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!
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.
Italian developers, Milestone, makers of WRC Powerdrift, have announced a link up with Rally legend Sebastien Loeb.
Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo has been comfirmed for an autumn 2015 release on Xbox One.
The press release begins:
A name. A legend. One of the most exciting rally challenges in the world. Four wheels.
This new foray into the world of rally simulators will feature a Career Mode and full Online and Offline modes for you to drift, slide and probably crash through.
Milestone VP Luisa Bixio stated,
Building on the expertise accumulated over recent years, with the development of four titles dedicated to the world of rally, we have decided to push the envbelope with a title that goes beyond the canon of licensed games.
Look out for more news and hopefully some gameplay footage from Milestone soon.
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:
Do you remember DONTNOD entertainment? They created the memory muddling third-person adventure, Remember Me.
This time they’ve teamed up with Square Enix to announce a new adventure, featuring teen Max Caufield, called Life Is Strange.
This will reunite Max with her former friend Chloe as the pair begin to uncover some disturbing truths behind the disappearance of a fellow student, Rachael Amber, in the fictional Oregon town of Arcadia Bay.
This will be an episodic, narrative-driven story as you guide Max through her discovery of time-manipulation, which she uses to save the life of her friend Chloe.
While there is no confirmed release date for Life Is Strange yet on Xbox 360 & Xbox One, if it’s anything like Remember Me in the playability stakes, it should be one to watch out for.
Have a look at the trailer, courtesy of our friends at Machinima.
Some say Gat out of Hell will be the best game in January. Some say the Armchairmageddon is the only way to drive.
Well the man who would know takes the chair for a pleasant drive through rush hour London – come January its virtual counterpart won’t be as ‘pleasant’ for the inhabitants of New Hades, with two mini-guns protruding from the chair’s arms, you’d think that onlookers wouldn’t just stop and stare!
After a slight delay to Ubisoft’s fourth patch to Assassin’s Creed Unity, Xbox One owners will begin to receive the update later today (Tuesday 16). The team at Ubisoft have tweaked various areas of Paris to create a more stable environment for Assassin initiates making today’s update roll in at around 6.7 GB.
All that remains is whether this will be the final patch for the series’ troublesome title, although bar a few minor animation glitches with the environment and the odd audio problem, I’ve not had any major issues with Unity making it one of my favourite titles of the year!
Stability, Performance and Save Game Fixed numerous random crashes both on Campaign and Coop Implemented multiple optimizations and fixes to improve overall performance Fixed save issue caused by the companion app on the main menu (loss of data) Fixed save issue caused by contacts list (crash occurring). Users should now have access to save
Gameplay (navigation, fight, stealth) Fixed various navigation issues Fixed issues with lock picking chests Fixed additional haystack issues
Character, AI and Crowd Fixed various character, crowd station and NPC issues
Online, Matchmaking, Connectivity and Replication Fixed various matchmaking and connection issues both in matches and when starting a match. Fixed various issues with voice chat Fixed join-in-progress issues Fixed various replication issues between host and clients Fixed issues with player rank and COOP/heist rewards Fixed issues with Helix credits Fixed issues with the My Club feature
Menus and HUD Fixed HUD icon issues and issues with map information Fixed various Initiates issues Fixed additional issues with notifications
Mission tweaks (campaign, coop and side content) Fixed various low occurrence walkthrough breaks in both Campaign and COOP Fixed » Continue Reading.
The classic strategy board game RISK has arrived on Xbox One with the help of Zoe Mode and Ubisoft. For £11.99 and 2.79 GB of HDD space, this latest version of RISK pushes the classic battle between armies into the 21st Century with high-tech equipment that can be deployed from the safety of your control room via a 3D map interface.
Queue it up for download here, see you on the 3D battlefield soldier!
Ah the GTA Heist, one of my favourite pastimes from the single player campaign of GTAV – why then was it absent from GTA Online? Well the good news is that it won’t be absent for much longer. Heists are coming in “early 2015′ and will allow you and three mates to plan, prepare and rob the rich folk of Los Santos and Blaine County.
Check out the trailer below and prepare yourselves for one great big payday!