Gamers For Giving Halo Tournament Cancelled

Contrary to popular belief many gamers enjoy getting out and about, nothing more so than when it comes to a charity tournament. Gamers For Giving Halo Tournament has been running for years now letting gamers play their favourite games with the event raising money for charity. Sadly this year though that may not be so as the Gamers for giving halo tournament has been cancelled.

The tournament has been running for years but “due to encountering an unrecognizable error in the custom games matchmaking platform” the tournament has had to be cancelled as the event couldn’t create the games in a “reliable tournament environment”.

They tried, with everything from testing different network configurations and swapping the hardware itself and even talking with talking with 343 Industries (the creators of the latest halo game), the decision was reluctantly made.

The organisation will be issuing full pass refunds for those who request one by the 21st March, but if you feel like giving that money to charity still they will be offering Sky loft passes to teams who don’t request a refund. Offering passes for teams to come enjoy the event, even though they can’t take part in the Halo tournament part of it, is a great move on their part and a great way for the community to show just how strongly they want to help charity more than show off their skills.

The cause of the cancellation is still under speculation but all signs point to a recent patch in the game. In a blog post on the gamers for giving page its stated that the patch notes contain “improved stability when joining custom game lobbies”, something which alongside the “resolved issues surrounding multiple Xbox ones playing on the same network” would point to changes that may not have been best suited just before a big tournament.

Halo Reach Performs Poorly on Xbox One

Microsoft stunned attendees during this year’s E3 expo with the shock announcement that backwards compatibility was coming to the Xbox One at no additional cost. In contrast to this, Sony has decided to charge for digital PlayStation 2 titles and offer PlayStation 3 emulation via a paid streaming service. It’s extremely unlikely for Sony to master PlayStation 3 emulation through traditional avenues due to the cell architecture’s complex nature.

One of the Xbox One’s most popular releases is Halo: The Master Chief Collection which contains Halo 1, 2, 3, and 4. Sadly this collection is devoid of Halo Reach as the story doesn’t center on the chaotic exploits of Master Chief. Despite this, Halo Reach recently gained approval to work on the Xbox One without the need to purchase an Xbox 360. Unfortunately, there are a number of user complaints regarding the game’s performance suggesting it frequently dips to around 10 frames-per-second. One disgruntled user said:

“We need to talk about the HALO Reach port to XBOX ONE. It’s unplayable! I’m getting 10-20 FPS whereas my 360 runs it at a smooth 25-30 FPS… This is unacceptable, I even set my XBOX ONE to run in 720p, but nothing changed!”

Another player had a similar experience and proclaimed:

“What the hell? UNPLAYABLE.is this going to get fixed or what? Why advertise backward compatibility of you can’t even actually play the game?”

Microsoft has acknowledged the current performance problems and issued an official statement which reads:

“We’re aware some users are experiencing issues playing Halo: Reach via Xbox One backward compatibility. The Xbox engineering team is currently looking into the issues and are working to address them.”

Some of you might remember the buggy emulation on the Xbox 360 which made older games unstable or difficult to play. At least Microsoft is looking into the performance problems and hopefully they should be rectified soon. On the other hand, it’s vital for Microsoft to ensure each game runs properly before giving it their seal of approval.

Is backwards compatibility a feature you often use?

Teaser Released for Fan Made Halo PC Project

Hold onto your Spartan armour fellow PC gamers, because this is one incredible project that you’re not going to want to miss out on! Halo is a great game, I’m a huge fan of the series and have long followed it on various Xbox formats over the years. However, Halo has never been as good as it was when it was released on PC, even if number 2 did require you to install Vista *shudder*.

Now it looks like Halo is set to return to PC albeit in an unofficial capacity, not that I care, the new game looks freaking amazing! The project is called installation 01, and it has been under development for quite some time now, but their new gameplay teaser is enough to spark new excitement into the teams work.

What’s really exciting about this project is the team behind it are doing everything by the book, that means it’s not going to get pulled and trust me, if Microsoft were going to lawyer up, they’d have long since done so.

NOTE: Everything you see here is Work in Progress, anything is subject to change. This is the Pre-Alpha version of the game.

Q: What is this?

