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News January 31 2017
Termacious Trickocity Finds The Actual Model of Cortana That Takes Over Your Screen in Halo 3
You know those pesky slow-down moments where Cortana comes across your entire screen in Halo 3? Well to make those happen, Bungie spawned a model of Cortana on the level out of the playspace. Looks like Termacious Trickocity found her out there! (Thanks The SuperWaffle (MacGyver10 22:18:31 UTC) (permalink)
Rockslider Megabattles In the Cavern With Shade Turrets And Takes a Banshee To 'Em As Well
Rockslider shared some great carnage of his recent foray into some cavern megabattling with 4 shades on the bridge. He also went airborne with a banshee to rain down green destruction on all those that might oppose him! (MacGyver10 22:15:42 UTC) (permalink)
YPWYKWTS - One of Halo 2's Mysterious Acronyms Maybe Have Been Solved (and It's Not The One in This Title)
Sometimes it takes a long time and a persistent fan to figure out mysteries of old. Other times, it takes Cody Miller. (MacGyver10 19:58:04 UTC) (permalink)
News January 28 2017
Halo Community Update - 01/27/17 'Blitzing the Night Away'
Check out the most recent Halo Community Update in all its glory at HaloWaypoint. I has news on the upcoming classic Halo helmets coming to Halo 5, the new 'Warlords' playlist, some Halo Wars 2 info and a request for some Halo fan feedback. The usual stuff is in there as well, so read to the end for community content and another 343 staff spotlight! (MacGyver10 00:01:02 UTC) (permalink)
News January 27 2017
'You Can Ride It, But Can You Stick It?' - Halo 5 Easter Egg Found!
There were recent hints, teases and more of an unfound Easter egg in Halo 5's Warzone mode. It looks like some of the mods and friends of Halo Reddit found it just this week! (MacGyver10 23:59:24 UTC) (permalink)
'CSR is Still Flawed: A Comprehensive Review of Halo 5's Ranking System' at TeamBeyond.net
If you're a fan of competitive Halo, you've heard of the folks at TeamBeyond before. Well Infinity wrote up a huge post on the CSR system of Halo 5 that is used in ranked play, and why he says it's seriously flawed. It's a great read, and he makes some pretty vaild points, so go give it a read and see if you agree. (MacGyver10 23:56:45 UTC) (permalink)
Free Beta-Only Blitz Packs this Weekend for Halo Wars 2 Blitz Mode
(MacGyver10 23:54:52 UTC) (permalink)
Playing the Halo Wars 2 Blitz beta? Well when you start it up this weekend, you'll receive 20 free blitz packs to get an idea on how the new gamedmode/micro-transaction system will work in the upcoming game!
News January 26 2017
Some Achievement/Medal-type Scripts found In the Original Halo:CE
While digging through some Halo:CE scripts for the level 'Keyes', Masterz1337 found some hints at medals or achievements that were meant to be in the original game, or at least thought of! (MacGyver10 23:29:26 UTC) (permalink)
News January 23 2017
DF Retro by Digital Foundry Looks Back on the Significance, Technical Accomplishments and Ports of 'Halo: Combat Evolved'
uberfoop shared a new, thorough piece from Digital Foundry that looks back on Halo: Combat Evolved, its significance, technical accomplishments and ports to other systems. It really is an amazing retrospective on the software that created a cultural juggernaut and brought this very website into existence! (MacGyver10 17:25:19 UTC) (permalink)
Rockslider Has More Fun with Those Stuck Banshees
Rockslider is back with another take on his stuck banshee, even turning the Covenant against themselves! Check it out in his forum post for the local, high-quality video or the YouTube one! (MacGyver10 17:05:24 UTC) (permalink)
New/Old Halo Concept Art Posted by Isaac Hannaford
Black Six sent us an email three days ago (sorry for the delay!) giving us a heads up that Isaac Hannaford had put up a few new pieces of Halo concept art. My personal favorites were Halo Reach spartan engagements and the amazing ODST LootCrate illustration! (MacGyver10 16:59:16 UTC) (permalink)
Old School Halo Helmets and New 12-Spartan 'Warlords' Playlist Coming to Warzone
Hope you're enjoying the Halo Wars 2 Blitz beta (I'm having trouble selecting cards with a controller!), but here's a few things over the weekend that can be consolidated into one post.
