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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!

 

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.

 

343 is doing things right – Women in Gaming

You can say about 343 what you want. They are not doing everything right. BUT! 343 posted this picture on the International Women’s Day (March 8th) via Twitter.

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That’s what I like to see. That’s what I like young girls to see. Of course, there are still major issues about women’s rights and Equality in general but I see a change and I see progress. And statements like this post will help with that.

In case you are interested, I wrote an article about the women in Halo a while back. You can read it here.

Pick of the Week – Amazing concept art by Amanda

I have been following this woman on Instagram for a while and she constantly manages to surprise me with her talent and creativity. Will you look at this creature she came up with? She calls it „Krer“ and it is a Needler type. I really wish that this woman would work with 343. I love her style! And she was just featured on Grim’s latest update, so maybe they have her on their radar now. Check out her work here:

Deviant Art, Instagram, and Twitter

Concept Art Mandy_Fotu

 

 

Do you even Halo or random thoughts of the Day

Nowadays when I play Slayer, I often get frustrated. The map rotation is at it’s worst it seems. My all time favorite map Plaza never comes up. NEVER! It’s like 343 knows that I like this map and wants to punish me for something I did. I always end up playing on Mercy. This map comes up every time I start Slayer. I hate Mercy.

Lord have Mercy.

My boyfriend and I also checked out the Weapon Tuning Test. I couldn’t get a kill. It seems like the BR is now 5 shots? I didn’t look it up so far. Maybe I should now…

Ok, I just checked. Well, 343 feels that some of the weapons in Halo 5 are not balanced or rather overpowered and don’t play the role they were supposed to play. I only cross-read it, but it seems that every weapon (12 are affected by this) is being made harder to use. Only the Active Camo will be enhanced in some way. You can read all of it here.

The testing will end on October 2 and in early November we will have a bigger update with the new and improved? weapons. I am very sceptical but we will see.

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