By: BatRastered Feb 15, 2011 | 9 Comments
More new maps on the way in March...
A new video preview of the Defiant Map Pack has surfaced. It looks great. Check out the end, no mention of Bungie, it says 343 Industries and Microsoft Game Studios now. Welcome to the future of Halo.
Halo: Reach Defiant Multiplayer Map Pack
HaloCharts has come up with a way to tell you where your weaknesses are... or have they?
First let me say that I've been a member of HaloCharts for a little while now and love the extra stats that they give you for certain things in all of the Halos. An example would be that they tell you what you would be ranked in Halo Reach if they'd kept the original ranking system. Hell, I've even played their texted based Halo game, HaloSphere.
I was very disappointed with this feature from HaloCharts. First off, Bungie posted on their site in the news section that HaloCharts had released this, and HaloCharts was in no way prepared to handle this...result = epic failure. Halo Charts was down all day yesterday. If you went to their site it said, HaloCharts is very busy right now. The second reason is that the analyzing that they do is just against their community and doesn't help you in any way. They are only telling you how much better or worse you are then the population average on their site, for example in Competitive - Games Won.
To sum this thing up, definately check out HaloCharts sometime, but don't do it just for the analyzer.
Bungie's last Halo game goes out with a bang.
Prequels tend to suffer from the problem that the technology has advanced even though the events in the story take place earlier. Halo Reach is no exception. The Spartans in Reach have abilities that the Master Chief did not. The armor abilities include sprinting, flying around with a jet pack, a bubble shield (as first appeared in Halo 3 as equipment), invisibility, a holographic clone, and armor lock (an ability that locks your armor down making you temporarily invulnerable but also immobile). Some of the advancements are actually explained a bit, but only if you have the collectors or legendary edition and the desire to read through all the stuff that comes with it.
The story actually does have some nods to those who have been following the Halo universe beyond the game, including the appearance of Dr Halsey, whom I'd imagine most players wouldn't know from Jimmy.
A nice touch is that the points and leveling system from the multiplayer works in the campaign too. You earn points for killing covenant and beating levels just like you would from killing and winning multiplayer matches. You can also play through the campaign in co-op up to four players with either competitive or co-operative scoring enabled.
You play as Noble-6, the newest member of a six spartan special forces team (Noble team) tasked to investigate a disturbance at a research facility on the Planet Reach. Reach, if you didn't know already, is the HQ planet for the UNSC and is where the Spartans were created. Think of it as the Halo version of the Pentagon. The point is, it's a very important military world for the UNSC, and as you may have guessed the disturbance you are sent to investigate turns out to be Covenant related.
If you've been paying any attention to the Halo story at all, you know how this game ends already, as the beginning of the original Halo is the escape of Master Chief from the invasion of Reach aboard the Pillar of Autumn. Halo Reach goes to some lengths to fill in the backstory of how and more importantly why the Autumn fled and found the first ring.
Along the way, you will pair with various members of Noble Team through the games 9 levels. For instance, you will team with Jun the sniper specialist on a recon mission at night. This provides some nice variety to the missions, and for the first time in a Halo game, we even get some outer space combat. It's relatively short and very simple (only two types of enemy fighters to take out, and some targets on the big ship to disable). All in all, a nice breather from the constant firefights you face on the surface.
The difficulty levels provide about what you'd expect. Easy is laughable as you can take two fuel-rod cannon shots to the face while you viciously beat down an elite commander with the butt of your rifle. Normal is not very challenging unless you forget to fire your weapon like a Jimmy or let yourself get surrounded. Heroic is tough, but fair. You will have to plan your way through certain groups of enemies, four elite zealots in a room will force you to think really hard to outsmart them and take them down one at a time. Legendary adds a bunch of tweaks like making an elite sniper invisible. On legendary, you need to really take your time even to take out a pack of grunts.
The end is awesome, and without spoiling anything, you'll likely want to play the very last level on legendary with a group of 4 a few times. It's bad-ass.
Oh, and I hear Reach comes with a pretty good competitive multiplayer game too.
Verdict: Buy it
Just a heads up for you Jimmys out there thinking that someone is cheating because you're getting pwned so much, you actually may be right.
While doing some reading in forums, I've came across an interesting glitch. It seems that the old BXB and BXR from Halo 2 is back. Whether or not Bungie thinks it's cheating is still unknown. Just do a simple search to read more about this.
Apparently there are a lot of conditions that have to be met to perform this. First you have to be the host of the game and secondly you have to have a pistol equipped. From what I've read it seems to be a little inconsistent. Hopefully, since only one person can do it a game because of host, you won't run into someone using this exploit.