A: Installation 01 is a fan game created by Halo fans from all over the world. The aim of this project is to be both an artistic tribute to Halo and a fun way to experience Halo on PC, Mac and Linux free and legally. Our primary goal is to recreate the multiplayer experience of the Halo trilogy, bringing in features from all Halo games to make the ultimate multiplayer sandbox!

Q: When is this being released?

A: Short answer: 8-12 months, no promises.

Long answer: We’d like to include several well-made maps and a solid arsenal of weapons and gamemodes in our first open beta build. Depending on how many more artists and programmers join the team, we are looking at an 8-12 month wait until our first publicly available build. However, there will be more trailers and information released as we progress, and hopefully the teaser trailer we just released will serve as a shining beacon to talented folks in the fan community. The more the merrier, keep reading for information on how to help.

Q: Is this legal?

A: We are abiding by Microsoft’s Fair Use Policy and their Game Content Usage Rules. http://www.xbox.com/en-us/developers/…
Everything in the game is fan created and can be legally downloaded and distributed in accordance with the Game Content Usage Rules. We are not out to make any money, even to cover costs. The work is all a labor of love, our team gets nothing in return except the satisfaction of making the ultimate Halo tribute, and some portfolio building.

Q: How can I help?

A: We are in need of more team members. We are currently recruiting for these positions:
-3D artists
-2D artists
-Programmers
Our current team size is about 20 people giving their free time on-and-off depending on school and work schedules (about half of us are either computer science or art students, with hobbyists and professionals mixed in). We would like to expand, so please comment if you are interested in helping, we will get back to you ASAP!

Q: Where do I go to check for updates on the project?

Want to keep up to date with the project? Check out the official YouTube and Facebook pages.

Halo 5 is Not Coming to PC According to Aaron Greenberg

Yesterday, Halo series director Frank O’Connor announced, “There is plenty of chance that Halo 5 could appear on the PC,” which came as a surprising revelation. However, this has now been categorically denied by Aaron Greenberg, the head of Xbox marketing who said:

The conflicting message between 343 and the Xbox division is quite puzzling and demonstrates a lack of communication. On another note, I cannot understand Microsoft’s stubbornness towards PC gaming. Not so long ago, Phil Spencer proclaimed “it’s time for us to talk about gaming on Windows” and promised Microsoft would take PC gaming more seriously. Over the years, Microsoft has made a number of pledges and always failed to produce the goods.

Granted, there are a few titles working their way to PC including Gears of War Remastered, Fable Legends and Halo Wars 2. However, for all their posturing, Microsoft doesn’t seem interested in porting leading Xbox exclusives like Forza and Halo. Honestly, I don’t understand Microsoft’s logic and feel they are making a monumental mistake. Some might argue exclusives are required to entice customers to purchase an Xbox One.

On the other hand, I’m not entirely convinced the PC gaming audience is competing with the Xbox One. Console players prefer the plug-and-play experience and can be overwhelmed by the huge amount of PC components. As a result, Microsoft is intentionally restricting their sales, and consumer base. This is complete madness and their unwillingness to support PC gaming has helped make Valve the successful company it is today.

Halo 5 “Could Appear on The PC” says Frank O’Connor

The Halo franchise is Microsoft’s key system seller for the Xbox brand and continues to please a large following. While the original game and its sequel eventually came to PC, there was a great deal of controversy regarding its Windows Vista exclusivity. Since then, the Halo series has remained deeply routed in the console market, and Microsoft hasn’t shown any interest in porting their back catalogue. However, with Microsoft’s more unified approach of late, Windows 10 PC games are becoming a distinct possibility. In a talk with GamesRadar on Twitch, Halo series director Frank O’Connor hinted at the plausibility of a PC version and said:

“There is plenty of chance that Halo 5 could appear on the PC,”

“Nothing to announce at this point but it’s absolutely within the bounds of reason.”

“We developed the game on an Intel platform. It wouldn’t be the hardest thing in the world to move it to PC and take advantage of PC stuff. But nothing to announce today on this chat.”

Up to this point, Microsoft has only really ported free-to-play games although the Gears of War remaster is an exciting prospect. It looks like Microsoft wants to launch their console exclusives on the Windows 10 store and offer cross-platform play. Only time will tell if they actually manage this and I would love to play the likes of Halo, Forza and Crackdown on PC. From a business standpoint, Microsoft is finalizing realizing that PC sales don’t impact on the Xbox’s system sales, which are already quite mediocre. Then again, Microsoft has promised a lot in the past and never delivered.