(MacGyver10 16:47:09 UTC) (permalink)
News January 19 2017
Halo Community Update - 01/19/17 'Blitz 101'
This week's update takes a decidedly blitzing view on the upcoming (January 20th!) beta for Halo Wars 2! It's full on Halo Wars 2 Blitz mode with details on the card system, leaders to choose from and really the entirety of how to play Halo Wars 2's Blitz Mode. It's all included in this week's Halo Community Update! (MacGyver10 22:46:48 UTC) (permalink)
Canon Fodder #96 - 'The Art of War(s)'
The first Canon Fodder of the new year comes today with plenty of news on the upcoming 'Halo Wars 2'. Lots of lore and beautiful concept art for a number of new (and old) players, a shoutout to the Halo Archove for their prophet piece, some 'Halo: Ground Command' tabletop pieces and more! Check it out in Issue #96 of Canon Fodder! (MacGyver10 22:34:30 UTC) (permalink)
News January 18 2017
Earn In-game Halo Wars 2 Items By Twitter Battling an AI in Your DM's
(MacGyver10 15:38:53 UTC) (permalink)
Have a Twitter account? Looks like you can play a text-based DM game of Halo Wars with the AI from the new game to earn some in-game items! Neat!
Interview With Ray Makowski, the Designer Behind LootCrate's 'Halo Icons' Figures
The LootCrate folks have put up an interview with Ray Makowski, the designer of the Halo Icons series of figures that comes with the Halo Legendary Crate! You can read how Halo introduced him to Neil Patrick Harris and the news that the line of figures will continue after the six LootCrates! If you'd like to grab a crate, you can use our affiliate code, 'HBOCrate' for a discount! (MacGyver10 15:20:48 UTC) (permalink)
Box Launches for Halo 3: ODST and Grenade Jump for Halo 2 to Help Skip Tough Parts
It's been awhile since he put out some videos, but Chappified stopped into our forum to share some strategies he picked up to make it through Halo 3: ODST and Halo 2 a little faster. He has a couple of box launches for ODST and a grenade jump for Halo 2 that could really help you skip some tough parts! (MacGyver10 15:14:28 UTC) (permalink)
Rockslider Goes to The Fireworks Show with 'Goldie' Again
After the previous explosions, Rockslider decided to come back for more! Check out his post in our forum to see some different setups and fireworks! (MacGyver10 15:11:24 UTC) (permalink)
News January 13 2017
The Halo Archive's 'Archive Beacon' for 1/13/17 - 'Looking Ahead: A New Year'
Adv Jones gave us a heads up on the latest Archive Beacon. With a lot of changes this past year, the Halo Archive isn't resting on their laurels, but still striving to improve how they do what they do! Give it a read as they look ahead at what's to come! (MacGyver10 16:14:50 UTC) (permalink)
News and Info on Upcoming Halo Wars 2 Beta from Studio Head Dan Ayoub
Thanks to the aforementioned Community Update, we found out about this blog post from studio head, Dan Ayoub on the upcoming Halo Wars 2 beta! (MacGyver10 16:12:47 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Community Update - 01/13/17 'Ballroom Blitz'
Davidfuchs gave us a heads up on the earlier than normal (thanks Ske7ch!) Halo Community Update this week. Plenty of Halo Wars 2 info as we approach the newly announced beta on January 20th, with pre-order bonuses, physical discs for PC and a reminder of the HW2-themed LootCrate coming. The Halo World Championship for 2017, XP/RP boosts across gamemodes, Warzone changes and still-to-be-found easter eggs, dev spotlight on 343's Olga and the community spotlights! Make sure you give it a read sometime soon when you get the chance! (MacGyver10 16:07:49 UTC) (permalink)
News January 12 2017
Second Halo Wars 2 Beta Starts January 20th, Features New 'Blitz Mode'
(MacGyver10 23:13:22 UTC) (permalink)
The second beta for Halo Wars 2 starts January 20th! This time it features the new 'Blitz Mode' that combines tactical combat, card-based strategy and microtransactions (we'll see how that goes)!
