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News February 28 2017
t0astman and Anemeros Recreate Splinter Cell's 'Spies vs Mercs' 2v2 Game Mode in Halo 5 with Four Maps to Play On
One of my favorite game modes of all time never really received the love it deserved, but t0astman and Anemeros are revisiting it with an amazing Halo 5 game from within Forge! Halo 5 Spies vs Mercs 2v2 recreates the classic Splinter Cell game mode from within Halo 5, and it looks awesome! You'll need to download the game mode, but as of now there are four different official maps to try out! (MacGyver10 19:42:42 UTC) (permalink)
Zero Units to Try, All Units to Control With Halo Wars 2 Demo
Missed out on the betas and not quite sure if Halo Wars 2 is for you? Download and try out the Halo Wars 2 demo, it'll cost you zero units to try out! (MacGyver10 16:29:51 UTC) (permalink)
News February 27 2017
Bonnie Ross' Full 2017 DICE Speech Up on YouTube
Still not quite convinced that Bonnie Ross promised all Halo FPS games will have split screen from now on? Looks like the entire DICE talk video from this year's event is up on YouTube for you to see yourself! (MacGyver10 23:04:57 UTC) (permalink)
'Heroes Also Fall' from Halo 3 Tested Out on Synthetic Strings
Wahrer shared a test of how he redid "Heroes Also Fall" (the track from the cutscene where Miranda dies in Halo 3). He's just testing out some new configurations he had done on his synthetic strings, but it sounds pretty good! (MacGyver10 23:01:24 UTC) (permalink)
TechRaptor Explains How Halo Combat Evolved Was a Game Changer
A quick, few updates to start your week off. Urban Reflex let us know of an article title 'Game Changers: Halo Combat Evolved' by TechRapton. As he said, it's a nice little stroll down memory lane with the impact Halo: CE had on the gaming world. (MacGyver10 22:52:30 UTC) (permalink)
News February 24 2017
Halo Community Update - 02/23/17 'Wars, Worlds & Weaponry'
With 343 Industries celebrating the release of Halo Wars 2 this week, there's plenty of Spirit of Fire and Banished talk in this week's update. Still plenty of Halo 5 goodies, community highlights and a 343 Team spotlight too if you want to check it all out at HaloWaypoint! (MacGyver10 16:58:11 UTC) (permalink)
Use Halo Wars 2's API to Create Nifty Web Utilities or Apps
With the release of Halo Wars 2 this week, GrimBrother One made sure to let us know the web API for Halo Wars 2 is also out in the wild now. You can read about it and see his interview with Software Engineer Jacob Snyder and Technical Producer Tamar Goldberg of 343 Industries at Halo Waypoint! (MacGyver10 16:55:14 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Wars 2 Themed LootCrate Made Available Until March 1st
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Did you miss out on the official Halo Wars 2 LootCrate? Looks like they're making it available to those late folks until March 1st if you're interested in grabbing one! Pretty sure that our 'hbocrate' code would work here too, but not sure. Use it if you'd like!
Fan Fiction Friday - 'LORC: Beginnings Parts 5 and 6' and 'The Nights Wait for Us'
It's Fan Fiction Friday! We have a couple of new texts in the queue for you to go through this week.
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News February 23 2017
Every Halo FPS from Now On Will Have Split-Screen Support
During a D.I.C.E. livestream on IGN today, Bonnie Ross of 343 Industries confirmed that from here on out, all FPS games they make will have spit-screen support from now on! Frankie confirmed this on NeoGAF as well! (Thanks TheBSPolice!) (MacGyver10 20:49:48 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Gets First Update to Add and Fix Some Things
Even with the launch of Halo Wars 2, Ske7ch shared in the HaloWaypoint forums that they're not forgetting the Definitive Edition of Halo Wars either. An update was pushed out to add and fix a few things in the game just yesterday! (MacGyver10 16:08:30 UTC) (permalink)
343 Industries and the 'Ghost In The Shell' Movie Partner for a New Halo 5 Forge Contest
While the folks at ForgeHub and others groups have hosted contests, 343 is now getting in on the fun and partnering with the new 'Ghost In The Shell' movie to host their first ever Forge Contest! Go read the design rules and guidelines to see if it's a challenge you'd be up for tackling! (MacGyver10 15:59:10 UTC) (permalink)
Best Game Ever's Halo Wars 2 Review - 'Breaking the Mould?'