343 Explain Reasons For No Split-screen In Halo 5

The sofa, the resident home of the gamer for many years, and for those who remember wired controllers, the floor. I grew up with consoles and I am still a regular fan of going back and playing the “old school” games. Some of these include multiplayer and more than often a form of split screen. Split screen is where multiple players have their view on a single screen, often resulting in up to 4 players working on trust to not look at one another’s hiding places. Certain games let you play with your friends, splitting your screen to allow your friend and teammate to join the fight while sitting next to you. Halo was well-known for this both in campaign and their multiplayer, that was until 343 announced that Halo 5 would not include a split screen mode, and today we have the reason.

Frank O’conner is the Franchise Development Director for 343 Industries. After a petition for adding split-screen co-op to Halo 5 was started (with over 7 thousand supporters at the time of this article being written), O’conner has come forward to explain that the reason they aren’t able to add in split-screen is because 343 are focused on reaching the maximum resolution possible while maintaining a steady 60 frames per second (FPS). He has since suggested that maybe fans would be better off petitioning for the next Halo game to include it again.

Do you like split-screen games? What are your opinions on this, do you think you can trade in gameplay features for better graphics or should the mode have remained at the cost of the graphics?

If you enjoy co-op games don’t forget to check out our co-op run down here

 

343 Already Working on Halo 6 And Knows “What’s Going to Happen 10 Years From Now”

343 Studios has established itself as an integral component of Halo’s success in recent years and no longer intimidated by Bungie and the franchise’s roots. To mark Halo 5’s pending release, 343 Studios decided to talk about the future in an upcoming Golden Joysticks special and divulged information about a “fictional foundation” for the next 20 years. The franchise developer director Frank O’ Connor explained:

“We do kind of know what’s going to happen in the next game pretty well at this point,”  

“We’re doing serious real planning and even some writing on the next game already, and that’s a luxury – we’ve never been in that position before. So we both know at a very high level what’s going to happen in, say, ten years from now. But at that very granular level knowing what’s going to happen in the next game and that’s just been a great feeling for me”. 

343’s head Bonnie Ross also added:

“You can look at the ending of Halo 4 – and where Master Chief is, and obviously we had to know where we were going to take Halo 5 and Halo 6 with that. You have an epic sci-fi universe and we have multiple ways that we can go with this story, but all the pieces are laying there. The canvas is there for us to paint”. 

The developer is highly ambitious and sees a very bright future ahead for the Halo series. It’s not uncommon for the next game to be worked on before the latest addition has been released. It’s interesting to see the company plan decades ahead and not I’m entirely convinced people will be enthralled by a game with so many sequels. Hopefully, the series continues to be a success but I highly doubt Halo will be the big seller it is now in 20 years time.

Which is your favourite Halo game?

Thank you Gamesradar for providing us with this information. 

Halo Music And Menus Now Available Through Your Browser

For a while now we have been introduced to many games which are called “exclusive”, games which are normally built especially for a single console or series of consoles. The rarity often means that people will flock to those consoles to play these games, and this often means that the games themselves are made in part by the company that owns that console. Examples include the likes of Killzone for Sony’s Playstation (even if Sony do have a legal battle over advertisement) or even the Gears Of War series for Microsoft’s Xbox series (New remastered version available for PC and Xbox). One of the more popular series is Halo, originally built for the PC and Xbox, it has quickly become an exclusive for the Xbox series, with the occasional game for mobiles and tablets. Now thought you can enjoy all of Halo’s main menus (music included) in your web browser.

Halome.nu hopes to scratch that itch you have when you leave your Xbox and TV on just so that you can listen to the soothing music that once welcomed you to the field of battle with the Covenant. With the menus and music from not only Halo 1, 2 and 3 but also ODST (orbital drop shock troop), Reach and Halo 4, its possible to listen to the music for hours on end with a surprisingly calming and relaxing tone.

With series like Halo: Forward Onto Dawn and Nightfall expanding the halo universe from books to movies and series, soon you might hear just a little bit more about Master Chief.

