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News November 28 2014
More ADS for post-turkey fun
We here at HBO hope your Thanksgiving was a good one, if you're here in the US, and that your Thursday was a good one, if you weren't; we're still in holiday mode (lots of family around), so we're light on news. gamerguy2002 has you covered, though, with word of two more mod videos - one showing aim-down sights on Halo 4 Covenant weapons, the other showing them on Forerunner weapons. Enjoy! (Louis Wu 23:25:22 UTC) (permalink)
News November 26 2014
MCC on Toonami
Not sure I understand why... but the crew of Toonami will be playing MCC on the air this Saturday, from 11:30 to 6, on Adult Swim. Weird! Thanks again, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 22:17:49 UTC) (permalink)
Modding is fun
As MCC issues continue, the modders remain a powerful source of new material - there's a video showing off more Halo 4 UNSC weapons with aim-down sights (the Spartan Laser actually seems MORE useful with this - the first weapon I've seen that this is true), a video showing Halo 4 QuickTime Events in 3rd person view (this is just silly), and a Halo 4 Promethean 'horse' (there are no words). Go watch! Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 22:16:00 UTC) (permalink)
News November 25 2014
A note from 343
Bonnie Ross, Head of 343 Industries, posted a note on Halo Waypoint last night - she summarized the issues still facing the Master Chief Collection, and outlined the fixes that are in the pipeline. If you're feeling like you're not being listened to, give this a read - 343 definitely understands that things aren't working properly for fans, and are working hard to fix this. (Thanks to zofinda for the heads-up.) (Louis Wu 23:38:45 UTC) (permalink)
News November 24 2014
Secrets of the Halo 4 Beta
The modding scene continues to churn out interesting Halo content - Lord Zedd has a couple of interesting new vids for you, both focused on the Halo 4 Beta. The first shows off the 'Midnight' menus (which look like reskinned Reach menus), while the second shows a Call-of-Duty-like Remote Missile which was never actually used in multiplayer (though it may have shown up in the Campaign level 'Reclaimer', at the end). Fun stuff! Thanks, gamerguy2002 (twice). (Louis Wu 22:18:10 UTC) (permalink)
News November 23 2014
Halo 1, Legendary - in under 90 minutes.
Whoa. Sub Whistle just posted a sub-90-minute legendary run of Halo 1 (the entire game). Amazing! Thanks, Morpheus. (Louis Wu 21:27:20 UTC) (permalink)
Winter 2015 Grifball Season - Registration Open
Kal sent word that registration is now open for the Winter 2015 Grifball season - there are divisions for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One, so you can play on the console of your choice. You've got until Friday, November 28 - go sign up! (Louis Wu 21:24:39 UTC) (permalink)
News November 22 2014
Halo 2 Anniversary - H2A Forge Map Awash: Full Dimensions
MixMaker1 and HaloFanForLife took a close look at Awash, the Forge Map included with Halo 2 Anniversary - watch the video, you might learn something! (Louis Wu 21:20:10 UTC) (permalink)
Revenant1988 posted pictures of his newest cosplay crossover - it's a blend of an ODST and Marvel's Carnage - he calls it 'ODSC'. It's simply awesome. Go look. (Louis Wu 21:17:50 UTC) (permalink)
Zeus is coming back
You might remember Zeus, a Mac Halo Editor we mentioned a couple of years ago - Sparky, the creator, says he's torn it down and rebuilt it from the ground up. It will be available for both Windows and MacOS - and if you want exclusive early access, just post pictures of delicious pizza! (Louis Wu 21:11:26 UTC) (permalink)
Feet First into Hell - a Halo Experience
Sean Bradley pointed out a new photo from the Feet First into Hell crew - that looks HAWT. Go see. (Louis Wu 21:08:04 UTC) (permalink)
Drunken Halo Ep 93
