Thursday, August 30

What do we say to the God of Death?

What do we say to the God of Death?

BS Angel drops the Halo 4 Button Layouts

BS Angel drops the Halo 4 Button Layouts

While we’re going to be releasing a decent amount of news at PAX, we didn’t want to leave you hanging this week. So, to satisfy that craving for Halo 4-related information, today we offer you the various button layouts that will soon be at your fingertips.

Considering the importance of players getting attached to particular layouts (such as Bumper Jumper and Recon), we’ve been very careful with the control scheme design process. Adding something like Sprint, which is equally as important as other actions, has been challenging because it’s competing with the stick-click input typically used for crouching and zooming.

We’ve tried to stay true to the classic presets you’ve become accustomed to throughout the years. For instance, an important part of Bumper Jumper is being able to jump and melee at the same time while moving and aiming, so we’ve left that intact. We initially experimented with a button swap and brought in some MLG players to test it. After observing the difficulty they had with a modified version of clawing, we had to think about what’s more important, using an Armor Ability or throwing a grenade? Ultimately we decided to leave Bumper Jumper with "Throw Grenade" on the left trigger and "Use Armor Ability" on the “X” button.

Between bringing back all the Reach button layouts and adding a new one (which is called Fishstick and will be beneficial to those coming from other FPS games), we’re confident you’ll be able to jump right in and be comfortable with the controls. In the whole scheme of things (see what I did there?), the button layout you use will depend on your play style and favorite game modes.

Halo 4 features the following button layouts:

Halo 4 Button Layouts

Halo 4 Button Layouts

Halo 4 Button Layouts

Halo 4 Button Layouts

Halo 4 Button Layouts

Halo 4 Button Layouts

Halo 4 Button Layouts

Wednesday, August 29

GOWJ: Free-for-all Game Play Video

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Some video of the Free-for-all game play action to be had in the forth coming Gears of War Judgement.

Tuesday, August 28

Iranians banned from playing World of Warcraft

Stuff reports that "Iranian players of "World of Warcraft,"; the massively popular online multiplayer franchise, have found themselves frozen out by Blizzard Activision Inc., the American company behind the game. Iranian role playing enthusiasts have spent much of the past week peppering Blizzard's message board with complaints about how they weren't able to log on to the service only to be told recently that US law was to blame."

"United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran," the company said in an email sent to players last week and forwarded to The Associated Press late on Tuesday.

"Blizzard tightened up its procedures to ensure compliance with these laws, and players connecting from the affected nations are restricted from access to Blizzard games and services."

That's pretty random.... I wonder how Xbox Live works in that regard. Any Iranians out their playing Halo? What about Cuba? Can Cubans play Gears of War?

What is the Conspiracy Accountability League?

Conspiracy Accountability League

Oh, you have never heard of the Conspiracy Accountability League? Where have you been? Stuck on Ilos? Check out the league's interesting website.Their latest conspiracy theory is about some kind of alien life form known as 'Leviathan'. Sounds like they are as cuckoo as Mel Gibson.

In other non related news, there's some new DLC for Mass Effect 3 on offer today via XBL.

Monday, August 27

They better stock it in New Zealand

Tastes like.... Victory
The dingo lovers across the ditch have scored a new drink, the Purple Plasma from V. It's got the Master Chief on it so it must be an awesome, tasty beverage. I hope it get's stocked on NZ shelves!

GOW Judgement to have free-for-all multiplayer

Gears of War: Judgement's multiplayer will include free-for-all multiplayer.

This is according to Official Xbox Magazine who reckon they have the inside scoop.

If this is true, I'm pleased as I generally haven't played to much Gears multiplayer but a Lone Wolf type mode would def interest me!

Thursday, August 23

Cookie Monster slayed by cosplayer. Sesame Street not amused.

Cookie monster slayer cosplay

Cookie Monster slayed by cosplayer. Sesame Street not amused. Do you agree the cosplayer looks similar to Helen Bonham Carter in Fight Club?

