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Pre-Order Halo: The Master Chief Collection for £36.00 at Gameseek

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Jonathan Lester
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Pre-Order Halo: The Master Chief Collection for £36.00 at Gameseek

Halo: MCC | Gameseek | £36.00
Voucher Code: 2354682

Get set to come out swinging, because Halo: The Master Chief Collection is absolutely ridiculous. All four numbered Halo games in one package with retouched graphics, new achievements and 100+ multiplayer maps. Frankly it's set to put other re-releases to shame and £36 seems eminently reasonable (remember to use voucher code 2354682 for the extra £2 saving!).

Note, however, that you'll have to download an extra 20GB of multiplayer content before you can play online, though. Hopefully it will be finished by the time you've made it through to 'The Library' in Halo: Combat Evolved. Many thanks to Sunderland06 @ HUKD!

Halo's Master Chief Collection gets new trailer & details: Coagulation makeover, Gungeese & an ambiguous Arbiter

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Jonathan Lester
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343 Industries, FPS, Microsoft Studios, Xbox One Games

Halo's Master Chief Collection gets new trailer & details: Coagulation makeover, Gungeese & an ambiguous Arbiter

This weekend saw thousands of Halo and machinima fans flock to Austin, Texas for the Rooster Teeth Expo, at which 343 Industries were naturally keen to drop some choice details about the upcoming Master Chief Collection. A new trailer hints at The Arbiter packing some cloudy motives this time around, which we'll be able to expand upon by finding hidden terminals throughout the campaign, while fan-favourite Halo 2 map Coagulation is getting a massive new overhaul.

Oh, and they've decided to strap guns to the Mongoose, creating the appropriately-named Gungoose. New trailer and intel below.

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What is Microsoft's secret Halo spin-off?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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343 Industries, Halo, Microsoft

What is Microsoft's secret Halo spin-off?

Halo is coming to Xbox One in a big way, starting this year with the Master Chief Collection, then flanked by live-action TV shows and Halo 5: Guardians. Fans of Spartans and Scorpions have plenty to look forward to.

However, it appears that Microsoft Studios are working on yet another Halo-related project, this time a collaboration between 343 Industries and another as-yet-unknown company. What could it be?

Hold onto your helmets and HUD, because it's time for some wild theorising.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming to Xbox One

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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343 Industries, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Microsoft E3 2014 Press Conference, Xbox One Games

4 games, 100+ maps, 4000 Gamerscore, Halo 5 Beta

All the Halo ever is coming to Xbox One.

We knew that already, but didn't know that Microsoft was taking that very literally. The Master Chief Collection has officially been announced, a single disc containing Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 Anniversary Edition, Halo 3 and Halo 4 along with 4000 GS worth of achievements. However, the collection will also contain every multiplayer map from all of those titles, including Halo 2's multiplayer suite in its entirety.

With the exception of Reach and ODST, this is about as "complete" as it gets. Even before you factor in extra content too.

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COMMENT | Halo 5 boss Frank O'Connor is both right and wrong to slam "industry insiders"

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Matt Gardner
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343 Industries, Bungie, Embargo, Frank O'Connor, Halo 5, Microsoft, Rumour control, Ubisoft, Watch Dogs

COMMENT | Halo 5 boss Frank O'Connor is both right and wrong to slam "industry insiders"

Frank O'Connor doesn't like people breaking embargoes, and after notorious industry tipster CBOAT's (crazy buttocks on a train) playful little Guardians of the Galaxy-assisted nod to the reveal of Halo 5: Guardians, O'Connor has been fuming. On NeoGAF, CBOAT (also responsible for swathes of rumoured leaked info in the run up to the Xbox One and PS4 reveals last year -- some of it accurate, some of it not so accurate) has been amusingly venerated as something of a prophet for some time. This is NeoGAF, mind, their ordination ceremonies are fairly unofficial.

O'Connor, however, is less keen for such leaking swine to be hero worshipped in such a manner, and took to NeoGAF under his forum ID "Stinkles" to deliver a polemic outlining the damage leakers do:

Breaking embargos is not prophesy. Nor does it require any particular skill or insight. Ultimately he is taking or being given information and leaking it, illegally and often erroneously. And he isn't doing it for some noble or worthy reason. He's doing it for attention.

People, including nice people with kids and families and stuff, work super hard on this stuff and wake up in the morning to find some of their effort blown up. It's not fun, and for what? So you can have a mildly interesting surprise 8 hours early and lacking context? Or get hyped or disappointed disproportionately? Or get someone fired or someone innocent yelled at?

Ok. But it isn't prophecy, nor ultimately even important. It's annoying.

It's not hard to sympathise with O'Connor's sentiments to a certain degree. When you're beavering away on something, any kind of project that has you excited, large or small, you want to be the first one to tell people about it. After the blood, sweat, and tears of getting a project off of the ground, surely as a creator you want to be the first one to relay the message and start getting the word out. To have such an opportunity taken away from you is galling, particularly in the run-up to the world's biggest games expo.

