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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

5:00 PM on 12.31.2012

The Halo 4 Mythbusters video series has some neat tips

Halo 4 has been out for nearly two months now, which means people have had a sufficient amount of time to f*ck with it. As the community suggests more and more crazy things to mess around with, the folks at Defend the House ...

Chris Carter

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



Check your email for your Halo 4 specialization code photo
Check your email for your Halo 4 specialization code
by Chris Carter

Halo 4 takes a decidedly different approach to prestiging in a first person shooter. Normally after reaching max level in multiplayer in a contemporary FPS, you'll have the option to "prestige" and start over. 343 Studios has instead opted to go with "specializations," which net you new armor, and special abilities after leveling them up.

Microsoft has stated that you'll have access to every specialization (all eight, along with the two base at launch) if you buy the Limited Edition of the game, or play Halo 4 online before November 20th. For the latter folk (myself included), codes started going out late last night to your Xbox Live email.

The email is titled "Here is your gift from Xbox LIVE," and it should be from "xbox@engage.xbox.com." It seems suspicious, but clinking the link inside (after verifying the email as legit of course, as this is a prime time for scammers to do their thing) brings you to the Xbox.com code redemption website, and allows you to register the unlock.

Just boot up Halo 4 and you're good to go! If you're having issues, check out this thread.

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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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Contest: Win a copy of The Art of Halo 4! photo
Contest: Win a copy of The Art of Halo 4!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest closed! Winners are ttocs, EphemeralSynthesis, TurboKill, Dale and naveenwf . Please check your PMs if you haven't already!]

Our buddies over at Titan Books have given us five copies of The Art of Halo 4 to hand out to you lovely Dtoiders! This gorgeous hardcover is jam-packed with never-before-seen concept art from the recently-released title, and can be yours right now!

To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment telling us why you deserve it! Limit one entry per person, and the contest closes this Saturday, November 17 at 11:59 PM Pacific.

We have three copies for US/Canadian residents and two for UK Dtoiders, so please tell us what region you're in when you comment. Good luck!

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8:00 AM on 11.13.2012

Halo 4's Spartan Ops Episode 2 is now available

Yesterday, Episode 2 of Spartan Ops dropped instantly into Halo 4, which means it's available right now. Episode 1 is still a thing, so you don't have to worry about missing out. For those of you who are confused on what Spar...

Chris Carter

7:00 PM on 11.09.2012

Play Halo 4 with the Dtoid staff and community!

[Update: We're live RIGHT NOW! Hit us up on Xbox LIVE or watch us on Dtoid.TV!] Wanna play Halo 4? Of course you do! Wanna play Halo 4 with a bunch of awesome Dtoid staff and community members? Double of course you do! Well, ...

Mr Andy Dixon

3:30 PM on 11.09.2012

Friday Night Fights: HALO 4!!!

Tonight's the night! Dtoid is hosting another Xbox LIVE Community Playdate, and this time we'll be kicking ass in Halo 4! Join myself, Director of Communications Hamza Aziz, Mash Tactics host King Foom, Contributing...

Mr Andy Dixon

7:45 PM on 11.07.2012

The DTOID Show: Wii U, Halo 4, Uncharted & Curiosity

Tara's back on today's Destructoid Show! Aaaaaand considering the fact that yesterday was the Presidential election as well as the release of Halo 4, news is a bit on the slow side.  Speaking of Halo 4, that whole XBL se...

Max Scoville

12:00 PM on 11.07.2012

The Question: Is Halo 4 living up to the hype?

Today is sloooooow. It's the day after the US presidential elections, and the day after Halo 4 launched, so the game industry is busy sleeping off one heck of a late night. We're still here though, and today's the perfect tim...

Jim Sterling

4:15 PM on 11.06.2012

Halo 4 will NOT be issuing special XBL bans for sexism

Last week, Halo 4 was at the center of a brouhaha with word that sexist behavior in Halo 4 online play would net the user a lifetime ban. While some folks applauded the measure, others asked why homophobic and racist activity...

Jim Sterling