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In scanning the slush, Ray makes an interesting discovery. Petrosky returns to tell a terrifying truth about the origins of the Spartan program. And FERO finally surfaces, helping concoct a plan to expose ONI’s ugliest secrets.

 

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With major questions about the Master Chief now out on the open network, a flood of feedback and theories come in from all corners of human space. Rumors spread that ONI has fabricated elaborate lies, but why? What are they covering up? Has the investigation now put everyone’s lives at risk?

 

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halo_spartan_strikeHalo:  Spartan Strike is now available on Apple IOS phones and tablets as well as Windows 8 PCs and the Windows 8 phone for $5.99.  Halo is a very welcome addition to Apple products and is a fanstastic game for any mobile user.  Like the games predecessor, Halo: Spartan Strike has 30 levels in cities, deserts, and jungles.  The game also includes vehicles, and new enemies to fight.

Here are Halo:  Spartan Strikes’ top features:

  • Crush your enemies using the iconic Warthog or sweep them from the battlefield using the all-new Kestrel VTOL.
  • Face off against Promethean enemies; deadly mechanical warriors who seek mankind’s annihilation.
  • Experience an all-new story that will take you from New Mombasa on Earth to the enigmatic Gamma Halo located at the edge of charted space.
  • Share progress between your Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices, or on Steam via Steam Cloud.
  • Purchase through the Windows or Windows Phone store and receive access to the Windows and Windows Phone versions of the title for one price.
  • Complete weekly challenges and take the top position against friends in leaderboards that showcase your Halo gaming skills.
  • Take control with precision touch-based controls for the mobile experience and optional support for both keyboard and mouse or USB Xbox controller on PCs.**
  • Earn achievements in Halo: Spartan Strike to unlock an exclusive emblem, nameplate, and avatar in Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One (sold separately).*

 

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The new update for Halo:  The Master Chief Collection has been released that addresses Halo 3 audio, forge, ranking, parties, quitters, etc.  Been playing the game myself today and matchmaking seems to be steadily improving as well.  Really enjoying those over 100 multiplayer maps included!  343 Industries is also making room for a remastered Halo 3:  ODST and a remastered Relic map next month for free to those who purchased the game between November 11 and December 19 as sort of a apology.  No word on pricing beyond the free release.

Here’s a quote from 343i:

Additionally, we’re excited about the progress of the Relic multiplayer map remake and the Campaign for Halo 3: ODST, both of which are on track to release within Halo: The Master Chief Collection next month with our next content update.

 

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halo_onlineRussians are a very lucky people.  They get to play a new Halo game called Halo Online, developed by Sabre Interactive and Innova Systems.  Of course the game is developed under the watchful eye of 343 Industries, a Microsoft wholly owned computer gaming company that focuses specifically on Halo and the Halo franchise.

Halo Online is only being released in Russia for reasons unknown to us.  I personally think that Russia was chosen specifically as a closed beta test country for several reasons.  First, low-end PC users.  Russia is known for its abundance of ‘low end’ PCs.  Unlike other parts of the world where games are usually marketed, Russians don’t have a high quantity of high-end gaming PC users in its population.  Russians do game, but unlike their North American counterparts it’s probably easier to sort out game performance for a game using an old game technology [Halo 3 Engine] where there aren’t so many different types of new hardware.  Second, lots of hackers.  There are many, many computer hackers in Russia.  Microsoft and 343i surely knew this expecting these people to target the game and hack Halo Online right away.  In my opinion, this would help facilitate development during the beta test to block these ‘game invaders’ and root out problems.  Third, recruitment.  Russia is not only a place where hackers and game exploiters reside, but it is a country were several game-modder groups hang out.  Modders are already causing problems with the game, illegally re-writing Halo Online’s launcher and data files.  This is certainly a problem for any game developer who doesn’t want to have its game exploited.  This again is just my opinion, but Microsoft could go so far as to recruit and pay these individuals to further develop the game.  Not only can Microsoft do this since these modders are probably Halo fans and have the required computer skills, but hiring from this specific group of “programmers” also protects the code from hackers since these Russian coders already have inside information about the latest techniques everyone in the hacker community uses.

halo_online_large_headerThink that a game using old technology running on low-end PCs has no chance of making real money?  Think again.  Counter Strike has been making great money for Valve Corporation for years. Counter Strike is a huge target for hackers and modders as well.  Despite these threats, Valve’s game is hugely successful on gaming consoles as well as lower end PCs.  Microsoft realizes that and is making large moves with to get in on the online game business model.  With dedicated servers and utilizing modders who are fans of Halo, Microsoft’s new game should be fairly successful!

Check out the latest gameplay with Halo Online 60fps:

 

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