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Complete Achievement List for HALO 5: Guardians (Xbox One – 2015) PLUS LAUNCH TRAILER

If you’ve noticed 60 GB of your Xbox One hard drive disappear lately, you probably pre-ordered HALO 5: Guardians, which Microsoft has begun pre-loading on consoles around the world.  The game launches October 27th exclusively on Xbox One.  The game is the first in the franchise with a T-rating (I never really thought it warranted an M half the time anyway) and follows, what I thought was the best game in the franchise: HALO 4.  Check out the launch trailer and your full achievement list, the latter courtesy of the outstanding xboxachievments.com Continue reading Complete Achievement List for HALO 5: Guardians (Xbox One – 2015) PLUS LAUNCH TRAILER

Halo Game at E3 is NOT Halo 5…..however…..

Halo 5, Halo, master chief, Xbox OneMicrosoft is now saying that the Halo trailer we saw at E3 is not Halo 5.  Xbox360achievements.org has the scoop and I’ll let them get you ready to ‘splode.

Microsoft Studios VP, Phil Spencer has confirmed that the Halo game teased for Xbox One at the platform holder’s press conference wasn’t actually Halo 5, but rather another Halo game entirely. Whether it’ll be titled Halo: Insert Subtitle Here or something else, we just don’t know for now, and Phil ain’t saying either way.

“There was no ambiguity in not putting a number after the game,” Spencer told IGN. “For me, what we showed wasn’t the game. Nobody should be confused on that. I didn’t really want to try to show something that was clearly a thought piece by the studio around where Master Chief is in his journey, and then drop the name after it and be somewhat disingenuous about that being the game.”

And not explicitly saying the game was Halo 5 was part of the plan apparently, although the game is still a 60fps, first-person shooter starring Master Chief. That isn’t Halo 5. “But I did want Bonnie to come out and say, ‘First-person shooter. Master Chief.’ Because they’ll get the questions – ‘Hey, is this Halo ODST? What are you guys doing?’ Bonnie comes out and reaffirms that 343 is building this game,” Spencer elaborated.

“It’s Master Chief. It’s a first-person shooter at 60 frames per second. It’s coming in 2014.”

But it’s not Halo 5. Right.

Finally, Halo 2: Anniversary looks to still be on the cards, especially as the game’s 10th anniversary approaches in 2014. Microsoft is having “discussions about it” according to Spencer.

“I’ll be open. We have discussions about it. It’s more about the right time and making sure that we really would do the right thing for the franchise,” Spencer revealed.

“The Halo Anniversary that we did was as much about the launch of the first Xbox as well. It was a culmination of many things coming together. It would probably run out of steam if we were trying to think about, ‘Okay, what’s 10 years old now?’ It’s definitely more from the game itself, the experience that we’re able to bring to market. Less about ‘Is the last digit a zero?’ in terms of its anniversary.”

So there you have it. Halo for Xbox One is not Halo 5 but it’ll be coming in 2014, and Halo 2: Anniversary could still be a thing. Yay. Here’s that E3 teaser again, below.



Game Review: Halo 4 (2012)

"Promise me you'll tell me before this is over which of us is the machine..."
“Promise me you’ll tell me before this is over which of us is the machine…”

I’ve played every Halo game that’s come out since Halo: Combat Evolved launched the first Xbox, but I’ve never fallen in love with one of them.  They were shooters.  They were good shooters, but the games I really love (Mass Effect or Assassin’s Creed) are story-based and most of the Halo games seemed to have thin campaign stories as an excuse to get to the multi-player.  When Bungie Studios left the Halo franchise to 343, most Halo fans were wondering if they’d be able to equal Bungie.  With Halo 4, they surpassed them.

It’s not really a revolutionary question that drives the plot of Halo 4.  Who is Master Chief?  He’s arguably the most iconic game character since Mario and if all you’ve done is play through the three Halo games he’s starred in, you know he’s part of the Spartan military experiment, he’s extremely terse, he has an AI companion by the name of Cortana, and things standing in-between him and his objective tend to explode violently.  Now, I’m not saying every game hero needs deep origin stories.  I do not need to see Mario plying his plumbing trade and discovering how he managed to enrage an entire anthropomorphic turtle coven.  But the best games make you care.  They suck you into the world you’re through which you travel.  Halo 4 was the first game in the franchise that achieved this for me.

I won’t delve deeply into Halo lore, but we pick up from the end of Halo 3 when big MC was put into hypersleep to be awakened at need.  With the new threat of the Promethean race teaming up with our familiar Covenant adversaries, he’s rebooted and primed for action.  That’s not the story though.  Cortana (who is brilliantly voiced by Jen Taylor), the AI who literally lives in MC’s head, is decaying.  AI programs were only built to function for a certain time and she’s far past her’s.  She’s going mad.  The only relationship this warrior has is slipping away and it propels the campaign story with urgency and weight that previous Halos lacked.

The gameplay is flawless.  The interface, the level design, everything about the experience is brilliant and absolutely stunning.  Halo 4 may be the best looking video game I’ve ever played.  If I have to nitpick, I’d say that I’m a little tired of running around hitting switches (switches seem crucial to all Halo world installations), but run-and-gun levels are nicely mixed with vehicle adventures and the scope of everything is just enormous.  343 put every penny they had on the screen and it shows.

But that’s not it.  Yeah, there’s multiplayer, which I’m assured is fantastic if you enjoy having 12 year olds scream DIE MOTHERF#$(ER in your ear in death match, but I’m talking Spartan Ops.  Spartan Ops is essentially an entire game unto itself in episodic format.  Serving to weave in and out of the campaign story, there are five episodes of five levels each (taking approx. 30 minutes to finish apiece) that have you (and your friends if you are so inclined as to have them) completing missions which rank up your Spartan in an RPG fashion.  You can design your own armor and customize your armory.  It is a blast.  I’ve sunk more time into Spartan Ops than the campaign and I’m only just starting episode 5.  What’s more, is that 343 is releasing 5 more episodes in regular installments (free to those who bought the game new) that take place after the campaign to keep the playability going.  Episode six was just released last week.

There’s very little to find fault with in Halo 4.  If you loved Halo before, this is nirvana.  If you have been on the fence, this will shove you over.  343 is wisely not rubber stamping Bungie’s formula and is producing deeper and more rewarding experiences for Halo players and I can’t wait for the next installment.