How to play the Halo Games

If you are a hardcore Halo fan like myself, you probably played every Halo game many times and more. But do you play them like they should be played? Like I say they should be played? Let’s see…

First of all: Play the goddamn campaign. Nothing frustrates me more than seeing people only going for the multiplayer. You are missing out. BIG TIME! The campaign is what makes Halo so freaking great. True, the multiplayer does that too. But to me, the campaign is the cake and the multiplayer is the icing. The icing alone is delicious, but only combined with the cake, it reaches its full potential. You need both.

You should also play the campaigns in a chronological order (see below: Release Date order or Timeline order). I played the games in the release date order. Halo: Combat Evolved was my first Halo game. And yes, it’s old. But it aged like a beautiful woman…with grace. It is THE Halo game. Trust me, you need to play it. Then I went up, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST (don’t even think about skipping this one. It is such a good game. The atmosphere is fantastic and it has one of my favorite soundtracks), Halo: Reach, Halo 4, Halo 5. I know I didn’t mention Halo Wars. I didn’t play either of the games. I can’t bring myself to do it. It is just not my type of game. I like FPS and not RTS. But if you want to play all of the Halo games you should of course play Halo Wars and Halo Wars 2. Then there are 2 smaller top-down Halo games called Spartan Assault and Spartan Strike. Those are very special. I tried Spartan Assault and couldn’t finish. The controls were just too weird for me. So if you really want to be a Halo specialist and show off you should consider either playing the games in chronological release order or to play the games in chronological timeline order.

Release Date Order:

Timeline Order:

I didn’t include The Master Chief Collection and Halo: CE Anniversary. But since the big update for the MCC, you can of course go and play the Halo games on there. At least Halo 1-4.

What else do I consider important when playing the Halo games? Hmm, let me see. As I said before with the icing and the cake. The icing on the cake is pretty important. So yeah, play some multiplayer. It’s so much fun. Even if you are not a pro you can have your moments and most importantly you can get together with your friends and play a few rounds. But! Please be a good teammate. Don’t abandon your team in the middle of a game. Don’t be a d*** about losing a game. Have some honor. If you beat somebody in your skill range in a fair gunfight, go ahead, teabag the shit out of them, but don’t ever go about teabagging someone who is going 2 against 4 or is way below your skill. That my friends is not the Spartan Way.

Another important how to is to play the games on Legendary difficulty. Of course, this is only possible if you have enough experience with the games. If you are a noob you should start by going with Normal difficulty. But if you want to call yourself a true Halo nerd, you need to at least try to play the games on Legendary. It can be a pain in the ass but if you succeed, you belong to the 1 % (maybe the 5 or 10 %…). The most difficult Legendary campaign is definitely the Halo 2 one. It’s so hard! But trust me, try to play Legendary. You will feel Legendary.

Be it during the campaign or while playing the multiplayer, use all of the weapons. Try all of the weapons. You will be surprised how good some of the weapons work. Don’t go through the campaign with only your DMR or BR and Pistol. You are missing out. If you decide to play on Legendary you will be forced to use whatever is left on the ground anyway.

If you are playing a game where you can turn on skulls during the campaign, turn on the Grunt Birthday Party skull. Nothing is more satisfactory than popping a Grunts head with that sound.

And to conclude this How to I strongly advise you to enjoy the soundtrack while playing the campaign. Especially the original Halo trilogy and Halo: Reach and ODST have amazing soundtracks.

And as always, have fun!

 

I played – Wolfenstein II „The New Colossus“

I am new to Wolfenstein. I have not played any of the games and to be honest, I hadn’t really given Wolfenstein any thought before I heard/read so many good reviews about „The New Colossus“. And then Christmas came. And with it, a beautiful collectors edition of Wolfenstein „The New Colossus“ with a figure of Terror Billy aka Blazkowicz.

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The Swedish developer MachineGames who also created the prequel „The New Order“ (2014) and the standalone „The Old Blood“ (2015), put out a fantastic single player experience with tons of humor and a breathtaking action-driven story. Published by Bethesda Wolfenstein „The New Colossus“ was released in October 2017 on all platforms.

