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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...

343: Spartans were stolen kids sent in to 'clean up the ugly'

Lucky it's not real, eh?
May 15
In the latest instalment of its viral promotional campaign HUNT THE TRUTH, Halo 5: Guardians developer 343 Industries has revealed "dark" information about how the Spartan Program came to be.  A (fake) interview by (fict...

Halo 5: Guardians' box art has two Spartans lost in each other's eyes

Box art posts are the worst
Apr 28
Halo isn't a rom-com, but you wouldn't know that just by looking at the cover art for Halo 5: Guardians. Two larger than life Spartans peering into each other's visors, into each other's eyes, into each other's souls. A ...

Halo 5 branded Xbox One Console incoming

This drop pod contains some highly sought after cargo
Apr 27
Rejoice, Halo fans who were smart enough to wait for Halo 5 rather than jumping on the broken hand grenade that was The Master Chief Collection, there's a limited edition Halo 5 themed Xbox One in the works. Announced on Twi...

Halo 5 has some fancy Hunter armor, but only for those who pre-order at GameStop

Are you a gambler?
Apr 20
Imagine, if you will, that you're in a GameStop plunking down money for Halo 5: Guardians well ahead of the game's release. Kenny Rogers saunters in and croons in your ear "You gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to ...

Halo 5: Guardians release date revealed

Guardians will land end of October
Mar 30
Halo fans rejoice, we have a release date announced for Halo 5: Guardians. The game will release worldwide on Tuesday, October 27. If past years are anything to go by, this should mean that Halo 5: Guardians releases a few weeks before the new Call of Duty, which usually releases in the first or second week of November.

Mysterious Halo 5 Guardians countdown on tumblr

Mar 20
A Halo 5 Guardians tumblr with a countdown clock and the hashtag #HUNTtheTRUTH has been discovered. The countdown ends under three days from now. Oh boy. Who wants to take a guess at what is revealed? A second season of Halo:...

The Halo 5 beta had exactly one Killpocalypse, here it is

He's probably better than you
Feb 06
Any Killpocalypse medal earned in Halo is an impressive one. Perhaps that's why there was only a singular instance of it happening throughout the entirety of the Halo 5: Guardians beta. For those who aren't in the know,...

Player feedback led to these changes in Halo 5

For starters, you can disable Spartan Abilities in custom games
Feb 05
Given the adjustments to the long-running Halo formula present in Halo 5: Guardians, players were bound to be vocal about what they did and didn't like in the multiplayer beta. 343 Industries is incorporating that feedback in...

'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...

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...

The Halo 5 early access beta left me pleasantly surprised

Arena-based Halo is back, baby
Dec 22
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 ...

Very Quick Tips for the Halo 5 beta

Coming your way soon
Dec 19
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...

Halo 5: Guardians has left me oddly cold and worried

Not my granpappy's Halo
Nov 10
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...

The Halo 5: Guardians beta will run from December 29 through January 18

It's a three-week beta
Aug 12
Today at gamescom, Microsoft unveiled some more information on the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians beta, which is set to arrive in December. All in all, it's going to be a three-week beta, starting on December 29, running th...

Agent Locke is Master Chief's Spartan foil in Halo 5: Guardians

Ha-owl-o 5: Guardians of Ga'Hoole
Jun 17
While Chief boasts top-billing in Halo 5: Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Agent Locke (pictured above) will have a "key role" in the proceedings, 343 studio boss Bonnie Ross told Eurogamer. Apparently Ridley Scott's digital serie...

Get the Halo 5 beta with The Master Chief Collection

Multiplayer beta access with pre-orders
Jun 09
Folks who pre-order Halo: The Master Chief Collection will gain entry to the multiplayer beta for Halo 5: Guardians this December, as announced during Microsoft's E3 media briefing. A short CG trailer was shown which promise...

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC still a timed Microsoft Xbox exclusive

Microsoft locked it down again
Jun 09
As the first big news out of Microsoft's E3 conference, they have announced yet again that all of the new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC will be a timed exclusive. The DLC packs typically drop on Xbox One and Xbox 3...

Halo messiah explains why Halo 5 is coming out in 2015

Also a new piece of concept art
May 17
Halo messiah Frank O'Connor took to Halo Waypoint to add a little more info regarding Halo 5: Guardians. Specifically he detailed exactly why we're not going to see the next numerical entry into a Halo series until next year....

Microsoft announces Halo 5: Guardians, set for fall of 2015

Also, a tease toward more Halo in 2014
May 16
Microsoft and 343 Industries have revealed that the next installment in Master Chief's continuing saga will be Halo 5: Guardians. It is scheduled to only come to Xbox One, and is slated for a fall of 2015 release window. This...

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