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

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
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

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
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

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
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

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
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

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
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

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
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

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
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

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
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

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
#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

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
343 Industries, FPS games, Microsoft Game Studios, Xbox 360 games

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!

Halo 4 Update To Tweak Weapon Damage

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
343 Industries, Halo 4, multiplayer, Patch, Update, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4 Update To Tweak Weapon Damage

343 Industries are working on a new Halo 4 patch to re-balance several loadout weapons, in order to make them slightly more powerful and situational.

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343i: Halo Has The "Potential" For Microtransactions

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
343 Industries, Dan Ayoub, DLC, Halo 4, Microsoft Studios, Microtransactions, Xbox 360 games

343i: Halo Has The "Potential" For Microtransactions

It's difficult to be sarcastic about begging to be monetised when some folk really are clamouring for it. Halo 4's executive producer Dan Ayoub has suggested that 343 Industries might be mulling over the possibility of including cosmetic microtransactions in subsequent Halo games.

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Halo 4: Focus Testing Nixed Sci-Fi Weapons

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
343 Industries, Halo 4, Weapons, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4: Focus Testing Nixed Sci-Fi Weapons

We sometimes complain about how weapons in games are often rather unimaginative. As it turns out, there's a good reason for this: apparently we just don't like new and original things.

According to 343i's creative director, Josh Holmes, Halo 4 could have seen more "sci-fi" weapons such as a stasis gun or grapple harpoon, but apparently testing showed that no-one really wanted a deep sci-fi experience.

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Halo 4 | £18.99 | Zavvi | 360

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
343 Industries, FPS games, Halo 4, Spartan Ops, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4 | £18.99 | Zavvi | 360

I'm surprised at how quick this has dipped below the twenty pound barrier considering it's such a first-party hit. Not that we're complaining as it's about time the stragglers caught up to the rest of the world and checked out 343 Industries' fantastic first Halo game proper. Season 1 of the free Spartan Ops co-op DLC has just finished, but it's still available to download and is well worth ckecking out. It's still a regular on the Dealspwn post-work sessions.

Thanks to capelli at HotUkDeals.

Halo 4: Castle Map Pack Goes Big On Vehicle Shenanigans

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
343 Industries, Castle Map Pack, DLC, Halo 4, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4: Castle Map Pack Goes Big On Vehicle Shenanigans

Halo 4's third multiplayer expansion promises to focus on vehicular combat in three large asymmetrical stages, bristling with Warthogs and Man Cannons to fling them off of. The Castle Map Pack will launch on April 8th for 800 Microsoft Points, or included as part of the War Games pass.

We've stashed more details and a trailer below.

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Halo 4 | £19.99 | Game | 360

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
343 Industries, FPS games, Halo 4, Spartan Ops, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4 | £19.99 | Game | 360

Using the above discount code gets you a mighty 50% off Master Chief's triumphant return. 343 Industries stood up to the challenge of taking over the reigns after Bungie departed and accomplished more than we could have hoped for. The first free season of the co-op Spartan Ops DLC missions has just concluded, meaning you and your mates can tear through them all now. Just try not to accidentally run each other.

Thanks to Darkle at HotUkDeals.

343i: Master Chief "Not Going Away", But More "Connection Points" Needed

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
343 Industries, Halo, Kiki Wolfkill, Microsoft Studios

343i: Master Chief "Not Going Away", But More "Connection Points" Needed

343 Industries' Kiki Wolfkill (Best. Name. EVER!) has dropped a few hints regarding the future of the Halo franchise, suggesting that whilst it was important for Master Chief to provide the focus for Halo 4, and saying that "he's not going anywhere", she hopes that the series might able to expand to "build strength and investment in other characters".

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Halo 4 | £20.25 | Amazon | Xbox 360

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
343 Industries, FPS games, Microsoft Game Studios, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4 | £20.25 | Amazon | Xbox 360

If you missed the recent offer from Argos we highlighted, here’s another chance to get hold of the latest Halo game for £20. The current saving over the next best deal from ShopTo current stands at over £3.50.

In the end 343 Industries proved they were the right people to take the reins of the franchise, as Halo 4 delivers yet another epic instalment of the Master Chief’s adventures. With usual high standard of multiplayer, including the Spartan Ops mode for Co-op shenanigans, it should keep Halo fans busy in the months to come.

Big Fat Halo 4 Patch Incoming This Week

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
343 Industries, FPS games, Halo 4, Microsoft Studios, Patch, XXbox 360 games

Big Fat Halo 4 Patch Incoming This Week

343 Industries have announced that there's a big, fat Halo 4 patch incoming this week, although there's not a firm drop date as yet.

“While we’d love to give you the specific date and time you’ll be prompted to download this update unfortunately we’re only given an ambiguous window in which it will release, not a hard date," said 343i. "So you’ll know as soon as we know… or something like that, anyway.

"While this update tackles a significant amount of bugs, glitches and issues we’re happy to soon call resolved, there’s more balancing to be done and more matters of contention to address, and we are actively working with the Halo 4 game team to investigate the feasibility of additional fixes. For now, here is a breakdown of what will be included in this particular title update."

The full list of tweaks is after the jump >>

Halo 4: Majestic Map Pack Dated & Trailered

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
343 Industries, DLC, FPS games, Halo 4, Majestic Map Pack, Microsoft Studios

Halo 4: Majestic Map Pack Dated & Trailered
343 Industries has officially blown the lid off Halo 4's Majestic Map Pack, which is set to release on February 25th for 800 Microsoft Points (or included in the season pack). This new multiplayer expansion promises to "hark back to classic Halo maps" with three "small scale arenas," a new Infinity Rumble game mode and ten new achievements.,

We've got a trailer and map details after the break.

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