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  • Blog Post: Breaking Down Halo 5's Controversial Ending [SPOILERS]

    With the sprawling web of novels, comic books, short films, web series, and more, keeping up with Halo's ever-growing universe has been a daunting task for even the most die-hard fans. The once straight-forward tale of a man fighting aliens and space zombies has expanded into a massive sci-fi saga... More
  • Blog Post: The Strange Case Of Halo 5’s Villain

    Halo 5: Guardians introduces a new villain, and positions that character as an even more potent threat for the inevitable Halo 6. Andrew Reiner and I sat down to discuss the implications of the surprising plot direction, which has effects that reach beyond even the game world of Halo, and affect Microsoft’s... More
  • Blog Post: Watch Us Play Five Hours Of Halo 5: Guardians

    Update: Our Halo 5 stream has concluded. Thanks for tuning in, and check out the archived stream below! Original story: As you can tell from our early Halo 5 impressions, the game is a worthwhile new entry for the series . But you don’t have to take our word for it. Now that the game is out, you... More
  • Blog Post: Unboxing Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector's Edition

    Halo 5: Guardians officially releases tonight. With all the excitement in the air we thought it'd be a perfect time to check out what's inside the Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector's Edition. Many of you who preordered this massive crate have already received it in the mail, but for those... More
  • Blog Post: Read Our Early Halo 5 Impressions While You Wait For The Full Review

    We’ve spent the last several days digging into 343 Industries’ latest Halo effort, and it’s already clear that the developer has opted for some major changes and advancements to the structure and gameplay of the long-running series. We’ve already played all the way through the... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Halo 5: Guardians

    Wade Wojcik and I are both big Halo enthusiasts, and between the two of us, we probably know a little bit too much about the Halo lore than is entirely healthy. As such, we were both pretty excited to dive in to our recently arrived copy of Halo 5: Guardians. While multiplayer remains under wraps for... More
  • Blog Post: Halo 5: Guardians 'Requisition System' Explained (Now With Impressions)

    Update: This piece has been updated throughout now that the embargo has lifted. We have added quotes from 343 Industries, pack pricing, and our own experiences playing Warzone with the requisition system. This piece was originally published on September 18, 2015, at 3:33 p.m. Central. Earlier this week... More
  • Blog Post: An Epic Return: The Music And Sound Of Halo 5

    The audio team at 343 Industries is putting an enormous amount of effort into the sound track of Halo 5: Guardians. They spent time recording the series' iconic Gregorian monk chants in one of the best-known acoustic churches in Europe, and got shot at with real guns just to capture intense battle... More
  • 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
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