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New Narrative Director at 343i?

Brian Reed might no longer be the narrative director at 343i. 2 days ago they posted a job advertisement for the position of narrative director. Brian Reeds LinkedIn and Twitter accounts have also been deleted. I really hope that he is doing ok. cfbrianreedh5gi-a94275f0040c4e1595e9c955c9ab4dcbAt this point I don’t know if he decided to go or if he was let go. Both possibilities would make sense, seeing that he was subject to extreme harassment and didn’t have much fans in the community. His work as a narrative director was criticized a lot, so much so, that 343 shut down most threads concerning him on the Waypoint forums. I personally don’t like the storytelling of Halo 5. I think that it is the worst campaign of all the Halo titles. So yeah, I would not mind if someone else took the position of narrative director. What I don’t like at all is bullying and harassment though. And Brian Reed has definitely been a target of both. Some fans have been real assholes.

Despite all this I am quite excited to see how this unfolds. I wish for Halo and all the lore fans that they find someone capable of this huge task. I would not ever want to fill such a position and be watched and judged so closely. But it’s Halo. We care. Sometimes too much I guess.

If you want read more about Brian Reeds role at 343 and his backstory visit Halo Monitor. Kind of an old article but very relevant right now.

I played – Life is strange

What a game! I had only heard great things about Life is Strange and when I saw a good deal on Xbox I immediately bought it. I have to say I have never before played a game like this. Right from the start I was captured by the music. The atmosphere created by it is beautiful, dreamy and sad. I was intrigued.

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You play 18 year old Max Caulfield, an aspiring photographer who attends Blackwell Academy in the fictional small town Arcadia Bay. Max spent her childhood there and then moved to Seattle for 5 years. After her return things have changed and friendships have suffered.

Life is strange is an interactive, story based adventure game. Throughout the game you are given choices that impact the game and often you have to look for clues and objects to trigger the next sequence. The game consists of 5 episodes. The first came out in January 2015, the last one in October 2015. The studio behind Life is strange is Dontnod Entertainment, a french studio established in 2008. Before Life is strange they did Remember me (2013). Their future project „Vampyr“ is coming out this year. Life is strange is available on all platforms.

So back to the game itself. Right at the beginning of the game Max discovers that she can rewind time, which becomes a well used feature as you can imagine. The gameplay overall is good, not super intuitive (at least for me), but ok. I think the most fascinating part of the game is the amount of emotion generated in the player. I had tears in my eyes not once but definitely up to 3-4 times. The choices you have to make are pretty huge at times. And with huge I mean in a philosophical/moral way. The game puts you in a spot you might not have been before, raises questions you may not have thought about before; in a way it’s a game about life ethics. And maybe the grand „What if“? Is there more than one life? Can I change lives (if given the chance of time travel) or is everything destined to happen one way or the other?

Life is strange is also pretty dark at times. Topics like suicide, bullying, murder, euthanasia and general teen angst are all in the game. At least the latter applies or applied at some point, for a lot of people. And I, although I am in my 30’s, can still remember what it felt like to be a teenager.

I really, really enjoyed the game and I can only recommend it. I am not sure about the upcoming Vampyr game though. It is hard to tell at the moment with only the trailer. Maybe it is the setting that bothers me. But anyway, go play Life is strange.

Next up in „I played“: Virginia.

 

 

Split-screen is coming back to future Halo games

This is from the latest Waypoint Community Update:

And lastly, a news nugget that demands more than a bullet point:

…HALO FPS GAMES WILL ALWAYS HAVE SPLIT-SCREEN GOING FORWARD.

(Bonnie Ross, 343 Industries Studio Head)

At a presentation earlier today at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas, Bonnie shared thoughts around what it means to be „Stewards of a Sci-Fi Universe.“ During this talk she discussed some of the painful lessons learned by 343 in the wake of Halo 5, particularly around the removal of split-screen support in the title. Going forward, expect all future Halo FPS games to include split-screen functionality! This news, along with me previously ensuring that black undersuits are being accounted for, should make a lot of longtime fans very happy indeed.

Guys, I am so happy about this news! I am a big fan of playing split-screen with my boyfriend and I was very disappointed about it being not available in Halo 5. It should not have been removed at all but still: Thank you 343.

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Halo 15th Anniversary – Yo, you hit puberty

I can’t believe that I have been playing Halo for close to 15 years now. I can’t believe that the game that has influenced my whole life in ways I could never have imagined, is 15 years old. 15 YEARS! And to me, it still plays like it is brand new.

Today is November 15th 2016 and exactly 15 years ago, on November 15th 2001, Halo: Combat Evolved was released along with the first ever Xbox. Right now I am celebrating this beautiful day by listening to the epic music of Halo. Check the link below if you are in the mood for some Martin O’Donnell tunes:

Listen and marvel at the greatness that is Halo’s music.

Here in Germany the Xbox was released in March 2002, so that’s why my Halo journey started a few months later. But it started. And it continues to this day. Halo is as big a part of my life as is food or my friends. It has impacted so massively that I’m still in awe. I have made friends in different parts of the world, I have traveled to L.A. and attended Halo Fest and I had a film team from 343 in my house to shoot a feature about me. The last two events were the absolute highlight to me. I still feel so honored and grateful. My house is filled with tons of collectibles, I am running this blog about Halo, I run the Girls Love Halo Instagram account and I read everything I find about the lore. Halo is everywhere in my life. On top of this, my fiancee and I thought about naming our daughter Cortana. Don’t worry though, we only thought about it. The passion for Halo has always bonded us. In fact, my fiancee, Alex, introduced me to the game in the first place. So I will forever be thankful to him for doing so. The rest of my family thinks I am crazy. Most of my friends think I am crazy. But that is completely fine.

I am very emotional right now. Maybe I should turn down this music? Nah, it just brings up so many beautiful memories.

I want to give thanks to Halo now. I want to give thanks to Bungie and to 343. I want to give thanks to the Halo community, for I am not alone in my praise for this game. The ever lasting love for Halo is real people. It’s the realest shit you’ll see.

Thank you Halo.

For letting me feel.

For letting me fight.

For letting me evolve with you.

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Map Rotation on Halo 5 – Plaza where are you?

I have two favorite Halo 5 Slayer maps: Plaza and Coliseum. I love both so much, but my all time favorite would be Plaza though. It plays perfectly. If I could play it that is. Somehow this particular map is hardly ever in my map rotation. Just yesterday my boyfriend and I played for maybe 2-3 hours. Guess what? Not once did we get to play on Plaza.

WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK???

I miss my Plaza. Give me my Plaza.

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