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All new Halo games will be publicly beta tested first, says 343i head


Beta safe than sorry, right?
Jun 11
// Vikki Blake
From here on in, all new Halo games will be preceded by public beta testing.  "Going forward, you will never see a Halo game coming out without a beta. [Master Chief Collection] was obviously painful for our fans and for...
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Halo 5 no co-op

Halo 5 campaign doesn't have splitscreen co-op


Preserve 60FPS gameplay
Jun 10
// Steven Hansen
I have only ever played Halo campaigns in split-screen, couch-sharing co-op. This streak will end with Halo 5: Guardians, according to this month's Game Informer cover story, because Halo 5 does not support splitscreen co-op,...
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Halo 5 story details

Nathan Fillion returning for Halo 5: Guardians


Fresh story details
Jun 09
// Jordan Devore
Uncanny. Nathan Fillion, who played Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck in the well-liked Halo 3: ODST, will be back for Halo 5: Guardians. That's him up there looking like his usual dashing self. Game Informer has new details about...
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White Xbox

That white Xbox One Master Chief bundle's available now


And Microsoft says it's limited
Jun 02
// Brett Makedonski
Do you have an urge to pick up an Xbox One, but aren't so keen on the black design that sinks into the background of every entertainment center? You need a console that pops, a hot white machine that boldly writes off any pre...

Review: Shooter

Jun 02 // Nic Rowen
Shooter (Book)Released: June 2, 2015MSRP: $5.00 Shooter is a collection of essays from recognizable names in game criticism speaking on a wide range of topics related to games that involve some kind of gunplay. Some chapters take a deep dive into the mechanical and technical details that make shooters what they are. Steven Wright's “The Joys of Projectiles: What We've Forgotten About Doom” for example, laments the rise of “realistic” modern shooters and how their largely interchangeable hitscan assault rifles have abandoned many of the mechanics that made early FPS games so pleasurable and skill testing. Others are more personal, such as Gita Jackson's touching reflection on how Counter-Strike could be seen as a microcosm of the (seemingly one-sided from her self-deprecating perspective) sibling rivalry she shared with her brother. Shooter strikes a great balance, it never gets so bogged down in technical minutia that it feels like a lecture in game design, but has enough mechanical grounding that it doesn't just become a series of anecdotes either. The games Shooter examines are varied and numerous. Of course genre forebears and trendsetters like Doom, Half-Life and Call of Duty are discussed as you would expect, but there is plenty of attention paid to less bombastically popular titles as well. Genre-defying shooters like Red Orchestra 2 with its brutally unforgiving depiction of realistic combat, and the insidious darkness of Far Cry 2, which sets aside the typical rationales for heroic violence to make the player complicit in something unsettling, get entire chapters dedicated to them. It's a great technique. By examining the few games that step outside of the bounds of typical FPS conventions and power fantasy dynamics and figuring out why they feel so different, it is easier to pinpoint the standard tropes and expectations of the genre that have become so ubiquitous that they are nearly invisible. Perhaps the greatest praise I can give to Shooter is that it made me reexamine and reflect on my feelings about a few games. When a piece of criticism grabs you by the collar and demands you take a second look at something, you know its doing it's job right. Filipe Salgado's chapter on the intentional ugliness and barely contained chaos of Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days almost made me want to play through the game again with a fresh set of eyes -- eyes more willing to see past the clunky mechanics and thoroughly unlikable protagonists to scan for deeper meaning. Almost anyway (this is still Dog Days we're talking about). At its best, Shooter feels like a lively conversation with some very smart people who enjoy, but expect more from, their trigger happy games. Its snappy, intelligent, and occasionally funny. At it's worst, the book veers into the pretentious. At times, it feels less like a conversation and more like an awkward dinner party dominated by a lecturing windbag everyone is too polite to interrupt. Thankfully these rough patches are few and far between. The rest of the book is well worth putting up with the occasional eye-rolling turn of phrase. Mostly though, Shooter feels important. The industry needs more “capital C” Criticism to unravel the subtext and ideas behind the games we love. Games mean something. They impart messages, communicate ideas, either by conscious choice on the part of their developers or by the assumptions they make -- the casual omissions and things taken for granted. We have to start examining these ideas in a mature, intelligent, and yes, academic way. Shooter isn't the first example of this kind of criticism in games writing of course; there have certainly been other books written, and articles penned (on sites like Destructoid, I might add) that dive into these waters. But, it is still very much a nascent field. Video games are a young medium, and we haven't had time to establish a critical tradition like film and literature has. We need to cultivate these voices; the generation of writers that will talk about games in a serious manner in the coming decades. What better way to stake a claim in this new field than to gather a variety of exceptionally talented voices to talk about and critically examine what is generally considered gaming's dumbest, most developmentally arrested genre? The thrill of shooting a Cyber-Demon with a rocket launcher may be obvious and simple, but there is a lot to unpack when you take a closer look.
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Looking at life down the barrel of a gun
Shooters seem simple. You step into the shoes of your typical tough guy space-marine or mercenary and empty clip after clip into the faces of Nazis, or aliens, or alien-Nazis from the vaguely disembodied gun bobbing up and do...