Triggers Down Jimmys
This is a little teaser for Halo 4
Now there is not much here in terms of story, but im sure this will have all the halo fans drooling. Now me personally, I'm not a big halo fan, but i know that there are millions out there. So let us know what you think of the trailer and don't be a jimmy!
Halo on the PS3?
Yes. Halo IS on the PS3. The Legends Blu-Ray movie that is.
This is a short story similar to the Batman: Gotham Knight and the Animatrix as well, where they are all animated to life. Where a certain amount of studios take the story and add their own style and flavor to the franchise making the universe more rich and creative.
The movie starts out with the first two stories called Origins one and two. It tells the tale of the Forerunners, Floods and those unlucky bastards later on, humans. It's honestly a good back story for those uninitiated to the universe and sets the story up.
The third story, The Duel depicts the Elite with some human emotions and gives them samurai spirits. Its distinct art style is a mix of water color and canvels.
Fourth story is called Homecoming. This one has incredible coincidence. There is a FEMALE in a SUIT and fights alien in her RED armor. She's BLOND but has short hair. I honestly thought I was watching Samus Aran whopping ass until I realized it was Halo. It's alright, I guess.
This one is the funniest one of the seven story. Called Odd One Out, it tells the story of a Spartan named 1337 who falls from the ship and it's a comic relief for the over dramatic story. It has Dragon Ball Z aspect where the fights are concerned. I nice twist to this one.
The sixth story is my personal favorite, called Prototype. It tells the tale of a solder that lost his whole squad and be came a Spartan called Ghost. In a mission to destroy a Prototype suit, his squad gets pinned down and they assume that Ghost has abandoned them. Ghost not only saves them from death but uses the Prototype to save is man. He is a cold hearted soldier with no feeling but after getting his troops to safety, he finally becomes human in a last strike in the battle field.
The Babysitter, being the seventh story, is more of the arrogant one. Hot shots believe they got the biggest whanks in the universe are assigned with a Spartan for a mission of assassination. The character development is a bit better where one of the soldiers see his ways of being an arrogant jerk.
Finally, The Package finishes the story well. The Chief making his way to save some broad in a mix of all 3D and smooth animation. More Spartans are here so the story is action packed.
This movie ISN'T for everyone. Thus, this movie will be enjoyed more for those fans of anime THAN those of the game. Because everyone knows, people who play Halo can't go 27seconds without killing something. So there IS a story but they don't care because of the development in the story and mild action(with the exception of the Odd One Out).
Over I give this movie who's clearly riding on the fans that don't watch, let alone buy a movie, 3.9/5
I would Buy it if you love anime, other wise Flush it!
Get a Visual Flair in Halo Reach if you have your Halo Combat Evolved PC CD key!
So we all cannot wait until Halo Reach releases on September 14th. We all want to get our hands on it but how about if you have Halo CE for your PC or MAC, go ahead and find your Halo CD sleeve with the yellow sticker on it. On the yellow sticker is you CD key. Now why would you want to find this key? Well Bungie is giving its loyal fans who played Halo CE for the past seven years a visual flair that they can use in Halo Reach. The Visual Flair is a emblem for your nameplate in Halo Reach. The nameplate will make you stand out and will let everyone playing Reach know you played Halo 1 on PC/MAC and are not afraid to show it.
Well how do you enter your CD key? To enter your key go on Bungie.net and go to your account page. Next click on the game settings tab and then the nameplate link. That will take you to a page where you can enter your CD key. Once Halo Reach hits shelves you will be able to use the visual flair in Halo Reach.
Here is how it will look like in Halo Reach:
Thanks Bungie for giving us loyal fans at least something! I know I will be using this Flair as Halo Combat Evovled is my favorite game.
PS. There is a bunch of other Visual Flairs on Bungie.net you can find and see how to unlock them. Some include Halo 2, Halo 3, and Marathon.
By: goukijones Aug 26, 2010 | 7 Comments
You tell me? Is that a Spartan, because that alien sure isn't an Elite. Who's in charge of the marketing here? Where is Bungie?
Bungie must be cool with this, because it's still on TV. I don't understand why Microsoft would license out the Master Chief or any other Spartan for a Samsung product. Oh wait, it's because it's not Halo. It's a straight up jack move!
There is nothing in the commercial that mentions anything about Halo. Bungie hasn't posted the youtube link on their page, like you think they would. Something must be at play here that I don't fully understand. The alien is nothing like anything in the Halo series. The space marine that swoops to save the "Spartan" could be a UNSC, but that's not clear either. What the fuck is he flying by the way? Looks like a flying Horseshoe Crab spaceship.
The detail in the "Spartans" helmet has a circular air module on the front unlike any Halo armor permutation I have seen. Although on each side of the helmet you can see the flashlights(or little holes by the ears.) The body armor appears to be a cheap rip off with no real detail. And why the fuck is he carrying a steak knife? The only real "Spartan" detail is in the helmet on this Jimmy. Somebody tell me what I'm missing here.
