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Halo: Nightfall to get full length release treatment

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Who’s been loving a bit of Halo: Nightfall? Ridley Scott’s live-action series, set between the events of Halo 4 and the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians, will get a digital launch on the 17th of March.

Halo: Nightfall follows the story of legendary manhunter and Office of Naval Intelligence agent, Jameson Locke. Mike Colter plays Locke, who will also be a playable co-star in Halo 5.

Nightfall will be combined into a single, feature-length release that will be available to rent or buy from video-on-demand services and as a DVD and Blu-Ray release.

Microsoft have been uber-useful and have released a handy trailer. You want to see it? OK, but only because you’ve been good. Excited?

Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer stats

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Did you take part in the Halo 5 beta at the end of last year? What did you think of it? I didn’t get as much time as I would have liked on it but according to the cool Infographic below plenty of you did and there are some great stats to look over.

There is also a really interesting letter from Josh Holmes explaining exactly what feedback from the Beta has done to help the development of the game. If you are into that sort of detail then it’s well worth checking out!

Halo: The Master Chief Collection title update incoming

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343 Industries’ uber-useful blog site, Waypoint, has updated details on the next title update for The Master Chief Collection.

Although the update is brief and doesn’t contain too much in the way of detail, it does point out that the next update should be hitting consoles “..in the next few days” as it is currently in final testing.

This is detailed to include:

    Halo 4 playlists Team Hardcore playlists

 

The entry also confirms that Team Hardcore will launch initially for Halo 2 Classic variants only, with Halo 3 maps and games types being introduced in a future update. Also in progress are Team Snipers, Team Doubles and an objective-only playlist, although for further details, we’ll have to stay posted.

Matchmaking, parties and other community items are also being updated for future releases as tweaks and fine tuning are applied to the overall experience.

Look out for the next title update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, coming soon.

Halo 5: Guardians – New Central Character and Collectors Edition’s

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343 Industries and Microsoft has recently announced both Limited and Collector’s Editions of this years biggest (likely) blockbuster – Halo 5: Guardians. In addition to the newly announced packages comes a character to be introduced into the Halo story, Spartan Locke!

Launching in fall 2015 exclusively on Xbox One, Halo 5: Guardians continues the story of the Master Chief, and introduces a brand new central character to the Halo universe – Spartan Locke. Peace is shattered when colony worlds are unexpectedly attacked. And when humanity’s greatest hero goes missing, Spartan Locke is tasked with hunting the Master Chief and solving a mystery that threatens the entire galaxy.

The editions and US estimated pricing is detailed below:

    Standard Edition for $59.99 – Halo 5: Guardians plus an exclusive poster, only available to those who pre-order. Limited Edition for $99.99 – Everything in the Standard Edition plus new digital content to enhance Spartan combat and exclusive items wrapped in a uniquely designed steel book. Limited Collector’s Edition for $249.99 – Everything in the Limited Edition as well as additional content such as a commemorative numbered statue designed by 343 Industries. More details on the design to be shared at a later date.

The Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta is still available to gamers who own Halo: The Master Chief Collection and you can read our full thoughts on that here.

Overall, I feel that Halo 5: Guardians retains the essence of why I loved Halo 2’s multiplayer – and although it may come loaded with all the mod cons of many other shooters on the market: zoomable weapons, kill cams, jet pack boosts and the ability to mantle objects, it still feels distinctively Halo – tea bagging included!

Halo 3 ODST coming to Xbox One

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In a thank you blog post to fans who picked up The Master Chief Collection, Bonnie Ross has revealed that if you played the game between November 11 and December 19 you will receive the following tokens of gratitude:

    1 Month of Xbox Live Gold Exclusive In-Game Nameplate Exclusive In-Game Avatar

More interestingly, Bonnie has revealed that fans have voiced a certain love for Halo 3: ODST and as a further thanks for the support, 343 Industries will bring ODST’s campaign to The Master Chief Collection for free to fans who played the game in the same period as detailed above.

The campaign will be lovingly updated to 1080p running at 60fps and for those of us yet to buy the collection, I’m sure ODST will be made available to purchase through the Xbox Store. 343 will also remaster the classic Halo 2 map Relic, which will be made available as a free update.

I realise The Master Chief Collection has had its fair share of problems but surely this should go some way to appease those angered by its problems!

Thoughts on Halo 5 Guardians beta Early Access

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We all have that one special game that got us hooked. Halo 2 hooked me into multiplayer gaming – and as much as I enjoyed Halo 3 and 4, nothing compared to the fun I had back on my original Xbox. 343 Industries have been at the helm of the franchise for some time now but Halo 5: Guardians is their first step into new-gen. OK, so there is Halo: The Master Chief Collection… but Halo 5: Guardians is truly our first real glimpse at 343i’s vision for the series on Xbox One.