Flugel Meister emailed us to give us a heads up on the new Halo Wars 2 review up at 'Best Game Ever'. Like everyone else, he drooled over the Blur cutscenes, but go read what he thought about the gameplay and story when you get the chance. (MacGyver10 15:48:50 UTC) (permalink)
Forward Unto Dawn's Story Review for Halo Wars 2 in Both Video and Text
Davidfuchs shared the ForwardUntoDawn review of the Halo Wars 2 story in our forum. Obviously there are spoilers if you haven't finished the main campaign yet, but you can check it out in video form, or give it a read for a little more detail as well.
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How Bad Are Blitz Packs and Their Microtransactions, Not 'THAT' Bad
Gamerguy2002 shared an interesting analysis of the cards in the new Blitz mode of Halo Wars 2 from Luke TheNotable. Looks like after level 6, the increase in HP, damage and speed is marginal, but still some interesting facts and questions posed by the vid. (MacGyver10 15:41:40 UTC) (permalink)
News February 21 2017
'Covenant Crunch' - A Part of Jinx Clothing's Healthy Breakfast
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Feeling naked still despite Halo Wars 2 coverage? Jinx has got your gear to commemorate today's new Halo game!
HaloWaypoint Welcomes You to Halo Wars 2 Today on the Official Launch Day
While the 'Early Access' dump covered most of this, to celebrate today's launch of Halo Wars 2, you can see what some of the team thinks about the new game here on launch week at HaloWaypoint! (MacGyver10 22:26:57 UTC) (permalink)
CBull and Breitzen Come Back from Down 24-12 to Snatch the 'W'
Breitzen showed off the Halo 5 exploits of one of his friends and his games from this past week. Starting off down 24-12, breitzen and CBull tie it up at 49's before pulling off the upset! Great sniper work by CBull for sure! (MacGyver10 21:46:58 UTC) (permalink)
News February 20 2017
Come Sail Away to That Super-Soldier Party in the Sky
Schedonnardus seems to have been playing some Halo Wars 2 when his deceased spartan decided to float off to that great super-soldier party in the sky. (MacGyver10 16:31:24 UTC) (permalink)
Limited Edition Halo Wars 2 Art Posters On Sale While Supplies Last
You know those sweet looking Halo Wars 2 posters we mentioned before? 343 has placed a limited number of them on sale at Hero Complex Galaxy. Those 'Brutes' and 'Spartans' posters in particular would look great on my wall! (MacGyver10 16:26:31 UTC) (permalink)
HaloWaypoint's Halo Wars 2 Info Dump with ViDocs, Archived Streams and More
For those that ordered the Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, early access to playing the game began this past Friday! So while some are still waiting for the official release tomorrow, there's plenty to catch up on in the world of Halo Wars 2 and HaloWaypoint has you covered! There's a word from Dan Ayoub, the Halo Wars 2 Live archived video, some HW2 ViDocs and additional resources all in one central location. (MacGyver10 16:20:10 UTC) (permalink)
Morpheus Montage Monday - 'Dispute' by Caramel and Puba
I forgot how fun some Halo 3's levels can be! Morpheus reminded me with a great pick for his Montage Monday series in a video called 'Dispute' by Caramel and Puba. Lots of fast cuts, but the shots and Caramel's predictive gameplay was great! (MacGyver10 16:13:32 UTC) (permalink)
Rockslider Gets Down Low with A Halo Monitor
Sorry for the lack of activity around a big release (early Halo Wars 2), but real life gets in the way sometimes (sick kiddo)! As we catch back up on some Halo goodies, Rockslider stopped in last week with a trick to a get a good look at Halo's monitor. You can check it out in his forum post! (MacGyver10 16:08:00 UTC) (permalink)
News February 14 2017
Classic Helmets in Halo 5 Leaving for Awhile on Feb 21st
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Some things are here to stay, others come and go! If you've been saving up RP for those classic helmets in Halo 5, looks like you have a hard deadline now. Seems they'll come back eventually, but who knows when that will be!
