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Halo 5 is the guardian of new sales record


Halo 5. It’s had to have been one of the most anticipated Xbox One titles since the hardware was released.

This has been reflected in the first week’s sales figures. Halo 5: Guardians racked up a record-busting $400 Million in sales of software and franchise-related hardware, outstripping even the latest Bond film’s takings here in the UK by more than £1 Million.

This also pushes the overall takings for the franchise, from conception, to over $5 Billion in it’s lifetime. $5 Billion!

It’s not the only impressive stat that the Master Chief can boast. Halo 5 now holds the title of fastest-selling Xbox One exclusive so far.  It was also the most played game on Xbox Live last week. Fans have logged more than 21 Million hours of total gameplay, with 12 Million of those on the campaign alone.

The only thing that’s missing would be a Guinness World Record, right? Well, the Halo 5: Live event won that accolade for most watched video game launch broadcast with an impressive 330,000 unique viewers and more than 5.5 million total views throughout the week.

Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, is understandably proud;

The success of Halo 5: Guardians is a testament to the innovative work from the entire team at 343 Industries to bring this installment to Xbox One and the incredible community of fans who have come to love the story, characters and gameplay central to the franchise. The game represents all the possibilities of Xbox One and has earned it’s place as the anchor title of the greatest holiday games lineup in Xbox history.

Halo 5: Guardians is out now, are you enjoying it?

Halo 5: Guardians review


When the marketing campaign began for Halo 5: Guardians it had us all intrigued, Spartan Locke, out to get a traitorous Master Chief, surely not? I felt a bit let down with the story overall, but my experience of Halo 5: Guardians is positive, let me tell you why.

The campaign sees you play as two teams, the first you play as is Team Osiris led by Spartan Jameson Locke. They are new to the Spartan Program and it’s interesting to hear their dialogue throughout the game – they have a shared objective but are still learning a lot about each other. But we are here for Master Chief, and he heads up Blue Team who have grown up with each other and are almost like family.

The campaign is essentially one big chase sequence, Master Chief goes rogue after making a discovery he can’t ignore, and Locke with his newly formed team are tasked to bring him in after rescuing Doctor Halsey from her Elite captors. It’s an interesting idea to make a character we’re all so accustomed to saving us turn his back on us – it would have been great to spend more time with the Chief to watch more of the story unfold but we didn’t get that which was a shame. It all felt a bit inconsistent, one minute everything seemed to make sense and then when you were left looking for a bit more explanation and depth into the story.

Throughout the campaign there are some fantastic set pieces and the amount of enemies on-screen makes for some truly epic battles. For the most part, the AI works well – they’ll revive you quickly when you request assistance and respond to waypoints or targets that you prioritise but I did notice some odd behaviour at times » Continue Reading.

Halo 5 Guardians – Chief is back!


Master Chief has made his way back onto the Xbox in an epic 4-player cooperative story, play online in new multiplayer modes Warzone, a massive 24-player battle with capture points, vehicles, big guns and mayhem, and fight for supremacy in Arena, a core 4-vs-4 competitive combat setting where team play is everything.

Halo 5 Guardians is out now on the Xbox One store for $59.99 or get the Digital Deluxe Version for $89.99. Halo 5 also has some multiplayer specific DLC in the form of Requisition packs, which is where you unlock and change everything for your character from armor, stances and visors to weapon skins and vehicles in related modes.

Halo 5: Guardians Minecraft update incoming

halo 5 guardians minecraft

Halo 5 fever is spreading fast, as from Friday 23rd October you will be able to join the Master Chief and Fireteam Osiris in the world of Minecraft on Xbox One and Xbox 360. This update comes free to those who previously purchased the Halo Mash-up pack, back in May, and $3.99, or your local currency equivalent, to those who did not.

Included in the DLC is all content previously released from the Halo Mash-up pack.

    A Halo-themed texture set, themed menus and user interface, Craftable items and 31 music tracks across the Halo franchise. 40 pixel-perfect character skins depicting beloved Halo characters such as the Master Chief, Cortana, Sergeant Johnson, the Arbiter and more.

For fans looking to fully immerse themselves into the Halo universe, the Halo Mash-up pack also features pre-made worlds such as Silent Cartographer, Sandtrap, Valhalla, Blackout, Guardian, Blood Gulch and plenty of well-known Halo vehicles and features, while gaining the following new characters as well.

Blue Team:

    Spartan-117 The Master Chief Spartan-104 Fredric Spartan-087 Kelly Spartan-058 Linda

Fireteam Osiris:

    Spartan Locke Spartan Buck Spartan Tanaka Spartan Vale

The Halo 5: Guardians Minecraft Mash-Up update will be available from the 23rd of October.

