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Halo Interactive Strategy Board Game revealed by Bungie in video tutorial

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Halo Interactive Strategy Game logo
Genius Products and B1 Games unveil the first ever board game based on Microsoft and Bungies’ best selling entertainment property – Halo. The all-new Halo Interactive Strategy Game captures the edge-of-your-seat action and storyline of the video game as it gives players the chance to control UNSC Marine and Covenant forces in strategic battles for power. Hitting retail this September, the board game brings the Halo universe to a broader audience with its family-friendly features.

Featuring the same premise and characters as the video game – including Master Chief, A.I. and Covenant – the Halo Interactive Strategy Game offers a modular board that can be re-configured to create a virtually limitless game play experience. In recreating the video game’s signature three dimension graphic design, the game pulls fan-favorite elements from Halo 1, 2, and 3 along with music from the video game’s award-winning soundtrack and features unseen exclusive DVD content to enhance game play.

In the game, players will command armies of three-dimensional collectible character pieces for two different levels of play: Heroic for faster, more casual game play and Legendary for more strategic advanced gamers. Fans can follow storylines that expand the Halo experience in Campaign mode or go head-to-head in interactive battle sequences with Slayer or Capture the Flag modes. The battle options are endless with future add-ons of new adventures, vehicles, characters and weapons to expand the experience.

Watch the Halo Interactive Strategy Game tabletop tutorial. This video covers the rules and gameplay mechanics as you navigate around the play field.

Click on the bottom-right corner arrow to view it fullscreen.

Is the next Halo game “darker, grittier,” tactical and without Master Chief?

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Next Halo game without Master Chief?An “insider source” with knowledge of the next Halo game has said that sometime this year Bungie will announce a “darker, grittier” Halo title without Master Chief in it.

According to the Gamespot source, the new Halo game will be a spin-off that resembles “a cross between Ghost Recon and Gears of War.” As in a tactical shooter. It will supposedly tell a “less cartoony” and “more bloody, violent, and grim” tale of a battle between UNSC forces and the Covenant. The game’s atmosphere was also described as similar to that of the live-action Halo shorts.

Expect Bungie’s next (Halo) game to be announced at the Pre-E3 Microsoft keynote that starts today at 10:30AM PST (US) / 19:30PM CET (UK). Watch E3 live at Gamespot so see the unveiling and find out if it’s true or not.

Published on July 14th, 2008 under , , , , , , ,

Is Marathon 4 or Halo 4 the new game announcement on Bungie Day 2008 on July 7? On the same day Halo 3 fans get a free map Cold Storage and more

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Bungie Day 2008 is almost upon us! The event will happen on July 7th. Outside of the freebies that will be given away, a new ViDoc has hinted that Bungie will announce a new game!

Halo 4 fake boxartTo quote: “Our independance has us driving towards becoming a multi-game studio, and the first thing we’re gonna announce today…” after which the first Bungie employee gets cut off by the second one who says “Whooo ho, we’re not announcing anything yet.” Could it be Halo 4 or Marathon 4?

Here’s what you can look forward to happening:
* Watch the new video documentary on Cold Storage:

* Cold Storage will be available for free beginning on July 7, Bungie Day, on Xbox Live Marketplace. Cold Storage is a remake of the Halo 1 map Chill Out.

Halo 3 for Xbox 360* Additionally, on 7/7, Microsoft is dropping the price of the Legendary Map Pack from 800 spacebucks to 600 spacebucks. — For now, Cold Storage will be implemented in regular rotation in playlists that require the Legendary Maps. To avoid confusion, playlists that previously required the Legendary Maps will now remind players that they need “all Maps” to participate, and since Cold Storage is free, it shouldn’t be a big deal for you to grab the map on July 7 and then return to your regularly scheduled business in SWAT.

* Additionally, don’t forget to grab the one-day-only free gamerpics (last year it included Mister Chief) and theme on 7/7.

* Beginning on July 7, there will be a 48-hour long seven-player FFA playlist in Halo 3’s Matchmaking where you can turn the calendar back to 2001 and control Rockets, Invis and Snipe.

* Next edition of the Bungie Podcast: Guests include: Lars Bakken, Shishka, Producer Allen Murray, Security Expert Jerome Simpson, IT Manager and Podcast Engineer Steve Lopez, Producer Joe Tung and Mission Architect Chris Carney. Save roughly 95 minutes of your day on Monday for the Bungie Podcast, which will likely include the New Game announcement.

