Archive for January, 2013

New Beginnings

January 31st, 2013 has evolved...

Achievement PIG 112

January 31st, 2013
The Achievement Hunter crew has released Halo HORSE 112 - Gavin and Geoff try out a phalanx of new maps. Watch it on or YouTube - thanks, Nikko B201.(Louis Wu 19:08:41 UTC)

Let’s Play Spartan Ops – Two New Chapters

January 31st, 2013
Tyrant's back with a pair of episodes in his Let's Play Spartan Ops series - The Challenge pits him against some pretty mean Prometheans, while Sacred involves alcohol and a guest to save his but. Go watch!(Louis Wu 19:03:37 UTC)

More on that Needler Prop

January 31st, 2013
A couple of days ago, we pointed out a time-lapse video showing the creation of some blueprints for a Halo 4 Needler prop - today, Pyrosporkerlet us know that there's quite a bit more info about this project out there. Check out this post at for info on Volpin, and this one for specifics on the Needler project! (Louis Wu 19:01:05 UTC)

Backup on Apex – Dying Not Allowed

January 31st, 2013
RC Master let us know about another Legendary Solo No-Death run he's filmed - this one shows you the first chapter of Spartan Ops Episode 7, 'Backup'. Nice work! (Louis Wu 18:56:52 UTC)

Halo 4 – Achievement HORSE #112

January 31st, 2013

From Rooster Teeth:

Gavin and Geoff play PIG in Halo 4 to decide who will get the larger piece of steak this week.

Editor's note: Language is mature. Proceed with caution.

Halo 4 - Achievement HORSE #112


Top 10 Halo 4 Grifball Matchmaking Tips

January 31st, 2013

Halo 4 Grifball Screenshot

The fine folks over at GrifballHub enjoy getting hammered on a regular basis. They do it so often, as a matter of fact, that they have perfected the art of all things Grif and ball-related. Thankfully they're not shy about sharing their wisdom, so below you will find 10 Halo 4 Grifball Matchmaking tips, courtesy of their smashingly delightful community members. Read, learn and dominate!

Take advantage of the bomb throwing ability and keep [the ball] moving around. - Germanicus1994

Always check your radar and see if there's anyone on your plate. - BennyBedStain

On your own plate, stick with the hammer. You have a better chance of popping up an incoming runner than hitting him with a sword. Anything that makes the opponent not score is preferable. - L1ght5aber

The bomb carrier is lighter in Halo 4 than he was in Halo: Reach. Try using the hammer swing of one of your teammates to launch your bomb carrier up and over your opponents for a possible score. - a man canon

When in doubt, pass it out! Passing adds a whole new dimension to Grifball. While passing is technically intended to be an offensive tool, it can also be used defensively as well. If you find yourself trapped in a corner on the enemy side, don't try to be TacoPizzaHunter (see what I did there?), pass it back to your side of the court. - TacoPizzaHunter

Play with a full team of 4 players. Your chances of success increase when you play as a team and communicate with your teammates. If you run alone, try to join up with other's you meet or play against. - runNOKYARDrun

Learn to Waltz and Tango. That's right, put on your dancing shoes for this one. As a tank in Grifball, it is key to be able to kill the opposing players in your way as you lead your runner to the pad. Dancing is the act of moving to try and get your opponent to swing first and then stepping in to get the kill. When dancing, I find it best to move randomly around to try to get the enemy into your hammer range while staying out of theirs. It takes patience to do this correctly so take your time. - LovableLambchop

The hammer is able to reload and swing again much more quickly than it could Reach. This, in turn, causes the sword to be a lot more difficult to use in Halo 4 than it ever was before. If the hammer and sword clash (hit each other at the same time), the hammer wins. The sword can still cause some damage from behind enemies or to the sides, but it is impractical in a 1 on 1 hammer vs. sword duel. It can, however, be used rather well against the runner still. - Crusader0102

Spread the field. The runner is no longer defenseless and in need of protection 24/7. The U-6 soccer bumbleball play style is now obsolete and teams that spread the field will be able to take full advantage of the new passing mechanic in Halo 4 Grifball. - Goosechecka

Don't be afraid to get silly with it. Grifball is all about lols and shenanigans (and killing Grif). Don't be afraid to try something completely ridiculous and see if it works. Who knows, you may just become the next TacoPizzaHunter. - ForsakenMango

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Games as Lit 08 – Second Halo Podcast

January 31st, 2013
Travis Knight let us know that the second episode of their Halo-centered podcast is live - this podcast focuses on The Cole Protocol, Contact Harvest, and Ghosts of Onyx. They won't be returning to the Halo books until the after the next Greg Bear book comes out - when they do return they plan to do an in-depth comparison of the Forerunner trilogy, Niven's Ringworld and Banks' Culture. Go listen!(mastrbiggy 14:11:16 UTC)

What the Duck!?