Found here.

Are there Brutes in Halo 4?

Are there brutes in Halo 4?

Apparently not. Frankie says, "they are not - but there's some story stuff I can't get into"

So there you have it. No Brutes in Halo 4.

Listen to some Halo 4 tracks remixed by DJs

The Halo 4 soundtrack has been remixed even before it has been released to the masses. Here's a sample that's been released by 343 Industries. Listen to the original soundtrack here

Listen to a sample of the Halo 4 soundtrack!

Here's a sample of 4 tracks from the Halo 4 sound track that 343 have put up on Halo Waypoint for your listening pleasure. 

List of Halo 4 Achievements

List of Halo 4 Achievements

343 have released the list of achievements for gaming point fans to get for Halo 4.  The standard complete the missions, get points are all there but the one I think people might enjoy is ‘Bros to the Close’ where you have to protect uor marines from death on Mission 4 on heroic mode. Given how fans have done many cool things with marines in various halo games, that’s a nice nod.

Halo 4 Gaming Achievements:

Complete Mission 1 on any difficulty.
10 points
Complete Mission 2 on any difficulty.
10 points
Complete Mission 3 on any difficulty.
10 points
Complete Mission 4 on any difficulty.
10 points
Complete Mission 5 on any difficulty.
10 points
Complete Mission 6 on any difficulty.
10 points
Complete Mission 7 on any difficulty.
10 points
Complete Mission 8 on any difficulty.
10 points
Wake up John
Complete the Campaign on Normal or harder.
20 points
I Need a Hero
Complete the Campaign on Heroic or harder.
40 points
The Legend of 117
Complete the Campaign on Legendary difficulty.
70 points
Lone Wolf Legend
Complete the Campaign solo on Legendary difficulty.
90 points
Complete any Campaign mission with 3 or more Skulls on Heroic or harder.
15 points
Complete any Campaign mission co-operatively on Heroic or harder.
10 points
Complete the Campaign co-operatively on Heroic or harder.
40 points
Contact the Domain
Find a Terminal in the Campaign.
10 points
Find all of the Terminals in the Campaign.
50 points
Digging up the Past
In Mission 1, find and access Chief's record.
20 points
Midnight Launch
In Mission 2, get significant air in the Warthog at midnight.
20 points
This is my Rifle, this is my Gun
In Mission 3, carry a UNSC weapon all the way through on Heroic or harder.
20 points
Bros to the Close
Make it through Mission 4 without one preventable Marine death on Heroic or harder.
20 points
In Mission 5, hijack a Wraith and use it to kill at least four enemy Wraiths on Heroic or harder.
20 points
Explore the Floor
In Mission 6, trick or force a Hunter to fall to his demise.
20 points
Give Him the Stick
In Mission 7 in solo Campaign, take out both Hunters using only the Sticky Detonator.
20 points
Chief, Smash!
In Mission 8, kill 3 Crawlers in one hit with the Gravity Hammer.
20 points
Not Some Recruit Anymore
Rank up your Spartan-IV to SR-5.
15 points
Movin' on Up
Rank up your Spartan-IV to SR-20.
30 points
I <3 Red vs Blue
Win 5 War Games matchmaking matches.
10 points
The Dongblainer
Win 20 War Games matchmaking matches.
30 points
Operation Completion
Complete a Spartan Ops Mission on any difficulty.
15 points
A Legendary Episode
Complete all chapters in Spartan Ops Episode 1 on Legendary difficulty.
40 points
Dedicated to Crimson
Complete all chapters in the first 5 episodes of Spartan Ops on any difficulty.
80 points
Crimson Alone
Complete a Spartan Ops chapter solo on Legendary.
20 points
Roses vs Violets
Find one of the RvB Easter Eggs in Spartan Ops.
20 points
Rescue Ranger
Save at least one Marine in Chapter 3 of Episode 2 of Spartan Ops on Heroic or harder.
20 points
Knight in White Assassination
Assassinate a Knight in any Spartan Ops mission.
20 points
What Power Outage?
Complete Chapter 4, Episode 5 of Spartan Ops without losing a generator on Heroic or harder.
20 points
No Easy Way Out
In Ch 1, Ep 5 of Spartan Ops survive all enemy waves during the defense on Normal or harder.
20 points
The Challenged
Complete a Challenge.
10 points
The Challenger
Complete 25 Challenges.
20 points
Change your Spartan's armor in the Spartan Armor card.
5 points
Change your Emblem in the Spartan ID card.
5 points
Change your Service Tag in the Spartan ID card.
5 points
What a Poser!
Change your Spartan's pose in the Spartan ID card.
5 points
The Cartographer
Create and save a Custom Map in Forge.
5 points
Game Changer
Create and save a Custom Game type in War Games.
5 points
Save a Screenshot from the Theater.
5 points
The Director
Save a Film Clip from the Theater.
5 points
Sharing is Caring
Upload a File to your File Share.
5 points

