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Master Chief beta

Halo: The Master Chief Collection's next update requires public beta testing


So it's come to this
Jan 21
343 Industries has had enough issues with Halo: The Master Chief Collection that, two months after release, it's come to this: public beta testing for an impending large-scale content update. Testers will be chosen from a poo... read
Xbox Live Gold

Xbox Live Gold free month rolling out for Master Chief Collection owners


Check your messages
Jan 19
As an apology for some of the issues with the Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Microsoft announced that it was gifting players a free month of Xbox Live. That free month is happening right now, and a message should be in yo... read
Halo 5

'Flinch' being removed from Halo 5


Get shot like it's nothin'
Dec 31
If you've ever played the Halo series in any sort of competitive setting you're probably aware of 'Flinch', a mechanic where your aiming reticule moves up slightly when you're hit. First introduced as a replacement for de-sco... read
Pillar of Autumn

It took almost four years to build this amazing Pillar of Autumn from Halo with Legos


Time well spent
Dec 29
I was recently given a tiny Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lego set. 47 pieces. I put it together in no time. Michelangelo with a little cart thing. It was simple, but I loved it. You know; that feeling you get when y... read
Halo 5

Maybe don't spend $250 pre-ordering Halo 5: Guardians, okay?


It's a mystery box
Dec 29
There's a certain allure behind mystery boxes. What's in them? It could be anything. It could even be a boat; you know how much we've always wanted one of those. Well, Microsoft's offering a mystery box of its own today for p... read
Arena-based Halo is back, baby
When we reviewed Halo 4, we really liked it. If you were to ask me personally, I was not enthusiastic about the game at all. Campaign aside, the multiplayer clearly lost sight of what made Halo multiplayer so damn fun in the ... read feature

ODST

343 apologizes for Master Chief Collection issues with free ODST remake


It's becoming a trend
Dec 22
The troubled launch of 343 Industries' Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been well-documented. Ever since its November 11 release, players routinely experienced difficulties getting the multiplayer component of ... read
Coming your way soon
The Halo 5 beta is out for Xbox One preview accounts and select members of the press, and will be coming your way soon on December 29 if you are qualified. I...don't know how I feel about it yet, as my experience has bee... read feature

Halo 5 beta

Remember the Halo 5 beta? It will launch with spectator options


Due December 29
Dec 12
Halo 5 looks damn good visually, but I'm a bit concerned in terms of the gameplay based on what I've heard so far. Thankfully I'll get a chance to try it out for myself later this month. Yep, the Halo 5 beta is inde... read
Master Chief Collection

343's released yet another patch to try to fix Halo


Enough patches to make a quilt
Dec 08
343 Industries is caught in a tough place when it comes to trying to fix Halo: The Master Chief Collection's broken multiplayer component. It obviously wants to roll out updates as quickly as possible. But, it also wants ever... read
Halo woes

343 'working 24/7' to fix Halo matchmaking issues


The Master Chief Catastrophe
Nov 14
If I owned an Xbox One, I'd be digging into Halo: The Master Chief Collection right about now. Well, attempting to, anyway: the compilation has issues with multiplayer matchmaking taking forever or otherwise not working as i... read
Not my granpappy's Halo
I am not opposed to change. While certain circles of Halo fans find it popular to hate Halo 4, I've always appreciated what 343 Industries did with that game. Sprint was a logical next step to character movement, while loadou... read feature

I swear to God, if anyone is confused by that headline...
At a recent Xbox event, I got to play a bunch of multiplayer stuff in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. I was caught off guard when we were suddenly dropped into the online multiplayer for Halo: Combat Evolved's PC version,... read feature

The master of remasters
Although Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary was a noble effort to remaster the original game that brought first-person shooters on consoles into a post-Goldeneye era, I couldn't help but feel a bit underwhelmed by the over... read feature

Master Chief Collection

That big ol' Master Chief Collection update is live


Go download it if you pre-ordered
Nov 06
The Master Chief Collection is set to arrive on November 11th, but those of you who pre-ordered it haven't downloaded the entire package. As of this morning the other 15GB (which was original supposed to be 20GB) has rel... read
Halo 2 documentary

I didn't make it all the way through the Halo 2 documentary


'Remaking the Legend - Halo 2: Anniversary'
Nov 04
343 and Run Studios' hour-long Halo 2: Anniversary documentary is now up on YouTube. I enjoyed the first 20 minutes, a nostalgic look at the original game and its sequel with fun behind-the-scenes tidbits sprinkled throughou... read
Halo multiplayer

Master Chief Collection's multiplayer ranking system is just like Halo 2's


No 'master' ranking
Oct 31
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is going to include a whole lot of multiplayer action. That's what happens when you cram four separate games into one bundle -- all of them renowned for their competitive play. As such, ... read
Halo 2