Ducain23 Recreates the Entirety of Forge World in Halo 5 and Blows Minds
As a joke, Ducain23 first set out to recreate Forge World in Halo 5 for the fun of it, but it accidentally became a passion project for him. He has now finally completed the entire Forge World canvas in Halo 5, and while it's not entirely practical to build new structures on it, it's definitely possible! You might even be able to get elites surfing on it again! (MacGyver10 19:18:49 UTC) (permalink)
Valentine's Day Doubles Playlist Refresh, Giftable REQ Pack and Old School Art
Unyshek spent some of his day updating folks on the changes for the Halo 5 double playlist. You can read about them over at HaloWaypoint, but the basics are mode, weapon and map updates, giftable Valentine's Day REQ packs, play 343 lovers this afternoon 6p EST in the playlist and old school art from the legendary Lorraine McLees (shoutout to mehvechan and the old Bungie webcam!) (MacGyver10 19:08:39 UTC) (permalink)
Lovers Get Halo LootCrates Before an East Coast Midnight Tomorrow
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You have until midnight on the east coast tomorrow to get your order in for Halo's Legendary LootCrate #4, featuring heavily on the upcoming Halo Wars 2! Might make for a great, last minute gift for that special someone! Don't forget you can save money by using the code 'HBOCrate' at checkout!
'Happy Valentine's Day from AssaultGodzilla' With a New Halo Music Video for 2017
SEVEN YEARS now of Valentine's Day goodies, and each year something new and different! Check out AssaultGodzilla's latest call out to Valentine's Day with his Halo music video for 2017! Don't tell my wife, but like with Charlie Brown at Christmas, it's not Valentine's Day till one of AssaultGodzilla's HMVs show up! (MacGyver10 18:53:46 UTC) (permalink)
News February 13 2017
343 Industries Discusses Feedback for Matchmaking and How That Applies to Halo 5 and Halo 6
343 Industries has steadily increased the responsiveness to the general community since the days of the 'play early' debacle, and continue to do better and better in communication with the fans (love you, Grim and Sketch!). In that vein, ZaedynFel spent some time on the Waypoint forums discussing some feedback they've received on matchmaking recently. Really cool to see the things they're considering for Halo 5, and what they want to do in Halo 6 as well! (MacGyver10 22:10:57 UTC) (permalink)
Morpheus 'Montage Monday' Catches Up With Some Choice Offerings
Still catching up for his time off, Morpheus has released a number of new montages over the past few days that show off some impressive Halo skills. You can check out his 'Montage Mriday' for Secret Airgents, 'Montage Smaturday' for Unique and 'Montage Smunday' for The Ten Halo Commandments, a break from his normal montage bend. (MacGyver10 22:07:14 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Community Update - 02/09/17 'You Can Haz Recon!'
Info on Halo Wars 2 and the latest Halo 5 goodies kick off another Halo Community Update from this past week! Give it a read to see how used cars, Bloodfuel Locusts, arena updates and new helmets come together in Halo. Also, another great 343 Staff Spotlight (software developer, Simon Gordon) and community content flesh it out at the end! (MacGyver10 22:03:23 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Wars 2 Upcoming Web and App Features
In apparent lieu of one more Canon Fodder closer to the 100th, Grimbrother One spent some time with the Halo Waypoint team (shoutout to KP!) to see what's in store for Halo Wars 2 online and in the Halo app! (MacGyver10 22:00:42 UTC) (permalink)
Raycevick Spends Time Sharing His Thoughts on Each Individual Halo Game
A lot of people have put out retrospectives on various Halo games, but Raycevick has done a great job voicing his thoughts on each and every one. Nice to hear one person's thoughts on each individual Halo game so far! (Thanks cheapLEY!) (MacGyver10 20:16:34 UTC) (permalink)
News February 9 2017
Spread the Word Around, Guess Who's Back In Town - Halo 5 Classic Helmet REQ Pack
(MacGyver10 19:51:16 UTC) (permalink)
Guess who just got back today? Them wild eyed boys that had been away. Haven't changed that much to say, but man, I still think them cats are crazy. Starting tonight they'll be dressed to kill. Down at Club Errera's Bar 'n' Grill. The drink will flow and the blood will spill, and if the boys wanna fight, you better let 'em. The boys are back in town.
GrimBrother One Rotates Around the Sun One More Time - Happy Birthday, Sir!
