Halo 5 rocks, except for the shooty bits
Halo 5: Guardians is a video game much like any other; some parts of it are real good, others not so much.
Take the story, for example, this part of Halo 5 is pretty nice. There's a reason why we gave the game ...
It's for charidee!
Here's something I never thought I'd see: a Master Chief helmet covered with 25,000 Swarovski crystals.
"A one-of-a-kind Master Chief helmet is up for auction for fans who want to own the unique memorabilia," states the eBay listing.
Master Chef vs. Locke from Lost
Halo really grabbed me back in 2001. I had just won an Xbox from a Taco Bell contest (no joke), and I was getting ready to sell it when a friend told me about a little old sci-fi shooter from Bungie. After playing H...
First three levels
Halo 5 is out on Tuesday, so I'm streaming Halo in 15 minutes. Get Locke-d in! We're going through the first three levels of the game.
Nothing to announce yet, but it's hope!
Ever since the dinosaurs went extinct, there have been three constants in this world: the sun will rise, the sun will set, and we’ll never see another main series Halo game on PC. After the frankly excellent port of Com...
Perks and discounts on Guardians
Hardcore Halo fan looking to pick up Halo 5: Guardians on its release day? For those thinking of pre-ordering, there are actually some interesting pre-order perks from several retailers.
Lots of offers abound, but we're ...
Composed by Kazuma Jinnouchi
Lately, my background noise of choice for work has been the ocean. There are enough recordings available that you can afford to get real picky, real fast. I like the sound of distant waves crashing, not that distracting up-cl...
Microsoft is only just getting started with the over-saturation brand synergy aspect of Minecraft. On October 23, the Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions of the game will host more DLC in the form of Halo 5: Guardians skins.
Halo 5: Guardians has clans, but that's not what they're called. They are "Spartan Companies."
You can start your own group and recruit up to 99 others, or join an existing one. Either way. Each company has private forums, as...
No lining up needed
I recently asked a few GameStop employees and managers if midnight releases were still popular, and the common answer was "no." It's obvious that the chain (and many other retailers) has been ramping up its digital angle as o...
It comes in underweight
Like prize fighters, the heavyweights of the holiday release season all weigh in before their turn in the spotlight. And, they're called heavyweights for a reason, as their storage capacity requirements tip the scales more of...
You got this
Halo 5: Guardians, imminently-releasing video game as it is, is in the final stages of showing off everything it has to offer. Traditionally, one of the last reveals is the Achievement list. This is usually because third-part...
You say armor, I say armour
Planning on picking up Halo 5: Guardians? If you do, and play online before November 7, 2015, you'll get the Teishen Raikou armour set for nowt.
That's British for "nothing". For free. Nada. Zip. And so on.
'THIS TIME IT'S GOOD, WE PROMISE'
"It's not pay-to-win," "you can get everything in-game without paying," "balance," "oral doesn't count as sex." Every time a game with microtransactions is about to release -- especially if it's a big 'ol game like Halo 5 -- ...
Yes this is real
I had to do a triple-take to make sure this wasn't a promotion for Forza or something, but yes, NASCAR has unveiled two actual real life paint jobs promoting Halo 5.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. himself will race No. 88, featuring...
One REQ pack
Most microtransactions ask that you trade real-world money for small chunks of video game content. A Halo 5 pre-release microtransaction promotion doesn't require your money, however; it requires your time. Fortunat...
Bigger is better?
It's probably time to start clearing up space on your Xbox One's hard drive.
Halo 5: Guardians may have just went gold the other day, but copies of 343 Industries' upcoming shooter are already finding their way onto the stree...
Credit where it's due
A few days ago, Microsoft had a Halo 5 mural painted on a building in London. This video shows the creation process. It's nice, as these things tend to be -- at least as nice as possible when it's Master Chief's head sp...
Coming in December
Halo has always had an active and creative community that loves adding its own twists on the series it adores. Since 2007, it has been unnecessary to look any further than Forge to find shining examples of this. The mode, wh...
Or did he?
Whether it's true or not, ONI is reporting that Master Chief has died in the line of duty. It's not unlikely, as our helmeted hero certainly has had his fair share of bullets and grenades lobbed at him. Frankly, he's been pu...
In the planning phases
Oh hey, Halo 5 isn't out yet, and it looks like Halo 6 is in development.
This is probably surprising to no one, since this is how the AAA cycle is handled these days, though it's always interesting to hear an exact conf...
Also, when they're trying to murder you
We've spent well more than a decade conditioned to abhor The Covenant. Every time we see them, everything immediately dissolves into an all-out firefight. There's no love loss at all.
But, maybe those guys aren't so bad -- e...
Our own MattPhilip has some qualms about the multiplayer in upcoming Halo 5: Guardians. He put together this video and stole my voice (he's basically Ursula from The Little Mermaid). I'd love to claim some kind of expertise here, but I haven't played Halo's multiplayer since the second game, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
Have I...have I become a puppet with Matt's hand up my ass?
Blue Team is back
It's reassuring to know that I can still feel something while watching a Halo cinematic.
This scene leads into Blue Team, the second mission of Halo 5: Guardians, which sees Master Chief and his crew clear out an ONI research facility overtaken by a rogue Covenant faction.
Meet Kelly, Fred, Linda, and John!
Master Chief, Cortana, Grunts, Elites and the UNSC, all names that should sound familiar to Halo fans and fans of gaming alike. Before we had "Guardians," there was just evolved combat in the original Halo: Combat Evolved, ...
I'm probably too excited for this
Let's be honest with each other. Hunt the Truth, a Serial-esque podcast set in the Halo universe, is a marketing tool. It exists so people can get excited for Halo 5: Guardians. But you know what? It's actually fantastic...
The REQ system explained
Halo 5: Guardians will use digital cards to dole out weapons, armors, vehicles, animations, boosts and other unlockable items in multiplayer. We've known as much. But in a blog post this week, 343 Industries spoke about this ...
'Framerate is king'
The Halo 5: Guardians campaign won't have split-screen cooperative play (online co-op is supported), but it will run at 60 frames per second. Here's a slice, Swords of Sanghelios, in action.
343 Industries has employed a prog...
Or a cheerocracy
We've written recently about some changes in Halo 5: Guardians that fans will have to get used to. Another of those has surfaced. 343 Industries will be in complete control of what maps get played in multiplayer.
Enough military speak to sink a fleet
Halo 5: Guardians is on the horizon, and so 343 Industries has given us a peek of the game’s opening cinematic.
It’s got your usual Halo stuff: Covenant, people in absurdly big armour, and lots of holograms. The ...