Halo 5 Soundtrack release


Looking forward to Halo 5: Guardians? Well, this little gem slipped through the netting this week.

343 Industries have released the full soundtrack, for all to listen to, for FREE on Sound Cloud. That’s 39 tracks to get you hyped for the release on the 27th of October. Pre-order the physical copy of the soundtrack, right here.

The soundtrack has already got me in the mood to throw on the Master Chief Collection again!

Halo 5 gets its launch trailer


As if the team at TiX Towers couldn’t be any more excited, then 343 Industires go and show off the Halo 5 launch trailer, and it’s epic!

Roll on October 27.

Halo 5: Guardians goes gold


The official Halo Twitter account announced that Halo 5: Guardians has now gone gold, and is on track for release on October 27.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, they also releases a “by the numbers” infographic chock full of information about the latest addition to the Halo story.

Halo 5: Guardians is set to release on Xbox One on October 27, 2015.

Locke and load with this new Halo 5 TV spot


It’s not looking good for the Master Chief. The people of earth have been shown footage of his death, but this is just a cover story to protect the hero’s legacy – supposedly rogue – Agent Locke has been sent to take him down.

These TV spots are really setting the bar high for my expectations for Halo 5’s story – it sounds like it will twist and turn, playing with your perception and emotions around Locke and Master Chief.

Locke and load Spartan.

Halo edition Xbox One controllers launched


On Friday October 2, 2015 Microsoft released two new limited edition controllers, to commemorate the release of the next title in the hugely popular Halo series.

There are two versions available to purchase, the green and gold Master Chief version, and the blue and silver Spartan Locke version (only available at GAME). So I did what any deserving Halo fan should do, and treated myself to the Spartan Locke edition.

When opening the box for the first time, you really get a sense of how much time and care went into designing the aesthetics of the controller. Featuring the squad numbers down one side of the controller, and medal icons on the other, the design encapsulates the essence of Halo. The etching on the controller is subtle, but really adds to the overall design, echoing the style of Halo, its interface, and the armour and weapon design. There is also a light grip etched into the handles, which add both style and comfort to the controller.

Both the Master Chief and Spartan Locke versions utilise the new and improved Xbox One controller, which includes a separate 3mm headphone jack for those times you don’t wish to be sociable, improved triggers, bumpers, and directional pad. The new style controller feels much sturdier, more responsive, and most importantly, more accurate. The triggers feel softer, but appear to have a smaller area of effect, lessening the amount of time between press and action. The bumpers also feel solid, and now activate throughout the whole bumper, reducing the need to find the “sweet spot” when using them.

I spent a few hours testing it out on Destiny, of course, and found that the responsiveness of the new controller was top notch. However, I’m not sure if it was just my aging thumbs, but they » Continue Reading.

Seattle Sounders to wear Halo 5 kits this weekend


Sounders FC and Xbox have unveiled brand new Halo 5: Guardians themed jerseys that the club is wearing for Sunday’s match vs. the LA Galaxy on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field (6:30 p.m. PT ).  In coordination with Xbox, Sunday’s match and the preceding week will feature a bunch of Halo 5: Guardians-inspired festivities, including appearances from Master Chief, Agent Locke, and the iconic Warthog, as well as giveaways at the stadium on match day.

The initiative marks the first time an MLS club has altered its jerseys for any match mid-season, as well as the first time Sounders FC has worn anything other than Rave Green jerseys for an MLS regular season home fixture. The new Halo 5: Guardians-inspired jerseys utilize Sounders FC’s Pitch Black third kits. During warmups, Sounders FC players are also wearing limited edition pre-match training tops, custom-made with Sounders FC and Halo 5: Guardians branding. Sunday’s match is the only opportunity that fans have to buy this one-of-a-kind jersey, as a limited supply of 200 are available for purchase at the CenturyLink Field Pro Shop.

Twenty thousand fans at CenturyLink Field on Sunday are set to receive Halo 5: Guardians and Sounders FC commemorative t-shirts that are being staged throughout the stadium. Those at the stadium on Sunday also have the chance to see Halo 5: Guardians come to life, as a life-sized Halo Warthog vehicle will be part of the celebration, and characters the Master Chief and Agent Locke will be on-site for fans to take pictures and interact with throughout Sunday’s match. Additionally, a scavenger hunt is taking place at halftime – where the Master Chief and Agent Locke will be planted within CenturyLink Field concourses, encouraging fans to find them for the opportunity to win a Sounders FC / Halo » Continue Reading.

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