15 Years Of Halo..

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Microsoft’s Halo franchise launched 15 years ago today, on November 15, 2001. The Bungie-developed sci-fi shooter was one of the launch titles for original Xbox and it remains one of gaming’s biggest names.

Can you believe it’s been 15 years???

For those of you don’t already know… Halo is a military science fiction first-person shooter video game franchise created by Bungie. The series is about a Deep Space war between humanity and an alliance of aliens known as the Covenant. The Covenant, led by their religious leaders called the Prophets, worship an ancient civilization known as the Forerunners, who perished in combat with the parasitic Flood. The central focus of the franchise builds off the experiences of Master Chief John-117 (Legend), one of a group of super soldiers codenamed Spartans, and his artificial intelligence (AI) companion, Cortana. (Also now your most favourite Windows 10 assistant!!) Other characters, such as Noble Six from Halo: Reach, Sergeant Major Avery Junior Johnson, his main appearance being in Halo 2, Joining forces with The Arbiter and Miranda Keyes, the daughter of Captain Jacob Keyes, are also introduced in the series.

The term “Halo” refers to the Halo rings: large, habitable super weapons that were created to destroy the parasitic Flood. a species of highly virulent parasitic organisms that can reproduce and grow by consuming sentient life forms of sufficient biomass and cognitive capability also referred to as The Parasite by The Covenant. There is so much to the story but I fear that I may spoil it for those that have not really witnessed it yet!

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Halo 4 Gameplay ~ Kimahrironsoxxx Xbox Gt

Halo 4 Gameplay ~ Kimahrironsoxxx Xbox Gt

I really cannot get enough of Halo… Whether it is the Campaigns with 4 Difficulty settings: Easy, Normal, Heroic and Legendary… You must complete all levels on each game on Legendary to become Master Chief. (That’s a lie, Sorry.) or The Forge mode.. Build your own maps and host your own custom games. I’m sure a few of you are thinking “Jailbreak”… Superb custom game mode. What about the Flood multiplayer mode? That is awesome, yes!!

Of course there are the casual Team Deathmatches, Capture the flags, Free for all etc etc but if you haven’t played one of those Call of Duty games with the super jumping suit things… Go play Halo Reach multiplayer instead!! Armor Abilities for the win. And if you HAVE played one of those Call of Duty game with super jumping suit things… Go play Halo Reach multiplayer instead!!

I believe I have found my favourite – Halo Reach – Which is a prequel to the first Halo. The game starts with the planet ‘Reach’ in ruins, then flashes back to before the devastating invasion by the Covenant. Noble Team, dispatched to investigate why a communications relay has gone offline, discovers Covenant forces on Reach. Soon after, the team defends “Sword Base”, an Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) installation, from a Covenant vessel. The team meets Catherine Halsey, a scientist and the mastermind behind the Spartan program and their MJOLNIR powered armor. Halsey informs Noble Team that the Covenant forces at the relay were searching for important information. Then you must actually play it and find out what happens.

 

Next Halo Plans?:

 

Halo Wars 2 – Confirmed 2017:

Halo Wars 2 is an upcoming real-time strategy video game developed by 343 Industries and Creative Assembly, and published by Microsoft Studios.

Halo 6 – Not Confirmed 2018:

This is still to be confirmed but it has been widely ‘hinted’ that Halo 6 will be released in 2018 and there is also a rumour that you MIGHT only need to buy 1 copy of the game on either Xbox or Windows platform but still play on both!! – How awesome…

 

I wonder what else Master Chief has in store for us next!! Stay tuned for more news on that.

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