Halo 4 Original Soundtrack List and Song Titles

Halo 4 Original Soundtrack List and  Song Titles 

The Halo 4 soundtrack, composed by Neil Davidge, has been revealed. There's also a remix version featuring various dudes - the name James Iha rings a bell. Didn't he sell pumpkins or something in the 1990s?

Track List
1. Awakening
2. Belly Of The Beast
3. Requiem
4. Legacy
5. Faithless
6. Nemesis
7. Haven
8. Ascendancy
9. Solace
10. To Galaxy
11. Immaterial
12. 117
13. Arrival
14. Revival
15. Green And Blue

Halo 4 Remix Album Track List and Titles:

1. Awakening – Gui Boratto Remix
2. Green And Blue – KOAN Sound Remix
3. Requiem – Bobby Tank Remix
4. Ascendancy – Caspa Remix
5. To Galaxy – Sander Van Doorn & Julian Jordan Remix
6. Haven – Hundred Waters Remix
7. Revival – DJ Skee & THX Remix
8. Ascendancy – Matt Lange Remix
9. Nemesis – Alvin Risk Remix
10. Solace – Maor Levi Remix
11. Arrival – Norin & Rad Remix
12. Green And Blue – Andrew Bayer Remix
13. Foreshadow – James Iha Remix
14. The Beauty Of Cortana

I recently reminisced about the previous Halo soundtracks. If you're a fan, why not take a trip down memory lane!

What lies over yonder hill Soldier?

spartan cosplay halo

Halo Waypoint found this cosplay of two Halo spartans chilling after a day of Covenant bashing.

Check out more spartans here.

Tuesday, August 21

I think this might qualify as Transformers porn?


I think this might qualify as Transformers porn? If this cosplay picture is too hot for you, check out this cosplay of Bumblebee - she's the girl next door version!

Minolta1034: knows exactly what's in Halo 4


Minolta1034: knows exactly what's in Halo 4 - it's a sweet re-cap of all he knows about the game. Skip to the 2 minute mark for the Halo stuff.....

Monday, August 20

New piece of Halo 4 concept art


Apparently this is some more Halo 4 concept art...... doesn't look Forerunner so it could be a mulitplayer map.

Found here.

343 continues to tease Halo 4 with latest video

Ducain23 reviews the latest 'behind the scenes' video from 343 which is really just an excuse to tease Halo fans with some in game tidbits....

What the Fotus?


Apparently there's some random as DLC for Halo 4 called the Fotus.

As an exclusive for certain versions of the game you'll get:

• Exclusive in-game Fotus armor
• Fotus Avatar Costume
• Avatar Prop Promethean Crawler
• Lightrifle skin: Imprint
• Unique unicorn emblem

Downes is done with Halo 4....

Downes is done with Halo 4.... in that he's finished his final recording session for the voice of MC117.