Justin told us about Drunken Halo, Episode 93 - the focus is the problems that the Master Chief Collection continues to have. Go listen! (Louis Wu 21:06:23 UTC) (permalink)
GameVGame: The Halo Campaign Level Final
Andy, from GameVGame, let us know that he's collated the data from their series of Halo campaign polls - and the final poll is up now, with two levels from each game (as chosen by you, the fans). Go pick your favorite overall! (Louis Wu 21:05:25 UTC) (permalink)
News November 20 2014
Master Chief Collection Matchmaking Update being deployed
According to Halo Waypoint, the Master Chief Collection content update scheduled for this week should be live now (or possibly in the next few hours). The blog post lists the changes being made - players frustrated by matchmaking issues should find some relief! (Louis Wu 23:42:15 UTC) (permalink)
News November 18 2014
Gonna need more coffins
This cover of the Halo theme, by The Warp Zone, is the best thing I've heard (and watched) all week. Listen to it. It's fantastic. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 23:25:00 UTC) (permalink)
MCC Content Update Pushed Back
The Master Chief Collection Bug Hunt continues - and according to an update last night, the update that was to have fixed a number of problems tomorrow has been pushed to farther in the week. On the positive side, the list of fixed items is longer now! (Louis Wu 23:22:34 UTC) (permalink)
Drunken Halo Ep 92
Justin Bryce let us know that Drunken Halo Episode 92 is now online - there's discussion of a joint trip to London, the matchmaking issues facing the Master Chief COllection, and thoughts of the upcoming Halo 5 Beta. Go listen!
(Louis Wu 23:19:59 UTC) (permalink)
Aim Down Sights - in Halo 4
Looks like there was some code in Halo 4 that would have allowed an Aim-Down-Sights-like experience... interesting! (Obviously unfinished; the weapons are actually in the way of seeing what you're shooting at. But interesting.) Thanks, Lord Zedd (and gamerguy2002, who told us about it). (Louis Wu 23:18:28 UTC) (permalink)
USA Today has a look back at the early days of Halo, through the eyes of the people bringing it to you today. Fun! (Louis Wu 23:15:55 UTC) (permalink)
Beyond Entertainment has put together a video they call 'Beautiful Halo 2 Anniversary' - I think it's pretty accurately named! Go watch. (Louis Wu 23:12:33 UTC) (permalink)
Needs Moar Russian Music
LG Concepts created a pretty heroic-looking Master Chief - swing by Twitter to see it! (Louis Wu 23:10:14 UTC) (permalink)
Seems like patience might have worked, too
Over at the Post Game Carnage Report, The Wach called Microsoft about the Master Chief Collection's launch problems... and got a refund, on the air. Go listen! (Louis Wu 23:06:38 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Flight Simulator, Halo Edition
Another vid from Gamecheat13 - he's got a first-person view in a Halo 3 Hornet and Jet, for folks who would rather be IN the cockpit than LOOKING at it. Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 23:04:16 UTC) (permalink)
H2:A Scenes Compared to Originals
Ben Ritter put all the Halo 2: Anniversary cutscenes side-by-side with the original Halo 2 ones - he cautions that the quality is limited (he's converted downloaded videos to make his comparisons), but that his comparisons are most useful for folks interested in filmmaking, looking to see what Blur decided to focus on when they updated these scenes. (Louis Wu 23:00:03 UTC) (permalink)
News November 16 2014
He has to move his head a lot.
Game Informer sat down with Tim Dadabo and discussed the voicing of 343 Guilty Spark (and voice-acting in games in general). Great read! (Louis Wu 16:18:01 UTC) (permalink)
Customs Night Montage
A bunch of HBOers got together for a regular Customs night this week... but for the first time, they played on the MCC instead of Reach, or Halo 4, or whatever. Hyokin commemorated the occasion with a highlight reel. Check it out! (Louis Wu 16:16:29 UTC) (permalink)
While the floor explodes...