COMMENT | Halo 5 boss Frank O'Connor is both right and wrong to slam "industry insiders"

Embargoes serve a purpose in the games industry -- information embargoes allow companies to ready themselves for the public eye. First impressions are absolutely key, and the fact is that the internet can be a home to a hysterical audience. Any information, if it isn't successfully presented (and sometimes even when it is) is always twisted and moulded and torn apart and frequently bastardised as soon as it is released. Once out in the open, there's no real way of controlling it, and so strict NDAs reign supreme, ensuring that everything is just so.

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Remaster Chief: Halo 1-4 HD coming to Xbox One?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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343 Industries, Halo, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Microsoft, Rumour, Xbox One Games

Remaster Chief: Halo 1-4 HD coming to Xbox One?

Start and finish the fight

Halo 5: Guardians is out next year, but Microsoft promise that the Xbox One "journey" starts later in 2014. As such we were expecting an 'Anniversary Edition' of Halo 2 to celebrate the tenth birthday of Bungie's sequel, yet a new report suggests that Microsoft are thinking significantly bigger.

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Who is Halo 5's mystery Spartan?

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Jonathan Lester
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343 Industries, FPS, Halo 5: Guardians, Microsoft Studios, Xbox One

Who is Halo 5's mystery Spartan?

Not Cortana Or Palmer, Apparently

Halo 5: Guardians' reveal artwork raised eyebrows across the internet by relegating the familiar armour of Spartan-117 (John to his mates) to the bottom of the banner, in place of an as-yet unnamed character wearing MJOLNIR tech.

We previously suspected a couple of series mainstays, but apparently we're way off piste.

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Halo 5: Guardians coming to Xbox One in 2015, but our "journey" begins this year

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Jonathan Lester
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343 Industries, FPS, Halo 5: Guardians, Microsoft Studios, Xbox One

Halo 5: Guardians coming to Xbox One in 2015, but our "journey" begins this year

Dedicated servers and 60FPS confirmed

Get set to come out swinging. Touchdown, hit it marines!

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Top Ten Tuesdays | What We Want From Halo 5!

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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343 Industries, Halo 4, Halo 5

Top Ten Tuesdays | What We Want From Halo 5!

Halo 5 is coming. We'll probably have to wait until 2015 if the rumour mill is anything to go by, but as longtime fans of the series, we can't wait to see how 343 Industries push Bungie's legendary brand into the new console generation.

Actually, we do have a few ideas of our own - and some criticisms of Halo 4 to boot.

10: Sort your QTEs out, 343

Top Ten Tuesdays | What We Want From Halo 5!

Halo 4 deserves to be studied in game design courses over the next few years, since it featured both the best and worst QTEs in recent memory.

The first level challenged us to climb up a collapsing superstructure in the most immersive QTE ever implemented by a videogame. Master Chief glanced left or right instead of relying on silly button prompts, allowing us to unconsciously make the right move without breaking the first-person perspective, to the extent that I had to replay the scene and intentionally fail just to convince myself that it wasn't a cutscene. It was utterly masterful (no pun intended) and we'd be happy with more of that - even in other games. Plagiarise the heck out of it, everyone.

However, we want none of the other kind of QTEs in Halo 5. The bad kind. The lazy kind. The immersion-killing kind. The 'press RB to kill the Elite' or 'hammer X to win the game' kind. No. Bad 343. Bad. Don't make me roll up a newspaper and bonk you on the nose.

9: Grifball: The eSport Of The Future

Top Ten Tuesdays | What We Want From Halo 5!

eSports are all the rage these days, and Halo 5 is already perfectly placed to turn the best of its gametypes into a sensation. Grifball. Rooster Teeth's joke became a deadly serious mode, one that's as tense and tactical as it is ludicrously fun and riotously ridiculous.

So not only do we crave Grifball at launch, but we'd love loads of rotating championships and tournaments built directly into the game, supported by robust stat tracking, then perfectly accompanied by Xbox One Twitch streaming and DVR. See you in pre-season!

Oh, and we're looking for a fourth team-mate. We're undefeated in 2014. Sort of.

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COMMENT: Snap Marty Up Quick, 343i - O'Donnell *IS* Halo

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Matt Gardner
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343 Industries, Bungie, Destiny, Game soundtracks, Halo, Halo 4, Halo 5, Martin O'Donnell

COMMENT: Snap Marty Up Quick, 343i - O'Donnell *IS* Halo

As I write this, I'm listening to Martin O'Donnell's Rock Anthem For Saving The World. I have the Halo albums shuffled up in a Spotify playlist. Greatest Journey from Halo 3 is up next, and I'm steeling myself for epic Warthog flashbacks from that game's majestic final run. Under Cover of Night aurally describes the midnight before a dawn of fire -- the calm before the storm. The Overture from ODST takes me back to slinking around the Covenant-strewn streets of New Mombasa before Never Forget almost makes me shed a tear. Not for the plot of intergalactic war and the loss and despair that comes with it, but rather for nostalgic good times that have yet to be bettered.

