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Halo: The Master Chief Collection

1 week ago

Halo 3: ODST drops onto PC next week

Halo's long-overdue missing PC releases will continue with Halo 3: ODST next Tuesday, the 22nd of September, Microsoft announced today. ODST was one of Bungie's last Halo games and it turns away from jacked supersoldier Master Chef to focus on some regular squishy humans: Orbital Drop Shock Troopers. The game has a good squad of these, borrowing voices from noughties sci-fi stars including Nathan Fillion,…

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3 weeks ago

What if Halo 3’s multiplayer was flooded with rats, though?

343 are finally getting weird with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and that's great. But they were never going to hold a candle against the game's modders, who've lately decided what Halo 3 really needs is to turn everyone into a rat. That's exactly the premise behind Rat Slayer, an upcoming mod that - daft as it is - never dared to consider whether John…

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1 month ago

Microsoft Flight Simulator’s “pre-load” was 90GB too small

Microsoft Flight Simulator’s accuracy is astounding. I was up far too early to get to the download gate on time, but now I’m just waiting at customs, sweating, while no-one has any idea when I’ll be able to get into the air. All because Microsoft doesn’t know how to pre-load a game.

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2 months ago

Props to Microsoft for letting you play Flight Simulator for £1

The standard edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator costs £59, but like me trying to show my parents their house from a Airbus A320neo, we can go lower. A lot lower, as it turns out. Here’s how you can play (but not own) what’s looking to be the first game of the next, next, next-generation for as low as £1. And you get over 200 other…

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Halo is getting PC and Xbox matchmaking this year

First up, I’m going to incept the Halo theme song into your brain: Oohwawawawahwahwawha... There, that should do it. Now we have the scene properly set, I’m excited to tell you that the Halo: The Master Chief Collection isn’t going to settle on just bringing the Halo series back to the PC. There are plans afoot that will let Xbox One and PC gamers fight…

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The best Halo, ODST, begins closed testing this month

From weary old gorillas to graphical japes, we've all had our fun with Halo Infinite over the last few weeks. But haud on, we've still got the rest of Halo: The Master Chief Collection to get through before finishing that particular fight. This month, 343 will begin closed insider flighting for Halo 3: ODST, Master Chief's moody, jazz-noir cousin that's secretly the best of the…

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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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3 months 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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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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4 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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5 months ago

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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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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6 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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7 months ago

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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8 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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10 months ago

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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11 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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