Archive for December, 2014

Goodbye to 2014 – See You Next Year!

December 31st, 2014
We're definitely ending this year on a slower note than we started it - not from a Halo news standpoint, but from a Halo news coverage standpoint. And for this, I'm really sorry. Fingers are crossed that time will become easier to find in the new year! In the meantime, enjoy the Halo 5 Beta, going on now, and from the crew here at HBO, best wishes for a fantastic 2015!(Louis Wu 21:49:45 UTC)

Halo 5 and the Death of Master Chief

December 30th, 2014
Den of Geek has an interesting opinion piece on the future of the Master Chief - will he survive the end of Halo 5? Go read.(Louis Wu 23:59:57 UTC)

Let’s Play Destiny Co-Op #31: Fist of Crota

December 30th, 2014
Fist of Crota

We start playing the first story mission of the Dark Below expansion: Fist of Crota, that introduces us to Eris Morn, the new tower vendor, and our new mission to destroy Crota, one piece at a time.

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https://www.bungie.net/en/Legend/PGCR/1/4611686018429850686/2305843009221559453/1068361077?_

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Preorders might be getting out of hand

December 29th, 2014
Moorpheusl9 noticed an article at Gamespot that delineated the 3 Halo 5 Collector's Editions... even if they're not fully laid out by 343 yet. Are you up for spending $250 on a package that includes 'a commemorative numbered statue', with details to be shared later?(Louis Wu 23:02:24 UTC)

Flood onslaught challenge

December 29th, 2014
Rockslider is back with a couple of new vids - he's been messing with Flood in 'Keyes', and the end result is a lot of booms. Go watch!(Louis Wu 22:55:56 UTC)

Super Heroes vs Game Heroes

December 27th, 2014
SEspider stopped by with Super Heros vs Game Heroes, a video put together by Corridor Digital - what would happen if superheroes fought video game heroes? (Master Chief is along for the ride, of course.) Go watch!(Louis Wu 20:09:42 UTC)

Leslie and Druko’s Christmas Carol

December 27th, 2014
A few days ago, we had a visit from a familiar name, Haloplayer from Injured Knee Productions... they were playing around with the Master Chief Collection, and put together a quick Christmas machinima to test things out. Go watch! (Will probably be offensive to some.)(Louis Wu 20:06:06 UTC)

Let’s Play Destiny Co-Op #30: Vault of Glass Part 6 Atheon Finish

December 26th, 2014
Vault of Glass Part 6 Atheon Finish

This is the final battle against the ultimate Vex menace, Atheon, the Conflux of Time. This portion focuses on the later portions of the battle, including travel through the Past and Future portals.

For complete stats:

https://www.bungie.net/en/Legend/PGCR/1/4611686018429850686/2305843009219998689/760228451?_

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Tis the Season

December 25th, 2014
M E R R Y    C H R I S T M A S !


From the HBO crew and our families, to you and yours, we wish you the merriest of holiday seasons. Pax.

(We'll be back updating on Sunday, the 26th.)

Dance of the Sugar Plum Goblin

December 25th, 2014
Dance of the Sugar Plum Goblin

Blackstar and Narcogen find a magical invisible holiday Goblin.

Let’s Play Destiny Co-Op #29: Vault of Glass Part 5 Atheon Start

December 24th, 2014
Vault of Glass Part 5: Atheon Start

This is the final battle against the ultimate Vex menace, Atheon, the Conflux of Time. This portion focuses on the early portions of the battle, all in the present time frame.

For complete stats:

https://www.bungie.net/en/Legend/PGCR/1/4611686018429850686/2305843009219998689/760228451?_

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

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Did you know about this?

December 23rd, 2014
serpx pointed out a pretty cool page on Halo Waypoint that I hadn't noticed before - there's a formalized Community Feedback Program, and if you live in the US, you can sign up to take part in surveys that will help 343 build better products for you in the future! Check it out.(Louis Wu 22:22:49 UTC)

Melissa Returns with a Vengeance

December 23rd, 2014
Laird stopped by to point out a tweet from Child's Play - right now, C A Harris, the artist behind some very cool artwork created for Child's Play back in 2004, has re-released the original art, redone for 2014 - and 50% of all sales go to Child's Play. If you missed this the first time around, don't miss it again! (Louis Wu 22:20:52 UTC)

Don’t forget to bring the Tang

December 23rd, 2014
DrBizz let us know that he's posted a new, really odd vid; he managed to explore Oracle IN Halo 2 Anniversary while both invincible and with zero gravity! Pretty awesome. Check it out!(Louis Wu 22:15:35 UTC)

MCC Content Update Drops

December 22nd, 2014
343 has documented the latest MCC Content Update - swing by to read what's new. (Short version: Halo 4 Spartan Ops, matchmaking updates, bug fixes, improvements.) Thanks, uberfoop.(Louis Wu 22:34:46 UTC)

A monster PoA – new pics

December 22nd, 2014
The last time we mentioned Lee Jones' 100+kg Pillar of Autumn model made of LEGOs was back in November - if you missed it then, or didn't get enough of it, swing by MOCpages to see it again! Thanks, munky-058.(Louis Wu 22:32:28 UTC)

Hyper-realistic renders

December 22nd, 2014
A little catch-up... munky-058 ran across a pretty slick picture of a Pelican - it was created by Reno Levi and Cki Vang. Swing by Facebook for some other very cool Halo 2 Anniversary artwork - love the Scorpion!(Louis Wu 22:28:00 UTC)

In thanks for your continued patience

December 21st, 2014
This should have been posted a couple of days ago - and for the delay, I apologize. Bonnie Ross has written a thank-you to Halo fans over on the Xbox Wire - and if you've purchased the Master Chief Collection, it would behoove you to read it. In it, she apologizes for the problems the release has had, she looks forward to what else is being fixed soon, and she offers an olive branch to outraged consumers: a free month of Live, a free avatar, and a free nameplate will be available to anyone who played the MCC between launch and December 19. Oh, and a couple of biggies: The Halo 3: ODST campaign... and the Halo 2 multiplayer map Relic, reimagined for Halo 2: Anniversary. There are more details on the offer on Halo Waypoint. To 343, I say, good on ya!(Louis Wu 20:25:27 UTC)

Halo 5 MP stream

December 21st, 2014
We are streaming more of the Halo 5 MP beta. Come watch!(mastrbiggy 00:48:19 UTC)

Podtacular 456: What Have We to Say Now

December 21st, 2014

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It is certainly an interesting time to be a Halo player, with the constant updates of the Master Chief Collection, but our patience will being rewarded.  Bonnie Ross announced earlier this week that Exclusive in-game items and Halo 3: ODST will be available for free for those who played the game between it’s launch and 19 December, and everyone will receive a Remastered Relic for Halo 2 Anniversary.  Furthermore, the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta is receiving an early access period for folks from the media and those who are a part of the Xbox One Dashboard Preview Program.  Amongst the news, we welcome returning guest CMNeir from Halo Tricks and new guests Robowski from Post Game Carnage Report and Drew Freeman from Podcast Evolved.