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[E3 2014] Halo, it’s me Master Chief Collection

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[E3 2014] Halo, it’s me Master Chief Collection

With many conferences of E3 2014 finally over, it’s time to digest what we got to see. After last year’s Microsoft E3 snafu it was interesting to see what titles they were going to bring to the table. What better way to make your pitch for the Xbox One than the very franchise that made the Xbox so popular?

Yes dear readers, Halo is back. Now it would be far too easy to make another Halo game, but instead we get a tug at the old nostalgia strings referred to in this article as the Master Chief Collection.

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Steven Spielberg To Produce “Halo” TV Series

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Steven Spielberg To Produce “Halo” TV Series

Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg is set to produce a television series based on the long-running military/sci-fi video game series Halo. The X-Box Live exclusive will premiere sometime in fall 2015 to coincide with the release of Halo 5: Guardians.

This is not the first time the franchise has had a TV show coincide with a game; Halo 4 was released alongside a digital series called Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. According to Forbes, the show could potentially position Xbox Live to be a greater competitor to other streaming services such as Netflix. No other details about the Spielberg-produced show have been released.

Foward Unto Dawn

The Halo series centers on a war between humanity and an alliance of aliens known as the Covenant. The Covenant, led by religious leaders known as the Prophets, worship an ancient civilization called the Forerunners, who were destroyed in another interstellar conflict. Most of the games in the series focus on Master Chief John-117, a member of a group of elite soldiers called Spartans. The title of the series is derived from the Halo rings, large structures constructed by the Forerunners to destroy all sentient life.

A Halo film was first announced in 2005. 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland had been hired to write the script and Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson was set to produce, with District 9 director Neill Blomkamp at the helm. Unfortunately, high production costs – and much interference by Microsoft – kept the film in development hell. Microsoft insisted on a below-the-line budget and fast-tracked production, in addition to demanding an enormous portion of the film’s profits. Eventually the project collapsed, and Jackson and Blomkamp turned their attentions to District 9.

The failure of the film, says Forbes, is what led to the development of the upcoming TV series.

Halo 4 torn between old and new

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Halo 4 torn between old and new

I wonder how difficult it was for 343 Industries to take over Halo with Halo 4. The new “Reclaimer Trilogy” may have originated in a flat refusal to let those sweet, sweet Halo dollars slip through Microsoft’s fingers, but it’s pretty obvious that the folks working at 343 love their Halo. Not just the multiplayer, either – right after starting up Halo 4, you’re prompted to install the Halo Waypoint, an application including vast reams of Halo lore, background, and side stories that are either true labors of love or very, very convincing imitations.

So you can’t fault these guys for not putting in their best effort. They’ve been saddled with an enormous, fairly thankless task – taking over a much-beloved flagship franchise as the New Guys after the original creators decided they’d had enough. And Halo 4 is eager – really, really eager. Bless its heart, it wants to be the Reclaimer to this new Mantle of Responsibility.

343’s first effort is a worthy game, and proves that the change of developers may actually bring new improvements and ideas to the franchise. But their desire to give their game its own identity clashes with their need to play it safe to retain old fans and fixtures. Like any novice effort, there are some kinks to work out.

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E3 2012 – Halo 4 Multiplayer Hands-on First Impressions

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E3 2012 – Halo 4 Multiplayer Hands-on First Impressions

It’s natural to be wary when a franchise changes development teams.  When Team Silent disbanded and Konami began outsourcing Silent Hill titles to other developers, it wasn’t something that went over well with the fans.  However, in the case of Halo 4, it is no stretch of the imagination to say that the franchise is in safe hands with 343 Industries.

While the campaign mode is clearly shaping up to be something special, the most impressive aspect of the game so far is the new multiplayer component. 343 has been hard at work trying to improve upon the already stellar multiplayer from Halo: Reach and their dedication clearly shows through.

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E3 2012 – Halo 4 Gameplay Demo Details New Weapons, Enemies

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E3 2012 – Halo 4 Gameplay Demo Details New Weapons, Enemies

The passing of the baton from Bungie to 343 Studios has seen a lot of news in the past year, with a lot of concern from industry authorities to fanboys and everything between, but if the live gameplay demo shown earlier today is any indication, all that concern is wholly without foundation.

Halo 4 looks, in short, incredible. The look of the title is still notably Halo, but with a glossy sheen we’ve never seen in the franchise; Halo has been clean, its been reliable, but its never been gorgeous. It is now.

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Rooster Teeth Releases Red vs. Blue Season 10 Teaser Trailer

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Rooster Teeth Releases Red vs. Blue Season 10 Teaser Trailer

This year at PAX East, Rooster Teeth Productions, the team behind hit machinima webseries Red vs. Blue, unveiled the teaser trailer to the upcoming season of the show. And, for those of us that weren’t actually in attendance, we’ve had to wait patiently to see just what Rooster Teeth has in store.

Wait no longer. Rooster Teeth has finally released a revamped version of the PAX East teaser trailer for Red vs. Blue Season 10.

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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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