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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



Your guide to Halo 4's multiplayer photo
Your guide to Halo 4's multiplayer
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Halo 4 is officially out today and a lot has changed about the game now that it's in the safe hands of 343 Industries. Go read our review to learn what's new and improved!

Multiplayer especially has seen a dramatic overhaul, making it a far more engaging and competitive experience. This is far from the end all guides you'll see out there, but I figured with all the changes, I'd give a nice and simple primer over a number of things you can expect in the multiplayer, particularly since some of the core elements from the past Halo games have changed.

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6:00 AM on 11.06.2012

Halo 4's massive limited edition soundtrack unboxed

Happy Halo 4 day! We noted a few months ago that the Halo 4 soundtrack was being released in a variety of flavors, including digital versions and standard/limited edition physical versions. We've got the most extravagant of t...

Jayson Napolitano

3:00 PM on 11.05.2012

Jimquisition: In the Hall of the Mountain Dew

This week's Jimquisition is fueled by Mounting Dudes. Halo 4 is out this week, and if you've been paying any attention to its marketing, you'll know that you won't be able to enjoy it without the crisp, refres...

Jim Sterling

11:30 PM on 11.02.2012

The DTOID Show: Watch_Dogs, Hitman Absolution, & Halo 4

Today on The Destructoid Show, we weren't live -- which is a shame. But we still did a show.  Ubisoft released a developer diary for Watch_Dogs which is actually a recruitment video, Hitman: Absolution has a se...

Max Scoville

11:30 AM on 11.02.2012

Online sexism in Halo 4 will earn you a lifetime ban

The Halo series has a reputation for hosting some, let's say, "spirited" language from its millions of players, as trash talk and associated slurs have become a big part of the experience. 343 Industries, however, isn't parti...

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 11.02.2012

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn launches its finale

You've heard of Forward Unto Dawn, right? Machinima's live-action video series that's setting up Halo 4? Well, it just ended, and you can catch the finale today, as well as the rest of the whole shebang which clocks in at 84 ...

Chris Carter

12:15 PM on 10.31.2012

Review: Halo 4: King of the Hill Fueled by Mountain Dew

I'll admit to not being the world's biggest Halo fan, so it took me by surprise to find out that Microsoft had changed Halo 4's name since I last saw it at E3, deciding instead to call it Halo 4: King of the Hill Powered by M...

Jim Sterling



Launch trailer sets the mood for Halo 4's Spartan Ops photo
Launch trailer sets the mood for Halo 4's Spartan Ops
by Jordan Devore

After finishing the campaign in Halo 4, the story will continue episodically with free weekly installments of Spartan Ops. Previously, we've been shown more of the missions themselves than the cohesive story they will tell, which is addressed in this latest trailer.

Even if that narrative falls a little flat, this should still be reason enough to stick with Halo 4 long after launch week, to say nothing of War Games. Having seen some of the higher-end cosmetic items, it's going to take some time before I have my ideal set of armor built and Spartan Ops could prove to be quite helpful in that regard.

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