Carving Options

October 29th, 2014 by
Totally missed this note from Black Six a few days ago - but there's still time! The deadline for our 343 Guilt O' Lantern contest is fast approaching (Friday night at Midnight, EST) - but you still have time to carve, and released some stencils which might help. (They're not ALL Halo-related... but some are.)(Louis Wu 23:59:52 UTC)

Fighting in a bowl

October 29th, 2014 by
Rockslider has returned to the Rockslide Megabattle - he's got a new technique he calls the 'Inner Rise Defence' (and because it's his, I'll even use his spelling of 'defense'). Check it out! (Louis Wu 22:07:45 UTC)

Scarab… SKULL?

October 29th, 2014 by
Did you ever get a chance to play with the Scarab Gun in Halo 2? Looks like 343 has added a Scarab Skull to H2A... which turns EVERY gun into a Scarab Gun. You can watch what it looks like as Greenskull plays through - thanks, robofin117.(Louis Wu 22:03:11 UTC)

Halo Wars Uncaged

October 29th, 2014 by
kornman00 grabbed some pretty cool Halo Wars screenshots for someone, but the project never went anywhere. Their loss is your gain - go check these out! (He calls them 'Halo Wars Uncaged', because he's removed a number of limits that blocked this sort of shot before.) Enjoy 'em!(Louis Wu 21:55:39 UTC)

Some changes happen late

October 29th, 2014 by
Interesting... Gamecheat13 posted a tidbit of cut dialogue from the final level of Halo 3 - was Johnson supposed to come with us? Hmm... Thanks, gamerguy2002.(Louis Wu 21:43:39 UTC)

A Bundle for US?

October 29th, 2014 by
Rooster Teeth's In The Know vlog points out that a Master Chief Collection Bundle (non-Halo-branded Xbox One, MCC) has been spotted in Japan - so will we see it here soon? Good bet! Thanks, asa.(Louis Wu 21:41:04 UTC)

H2A OST clips now up on iTunes

October 29th, 2014 by
iTunes has a preview of the Halo 2 Anniversary Original Soundtrack - you can listen to clips of all 35 tracks. Nice! Thanks, DHalo.(Louis Wu 21:32:28 UTC)

Zenith Walkthrough

October 29th, 2014 by
IGN posted a walkthrough of Zenith, the Halo 2 Anniversary reimagining of Ascension. (There's also a gameplay vid.) We've seen a bunch of this map already, but walkthroughs are always nice! Thanks, Moorpheusl9.(Louis Wu 21:29:24 UTC)

Halo: The Master Chief Collection live-streams

October 29th, 2014 by
Beyond Entertainment has a live-stream page for all of the Master Chief Collection streams that will be running throughout the day. Check it out!(mastrbiggy 19:25:02 UTC)

Halo 2 – Playable Cinematics

October 29th, 2014 by
gamerguy2002 let us now about another Halo playable cinematics video by Gamecheat13 - this time for Halo 2 (Vista). There's actually some pretty funny and even weird moments. Neat!(mastrbiggy 19:17:04 UTC)

Gamersyde delivers the 1080p60 we deserve

October 29th, 2014 by
Gamersyde posted a handful of videos showing off Halo: The Master Chief Collection at 1080p60. There's footage from each game as well as graphics comparisons and cutscene videos. So smoooooooooooth!(mastrbiggy 18:58:02 UTC)

How Ranks Work in the Master Chief Collection

October 29th, 2014 by
FyreWulff let us know that IGN posted a video (and a brief article) that details how the Master Chief Collection ranking system will work. If you don't want to sit through the video, FyreWulff's post sums everything up nicely. Check it out!(mastrbiggy 18:51:29 UTC)

Halo 2 Anniversary Cinematic Launch Trailer

October 29th, 2014 by
343i released a Halo launch trailer that shows off a good chunk of H2A Blur cinematics, including the 'Another Day at the Beach' cinematic - it looks pretty great! There's also a few videos showing off side-by-side comparisons of the new and old cutscenes. Thanks, The BS Police. TDSpiral also let us know that there is a YouTube version. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 18:48:48 UTC)

The Dark Below

October 29th, 2014 by Bungie.Net Content Feed
Build on your Legend.