Another what-if sort of video from Gamecheat13 - have you ever wondered what the Trench Run at the end of Halo 3 would be like... from a first-person view? Wonder no longer. (It looks terrifying, that's what it looks like. And pretty hard.) Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 16:11:57 UTC) (permalink)
News November 15 2014
343 Guilt O' Lantern Contest: Winners!
Voting for our 343 Guilt O' Lantern pumpkin entries closed last night - swing by the Results page to see the winners! We'll circle back to this in a couple of weeks, when the prize packs are ready to be mailed out, with pictures of all the goodies... but in the meantime, congrats to the four prizewinners, and to everyone else who entered! (Louis Wu 19:02:14 UTC) (permalink)
The Egg Hunt Begins
We've already gotten word about a couple of new easter eggs in the Master Chief Collection - one, from Road Trippin', shows off a secret that earns you an Achievement, found in Halo 2 Anniversary, while the other, from Walterrific, possibly gives away the musical tastes of a member of 343's art team. Take a look! (Louis Wu 18:59:44 UTC) (permalink)
Free Halo Merch, on YouTube
SEspider stopped in to let us know about a giveaway his buddy is running - prizes include action figures and one of spider's shirt designs! Check it out. (Louis Wu 18:53:50 UTC) (permalink)
New To Forge - in the MCC
A few days ago, Certain Affinity released a video showing off the new and improved elements of Forge, as it appears in the Master Chief Collection. If you're looking to build stuff, this is a must-watch! (Louis Wu 18:52:28 UTC) (permalink)
robofin117 pointed out a video from Nerdist called 'Science of Halo's Ringworlds' - it's a pretty interesting (though somewhat limited) view of the physics behind the Halo rings. Pretty fun stuff! (Louis Wu 18:50:52 UTC) (permalink)
RUL Goes Full Halo
Ready Up Live released a couple of Halo-specific podcasts this week - one about the Master Chief Collection, the other about the Halo 5 Beta. Go listen to both! Thanks to CruelLEGACEY for the heads-up. (Louis Wu 18:45:19 UTC) (permalink)
343 Addresses MCC Launch Issues
Moorpheusl9 collected a couple of links from 343, detailing the biggest of the launch problems of the Master Chief Collection (and the official response) - worth reading! (Louis Wu 18:43:21 UTC) (permalink)
Master Chief Figure from 3A
3A has released info about their newest action figure - it's a Bambaland Exclusive Edition, purchaseable next week in Hong Kong. It's 1/6th scale (meaning it's over a foot tall), and weighs in at $240, US. But it's oh, so pretty! Check it out. Thanks, munky-058 (for the heads-up, not the snark). (Louis Wu 18:40:37 UTC) (permalink)
At midnight, they turn into pumpkins. Wait...
Hey, have you voted yet for the pumpkins in our 343 Guilt O' Lantern contest? There are just a few hours left - the voting's pretty close! Let us know your favorites - help pick the winners!
(Louis Wu 01:12:22 UTC) (permalink)
News November 14 2014
The Halo 2 Listening Guide
Den of Geek has an awesome review/retrospective on the Halo 2 listening experience - go read! (Louis Wu 23:06:18 UTC) (permalink)
News November 13 2014
The Halo 20 Year Plan
Bonnie Ross talked to CVG about the future of the Halo franchise - interesting read (though fans may be hoping for a shorter-term focus right about now). Go check it out! (Louis Wu 21:58:58 UTC) (permalink)
MCC Launch Woes Continue
343 is still working on the problems unearthed by the launch of the Master Chief Collection - the long wait times in Matchmaking are already being addressed (though not with 100% success yet), but there are plenty of other broken items. reddit has a formatted list, Kal stopped by our forum with Grifball-specific problems, and sites like Polygon are reconsidering their original scores (thanks, UnrealCh13f). Fingers crossed that some of this can be taken care of soon! (Louis Wu 21:55:02 UTC) (permalink)