Published on July 4th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , ,

Next Halo: The Cole Protocol novel is due fall 2008. It reveals the location of the Spartan Gray Team

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The Cole Protocol art
Halo: The Cole Protocol will be the sixth novel set in the Halo Universe, after Halo: Contact Harvest. Tobias S. Buckell, sci-fi author of Crystal Rain and Ragamuffin will pen the novel, which reveals the location of the Spartan Gray Team and “takes readers into an unexplored conflict of the Human-Covenant War where unlikely alliances are formed and shattered…” This group of Spartans was on an isolated mission during the events of the Halo videogames.

To clarify what The Cole Protocol is: “It’s a command enacted by Vice Admiral Preston Cole to prevent the Covenant from finding the location of Earth. Essentially, it is an order preventing Covenant retrieval of data that contains the location of Earth, and forbids retreating vessels from setting a direct slipspace course to Earth, as the Covenant are able to track slipspace travel and find Earth’s location. The policy also states that to prevent capture, any UNSC or Human vessel is to self destruct, after wiping all data matrices, to prevent the advance of the Covenant.” — Via Halopedia

Bungie and Microsoft’s Halo Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor had this to say on the upcoming book, which is slated for a fall 2008 release, ” Buckell continues an excellent tradition that’s now a solid aspect of the Halo novels, bringing a fresh new perspective to a limitless universe and bringing his prodigious writing talents to bear in ways that will surprise and engage fans of the series and newcomers alike,” quotes Bungie.net.

Published on June 18th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , ,

Halo Wars includes online co-op and 6-player multiplayer. Spartan facts listed

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Halo Wars screencap
The latest issue of GamePro magazine has revealed the Xbox 360-exclusive RTS game Halo Wars will support Xbox Live multiplayer for up to 6 players as well as 2-player online co-op. The American magazine has also revealed new UNSC units like the Vulture, Cyclops and Cobras will be included in the game.

Here are the latest Halo Wars Spartan facts:
1. Master Chief Is Alive And A Spartan. Halo Wars is set some 20 years before the events of Halo: Combat evolved, and Emsemble have confirmed that Master Chief is a practicing Spartan during this time Period. Ensemble wouldn’t confirm whether the iconic Halo star would make a cameo appearance in Halo Wars, however.

2. Spartans Are Powerful, But Not Unstoppable. Spartans are special, but they need a role, a focus in the battle” Ensemble Studios’ Dave Pottinger says. “You won’t automatically win by building a huge gang of Spartans” The Ensemble team is still working hard to make the Spartans a badass, but fair, fighting unit in Halo Wars.

3. You Earn Them Faster Than You Think. In 2531, the MJOLNIR technology is still in its infancy, and the spartan program is just kicking into gear. Even though the Spartans represent the cutting edge of the UNSC’s military technology, you won’t have to wait long to unlock them in the game. “The Spartan is the best unit, cost-for-cost, in the UNSC”, Chris Rippy says, “And we want you to use them in pretty much every game”

4. Spartans Will Turn Heads On The Battlefield. It’s not every day that the UNSC deploys cybernetically enhanced super soldiers. When you send Spartans into the field, nearby marine units will respond with relief and awe (”Look, Spartans!”) via the game’s battle chatter system.

5. Spartans Don’t have energy Shields. But they’ll heal anyway. Since Halo Wars is set before the invention of Master Chief’s shield-imbued Mk. V MJOLNIR armor, Ensemble had to balance player expectations with staying faithful to the Halo Timeline. Though Halo War’s Spartans won’t have shield technology, Ensemble says they will quickly recover from combat wounds.

6. Spartans Don’t Kick Enough Ass Yet. Halo’s iconic Spartans have quite a reputation to live up to, and Ensemble knows that expectations are high. The studio is still busy balancing the skills of the Spartans, but promises that they’ll be one of the coolest, most distinctive units in the game.

As for the release date, your guess is as good as mine. Halo Wars went from October 1st 2008, to sometime in 2008, to being completely absent from Microsoft’s release list the coming 9 months. Sounds like a first-half 2009 title.

Transcribed by Halowarsaddict & Joystiq

Published on June 10th, 2008 under , , , , , ,

Top 10 10 million selling games since 2000

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San Andreas for PS2Here’s the Top 10 10 million selling games. Since the year 2000, there have been few games that sold over 10 million. Let’s take a look at the biggest hits. Just joining this list today at number 11 is Call of Duty 4 that sold 10 million, but including that in the list wouldn’t have given it such a nice ring.

