Welcome to the Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta

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The Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta is officially underway! From Jan. 20 through Jan. 30 players on Windows 10 PC and Xbox One can jump in and get PVP hands-on with Halo Wars 2’s brand new mode, Blitz.

The Halo Wars 2 development team needs your assistance to play Blitz on both platforms to help with critical datamining for various behind-the-scenes systems and services in addition to providing valuable feedback on the leaders, units and your overall Blitz gameplay experience. Continue reading

The Month of Master Chief January 2017 (1/17) Feature 8: NASCAR Master Chief

Master Chief has bee the inspiration for many things. As we celebrate the month of Master Chief 1/17, we look at various ways and things that have been made into Chief or in honor of him.

Today’s article focuses on NASCAR.

Before Halo 5 Guardians came out, 343/Micorsoft partnered with NASCAR and Dale Earnhart Jr. to have XBOX and Halo cars. Below we see the Chief car. Emblazoned with Green, Chief’s Visor at the front and his helmet on the hood, this is a worthy ride of our favorite Spartan!Dale-Chief Car Continue reading

Halo Wars 2 Feature: Blitz 101

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint:

By Ske7ch

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The Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta is nearly upon us which means it’s time for a special edition of the Halo Community Update to get you fully up to speed on everything you need to know to hit the ground running and emerge victorious on the battlefield! Blitz is a new way to play Halo Wars and offers a fast, card-based strategic experience that’s quite different from the standard RTS-style PVP matches of the past (don’t worry, those modes are all still included in the final game!). The Blitz Beta will be avaialble on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC but for the sake of this guide, when controls are stated they will be in reference to the console version.

Winning or losing a Blitz match ultimately comes down to a few key things:

  • Understanding the game mechanics
  • Leader & Deck composition
  • Battlefield decision-making

Luckily these are exactly the key things we’re going to dive into today. To kick things off, let’s first start with the basics and overall game mechanics. Continue reading

Halo Wars 2 goes GOLD!

A HUGE Congrats to the teams at 343 and Creative Assembly for Halo Wars 2 going GOLD!

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The Creative Assembly Halo Wars 2 Team:IMG_0095

Don’t forget folks, the second BETA starts TOMORROW! It lasts for 10 days and will be all about the gametype Blitz.

Blitz is a mix of RTS as well as Card Strategy. If you haven’t seen it, there is a twitterblitz game on twitter right now. Check out Isabel’s (The AI in Halo Wars 2) twitter account to play!2B3dLs7x

Canon Fodder Issue 96: The Art of War(s)

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint:

BY GRIMBROTHER ONE
ISSUE 96

canonfodder-1-18-17-b6fbefdc141f4cd292d763bfde6e1746Greetings, and welcome back to the first Canon Fodder of 2017! It’s been a while since we last met like this, with understandable cause of course – with the Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta nigh upon us, and the full game launch itself barely a month away, the studio has been abuzz with activity on a myriad of fronts.

With these things in mind, we thought it prudent to kick this year off the right way – with a salvo of salivation-inducing sweetness that we hope will satisfy the many lore-leaning fans who love to linger around these parts. We’ve got awesome new Halo Wars 2 Blitz art, an in-depth look at some rad new recent additions to the Halo: Ground Command arsenal thanks to fellow 343 lore liaison Kenneth Peters, cool community contributions, and more. Shall we begin? Continue reading

Giveaways for Halo Mega Bloks Hayabusa Spartan figures!

Just last night I posted on both twitter and instagram messages for giveaways that I’m doing. There will be a giveaway for each.

Instagram:
I’m going to do a giveaway of these 3 Hayabusa Mega Bloks Spartans. To enter you must like and reply to this post and regram (repost) in your IG timeline. Tag me in that repost as well. I will select the winner Friday 8 pm EST time zone. 

I will pay up to the first $5 in shipping. If it’s more than that, the winner will be responsible for the remainder.

So go check out both my twitter and instagram accounts and enter for a chance to win the set of 3!

The Month of Master Chief January 2017 (1/17) Feature 7: McFarlane Master Chief figures

McFarlane was lucky enough to have the license to produce Halo action figures for several years. In that time they made several Master Chief figures. McFarlane is known for highly detailed sculpts and Master Chief got the full treatment of that.

Chief was made with various armor sets from the lore of Halo.  The quality of the sculpt really shows too. McFarlane did an AMAZING job!

In chronological order from lore.

Here is the armor from Halo the mini series Forward Unto Dawn. The piece you see to the bottom right was part of a Build-A-Emblem series. Once you had all the pieces you could assemble them to make the Bungie version of the UNSC emblem.anniversary2_masterchief_photo_01_dp Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Build-A-Figure Alpha Crawler

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Build-A-Figure Alpha Crawler

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinged Elbows/Knees
• Swivel Torso
Cost: As this figure is made up from parts of each of the series 1 Mattel Halo figures, to get it, you either have to buy one of each figure OR you can try your luck at buying pieces through sites such as eBay. If you buy the set of figures the total cost of them is $90 for 6 figures. Each figure has one or two pieces of the Crawler, depending on which figure it is. So to nail down an actual cost to this specific figure is a little bit different. I will say it’s worth is about $15. However, the complexity by which you have to obtain the individual pieces makes this more valuable. So I put that amount at around $40.
Availability: Mass Retail

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

FIrst up, you have to have all the parts. Here I’ve laid them out to show them in reference as to how they are assembled (top left). Subsequent steps at assemble show how the Crawler comes together. It’s not difficult to attach parts. However, be sure to get them put on correctly. I at first mistakingly put the rear legs on backwards….

