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Halo 5: Guardians
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Halo 5's World Championship starts early next month, prize continues to grow

REQ packs payin' off
Nov 19
The best of the best Halo 5 players face off against each other in March 2016 at the Halo World Championship. Getting there is a long and arduous process though, and the road starts on December 6. That's when ladder...

Halo 5 now has Big Team Battle

And more customization items
Nov 18
With today's 6.2GB "Battle of Shadow and Light" update for Halo 5: Guardians, Big Team Battle is in. My old favorite! The eight vs. eight multiplayer playlist supports Capture the Flag, Strongholds, and Slayer, and it's playa...

Fear and loathing in Halo 5: Guardians

Or how I learned to love the Breakout
Nov 17
"Fuck this stupid fucking Call of Duty bullshit. Get your shit together,, whoever!" This is how my first night with Halo 5 ends, in a fit of rage after a kill-less losing streak in the game's new tepidl...

Oh Halo no: 343 flooded with reports of Halo 5 multiplayer rank resets

Fortunately, it doesn't seem permanent
Nov 11
Some who have dumped several hours in Halo 5's multiplayer over the past two weeks might see an unwelcome sight when they turn on the game. There's a chance that their multiplayer progress has been reset. That's the nightmare...

Halo 5's REQ Packs have already raised $500K for the World Championship

Someone has money to burn
Nov 04
Halo 5: Guardians had the biggest Halo launch yet, according to Microsoft, "with more than $400 million in global sales of [the game] and hardware." It's the fastest-selling Xbox One exclusive. With that in mind, I've been cu...

Halo 5 grosses more on day one than Spectre in UK

7.7 million UK pounds, to be exact
Nov 04
Halo 5: Guardians grossed £7.7 million on day one in the UK, Microsoft has announced. Halo 5 entered in pole position in the UK chart, selling twice as many copies as Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and twice as many as 343 Industries' previous Halo game, Halo: Master Chief Collection. 

Buying Halo 5 at a military base nets you this collector's coin

Nov 02
Well, this is pretty cool. As it turns out, if you buy Halo 5 at a military base in the US, you can net a special commemorative coin with your purchase. The bonus was uncovered over at reddit and has since been independe...

Halo boss: Cortana 'not really nude,' appears without clothes to 'attract and demand attention'

Would not hold up in court, trust me
Oct 30
343 Industries makes Halo now and so 343 Industries needs a way to explain Halo's Cortana with respect to its own design, intent, and ambitions. Accordingly, Halo franchise director Frank O’Connor offered GamesRadar a n...

Halo devs will 'talk about' split-screen co-op for the next game

It's not supported in Halo 5
Oct 30
Halo 5: Guardians dropped split-screen cooperative play, a series staple, in favor of maintaining a smooth frame rate. The game does support online co-op, but it's just not the same. We've grown so accustomed to going through...

Let's stop pretending Halo 5's gameplay matters

Halo 5 rocks, except for the shooty bits
Oct 27
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 ...

Who wants a Master Chief helmet covered in crystals?

It's for charidee!
Oct 27
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.

Review: Halo 5: Guardians

Master Chef vs. Locke from Lost
Oct 26
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...

Streaming Halo 5: Guardians of Ga'hoole

First three levels
Oct 24
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.

There's 'plenty of chance' Halo 5 could come to PC, according to series director

Nothing to announce yet, but it's hope!
Oct 23
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...

Halo 5: Guardians pre-order comparison breakdown

Perks and discounts on Guardians
Oct 22
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 ...

Stream the full Halo 5 soundtrack this week

Composed by Kazuma Jinnouchi
Oct 20
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...

Halo 5 will be invading Minecraft soon

On Xbox
Oct 20
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. ...

Get the gang back together for Halo 5's Spartan Companies

Clans, basically
Oct 19
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...

Halo 5's midnight launch event will be held digitally

No lining up needed
Oct 19
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...

Halo 5's day one update is 9GB, still not as bad as expected

It comes in underweight
Oct 19
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'll need to be a good space marine to get all of Halo 5's Achievements

You got this
Oct 15
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...

Play Halo 5 before November 7, get fancy armour

You say armor, I say armour
Oct 13
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. 

Halo 5 is almost out, so 343's getting busy defending microtransactions

Oct 12
"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 -- ...

NASCAR unveils two Halo 5 themed paint schemes in real life

Yes this is real
Oct 12
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...

