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  • 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
  • Blog Post: Coming Full Circle – A Look Back At The Halo Series

    Master Chief became a gaming icon after his debut in November 2001 on the first Xbox. Since then, the green-armored space soldier and his comrades in arms have continued fighting universal evils across all Microsoft’s platforms. Today, 343 Industry announced Halo 5: Guardians for the Xbox One,... More
  • Blog Post: Five Things We Want In Halo 5: Guardians

    Today Microsoft and 343 Industries announced a new chapter in the Halo series for Xbox One . Halo 5: Guardians has the Game Informer office buzzing with excitement, discussing what we want to see in this next sci-fi FPS outing. From retooled multiplayer maps to a new protagonist, these are a few elements... More
  • Blog Post: CosBlog # 85: Mini Chief by Randall Ng

    I’ve got a massive soft spot for pint-sized cosplay, meaning Mini Chief wreaked havoc on my heart. Created by Randall Ng for his son, Paxton compensates for his short stature with boatloads of style and a juice box or two. I can’t wait to see what this father/son duo comes up with next! Who... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft: First-Party, Next Generation

    In preparation of the next Xbox's big unveiling, we take a look at Microsoft's stable of first-party developers and what each studio is likely working on. While Microsoft hasn't released a lot of internally developed games this generation, the company has been quietly opening new studios... More
  • Blog Post: Five Ways To Improve Halo 4 Spartan Ops

    I’m a big fan of cooperative gaming, and have loved Halo since its first installment. In other words, I’m the target demographic for 343 Industries' new cooperative Spartan Ops game mode. The new episodic structure started off strongly with a cool first episode, but the two subsequent... More
  • Blog Post: How 343 Set A Storytelling Precedent

    343 Industries had a colossal task ahead of it when Bungie handed over the reigns to its iconic Halo franchise. Not only were the developers expected to maintain the series’ longtime fans with familiar elements, but deliver a fresh experience as well. As it turns out, 343 was up to the task. In... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Halo 4 Campaign

    Kyle did an interesting job of playing Halo 4's multiplayer during our previous Test Chamber , and now it's time to look at the campaign. Once again, Kyle's on the sticks. This time, however, he doesn't die every 4.3 seconds. Honest! Kyle's joined by editors Bryan Vore and Jeff Cork... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Halo 4's Multiplayer

    It's high time we get around to talking about this little game called Halo 4. Join editors Matt Miller, Kyle Hilliard, and Jeff Cork as we check out some of the game's multiplayer and get a comprehensive look at the game's death animations. As Miller points out, the game isn't out yet... More
  • Blog Post: Halo 4's Frank O'Connor Talks Forward Unto Dawn

    The third episode of Halo’s live-action web series premiered today , and we had a chance to talk to Frank O'Connor, the franchise development director for the Halo franchise. He has a somewhat ambiguous job title and it means that O'Connor has his hand in just about everything related to... More
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