 

New Mission Impossible Film Includes Triple-Screen Halo 5 on Xbox One

Tom Cruise has reprised the role of Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. The adrenaline-fueled action-thriller contains a scene showing Halo 5 in action displayed on a triple-screen setup. In the movie, Simon Pegg who plays Benji Dunn, is pictured with an Xbox One controller and the camera briefly pans to Halo 5’s cover art.

The Xbox One is only capable of driving a single screen as there is only one primary display output. As a result, this gaffe is just another example of movies integrating video games in a rather embarrassing fashion. Hopefully, moviegoers will be aware of the Xbox One’s limitations and don’t expect to run any game on a multi-monitor configuration.

While it doesn’t ruin the film’s appeal, it seems a rather silly mistake. In all seriousness, I highly doubt the average movie-buff will be using anything more than a single 1920×1080 or 4k Television. Multi-monitor setups are prevalent on PC but still a niche outlet. On consoles, it’s practically non-existent.

Microsoft’s unified strategy could indicate AAA titles such as Halo 5 will end up on PC. If this eventually happens, it will be the only way to play Halo 5 on a triple-monitor solution.

Are you a fan of the Halo series, if so, which game is your favourite?

Thank you Tweaktown for providing us with this information.

Watch Master Chief Take on Call of Duty Players and a Juggernaut

There is a never ending battle going one between the two console races and it never seems to take any end. Which is best, Xbox or Playstation. Which is better, that’s really a personal choice and down to one’s needs, but the latest video from Danny & Michael Philippou gives a take on it.

Danny Philippou AKA Racka Racka describe themselves as wannabe filmmakers on a rampage in their Facebook profile, and that is a pretty fitting description of the video. A mayhem of funny destruction. The two twins come from Australia and this is far from their first video. If you haven’t seen any of their work before, it’s surely worth to check out.

In the video, Master Chief takes on a couple of Call of Duty players and a juggernaut in a battle to the death! PS4 VS Xbox One! But that isn’t all as the whole place also gets invaded by grandparent-zombie-apocalypse.

Don’t take it all too serious, just enjoy the video editing skills in this action packed video created by RackaRacka, 4 minutes and 40 seconds well spent in my opinion.

The video contains guns and bad language, so keep in mind that it’s NSFW.

Please don’t try this at home as you’ll probably end up in pieces, either shot, stabbed, or had you cheeks pulled off by the evil elderly zombies.

Halo Online Alpha Build 4K Screenshots Revealed

‘Mattn’ has been busy testing out the current Alpha build of Halo Online and taking some glorious screenshots. The game looks like Halo 3 always did, but with more fidelity and much smoother graphics; more in-line with the new Master Chief Collection, but with a significantly higher max resolution.

The game is still only pegged for a Russian release as a F2P title, but if hype keeps building, it won’t be long before we see the game in other markets.

4K versions available here.

First Gameplay of PC Exclusive Halo Online Revealed

News broke recently that a PC exclusive version of Halo would be coming to PC. The bad news is that this game is currently only being released in Russia, with no plans to launch it in any other regions, at least at the moment. The game will be free to play and is clearly designed to cater to the fact that F2P is very successful in Russia, given that retail games suffer from mass piracy in that region.

The game is powered by a heavily enhanced version of the Halo 3 engine and is created by Innova and Syber Interactive Studio.

YouTuber ‘Noble’ has released a 17-minute video that showcases maps, weapons and vehicles for the game and so far, it certainly looks pretty entertaining.

https://youtu.be/fy1jbrrMfZc

Let’s hope they come to their senses and launch it in other regions!

Halo: MMC Xbox One Revealed, Shipping Worldwide This Month

If you are a Halo fan and haven’t had the chance to upgrade your Xbox 360 to the new Xbox One, then waiting a little longer won’t hurt. The Xbox One bundle with Halo: The Master Chief Collection has recently been announced and it will be available worldwide for $350.

The bundle contains the Xbox One console, along with a digital copy of The Master Chief Collection, which is comprised of the remastered versions of Halo 1 through 4 and some extra content such as Halo: Nightfall; the bundle does not include a Kinect device.

Though the Halo: MMC Xbox One bundle is said to be available in-stores this month, Microsoft stated that customers should check with their local retailers to find out exactly when it will be available in their area.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information

Halo Mod for Arma 3 Looks Amazing!

