage of exclusive Halo deals.
Two phenomenal warriors lock horns in battle but who do you back to be the last man standing? Darth Vader of course has his lightsaber ready to wield and he also has a great understanding of the force and can use it to cripple his opponents. His weaknesses lie underneath that mask of his. Should it be removed during the battle, he would struggle greatly and well...without his robotic arms and legs his mobility isn't that great.
Master Chief doesn't have a lightsaber handy but does have an...
A new trailer was released at the Rooster Teeth's RTX expo in Austin over the weekend for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Keith David takes on his role as the voice of The Arbiter in the re-relase of Halo: Combat Evolved to Halo 4. 343 Industries also told the RTX audience that the "Coagulation" map will be one of the six remastered for multiplayer.
Halo 2 will also get a visual treatment for its 10th anniversary, similar to the Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary that we got back in 2...
Microsoft announced Halo: Master Chief Collection during their press conference today as they celebrate the 10th anniversary for Halo 2. This collection will include all four Halo games released onto one disc for the Xbox One and will be releasing on November 11th.
With all four games, there will be 100 multiplayer maps to play on 1080p at 60fps, or you can go classic. The Collection also includes Halo Nightfall, a mini-series directed by Ridley Scott and also beta access for Halo 5: Guard...
Will we be seeing the release of the next instalment in the Halo series this year? According to the the Offical Xbox Magazine, yes we are. There has been no word from Microsoft on this so don't make any assumptions just yet. On the front cover of this issue we can see, 'Halo 5, It's coming this year! First glimpse of a new world inside'. The issue does include some concept art showing off the new world of the game. Will we see it this year? Who knows but for fans of the series, let's hope...
On Monday, Halo 4 will be getting a decent sized update. Halo Waypoint has announced an update to the multiplayer playlists for rumble pit. Also, the day before the Championship Bundle DLC releases, players will be receiving an armor mod update and new forerunner themed spartan ops.
Check out the full list of changes from Halo Waypoint.
"The continuing popularity of Halo 4 some seven months after launch is nothing to be sniffed at. In fact it’s something to be celebrated, and that’s exactly what Microsoft Studios and McFarlane Toys are doing with the official UK launch of the second series of Halo 4 action figures, available beginning today."
"Wrapped in the anonymity of his Mark V Mjolnir combat suit, the hero of Microsoft Studios’ Halo series stands vigilant and victorious atop a rocky vantage point in Sideshow Collectibles’ Master Chief Premium Format Figure. Available to purchase from today, this latest piece of Halo merchandise demands a very special fan, as it arrives at stores with a recommended retail price (RRP) of £419.99 GBP."
The big question of reflection is have the big three console manufacturers learned from this generation? Will the hardware be thoroughly tested? Will Sony do a better job making their system easy to develop for? Will Nintendo finally focus on online play? Will the same mistakes be made again and if so what could the consequences be? GoozerNation takes a look back at this generation of consoles and speculates what is coming.
"Microsoft Studios has revealed that this weekend will offer all Xbox gamers the opportunity to access all Xbox LIVE Gold features for free, whether they play on Xbox 360, PC or Windows Phone. Sponsored by BioShock Infinite, the weekend brings a host of other events inline with the ‘Gold Unlocked’ promotion, including double XP campaigns and developer challenges on many popular videogame titles."
"343 Industries and Microsoft Studios have today launched the next major expansion in the Halo Infinity Multiplayer experience, the Majestic Map Pack, available for Halo 4 gamers now. Developed by Certain Affinity, in collaboration with 343 Industries, the Majestic Map Pack delivers the close-quarters action fans have been craving in three all-new maps designed specifically for tight, competitive combat in small-team and free-for-all modes."
"343 Industries and Microsoft Studios have launched the latest chapter in the Halo 4 story, Spartan Ops: Episode Ten – Exodus. Spartan Ops: Episode Ten, including an all-new CG cinematic and five new gameplay chapters, is now available via Xbox LIVE for all Halo 4 players with an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription."
"Developed and produced by MacFarlane Toys, a series of brand new figures based on the critically Halo 4 is now available to purchase. Created by Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries, Halo 4 is the continuation of one of the largest entertainment franchises in the world."
"Halo 4 launched worldwide in November 2012, quickly becoming the fastest-selling Halo title on the Xbox 360, and the action will continue in 2013 with brand new content. Today Microsoft and 343 Industries have released the latest episode in Spartan Ops: Season One, inviting gamers to reenlist with Fireteam Crimson as they search for Spartan Thorne on planet Requiem and come face-to-face with the threat of Jul ‘Mdama and his cult of Covenant separatists."
