Archive for December, 2012

Halo 4 Infinity Challenge – Week 3

December 31st, 2012
Over at Halo Waypoint, Bravo posted an update on the Halo 4 Infinity Challenge - the playlist this week is Regicide. (To clarify, it's the FFA list, not the team one.) Play to earn points, and rise (or fall, I suppose) on the Leaderboard!(Louis Wu 21:08:10 UTC)

Halo/Halo 2 Cutscene Commentary

December 31st, 2012
In 2007, Bungie released a DVD with the Legendary Edition of Halo 3 that contained all of the Halo and Halo 2 cutscenes on it. Nothing really suprising here (well, they WERE re-rendered to clean up some minor glitches)... but there WAS a special part. There was a Directors Commentary track, with Joe Staten, Marty O'Donnell, and Jason Jones talking about the making of the game in the context of these cutscenes. For fans of the company, it's gold. We've never put it online before, partly because it was exclusive to the Legendary Edition, and partly because it's more than 2 hours of video, in just a couple of files... we're not made of money here. A few days ago, though, FyreWulff pointed out that he'd predicted, back in 2009, that these might be available here by the end of 2012. Foolishly, I suggested that I had the power to make that prediction come true. Five years is long enough... so although the video quality is pretty low (after all, the cutscenes are available in much higher quality in many other places, including our own Cutscene Library), the critical part - the audio commentary - is now available for your listening pleasure. Halo commentary is here, while Halo 2 commentary is here. Be sure to thank FyreWulff for making this happen!(Louis Wu 19:47:09 UTC)

Halo 4 Mythbusters Ep 4

December 31st, 2012
Defend the House released the fourth episode of their Halo 4 Mythbusters series... another great collection of factoids! Go watch. Thanks, u4iX.(Louis Wu 19:25:40 UTC)

Die-cast Mega Bloks leave something to be desired

December 31st, 2012
Shadders tried out the new Mega Bloks Halo Metal Series. He was unimpressed. Bummer!(Louis Wu 19:24:08 UTC)

More Halo 4 Concept Art from Sparth

December 31st, 2012
Sparth put another pair of images up on his Tumblr - amazing concept art from Halo 4. Thanks, TheOddOne.(Louis Wu 19:22:54 UTC)

GameTrailers taps Halo 4 for Best Graphics of 2012

December 31st, 2012
GameTrailers posted their Game of the Year awards, and Halo 4 took home Best Graphics. (It was nominated for, but didn't win, a number of other categories: Best Platform Exclusive, Best Shooter, Best Multiplayer, Best Soundtrack, and Best Story.) Thanks, UNKNOWN iXi.(Louis Wu 19:21:21 UTC)

Assassination Library

December 30th, 2012
Zylon 0217 let us know that he's released a video containing ALL Halo 4 Assassination animations... great work! (The slo-mo gets old... but the content rocks.) (Louis Wu 23:34:11 UTC)

Charity Marathon – in progress now!

December 30th, 2012
slYnki stopped by to remind us that his Halo charity marathon is streaming now - swing by and see how fast he can get through all titles! (As of now, 5.5 hours in, he's already into ODST - so get to watching!)(Louis Wu 23:29:07 UTC)

Forerunner Fan Art

December 30th, 2012
Sl'askia found an artist on DeviantART with pics of the Ur-Didact and the Librarian (and more - check the full gallery) - see what you think!(Louis Wu 23:22:07 UTC)

A long-time fan rants

December 30th, 2012
Avateur wrote up his thoughts about Halo 4 (in three separate posts - follow the thread after that first post). His language is pretty inflammatory, but he makes some decent points. Give it a read!(Louis Wu 23:20:29 UTC)

Halo Tricking, Old School

December 30th, 2012
Running late... but it's still Sunday! Sligfantry stopped in with a pair of videos - the first shows a cool descent from the twin bridges on AotCR (and Two Betrayals, as far as that goes), while the second shows a pretty slick technique for Banshee flying outside of Two Betrayals. Watch both!(Louis Wu 23:18:58 UTC)

Halo Tricking, Old School

December 30th, 2012
Running late... but it's still Sunday! Sligfantry stopped in with a pair of videos - the first shows a cool descent from the twin bridges on AotCR (and Two Betrayals, as far as that goes), while the second shows a pretty slick technique for Banshee flying outside of Two Betrayals. Watch both!(Louis Wu 23:18:58 UTC)

Halo Anticheat 2

December 29th, 2012
Btcc22 let us know about Halo Anticheat, a Halo PC mod that supports all versions of both Halo CE and Halo PC. Despite its name, it contains no anticheat... but it DOES contain quite a lot of other features. Go read about what's there, and what's coming - and grab a copy to try out!(Louis Wu 21:40:25 UTC)

Reclaimer Pelican Hijack, Simplified

December 29th, 2012
A couple of days ago, we pointed you to a tutorial showing you how to fly a Pelican on Reclaimer. MelkorTheGreat and friends have messed around with this, and have come up with a much easier way of making it happen (only two players are needed, instead of 3). Take a look! (Louis Wu 20:11:52 UTC)

Fails of the Weak 119

December 29th, 2012
The Achievement Hunter team has released their last Fails of the Weak for 2012 - it's number 119, and it shows off some pretty funny missteps in Halo 4. Watch it on AchievementHunter.com or on YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 20:09:46 UTC)

Clever Musings covers Spartan Ops Episode 2

December 29th, 2012
The Clever Musings crew have put up their recap of Spartan Ops Episode 2 - go check it out! Thanks, Carmelo M.(Louis Wu 20:08:03 UTC)

A Vintage Gift

December 28th, 2012
I stepped out onto the porch today to pick up a box left by UPS - it came from an address I didn't recognize, in western Washington. Upon opening it, I found a bottle of Halo 4-labeled wine! A card inside showed that it came from Patterson Cellars, in Woodinville, WA - I'll have to report back at a future date to let you know what it tastes like. And a Happy Holidays to you, too, 343! That's one beautiful bottle.(Louis Wu 21:12:25 UTC)

The Tao of RvB

December 28th, 2012
Hypertrooper tipped us off to a 24 hour Halo-themed t-shirt sale at TheYetee - it's $11 plus shipping (available worldwide), you can grab it in black or navy, and the design is pretty cool! Check it out.(Louis Wu 15:02:33 UTC)

Anoj’s Halo 4 Top 10 Ep 8: Skill Kills

December 28th, 2012
Anoj is back with a new Top 10 - he calls this one 'Skill Kills'. Not sure I'd agree with the characterization - but most are fun to watch. Thanks, Jordan Bell.(Louis Wu 14:56:43 UTC)

A Playtime Christmas

December 28th, 2012
Nevin 'CruelLEGACEY' Douglas released A Playtime Christmas - I have to admit, it disturbed me a little bit. Excuse me while I go find my lead underwear. (Louis Wu 14:55:10 UTC)