A Halo mod for Arma 3 released by Foehammer Studios has just been released under the name of The Eridanus Insurrection. Its description tells us that the mod focuses on the civil war between the UNSC (United Nations Space Command) and the Insurrectionists, who are various groups of rebel factions within the human colonies.

The mod is said to add a multitude of factions, wider variety of weaponry and vehicles and a custom-made terrain for users to play on when the final version is released. Currently, the mod is at its 0.1 alpha stage and can be downloaded from here.

Halo fans should know that the mod will not include Covenants or Master Chief himself. Still, the idea itself seems promising!

Thank you DSOGaming for providing us with this information

Guy Pulls off a ‘One-in-a-Million’ Snipe in Halo

A Halo player by the name of Lawrencce 1 apparently made the most ridiculously amazing shot in Halo, and probably even in the history of gaming. You can watch the footage below.

And this is what he had to comment about it:

“Of course the kill was intentional!! I accurately predicted the spawn of the player after I killed him for the first time, knew exactly where he was positioned when he shot at me and therefore deliberately ricocheted the bullet of three surfaces to take him out, it was very simple really!

…That was a joke of course, I am well aware that this kill was probably the luckiest I’ve ever seen on Halo. I got the kill and initially thought that it was nothing more than a decent no-scope, but when I later reviewed the footage in theatre mode, it turns out that the bullet ricocheted THREE times before landing in the head of the opposition player. I know that I was incredibly fortunate and the only purpose of this video is to entertain, I am not professing to be anything more than a slightly-less-than-averagely skilled Halo player, I play the game for fun and for moments such as this one! Thanks very much for watching, hope you enjoyed! “

Judging by his comment, he does indeed agree this was one of those epic moments when a shot is fired at the exact spot and time. Even so, the shot is truly amazing!

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information

Halo Motorcycle Helmet Lets You Ride as Master Chief

Now all you bikers can straddle your ride dressed like Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 with this officially licensed Halo motorcycle helmet. The limited edition Spartan Armor helmet – rumoured since last year after a partnership deal between NECA and 343 Industries – is made by US collectibles giant NECA and will be available in July this year.

From the NECA website:

Exterior Features:

  • Convenient modular design
  • ABS shell with matte UV-protective clear coat
  • Front air intakes reduce shield fogging; rear exhaust vents keep head cool and dry
  • Reflective shield with UV protection
  • Double D-ring nylon chin strap with snap secure
  • Game-authentic deco

Interior Features:

  • Contoured center pad with a design that allows heat to dissipate from the top of the scalp
  • Dual-layer EPS cheek pads for a firm, comfortable fit
  • Center pad and cheek pads are removable and washable
  • Soft, moisture-wicking material
  • Eyeglasses friendly interior

Additional Features:

  • Meets or exceeds DOT standards (FMVSS 49 CFR 571.218)
  • Nylon drawstring helmet bag included
  • Available in S (55-56 cm), M (57-58 cm), L (59-60 cm), XL (61-62 cm)
  • Limited edition

Source: NECA

Halo 5 Coming to PC Seems Very Possible

Halo 5 is currently running a limited Beta on Xbox One and from what little I’ve had chance to play, it’s shaping up to be a great competitive shooter, but one thing caught my attention and it looks like I’m not the only one. Above we have a screenshot courtesy of DSOGaming from the game that shows some interesting information, “may be available later on other platforms”.

It’s no secret that Microsoft is pushing hard to make Windows a gaming platform again with Windows 10. The new DirectX 12 API is just around the corner, set to launch with the new OS and it’ll even make its way to Windows 8. The new Xbox Live dashboard app is in the latest Windows 10 preview and it wouldn’t be the first time Microsoft pushed Halo onto a new OS, just look at Windows Vista and Halo 2.

This is of course a rumour or at least a rumour based on real world information that may or may not be correct. PC gaming is booming and Microsoft are currently way behind the pack. So long as they don’t give us another GFWL fiasco, I’m happy.

 

Halo: Master Chief Collection Receives Halo: Combat Evolve Map Playlist

Halo was one of the best first-person shooters of its time, with some of those old maps being massive fan favourites. Well, now we have Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and its latest update providing a playlist of the original maps from Halo: Combat Evolved.

