E3 Announcement of Halo 4

Ok I have to get this out! I am so excited for the upcoming release of Halo 4, and to my great joy I just found the E3 footage of the game that played at the convention. I was thoroughly impressed with what I saw. Not only does it seem like 343 industries is doing a brilliant job of adding on to Halo’s legendary story, but they are doing so in their own way without destroying the game’s reputation. Although there is still a lot about the game that will be impossible to determine until its official release, I am comforted to know that, so far, this new release is going according to Bungie’s original plan.

I did have one concern about the actual gameplay footage that I saw. It seemed very reminiscent of Halo 3’s first mission titled Sierra 117. Although this critique is only based on watching the short 5 minutes of gameplay that are available on YouTube, it will be interesting to see how the game turns out. Despite this, I have no doubts that I will be purchasing a copy of this game.

What do you guys think about this new installment in the Halo 4 franchise and do you support 343 Industries in their endeavor to continue the Halo legacy!

 

 

Release Date for Halo 4 Announced!

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If you are a serious gamer and you own an Xbox 360 then you probably know all about Halo. I made a blog post regarding the release of Halo 4 which you can read here. As I stated in this post, Bungie, the original creators of the franchise, will not be releasing this game. They sold the series to 343 Industries, who are again teaming up with Microsoft to release an Xbox exclusive Halo 4. This game has generated a lot of hype as hardcore Halo fans question whether or not 343 Industries can live up to the legacy that Bungie has left behind. Well we are getting to closer to finding the answer to this questions as 343 Industries has finally anounced the release date for the game. This Election day, Novemer 6th 2012 Halo 4 will be released to the public. I am sure I will buy this game as I adore the Halo series, but unlike some I am not quite as much of a dedicated fan. I thihnk the games are incridible and the story line is unmatched by any other game series, but I have never been one to count down the days till a Halo release.

So what do you guys think about Halo 4 and do you plan on buying it when it comes out later this year? Let me know in a comment!

The Long Awaited Halo 4 is Finally Here!!

dasdhfjbaskdfbasdkf!!!!! The First Look at Halo 4 Video has been released and Ohh my Gawddd!!!

 

Ok before a dive into this post I’ll just throw in a little bit of back story for anyone who does not know about Halo’s history. The first three Halo games, Halo 1, 2 and 3 were all created and developed by the company Bungie. These first three games completely revolutionized first person shooters and all video games in general, with the first release being all the way back in the year 2000. After Halo 3’s release in 2005, a new company, Ensemble Studios, contributed to the Halo legacy and released a real-time strategy game based off of the Halo series in early 2009. Later that year Bungie continued its evolution of the Halo story with the release of Halo 3: ODST. I made a blog post with my opinions on this game which you can check out here is you are interested. After this, Bungie announced with was going to release its final installment into the Halo series, Halo Reach, and that after this the rights to the game would be sold to 343 Industries.

As of Saturday, 343 Industries has uploaded a video showing what they have been working on for Halo 4 which is set to be released this holiday season. This new Halo is supposed to really focus on the backstory of the infamous Master Chief, and to bring light to certain elements of the story that you can only find in third party content outside of the actual game. They have also updated the graphics so they are up to par with 2012 gaming standards and they have made many weapon changed, including bringing back the battle rifle.

There is no real way to tell if this will be a quality game or not, as it will be 343 Industries first release of a full game all on their own. I don’t know exactly what to expect, but being a huge Halo fun I am sure I will be buying this game as soon as it comes out.

What are your guys’ thoughts on the this new Halo game and the Halo series in general? Do you think it will live up to the previous Halo games even though it won’t be released by Bungie? Let me know in a comment!

Lets Play: Halo Anniversary Edition

Following my new post framework, Wednesdays will be lets play days. Where I will play a certain game and talk about my experience.

Just look at that title screen. Doesn’t it make you want to play a Halo game? Well it should, because Halo is simply amazing.

For those of you that don’t know, Halo Anniversary Edition is a polished and modernized version of the original Halo: Combat Evolved. This is the first Halo game released by the franchises new permanent designer 343 industries. Even though 343 Industries is a branch of Microsoft as Bungie is, I am a little worried of where they may take the Halo universe. But I digress, Halo Anniversary Edition is essentially all the same programming from the original game, just with improved graphics. Some might say this was lazy on their part, but I believe it is much better that they kept it the same rather than trying to changing it.

Since I was short on time I started on the second level, one of my favorites. One thing that caught my attention is that even in the first halo they really had the driving down.

The driving is extremely smooth and the cpu gunner works very well. In this play through I got through three levels, and one thing that kept sticking out to me was how funny the primitive animations looked with good graphics. Because when 343 Industries redid the graphics they didn’t redo the way things moved. So character movements are very un-detailed and it just seems so out of place with these graphics. One thing that really brought back many memories of the original Halo was the death animation. Anyone who has played Halo: CE remembers how no matter what angle your body hit the ground it always ended up doing the same spin and landing in the exact same position every time. I laughed each time I saw this animation during my playthrough.

Elites are by far my favorite alien in the Halo universe. One thing I’ve always missed in the later Halo games is hearing the aliens talk in their native tongue. While playing through, I was very pleased to hear “Wort Wort Wort!” (my favorite elite phrase of all time). The typical weapons I used throughout my play through was the magnum pistol, and either the plasma rifle or plasma pistol. You always hear people talk about how good the Halo 1 pistol was, and yes it is a very good weapon. But I do believe the hype created about it is mostly from comparison, because I dont even think Halo 2 had a pistol and Halo 3’s pistol was garbage.

Hunters are my second favorite aliens in the Halo universe, they are simply badass. So I was very disappointed while playing through because they were extremely easy to kill. Hunter fights in other Halo games were the perfect combination of difficulty and fun; it took strategy, planning, badass maneuvers, and pure luck to defeat hunters even on the normal difficulty. But in the original Halo you could take both hunters down with a single plasma pistol. So in original games, you win some you lose some.

Now, I’d say about half the reason I love Halo games, is because of the story behind it all. 343 Industries won major points with me by adding terminals (like in Halo 3), but unlike Halo 3 these terminals didn’t include text that pertained to Halo’s backstory, they contained cinematics that pertained to Halos backstory. I simply love them, here are a few screen shots of them.

As you can see all the ones I saw on my play-through had to do with 343 guilty sparks. As I typed that I realized the significance of 343 Industries name, very clever.

If you have any thoughts of Halo or games in general, leave a comment!

Thats all for the first installment of Lets Play, next wednesday I will be playing Call of Duty Black Ops: Nazi Zombies.