Halo Reach

Red vs. Blue: Revelation Finale Hits the Web

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Red vs. Blue: Revelation Finale Hits the Web

Halo: Reach hits stores in a few hours, and with the new season of Red vs. Blue coming to an close tonight, one has to wonder whether or not this was intentional or just plain lucky for the guys over at Rooster Teeth Productions. The Halo machinima series, which has been going strong for over seven years now, has just wrapped up its eighth season with a bang. I’ve got to say, it’s a pretty spectacular finale. If you’ve been following the season, jump past the break to catch the finale or catch it and every other RvB episode over at RedvsBlue.com. Read On

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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Top 5 Games of the Fall

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Top 5 Games of the Fall

August is here and that means one last month of summer.  So while we frantically try and cram everything we didn’t get around to doing this summer because we were too busy trying to beat Demon Souls, seriously that game hates you, we can look forward to the weather getting colder and the games getting bigger.  With fall just around the bend I thought this would be a good time to look at the Top 5 Games of the Fall.  So here we go!

5) Fable 3

It's good to be King

Peter Molyneux might run his mouth a little too much for some gamers.  In fact a lot of gamers can’t stand the thought of him because of the promises he fails to deliver on.  I like to think that his enthusiasm gets the better of him, and though he doesn’t always deliver on every promise he makes he still makes some really great games.  Regardless, I played the first Fable over and over again, trying to find every silver key and open every demon door.  In the second Fable I own every building I can possibly own.  You should buy the castle, it’s awesome.  However, Fable 2 was a little short for my liking, as I seemed to blaze through it in the time it would take me to get through a shooter.  So naturally Fable 3 is a game that I am very excited about.  Fable has an air of accessibility to it that many Role Playing games just don’t possess.  I just hope the third one can continue the excellence of the series.  And be a little longer.

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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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Manic Monday

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Manic Monday

So the school year is winding down and I find myself stupidly busy. So I thought I would try something a little different.  I want to know what you readers are looking forward to/slash playing in May.  Personally I can’t wait for the Halo: Reach beta and Red Dead Redemption.  So let me know what you’re excited for.  I’d love to chat about it and I’m sure other people would as well.

Top 5 XBOX 360 Exclusives

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Top 5 XBOX 360 Exclusives

Microsoft has certainly made a huge impact with this generation of gaming. Carrying ovwer the momentum from the original Xbox the Xbox 360 has been a huge succes with millions of gamers logging on to Xbox-Live every night to rain some fire upon fools heads. Here is my Top 5 list of 360 exclusives.
5)Left 4 Dead

I’ll admit I wasn’t that excited for Left 4 Dead when I first heard about it.  Maybe it was the hand holding up four fingers.  Thought it was cheesy.  But then the game dropped and blew everybody away with it’s well oiled mechanics and addictive team based missions. When my friends and I picked it up we litterally played through every campaign in one sitting. With great adrenaline pumping moments and wonderful gameplay Left 4 Dead was a welcome addition to the 360 family.

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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.

Halo Reach Live Action Short Goes Online Tomorrow

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Halo Reach Live Action Short Goes Online Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Microsoft and Bungie will be releasing another Halo live action short based on the upcoming game, Halo Reach. I guess a short film for a video game as the heart of a marketing campaign works wonders on sales numbers. I’ll admit it that, even with all the bad reviews on Halo: ODST. I still bought it hoping to feel like I’m in that short film they made for it.

The short film, titled “Birth of a Spartan”, runs 60 seconds long and goes online tomorrow at 5:00am GMT (tonight at 10pm PST for you US west coasters).

The short will be available on www.welcometonobleteam.com on Tuesday, April 27 at 5.00 am GMT. In addition to being able to view the short, users can also upload a photo of themselves and get an image created of them as a Spartan III. On the following day a special, extended two minute 30 second version will be available for download on Xbox LIVE exclusively for Gold members. The ad short will also premiere on April 28 in cinemas across North America in select theaters with screenings through the opening weekend of “Iron Man 2″ and concludes on May 13.

For the full press release, go past the break.

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Halo Reach Legendary Pack, Limited Edition, Standard Edition details

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Halo Reach Legendary Pack, Limited Edition, Standard Edition details

Like paying over $60 for your games? Like hand painted statues and other goodies with your games? Well, Microsoft has you covered.  The upcoming Halo Reach game will be coming out in three flavors.  Standard, Limited Edition and Legendary Pack.

“Halo: Reach” Legendary Edition – $149.99
The complete “Halo: Reach” collection. In addition to the game disc, manual, and the complete contents of the Limited edition, the Legendary edition includes:

  • Noble Team statue expertly crafted by the artisans at McFarlane Toys. Individually molded, hand-painted and individually numbered, this statue is a must-have for any serious “Halo” fan
  • UNSC-themed custom packaging
  • An exclusive multiplayer Spartan armour effect

“Halo: Reach” Limited Edition – $79.99
In addition to the game disc and manual, the Limited edition includes:

  • Game disc housed in recovered ONI “black box”
  • An exclusive Elite armor set for use in multiplayer modes
  • Artifact bag containing Dr. Halsey’s personal journal and other classified documents and effects that unravel long held secrets from the “Halo” universe

“Halo: Reach” Standard Edition – $59.99
In addition to the game disc and manual, the Standard edition includes:

  • A Gamestop employee asking you if you would like to subscribe to Game Informer magazine
  • A Gamestop employee asking you if you would like to reserve another game
  • A Gamestop employee asking you if you would like Halo Reach Limited edition or Legendary pack instead
  • A Gamestop employee asking you if you have anything to trade in
  • A Custom Gamestop receipt with your credit/debit card’s last four digits

Bungie Aggregates Info on the Halo:Reach Multiplayer

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Bungie Aggregates Info on the Halo:Reach Multiplayer

Bungie‘s Weekly Update sheds some light on the gritty details of how Reach‘s Multiplayer will distinguish itself from the previous titles. And let me say, its looks pretty freakin’ sweet.

Oh, to be able to emanate sexy blue flashy things

Succinctly put, Elites are seriously overpowered, Spartans get cloaking ability, there’s a seriously sweet EMP power that leaves you invincibly immobile, and shiny, sweet, sexy new guns. Oh, sexy sweet shiny guns. Nothing like you. In the world. Or other ones.

But maybe most importantly, there’s a fascinating discussion on the subtle nuances of shield mechanics have evolved, and is sure to spark wave after wave of ‘Oh noes!’ ‘Oh Yes!’commentary.

Bungie Weekly Update