The top list of 10 million sellers:

10. World of Warcraft (10 million since 2004)
9. The Sims 2 (13 million since 2004)
8. New Super Mario Bros. (13.14 million since 2006)
7. Pokemon Gold and Silver (14.1 million since 2000)
6. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl (14.17 million since 2007)
5. Grand Theft Auto III (14.5 million since 2001)
4. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (14.89 million since 2001)
3. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (17.5 million since 2002)
2. Nintendogs (17.79 million since 2005)
1. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (21.5 million since 2005).

We expect more next-gen games to join this list in the near future. Four other new games that are well on their way to 10 million are:

* Wii Play (9.23 million since December 2006)
* Guitar Hero III (9.5 million since October 2007)
* Halo 3 (8.1 million since September 2007)
* Grand Theft Auto IV (6 million since April 2008)

Halo 3 cheats for weapons, skulls and armor tips

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Did you know there are Halo 3 cheats for weapons and other effects? Also listed are skulls and armor tips in both videos and text.

CHEATS AND TIPS:
Halo 3 for Xbox 360The following cheats can be performed during a local match or replay only. You must simultaneously press and hold the following buttons for three seconds to toggle the effect on or off.

Keys description:
LB = Left Bumper
RB = Right Bumper
LS = Click in on Left Analog Stick
RS = Click in on Right Alalog Stick

Code effect:
* LB + RB + LS + A + Down [D-Pad] enables: Toggle “Hide Weapon”.
* LB + RB + LS + A + Up [D-Pad] enables: Toggle “Show Coordinates”.
* [Hold LS + RS] Press Left on D-Pad enables: Toggle Pan-Cam / Normal while Show Coordinates is on for different “Camera Modes”.

Getting extra grenades:
* In multiplayer or system link mode, when you kill someone make sure you slash their dead body with the Energy Sword to get more grenades.

How to get infinite Spartan Laser ammo in mission “Halo”:
* Once you meet up with Sergeant Johnson shoot him until he falls down and drops the Spartan Laser. Quickly pick it up, and shoot it at him. Keep shooting him until he kills you. When you respawn, knock him down again, and pick up his laser. He should get back up with another laser on his back. When he does, shoot him down again, and pick up the new gun he drops. This laser should now have unlimited Spartan ammunition, making it easier to destroy the Guilty Spark 343.

Skull collecting to unlock new armor parts:
Before you start collecting skulls, remember that you have to start the stage from the beginning (not from a checkpoint), but once you acquire the skull you’re seeking, you can save and quit at any time without finishing the stage. This will make collecting skulls quicker if you already finished the game before.

SILVER SKULL LOCATIONS:

1. Blind (location Sierra 117): The arms of the player and the motion tracker disappear.
2. Cowbell (location The Ark): Your explosives increase in strength.
3. Grunt Birthday Party (location Crow’s Nest): If you manage to get a headshot on a Grunt, the Grunt will explode.

4. I Would Have Been Your Daddy (location The Covenant): Unlocks new dialogue for the campaign.

GOLD SKULL LOCATIONS:

5. Black Eye (location Crow’s Nest): When activated, you will have to battle enemies with melee tactics to regain shield energy.
6. Catch (location The Storm): When activated, enemies will throw more grenades.
7. Famine (location The Ark): When activated, dropped weapons will hold less ammunition.
8. Fog (location Floodgate): When activated, the motion tracker disappears.
9. Iron (location Sierra 117): When activated, you will be sent back to the beginning of the stage you’re on when you die instead of to the last checkpoint.
10. Mythic (location Halo): When activated, all enemies will have twice as much health.
11. Thunderstorm (location The Covenant): When activated, enemies will be of a higher rank.
12. Tilt (location Cortana): When activated, enemies will become more resilient to your attacks.
13. Tough Luck (location Tsavo Highway): When activated, enemies are skilled at getting away from projectiles such as grenades.

HAYABUSA ARMOR:
Collect Skulls to obtain the first three pieces of the Hayabusa Armor. To get the Chest piece, collect six Skulls. To get the Shoulders piece, collect nine Skulls. To get the Helmet piece, collect all thirteen Skulls.

KATANA ARMOR:
To unlock the Katana, which is a non-usable item that is essentially the fourth piece of Hayabusa Armor, get all thirteen Skulls in the game, and achieve a gamerscore of 1,000. Meaning you’ll have to complete all achievements to get it.

COMPLETE ALL ACHIEVEMENTS:
There are 49 achievements with a total of 1,000 Gamerscore points. 36 achievements for campaign and 13 achievements for multiplayer.

