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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



Halo 3 will be free later this month on Xbox Live photo
Halo 3 will be free later this month on Xbox Live
by Jordan Devore

Tomorrow, you'll be able to nab Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes for free on Xbox Live -- assuming you are a Gold member. Again, this masterful puzzle game from Capybara is worth the small amount of effort required to start the download. Do check it out.

October's second Games with Gold title doesn't need as much of an introduction: it's Halo 3. The full game will be available on Xbox Live starting October 16, 2013. People are still buying Xbox 360s for the first time, it should be pointed out. But still -- Halo 3?

Of course Microsoft would feature this, so at least we're getting it out of the way.

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5:15 PM on 09.27.2013

Microsoft reportedly testing its own cloud streaming

From the sound of it, there will soon be no escape streaming games. Sony will use Gaikai to stream PlayStation 3 games to PS4, there's also the PS Vita TV, and similar functionality is planned for Steam users who purchase or ...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 09.25.2013

Halo, Destiny design director & writer leaves Bungie

Joseph Staten, who had been with Bungie for 15 years, announced his departure from the company in a goodbye post on its website. After fifteen great years at Bungie, from the battlefields of Myth to the mysteries of Halo and...

Steven Hansen

11:30 AM on 09.20.2013

Volpin Props makes an amazing Halo 4 Needler replica

It's funny how the Needler is sort of iconic with respect to the Halo series. Back in the days of the original Halo, it was almost exclusively used as a way to humiliate an opponent, since it was typically so easy to avoid b...

Darren Nakamura

11:00 AM on 08.30.2013

Halo 5's first story details emerge

[Update: Microsoft has commented on the listing, stating that it is "completely inaccurate and not provided by 343 or Microsoft." A pre-order description for the new Halo game (which may or may not be Halo 5) was spotted on t...

Chris Carter