Halo

Xbox launch games – the good, the bad and Blood Wake

It’s easy to forget that there were four months between the American and European Xbox launches. US gamers gained their black beast on 15th November 2001, while we Europeans had to wait until 14th March 2002. The wait wasn’t an entirely bad thing – a few more games...

E3: Microsoft’s ultra combo

Microsoft didn’t so much pull a rabbit out of the hat for their E3 conference, but rather a whole warren’s worth of them – the return of franchises new and old, and surprises galore. Apart from a short SmartGlass demo, the conference was solely about software and began...

E3: Alco-halo

One of the more amusing things from Microsoft to be spotted at E3 was this Halo-influenced bar menu: Apparently the food menu consisted of just two types of onion ring – battered or bread-crumbed.

Have you got something a little less piratey?

A quiet Saturday night resulted in having a look around various online retailers’ pre-order sections to see what’s coming out soon. With summer almost here the answer was ‘not much’ but we did find some unannounced games. If Play.com are to be believed, 1st June will see the...

Yes, it’s true – Halo is really popular

Bungie has been keeping tally of the amount of Halo games played online since September 2004 – two months before the release of Halo 2. With the franchise now in the hands of Microsoft’s 343 Industries, Bungie’s stat tracking has come to an end. 31st March was their...

Nobody loves Rayman

Last week’s chart was the busiest for a while. This week? Not so much, although a few of the titles that entered highly last week are on the fall already. Halo: Anniversary is one of these, which is surprising. It entered at #6 last week but has dropped...

The Halo reunion tour

It’s another good week for gamers. That’s providing you have healthy bank balance, at least – there are half a dozen big name titles out this week. The old-age question if whether Mario can blow stripy balloons up with his arse has finally been answered. As the image...

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Revisiting the past can be a dangerous thing to do. Watching clips of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon on YouTube recently sullied fond memories of our youth due to the shoddy animation, lame jokes and predictable storylines. Did we really think the Ninja Turtles were cool?...

Halo, what’s this we see?

We have in our possession a retail copy of Halo: Anniversary, officially due out next Tuesday. As mentioned on the cardboard sleeve the box contains a bonus Master Chief avatar costume and a ‘Grunt Funeral Skull’ game modifier that makes the grunts explode like a plasma grenade when...

Halo: Reach

Would a Mario game feel the same if Mario was replaced by, say, a shiny robotic baboon? I’d say that it wouldn’t do as some of the charm and the connection between the player and lead character would be lost. Halo: Reach is the second game not to...

New Halo game released…on Atari 2600

The name Ed Fries might ring a bell with you – he was the vice president of publishing at Microsoft during much of the original Xbox’s lifecycle. He has worked at several companies since then but has recently finished his arguably greatest achievement – bringing Halo to the...

E3: The Microsoft sequel show

There was an air of confidence about Microsoft’s E3 press conference, but that might have been to be expected considering that they were going on stage before both Nintendo and Sony. There’s no Xbox 720 on the horizon just yet, although there is new hardware on the way....