Halo 2 Anniversary's new cutscenes look so damn good


Well done, Blur
Oct 29
Blur Studio has been killing it lately. You might not know the company by name, but as someone who plays modern videogames you'll surely recognize the company's visual effects. When Halo 2 Anniversary debuts in The Master Ch... read
Halo

The Master Chief Collection's remastered Halo 2 maps look beautiful


Check out Coagulation
Oct 28
Microsoft is calling Blood Gulch, and its successor Coagulation, the quintessential multiplayer Halo map, and I have to agree. After spending hundreds of hours playing LAN games in the original Halo on it, it was easily ... read
Halo 2 documentary

The Halo 2: Anniversary documentary arrives on October 31


Not so spooky
Oct 27
While the Halo: The Master Chief Collection gears up for a November release, 343 Industries and Microsoft have prepared a full documentary explaining the development process for the remastering of Halo 2. Halo 2 is... read
Halo: Nightfall

Halo: Nightfall trailer takes the war to them


And the announcement of HaloFest
Oct 22
When players pick up Halo: The Master Chief Collection on November 11, they're going to get the entirety of the live-action Halo: Nightfall. Microsoft wants to make sure that they know what to expect, so it's released a... read
Halo 2 Anniversary

I'm down for this Halo 2 Anniversary making-of documentary


'Remaking the Legend'
Oct 20
You may have heard that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will require a 20GB day-one update, but did you also know that there's a documentary for Halo 2 Anniversary, one of the games in this compilation, on the way? (I hope... read
Master Chief Collection

Your hard drive cries: Master Chief Collection takes up 65 GB of space


Big Halo
Oct 17
It kind of feels like beating a dead horse at this point, but each instance somehow still seems more noteworthy than the last. Nowadays, games are big. Really big. And, apparently when you pack four games into one, the result... read
Halo Spartan Strike

More top-down Halo coming to Windows Phone, PC


Spartan shooter drops in December
Oct 16
Halo: Spartan Strike is a new top-down shooter coming to Windows 8 devices and PC on December 12.  Microsoft says the title features a "compelling" story (seriously?) as well as improved touch controls and updated graphics in contrast with its predecessor, Spartan Assault. The package contains a total of 30 missions in exchange for Microsoft's $5.99 asking price. read
Halo Achievements

It's going to take so long to unlock every Achievement in Halo: The Master Chief Collection


There's, uh, more than 400 of them
Oct 10
After looking over IGN's full list of Achievements in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, yeah, I won't be earning all 4,000 (!) Gamerscore points. Hell, I knew that after reading the literal first Achievement description: "Co... read
Halo 4

343 Industries fixes Halo 4 achievement glitch...after months of waiting


Terrible
Oct 10
In the grand scheme of things, achievements don't really matter a whole lot, but if they're included in games, you probably expect them to...work. Well that wasn't the case with eight achievements in Halo 4, which were comple... read
White Xbox One

Maybe you can get a white Xbox One with Master Chief Collection, too


You didn't think Microsoft wouldn't offer a bundle, did you?
Oct 08
Lately, Microsoft's been doing a great job of using the seemingly limited white Xbox One as a way to simultaneously move consoles and copies of Sunset Overdrive. If a photograph out of Brasil Game Show is to be believed, Micr... read
Halo

Warlock is the final Master Chief Collection map to be revamped


A fan favorite
Oct 08
Six maps from Halo 2 are being given preferential treatment when Halo: The Master Chief Collection releases on November 11. The previously revealed ones are Ascension, Coagulation, Zanzibar, Sanctuary, and Lockout. ... read
Halo

Halo: CE's PC-only maps will be in The Master Chief Collection


That pose!
Oct 03
In a short FAQ on its blog, 343 Industries notes that the maps previously exclusive to Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 on PC will in fact be a part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Weapons like the Fuel Rod Gun and Flame... read
Wort wort wort!
I recently got to check out Halo: The Master Chief Collection at an Xbox event, which gave me a big ol' happy, because I love me some sweet, sweet Covie-killing action. In 343 Industries' presentation, they spent half of the... read feature

Games with Gold

September Games with Gold: Super Time Force, Halo: Reach, and Monaco


Super Time Force is only free on Xbox One
Aug 28
Next month's Games with Gold lineup is among the service's best yet. Xbox 360 owners who are subscribed to Xbox Live Gold can nab Monaco: What's Yours is Mine for free from September 1 - 15, followed by Halo: Reach from Septe... read
Hit markers, grenade indicators, nit pickers
343 Industries has shown off about an hour of the re-mastered Sanctuary and Ascension maps from Halo 2: Anniversary, which is one part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Halo 1-4) coming to Xbox One in November.  read feature







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