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Halo: The Master Chief Collection

17 hours ago

Feature: A nice, refreshing pint of Halo.

Halo 3 made me realise there’s only really one Halo game, and it’s all of them

The PC remaster of Halo 3 is another beautiful, robust polish job that shows just how well Bungie’s bombastic shooter series has aged. I recommend it heartily. Yes, it’s marred with some baffling narrative choices, bungled ally AI, and a few instances of phoned-in level design, of course. But then, in the immortal words of that astronaut meme, “always has been”. And at this point,…

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18 hours ago

Halo 3 is now out on PC, 13 years after its debut

13 years after its Xbox 360 debut, Halo 3 is finally out on PC. While the first two games came over from Xbox, the conclusion to Bungie's first-person shooter trilogy stayed home. After 13 years, you'll finally be able to see what became of Master Ian Chief. Did he, as he vowed at the end of Halo 2, finish this fight? You'll have to play…

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1 week ago

Halo 3 finally arrives on PC next week

As history would prove, Halo 3 didn't quite finish the fight. For better or worse, they sure did keep making Halo games long after the reigns were handed over to now-caretakers 343 Industries. But us lot on PC will soon be able to close out Bungie's original trilogy, as the stellar closing act finally joins Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Steam and the Windows…

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4 weeks ago

All Halo Insiders are getting invited to Halo 3 on PC testing today

The year of Halo on PC is rolling right along. We've checked off several PC Halo releases already this year and by lore order Halo 3 is next up to bat. As with the others, 343 Industries are inviting registered members of the Halo Insider Program to what they call "flights," basically a big beta test. Instead of continuing to pick select groups of players,…

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2 months ago

Halo 3 makes its PC debut with limited testing next month

If you were an Xbox kid around my age, Halo 3 might be the first game you remember arriving with deafening levels of hype. The sole reason most folks picked up Crackdown. The Return Of The King in John Halo's ring-smashing quest, in fellowship with a squid-mouthed Keith David and that cigar-chewing lad from Aliens. Now, developers 343 Industries are preparing the trilogy closer's PC…

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Halo 2: Anniversary comes to PC next week

The adventures of Master Chief will continue in Halo 2: Anniversary next Tuesday, May 12th, Microsoft have announced. This time Master Chief (a name I still refuse to believe is real, even as characters say it) and Cortana (a name I still reuse to believe Microsoft reused for their voice-activated searchbot) are joined by a new ally, switching perspectives for part of the story. I'm…

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343 Industries share the first screenshots of Halo 3 and ODST on PC

The Halo: Master Chief Collection is rolling right along this year. It appears that 343 Industries are approaching the release for Halo 2 Anniversary. They've also shared first looks at Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST in the meantime. Their newest development update covers that and, as usual, much, much more.

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3 months ago

Halo 2: Anniversary public beta tests begin today

The Master Chief Collection is rolling right along. Now that Halo Reach and Combat Evolved have both been released, Halo 2 Anniversary is on the flight deck. Beta tests for the next remake begin today for registered Halo Insiders—a program you can still freely chuck your name into if you want to get into tests for either Halo 2 or the rest of the Master…

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4 months ago

The Master Chief Collection will test Halo 2, Forge mode by the end of the month

Not two weeks after Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary snuck onto PC, and we're already talking about the sequel. Steady on, team. This week, John "Masterchief" Halo's handlers over at 343 Industries announced plans to flight (that's Halo-speak for "test) Halo 2's return to PC in The Master Chief Collection. It'll trial alongside Forge and Theatre modes for Halo: Reach by the end of the month,…

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Halo’s NPCs are apparently ageing faster than the game

Good old Halo: Combat Evolved. It's like that one character archetype from American bro comedies, of the guy who's sailing rapidly into his thirties, but can't leave behind his jock glory days and keeps showing up at frat parties, whooping and getting messy-drunk despite not really knowing anyone there. Actually, that might not be an archetype at all - I think it's just the plot…

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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is now out on PC

Surprise! With little warning, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary launched on PC today. This is the remake of Bungie's very first game in the first-person shooter series, the one which started Master Ian Chief's adventures on Xbox way back in 2001. I never played it but my god, the things I've heard about its powerful pistol... maybe I'll finally see for myself. It is only £7,…

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6 months ago

343 Industries share progress on Forge for Halo: Reach, Halo 3, and Halo 2 Anniversary

343 Industries have released their January development update for the Halo: Master Chief Collection and it's a chunky one. The update goes over progress made on all of the Halo games that 343 are bringing to PC as part of the collection, from test flight plans to matchmaking playlists, and Halo Forge. I'll stick to the last one and let you read the rest of…

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Limited testing for Halo: Combat Evolved begins next month

With Halo: Reach firmly securing John Halo's boots on Steam and the Windows Store, Developers 343 Industries are preparing to bring the rest of the Master Chief Collection to desktops over the coming year. Halo: Combat Evolved is next on the batting stand, with devs announcing that flighting (testing) for the series-starter should kick off next month, letting PC players get their mice and keyboards…

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7 months ago

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Local Co-op for Halo on PC: answers at last

Ever since the Master Chief Collection was announced for PC back in March, fans have been clamouring for the Xbox version’s classic split screen local co-op to be included in the PC port. But so far, it seems they’ve had no luck. In a Reddit AMA at the time, 343 Industries’ community director Brian “ske7ch” Jarrard said it was a “tricky” issue, and that 343…

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Halo: Reach review

I'm bad at liking old shooters, because I struggle to see through the ways they've been surpassed. Modern games look better. They feel better. They have bumslides. They are generally obliged to develop their protagonists into something more than a number and a helmet. These are all problems for the nine-year-old Halo: Reach, but I've ultimately enjoyed myself despite them. There is wisdom in the…

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8 months ago

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Steam Charts: Put Out Of Its Misery Edition

This is, really and truly, the last ever Steam Charts.Which, I realise, is something I've said before. More than once. But this time it's really true!Erk, I'm not really sure how to convince anyone of this. I'm the boy who cried last ever Steam Charts.

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Halo: Reach kicks off PC Halo rereleases in December

The revamped PC rereleases of Bungie's classic console shooter series Halo will kick off with Halo: Reach on December 3rd, Microsoft announced today. Reach was the fifth Halo FPS to be released but will be the first to come from The Master Chief Collection cos it's a prequel to the lot. Have a gander at the new trailer below.

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9 months ago

Halo: The Master Chief Collection has low specs and a high map count

It's nice to see Microsoft and 343 Industries being so open about Halo: The Master Chief Collection's progress. No need to worry about spoilers, or embargoes, or anything that generally accompanies modern game development. Their monthly Halo blog digs fairly deeply into what they've been working on. Reading this month's, I learned that campaign progress will carry over between platforms, they've ported an extraordinary number…

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11 months ago

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is going to be a very PC game

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate how good Halo looks on a PC gaming website. Look at all those guys, freed from the box of standardised entertainment units and into the uncapped land of KB+M. You can’t tell because they’re not moving, but they’ve all been rendered mid-tippy-tap. And with that little love fest out of the way, let’s take a look at how…

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