Achievement (Gamerscore points) — How to unlock it.

1. Askar (10) — Score over 15,000 points in the Campaign meta-game on the fourth mission.
2. Assault (30) — Finish the fourth mission of the Campaign on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary.
3. Black Eye (10) — Find and claim this skull when playing on Normal, Heroic or Legendary difficulty.
4. Campaign Complete: Heroic (125) — Finish the Campaign on Heroic (normal is unlocked as well).
5. Campaign Complete: Legendary (125) — Finish the Campaign on Legendary (normal and heroic are unlocked as well).
6. Campaign Complete: Normal (125) — Finish the Campaign on Normal.
7. Catch (10) — Find and claim this skull when playing on Normal, Heroic or Legendary difficulty.
8. Cavalier (10) — Score over 15,000 points in the Campaign meta-game on the third mission.
9. Cleansing (30) — Finish the fifth mission of the Campaign on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary.
10. Demon (10) — Score over 15,000 points in the Campaign meta-game on the second mission.
11. Exterminator (10) — Score over 15,000 points in the Campaign meta-game on the fifth mission.
12. Famine (10) — Find and claim this skull when playing on Normal, Heroic or Legendary difficulty.
13. Fear the Pink Mist (5) — Kill 5 enemies with the needler in a ranked free for all playlist or in campaign.
14. Fog (10) — Find and claim this skull when playing on Normal, Heroic or Legendary difficulty.
15. Graduate (10) — Earn 5 EXP or finish 10 games to complete the requirements for basic training (Online).
16. Guerilla (10) — Score over 15,000 points in the Campaign meta-game on the first mission.
17. Headshot Honcho (5) — Kill 10 enemies with headshots in a ranked free for all playlist or in campaign.
18. Holdout (20) — Finish the second mission of the Campaign on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary.
19. Iron (10) — Find and claim this skull when playing on Normal, Heroic or Legendary difficulty.
20. Killing Frenzy (5) — Kill 10 enemies without dying in any ranked free for all playlist (Online).
21. Landfall (20) — Finish the first mission of the Campaign on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary.
22. Last Stand (40) — Finish the seventh mission of the Campaign on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary.
23. Lee R Wilson Memorial (5) — Score 5 grenade sticks in any ranked free for all playlist (Online).
24. Marathon Man (40) — Locate and access all Terminals in the Campaign.
25. Maybe Next Time Buddy (5) — Board the same vehicle within 10 seconds after being boarded in any free for all playlist (Online).
26. Mongoose Mowdown (5) — Splatter an enemy with the mongoose in a ranked free for all playlist (Online).
27. MVP (5) — Earn the MVP in any ranked playlist (Online).
28. Mythic (10) — Find and claim this skull when playing on Normal, Heroic or Legendary difficulty.
29. Orpheus (10) — Score over 15,000 points in the Campaign meta-game on the eigth mission.
30. Overkill (5) — Kill 4 enemies within 4 seconds of one another in a ranked free for all playlist (Online).
31. Ranger (10) — Score over 50,000 points in the Campaign meta-game on the sixth mission.
32. Reclaimer (10) — Score over 15,000 points in the Campaign meta-game on the final mission.
33. Refuge (30) — Finish the sixth mission of the Campaign on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary.
34. Return (50) — Finish the final mission of the Campaign on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary.
35. Spartan Officer (25) — Advance to the Spartan Officer ranks (Online).
36. Steppin’ Razor (5) — Score a Triple Kill with the sword in a ranked free for all playlist (Online).
37. The Key (40) — Finish the eigth mission of the Campaign on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary.
38. The Road (20) — Finish the third mission of the Campaign on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary.
39. Thunderstorm (10) — Find and claim this skull when playing on Normal, Heroic or Legendary difficulty.
40. Tilt (10) — Find and claim this skull when playing on Normal, Heroic or Legendary difficulty.
41. Too Close to the Sun (5) — Destroy an enemy banshee with the spartan laser or missile pod in a ranked playlist or in campaign.
42. Tough Luck (10) — Find and claim this skull when playing on Normal, Heroic or Legendary difficulty.
43. Triple Kill (5) — Kill 3 enemies within 4 seconds of one another in a ranked free for all playlist (Online).
44. Two for One (5) — Score a Double Kill with a single spartan laser shot in a ranked free for all playlist (Online).
45. UNSC Spartan (15) — Earn your Sergeant rating to be recognized as a true Spartan (Online).
46. Up Close and Personal (5) — Kill 5 enemies by melee or assassination in a ranked free for all playlist (Online).
47. Used Car Salesman (5) — Destroy a vehicle that has three enemies in it in a ranked playlist or in campaign.
48. Vanguard (10) — Score over 50,000 points in the Campaign meta-game on the seventh mission.
49. We’re in for Some Chop (5) — Destroy an enemy vehicle with equipment in a ranked playlist or in campaign.