Drop Dead Gorgeous Miranda Lawson Cosplay


Here's some high quality Miranda Lawson cosplay that was roaming the internet and needed a good home. Miranda is a VERY  popular Mass Effect character - check out this Miranda!

Sunday, August 19

Halo in real life: Car for Sale

mc1117- car -plate-halo

Halo in real life: Car for Sale

I went for a work this morning and spied this car for sale. Pretty sure this is not a vanity plate, else there wouldn't be an extra 1 in the 1117.

Thursday, August 16

JJ finally Reviews: Dead Space

JJ Reviews: Dead Space

Sooo I finally got my hands on a copy of the original Dead Space. If they're up to their third game in the series, the first must be a good enough game to play, right?

About an hour into the game I came across a bloodied corpse and it had flies sniffing and buzzing  around it. Flies. On a space ship. In space. Flies on a space ship in space? And I thought to myself, ummmm if this seemingly anomaly wasn't thought about during the game's development what else have they screwed up?

Turns out that was just me being a dick.

If I had to describe what Dead Space is, it's an epic 'stuck on space ship in space' game that is up there with Doom 3 in terms of it's horror and scares and given some of the atrocities committed by the inhabitants of the USG Ishimura on each other - not to forget what the Necromorphs do, it's truly standout of horror game genre.

As I played along, I was reminded of the film Event Horizon which featured a space ship that became the embodiment of Hell and basically killed everybody that wasn't a Satan Worshipper. Kind of. There's hints of the original Alien movie in their too. Kind of.

Baby Necromorph dead spaceThe above was a terrible paragraph but I'm not gonna rewrite  it. Arthur C Clark and Issac Newtoon, who share the name of Dead Space's hero, Issac Clarke both probably would have but given the trauma that Issac went through in this game, I doubt he'd really care.

So what trauma besets Issac? This is where Dead Space set it apart from Doom 3 (which was effectively a mindless romp on Mars) by having the game's plot come to revolve around the mind of Issac, so much so that his relationship with a person already on board the Ishimura almost transcends the whole game. Except that it's just way too obvious what's going on so it's hardly a revelation when the revelation happens.

Did that make sense? If not, refer to my comment about the flies above.

The game is not a 'thrilling non stop adventure' though. At about the two thirds point Dead Space has turned into a bit of a slog. Destroy these asteroids with the cannons, oh hey bud your oxygen has been poisoned so hunt down some undefended things that make the poison ... solve this obvious puzzle. You fix or find one thing and your guide Kendra gets you to fix another. It's kinda tedious.

In parts the game can be damn scary, which is fantastic fun. It's very much like Doom 3 in that regard. In addition the game play is fun, carving up attacking hordes of Necromorphs is a hoot.

Just quit with the mundane chores already....

So the ending? Well, I was reasonably confident I had worked out Issac's unspoken 'issue' but I have to admit I didn't see the double cross coming at all.....

The final ending segment was a final boss battle against the Hive Mind creature that came from the bowels of  the planet Aegis VII.   It was kinda fun and definitely more fun than shall we say the ending of Mass Effect 2.

Despite my gripes about running round solving dumb problems, the game's plot is fairly interesting and comes together nicely at the end. If you look for things and read them you'll get a good insight into the set up in which you've actually found it self. The game's Maguffin, The Marker, is effectively used to drive the plot and allows an amusing plot twist or two to occur.

I played the game on Easy setting. It was annoying enough (it's harder on that setting than say your standard Easy on a Halo game) - I'd have no interest doing the harder levels, you'd have to be a glutton for punishment for sure!

Spoiler Alert:  The game telegraphs that Nicole is Dead - check the first letter of the level names.
  • New Arrivals 
  • Intensive Care 
  • Course Correction 
  • Obliteration Imminent 
  • Lethal Devotion 
  • Environmental Hazard 
  • Into the Void 
  • Search and Rescue 
  • Dead on Arrival 
  • End of Days 
  • Alternate Solutions 
  • Dead Space

Top Ten Futurama Cosplay Costumes

Can of slurm anyone?

