Halo 5 Guardians E3 2014 trailer screenshot breakdown.


Okay, I’ve had a little time to get some screenshots from the trailer to break it down a little for you good folks.

The sequence opens with this shot of an arena in space.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.46.26 PM
The lights come on.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.46.30 PM
The scoring screens light up. Will that happen in the game???Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.46.36 PM
Below we see one of the Red’s gloves. Does that look armored to you? Partially. Seems more like a leather glove though.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.46.50 PM
So below we see one of the Blue’s reloading his weapon.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.47.11 PM
Not the emblem on his chest as seen below highlighted by a red circle. I wonder if this is an emblem you can pick?
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The AR is back. You can tell by the ammo count on it. Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.47.32 PM

Note below that the same emblem seen on the chest is also on the helmet.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.47.38 PM
You can see it in the red circle on the right. Also note the number ‘8’ on his helmet.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.47.38 PM v2
An emblem on the Red’s helmet.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.48.00 PM
And a number ‘5’ as well. Recurring theme here.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.48.00 PM v2

Now at this point, I’m thinking this is just a base set of armor, much like the Warrior armor of Halo 4’s promotional trailers. This armor looks a lot like the Recruit armor of Halo 4.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.48.06 PM
Reds going to match up against Blues.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.48.15 PM
Again note the number ‘2’. Now on the shoulder. So are these uniform throughout? Will every Red team be 1-4 and Blue team 5-8? Or are those also emblems that we can choose? Curious.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.48.15 PM v2

The next few pics show the Reds being thrust into the arena via lifts.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.48.21 PMScreen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.48.26 PMScreen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.48.30 PMScreen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.48.37 PMWill that be how we enter each map? Or is this just special for the trailer???

Now let’s looks at the “new” abilities shown in the trailer.

Below that looks very much like Thrust. You can tell by the blue jet streams coming from the Red’s back. That’s not new. Hmm?Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.48.55 PM

Now below a Spartan was running the did a Power Slide to come to a top. So is this Sprint or a Power Slide? If it is a power slide, it doesn’t seem much like an ability. Then again, is will give you a moment of cover if you do it right, as seen above.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.49.11 PM

The next five are a sequence of what I’m dubbing a ‘Power Slam’. Yes, those blue jets are still there, but the action used by the Red is much different. It’s not lateral but vertical.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.49.31 PMScreen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.49.34 PMScreen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.49.37 PM

Love those particle effects above. Also note how the surrounding Blues go flying from the slam.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.49.41 PMScreen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.49.43 PMGreat stuff. I can’t wait to see these talked about more by 343. I’d like a clearer definition of what these abilities are and what their names are.

What is your take on them? Let me know by replying below.


The Spirit of Fire podcast E3 2014 edition!

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We recorded this shortly after the reveal of the Master Chief collection. It would have been done LIVE, but I had some technical issues. Those being I had WAY too many windows open. 4 live streams, the blog, twitter, Waypoint and more….My computer just couldn’t handle all the Halo goodness. The program I use to record crashed, so we had to record after. Unfortunately that meant that Martin one of my co-hosts wouldn’t be on as it was already about 2am his time in Australia.

However, my co-host and long-time friend Zach was with me. We talk for about 45 minutes regarding the Master Chief Collection. Here is is about 5 hours after and I’ve got SO much more to talk about. But I’ve left that to blog articles, preceding this one and forthcoming.

In the meantime, listen here:

      SoF ep 11 E3-2014

Or download and listen later here:

SoF ep 11 E3-2014

And don’t forget you can always catch us through iTunes. Search the podcast section for Spirit of Fire.



Halo 2 Graphics Comparison New/Old

Below are several pics of the NEW Graphics for Halo 2 vs the OLD (or original if you prefer).