News November 12 2014
ZoLA has released a 90 minute documentary called 'Halo: Retrospect' - it's taken him a year to put it together, but it's a pretty impressive look back at the competitive Halo scene. Go watch! Thanks, RVideo. (Louis Wu 23:26:08 UTC) (permalink)
Driving the Halo 4 Mammoth
Lord Zedd showed off a video in which the Mammoth in Halo 4 was actually drivable. Cool! Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 23:24:38 UTC) (permalink)
Do not doubt the reality
Beorn found another backwards audio clip in the Halo 2 Anniversary Original Soundtrack - and even nailed down where the quote came from. Nice! (Louis Wu 23:22:51 UTC) (permalink)
Nightfall on the cheap
If you don't have an Xbox One, you can still watch the first episode of Nightfall - it's available on iJustine's Official Stream. Thanks, robofin117. (Louis Wu 23:21:00 UTC) (permalink)
pete_the_duck is already supplying hot new content for the Forge community - swing by his site to see some great stuff! He's got guides, fun tidbits, and critiques - they're under construction, but they're getting bigger, and they'll help! Go read. (Louis Wu 23:17:09 UTC) (permalink)
MCC Launch Issues Update
If you've been Matchmaking with the Master Chief Collection, you've probably run into some issues - according to a new blog post on Halo Waypoint, they know about the problems and they're working on them. The first fixes went live this morning - server-side, so you don't even need to update your local content - and more are coming. Hang in there! (Louis Wu 23:08:31 UTC) (permalink)
Killing off the Golden Goose
Den of Geek wonders, is it time for Master Chief to Die? Go read the rationale. (Louis Wu 23:03:08 UTC) (permalink)
Looks almost like it shoots
Nick Jensen (no stranger to Halo creations) has put together a full-size Halo 2 Anniversary BR55 with LEGO blocks - looks fantastic! Thanks, Black Six. (Louis Wu 22:59:14 UTC) (permalink)
He did a Halo thing
Jordan117 put together a large list of links that represent his memories of 15+ years in the Halo community - go read it! It'll bring back things for you, too. (Louis Wu 22:57:01 UTC) (permalink)
News November 11 2014
Your Halo 5 Beta Primer
Everything you need to know about the Halo 5 Beta on The Master Chief Collection's Launch Day:
A leak this weekend caused some Halo communities to panic a little bit... but with context, the misunderstandings begin to clear up. Go read and watch!
(Louis Wu 18:51:25 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Fest Live
343 held a special event in LA last night - Halo Fest 2014 showed off Nightfall, Halo 5, and just plain fun. IGN posted a 90 minute video showing off all the festivities - go watch!
(Louis Wu 18:50:22 UTC) (permalink)
CE For CF
The Halo Forum is kicking off a tournament to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - swing by and see how you can join in! Thanks, RVideo. (Louis Wu 18:49:20 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 2 Funtage: Director's Cut
AfroRyan has recut his latest Halo 2 funtage - go see what he thinks were the important bits!
(Louis Wu 18:48:47 UTC) (permalink)
Reclaimer Radio 3
Wahrer stopped by to announce Reclaimer Radio Ep 3 - it's an MCC-laden show. Go listen!
(Louis Wu 18:48:36 UTC) (permalink)
News November 10 2014
FugitiveSoldier noticed a pretty fun website - swing by to listen to your favorite main menu music! (Louis Wu 23:38:49 UTC) (permalink)
Very good dog.
Samusaaron3 was watching a video showing off Stonetown, the Halo 2 Anniversary remake of Zanzibar, and noticed a familiar character buried in the graffiti on the sea wall... nice catch! (Louis Wu 23:34:58 UTC) (permalink)
But... is it FUN?