Top Ten Futurama Cosplay Costumes

fry and leela cosplay futurama

Wednesday, August 15

ME3 Leviathan DLC release date announced

Bioware says of the DLC:

We are very pleased to officially announce that the Mass Effect 3 Leviathan single-player DLC will be released on August 28th, 2012 for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. Please note that on Playstation 3 in Europe, it will be available on August 29th.

Here's some wall paper to celebrate:

Neil Davidge's Discography

Fans of Halo's music might be interested to know the pedigree of Halo 4's composer, Neil Davidge. Here's his formal discography formal discography as released by Micosoft.


1997 - 1999
Massive Attack
One Minute Science
Virgin/ Melankolic
2000 - 2003
Massive Attack
100th Window
Virgin 10
Massive Attack
Danny the Dog / Unleashed
Virgin / EMI
Davidge/Del Naja
Bullet Boy Score

2006 - 2007
Massive Attack
Virgin / EMI
2006 - 2007
Massive Attack
Live with me
Virgin / EMI
Massive Attack
False Flags / United Snakes
Virgin / EMI
Davidge/Del Naja
In Prison my whole life score

Davidge/Del Naja
Trouble the water score

Davidge/Del Naja
Battle in Seattle

Davidge/Del Naja
The Hulk
Marvel studios
2008 -2010
Massive Attack
Virgin / EMI
Neil Davidge
Push Movie score
Warner Bros.
2011 - 2012
Neil Davidge
Halo 4 Game score
Microsoft / 343 Industries
2012 - 2013
Neil Davidge
Debut Solo Album
7Hz Productions


Massive Attack
Batman Soundtrack/ Atlantic
Massive Attack
Fake The Aroma
Help/ Go Disc
Massive Attack
Euro 96 / Euro zero zero

Massive Attack
Welcome To Sarajevo
Massive Attack
Hymn of the Big Wheel
The Fan
Massive Attack
Metal and Dissolved Girl
The Jackal
Unkle featuring Thom Yorke
Rabbit In Your Headlights
Unkle Project/ Mo Wax
Manic Street Preachers
If You Tolerate This
Massive Attack
Massive Attack
Inertia Creeps
Liz Fraser
Sailing On
A Winters Guest
Prodigy featuring 3D
No Souvenirs
Massive Attack
End Of Days
Massive Attack
Dissolved Girl
The Matrix
Primal Scream
Massive Attack
Massive Attack
Hollow Man
Mos Def
I against I
Blade 2
David Bowie
Nature Boy
Moulin Rouge
Perfect Circle
3 Libras (Massive Attack Remix)

Lupine Howl
Vaporizor (Massive Attack Remix)
Beggars Banquet
Dandy Warhols
Global underground
Global underground
Snoop Dogg
What up man
In Prison my whole life

Waypoint has the Halo Multiplayer Specialisations


During their Spartan careers, players are offered Specializations through a variety of channels, allowing them to enlist in specific rank paths that come with armor sets, armor mods, emblems, and a variety of other components. Once a player has advanced through the standard fifty (50) rank levels allotted to Spartans, they will have access to a selection of Specializations. These paths are composed of ten rank levels each, which the player, once opting for the Specialization, must complete in order to improve their rank and before being allowed to enlist in a separate Specialization.

Each Specialization unlocks the following items as you progress across its 10 levels:

• Armor Mod
• Armor Set – Helmet, Chest, Left Shoulder, Right Shoulder
• Armor Set Skin – Texture skin for Helmet, Chest, Left Shoulder, Right Shoulder
• Weapon Skin – Texture skin of one of the loadout weapons
• 4 Foreground Emblems
• 1 Background Emblem
• 1 Visor Color


Spartan optimization for stealth operations which focus on the elimination of an enemy target with the goal of leaving no tactical footprint behind.

The Stealth armor mod allows users to move quickly and silently in combat, executing enemy assassinations with lightning fast dexterity.


