Archive for September, 2013

Halo 3 – Free in October

September 30th, 2013
It looks like Halo 3 will finally be free to XBL Gold members, beginning on October 16 - it was one of the early promises of the Games with Gold program announced at E3 this year, and if you're a Gold subscriber, you'll be able to collect during the second half of October. Nice! Thanks to Major Nelson for the news.(Louis Wu 20:23:08 UTC)

Halo 4 Matchmaking Update: 9.30.13

September 30th, 2013

Today, we've updated Matchmaking across several playlists, including Team Snipers, Team Doubles, Team Action Sack, and more. Read on for details!

Team Snipers has received new and updated maps. Ragnarok has received heavily optimized respawns, and Pitfall and Vertigo have been added to the playlist alongside Community Forge maps “The Ark,” made by The Fated Fire and “Opticon,” made by SaItyKoalaBear. In addition to these updated maps, we’ve also added some variety with new game types.

The first of these are Covenant and Forerunner Snipers, which equip players with Beam Rifles and Binary Rifles, respectively. Also, the traditional Team Snipers variant no longer has any on-map weapons, and each game type (Team Snipers, Covenant Snipers, and Forerunner Snipers) features single-weapon sniping experiences. Snapshot, a new game type, has also been introduced in this week's update. In this new game type, only “un-zoomed” kills will add to your team score. Players will still be able to zoom in, and even kill opponents whilst in-scope, but these kills will not count towards your team score. Players start with both the Beam Rifle and UNSC Sniper Rifle. Extensive playtesting went into this game type, and we decided to start players with the Beam Rifle as the primary weapon due to the fact that un-zoomed kills with this weapon come at a faster and smoother pace, and we believe that this leads to an optimal flow.

King of the Hill has returned for a two-week period as our featured playlist. In this playlist, we've introduced Legendary KotH to the voting options, which offers a slightly different experience that entails sequential hill movement and locked Loadouts. The King of the Hill playlist requires Champions Bundle DLC. We will continue to monitor feedback and data regarding DLC requirements in Matchmaking, and will also continue to provide regular updates regarding our decisions. As stated in the 9.11 Halo Bulletin, playlist consolidation has continued this week, with Multi-Team, Dominion, and Champions Bundle DLC giving up their permanent spot in the Matchmaking line-up.

Capture the Flag also returns to the Team Doubles playlist this week, with CTF now playable on Simplex, Graphite, and Pitfall. Action Sack's Mini Slayer has also received a new map, Shortbow, which is a playspace on Longbow's "B" base made specifically for smaller (but not lesser) Spartans. Lastly, the Infinity Slayer playlist has been renamed to Team Slayer due to the wide variety of Slayer game types offered in the playlist.

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Master Chief Pulled Over – A Halo 4 Machinima

September 30th, 2013

From Archellik:

Do you have any idea how fast you were going?

Master Chief Pulled Over - A Halo 4 Machinima

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Halo 4 Weekly Challenges: 9.30.13

September 30th, 2013

War Games Weekly Challenges

Halo 4 Weekly Challenges


Spartan Ops Weekly Challenges

Halo 4 Weekly Challenges


Campaign Weekly Challenges

Halo 4 Weekly Challenges

Halo 4 Weekly Challenges

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Beyond Top 5 Halo 4 Plays, Episode 5

September 30th, 2013

From Beyond Entertainment:

Beyond Entertainment is proud to showcase the fifth installment of our Top 5 with commentary by xClicked and editing by Jazzy.

Beyond Top 5 Halo 4 Plays, Episode 5

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Podtacular 392: Gotta Collect Them All

September 29th, 2013

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The Halo Universe is massive and envelops a wide range of entertainment and fandom, whether it be the Halo mythos, to machinima, to cosplayers. While Halo is a mature rated game, it doesn’t mean that there are those of the younger audience to be left out. One, perhaps under-recognized corner of the Halo Universe suitable for all ages is the collectables like Halo Mega Bloks and McFarlane toys. Like many other communities in the greater collective, the collectors out there are among the most passionate Halo fans, and who better suited to have HaloFanForLife, Gagnon and The Lionheart on to discuss the wide array of Halo collectables. Don’t forget to check out this week’s Halo Bulletin for the latest matchmaking updates too. Enjoy

WAC Halo

September 29th, 2013
robofin117 noticed a Garry's Mod project that features Halo Pelicans, Hornets, and Falcons... looks pretty promising!(Louis Wu 15:42:10 UTC)

Kicking Halo’s Butt

September 29th, 2013
slYnki has completed a pretty impressive task... he's done a single-segment, no-deaths Legendary run of Halo (the first one)... in under 2 hours. Wonga! Go read his description, and find links to both the run itself and audio commentary, in his forum post.(Louis Wu 15:34:11 UTC)

