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  • Blog Post: A Guided Tour Of Halo 5: Guardians' Newest Map, Fathom

    Developer 343 Industries iterates on multiplayer maps for thousands of man-hours before it lands on a design that feels endlessly repayable. This means that even the slightest details of a map are scrutinized under a magnifying glass. In order to get a better understanding of Fathom’s ins-and-outs... More
  • Blog Post: The Future Of Halo's Universe: Video Interview With 343's Bonnie Ross

    The Halo franchise is home to a massive number of novels, short stories, comics, podcasts, and of course video games. In the time between Halo 4 and the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians, that list of additional media has grown significantly. Head and founder of 343 Industries Bonnie Ross sat down with us to... More
  • Blog Post: Revealing The Story Of Halo 5: Guardians' Campaign

    Over the last fourteen years, countless stories have been told within the Halo universe. We've followed humanity's struggle against the alien Covenant, the god-like Forerunners, and the parasitic Flood through the eyes of a wide roster of characters. Much of it has been told in a variety of media... More
  • Blog Post: Exclusive First Hands-On With Halo 5: Guardian’s New 24-Player Mode, Warzone

    Earlier today, 343 Industries revealed the new Halo 5: Guardian’s multiplayer mode, Warzone. This aims to take all the depth of a traditional Halo multiplayer match and layer in elements from the series’ single-player experience. Weeks ago, during our recent Halo 5: Guardian’s cover... More
  • Blog Post: Halo 5: Guardians – Unmasking The Fireteam Hunting Master Chief

    During last year’s Halo: Nightfall five-part digital series, fans were introduced to Jameson Locke, a capable soldier and ONI Acquisitions Specialist sent to investigate Covenant activity on the planet Sedra. For Halo 5: Guardians, Locke has been promoted to Spartan and tasked with hunting down... More
  • Blog Post: Halo 5: Guardians – The Spartans Tough Enough To Work With Master Chief

    Master Chief has become one of the most iconic characters in gaming, but for Halo 5: Guardians he won't be riding solo. This time around, the Chief is joined by three of his fellow schoolmates that help make up Blue Team. In spite of Halo's wealth of transmedia, 343 Industries has stated that... More
  • Blog Post: Evolved Combat: How Halo 5: Guardians Is Breaking Tradition

    After measuring the success of Halo 4's campaign and competitive matchmaking, 343 Industries was tasked with creating a next-gen Halo experience that would push new boundaries while staying true to the series' core gameplay. Internal studio head Josh Holmes and creative director Tim Longo sat... More
  • Blog Post: Keeping Promises: Seven Things That Need To Happen In 2015

    It's tough to make a promise when it comes to video game development. So many things can happen when it comes to a title or feature being completed, to say nothing of nailing a release date. That being said, there have been some...assurances, shall we say...that companies have made about their games... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Halo 5's Breakout Mode

    The Halo 5 multiplayer beta continues with the addition of a new game mode called Breakout. It’s a fast-paced, close-quarters style of match that feels a little more like Counter Strike than our beloved Halo. But despite the lack of rockets and warthogs, we’ve been enjoying it. Join Kyle... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – We’re Hilariously Bad At The Halo 5: Guardians Beta

    We got an early peak at The Halo 5 multiplayer Beta, and while it took us over 12 minutes to get into our first match, now that we've started playing we can't stop. The beta officially opens on December 29 and runs for three weeks. If you bought a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, then... More
  • Blog Post: Halo: Nightfall Wraps Up On A High Note

    If there’s one thing that seems evident from Halo: Nightfall, it’s that it would have been presented better as a single, complete entity. The episodic structure didn’t do it any favors, as we’ve mentioned in previous weeks, but the endeavor does end on stronger footing. Note:... More
  • Blog Post: Tensions Rise In Halo: Nightfall’s Fourth Episode

    After an extremely slow episode three, Halo: Nightfall starts to ramp back up to its conclusion. The series started strong, and there might just be a chance it finishes that way, too. Note: There are no spoilers for episode four, but we will freely discuss events of the first three. If you’re caught... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Bugs Happen, Broken Games Shouldn’t

    While 2014 has seen its share of delays, we certainly have no shortage of games available this holiday season. Unfortunately, in the flood of releases, multiple titles have simply not worked at launch. The relationship between a consumer and a game changes when launch day arrives. The long period represented... More
  • Blog Post: Halo: Nightfall Episode Three Draws The Short Straw

    We’ve had an early look at Halo: Nightfall’s third episode, and we wish we had better news. After a strong start in episode one, the story begins to stall out at the mid-way point. Note: There are no spoilers for this episode, but we will freely discuss items from the first two. As we learned... More
  • Blog Post: Halo: Nightfall's Second Episode Stumbles

    Watching the Halo: Nightfall series is spurring a conflict between my sensibilities and my delight at seeing Halo realized in live action. This week, my pragmatism weighs out, and I cant help feeling a bit disappointed in the saga's second act. Note: We've avoided spoilers for episode two, but... More
  • Blog Post: Unlock Armor In The Halo 5 Beta By Playing The Master Chief Collection

    With Halo: The Master Chief Collection now available, you might be wondering where to begin. One suggestion might be squaring away some cosmetic unlocks for the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta. There are five different unlocks tied to elements of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Three of them are... More
  • Blog Post: Five Major Ways Halo 5: Guardians Changes The Series’ Multiplayer

    We got an early look at the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta , and it’s an understatement to say that there are some changes. In fact, much of what long-time fans of the franchise know about the series is about to change. We decided to break down the biggest changes as a handy reference... More
  • Blog Post: Halo: Nightfall’s First Episode Gets Quickly To The Point

    Note: While there are no new spoilers in the preview below, we will mention previously revealed and publicized information. It’s easy to think of Halo: The Master Chief Collection as one in a long line of remakes and upgrades. Microsoft and 343 Industries have worked to make it more of an event... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Halo: The Master Chief Collection

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection gathers all of the Halo adventures starring Master Chief into one package, but pays special homage to Halo 2. In an effort to showcase some of the drastic aesthetic changes made to Master Chief's second journey, we're taking a quick look at one of its levels... More
  • Blog Post: Versus Mode – Debating Halo

    Versus Mode is a special feature that we're doing today, and it focuses on two editors debating the merits of a particular game or series. This entry features senior features editor Matt Helgeson debating the Halo series with senior previews editor Matt Miller. Helgeson: To start, we'll set the... More
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