That Samsung commercial is whack compared to REAL Halo live action commercial. Check out the real stuff below.
This is a short story of why I should win the Marvel VS Capcom 3 Ultra Combo Giveaway. Well I think its short enjoy! ^_^
First of all, if you have not read my first story I suggest you click on the link below.
In my first story I told you guys I have a lot of reasons why I love fighters. Well only a clip and a few words can only do so much to tell this community how much I really feel about fighting games. So let me explain more of why I love fighters. Like most gamers out there I started gaming when I was about four years old. I really didn’t care for it at the time because all I had on my mind was a dream of becoming a Power ranger. And like all other four year olds, I played with lots of toys of course. I had friends but most of them lived to far, so staying at home was a no brainer for me. Now I do not remember how my older brother got his hands on a Sega Genesis so I’m just going to say it magically appeared to give this story some spice. The game I started off with on the Sega was Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic really made me happy for how no one else in my family was able to get so far on the game. And by my brother being eight years older than me it felt that much sweeter. I could never beat the dang video game, which leads me to forget about game. Until one day my brother bought the most amazing, electrifying game, Street Fighter II. When I first saw Street Fighter II I was blown away by the graphics, sound, & music. But with all of that said, that’s not what attracted me to the game. What really caught my attention was that versus screen. The fact that someone instead of the computer was playing against me just gave me goose bumps that were thick and solid as a basketball. I was in my sanctuary playing SF2 on the Sega Genesis with a smile so big the Joker would be jealous. I remember crying because M. Bison was beating me every time I’d reach the last stage. But one day I managed to beat him and during that whole year I never stopped smiling. A few years past by and If I remember correctly the Playstation system released. I got the Playstation the same year of its release with demos and all. Now I was into other games like Crash Bandicoot and more demos because for some odd reason fighting games like to take a few years off. Whatever the case that didn’t keep me from running into one of the greatest collaborations of all time. My mother works in the school system, so she had a really good relationship with the principle who owned the school. One night we were invited to the principle house or should I say mansion. And as the lady showed us around her lovely house she thought I felt bored. So she told me to go on the other side of the house and walk up stairs and I’ll be pleased to what her son was doing. When I finally got to the room I saw the game that almost made my head explode, Marvel VS Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes. When I saw Wolverine fighting Ryu I was literally screaming out loud “Hey that’s Ryu from Street Fighter, that’s Wolverine from X-Men!” Everyone who were sitting down playing the game didn’t even get mad because they were just as hype as me. With the battle system moving so fast, I was blown away once again by gameplay. I wanted to spend the night but my mother had other plans. Seeing MvC for the first time reminded me how great fighting games are again. I started buying every fighting game I could get my hands on and also played at the local restaurants that had arcade cabinets. More years past as my love for fighters grew with games like Mvc2, Guilty Gear series, Capcom vs SNK series, Street Fighter Alpha series, and Bloody Roar series. Now remember these are fighting games so once again the hiatus for the genre hit big time which lasted for almost a decade. The Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii were the new babies. Games like Call of Duty and Halo was all we heard. Soul Caliber released and at the time felt really fresh, but it still didn’t feel that void. I hear some fighting game fans called it the dark ages and the feeling was just that “dark”.
Street Fighter IV released and it put a smile back on my face bringing back the technicality of fighters to the so called dead genre. Other game companies started to catch on to the revival of fighting games like Blazeblue and Tekken 6. Even upgraded versions of the heavy popular SFIV A.K.A vanilla noticed the trend it set and decided to make Super Street Fighter 4. The funny thing about all this was the fact that my friends doubted me on how well fighting games would do on the next gen consoles. Now most of my friends play fighters more than any other video game genre. In the middle of all this and after a decade of demand Capcom announces Marvel VS Capcom 3 Fate of Two Worlds. I was so excited for this game simply because I already knew one of my favorite Capcom character was going to make it on there. Dante was all I wanted when it came to this sequel. Heck, Capcom could have said Marvel VS Devil May Cry and that would have sold me there. With the internet blowing up with pictures and videos it was only a matter of time before I get my hands on the game. I never knew I it would be as soon as October, 28 2010. I was lucky enough to live in one of the cities where Capcom would be hosting Fight Club. Fight Club is basically a get together like a night club but with a preview of a video game they’re promoting. I was dead set on going to that event no matter what. I’m currently in college and I had a test early that same day. I made sure I studied up and was ready to go that same day right after class. I met up with my friends and we drove straight downtown to the Atlanta metro area. When we got there we couldn’t find the location or at least the spot where it was being hosted because a train was oddly blocking the parking space. We quickly found a parking space and climbed over the train to find our place in line for the event. To be honest, I felt like a rebel climbing over the train which made the hype meter for this event rise. When we finally got into the event I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was thinking here I am a guy who grew up playing this game and now I’m at a night event that’s promoting it, Godlike! I didn’t just play the game at the event ether I also made the most of my night there using my other talent dancing. I also took some pictures as proof of this Fight Club event. My love for fighters after that night just blew the top off. I’m so happy to see how much fighters have evolved yet stay true to the fans that’s been with them from day one. I hope I win this contest to show other people who are not into fighting games show how strong this community is. Heck, I hope this inspires people who are not into video games at all. The gaming community is growing very fast and I believe the whole world should witness this.