Campaign Theater in Halo 4

September 29th, 2013
Teh Ban Stick is a modder who found a way to enable Halo 4 Campaign films. (The reasons why the rest of us don't have this feature are hashed out in the forum thread started by gamerguy2002... but it's still cool to see.) Check it out!(Louis Wu 15:29:08 UTC)

Halo Waypoint 2013-09-29 01:01:58

September 29th, 2013

Line ‘em up

September 28th, 2013
nillapuddin likes his consistency... so he's created a full set of cover art for all of his Halo titles, from the original Halo CE right through Spartan Assault. And they're all available for download, if you'd like to follow suit! Nice.(Louis Wu 12:23:34 UTC)

The art of replayability

September 28th, 2013
A Metro News reader tackles the question of what makes people replay a game, even though they've got a huge backlog of games facing them... and Halo is the example held up. Excuse me, I need to go play...(Louis Wu 12:11:11 UTC)

Fails of the Weak Volume 158

September 28th, 2013
The AH crew are back with another Fails of the Weak - Geoff and Jack make fun of gamertags and gameplay mistakes in this 158th collection of fails. You can watch it at AH.com or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201.(Louis Wu 12:06:18 UTC)

Versus S02E04: Countdown To Countdown

September 28th, 2013
aPK told us about the latest Versus - he and Clicked face off on aPK's Halo 4 remake of Countdown, for all the marbles. (Or at least all the teabags.) You'll have a chance to play this map yourself, come Tuesday! Check it out. (Louis Wu 12:01:58 UTC)

Essential Interview: Loftus on the Visual Guide

September 28th, 2013
Posting this a little bit late... apologies. Been one of those days. davidfuchs pointed out an interview that the Forward Unto Dawn crew did with Stephen Loftus, focusing on the Scalemaster's contributions to the recently-released Halo 4 Essential Visual Guide. Great read!(Louis Wu 23:50:16 UTC)

The Last Mail Sack

September 28th, 2013
All good things...

Halo 4 Friday Caption Fun 21

September 27th, 2013

Last week, for our Friday Caption Fun festivities, you provided quips for an image featuring a strangely familiar blue figure. Here are the top captions you left for that particular image!

Halo 4 Screenshot


"It turns out that Jimmy was staring at a reversed image of himself for three days before realizing it wasn't an AI." -A Rock Launcher
"You flickered, that counts as a blink. I win again." -thy ReaperMC
"Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope." -iTrentz
"Your package has arrived, sir. One cloak as ordered." -DarkraiNewmoon
"I thought you'd be taller." -Noble138
"Day 100: He's still staring at me." -RubricFlunky553
"In other news, Halo Xbox One hasn't sold a single copy to a teenage boy." -Prophetic Onion
"Chief, I think I got this Spartan cosplay down." -Das Kalk
"Note to self: Cortana is on the other data disk." -SaintMartyrG1rl
"Wait, give me a minute. Uhmm... New glasses? Did you do something with your hair?" -Plastic Hassle


Now that we've wrapped up that picture, let's start a new one. Up for your captioning pleasure this week is an image featuring a Warthog. Soak in the screenshot, then leave your witty and relevant quip in a comment. Off you go!

Halo 4 Screenshot

Author: RECEPTOR 17

Caption your heart out here!

Halo 4 – Fails of the Weak 158

September 27th, 2013

From Rooster Teeth:

It's Friday, which means it is time for your weekly dose of failure. Enjoy Fails of the Weak!

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

Halo 4 - Fails of the Weak 158

The Lost Medals Chronicles, Episode 1 – A Halo 4 Machinima

September 27th, 2013

From Halo Diehards:

Noble finds some Halo 4 medals that have been misplaced.

The Lost Medals Chronicles, Episode 1 - A Halo 4 Machinima

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Paper’s Test Night: 9.28.13

September 27th, 2013

From AgentPaperCraft:

Hello Waypoint goers, every Saturday at 6PM ET I hold a weekly test night lobby for players to get top-notch feedback from some of the best forgers out there for your maps and custom game types. We aim to make you a better forger by offering advice on flow, weapon placement and overall design of your maps, teaching you the ins and outs of custom multiplayer map design. Join us this week as we test Ricochet maps for the upcoming contest. This is the perfect opportunity to perfect your map before officially submitting it to the Community Cartographers and Certain Affinity. For more information and to sign up, stop by our thread!

We're happy to announce that the Test Night will be supporting ForgeHub as well, offering open arms to their community and site. Be sure to swing by ForgeHub and check out the fresh new site smell and new map database tool, with searching and tagging features that make finding and posting maps that much easier. We will have several of the staff stopping by the lobby to introduce themselves and explain the ForgeHub story. In the meantime, forge smart and have fun. We'll see you there.

Waypoint Weekly Test Nights

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