Archive for March, 2007

New Gears of War patch with new Gametype and bug fixes

March 31st, 2007

Epic's Mark Rein announced on their forums that GoW is getting patch with some promising gameplay enhancements. There's a new gametype called Annex and some bug fixes. He promises more details next week. The patch is currently going through certification. From his post on the forums:

The next title update for Gears of War is currently going through the certification process. We'll have more detail about the update next week but I can tell you that in addition to fixing a whole bunch of glitches, and providing 720p for VGA users running at 1280x1024, it will contain a brand new multiplayer gametype called Annex.

Some folks who got to play it a few weeks ago said they think it is our best multiplayer gametype yet but I'll leave it for you fans to decide what you think for yourself when it shows up soon on Xbox Live. More details next week.
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Hi-Res CA Screens

March 31st, 2007
Phan7om noticed that Certain Affinity's website is hosting very high resolution versions of the two new screenshots - 3480x2106 pixels apiece, to be exact. Nice!(Louis Wu 19:45:03 UTC)

Pod TV Episode 9: Superjumps and Glitching

March 31st, 2007

iPod version | YouTube version

This episode is a little different. It's kind of an instructional montage on how to superbounce and perform certain glitches, with a really sweet soundtrack. Thanks to the crew that put it together: Cryptoflix, Molers, Darqnight, and Paradox. Check it out!

Pod TV Episode 9: Superjumps and Glitching

March 31st, 2007

iPod version | YouTube version

This episode is a little different. It's kind of an instructional montage on how to superbounce and perform certain glitches, with a really sweet soundtrack. Thanks to the crew that put it together: Cryptoflix, Molers, Darqnight, and Paradox. Check it out!

Biting the Hand

March 31st, 2007
Red vs Episode 93 has now been posted for sponsors. (As always, it'll be up for the general public in a few days.) This won't make a lot of sense if you've never watched the Out of Mind series they posted on Marketplace last year; all 5 episodes are available in their video archive, if you haven't seen them yet. Also, the Reds find some stuff. And accidentally make fun of Bungie's storytelling techniques.(Louis Wu 12:07:45 UTC)

Fan-made HEH

March 31st, 2007
NeuroKoNeza had been working on a remake of Hang 'Em High for Halo2Vista - he was shooting for a Colossus-type environment. You can see a couple of shots of his work in progress over on the Gearbox forums - looks like he's not sure whether to continue work, or simply let the Bungie version step in.(Louis Wu 12:01:04 UTC)

A cautionary tale…

March 31st, 2007
A high school student in Michigan spent 9 months organizing a Halo tournament to be held on school grounds. He did everything right; he talked to school officials, he organized parents and teachers to act as chaperones, he advertised both in school and out. All was copacetic - until 4 days before the event, His dad contacted the local police to inquire about the availability of a uniformed officer to provide security (they were expecting in excess of 300 people); with just a couple of days to go, and $650 out of pocket for the teenaged organizer, the tournament was shut down. Ouch! Read the details in the Ann Arbor News.(Louis Wu 11:34:38 UTC)

Blast from the Past

March 31st, 2007
Teen Ink has reviewed the Halo 2 Original Soundtrack, Volume 1. At least, it LOOKS like a new review... (Louis Wu 11:29:47 UTC)

When Bloggers Get Bored

March 31st, 2007
Last weekend, we posted a link to an article at Unconfirmed Sources - it was clearly parody, but at the time I thought it was a one-off. I was wrong. They've got a followup.(Louis Wu 11:25:58 UTC)

DPAD looks at MLG 2007

March 31st, 2007
GotFrag posted an article looking at the changes in the MLG rules and gametypes, and how those might affect the standings in the upcoming season. Go read!(Louis Wu 11:23:02 UTC)

The Voices Trailer

March 31st, 2007
QuickTactical pointed out a trailer for 'The Voices', a machinima series coming out in a few months. It's... odd.(Louis Wu 11:18:44 UTC)

MLG Interviews XiT

March 31st, 2007
XiT Woundz is one of the pro squads that did some major rearranging with their roster after the end of last season - they're back, and rarin' to go for Charlotte with two new players, and you can see what they're thinking in a new interview at MLGPro.com. Thanks, Tyger.(Louis Wu 11:14:44 UTC)

Medals We Could Use

March 31st, 2007
Mister Froggy has posted Halo, Articulated #26 - methinks he had some bad experiences in MatchMaking recently.(Louis Wu 11:10:50 UTC)

Monkey Sounds and a Crane

March 30th, 2007
The Bungie Weekly Update is up way early this week - it's mostly about the new Halo 2 maps announced today, but there's also a bit about a comic convention in Seattle this weekend, if you're nearby. Be very, very happy that Bungie found a way for all Halo 2 players - Xbox and 360 alike - to play these maps! A good read, overall - I'm looking forward to April 17! Readable, as always, on Bungie.net or in our Weekly Update Archive. And Frankie, predictably, was first.(Louis Wu 22:54:16 UTC)

Bungie Weekly Update

March 30th, 2007
In this weeks update, we concentrate almost exclusively on the new Halo 2 maps, announced this morning. Lots o' details inside!