Join us for our special CES 2013 podcast where we discuss the kickstarter darling Game Stick, Pokemon X and Y, Nvidia's Project Shield, the Steam Box and/or "Piston," upcoming Halo 4 and Black Ops 2 DLC, and much, much more. Email me at email@example.com to tell me what you think. Thanks for listening!
This week we talk about Gamers Heroes Game of the Year Awards. We break down our lists of categories including Game of the Year, each console Game of the Year and a couple of fun categories like most disappointing and most anticipated game of 2013. We touch a few news stories before jumping in but most of the podcast is unbridled conversation about 2012 in games. Come listen to us as we shoot the s*** about 2012′s video games.
Most gamers are familiar with Gamestop, Amazon, Best Buy, and a few other places. Granted most of these places aren’t terrible but there other options for getting rid of games. GoozerNation takes the time to check out a few of these and report back on some new ventures. Will Goozex still be the number 1 trading site in a year? Where does Glyde factor in?
Awakening: The Art of Halo 4 from Titan Books is an amazing collection of breathtaking awe-inspiring artwork from some of the most recognized artists in the industry: from John Liberto, Kenneth Scott, Robogabo and Nicolas "Sparth" Bouvier, every single piece of artwork within Awakening's glossy pages truly encapsulates the myth and majesty of the Halo universe.
"It’s been a long time since gamers last saw Master Chief. Halo 4 arrives five years after the conclusion of the series’ original trilogy, and a lot has happened in that time. The franchise is now under new management – 343 Industries – and modern military shooters have dominated the FPS genre. But despite his absence, the Chief still isn’t one to go down so easily. 343 has learned what works, both in its competitor’s titles and in previous Halo games, and has used that knowledge to create wha..."
The topic of the week is Halo 4. Everyone is battling over the scores and whether or not they are worthy of the high scores Halo 4 received. We have a new guest that gives us some women's insight on all of the topics. Come listen to us as we shoot the s*** about this week in video games.
It's finally here. The game that finished first in our most anticipated games for the rest of 2012 has finally made its way into my Xbox 360. After waiting the 10 minutes to install the second disc, I entered the world of Halo 4 as created by 343 Industries, re-united with the Master Chief and Cortana, then began my adventure. Spoiler: I really liked this adventure.
Halo 4 has a legacy when it comes to Legendary Mode. The enemies are tougher, smarter and more abundant leading to a difficult setting that would drive any hardcore gamer mad. This Halo 4 Guide will go over Legendary help, tips and tricks for dealing with even the worse case scenarios.
"Microsoft is currently running a special offer through their rewards program for all of you out there who have Halo 4. It’s a way to get people to play a lot of the game and spend money on Halo 4 related content. Strange, I figured that people would be playing a ton of Halo 4 without some initiative to make them need to play excessive amount of it online."
"An image that recently begun circulating the internet has officially been labeled as a hoax in an official post on the Triple Point PR group’s blog. The letter suggested that Triple Point were bribing players to give Halo 4 a good review score in exchange for an early copy of the game, as well as a free Limited Edition Xbox 360 Console. You can view the image, as well as the post here."
"It’s no secret that certain websites take “added incentives” in order to give games a high review score but it’s not very often a possible piece of evidence is put on display. An image recently begun circulating the internet from an apparent letter attached to early press copies of the hit FPS title, Halo 4."
"It’s often been thought that exclusive titles are what define a console, the kind of experiences it offers that aren’t available anywhere else. While the quantity of videogame releases has continuously increased by dramatic numbers of the past decade, those which remain exclusive to their host format have become considerably fewer. Whatever the reason for this may be, of all the exclusive titles released in 2012 Halo 4 is arguably the biggest; both in terms of anticipation and social acceptan..."
"In a ground-breaking world first, Microsoft Studios’ Xbox has become the only brand to ever transform the Principality of Liechtenstein by taking over some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, including a 13th century castle and a working mine, to create a real-life replica of the Halo universe within the heart of Europe to mark the launch of Halo 4. For one day only, the mountainous landscapes of the normally tranquil Liechtenstein countryside became a stage for an epic sci-fi saga as Xbo..."
Default Prime Writer Kyree Leary has played a couple of the Halo games, but not enough to actually care about Master Chief. With Halo 4 set to start a new trilogy with the spartan as the lead character, Kyree is hoping that Halo 4 will give him the reason to finally like the man in the armor.