CruelLEGACEY received a media copy of Halo MCC a couple of weeks ago - swing by the ReadyUpLive forums to read his first impressions! (Louis Wu 23:26:52 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 2 Memories
Joseph "Maniac" Cirillo III, of GameXcess.net, shot us a note about a new video he's posted - he looks back at the original Halo 2 Launch and how it affected his life. Go watch! (Louis Wu 23:24:24 UTC) (permalink)
Two more MCC Polls - Voice Off
So the fact that HBO's active staff was at the Halo Launch Invitational this week meant that some stuff fell by the wayside - time for some cleanup! First up - a pair of GameVGame polls, based on the Master Chief Collection - Sunday they asked "What is your Favorite Halo 4 Campaign Level?", and today they want to know "Which is the Best Game in Halo: The Master Chief Collection?". Go answer both! (Louis Wu 23:21:51 UTC) (permalink)
News November 9 2014
ESL's Halo Launch Invitational
Okay - mastrbiggy and I (and Tex, and Domino Theory, and Voltron, and...) are headed back to Day 2 of the Halo Launch Invitational, kicking off the festivities for the MCC Launch and the Halo Championship Series - yesterday was a fun-filled day of gameplay from legendary names (From Ogre2 to Flamesword and many, many people in between), and today promises to be just as exciting. Last night Believe the Hype and Str8 Rippin were the two teams that advanced without losing - today the remaining 6 teams fight through the Losers Bracket to see who has the right to face one of them in the finals! Watch all the action on Twitch. (Louis Wu 18:28:44 UTC) (permalink)
There's a new site online, showing some interesting Halo events in the context of their positioning in the universe - navigate via an interactive star map! Go play. Thanks, padraig08. (Louis Wu 18:20:37 UTC) (permalink)
Space Banshees found in Halo 4 Map
Gamecheat13 found some unused, untextured Space Banshees (the models are right out of Halo Reach) and a copy of the Broadsword in a Spartan Ops map - his speculation was that there might have been a planned space battle that never materialized. Interesting stuff! Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 18:18:15 UTC) (permalink)
Forgecast Episode 4
pete_the_duck stopped in to let us know that the next episode of Forgecast is out - and the Podtacular crowd joined him for discussions about the next iteration of Forge. Good stuff! (Louis Wu 18:13:28 UTC) (permalink)
News November 8 2014
GameVGame: Favorite Reach Campaign Level?
We didn't get this up yesterday - but GameVGame posted the next iteration of their Halo Campaign Series polls... which is your favorite Reach level? Go vote!
(Louis Wu 20:23:50 UTC) (permalink)
News November 7 2014
Pumpkin Voting - Now Open!
We need your help! This year, we received more than 20 submissions for our 343 Guilt O' Lantern contest (well, a few more than that, but joke entries were disqualified), and we need your help picking the winners! Swing by the voting page, peruse the pictures (be sure to click on the thumbnails, many of the designs NEED to be seen in larger format to be appreciated), and pick your favorite 5 - we'll tally the votes and declare winners after we close the page next Friday night! (Louis Wu 21:50:33 UTC) (permalink)
The last written Bulletin
The latest Halo Bulletin went live last night on Waypoint - it's really worth reading. There's a breakdown of the Skulls available in the package (and how they affect scoring and Achievements), there's a description of the LASO playlists, and there's a summary of the ranking system in the Collection. Additionally, there a recap of the upcoming Halo Championship Series, a new installment of Canon Fodder (we love you, Grim!), and a note about how the Bulletin, in its current form, is disappearing. (It's moving to the Halo Channel, starting next week, and will be in video format from there on out.) Because of this change, the local copy of this week's Bulletin will be the last we archive in our Halo Bulletin Archive. (Sad days!) Go read - and enjoy the end of an era! (Louis Wu 21:44:27 UTC) (permalink)
Polygon has a great piece from Ben Kuchera about introducing the next generation to Halo. It brought back some real memories - go give it a read! (Louis Wu 21:36:39 UTC) (permalink)
All 110 maps, in order
IGN has been counting down the best Halo maps - the top 10 are now online. I'm intrigued that no map past Halo 2 made the top cut. Thanks, ChrisTheeCrappy. (Louis Wu 21:32:57 UTC) (permalink)
H2A Prologue Terminals 1 and 2
Halo Waypoint has released a pair of 'Prologue' Terminal vids (Beholden and Unyielding), filling in some of the Halo 2 backstory that happens outside the games - readers of the earlier novels might recognize some situations. Fascinating! Thanks, Mid7night. (Louis Wu 21:28:22 UTC) (permalink)
Wow, interesting. FyreWulff made some simple graphics to show you the size of the Forge canvases in the Master Chief Collection, and how they compare to the canvases we've had before. That's a lot of space! (Louis Wu 21:25:30 UTC) (permalink)
The Reviews Begin
A bunch of reviews for the Master Chief Collection have landed - thanks to our forumgoers for ferreting out the links!