The campaign follows William Blazkowicz, the main character of almost all of the Wolfenstein games and is a direct sequel to the events of „The New Order“. In this alternate history, the Nazi regime has won the war and gained control over large parts of the world. „The New Colossus“ is set in the USA where the regime and the KKK have infested the lands and try to crush the last rebellious group called the Kreisau Circle. Your enemy is the breathtakingly beautiful commander Irene Engel (I am kidding…she is hideous). Your goal is to take ahold of the Ausmerzer, Engel’s massive airship.

Boy, did I have fun with this game! Sometimes I sat there and couldn’t believe what I saw. The freak level is soooo high! If you like weird and a lot of shooting you should most def buy this game. I haven’t had so much fun with a linear single player campaign in a long time.

You start your game with a pretty tough decision that influences your game only regarding the appearance of certain characters. But the tone is set right from the start and you know that you are in for one hell of a ride. The gameplay is simple and nothing new. It’s a shooter, guys. Of course, you can decide to play the game stealthy or big bang (my style). Throughout the levels, you will find commandants that are visualized by a popping radar that indicates how far away they are. You can be sneaky and try to get to them silently or you ignore all that business and run straight in. Most of the times I at least tried to be sneaky and was caught very quickly. Then the guns were blazing and a lot of times I was dead shortly after. The weapons felt very good and there was an adequate amount of variety overall. But what really struck me was the characters and story. The story is entertaining and finds the right tone for the serious theme of the game without being disrespectful. The dialogues are extremely well written and so funny. The graphics are on point. Very colorful and pop art like. Man, I am really impressed as you can tell.

Now to an aspect, I didn’t like, although that has to do with my version of the game. In Germany, you won’t see the Hitler character the way you see him in other countries. His name is Mr. Heiler in the German version and he has no beard. Other than that he looks the same as the real Hitler. I can’t fathom why we can’t see the game and it’s characters the way it was meant to be. I mean, we know it’s supposed to be Hitler. By giving him another name (that sounds an awful lot like Hitler…) and removing his beard, you do nothing but anger the gamer. At least myself. Being German, I am offended when something like this happens. By now, every German has had it’s fair share of guilt and feeling shamed by what has happened in our history. But that’s exactly what it is: History. Stop making me feel like I can’t deal with what happened.

But ok, enough of this.

There is only one scene where you come across Hitler directly and it’s freaking amazing. I loved it and yes, I did the optional part, of course. If you have played the game, I think you know what I mean and if you are still about to play it, you’ll know when the time comes.

I will give this game a 10 out of 10. Play it if you like a good linear campaign with a really good story and beautiful character design.

 

Halo: Bad Blood by Matt Forbeck released

The latest Halo novel is upon us. Praise Matt Forbeck. Halo: Bad Blood was released on June 26th and follows our good old friend Edward Buck, former ODST badass and now proud Spartan. The predecessor of this book is Halo: New Blood, also written by Matt Forbeck. In that book, we have seen Buck become a Spartan. Then Halo 5 came and we saw Buck the Spartan in action. I personally prefer him to be an ODST but that is just my opinion.

Bad Blood is the first big lore that is given to us after the events of Halo 5. To my knowledge, the only past Halo 5 lore we had before Bad Blood was the Rossbachs World story in Fractures.

In Bad Blood, we follow Blue Team and Team Osiris as they struggle to figure out what evil Cortana is up to. Buck is given a secret mission and reforms his old squad Alpha Nine to accomplish said mission.

Since I haven’t read both books yet I can’t really say more and probably shouldn’t either way. We all have to read it anyway, right? Right? I am really looking forward to reading both books. I have always loved Buck and of course Veronica Dare. But since time is precious and I have all sorts of other things to do, I’m way behind with the books. The next book on my Halo to do list is Shadow of Intent.

Have a grand time reading whatever, but make sure it’s Halo.

 

Halo TV Series – News from Showtime

Just now we have had news about the long-awaited Halo TV series. Kiki Wolfkill posted a short article on Waypoint confirming that 343 is knee deep in the planning of the Halo TV series. Showtime is going to work with Kyle Killen, who is an executive producer and showrunner, alongside director Rupert Wyatt who you might know from Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Showtime also just announced on their Twitter feed that they are doing 10 episodes for the first season. My guess is that an episode will be about one hour long.

Steven Spielberg is still on board with his production company Amblin. Kiki stated that they are already in pre-production phase and that they plan to go into full production in 2019. I would guess that we are going to see the first episode in 2020. Maybe alongside the release of Halo Infinite?

Either way, I am so excited for this.

 

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