"Following the official revelation of the Halo 4 ‘season pass’ for downloadable content (DLC), known as the War Games Map Pass, Microsoft Studios has today released a retail package designed specifically to promote the upcoming videogame add-ons. Halo 4 is set for release next month, but eager fans can purchase the branded Microsoft Points package from today."
Borderlands 2 signaled the end of the summer and the beginning of the fall gaming season. With the launch of the WiiU and the long list of great games is going to be tough to decide what to get with right away. Gamers are looking at titles such as: Halo 4, ACIII, Black Ops 2, Epic Mickey 2, 007 Legends, Dishonored, Resident Evil 6, Super Mario Bros U, Hitman Absolution, Dead or Alive 5, Far Cry 3 and the list goes on and on. There is something for everyone this fall, from multiplayer to sing...
"Set in the traditional documentary style that goes back and forth from impressive in-game footage to interviews with actors and key members of the development team. Overall this introductory ViDoc paints the picture of Halo 4 and shows players many aspects of the game that may have gone unseen or unnoticed, such as elements of the backstory and Master Chief’s personal strife as a lone hero."
Major League Gaming announced today that yes, Halo 4 will be part of the Pro Circuit once the game is released later this year. In fact, it is slated to be part of the competition at the Fall Championship which takes place a few days BEFORE the game officially releases.
"Eurogamer Expo has today announced that Frank O’Connor from 343 Industries will present a Halo 4 developer session to kick off this year’s show, taking place at London’s Earls Court from 27th-30th September 2012. In addition, for the first time in the UK, fans will get access on the showfloor to the “Halo Infinity Multiplayer” experience through the competitive multiplayer modes of War Games."
"The VIEW Conference is set to play host to a number of videogame firsts when it takes place this October. Not only will the event offer the debut of the VIEW Videogame Award, but it will also play host to an exclusive preview of the forthcoming Halo 4, courtesy of 343 Industries’ Josh Holmes."
"The HUD also one new feature that is sure to be the brunt of flamewars everywhere: Ordinance drops. Players now have a small box in their HUD that fills up with kills, and will offer the player a drop that contains one boost, whether weapon or ability. Players can steal these if you aren’t careful. And this in no way at all has ever been done in another popular fps title. Ever.Here’s being hopeful, and as always: Frog blast the vent core, players."
"343 Industries released today a new Halo 4 video that offers a fresh look at new multiplayer footage and features insights from the development team on the forthcoming videogame's multiplayer features, including weapons, War Games maps/competitive modes and Spartan Ops. The video also includes commentary from fans and professional gamers at E3 2012 discussing their impressions of the videogame."
Viruses, nuclear war, natural disasters…whatever caused it, the zombie apocalypse is upon us. In an effort to stay alive, you’re organizing a team of five video game characters to aid you as you travel the world in search of some sort of safe haven. The staff of Leviathyn.com has shared their picks. Who are yours?
"Master Chief is set to make a comeback this winter, with the release of Halo 4 intending to turn heads throughout the videogames industry. Microsoft Studios had previously announced a number of pre-order incentives for the forthcoming videogame, but now UK retailer GAME has revealed their own exclusive add-on: customisable Oceanic Armor Circuit and Battle Rifle skins."
After a week off, Hot Off The Grill is back with a supersized E3 wrap-up!!
Senior Editor Jason Fanelli goes all-out with his reaction to E3 2012. From the conferences to the show floor, and of course the games themselves, E3 gave him PLENTY to talk about, so press play and enjoy!
"E3 2012 has come and gone, but for members of the media, it’s still going.
I like to separate E3 into three stages:
Stage 1: Preparation
Stage 2: Madness
Stage 3: Try To Live Life Without An Editor Breathing Down Your Neck.
As we’re obviously in the height of the third and final stage, we now present our E3 awards."
The week of E3 has come and gone. The big question now is, what are the must-have games for gamers? Several titles look to be very promising including Assassin's Creed III, The Last of Us, Halo 4, Lego City Undercover, Watch Dogs, and several other great games. Seeing a lot of these games should get gamers pumped for the rest of this generation.
"It’s an important evening for England tonight. Not only does it mark the beginning of their Euro 2012 group campaign vs. France, but will also play home to the worldwide TV premier of the extended Halo 4 E3 trailer, debuted at the Microsoft E3 keynote in Los Angeles last week."
New E3 2012 screenshot galleries for Halo 4, Gears of War: Judgment, Forza Horizon, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dawnguard, Fable: The Journey, Ascend: New Gods, Deadlight, Hybrid, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Mark of the Ninja, Dance Central 3, Avatar Motocross Madness, Happy Wars, Skulls of the Shogun, Wreckateer, and Dragon Ball Z Kinect.