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Halo Collection DLC

Halo 3: ODST and new map available now for Halo: The Master Chief Collection


Mountain Dew achievement unlocked
May 30
// Jed Whitaker
Halo 3: ODST and Remnant, a re-imagined version of the classic Halo 2 map Relic are now available for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a day after the previously leaked release date. Fans who played the collection online p...
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Halo 3: ODST goes 1080p60

Halo 3: ODST comes to Halo: The Master Chief Collection this Friday?


Free if you played before Dec. 19, 2014
May 26
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: The release date listing for the ODST campaign was a placeholder, according to the official Halo Twitter account. "We continue final testing and will make an official announcement once our release date is determined...
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Eating salad

Microsoft adds white Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundle


Eating salad
May 20
// Steven Hansen
Ahead of Halo 5: Guardians, Microsoft already attempted to both make and sway Chief fans with an Xbox One bundled with Halo: The Master Chief Collection and a box with pictures of Master Chief on it. Now, Microsoft is over de...
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Xbox One bundle

Xbox One Master Chief Bundle on sale for $299 (today only)


$300 Xbox One, eh?
May 15
// Dealzon
Not even during Black Friday of 2014 did the Xbox One drop to $299.99... so could it happen on a random day in May with no major holidays in sight? Sure, why not, says eBay deal. A limited 1,000 units of Xbox One Halo Master ...
Halo 5 photo
Halo 5

343: Spartans were stolen kids sent in to 'clean up the ugly'


Lucky it's not real, eh?
May 15
// Vikki Blake
In the latest instalment of its viral promotional campaign HUNT THE TRUTH, Halo 5: Guardians developer 343 Industries has revealed "dark" information about how the Spartan Program came to be.  A (fake) interview by (fict...
Halo 5 box art photo
Halo 5 box art

Halo 5: Guardians' box art has two Spartans lost in each other's eyes


Box art posts are the worst
Apr 28
// Brett Makedonski
Halo isn't a rom-com, but you wouldn't know that just by looking at the cover art for Halo 5: Guardians. Two larger than life Spartans peering into each other's visors, into each other's eyes, into each other's souls. A ...
Halo 5 photo
Halo 5

Halo 5 branded Xbox One Console incoming


This drop pod contains some highly sought after cargo
Apr 27
// Laura Kate Dale
Rejoice, Halo fans who were smart enough to wait for Halo 5 rather than jumping on the broken hand grenade that was The Master Chief Collection, there's a limited edition Halo 5 themed Xbox One in the works. Announced on Twi...
Halo photo
Halo

Latest Halo: Master Chief Collection patch brings improvements to ranking, stability


But is it too little too late?
Apr 22
// Vikki Blake
The latest patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection -- which focuses on "ranking, matchmaking penalties, stability, as well as game-specific improvements for each title" -- also confirms that progress on the remastered Hal...
Halo 5 pre-orders photo
Halo 5 pre-orders

Halo 5 has some fancy Hunter armor, but only for those who pre-order at GameStop


Are you a gambler?
Apr 20
// Brett Makedonski
Imagine, if you will, that you're in a GameStop plunking down money for Halo 5: Guardians well ahead of the game's release. Kenny Rogers saunters in and croons in your ear "You gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to ...
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Halo: Spartan Strike

That new Halo game is out today on PC and mobile


Top-down shooter Halo: Spartan Strike now available for $6
Apr 16
// Kyle MacGregor
There's a shiny new Halo game out today on Windows 8 devices, iOS, and Steam. Well, sort of. Halo: Spartan Strike is another top-down shooter in the vein of Halo: Spartan Assault, which probably isn't what you think abou...
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Promoted Blog

The six best videogame tanks


Promoted from our Community Blogs
Apr 14
// SpielerDad
[Whether its cruising down a corridor for a shooting gallery or putting your repair tool to one as your buddy fires it on the front lines of Battlefield, everyone loves a good tank. Personally, I like the prohibitively expens...
Halo 5 photo
Halo 5

Halo 5: Guardians release date revealed


Guardians will land end of October
Mar 30
// Laura Kate Dale
Halo fans rejoice, we have a release date announced for Halo 5: Guardians. The game will release worldwide on Tuesday, October 27. If past years are anything to go by, this should mean that Halo 5: Guardians releases a few weeks before the new Call of Duty, which usually releases in the first or second week of November.
Halo Online photo
Halo Online