January 31st, 2013
pete_the_duck has a very important announcement - I think it's for the best.(mastrbiggy 11:22:39 UTC)

The Halo Bulletin: 1.30.13

January 31st, 2013
Waypoint released this week's bulletin - Burnie Burns, creator of RvB and Grifball, is interviewed and details are given regarding next week's matchmaking update and Spartan Ops Episode 8. Fileshare is now fully-functioning, so go check out the bulletin walkthrough and then proceed to upload and share your Halo 4 content. A local version of the bulletin is also available.(mastrbiggy 11:14:07 UTC)

HBOMB 2013: A Retrospective

January 31st, 2013
Avateur shared his HBO Mountain Bash experience - Avateur seems to have a thing for using ice as a weapon. Go read about the madness and look at some pretty pictures - I can't believe I missed out on building a snow fort :(. Looks like everyone had a great time!(mastrbiggy 10:59:56 UTC)

Banshee Battling on the Cliffside Hilltop

January 31st, 2013
Rockslider shared a new video - he takes the Banshee fight on the level 'Halo' to the cliffside hilltops. There is one clip that shows off something really neat - I certainly haven't seen it before. See if you can spot it. Nice!(mastrbiggy 10:43:57 UTC)

PGCR 147 – plus Robowski Must Die: A Fridge 2 Far 2 Mega Contest

January 31st, 2013
Robowski let us know that the newest Post Game Carnage Report is live - they cover the latest Halo news, their run in with Podtacular and dedicate their big topic to the PGCR fans. Robowski also informed us that they have announced their biggest contest featuring A Fridge 2 Far 2 - a Limited Edition Halo CE UNSC Mega Bloks Warthog is up for grabs (Given away at Halo Fest and only 5000 were made.) Check it out!(mastrbiggy 10:30:32 UTC)

Halo Sniper Replica Causes Confusion

January 31st, 2013
FlawlessCowboy reported that Kotaku editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo recently became a target of an anti-gun movement on Facebook. Stephen is shown holding a SRS99D-S2 on the anti-gun Facebook page. In case you were wondering, the SRS99D-S2 is the Halo Sniper Rifle - whoops. (mastrbiggy 10:12:00 UTC)

Keagan Gillepsie’s Reach For A Dream Wish

January 31st, 2013
Keagan Gillepsie, who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, informed Reach For A Dream that he was a tremendous Halo fan even though he hadn't played the games. His wish was to have a party with Master Chief for his 10th Birthday. As always, Master Chief came through and spent the day with Keagan. The Chief also presented Keagan with some UNSC hardware, including an Xbox 360, Halo games and a ton of Halo gear courtesy of Xbox and Reach For A Dream. Awesome! Thanks, TheOddOne. (mastrbiggy 09:42:30 UTC)

You killed me again!

January 30th, 2013
Apparently, the elusive Louis Wu was caught on film playing Halo 4. Thanks, Cardo 8 ATL. Pax.(Crux Fidelis 21:53:57 UTC)

Your Free Time Becomes Expendable Next Week

January 30th, 2013
343 Industries has released the trailer for the upcoming Episode 8 of Spartan Ops. Check out "Expendable" on both Waypoint or YouTube. Go watch now!(GrimBrother One 19:36:59 UTC)

Halo IRL: Route 117

January 30th, 2013

Halo is a fictional universe. However, sometimes we catch sight of things in real life that remind us of our favorite science fiction video game franchise. This particular series, titled Halo in Real Life, showcases those very moments. Enjoy the subtle Halo references sometimes spotted when out and about in the real world, and if you have a picture you'd like to submit for possible future inclusion, send it to bsangel[at]!

Halo in Real Life

As seen and captured by Coux73



January 30th, 2013
Another powerful fan art creation, this time from DeviantARTist Morriperkele, was uncovered by Urban Reflex - excuse me, I think I have to go put a bandaid on my heart. (Louis Wu 18:09:36 UTC)

The Legend of 117 – Never Too Late

January 30th, 2013
AssaultGodzilla is back with a new remake of one of his earlier Halo music videos - footage from a dizzying variety of Halo-related sources are cut nicely to Three Days Grace' 'Never Too Late'. AG's characteristic timing and appropriate feeling are present throughout.(Louis Wu 18:06:38 UTC)