So much of my enjoyment of the Halo series comes as a direct result of Martin O'Donnell's (and Michael Salvatori's) work. The Halo suite itself is an iconic theme that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It's a succession of strings that just says, Oh we got this!

In spite of his long service to the Halo franchise, it's the versatility shown in the games that don't feature Master Chief that gave me hope for O'Donnell's work on Destiny.

This week, though, presumably with much of the work on that game complete, Bungie terminated the contract of their in-house composer. Depending on whose account you read, it's either a straightforward affair, or possibly something a little fishy.

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Master Chief hints at 2015 Halo 5 release

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Jonathan Lester
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343 Industries, Halo, Microsoft, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Master Chief hints at 2015 Halo 5 release

Well, voice actor Steve Downes at least. The man behind the iconic space marine has spoken out to suggest that Halo fans will have something to play this year, but it won't be the sequel that many Xbox One owners are waiting for.

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Halo 4 GOTY Edition Confirmed

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Jonathan Lester
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343 Industries, FPS, Halo 4, Halo 4: GOTY Edition, Microsoft Studios, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4 GOTY Edition Confirmed

Microsoft has confirmed that Halo 4 is getting a Game Of The Year edition in October, following a premature leak from IGN.

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Halo 4: New Armour Mods Roll Out Next Monday

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Jonathan Lester
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343 Industries, FPS, Halo 4, Microsoft Studios, multiplayer, Update, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4: New Armour Mods Roll Out Next Monday

Halo 4 will receive two free new armour mods as part of next Monday's matchmaking update: Recharge and Survivor.

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Halo 4: Champions Bundle DLC To Contain Armour, New Maps & Gametype

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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343 Industries, DLC, Halo 4, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4 will be receving three new DLC packs next month, which can be bought individually or as part of the Champions Bundle. While one pack contains two new maps and gametype, the other two offer... erm... new armour sets.

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Halo E3: Spencer Downplays Talk Of Halo 5

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Matt Gardner
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News
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343 Industries, Halo 2: Anniversary Edition, Halo 5, Phil Spencer, Xbox One Games

Microsoft's Phil Spencer has poured a little water on the rumours that Master Chief's appearance at E3 might have been a teaser for Halo 5, clarifying the lack of a number or subtitle for the mini reveal that premiered at Microsoft's E3 press conference.

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Halo Teased On Xbox One

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Jonathan Lester
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343 Industries, FPS, Halo, Massive Badass Awesome Mechs!, Master Chief, Microsoft, Xbox One

Halo Teased On Xbox One

No, we don't know why he's wearing a daft cloak either.

343 Industries confirmed that a Halo FPS is in production for the Xbox One, running at a consistent 60 FPS. That's effectively all we know for now, but in the meantime, enjoy the great big mech.

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Halo 4 Weapon Balance Patch Will Buff Pretty Much Everything

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Jonathan Lester
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343 Industries, FPS, Halo 4, multiplayer, Patch, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4 Weapon Balance Patch Will Buff Pretty Much Everything

Except The DMR

As previously reported, 343 Industries have been slaving away on a major Halo 4 multiplayer patch to balance the arsenal against the Designated Marksman Rifle. The kill time for practically every weapon has been reduced, along with sweeping damage and fire rate increases across the board.

We've got the patch notes below ahead of its deployment on June 3rd.

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Spielberg To Produce Live-Action Halo TV Series

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Jonathan Lester
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#XboxReveal, 343 Industries, Halo, Microsoft, Spielberg, TV, Xbox One

Spielberg To Produce Live-Action Halo TV Series

During the Xbox One reveal event, Stephen Spielberg revealed that he'll be producing a live-action Halo TV show. Describing the franchise as "myth-making meat" via an on-screen presentation, the legendary director confirmed that he'll be working closely with 343 Industries, and we can assume that the oft-delayed Halo film probably won't be happening any time soon.

Halo: The Television Series will apparently be a "premium" show delivered via Xbox One's television services. We don't know whether it will be pay-per-view or free for Xbox Live Gold members yet. We'd have probably preferred a Halo 5 announcement, but we'll take what we can can get.

Halo: Combat Evolved Annivesary | £11.95 | The Game Collection | Xbox 360

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Carl Phillips
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Halo: Combat Evolved Annivesary | £11.95 | The Game Collection | Xbox 360

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary | The Game Collection | £11.95 (Save £3)
Xbox 360 price comparison | Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Review

Not the cheapest we’ve seen this, but it’s worth a look if you want to relive the Chief’s first adventure. Thanks to NuBlue @ HUKD!