Gears of Halo

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

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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Wednesday, July 16

Every single Gears of War cinematic in one You Tube video

A keen Gears of War fan has put together every single cinematic from every single piece of Gears of War content so that they can all be watched over one 6 hour hit. That's some pretty impressive content design that has been released since 2006.

Sunday, July 6

The Prophets call me Arbiter and other things.

Concept art of Coagulation, a redesigned map for Halo 2
Concept art of Coagulation, a redesigned map for Halo 2
Here's some Halo 2 Redux promo in the form of a trailer which features the Arbiter suggest all is not as it seems with regard to the Master Chief. What secrets do the Terminals of Halo 2 Anniversary hold?

Also announced is that that Mongoose that was was introduced in Halo 3 will now have a home in Halo 2 Anniversary multiplayer - affectionately known as the Gungoose, the speedster now features GUNS!

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Sunday, June 22

Halo: Broken Circle to be released that ties into Halo 2

halo broken circle book cover

Simon & Schuster is proud to announce a new Halo novel from John Shirley, releasing on November 4, 2014!

Witness an untold chapter in Halo lore as John Shirley's Halo: Broken Circle takes us to the dawn of the Covenant and the fateful first bargain between the Prophets and the Elites. Broken Circle will explore an Elite splinter group rebelling against the Covenant in its earliest days, a brave Prophet caught in the machinations of the new Covenant leadership, and the root of the betrayal that would ultimately shatter the Covenant during events seen in the blockbuster Xbox game Halo 2.

Thursday, June 12

When does the Halo 5 beta start?

The Halo 5 Guardians better will start on the 27th of December.

Monday, June 9

The Master Chief Collection is confirmed, Halo 2 Anniversary Edition Confirmed

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So the not so secret Master Chief Collection has been confirmed at E3 and with it Halo 2 has got a lick of paint and it looks simply awesome. Check out the video.

There's some hints at what is to come in Halo: Guardians as well. Looks like the Arbiter is back.....

Oh, that's not all the E3 news. There's the small matter of Halo 5's Multiplayer Beta test programme being announced. It looks AMAZING:

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Jump in!
Here's the promo trailer. The Spartan armours look simply fantastic!

Tuesday, May 27

Rod Fergusson talks about how he plans to betray Gears of War fans... it's a good thing!

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Rod Fergusson
The use of the word ‘betrayal’ in connection with Gears of War fans seems a tad dramatic but it makes sense when Rod Fergusson uses it. Rod is referring to the next iteration of GoW and how it needs to be new enough to not be a repeat of the last game. He told OXM:

“This isn't a great way of phrasing it, but I always talk about shipping a sequel to customers as 'managing betrayal'. They want something new but they don't want something so new that it doesn't feel like what they want. But if you put out something that's very familiar and is the same as the game they just had, then it's like 'I've already had this. This isn't new enough.”

Which sounds like a good thing. With hind sight the first three GoW games were very similar in their structure – they improved with each generation. GoW Judgement turned the franchise on its head with the whole kangaroo court trial allowing the story to be told differently. That’s the kind of betrayal Fergusson is talking about.

"You actually have to betray them enough to give them something new and surprising but not so much that they disconnect, and I think that is a big thing that we have to focus on," he said. "It's how we can innovate and bring something new to the franchise while at the same time really proving that we understand Gears - that this is the franchise that you know and love.

"So I've already given multiple speeches to the team like 'here are the core tenets of Gears, here are the things that won't be changing, and here are opportunities for us to innovate that we think we can knock out of the park.'"

All this sounds very promising – and you can see why Microsoft lured Rod back to the franchise that is under the watch of Black Tusk Studio. Indeed, the Father of GoW, has publicly endorsed Rod.

Sunday, May 25

So who is the dude in the Spartan Suit in Halo 5?

halo guardians
Who I am ?


When Halo 5 was announced you couldn't help but notice the Master Chief was top and tailing with a character wearing a Spartan style armour. The blue glow across their visor simply made me think that this was Cortana who was now  Guardian and was about to embark on another epic adventure with the Chief. I thought cool, and moved on.

Till I spied this article at The Secrets Within today via HBO which discusses the places that Halo 5 may take place. Sanghelios, anyone? What a curious thought! Maybe the Chief had to go pick up the Arbiter for a mission! Were it so easy!

That article lead me to this. An unequivocal statement by a key Halo developer that the character in Halo 5 is NOT Cortana.

So a whole new character. It's not Cortana. It's not Palmer. And I guess it's not Jun if it's a new character either.

So who could it be? I have no bloody idea - I hope it's not simply another human soldier, I want their to be some wonder about this guy. Like we are all wondering now....

One wonders if it will be a tie in to Mike Colter's character from the new Halo series...

Personally I would love it the story followed more of the path set in Halo 4 that any return to Earth, dealing with politics caused by Earthly men, visiting the Arbiter or some such - the Guardians sounds like some entities we need to meet!

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