Go see what's coming next week! (Louis Wu 21:23:10 UTC) (permalink)
News November 6 2014
Harsh words for Nightfall
Ouch! The Verge has looked at the first of Halo: Nightfall's five episodes... and came away underwhelmed. Give it a read, unless you want to judge for yourself first. Update: IGN has a review, too, and our forum thinks it might be less biased. (It's still not great, but it's more positive than the first one.) (Louis Wu 22:45:32 UTC) (permalink)
GameVGame: Favorite ODST Campaign Level?
The latest Campaign Level poll from GameVGame focuses on Halo 3: ODST - go pick your favorite! (Louis Wu 22:42:33 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Championship Series
Earlier today, Bravo announced the 'Halo Championship Series', which is 343i's plan to help get Halo back into the competitive and eSports scene. 343i is teaming up with ESL and Twitch to help host online and LAN tournaments that run under a unified placing system. The first Season of HCS starts shortly after the launch of The Master Chief Collection. Go read! (mastrbiggy 00:33:35 UTC) (permalink)
Plasma Rifle Replicas by Project Trifroce
Project Triforce listed H2A full scale plasma rifle replicas for pre-order. These seem to be officially endorsed by 343i and they do look quite nice. There are two versions, a blue one that runs $150 and a red one that costs $162.50. Thanks, Mid7Night. Edit: A few people pointed out that the replicas actually cost $600. The intial deposit costs $150.
(mastrbiggy 00:21:54 UTC) (permalink)
Halo: The Master Chief Collection Launch Trailer
The Xbox YouTube channel also released a Master Chief Collection launch trailer - check it out! (mastrbiggy 00:20:56 UTC) (permalink)
We Will Rock You
The Xbox YouTube channel released a TV ad for The Master Chief Collection. It's a montage of Halo footage paired with the song "We Will Rock You". The song was recreated with Halo weapons sounds - awesome! (mastrbiggy 00:17:31 UTC) (permalink)
News November 5 2014
Just a quick note about our 343 Guilt O' Lantern contest - if all goes well, I should have all the entries up for voting either tomorrow or Friday. Get ready to pick your faves - there are some awesome ones this year! (Louis Wu 23:40:28 UTC) (permalink)
GameVGame: Favorite Halo 3 Campaign Level?
Another day, another GameVGame poll... today's wants to know, what's your favorite Halo 3 Campaign level? Go vote! (Louis Wu 23:39:21 UTC) (permalink)
News November 4 2014
Halo 3 Campaign Saved Films - Still In
A couple of days ago, we mentioned a fan-written article that suggested that Halo 3 Campaign Theater was being downgraded in the Master Chief Collection. That seems to be a premature conclusion - check out this tweet from Frankie confirming that they're still in the package. Yay! (Thanks, FyreWulff.) (Louis Wu 21:43:31 UTC) (permalink)
GameVGame: Your favorite Halo 2 Level?
GameVGame's Halo Campaign polls continue - today they're looking at your favorite Halo 2 level. What kept you coming back? Go vote!
(Louis Wu 21:40:57 UTC) (permalink)
News November 3 2014
Digital Foundry Hands-On: The Master Chief Collection
Eurogamer took the Master Chief Collection for a serious spin in their Digital Foundry labs - go see what they found!
(Louis Wu 23:34:39 UTC) (permalink)
MacGyver10 was looking for artwork recently, and stumbled across a lithograph for sale that looks pretty interesting! Check it out. (Louis Wu 23:34:13 UTC) (permalink)
The Lionheart stopped in with an interesting writing sample; he created it as part of the interview process for a 343 writing position. He didn't get the job, but he did get pretty far along - go check it out!