From December 19th to the 21st, Xbox One Preview Program members, select gamers, and members of the press have been given a special treat – early access to the beta’s first week content, which goes live for everyone else on December 29th. This includes two maps: Truth (a remake of Halo 2’s Midship) and Empire; both playable in 4v4 Slayer.

The first thing I was happy to see was the removal of Spartan abilities. For me, these took away the essence of Halo and frustrated me more than empowering my gameplay. You can still sprint (which may still bother some purists) but it certainly helps to speed up the pace of the game. Spartans also have jet packs that can be used to boost in any direction (think Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare). The only real ‘ability’ is the ground punch but I found this rather tricky to pull off – and even when I did, I found it nigh impossible to take someone out.

It can be said that Call of Duty took a lot of inspiration from Halo. Titanfall took inspiration from Call of Duty, and Destiny tried to make a niche for itself and establish a foothold Bungie once commanded in the competitive » Continue Reading.

Halo 5: Guardians Beta trailer

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Ahead of its public beta that begins on December 29, Halo 5: Guardians will be available to a select number of gamers and Preview Program participants beginning December 19 until December 21. The three day closed beta will include content from week 1 of the public beta.

Here’s what we can expect from 343’s first real entry onto Xbox One:

Halo: Master Chief Collection Update Incoming, More Matchmaking Fixes

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343 Industries has released yet another patch to Xbox One users to try and fix the unbelievable number of ongoing problems that Master Chief Collection players have been suffering with since it launched early last month.

This new patch is now live on Xbox One and you should be prompted to download the update the next time you boot up the game and it’s focused on the matchmaking issues specifically. Another update is aimed at being released early next week which will hopefully address the unbalanced team issues.

Full patch notes can be found below, thanks Halo Waypoint:

    Made a change to allow for matches to start once minimum player counts are met, allowing for faster matching times. Made an update to resolve issues that caused false matches to be created, which resulted in a variety of matchmaking issues, including slow matchmaking and bad session starts. Streamlined the process for maintaining party continuity through the matchmaking process. Made an update to the high-level matchmaking flow that will reset lobbies after each match. Moving forward, players and party leaders need to press “B” after the post-game-carnage report, and select a playlist for their next match. This flow is consistent with previous Halo titles. Improved user experience through removal of non-actionable error messages. This will allow for a more seamless matchmaking flow with less interruption and confusion. Improved the post-game experience to fix an issue that could result in a player getting sent to another player’s lobby, rather than returning to the matchmaking screen.

Have you downloaded the update? Is it making finding a game easier? Please let us know in the comments!

Halo: The Master Chief Collection – Flaming Heads, Halo 2 Forge Maps and More

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Our review of Halo: The Master Chief Collection went live this morning at 8.01am and scored a perfect 100% (10/10) in our write up:

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is quite possibly the largest ‘Master’ collection of gaming history in one very large bundle. With all the campaigns of four great Halo games and every bit of multiplayer maps and the downloadable content is no denying a great deal and a great piece of gaming history re-touched and improved to freshen gameplay and bring Halo on to the Xbox One. It’s very hard to find fault with such a piece of excellence as this, everything is created to ensure you have an easy transition between games with encouragement for cross-game play action. A whole ton of maps and of course, a completely re-made Halo 2, where everything else on disc is more of a bonus to accompany it.

But following a flurry of messages to my Xbox LIVE account I have been asked to share the Main Menu Selection System, the Halo 2: Anniverary Forge Maps on offer, and of course, the Halo 3 Flaming Head in all its glory…

So, here you go!

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Review

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Bungie and 343i’s iconic franchise returns to the next-gen stage in one stunning collection designed to please almost all, if not every Halo fan on planet Earth with an Xbox One this Fall. Containing all of the legendary games featuring Master Chief (this means excluding Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach), you have every single chapter of Halo 1, 2, 3 and 4 at your disposal in addition to every single multiplayer map ever made. To keep the game as a 1-disc shipment, a 15GB update is required for those who want to play the best multiplayer games on Xbox LIVE. I don’t see this as an issue considering if you are online with an internet connection then downloading should not be a problem, saving all the necessary campaign content for disc – and you do get to play and keep the flaming helmet in Halo 3 made famous for Bungie staff only on Xbox 360!

The traditional Halo menu system with all previous left-sided options has been replaced for a series of drop down selections and slides to make navigation as seamless as possible between games. With such a huge collection of content to hand, finding what you want, when you want has never been easier. It’s quite a simplistic system of choices by Campaign, Multiplayer, Playlists, Options & Career, and Extras. With each selection opening up further choices by title, map, and rather impressive is a new cross-play playlist to play well remembered parts of different Halo titles straight off as one chunk of gameplay action. Whether you want to focus on Hogs, Jets, Tanks and Mechs – or the final escape from each title then it has now all be made possible. This collection is about re-living memories and moments that made an impact on your » Continue Reading.