Spartan optimization for deployment into uncharted, hostile territory, such as uncolonized worlds or Forerunner constructs like Requiem, for the purpose of gathering and relaying information.

The Fast Track armor mod allows Spartans to gain more experiential data from each encounter, effectively ranking up quicker during the process.

This Specialization will be available at launch.


Spartan optimization for the subversion, repair, and or reconstitution of a wide range of technology, including Covenant and Forerunner complex networks.

The Drop Recon armor mod allows users to predict the location and time of an ordnance drop through an external suborbital monitoring system.


Spartan optimization for long-range target tracking (trans-continent and off-world), particularly in scenarios where conventional tracking has failed or such a substantial time has passed that the trail has gone cold.

The Requisition armor mod allows users the ability to recall their own ordnance requests in order to acquire more helpful weapons in the field.


Spartan optimization for single-operative missions which require a lone Spartan to be deployed on their own for incredibly long durations of time, even years if required.

The Stability armor mod allows users to increase their aiming stability when being fired upon.


Spartan optimization for target shadowing missions which require tactical invisibility despite operating at an extremely close range to the target itself.

The Nemesis armor mod allows users to target and track down previous attacking enemies, highlighting them on the armor’s passive sensors.


Spartan optimization for deep, unconventional deployment within unknown enemy territory and with little to no assistance from command.

The Gunner armor mod decreases the time of weapon overheat when occupying a vehicle weapon position and increases Spartan speed while carrying a detached turret.


Spartan optimization for the operation and control of a wide range of vehicles: space, air, ground, and sea.

The Wheelman armor mod gives Spartans the ability to coax every bit of stamina and durability out

of vehicles they are piloting.

Stats on players finishing Mass Effect

Concept artwork of Jack
Stats on players finishing Mass Effect

BioWare's online development director Fernando Melo revealed to his audience during a talk at GDC Europe that more than five months after Mass Effect 3 was released, only 42 per cent of players have completed the game.

Unsurprisingly, Mass Effect 2's completion rate even got a boost this year as players readied save files to import into Mass Effect 3. That stat is currently at 56 percent.

I say even if you heard that ME3 ending sucked, you should still finish it to prove you're a real gamer...

Saturday, August 11

How to connect your Iphone's Wi Fi to the Xbox 360

How to connect your Iphone's Wifi to the Xbox 360

I was recently  tidying chords behind the TV and I managed to break the internet when I un-plugged the modem - the connection to the ISP couldn't be made. I was gutted as I wanted to play some Dead Space but alas! My game save was 'in the cloud' so I was prevented from playing.

I sat defeated cursing my first world problem. Whilst doing so I got a text message on my Iphone 4S and I got a little twinkle in my eye. I could try and use the Wifi Hotspot function the phone has and see if the Xbox 360 would accept that as a source of internet.

The short answer, is yes, you can connect the iphone wifi to the Xbox!

Here's how to connect the two devices.

  • Turn your iphone's Personal Hot Spot on. 
  • Turn on the xbox
  • If you have an ethernet plugged in to the xbox, remove it. 
  • Go to the Network settings section of the Xbox 360
  • Identify the wireless signel of your Iphone - it will be your Iphone's name. Select it.
  • Enter the password of your hotspot wifi as given to you on the phone. 
  • Once satisfied the connection has been made, sign into Xbox and you are away. 

Using your Iphone's data does run the risk of you blowing your datacap and and you'll possibly have limited connectivity via your 3G network so I doubt you'll be doing a multi-player marathon anytime soon but you should be able to access your saved games at the very least!

I imagine this little trick is also be able to be used by Android phones and the like that have the same wifi hotspot connections.

Friday, August 10

Female Bobba Fetts. Yes, it's sexier than it sounds.


Female Bobba Fetts. Yes, it's better than it sounds. And you know you just had to look at these cosplay girls, wearing the costume of most famous bounty hunter ever! Star Wars does have a lot to answer for.... including these cosplay fails and these Leias....