How To Make Halo Machinima

March 30th, 2007
Alexander 'Nerrolken' Winn, the leader of the Edgeworks Entertainment crew, has put together a very nicely laid-out tutorial entitled 'How To Make Halo Machinima'. Give it a read; there's lots to learn! (Louis Wu 20:05:36 UTC)

Holy Shazbot! New Halo 2 map info!!

March 30th, 2007

Big news from Bungie! Frankie finally revealed the details today about the new Halo 2 maps.

Tombstone

Halo 2 players can now play arguably the best Halo 1 map out there: Hang 'em High! Time to get the BRs ready and prepare for some mid-range pwnage across the map. This map is so awesome for juggernaut, moving KOTH, territories, and team slayer. It has a cool new look too... it looks like it's in a loading dock area of Halo 2.

Desolation

The remake of Halo's Derelict, this map makes for some interesting rumble pit games and great 2v2 matches. It's a small map with some carefully placed transporters and tunnels to make for some narrow escapes and just in time cover.

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Just when you thought that was all, Frankie tells us these maps will be $4 and they'll be available for Xbox 1 and the Xbox 360. You'll need a gold account to download the maps. They'll be available April 17th. We can't wait! More info at bungie.net.

Hang ‘Em High and Derelict coming to HALO 2!

March 30th, 2007

Hang 'Em High now called Tombstone
The new Hang 'Em High is known as Tombstone

Remember the H2 maps anounced a while back? Well they are being released on April 17 and they are renditions of Derelict and Hang 'em High. $4 will get you both maps. I hope they're cool and work well with the H2 weapons. Now if only I could make a playlist to only play hang 'em with snipers.

Gamespot coverage

Press release:

“Halo 2” Fans Prepare for Battle as Exclusive New Maps Expand the Most Popular Title on Xbox LIVE

Two of the most popular multiplayer maps from the original “Halo: Combat Evolved” will arrive as premium downloadable content for “Halo 2” in April.

REDMOND, Wash. — March 30, 2007 — Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie Studios today confirmed the upcoming release of two new, eagerly awaited downloadable maps for “Halo® 2.” The maps will be available as premium downloadable content for Xbox® and Xbox 360™ on April 17.

Fans of the original “Halo” have long requested the addition of some of their favorite maps to the critically acclaimed multiplayer experience of “Halo 2.” These re-creations, developed by Bungie and Certain Affinity Inc., are a perfect way to thank fans for their support as they surpass 800 million hours of “Halo 2” gaming on Xbox LIVE®.

The two maps will bring new life to ancient battlefields and legendary skirmishes, as both are new, improved and redesigned remakes of fan favorites from the original “Halo: Combat Evolved.” For the price of $4 for the pair, these maps bring a fresh burst of action to the seminal “Halo 2” online multiplayer experience. Both of the maps will be available through the “Halo 2” in-game content downloader for both Xbox and Xbox 360.*

The king of “Halo” maps has returned at last. Hang ’Em High, arguably the most popular multiplayer map for the original title, has been reimagined for “Halo 2” as Tombstone, with all-new graphics, features and a few hidden surprises. Now fans will enjoy the dangerous catwalks and trenches that made this the most requested “Halo” multiplayer map ever, with a modernized “Halo 2” flavor.

The second map, Desolation, is a symmetrical, Deathmatch-oriented map and a beautiful remake of the original Derelict. With new graphics and effects and a massive gameplay overhaul, the old favorite is now faster-paced and more balanced than ever — perfect for intense “Halo 2” combat.

“Halo 2” is the sequel to the highly successful and critically acclaimed “Halo: Combat Evolved” and represents the second chapter in the epic “Halo” trilogy. Since its launch in fall 2004, “Halo 2” has maintained its place as the most popular Xbox LIVE title ever. To date, gamers have logged more than 800 million hours of “Halo” multiplayer action on Xbox LIVE, and they are eagerly awaiting “Halo 3,” slated for release this fall. The “Halo” franchise is among the biggest worldwide entertainment properties in history and continues to change the way people think about interactive entertainment.

The new Hang 'Em High:

The new Derelict:

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Trade in your Glock for an M19 SSM RL

March 30th, 2007
Wow. This one's pretty interesting. Several sites (Engadget, Techdirt) are quoting a Reuters article about a new program from the Mexican government, an attempt to get guns off the streets; turn in a gun, get tech stuff. High-caliber weapons net you a computer, while handguns get you an Xbox. As Davidgojr (who sent in this story) says, this might generate a few new Halo players...(Louis Wu 17:40:08 UTC)

Dew Process.

March 30th, 2007
Last week, Kotaku mentioned a marketing program that involved Halo-branded Mountain Dew. Stuntmutt gets down to what it REALLY means in today's One One Se7en.(Louis Wu 16:59:51 UTC)