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Halo 5: Guardians Announced For Xbox One


Well ever since we got that sand filled teaser at E3 last year, we knew it was only a matter of time until a new Halo landed on Xbox One. 13 years since the launch of Halo: Combat Evolved, next fall will see the launch of Halo 5: Guardians. 343 Industries says that the game will use a brand new engine and will incorporate the lessons they learned from Halo 4, which we referred to as the most accomplished game in the series in our review two years ago. As they did with Halo 4, we hope 343 are taking advantage of the rich mythology of the Halo universe for the Xbox One.

We’ll have more information on Halo 5: Guardians as it develops and you can read the full statement from 343 Industries after the jump.

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Halo: Spartan Assault Heading For Steam On April 4th

Halo Spartan Assault Cinematic  Palmers WatchTop-down shooter Halo: Spartan Assault will be available from everyone’s favourite digital distribution platform on April 4 for $4.99. It’s also having a special sale with the price dropping to just $1.99 on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 from April 3-9. In addition, that $4.99 price point will be the permanent price from April 10th onward, down from the original price of $9.99.

Halo: Spartan Assault is available now on the Windows 8 store.

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Halo: Spartan Assault Drops On Xbox 360

Halo Spartan Assault Cinematic  Palmers WatchTop-down shooter Halo: Spartan Assault landed on Xbox 360 today to join the Xbox One and Windows 8 versions. Offering over 30 missions, a co-op multiplayer mode and brand new Xbox 360 achievements, Spartan Assault also features new weapons and the opportunity to face off against the Flood. The game is available for $14.99 as a digital download from the Xbox Games Store, but if you’ve already bought the Windows 8 version of the game before December 15, 2013, you can grab the new Xbox 360 version for only $4.99.

You can find more info after the jump.

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343 Brings Halo to Windows 8 with Halo: Spartan Assault

Halo is coming to Windows 8 tablets and PCs, along with Windows Phone 8 smartphones this July in the form of Halo: Spartan Assault (don’t worry, Surface owners; the new game will run on Windows RT as well). Taking the form of a top-down, twin stick shooter, Halo: Spartan Assault will be Halo’s first foray into the tablet and smartphone arena.

Players take the role of Commander Sarah Palmer (the Squad commander from Halo 4′s excellent Spartan Ops) in her major mission as an elite Spartan-IV soldier. All the favourite weapons from the franchise return, as does the ability to command vehicles to aid in the fight against the Covenant. Also, if you’re not a fan of touch controls, the PC version of the game will be controllable with a mouse and keyboard. You can see the game in action in the announcement trailer above.

Check out our gallery after the jump for plenty of screenshots from Halo: Spartan Assault.

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The Next Halo 4 Map Pack is in Another Castle


The latest edition to Halo 4′s Infinity Multiplayer will drop April 4th in the form of the Castle Map Pack. Containing 3 new maps that place an emphasis on vehicle carnage and team objective gameplay, the Castle Map Pack is the final piece of content contained in the War Games Map Pass; so if you’ve been holding out on picking that up, now’s the time. The three maps run from the idyllic Daybreak, to the tunnels of Outcast and the urban sprawl of Perdition–and come with 9 new achievements.

The Castle Map Pack is out April 8 and will cost 800 MSP; or you can save 15% on the price of all three map packs by buying the War Games Map Pass for 2000 MSP. Click past the jump for the full PR.

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PSA: Halo 4 Majestic Map Pack Out Now


No sooner than the epic first season of Spartan Ops ends, the latest downloadable map pack for Halo 4, Majestic, hits Xbox Live. Taking place over 3 new maps (the glittering industrial ocean front of Landfall, the Forerunner installation in the vacuum of space of Monolith, and the future metropolis in the aptly named Skyline0), the DLC is available now from Xbox Live for 800 MSP and is also included in the War Games Map Pass. Remember if you have the Map Pass you must download the maps from within Halo 4 rather than the marketplace.


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PSA: Halo 4′s Spartan Ops is Back


Yes that’s right. The absolute best thing about Halo 4, Spartan Ops, is back. The back half of season 1 started on Monday and already it’s barreling towards an awesome climax. If you read my review of 2012, you’ll know that Spartan Ops is the reason Halo 4 made it on my “games of the year” list. So now’s the time to strap on an assault rifle and rejoin Fireteam Crimson on Requiem. However, if you are planning on doing that, you’ll need to download episodes 6-10 from the Xbox Live Marketplace. They’re free, but it’s a hefty 2.2GB download. There are new episodes every Monday until the end of the season and the first half of the season is available to play right now.

For more information check out the release after the jump.

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Win More than Just Bragging Rights with the Halo Infinity Challenge

Virgin Gaming and 343 Industries are offering the chance to win big prizes in the Halo Infinity Challenge. Launching on December 17, this tournament will track your War Games score and Spartan Ops completion within Halo 4, placing you on global leaderboards and giving you the opportunity to win one of more than 2,800 prizes. For the lucky (or frankly, terrifyingly skilled) person to top the War Games leaderboard, there’s a UNSC-themed 2013 Ford Raptor truck, while the Spartan Ops winner will make an appearance in the next, as-yet-unannounced, Halo game.

For more information on the Halo Infinity Challenge you can visit or check out the full release after the jump.

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Running Rampant – Halo 4 Review

Halo and I have a weird relationship. My first review for this site 2 years ago was for Halo: Reach and I’ve always had a fascination with the universe that Bungie, and now 343 Industries, have built around the franchise. The problem is I’ve never been sure the games have ever really bothered using the huge playground that’s available to them, instead delivering pretty basic FPS games with little story development. So here’s Halo 4 – a fresh start to the saga, a new ongoing story, a brand new development team, and the watchful eyes of pretty much every gamer on the planet. Can it possibly stand up to the scrutiny?

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Halo 4 War Games Map Pass Pricing and Schedule Revealed

So Halo 4 is just around the corner and already we’re starting to think about the inevitable DLC map packs down the line. Luckily though, so is 343 Industries. The War Games Map Pass allows you to buy access to the first 3 map packs at a 15 percent discount for $24.99 (2000 MSP) (if you’ve already shelved out for the pricier Limited Edition of Halo 4, don’t worry, as the Map Pass is included in that edition of the game). The three Map Packs are due out in December, February and April respectively. For more info on the Map Packs and for a link to the launch trailer on Halo Waypoint, check after the jump.

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