Let’s Play Destiny Co-Op #16: Eye of a Gate Lord

October 29th, 2014 by narcogen
Eye of a Gate Lord

Blackstar and Narcogen are picking up with playing Destiny in co-op mode with the first moon mission: The Dark Beyond. (The Cosmodrome story missions and strike seem largely unchanged from the beta test, at least at their lower difficulty levels).

In this level, we challenge a Gate Lord to steal its eye.

For complete stats:

Subscribe to the Narcogen's YouTube channel for Anger, Sadness and Envy video podcasts:

Destiny (Video Game),Bungie,Bungie Studios (Organization),Cooperative Gameplay (Gameplay Mode),Cooperative Game (Game Genre),Let's Play,First Person Shooter,Shooter Game (Media Genre),Shared World Shooter,Action Game (Video Game Genre),DestinyTheGame,Activision (Video Game Developer)

Podtacular 448: Extra Life 2014

October 28th, 2014 by (Dust Storm)

This past weekend, we joined thousands of gamers around the world in support of Extra Life, a 24-hour charity event where people play video games to raise donations for their local children’s hospitals.  We were blessed to reach our initial goal of $500 and we appreciate everyone who donated to the cause.  While the event is over, you can still contribute to our Extra Life team.  We had a great schedule of Halo gameplay including a shenanigan-filled Halo 3 campaign with the Podtacular staff.  If you’re interested in finding out what happened, you can go here.

In Halo news, IGN released the final two videos of The Master Chief Collection running at 1080P, 60FPS.  Halo 3 look surprisingly good despite the age of the engine, being able to pick out the subtitles in textures and the smoothness of models.  Stonetown, the remake of Zanzibar got the in-depth walk-through treatment this week.  Halo Fest is returning for the launch of The Master Chief Collection, but not in the way you may remember it if you were at Pax Prime in 2011.  Finally, we got a trailer for Remaking the Legend Halo 2: Anniversary documentary that will be premiering on Friday and available for free on Xbox Video and the Halo Channel November 11th.

Forging a Masterpiece

October 28th, 2014 by
IGN's Master Chief Collection offering today is a walkthrough of Halo 2 Anniversary's Forge... and all I can say is 'wow'. Go watch. Thanks, Moorpheusl9.(Louis Wu 17:54:01 UTC)

Gods Among

October 28th, 2014 by
Kermit found some really slick Halo artwork for sale on Etsy - swing by and see what you think! It's available in both 11x14 and 16x20, so you can pick how much of your wall it'll take up.(Louis Wu 17:51:19 UTC)

Update – Patch Notes

October 28th, 2014 by Bungie.Net Content Feed
The one about Atheon's revenge.

ASE Ep. 139 Marathon EVIL 15: Septic Exodus Part 3

October 28th, 2014 by narcogen
Septic Exodus Part 3

We've finished with the canonical Marathon Trilogy and are moving on to third party scenarios, starting with EVIL. In this scenario, a UESC ship from Tau Ceti runs into a spatial anomaly that sends them far away where we encounter something dark and evil.

Blackstar and Narcogen arrive at what seems to be the level's last puzzle but have trouble making the machinery work.

EVIL can be played, like the other Marathon games, using the open source Aleph One engine which you can get here for Windows, Mac and Linux:

EVIL and other third party scenarios for the Aleph One engine can be downloaded here:

We use irons' Co-Op script, which gives weapons and ammo to both players if either picks any up, and prevents weapon loss on death (so items can't be destroyed in lava or slime). The script also allows one player to teleport to a destination set by themselves or their partner, in case co-op players run into a problem a solo player would have to restart for.

EVIL has its own spoiler guide:

Subscribe to the Narcogen's YouTube channel for Anger, Sadness and Envy video podcasts:

Subscribe to the iTunes channel or RSS feed for shorts and audio podcasts:

Music used in this episode:

"What About Bob?" by Alexander Seropian, remixed by Craig Hardgrove (intro music)
"New Pacific (Reprise)" by Alexander Seropian, remixed by Craig Hardgrove (outro music)

Marathon,Marathon Infinity (Video Game),Bungie,Bungie Studios (Organization),Cooperative Gameplay (Gameplay Mode),Cooperative Game (Game Genre),Let's Play