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Gears of Microsoft, Sly Cooper Movie, & Halo: The Series photo
Gears of Microsoft, Sly Cooper Movie, & Halo: The Series
by Max Scoville



Microsoft buys Gears of War, and puts Black Tusk to work on a new game, InFamous: Second Son's latest developer diary gets wet, there's a new video for episode 2 of Bioshock Infinite's Burial At Sea DLC, the Sly Cooper movie gets a trailer, Elysium director Neil Blomkamp is supposedly directing the first episode of the Halo show, and the guy who did the O.D.S.T. commercials is on board for a Ghost In The Shell movie. The Elder Scrolls Online won't require a Playstation Plus membership on top of its monthly fee, Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 is a real thing, and Namco Bandai is now Bandai Namco. 

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7:00 PM on 01.27.2014

District 9 director reportedly directing Halo show pilot

Director Neill Blomkamp, who turned heads with District 9 before the less well-received, recently released Elsyium, will be directing the Halo TV show pilot episode, according to Latino Review. Blomkamp directed some live-act...

Steven Hansen



Review: Polk N1 Gaming SurroundBar photo
Review: Polk N1 Gaming SurroundBar
by Dale North

I don't have the best history with sound bars. I had this bigger JBL one that sounded nice, but it stopped working. Kaput. I tried to replace it with one of Sony's budget models, but that one sounded so bad that I laughed at it. And I returned it.

I ended up with a discounted Samsung model that you'd probably find on the shelves of any electronics store right now. I hate it. It sounds like someone popped one of my eardrums. The wireless subwoofer is neat, but it sounds like someone mumbling loudly in the next room. It's unplugged and now in one of my closets. Do you want it? You can have it.

Polk sent along one for us to test out. The Polk N1 Surroundbar is a gaming-focused product, and one of the first officially licensed Xbox One products. I wasn't sure about how a gaming-focused soundbar would hold up, but I was pleasantly surprised after spending some time with it.

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Impressions: Halo: Spartan Assault (Xbox One) photo
Impressions: Halo: Spartan Assault (Xbox One)
by Wesley Ruscher

Having all but ignored initial reviews for Halo: Spartan Assault when it first hit Windows 8 platforms last year, I was quite optimistic that I would thoroughly enjoy a top-down, twin-stick shooter set in Microsoft’s massively popular sci-fi setting. After all, Halo’s extended universe is generally of excellent quality and the company handling the franchise’s excursion into a new genre, Vanguard Games, proved they had the stuff to make an exhilarating run-and-gun shooter with Gatling Gears.

I should have read the reviews.

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7:00 PM on 01.09.2014

A new piece of Halo 5 concept art has surfaced

Hey look, Halo 5 news! Well, not news about Halo 5 itself, but more so on what's going on behind-the-scenes at 343 Industries. First, Tim Longo joined the team as creative director. His past work included Tomb Raider, Star Wa...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

5:45 PM on 01.09.2014

Ex-Destiny writer Joe Staten returns to Microsoft

Microsoft studio manager Mike Ybarra has announced that Joe Staten is back at Microsoft Studios. Joe was formerly with Bungie where he worked on Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 3: ODST. He also wrote Halo: Cont...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:15 PM on 01.07.2014

Microsoft says its Halo television show won't be filler

Microsoft is working on a Halo series for television later this year that's being executive produced by Steven Spielberg. That sentence represents the majority of what we know about the project, but worry not -- Microsoft Gam...

Jordan Devore

3:15 PM on 01.06.2014

We'll see more Halo in 2014

The Xbox One launched a few months ago with a title bearing the Halo namesake, but Halo: Spartan Assault wasn't the game in the flagship franchise that players necessarily wanted. But, what can you do? Halo 4 j...

Brett Makedonski

6:00 PM on 12.23.2013

Halo: Spartan Assault is now available on Xbox One

Halo: Spartan Assault is now available on the Xbox One, one day earlier than planned. The Xbox 360 version is still coming out January 2014. The twin-stick shooter was originally released for Windows 8 phones and PC, but now ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 PM on 12.20.2013

It's never a good idea to steal Mario's power-ups

Three iconic videogame heroes try to take on Mario with his own weapons. They should have known better than to cross the master.

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:25 PM on 12.17.2013

Smithsonian adds Flower and Halo 2600 to its collection

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has added another two videogames to its ever- expanding collection: thatgamecompany's Flower and Halo 2600, developed by Ed Fries. Whilst Flower had already been showcased at the 2012's Art...

Alasdair Duncan





3:15 PM on 12.09.2013

Halo: Spartan Assault hits Xbox One in late December

While the twin-stick shooter Halo: Spartan Assault has locked in a December 24, 2013 release date on Xbox One, the Xbox 360 version won't be arriving until January 2014. Folks who buy the original Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8...

Jordan Devore

12:45 PM on 12.09.2013

Tomb Raider's creative director now with Halo dev team

Timothy Longo, creative director behind the Tomb Raider reboot, has made the switch from Crystal Dynamics to 343 Industries. As shown on his LinkedIn profile, Longo is now the new creative director at 343; the studi...

Harry Monogenis

11:00 AM on 10.29.2013

Halo: Spartan Assault coming to Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Currently only available on devices running Windows 8, the dual-stick shooter set in the Halo universe Halo: Spartan Assault will be coming to Xbox consoles, reuniting with the brand most closely associated with the shooter f...

Darren Nakamura



Xbox Live Gold members can now download Halo 3 for free photo
Xbox Live Gold members can now download Halo 3 for free
by Brett Makedonski

Well, here's the much-welcomed end to this bungled saga. After being perpetually confused as to when Halo 3 would make its appearance as one of the titles in Microsoft's Games with Gold program, Xbox Live Gold members can finally download Master Chief's 2007 odyssey for free right now through the end of the month.

I'd imagine that it has to be a pretty minuscule sect that actually wants to play Halo 3, but hasn't already. I mean, did you see the part up top where I mentioned it's from 2007? At least some people can upgrade to a digital version before giving their disc to the newspaper boy as a half-assed Christmas present. Oh yeah, no one reads the newspaper anymore. Well, you figure it out then.

Now we can wrap up complaining about this Games with Gold title before moving onto complaining about the next Games with Gold title.

Halo 3 [Xbox Live Marketplace]

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10:30 PM on 10.01.2013

There's a little Halo 5 in this Halo 4 GotY re-release

Halo 4: Game of the Year Edition is coming out next week on October 8 for $39.99. Note that when we first learned about this package it was listed at $49.99, so this is a much better price now. It's going to include the game...

Hamza CTZ Aziz