Before The Master Chief Collection rolled out, 343 Industries – the developer behind the game – promised that we would see the Halo: CE maps after they were able to work out how to “provide the best experience possible.” The developer is obviously there, with most of the tweaks and changes that the game’s required, were built into the latest patch. You can now smack your friends down with some 2v2 battles, and more.

Source: Joystiq.

Halo is Being Remade on PC, and Boy Does it Looks Good

When Halo launched on the Xbox back in the day, it punched far beyond its weight when it came to the graphics department. But fast-forwarding to today, the graphics of the original Halo are somewhat lacking – obviously.

This has forced fans of the game to completely overhaul Halo, rewriting the Bungie made game under Crytek’s CryEngine 3. Project Contingency has released a video, below, that shows off the progress that they’ve made, showing off various animations and models. What do you think?

Source: Kotaku.

Halo: Master Chief Collection Down after Official Launch

It was to be expected, but shortly after the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the servers began to fail. Not only have they had issues with the live stream of the HaloFest event, but the initial post-launch heavy load on the multiplayer servers has proven too much.

Patch download times are taking much longer than usual, online matchmaking is failing to find a game and ranking systems appear disabled for a few of the playlists.

Microsoft released the following statement on their Xbox Live Status page.

“Xbox members, are you having a tough time matchmaking in Halo: The Master Chief Collection? As you read this message, we’re working with our external partner to correct this issue right away. We appreciate your patience in the meantime! We’ll update you again when we have more information. Additionally, it’s come to our attention that some of our members are having a tough time viewing the online state and activity of other users on their Friends list. Hang in there, folks! As you read this message, we’re working with our partner to correct this issue. Thanks for your patience while we work. We’ll update you again in half an hour.”

343i tried offering some advice on Twitter, but it’s little more than the common “turn it off and back on again”, I’m fairly sure people are already trying this.

Hopefully the issues will resolve themselves soon enough. This has become the norm for online multiplayer games on launch day/week, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating for those trying to use the services.

Thank you Games Under Pressure for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Games Under Pressure.

Check out These Stunning Halo: Guardians Multiplayer Screenshots

The team at 343i are still hard at work on the next installment in the Halo franchise main series, Halo 5. The game will hit the Xbox One some time next-year, but for now you can squeeze some beta access through Halo: The Master Chief Collection which launched today.

So far, it looks like Halo 5 is shaping up very nicely and these early screenshots of the multiplayer are certainly proof of that. It’s a shame we have to wait for the new installment in this legendary franchise to hit our screens, but at least we have a HD re-release of the first four entries in the series to keep us entertained.

For now, please enjoy the screenshots below.

Which aspects of Halo 5 are you most looking forward to? Personally I can’t wait to play the campaign in split-screen co-op. Let us know in the comments section below.

Thank you AllGamesBeta for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of AllGamesBeta.

Misha Mansoor and Steve Vai Featured in Halo: Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is almost here and for me personally it’s turning out to be one of the greatest games this year. Not only am I a big Halo fan, mostly due to the fact that I regularly play games from the series on split-screen co-op, but I’m also a fan of the music in the game. Legendary guitarist Steve Vai is returning to re-record his iconic track from Halo 2, as well as metal legend Misha Mansoor of the band Periphery lending his talents, so things are shaping up pretty well for the new Halo release.

I’m a big fan of both of these musicians and a new track from each of them is something I’m eager to here. We do have some clips for you below, but since they’ve been streamed on Twitch, then ripped from the stream, then re-uploaded, they sound like they’ve been filtered through a bad of scrap metal; they do however give you a taste of what is to come, so they’re better than nothing.

The entire set of sound effects and the original music score have been re-recorded too, mixed to surround sound and the overall quality improved by a lot. You’ll even be able to toggle between the old sound and the new sound should you not like the modern takes, or perhaps you just prefer the retro ones.

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The soundtrack is said to release on the game’s launch day and should include a double CD as well as a special edition vinyl.

Thank you Dual Shockers for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Dual Shockers.