In this video you might catch me dancing at the Capcom Fight Club I attended in Atlanta, Georgia.
In this picture its me next to the lovely cosplayer Yaya Han.
Source: Video http://www.youtube.com/user/CapcomUnityVideos
A WINNAR IS ME
Pictures, videos, all sorts of goodies in the news today and the unstoppable Armor Lock cheat.
Just kidding about the armor lock cheat, but people are already mumbling around the Halo universe that the armor lock will be to powerful. In the new Vidoc Halo: Reach Carnage Carnivale one of the first gameplay clips is three Spartans stabbing each other in the back one after the other. There's gonna be some domino effects with this new assignation stuff. Can't wait to see how that plays out. Don't mind the weird nuab in the video over hyping everything he's talking about, sounding like a proper Nuab.
I know there are going to be four maps for Reach, but I don't like how there are going to be different specific game types. Jetpacks! Jimmys gonna be flying. For the first three months of Halo Reach Jimmys are going to be flying around with Jetpacks and Flaming Heads. Building the armor suits ... still is not a big deal for me. I like what I've heard about the Loadouts. Gametypes differ the size of Loadout options, that is cool. Makes sense, how many different weapons can you start with in a 2v2 Slayer?
Now I gotta ask because I read today that Bungie expects over 3 Million Nuabs to try and play the beta. Remember Crackdown? The Halo 3 beta didn't work the first day it was supposed to. Do an Estrada and take the 4th of May off. I will be pwnn the second it becomes live for me. The experience I expect is for it to be similar to when I played the Halo 3 beta. New shit, excitement, play it until they turn it off, and buy it the day it comes out.
And yeah that's the special edition aka LEGENDARY EDITION. For $150 bucks your friends are going to think you are a Legendary Jackass for buiyng just to get the flaming head dlc code. I'm going to buy it, but just so I can open it up, stare at for a few weeks, box it up when it starts to get a little dusty, shove into the back corner of the closet and forget that I even have it. See you online May 3rd?!
Has Bungie made Halo multiplayer even better? Is it even possible? Yes...yes it is.
After a solid 5-hour session last night with the Halo: Reach Beta, I just gotta say, wow this is fun! Bungie is the king of multiplayer. So far only two maps are available, Swordbase and Powerhouse. Both of these maps work well with all of the gametypes, which include Slayer, Covie Slayer, King of the Hill, Headhunter, Capture the Flag, Juggernaut, Oddball, S.W.A.T. and Stockpile. I really didn't think I was going to enjoy Headhunter(collect skulls and take them to goal areas) or Stockpile(collect flags and take them to goal areas), but they were surprisingly a blast to play! Each map is littered with tons of cool weapons, many of them new. Powerhouse is well-rounded with open and close-quarter areas, plus multiple tiers. Speaking of multiple tiers, Swordbase has tiers like crazy. At first it's a bit confusing, but in no time you'll be taking the flag up the lift to the 2nd story for a nice shortcut.
I don't know how to explain the feel of the game, except that it just feels tighter. You know how H2 felt "tighter" than H3? Well it seems to be back to that. The armor abilities are a blast and I love being able to pick a different load-out each time I spawn to respond to the current situation. The new armor lock ability is cool. You become invincible and if you hold the button down long enough, you send out an EMP blast that disables shields. There were many times last night I would be waiting for someone's armor lock to run out so I could blast them, only to have my shields blown away and the guy run up and melee me. Whenever I pick the ability to sprint, I'm loving it. Halo has needed some sprinting for a while, and while it's unfortunate that it is an armor ability instead of just a default move, it's still really cool. You jump further and smack harder when you are sprinting. The jetpacks are fun to use as well and in some gametypes seems almost necessary to get to where you need to be quickly. I tried flying up out of the level onto a ledge and despite Bungie saying you could leave the field of play, I was was stopped by the dreaded invisible walls. That would be the only minor gripe I have about it so far, which is nothing when outshone by the awesomeness of this game.
More info to come as the Beta continues!