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Preview: Destiny 2 (PC BETA)

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Preview: Destiny 2 (PC BETA)

It was a short three days but the PC beta from Destiny 2 has officially ended. And with that, developer Bungie has seemingly done the impossible, make PC gamers legitimately excited for Destiny 2. This isn’t to say PC gamers didn’t want to play the original Destiny, many did and still do. What I am saying is, bringing Destiny to PC was Bungie’s game to lose. Ever since Bungie made the original Halo they’ve more or less stayed away from developing, or even porting, games to PC. With that being said, the Destiny 2 PC beta was near perfect. Hit the jump to read on! Read On

Jordan’s Backlog: Destiny

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Jordan’s Backlog: Destiny

There comes a time in every gamer’s life when you realize, “There’s too many things to play!” Sadly, I’ve reached that point in my life and I must admit that I can’t play everything that comes out, beat them, and also write about them. Luckily, I have just enough free time to put in work on a bunch of the games I’ve yet to finish.

That being said, welcome to Jordan’s Backlog, my feeble attempt to get my thoughts out about all the games I’ve been playing without being able to review them all. Because, let’s be honest, I’m no professional, but I can get things done (most of the time). Read On

Top 5 Moments in Halo

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With not one, but two Halo games slated for release this year I have had Halo on the brain lately.  For many gamers of my age group Halo was the game that introduced us to the FPS experience and will always hold a special place in our hearts.  I can still remember learning to use the dual analog sticks to control Master Chief, slowly figuring out what has become a staple of modern gaming.  With Bungie passing the reins on to the guys at 343 Industries, I thought it would be a great time to take a look back at my Top 5 Halo Moments.

WARNING: THIS WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS BUT IN ALL HONESTY YOU SHOULD HAVE PLAYED THESE GAMES IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS LIST.  

5) Final Level of Halo 3

Reminiscent of the fantastic closing level of the original Halo, the final level of Halo 3 is a fitting send-off to Master Chief and Cortana.  With a buddy playing co-op, it’s even more fun, one of you blasting down the Flood as the other does his or her best to avoid exploding platforms while running down masses of the Flood.

The level is pure exhilaration, a time to let loose and just have fun completing the saga of Master Chief.  Also everyone knows ramming enemies with vehicles is always enjoyable.

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Halo Reach – Reaching for Pathos

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Halo Reach – Reaching for Pathos

Halo: Reach doesn’t hide its intentions. The first shot- a broken SPARTAN helmet- foreshadows a bleak ending.

Halo initially seems an odd choice for a melancholy game. It’s the quintessential fratboy franchise, a series that prides itself on its multiplayer and reliant on a standard-issue “super-soldier saves humanity” storyline. Its central protagonist rarely speaks, its marines are gung-ho types cracking wise in the midst of combat, while the alien antagonists are often comedic both in appearance and attitudes.

Halo and Halo 2 certainly had their tragic moments, given life by the sometimes elegiac soundtrack created by the very talented Martin O’Donnel. Thanks in part to O’Donnel, war-weariness emerged as a major theme during Halo 3‘s bittersweet conclusion, strengthened in Halo: ODST by its lonely portrayal of a battlefield’s aftermath. Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that in Reach, it’s inescapable. Read On

NYC Halo:Reach Launch Event Recap

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NYC Halo:Reach Launch Event Recap

September 14, 2010 will be a day to remember, the launch of the most anticipated game of the year Halo: Reach. Knowing that this will be the last Halo game made by Bungie, they had to celebrate the momentous occasion in a special way. They decided to have a launch party at the unofficial capital of the world, New York City. I had the privilege to be there along with the first three hundred people who were on the line at the Best Buy Theater in Time Square.

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Tonight, Reach Falls.

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Tonight, Reach Falls.

If you’re a gamer, you know Halo. Whether you love it or hate it, Halo is an undeniable phenomenon, with a massive fan base and fingers in a tremendous number of consumer pies, from gaming to literature to comic books to t-shirts to . . . well, I draw a blank at what industries the franchise doesn’t touch.

Well, no Halo Cookbook. 343, get on that.

Culinary concerns aside, Halo is a monster, and one that I have loved from the beginning. An epic space opera with phenomenal voice-acting, a sweeping storyline, menacing villains on a religious crusade to essentially end all life in the galaxy, and space-zombies. Its a nerd’s dream, and one realized by a development team who has unparalleled production values. Some studios develop games; Bungie defines gaming.

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Halo: Reach Gets Leaked onto the Internet

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Halo: Reach Gets Leaked onto the Internet

First news hits the internet that Halo: Reach is available on Xbox Live for about $1250. The initial idea was to put the game on their Games on Demand service for reviewers to download and make it virtually unavailable for the general public without a redeem code. However, something new seems to have transpired. Someone was able to download the game and pirate it.

It seems Halo always has a release problem. Halo 2 was leaked onto the internet before it’s official release and Halo 3 and ODST were reported to have sold early. So far, the only way to play the pirated copy of Halo: Reach is to play it on a modified consoles, so most users won’t be able to download and play it just like that. At the moment, Microsoft has started a investigating this situation as well as urging YouTube to pull any videos containing images from the pirated software.

Halo: Reach doesn’t hit stores for another 3 weeks. I guess some people are just that desperate.

[via The Register]

Top 5 Games to look for at E3

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Top 5 Games to look for at E3

E3 will soon be upon us and the interwebs will soon be flooded with information on every game, from a possible new Grand Theft Auto to Project Natal. Here is my top 5 games to look for at this years E3.
5)Infamous 2

Cool guys walk away, I mean, cause explosions

The first Infamous was one of my favorite titles of 2009. A beautiful looking open world with stellar graphics it got (deservedly) rave reviews. Even though lead character Cole McGrath talked like Clint Eastwood snarling, the game did not suffer for it. Throw in a crazy ending and you have all the ingredients for a stellar sequel.
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Bungie partners with Activision

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Bungie partners with Activision

News has come out this morning that Halo developer Bungie has signed an exclusive 10 year publishing deal with Activision. The deal will give Activision exclusive worldwide publishing rights for all future Bungie games based on it’s new intellectual property. The deal also allows Bungie to stay independent and retain control of it’s new IP. Considering all the negative news lately surrounding Activision and the former Infinity Ward team, this was a much needed announcement. Hopefully Bungie has a better experience with the Activision than IW did.

We chose to partner with Activision on our next IP because of their global reach, multi-platform experience and marketing expertise,” said Bungie president Harold Ryan. “From working together over the past nine months on this agreement, it is clear that Activision supports our commitment to giving our fans the best possible gaming experiences.

Bungie has developed some of the most compelling and successful games, multiplayer experiences and thriving fan communities, and this alliance underscores our long-standing commitment to foster the industry’s best creative talent,” enthused Activision Blizzard COO Thomas Tippl. “Our unprecedented partnership with Bungie will enable us to broaden our pipeline of exciting new games as we continue to strengthen our industry position and pursue long-term growth opportunities.

Halo Reach Live Action Short – Birth of a Spartan

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Halo Reach Live Action Short – Birth of a Spartan

Bungie and Microsoft has set the bar pretty high for short films to promote Halo 3 and Halo: ODST. Below is the newest live action short for Halo Reach.

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….. yea. I wasn’t impressed either. I guess we’ll have to wait for the longer version of this.

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