Gears of Halo

News and views about Xbox games including a lot of Halo.

Wednesday, October 22

Here's Halo 3 at 1080p! Looking good John!

Here's Halo 3 at 1080p! Looking good John!



This version of Halo 3 comes as part of the Master Chief Collection.

Watch the full length trailer for Halo: Nightfall

Here's the full length trailer for Halo: Nightfall

It's looking pretty good!

Sunday, August 31

Halo 2’s Lockout will have some changes to mix up the game play

lock out map concept art halo 2

Pax 2014 has seen some more details on Halo 2's Anniversary Edition being released.

Game Informer reports on the new Lockout map for the Halo 2 Redux:

“After breaking down the game’s sound, the panel dove into some of the multiplayer updates focusing specifically on the recently revealed Lockout. I played the game yesterday, but the game felt so familiar that I didn’t notice some of the changes, or in other cases, I just didn’t get a chance to interact with them. The corner of the ramp leading from the area with the darkened hallway up to the sniper perch, for example, has been pushed out a little bit, creating a point of cover on the way up and a new place from small skirmishes.

Other changes include the glass in the middle of the battlefield can now be broken, though it must take a significant amount of damage first. A clip of the new Lockout showed a Spartan tossing four grenades on it before it broke. Also, a handful of stalactites now hang above a few key points in the map, and they can be shot down to kill people camping on the sniper perch, for example. Using Forge, these new additions can be removed if you so choose.”

Max Hoberman, a Halo 2 alumni and an original designer said of the map “Lockout was hands-down the most popular small arena-style map in Halo 2. We’re thrilled to be bringing this fan-favorite back, and are paying close attention to the details and subtleties that made the original great while also making a couple of very careful, very calculated enhancements.”

Other changes to the new version of Halo 2 included a completely re-recorded sound track that features the return of guitar maestro.

Thursday, August 21

Bungie might be gaming's good guys but they sure were dicks to Marty O'Donnell.


You may recall that Bungie fired one of their founding fathers, Martin O'Donnell a few months back. It's never been said publicly why this was the case but as I understand it, America sort of runs on some fire-at-will law in most states so he was sacked pretty easily from his job as music composer.

Marty may have been the author of his own misfortune, I simply don't know. Marty said publicly that it was 'without cause'.

But what we do is the manner in which the firing happened shows the the big wigs that run Bungie are have employed some dick moves on Marty. They canceled his shares in the company! That's bullshit, antagonistic and probably retaliatory behaviour - and to my mind is pretty much stealing as shares are property.

Having already been awarded 95K in a separate action from Bungie, a ruling has now said that Marty must have his shares in the company back.

Venture beat reported the result of a recent arbitration process between Bungie and O'Donnell"

"The arbitrator found that O’Donnell demonstrated substantial likelihood of proving that he was one of seven founders of Bungie (which originally had the name Arete Seven LLC) and that the company gave him 1.27 million shares of class B shares in October 2007. Those shares were converted into 336,375 shares of Bungie’s Series B-1 Preferred Stock in 2010, when Activision started making a lot of noise about Destiny. He was also issued 48,000 shares of Bungie’s common stock. And in December 2010, O’Donnell signed a contract extending his employment through 2020."

The agreement held that O’Donnell would give up his unvested founders’ shares if he left voluntarily. Given he was fired, it would appear Bungie were in breach of their contract.

We do have to appreciate that while video games are cool, Bungie is there to make a profit. There could be solid commercial reasons why Bungie fired the most famous composer in gaming history. Maybe he was going tone deaf? That would make some sense at least right?

One wonders now what the REAL DEAL was with Joe Staten leaving....

Tuesday, August 12

Check out the best of the best taking on the new Halo 2 version of Sanctuary

Check this short video of the best of the best Halo players taking on the new Halo 2 version of Sanctuary:




A new Halo channel announced for Xbox One

A new Halo channel has been announced for the Xbox One - it's like a fancy Halo Waypoint.... check out the introduction video

Monday, July 28

Comparison of Halo 2 original and new cinematic trailers - it's amazing what can happen in ten years


Here's a side by side video of the trailers of the original Halo 2 game compared with the updated graphics. What Certain Affinity and 343 have pulled off is amazing. This is even more impressive than the Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary effort!




Thursday, July 24

Watch the Halo Nightfall first trailer


Halo: Nightfall has a trailer out. Doesn't reveal much - it's a hunt to find the source of something that can kill humans or something....



Halo: Nightfall will serve as an origin story for Jameson Locke - a character who will play a large part in Halo 5. So this story will serves as promotional material for H5, in the same vein as Forward Unto Dawn.

Wednesday, July 23

Is this the saddest moment that ever happened in a Halo game?

Is this the saddest moment that ever happened in a Halo game? It's the moment in Halo 4 after Cortana and 117 have dealt with the Didact and the Chief realises that despite all he went through in Halo 3 to save her from the Didact and the seven years they spent lost in space together, he is actually about to lose her.

From Halo: Escalation #8

Is this the saddest moment that ever happened in a Halo game?
It's been an honour, John.

First look at Jameson Locke from Halo: Nightfall

It's now official that Mike Colter is playing the lead in new Halo show Nightfall. The 1980s kid in me is reminded of GI Joe's Roadblock (one of the best characters from that franchise!)

halo nightfall mike colter as jameson locke

Here's some official guff from 343 Industries:

We are excited to announce that Mike Colter, best known for his role in CBS's critically acclaimed drama “The Good Wife,” will star in Halo: Nightfall as Agent Jameson Locke.

Halo: Nightfall is a live-action digital series that introduces Jameson Locke, a pivotal new character in the Halo universe, who plays a key role in Halo 5: Guardians. Taking place between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, this is an origin story that will lend insight and understanding into the character he becomes in Halo 5: Guardians.

Led by world class talent such as executive producer Ridley Scott, Scott Free TV President David Zucker, and director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, Halo: Nightfall will take full advantage of Xbox One’s seamless blend of high-quality visuals and storytelling and rich interactivity, connecting the games and the series in innovative new ways.

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