Halo Escalation #17 is out!

This would have been posted yesterday. However, I hurt my back, so I wasn’t able to do any blogging. So apologies for the day late article on this.

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This particular issue doesn’t have any of our normal cadre of heroes. Instead the story is about a backwater planet after it’s been glassed. The issue goes back and forth between what happened in the past and what is going on ‘today’. Below will be a discussion of the issue, so SPOILER ALERT! Continue reading

HMCC Update Notes for 4-21-15

This is  reblog from Halo Waypoint:

BY B IS FOR BRAVO
The next time you log into Halo: The Master Chief Collection, you will be prompted to download the latest content update, which focuses on ranking, matchmaking penalties, stability, as well as game-specific improvements for each title.

Below, you’ll find a summary of what is included in this update: Continue reading

Canon Fodder: Striking Features

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint:

By GrimBorther One

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ISSUE 20
Salutations, story-seekers! Welcome to another edition of Canon Fodder. This week is a particularly special week as the eagerly anticipated Halo: Spartan Strike is now available! That’s right Spartans, it’s time to don your GEN2 Mjolnir and grab the nearest Windows device, iPhone or iPad, or log into your Steam account. Seeing that our focus around these parts is a more narrative-base one, I thought we’d take the chance to shed a little extra light and provide a foundation for how this new title fits into the overall Halo story. Fortunately, Halo: Spartan Strike has nothing to do with UNSC labor disputes. Continue reading

Halo: Spartan Strike now available 4.16.15

CHALLENGE YOUR ENEMIES. STRIKE FAST. BE A SPARTAN.

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Halo: Spartan Strike, developed by 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games, is a mobile entry within the esteemed Halo universe. Delve into 30 challenging missions through cities and jungles using a devastating arsenal of weapons, abilities and vehicles including the iconic Warthog against the Covenant and Promethean enemies.

You are a Spartan supersoldier in this classified ONI simulation that starts during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Lead UNSC troops through numerous missions battling against new enemies to save Earth from being overtaken. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Bandai Sprukits Master Chief (Large sized)

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This review is the fourth of the four currently at retail as of this posting. It’s Master Chief in the larger level 3 size.

Okay, without further ado, let’s get to the review.

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 hour 15 minutes building, Your time will vary as I was taking pictures along the way for this review.
Set Piece Count: 161
Weapons: One Assault Rifle, Two Magnums, One Battle Rifle
Accessories: Figure Stand w/partial articulation.
Special Features: Fully articulated figure at the following points:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Double hinge jointed Elbows
• Ball Jointed Wrists
• Ball Jointed Waist
• Ball Jointed Hips
• Double Hinge Jointed Knees
• Ball Jointed Ankles
• Hinge Toe cap

As well, the model includes a set of fisted hands, a set of ‘trigger’ hands, plus a third left hand that is open. This can be used to help hold the assault rifle or battle rifle.

Cost: $54.99 at retail

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER) Continue reading

Canon Fodder: Texas Toast

This is a reblog from HaloWaypoint:

By GrimBrotherOne

Grim tidings to you all, canonheads. Hopefully you all had a fabulous holiday weekend and now find yourself looking ever forward to all the Halo we’ve got in store for fans this year. This Canon Fodder is lovingly crafted within the WiFi realms of both the Las Vegas and San Antonio airports as I prepare to spend the next few days in the Lone Star State playing the role of GrimBestman One for one of my dearest friend’s lifetime co-op celebration. As my mind dithered around all the potential stories I could bring up when the time comes to toast, I couldn’t help but smile a bit as I passed another traveler wearing the Master Chief across his chest proudly. “Nice shirt.” I told him. “Hey thanks, you too!” he replied, directing his attention to the Halo 4 Global Championship shirt I’ve been wearing for the past however many hours. It was a pleasant interaction between two Halo fans, and it served as a poignant reminder that amidst the tireless efforts poured into both creation as well as curation, we at 343 Industries are still at the heart of it all, fans. Continue reading

HUNTtheTRUTH: Episode 03 Critical Condition

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Conversations with retired military paint very different pictures of John. More questions arise about John’s home planet and his involvement in a violent training incident. The cracks in the official account widen, and Benjamin is drawn in.

Have a listen.

Okay, before you read on, I am letting you know that I’ll be discussing this episode and there are spoilers. So, if you haven’t listened to it and don’t want to yet know, then stop reading this article, until you’ve listened to this episode. Continue reading

HUNTtheTRUTH: John Dead or Alive?

The official XBOX twitter account tweeted the following text along with the pic from the latest HUNTtheTRUTH campaign pic:

John Alive or Dead

Okay, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, if 343 kills off Master Chief, I’m going to be pissed. He IS Halo!

If they concoct some ridiculous story that the man in the armor has never been that ‘John’ but someone else, again, they will have made a huge mistake.  Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Bandai Sprukits Spartan Thorne

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This review is the third of the four currently at retail as of this posting. It’s Spartan Gabriel Thorne.

Okay, without further ado, let’s get to the review.

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 45 minutes building, Your time will vary as I was taking pictures along the way for this review.
Set Piece Count: 110
Weapons: One Assault Rifle, One Magnum
Accessories: Figure Stand
Special Features: Fully articulated at the following:
• Ball Joint Head,
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Double hinge jointed Elbows
• Ball Jointed Wrists
• Ball Jointed Waist
• Ball Jointed Hips
• Double Hinge Jointed Knees
• Ball Jointed Ankles
As well, the model includes a set of fisted hands, a set of ‘trigger’ hands, plus a third left hand that is open. This can be used to help hold and assault rifle.

Cost: $20 at retail

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER) Continue reading