If you want to know what achievement specifically unlocks what armor piece, lookup “Armor Permutations” at Gamefaqs.

Published on May 7th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bungie working on HALO Spin-Off/Prequel?

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Word on the EGM Street is Bungie is working on a game which is based on the Halo Universe, dates back to Halo 1, and is set in Third Person. EGM’s Quartermann says we could hear about this game as early as November.

You hear that? It’s another Halo money train starting it’s engine.

[Via Kotaku]

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Published on April 24th, 2008 under , ,

Halo 4: The Secret Files. Everything Bungie talked about

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Halo 4 Xbox 360 fake boxartThe following Bungie developer interview notes are a summary of everything Halo 4 the company talked about or what was hinted at. We dubbed it “The Secret Files” that puts one and one together. Every Halo fan obviously knows the (original) Halo trilogy is over (and left with an open ending). But with Ensemble Studios working on the Halo Wars RTS prequel and an episodic Halo: Chronicles cinematic-game trilogy series still in the works by Peter Jackson, would a Halo 4 FPS really be that far fetched? Time to line up the facts…

July 14th 2006: Bungie audio director, Marty O’Donnell, said at the UK Game Developers Conference that “We all want Halo to be the great ending to an epic trilogy. We look at what Peter Jackson did with the Lord of the Rings films – which each film bettering the previous one and that is what we are aiming for.”

September 25th 2007: At the launch of Halo 3 the cinematic designer, Lee Wilson, said “There’s a lot of people who have been working on Halo much longer than us two have and they’re really interested in exploring new games, new stories, and whatever comes out of those conversations is what we’re going to pursue. We’re still going to make games for us.” And Joe Tung, multiplayer producer, said that the team was “figuring out right now what we’re working on next. We really don’t know what that is yet but as soon as we know, everyone else will know. Halo 4 is not in development.”

October 8th 2007: Halo movie director, Neill Blomkamp, confirmed that the Halo “film is entirely dead,” but consoled fans of the series by mentioning that “Well, we are already at work on another Halo game — I wouldn’t call it ‘Halo 4′, but it is based in the Halo Universe and represents a collaboration between Bungie and Peter Jackson. Halo 3 was definitely not the last Bungie Halo game.”

November 9th 2007: Bungie studio manager, Harold Ryan, mentioned that “Obviously Microsoft wanted us to make more Halo games. Both I and some of the more senior guys from the original Halo game have deep piles of game designs for the Halo universe that we are excited to build at some point. If the stars align and motivations are good and the platforms are right we’ll do them.”

Now in 2008: Bungie are still supporting the Xbox 360-exclusive Halo 3 with new map packs, as well as the above mentioned two Halo game spin-offs that are set for tentative Q4 2008 releases. It does look like they want to take a break from the series, which might be part of the reason why Bungie became independent from Microsoft. But since money makes the world ago around, and of course fans do want more, it’s doubtful Microsoft or Bungie will want to give up on the Halo series that as of October 4th, 2007, combined sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Perhaps by the time the Xbox 720 launches in 2011-2012 we’ll hear about Master Chief’s comeback in Halo 4.

Picture courtesy of VGboxart, quotes via BBC, ProG, Crunchgear, Bungie, and a previous VGB article.

Published on March 30th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Halo 3 Heroic map pack free starting today. Next Legendary map pack out on April 15th

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Halo 3 for Xbox 360The Halo 3 Heroic Map Pack, released last year December at a price of 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live, can from today be downloaded for FREE off the Marketplace!

Now you can own some noobz in Standoff, Rat’s Nest, Foundry and in the Heroic Map Pack for free courtesy of Bungie.

Coming on April 15th is the second selection of new maps, titled the Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack, priced at 800 Microsoft Points (that’s US$10 / €9.60 / £6.80 / CAN$12.40 / AU$13.20).

Get a slideshow sneak peek at two of the three new maps to be introduced - Ghost Town, Avalanche, and one map yet to be revealed.

Published on March 25th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , ,

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