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10:45 AM on 02.04.2013

Team Doubles coming to Halo 4 matchmaking

This week's Halo 4 matchmaking update will include the long-awaited Team Doubles playlist, 343 Industries revealed on Halo Waypoint, and with it, three match variants. First up, Infinity Doubles offers up the standard Infinit...

Keith Swiader

7:00 AM on 02.04.2013

The beauty of Halo 4's Assassination animations

Will Christiansen is a professional animator who worked on Halo 4, specifically focusing on the Assassination animations based on his show reel. Halo 4 on a whole is an amazing technical feat, so I love this more individuali...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:30 AM on 01.25.2013

Watch the Episode 7 trailer for Halo 4's Spartan Ops

We're still on Season 1 of Halo 4's Spartan Ops mode, and on Monday, Episode 7 will hit. Alongside of the new episode, a Grifball playlist will unlock, as will two specializations for those of you who didn't get the early access privileged. Season 1 will encompass 50 missions throughout 10 episodes -- then we'll see where 343 Industries goes from there with Season 2.

Chris Carter

6:30 PM on 01.21.2013

Episode 6 of Halo 4's Spartan Ops roasts some Elites

The second half of Spartan Ops season one has picked back up today. The episodic series continues the misadventures of the Spartan-IVs and Jul 'Mdama, the leader of the Covenant group, on the planet Requiem. There's a nice b...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

5:30 PM on 01.18.2013

Have a peek at the next episodes of Halo 4's Spartan Ops

The second half of season one of Spartan Ops picks back up on January 21, and will go on until February 24. Are you excited? Probably not. Halo 4's main story was wonderful, but the Spartan Ops stuff felt pretty hollow by th...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:30 PM on 01.17.2013

Halo 2 PC servers will officially shut down next month

The blowout post goes through quite a bit of Halo 4 info, from Spartan Ops play stats, to complete summaries of the episodic stories so far, to a teaser for Episode 6. On Monday, January 21, Episode 6 will drop, as will the "...

Chris Carter

7:30 AM on 01.10.2013

Here's what's on the horizon for Halo 4

The folks over at 343 Industries have posted a fireside chat of sorts, explaining the state of Halo 4, and what they intend to do with it in the months to come. In addition to a nice little note about the launch of Halo 4, 34...

Chris Carter





11:00 AM on 01.07.2013

Get in the Halo mood with this trick jumping video

If there's one thing I love, it's Halo trick jump videos. The creator, ReiKo from Jumprs.org, takes on some really cool jumps from the original maps and the ones included in the Crimson map pack. Not only are the jumps actua...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 12.17.2012

Microsoft investigating wave of undue Halo 4 perma-bans

A number of players are apparently finding themselves banned from Halo 4 online play after purchasing the latest downloadable content. Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and is currently investigating.  "We are not per...

Jim Sterling

11:00 PM on 12.09.2012

Halo 4's Spartan Ops picks back up on January 21

Halo 4's Spartan Ops will be taking a mid-season break this week. When will it be coming back? On January 21, 2013. Hopefully the final five episodes will be worth playing as I feel like I haven't missed a thing by just watc...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:00 PM on 12.03.2012

Halo 4's Spartan Ops Episode 5 is out

The fifth offering of Halo 4's Spartan Ops program is out today, so boot up your game's Infinity menu and select it at will. If you're wondering what the episode is about, it involves secrets and betrayal (like any standard ...

Chris Carter

8:00 PM on 11.29.2012

Halo 4's Crimson Map Pack targeting December 10

The first in a planned trio of map packs for Halo 4, the Crimson Map Pack (800 Microsoft Points), is scheduled to introduce three new locales for War Games on Monday, December 10. The maps are titled Wreckage, Harvest, and S...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 11.26.2012

Halo 4's Spartan Ops Episode 4 releases today

Episode 4 of Halo 4's Spartan Ops campaign is dropping today on Xbox Live. Like past episodes, all you need to do is boot up your game, go to Spartan Ops, and it'll automatically show up. Make sure you play them in the most f...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 11.26.2012

Halo 4 Map Pack dates allegedly leaked

According to this dashboard image found by HaloCouncil.com, the release dates for all three Halo 4 map packs have been allegedly outed. According to a German dashboard ad, the Crimson Map Pack will drop on December 10th, the ...

Chris Carter



Four things I'd like to see in Halo 5 photo
Four things I'd like to see in Halo 5
by Daniel Starkey

I haven’t been a fan of Halo for years. By the time we were asked to “finish the fight,” I had grown sick of the monotony. Reach barely managed to hold my interest past the first half-hour. Everywhere I looked, I saw companies taking the same core theme -- a big, buff space marine with power armor -- and innovating.

Mass Effect tried to take the trope and combine it with an inspired, classical science-fiction aesthetic; the Half-Life series pushed the boundaries of linear narrative in first-person shooters. Gears of War, a series that caters more to the stereotypical shooter fans with its ridiculous level of violence and glorification of warfare, implemented mechanics like active reloading to enhance the core gameplay experience and keep players engaged. Halo had fallen so far behind every other IP around that I couldn’t even begin to imagine ever coming back.

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Microsoft scores $220 million in day-one sales for Halo 4 photo
Microsoft scores $220 million in day-one sales for Halo 4
by Conrad Zimmerman

You may find this surprising, but Halo 4 is performing pretty well from a sales perspective. Shocking, right? Microsoft released some estimated sales figures for the game's first day performance and they total more than $220 million. That's a whole lot of Master Chiefs.

Microsoft's PR made a point of comparing this figure to the opening day numbers of major motion pictures, pointing out that the all-time record holder in that totally different medium (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 2) did not make this much money in the same length of time. It's kind of a silly comparison to make in the context of an individual game's success (there are a lot of factors, after all), though it does reinforce the perspective that games are reaching more and more people every year.

But my absolute favorite part of this story is a quote from Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer, which was included as part of the press release: “We’re thrilled that ‘Halo 4’ has emerged as the biggest U.S. entertainment launch of the year,” he said.

Well, Phil, tomorrow is another day.

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