Halo Online doesn't look half bad in motion


Relatively speaking
Mar 26
// Jordan Devore
Yeah, this is about what I would expect from a free-to-play, multiplayer-only Halo game for Russia. That fast-forwarded run through the customization menu at 0:33 is telling -- rentable weapons, boosts, and "special offers."...
Halo Online photo
Halo Online

Multiplayer-only Halo Online headed to Russia


You know what's good? Money
Mar 25
// Jordan Devore
Halo Online sounds like something you'd see scribbled on a homemade DVD complete with copyright-infringing cover art but, no, it's a proper PC game in development at Saber Interactive. Granted, it's a free-to-play, multiplaye...
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#HUNTtheTRUTH

Mysterious Halo 5 Guardians countdown on tumblr


#HUNTtheTRUTH
Mar 20
// Jed Whitaker
A Halo 5 Guardians tumblr with a countdown clock and the hashtag #HUNTtheTRUTH has been discovered. The countdown ends under three days from now. Oh boy. Who wants to take a guess at what is revealed? A second season of Halo:...
Halo 3: ODST photo
Halo 3: ODST

One screen of ODST in Master Chief Collection sums up the past four months


Take it all in
Mar 13
// Brett Makedonski
Halo 3: ODST is getting added to The Master Chief Collection sometime in the near future. It's going to be free for anyone that owned The Master Chief Collection prior to December 19, and it'll likely be paid D...
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Halo mods

Halo PC community's latest Combat Evolved remaster is its magnum opus


The Silent Cartographer: Evolved
Mar 12
// Brett Makedonski
Halo: Combat Evolved has an extremely dedicated PC community, especially with regard to mods. Because Microsoft won't remaster the game, these people have taken it into their own hands to do it themselves. Known as the ...
Master Chief Collection photo
Master Chief Collection

Xbox One gets a $350 Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundle


Is Master Chief Collection playable yet?
Mar 09
// Steven Hansen
Ahead of Halo 5: Guardians, Microsoft is attempting to both make and sway Chief fans with a new Xbox One bundle that comes with a code for Halo: The Master Chief Collection and a box with pictures of Master Chief on it. The b...
Halo photo
Halo

Halo: The Master Chief Collection patch seeks to bring relief


Are we done beta testing yet?
Mar 04
// Robert Summa
As is the trend nowadays, big-name titles don't get released polished and complete, that's what those day one suckers are for. Recently, the biggest suckers have been the Halo faithful who have been crushed under the immense ...
Halo photo
Halo

More than three months later, The Master Chief Collection still doesn't work


And it's unacceptable
Feb 23
// Brett Makedonski
This isn't "news" per se, but it warrants a reminder: more than three months after launch, Halo: The Master Chief Collection still doesn't work. It released on November 11, 2014, and on February 23, 2015 the matchmaking ...
Halo photo
Halo

Laura's Gaming Butts: M-ass-ter Chief


What's going on under that armor?
Feb 19
// Laura Kate Dale
Hello all and welcome to Laura's Gaming Butts, Destructoid's new weekly YouTube show about butts in videogames. Yep, it's a video podcast where I get guests in to talk about butts. Professional journalism at its finest. This...
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Halo: Nightfall release

Live action Halo: Nightfall to release on March 17


On DVD, Blu-ray, and video on demand
Feb 16
// Darren Nakamura
Owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection automatically had access to the five-episode live action series Halo: Nightfall, but soon it will be available for the plebeians on DVD, Blu-ray, and video on demand. On March 17, ...
Halo: MCC photo
Halo: MCC

There won't be a public beta of the latest Halo: The Master Chief Collection update


Maybe the public should be testing, though?
Feb 10
// Jason Faulkner
The Halo: Master Chief Collection saga has been a tumultuous one. It was released back in November, and we're still hearing about fixes and updates. But there's a team hard at work on delivering a smooth experience for player...
Halo 5 photo
Halo 5

The Halo 5 beta had exactly one Killpocalypse, here it is


He's probably better than you
Feb 06
// Brett Makedonski
Any Killpocalypse medal earned in Halo is an impressive one. Perhaps that's why there was only a singular instance of it happening throughout the entirety of the Halo 5: Guardians beta. For those who aren't in the know,...
Halo 5 changes photo
Halo 5 changes

Player feedback led to these changes in Halo 5


For starters, you can disable Spartan Abilities in custom games
Feb 05
// Jordan Devore
Given the adjustments to the long-running Halo formula present in Halo 5: Guardians, players were bound to be vocal about what they did and didn't like in the multiplayer beta. 343 Industries is incorporating that feedback in...

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