(Louis Wu 23:32:50 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 4 Assassinations - Up Close and Personal
Gamecheat13 used his moddling skills to show you what Halo 4 assassinations would have looked like in a first-person view (instead of the third-person view we drop into now). These look BRUTAL! (Of course, they're slowed down so you can see this - it would have been pretty tough to tell what was going on at all if 343 had gone this route.) Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 23:31:28 UTC) (permalink)
What's your favorite Halo Campaign Level?
Andy, from GVG, sent us a note that they've kicked off another series of polls, this time based on campaign levels. They're counting down to the Master Chief Collection! First up - what was your favorite Campaign level in the first Halo? Go vote! (Louis Wu 23:25:34 UTC) (permalink)
News November 2 2014
A Pillar of Bricks
asa stopped by with a link to a video released this summer, after Brickworld 2014 - Lee Jones created a 100+ kg replica of the Pillar of Autumn, complete with realized engines! He declined to mention the total cost of the included LEGOs, but he said it would have paid for a trip to Hawaii for his wife, so... The work involved is astounding, you should go look. (asa also included links to some supplementary pages with more pics and info.) (Louis Wu 17:26:26 UTC) (permalink)
Is Theater getting a downgrade?
Team Beyond has gone through the recently uploaded Master Chief Collection manual, and the wording for Theater modes suggests that some functionality that DID exist in Halo 3 (when it launched in 2007) has been removed in the Master Chief Collection. 343 hasn't commented, that we've heard, so it's possible that there's just some misunderstanding going on... but it's also possible that you will not be able to easily create campaign experiences in the MCC. More when we know it! Thanks, The BS Police. (Louis Wu 17:23:05 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 2 Cinematic Launch Trailer Comparison
MixMaker1 let us know that he put together a new comparison video, showing off the latest Halo 2 Anniversary Launch Trailer, matched up with the corresponding shots from the original game. Pretty interesting! (Louis Wu 17:19:35 UTC) (permalink)
50 new MCC Achievements in Launch Content
Yesterday, Bravo posted a list of the 50 Achievements (500 gamerscore) being added to the existing 400 Achievements that ship with The Master Chief Collection - I'm guessing some of these will have a very, very, VERY low completion rate. I love that Halo speedrunners are being honored by name! (Louis Wu 17:17:37 UTC) (permalink)
News November 1 2014
Kiki talks MCC
Xbox Achievements interviewed Kiki Wolfkill - go listen to what she has to say about the Master Chief Collection! (They've also got a pretty substantial Let's Play video posted, as well.) Thanks, AfroRyan. (Louis Wu 18:18:43 UTC) (permalink)
Old egg, new yolk
So we all know 343 updated Halo 2 for the H2A release... did you know they updated at least some of the easter eggs, too? Metalingus627 pointed out a screenshot that shows that a cutscene-based egg has been brought forward appropriately. (Louis Wu 18:11:50 UTC) (permalink)
This is just fun.
Cybrfrk sent along a fantastic example of the power of CSS. Lovin' it. (Louis Wu 18:04:44 UTC) (permalink)
Project Contingency Update
The last time we mentioned Project Contingency was back in January - this CryEngine 3-based Halo mod was already several months into production, and some of their work had accidentally been leaked, and mistaken for the next Halo title. A couple of days ago, they posted a new update on their website - looks like they've been busy! Go explore. (Thanks to GamerHeadlines for the heads-up.) (Louis Wu 17:54:42 UTC) (permalink)
Max Hoberman Talks Halo 2
IGN's Podcast Unlocked #168 focuses on Halo 2 - Ryan's guest is Max Hoberman. Interesting talk! (Louis Wu 17:44:35 UTC) (permalink)
Drunken Halo Ep 91
Justin Bryce let us know that Drunken Halo Episode 91 is now live - Justin and Travis discuss the Halo 5 Beta and the Master Chief Collection. Go listen! (Louis Wu 17:39:17 UTC) (permalink)
Marlin the Elite - Episode 92: The Masquerade
Layne Thomas let us know that the newest episode of Marlin the Elite is up - Episode 92 has Marlin enjoying a Halloween party. Go watch! (Louis Wu 17:34:59 UTC) (permalink)