Get free Halo 5 DLC for watching ten short videos

One REQ pack
Oct 12
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...

Halo 5 requires up to 60 GB of hard drive space

Bigger is better?
Oct 11
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...

Pretty good Halo marketing, Microsoft

Credit where it's due
Oct 06
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...

Halo 5's Forge mode is the 'biggest yet,' not shipping with the game

Coming in December
Oct 06
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...

When Master Chief dies, humanity gets real sad

Or did he?
Sep 28
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...

Halo 5's grunts are so adorable when they're sleeping

Also, when they're trying to murder you
Sep 24
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...

Halo 5: Guardians - The next step or the next Call of Duty?

You decide!
Sep 23
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?

Okay, this Halo 5 cinematic is cool

Blue Team is back
Sep 23
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.

Halo 5: Guardians has some new toys but a familiar feel

Meet Kelly, Fred, Linda, and John!
Sep 23
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, ...

Halo 5 podcast 'Hunt the Truth' returns today

I'm probably too excited for this
Sep 22
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...

Halo 5's multiplayer unlocks come in card packs

The REQ system explained
Sep 18
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 ...

See how Halo 5's campaign is shaping up

'Framerate is king'
Sep 14
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...

Halo 5's multiplayer won't be a democracy

Or a cheerocracy
Sep 09
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. Josh &n...

Watch the Halo 5: Guardians opening cinematic

Enough military speak to sink a fleet
Sep 01
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 ...

Master Chief won't be unmasked in Halo 5

Guardian his face
Aug 21
No one has ever seen the face of Xbox's most popular video game franchise. Master Chief's appearance is nothing more than a suit of armor. 343 Industries says it's staying that way for a while -- at least through Halo 5: Guar...

343i: The problem with split-screen co-op is 'nontrivial'

Dev responds to #BringHalo5SplitScreenBack
Aug 18
Halo 5: Guardians' franchise development director has hit back against criticism that the newest instalment of the shooter will not feature split-screen co-op play.

Microsoft accidentally leaked Halo 5 music, more

There's a hole in my beta, dear Liza
Aug 09
The theme music from Halo 5: Guardians and shots of multiplayer menus (including Warzone, the new 12-on-12 mode) have leaked online following a recent update to this winter's now-defunct beta. Despite having concluded m...

Halo 5 first game in series rated T for Teen

Teen friendly, mother approved!
Aug 07
[Header image from DeviantArt artist Lazeedog.] Great news, teens: you can buy Halo 5: Guardians without an adult as the ESRB has rated it T for Teen, making it the first core game in the series not rated M for Matu...

Halo 5 has some changes that longtime fans will have to get used to

There's a lot of the familiar, though
Aug 06
It was one year ago when I sat with 343 Industries as key developers told me all about the studio's plans for The Halo Channel. At the time, Halo 5: Guardians was more than a year on the horizon, and Halo: The Master Chi...

Microsoft announces Halo World Championship, special 1TB Xbox One

I wonder how well it will do
Aug 04
Microsoft has unveiled a new Halo tournament, dubbed the Halo World Championship. It'll feature one million dollars in prizes, and will focus around Halo 5: Guardians. Additionally, the publisher revealed a new 1TB limited e...

First look at Halo: The Fall of Reach - The Animated Series

It's going to show John's arms and legs
Jul 10
Here's a look at Halo: The Fall of Reach – The Animated Series out of San Diego Comic-Con. An adaptation of Eric Nylund's 2001 novel, it will explore the origin of the Master Chief and Blue Team. Considering those same ...

All of Halo 5's pre-order bonuses will be unlockable through gameplay

That's a nice change of pace
Jun 24
We've gotten used to a certain routine with regard to pre-order bonuses. Typically, they'll be made available weeks or months after release for a nominal fee. For those who are content to wait even longer, it's usually all in...

I'm starting to care about Halo 5 thanks to Warzone

24 players vs. each other and the AI
Jun 22
While E3 didn't officially start until last Tuesday, there was plenty of video game stuff happening in and around Los Angeles the day before (and even the day before that!). Covering press conferences from Microsoft, Electron...

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

Beta safe than sorry, right?
Jun 11
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...

Halo 5 campaign doesn't have splitscreen co-op

Preserve 60FPS gameplay
Jun 10
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,...

Nathan Fillion returning for Halo 5: Guardians

Fresh story details
Jun 09
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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