Halo 2 was the life and soul of the original Xbox console and died when Microsoft cut off the servers a few years back, but with the success of Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition comes the special re-made edition for Halo 2 this year as confirmed by the voice of Master Chief himself, Steve Downes.
Talking to GAMEZONE, Downes quoted “I think you may be ahead of yourself on Halo 5. I wouldn’t expect anything until 2015.” as well as adding “What you can look forward to this year is an anniversary edition of Halo 2” – which is all the information we need to go out and celebrate with a Halo 2 party. Some of the best multiplayer maps ever made were from Halo 2 which pioneered the online multiplayer system for the original Xbox. Microsoft hasn’t officially confirmed anything as of yet other than to expect a Halo game this year.
It is a shame that Halo 5 is looking likely to be a 2015 release, but with a solid fan base on the Xbox 360, you might wonder if Halo 5 is an Xbox One exclusive to tempt the fan-base into the future with the new generation of gaming on Xbox One?
We’ll keep you posted as always when we know more.
HALO: Spartan Assault was first released as a game for Windows 8 devices last year. At Christmas it finally made it’s way onto Xbox One and this year on the Xbox 360. I originally bought and played this on my Nokia Lumia WP8 and really enjoyed it and was very curious to see how it would survive the upgrade to full Xbox Console, and thanks to Xbox, I got the chance to do just that.
Developed by 343 Industries (HALO 4) and working with Vanguard Games, HALO:Spartan Assault is set between the event of HALO 3 and HALO 4. You will take the roles of either Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis stationed aboard the UNSC Infinity as they fight Covenant forces in missions not seen in any HALO game before. There are 30 missions to play in the single player campaign, split into six operations and each one has an Operational Movie that sets the scene and story for the missions you are about to play.
The game is essentially a twin stick shooter. You play using the left thumb stick to move and the right thumbstick to aim whichever weapon you have equipped and firing using the Right Trigger. Like a normal HALO game, left trigger is used to throw grenades and the Left bumper is used to activate your Armour ability such as Sprint, Active Camouflage, Hologram, Healing Bubble and Remote Sentry.The Right bumper is used for melee attacks. All the weapons both UNSC and Covenant from the HALO series are used in Spartan Assault.
Being able to use a controller makes playing Spartan Assault far easier then I found it on my WP8, and felt more natural to use which enhanced the playing experience even more on » Continue Reading.
HALO: Spartan Assault will finally complete its trilogy of Microsoft platforms by being released on XBox 360 tomorrow. Enlist as a Spartan soldier and sharpen your tactical skills in battle!
Set between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4, Halo: Spartan Assault, developed by 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games, is a new chapter within the award-winning Halo universe. Spanning over 30 missions in vibrant, dangerous worlds, dive deeper into the backstory of Human-Covenant wars and the origins of the Spartan Ops program.
Like the Xbox One version, on Xbox 360 the game will have the new online Co-op mode, and watch each other’s backs with all-new Co-op missions. Engage in Operation Hydra, the expansion from the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 game that brings mystery and a chilling addition to the single player Campaign. Wage war against a persistent and overwhelming enemy — encounter the Flood for the first time in Halo: Spartan Assault
Go in strong with an expanded arsenal that brings you more weapons, more armor abilities, and more upgrades — it’s the ultimate Spartan Assault experience!
Plenty of Xbox One rumours floating around the internet and social media today. We have already seen the rumours of a possible Limited Edition White Xbox One, the model given to the Microsoft Team who worked on the One through development. And now another “Xbox Insider” has taken to NeoGAF to share these rumours:
Forza Horizon: “Fall 2014, probably September. Super sexy weather system and lots of social stuff. 1080P and open-world Halo Anniversary 2 Quantum Break is Holiday 2014 Multiplayer confirmed for HA2, same devs as Halo Anniversary. Sunset Overdrive is Fall 2014 Black Tusk cancelled project was called “Shangheist. Fable Legends is Summer 2015 Halo 2 Anniversary includes beta for Halo 5 Gears of War will probably need a 2.5 year dev time. First Titanfall DLC is 45 days from release, then another one 120 days from release. No Crackdown 3 news this year most likely, since it’s a 2016 title.
HALO 2 Aninversary on Xbox One with a HALO 5 beta is similar to how HALO 3 ODST was shipped with a beta for HALO Reach MP. Rumours also suggest that HALO 3 and 4 will be ported across to the Xbox One, but currently no rumours at all for HALO 2 Anniversary to have an Xbox 360 release.
It must be said, none of this has been confirmed or denied officially by Microsoft or any one via Xbox so please take with a pinch of salt, and Microsoft rarely respond to any rumours at all until they are ready to make their announcements.
During Microsoft’s Xbox One conference last May 2013, it was announced that Steven Spielberg would be working on a new live action Halo series for Xbox LIVE. It will be produced in conjunction with the Halo’s lead developer 343 Industries who took over the realm of the Halo Universe from its founder Bungie.