New Video Shows Halo 3 Running on Xbox One

Microsoft have finally revealed footage of Halo 3 running on the Xbox One. The footage was taken from the upcoming release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection which launches on the console later this year. The developers have already been eager to show off Halo 2, which has been given a full remastering treatment, much like they did with Halo: CE  a couple of years ago. However, this was only to bring it in line with CE, 3 and 4, all of which have had an Xbox 360 release, this means that Halo 3 won’t be getting the full head to toe overhaul.

The graphics have been touched up where needed, 3D models improved and detail added where appropriate, but this is still pretty much the original Halo 3. The graphics are a huge amount clearer and smoother, running 1920 x 1080 @ 60FPS with a new set of shaders, water and lighting effects to really spruce things up. you can see the draw distance, LOD, AA and other things are improved in the video, but unfortunately YouTubes potatoesque compression does nothing for the resolution and FPS of the original footage.

[youtube width=”800″ height=”450″]http://youtu.be/5_N2Di9xfBI[/youtube]

Thank you Dual Shockers for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Dual Shockers.

Incredible Halo 2 Vs Halo 2 Remastered Screenshot Comparison

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is almost here and while games like Halo 4 and Halo 3 will be getting a resolution bump, some new textures, lighting and more, Halo 2 will be getting the biggest overhaul of all (not so much CE since it was already buffed in the Anniversary release). The game has been treated to a new engine overhaul and the end result is profound. Just check out these screenshots below, because a picture speaks a thousand words.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this game later this year. Sure I’d love for the series to come to PC, but I guess Microsoft need to keep one heavy hitter for their console division.

Thank you Gamerheadlines for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Gamerheadlines.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection PC Edition Appears on Amazon UK

I don’t think that the new Halo games are coming PC, but I have to admit that there is no smoke without fire and Amazon has been a reliable source for leaks many times in the past, so what is really going on?

Yesterday we say Halo: That Master Chief Collection appear on Amazon.co.uk for PC, which is strange given that the title is meant to be an Xbox One exclusive, and the series hasn’t hit the PC since Halo 2 was launched for Windows Vista.

This isn’t the first time this leak / rumour has caught our attention either, a similar leak appeared on Amazon.es recently and over the last year entries were found in the Steam database for Halo: CE, Halo 2 and Halo 3.

There is a bit of weight behind this rumour, and the hardware of the Xbox One would make porting the title to PC an easy task… but I guess we will have to wait and see.

Would you play Halo on PC again?

Thank you Attackofthefanboy for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Attackofthefanboy.

Side by Side Halo Anniversary Comparison Will Blow Your Mind

It’s only a few months now until the iconic Master Chief graces our screens once again. The release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection will mark Halos introduction to the Xbox One by bringing Halo 1 – 4 to the new console, with massively improved graphics and framerate compared when compared to their original releases.

It’s not secret that Halo games often ran sub 30fps on their respective consoles, heck I’ve seen Halo 4 co-op multiplayer drop to what I could only describe as a slow motion flicker book, rendering it completely unplayable in busy sections. Now the game will be returning with improved textures, better AA, better filtering, better lighting and a super slick 60FPS locked frame rate, a first for the series.

So just how good do the new games look compared to their originals, given that there has been around ten years between some of them? Check out the video below and prepare to have your nostalgic mind blown.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is due for release on Xbox One November 11th.

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Microsoft Flashed Halo 2 Remaster at Comic Con 2014

Damn this looks nice! Even if it is just pre rendered footage. Yes i’m talking about the new trailer that was screened at Comic Con 2014 in San Diego a few days ago. The trailer is made up of different snippets of different cut-scenes that have been completely overhauled in the remastering process. From the trailer, which I’ve embedded below, looks incredible!

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Certain Affinity, Master Chief Collection’s developer, also released a list of just a few multiplayer maps that have been touched up to meet the “remastered” standard. “Zanzibar,” is getting the remake treatment alongside “Lockout,” “Ivory Tower,” “Coagulation” and “Ascension.” The final of the six remastered maps will be revealed at Gamescom in Germany next month.

Unfortunately for myself, I don’t have an Xbox One so I won’t be able to play the MCC. The only Halo games I’ve played are Halo: Combat Evolved, yes the first ever one, Halo Reach and the first level of Halo 4 at a friends house. I never played number 2 or 3 and I feel ashamed that I haven’t played every game in the Halo series, ok maybe missing out on Halo Wars wasn’t a bad thing.

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