New Arena Season for Ranked Halo 5 Playlists Starts Today
(MacGyver10 23:11:13 UTC) (permalink)
Looks like the winter season is over, and the new one has started in Halo 5's Arena mode! If you played ten games in a ranked playlist during its duration, your emblem should be there. In the meantime, here's the preview of this new season's emblem!
News January 9 2017
Atriox Figure Coming With Halo Wars 2-Themed LootCrate Shown Off
(MacGyver10 22:53:42 UTC) (permalink)
Big fan of the Brute species? Already a Legendary LootCrate subscriber? Either way, you might want to check out the new figure coming with the next Halo Wars 2-themed crate, as Atriox can be picked up with this crate if you order before February 15th (<---Affiliate link heads up!)!
Like Those LEGO Video Games? Well Here's Some Great Footage of A Cancelled Halo Mega Bloks Game!
Both Gravemind and WizBlue (via email) gave us the heads up on an amazing bit of footage from a cancelled Halo Mega Bloks video game! There's quite a bit of great footage of what might have been, including some use of iconic Halo weapons, and a killer takedown of a Covenant Hunter at one point!
Update:Looks like studio head, Bonnie Ross, is soliciting feedback on this game proposal over at HaloWaypoint! (MacGyver10 22:47:53 UTC) (permalink)
Awesome Games Done Quick Facing Halo 2's Legendary Difficulty This Wednesday Evening for Charity
As they've done in years past, the Awesome Games Done Quick crew will be speedrunning for charity again, and they'll be picking up the controller-throw-inducing legendary difficulty of Halo 2! The jackal sniping is currently set to run at 7:55P EST this Wednesday, but might change so check out the full schedule here. (Thanks General Vagueness!) (MacGyver10 22:44:23 UTC) (permalink)
News January 5 2017
Forward Unto Dawn Examines the Prophet of Truth as The Covenant's Tragic Hero Instead of a Genocidal Madman
Forward Unto Dawn is kicking off the new year by going old school with a classic Halo villain, the Prophet of Truth! Check out their piece, 'The Shroud: Prophet of Truth as Tragic Hero', and let 'em know what you think in our forum!
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Scripted Co-op Survival Mode Created in Halo 5's Forge, You and Friends Survive the Mantis Invasion!
Forge user Julianoz1224 created a really cool game with the new scripting tools in Halo 5. Check out his scripted, co-op survival game where you and friends are pitted against Mantis's! You can see his Imgur post for GIFs, links and explanations of the point system! Pretty amazing! (MacGyver10 23:00:17 UTC) (permalink)
Order the Halo Wars 2-themed Halo Legendary Crate #4 by February 15th
(MacGyver10 22:56:48 UTC) (permalink)
While we've known the next Halo Legendary Crate would be Halo Wars 2 theme, we get a pretty picture from LootCrate to show of Atriox and the new order-by date of February 15th for Crate #4! Don't forget to use our code 'HBOCrate' to get 10% off! Would make a great Valentine's Day gift!
News January 4 2017
Bonnie Ross Talks 'Staying True to the Franchise', Sci-fi Communities and More with the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences
The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences got together with upcoming DICE 2017 speaker, and Halo head, Bonnie Ross, to talk about sci-fi communities, 'staying true to the franchise' and other Halo bits. You can give it a read at the link! (MacGyver10 22:19:26 UTC) (permalink)
Teaser for New Halo Machinima, 'Raijin The Untold Story'
If you've lurked a long time without posting at HBO, take a tip from Timishere on how to do it! He let us know of a teaser he put together for his friend's new Halo machinima coming out soon! Something to look forward to for sure! (MacGyver10 22:16:26 UTC) (permalink)
Rockslider Explodes 'Goldie' In Some Big-Time Pink Mist
Rockslider has shown off his freezing of Covenant before, but this time he takes 'goldie' and gives him the purple explosion treatment with needlers, nades and rockets! Check it out in his forum post! (MacGyver10 22:14:43 UTC) (permalink)