Gamesta.com knows that your time is very valuable. Hell, it's hard for anyone to keep up with the avalanche of information that goes out each year. For people that are still playing catch-up or those that just want a quick recap, here's Microsoft's full press conference in 500 words or less.
Halo 4 is perhaps the most anticipated game for the Xbox 360 in this year's E3 2012 Line up for Microsoft Game Studios and their partners 343 Studios. In this rumor roundup, Tristan Werbe of RGN's exclusive Tristan's Twisted World brings his best, cream of the crop material forth pertaining to the game in question.
Major League Gaming will be providing a first look at the Halo 4 multiplayer tomorrow as they air gameplay of eight MLG pros going head-to-head against one another at E3. It will be a good chance for fans to get an early glimpse at the new maps, weapons, and armor abilities.
"E3 2012 has brought us a ton of great moments and awesome presentations of games and technologies that we will be able to get our hands on in the near future. With the press conferences wrapped up, we here at VGutopia have decided to weigh in on the ten things that we thought were the most interesting or well presented at the press conferences."
"Microsoft Studios is looking to address a number of gaps in the public’s perception of their market, as well as present ideas to stem the tide of the competition’s encroaching products. Despite insisting that the Xbox 360 moved from being the best selling console in North America to the best selling console worldwide in the last year, it’s clear that such momentum cannot be sustained forever, and as such Microsoft Studios need to wage war on all fronts."
With the likes of Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time, Halo 4, and now Gears of War: Judgement Day, we've seen a recurring theme here in 2012: the passing of a game franchise from one developer to another. Is this a good thing? Cassidee from Leviathyn.com weighs in on the matter.
E3's coming up. What are you most excited for? In the midst of the rumors and speculation surrounding the upcoming event, the Leviathyn.com staff sounds off on what we want to see, what we're most excited for, and what we'd rather not see at the convention. Do they line up with your expectations of E3?
Weekly round-up of the latest video game screenshots. Check out new galleries for Crysis 3, Halo 4, The Last of Us, Gravity Rush, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, Batman: Arkham City’s Harley Quinn’s Revenge DLC, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Rayman Origins 3DS, One Piece: Pirate Warriors, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare for PC, Pokédex 3D Pro, Pokémon Black Version/White Version 2, Smart As, Sound Shapes, Madagascar 3: The Video Game, Mercenary Ops, Lollipop Chains...
"GamingUnion: "Welcome back to another episode of DarkFeed, the weekly show that gives you all the big news in the gaming industry, but in a bite sized portion. You walk away from the table feeling full, but not stuffed to the point of vomiting. The perfect amount of video game nutrition. After all, it does the body good... kind of.""
"It’s the question every military-industrial complex, from the modern United States to the fictional United Nations Space Command, eventually struggles to answer: What do you do when the fighting finally stops?
Several possible answers serve as the murky backdrop to Halo: Glasslands, the latest book in the long-running series based on the world’s most ubiquitous videogame franchise–and the first to take place in the aftermath of the Covenant War. Basically, those answers all boil down to th..."
"We're still trying to catch up on all the great games that hit in 2011, but that doesn't mean we aren't already excited about what the future holds for our favorite console. Player Affinity's Xbox Department takes a look at the upcoming crop of new games and which ones Xbox owners should keep their eyes on."
"2011 is just about wrapped up and for gamers that can only mean one thing: what to look forward to for next year. This year packed quite the punch on solid game releases and 2012 has a few heavyweights to get excited for. With several games still having tentative release dates, we wanted to highlight the top ten biggest titles currently slated for 2012. This list was aimed at covering a few different genres and each one is a Xbox 360 must for adding to your 2012 video gaming greatness radar."
"Halo 4 will be the next title in the iconic shooter series for the Xbox that will put players back into the armor of the Master Chief for a whole new adventure. 343 Industries will be taking over the developing duties from Bungie and have made several changes to both the Master Chief and Cortana for the new game. 343’s Frank O’Conner spoke of the changes in a new interview, and you can check out the details below."
Halo 4 was announced at the last Electronic Entertainment Expo and now the ideas behind what the game will be from a gameplay and plot-line perspective are beginning to surface. Many wondered how the series could go on with all that has happened thus far in the franchise - we may have the answer to those questions now.
"The grand adventure that is Fable has never really turned out to be that grand at all. Three games into the series and I’m still waiting for the RPG experience of a lifetime Peter Molyneux keeps promising me. Maybe he should stop posing for Turtleneck Monthly every chance he gets and check in on the development of his series."