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Night of the Mantis!

I’ve had a chance to play this new COMMUNITY-MADE minigame over the past several days. Let me say it is FANTASTIC! Honestly, I didn’t think something like this was possible in Forge. It just shows the absolute POWER of scripting in Halo 5’s Forge!

The following is a partial repost from Waypoint, with my commentary in BLUE as usual.

NIGHT OF THE MANTIS

A game mode that’s been taking the Forge world by storm, Night of the Mantis, caught our attention as well. In this minigame made by Julianoz1224, the only objective is to protect your base from waves of Mantises. While taking down Mantises, you earn points to purchase new weapons, grenades, and power ups that will in turn help fight off future waves. Julianoz recommends playing with four or fewer players, but the difficulty does scale for five to nine players, and then gets even more difficult with ten or more players.

HFFL: Folks, I can tell you for a fact, the difficulty DOES increase. I’ve played this with as few as 4 people and as many as 8. It gets a lot harder with 8, especially when you play it on harder difficulties!

MANTIS TYPES
The different types of Mantis you will face. Each type will reward your team with different points, as seen on the table below.notm-mantises-21188436d7fc44788c9e7a9fc0705ce8

HFFL: The fact that Julianoz was able to script each Mantis differently speaks not only to what you can do with Forge, but his mastery of scritping it as well! Continue reading

Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta

A few qords from Dan Ayoub, Studio Head of Strategy Games at 343 Industries
This is a repost from halo Waypoint: 

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Hi everyone –

Last June we invited our fan community to jump in and get hands-on with a slice of Halo Wars 2 with our first multiplayer beta. As discussed, we received a tremendous amount of valuable feedback on both the technical and gameplay side that has helped the team continue to refine and improve the overall Halo Wars 2 experience as we march towards launch on Feb. 21, 2017. Continue reading

The Month of Master Chief January 2017 (1/17) Feature 6: My history with Master Chief in the games.

It’s hard to encompass 16 yeasrs of gaming with one franchise in one blog post. This article is in no way all encompassing, but does give you a synopsis of my history and experience with Master Chief from the video games. Novels and other media have not been included (with rare exception) so that any who just follow the games can read along and not be lost in further discussion.

Fair warning, this article is a long read and there will be no TL;DR.

Pre-Master Chief History:
I was a Nintendo then Playstation guy. I hadn’t even considered an XBOX until a friend of mine had me try out theirs one day while I was visiting. The game I played? Yep, HALO! And so starts my journey.

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Halo CE/Master Chief

The ever so brief time I had playing Halo on my friend’s console was just enopugh to convince me to by it. It wasn’t really the console itself, but rather the game. I was enamored by this green armored super solider. The super hero-esque look of him was a big draw. I’m a HUGE Iron Man fan, so Master Chief was akin to him, insofar as te armor was concerned, to me. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Series Challenger Blind Pack figures

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This brand new series is a break from the normal military lettered series. (Alpha-Foxtrot) I’m not sure if we’ll see those return or if Mega is going a new direction and naming the blind pack series differently. Regardless, we have a VERY cool new wave of figures with Challenger, so let’s take a look at each!

Mega Construx Challenger Series Blind Packs

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 2 minutes building each figure
Set Piece Count: varies by figure
Minifigures: Banished Brute, Elite Zealot, Grunt Minor, ODST, Marine, Mark IV Spartan, War Master Spartan, Helioskrill Spartan
Accessories: Bruteshot, Energy Sword, Plasma Pistol, Assault Rifle, Battle Rifle, Assalt Rifle, Hydra, Trans-green Hydra
Special Features: Removable Armor
Cost: $3-3.50 US (Mass Retail) (ONE figure per pack)

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The Month of Master Chief January 2017 (1/17) Feature 5: Halo 5 Master Chief renders

While Chief has undergone a number of armor changes over time, today we are going to look at the Halo 5 version with some renders previously released by 343.

Regardless of which armor Chief has worn, he’s always looked strong. Even standing here looking at something, we know not what, he appears to be ready to take action at a moments notice.
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“Thought I’d shoot my way out.” Continue reading

A look at what comes in the Halo Wars 2 game cartridge!

We are now 50 days out from the official retail release of Halo Wars 2. A friend passed this along to me, so I just HAD to share it!

Below you can see what is included in the box of the Ultimate and Special editions (PC editions). halowars2_se_front_finalhffl_smhalowars2_ue_front_finalhffl_sm

HFFL: I’m surprised there are so many discs for this. But will be happy to get them!

Some more info about the various releases:

Halo Wars 2 Standard Edition
Release: February 21, 2017
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