Spielberg quoted by video during the Xbox One conference:
For me, the Halo universe is an amazing opportunity to be at that intersection where technology and myth-making meet…
Not so much has been heard or leaked since the announcement, but Latino Review, a site dedicated to bringing reviews of the latest American Movies to the English speaking Latin-American audience, has been reliably informed that Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) will be directing the Halo pilot for Xbox LIVE! If you are not familiar with the name, Blomkamp is no stranger to Halo having already directed a trilogy of live-action shorts set in the Halo universe promoting Halo 3, and was due to produce a Halo movie in the works under the direction of Peter Jackson which has gone all stale!
When “official” announcements are in, we’ll keep you updated.
For the big ‘Thank You’ message from Microsoft after selling 3 Million Xbox Ones since launch to the end of 2013, a series of games were listed that were coming to Xbox One in 2014. The one game name that was missing caused a bit of a stir on Social Media, that game…HALO.
First shown at E3 in June 2013, a CGI cinematic showed the Master Chief walking alone in a desert. No other details has been revealed and 343 Industries have only said that it would not be called HALO 5. Senior PR Manager for both HALO and Forza Rob Semsey, quickly took to Twitter to allay the fears of HALO fans and tweeted the following:
Xbox Wire today mentioned a few 2014 titles; Halo on Xbox One not listed due to official name of the next title not announced yet.
Xbox Wire has confirmed that HALO: Spartan Assault will come to Xbox One on December 24th and in January for Xbox 360. First released for Windows 8 devices earlier this year, the game was a hit with HALO fans leading to the move to the main consoles.
A top down twin stick shooter, players take on the role of Sarah Palmer and Spartan Davis during missions set between HALO 3 and HALO 4. The Xbox One version will come with added co-op mode, new missions and the expansion ‘Operation Hydra’ add On.
Those who have already purchased the game for their Windows 8 devices will be able to purchase the game as an “upgrade” in order to play it on console for both Xbox One and then in January for Xbox 360. At the moment UK Pricing has yet to be confirmed by it will be available for $14.99 as a full download and $4.99 as the upgrade option for those who own it on Windows 8 devices already.
Halo: Spartan Assault, known for its action on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 is coming to both Xbox 360 and Xbox One – and the Achievements have been revealed showing how the Xbox One version Achievements are worth double the score!
Halo: Spartan Assault Co-op Achievements:
360ONE Flooded Complete all co-op missions 30 GS 60 GS Overachiever Earn all co-op medals at least once 50 GS 100 GS Dynamic Duo Earn all Gold stars in all co-op missions 30 GS 60 GS Extermination Kill 10,000 enemies in co-op 30 GS 60 GS The Company of Strangers Complete a co-op mission with at least 5 different players 10 GS 20 GS
Halo: Spartan Assault Xbox One Exclusive Achievements:
The Enemy of my Friend Get a higher individual score than your partner on all co-op missions NA 100 GS Immune Finish a co-op mission without becoming infected NA 100 GS
Original Halo: Spartan Assault Achievements:
Overrun Complete Operation A 10 GS 20 GS Switched On Complete Operation B 10 GS 20 GS Switched Off Complete Operation C 10 GS 20 GS Evacuated Complete Operation D 10 GS 20 GS Terminated Complete Operation E 10 GS 20 GS Escort Service Keep all Wolverines intact in Operation A, Mission 3 5 GS 10 GS Nowhere to Hide Prevent all Jackals from regenerating their shield in Operation B, Mission 3 10 GS 20 GS Never Knew What Hit Them Kill a convoy target with every stationary gun in Operation C, Mission 3 10 GS 20 GS Brute Force Finish the objectives using only the Brute Shot, melee and grenades in Operation D, Mission 1 10 GS 20 GS Foot Soldier Finish the objective without using any vehicles/turrets in Operation E, Mission 4 10 GS 20 GS Recruit Earn a » Continue Reading.
HALO Spartan Assault, the Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 Title has been announced today that it will be coming to Xbox consoles, both 360 and Xbox One this December.
Join Spartan Sarah Palmer as she battles an original enemy for HALO fans, The Flood over 30 levels of action and Co-Op Multiplayer mode. It will be available as a digital download for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One but there is no cross console support so each game is sold separately for each console and online modes available to its specific platform.
One of the highlights of the Games with Gold promotion since it was announced at E3 this year, was that Halo 3 would be completely free to download for Gold subscribers. As a triple AAA title on the Xbox 360 since 2007, you’d be hard pushed to find a hardcore gamer who doesn’t own this already – BUT – newcomers to the console in the last few years might never have had the opportunity to experience the Master Chief in pre-Halo 4 war times!
There are of course two ways to download: 1, check Xbox.com and queue it to your console for when you return home from work, or whatever else you’re doing… and 2, find it on the Xbox LIVE dashboard.
Halo 3 has a metacritic score of 94/100 hitting top reviews almost everywhere. You may find over the next few days that those with the game on disc already, may throw themselves online in reminiscence of the greater days of Halo gaming.