Ascension. WOW does the new graphics make this map POP or what? Beautiful!Ascension NEWAscension OLD

Cairo Station. Definitely a lot more color to it. Not so bland and the shadows are well done.Station NEWStation OLD

Just take a look at these two. The difference is amazing! Newer model Grunts, and the extra lighting freely makes these scenes come much more to life!Station 2 NEWStation 2 OLD

How can you NOT appreciate the green glow and eerie lighting? I am SO excited for this!!!Station 3 NEWStation 3 OLD

The Arbiter looks SO BadAss! More like the Arbiter from Halo Wars. This is just amazing!Arbiter NEWArbiter OLD

Wow, now this space scene is incredible! Much more vibrant than the original version! UNSC frigate-Ring NEWUNSC frigate-Ring OLD

Sgt Johnson has NEVER looked better! This is VERY realistic! And from what was said during IGN’s exclusive interview with Frank O’Connor and Dan Ayoub, both of 343, Johnson will look like the new version throughout all of the cutscene. Not sure if that means Halo CE:A and Halo 3 as well. Man, if so..faints.Sgt Johnson NEWSgt Johnson OLD

Never been a fan of the Prophets, but this upgrade in graphics give me a whole other level of appreciation for them. Those eyes are so much more believable.Prophet NEWProphet OLD

Now look at the comparison here… Like day and night. One so RICH in color while the other so bland. Halo NEWHalo OLD

We all found Halo 2 to be fantastic when it first came out, but GAWD it looks SO much better now!!!

What do you think of these comparisons?


So the new Spartan for Halo 5 Guardians is called…

His name is Agent Locke. As in Marlowe Locke the character in Ridley Scott’s Halo production.

That certainly quashes lots of speculation. The fact that he’s called an Agent is something, rather than Spartan. Definitely the ONI way.

I’m still going to go with the possibility of this new ‘Spartan’ being a clone of Master Chief.

His designation number is: 00-8221-3. The ’00’ portion you’d have to think is the first batch. The 8221 COULD be the date of creation. August 2, 2521. This would make the new Spartan roughly 10 years 5 months younger than Master Chief (Who’s birthday is March 7, 2511). Which would mean he’s had the time to grow naturally, instead of being a ‘flash clone’. The ‘3’ at the end would be the specific clone number. He’s the third clone from the batch on that day.

Spartan Lock designation number WM

Yes, cloning is deemed illegal in the UNSC, but we all know ONI plays by it’s own rules…

At this point, it’s anyone’s guess.


Forge WILL BE IN Halo Master Chief Collection!

Just confirmed by Dan Ayoub, Executive Producer of 343, Forge WILL be in the Master Chief Collection.

You will be able to Forge in Halo 2 Anniversary (AWESOME), Halo 3 and Halo 4!!!

This just keeps getting better and better.

This was via IGN’s live feed.


The Master Chief collection CONFIRMED!

Halo TMCC100 maps multiplayer maps, campaigns from Halo CE Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4.

Also, Halo Nightfall, the confirmed title for the Ridley Scott Halo production.

4,000 Gamerscore to get!



Halo 5 BETA!!!


If you were on the fence about getting a XBOX One, this should definitely push you over the edge to get one.



343 Arrives at E3 2014

343 arrives at E3 2014From left to right: Frank O’Conner, Franchise Development Director; Bonnie Ross, Studio Head;  Dan Ayoub, Executive Producer; Kiki Wolfkill, Executive Producer; Josh Holmes, Executive Producer.

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While this is neat, isn’t it curious that some of these folks only show up when there is new game info? I’d really like to hear from them more often to show how vested they really are in the Halo franchise.

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No problem with Frank. He’s always visible. Josh to a smaller point. The other three though need to be more public, in my opinion.


Today is the day. E3 is HERE!!!

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Finally after what seems like forever, E3 is HERE!

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I along with Zach, one of my co-hosts of the Spirit of Fire podcast will be casting and streaming LIVE today starting at 1pm EST! We’ll continue for as long as necessary to bring you all the Halo news of the day and any other fun and important XBOX One games and console news.

You can listen to us live on Zach’s Twitch stream at: http://www.twitch.tv/thehaloarray
Again that starts at 1pm EST.

I’ll be tuned into E3’s live feed as well as watching the action on SPIKE TV.

If you miss all the good stuff live, don’t worry, I”ll be posting the Podcast very shortly after we’re finished.

Now let’s see, all it be Halo 2 Anniversary or The Master Chief Collection? Both? Or a mix of the two in the same game?

Hmm, will we get a Halo 5 Guardians Trailer or gameplay video???

So stay tuned to HaloFanForLife.com for all the great reveals and our reactions to them, starting at 1pm Eastern! <—Have I mentioned the time enough? LOL