It was about 7 years ago (talking about Halo Wars no less!) that I could find GrimBrother One being mentioned in an HBO news post, and now our little boy is grown up and creating the games he was first tagging in the forum. Happy birthday Grim, may your day be merry and bright! (MacGyver10 15:51:58 UTC) (permalink)
New Halo Wars 2 Ad - 'He Said We Could Do $5,99...9'
There have been plenty of great (not just good) Halo ads throughout the years, but this new one for Halo Wars 2 just might be up there for different reasons! (MacGyver10 15:40:08 UTC) (permalink)
Morpheus Montage Muesday and Mednesday Make Up for Missed Mondays with Two Featured Montages
Morpheus suffered in montage silence so long while waiting for his computer, so he's making up for it by posting them every day this week! You can check out his 'Montage Muesday' pick of Midnight by Thomasxp5 and Zhestal and his 'Montage Mednesday' featuring intense action and content from BL4CKOUT's Return: Death Frenzy montage. (MacGyver10 15:31:31 UTC) (permalink)
News February 7 2017
Morpheus Montage Monday Catches Up This Week With 'Factor X' from Hustla and Hyena
Morpheus is back with more montages after some 'frustrating time off' from his computer. He takes another look at the montage duo Hyena and Hustla with their Factor X collaborations. It's a three-piece series, so make sure you check out numbers 1, 2 and 3 at the bottom of Morpheus' post! (MacGyver10 16:27:42 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Wars 2 Launch Trailer Teases The Banished/Spirit of Fire Conflict Ahead
The hype train is rolling for the upcoming Halo Wars 2, so get on board with the recent HW2 Launch trailer on YouTube! As many have said before, Blur, just make us a Halo movie already! (Thanks davidfuchs!) (MacGyver10 16:24:37 UTC) (permalink)
Rockslider's 16th Compilation of Halo 1 Freakiness and Fun
Rockslider is sharing some freakiness and fun (his 16th compilation!) of his time in Halo: CE. Check it out here at HBO for what he calls a freaky dead Grunt, a giant plasma grenade, and an ODST Elite! (MacGyver10 15:42:46 UTC) (permalink)
News February 3 2017
Unsorted Gaming Shows Off Some 'Spectacular Maps' from Halo 5's Forge
ForgeHub pointed out a gorgeous video showing off many of the prettiest Forge maps I've seen. There are remade Halo maps from multiplayer and campaign, places from other games (Destiny, MGS, etc) and some nice original work all shown off. Thanks to Unsorted Gaming for putting it all together. He says the maps are bookmarked in his gamertag if you're looking for them. (MacGyver10 18:14:45 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Community Update - 02/03/17 'Cetacean Celebration'
This week's Halo Community Update has a little bit of something for everyone! There's info on the upcoming Halo Wars 2, those gorgeous new/old Halo 5 helmets, REQ changes and Warzone updates, a new 343 employee spotlight, community egg hunters and more in the Halo Community Update this week! Go check it out! (MacGyver10 17:08:32 UTC) (permalink)
HaloWaypoint's Canon Fodder #97 - 'Log of War'
The prodigal son showed up on Waypoint recently with his fourth from 100th Canon Fodder! Lots of it is devoted to Halo Wars 2 of course, but there's also some great info on 'Halo: Tales from Slipspace' and the tabletop series! (MacGyver10 17:05:32 UTC) (permalink)
Commisioned Art Posters for Halo Wars 2 Ahead of Launch
For the upcoming Halo Wars 2 launch, 343 and Microsoft commissioned some pretty fancy art in poster form for the six initial leaders from the game. I'm particularly swayed to the side of Anders and the Shipmaster, but all of the posters are pretty amazing, really! Details on picking these up is coming to the Xbox and Halo Twitter feeds apparently soon! (MacGyver10 17:02:52 UTC) (permalink)
The Halo Archive Beacon - 'We Have Lift Off' 02/03/17
Adv Jones stopped in with the most recent Archive Beacon! There's the site updates with plenty concerning their leadership system roles and structure, but also some great community content from the various corners of the web. Check it out at the Halo Archive when you get the chance! (MacGyver10 16:59:29 UTC) (permalink)
News February 1 2017
Rockslider Finishes His Current Cavern Megabattle Trilogy
Like all good series (LOTR, Back to The Future, Homeward Bound), Rockslider has shown up with the third video in his trilogy of cavern megabattles. This was has more battles, different weapon combos and a pretty funny ending to the whole thing. Check it out in his post in our forum! (MacGyver10 18:39:41 UTC) (permalink)