Reviewed on: Xbox One. Copy supplied by publisher. The original Halo Wars was the best-selling and highest rated RTS game on console. Why? Because it refined the genre’s controls and gameplay for consoles, using its limitations as strengths; plus it didn’t hurt to be a Halo game at the height of the franchise’s popularity. But now that Halo has fallen a little to the wayside, Halo Wars 2 needs to ...[Read More]
I spent some time playing the Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta this weekend. The new Blitz gamemode is billed as “a fast, card-based strategic experience.” There’s no base construction, and units are summoned from cards randomly drawn from your deck; an interesting and unique concept for RTS games, but one that has received mixed reactions from the community. Blitz is a very action-oriented gamemode. Battle...[Read More]
– James Orr After a few weeks of anticipation, the beta for Halo 5’s incoming gamemode, ‘Warzone Firefight’ is out. While I enjoyed the introduction of Firefight in Halo 3: ODST, I wasn’t a huge fan of Halo: Reach’s firefight and loathed Halo 4’s version, Spartan Ops; but surprisingly, 343 Industries seems to have brought firefight back with all new bells and whistles. Warzone Firefight does...[Read More]
As always we’re slapping a big old SPOILER warning on this review, whilst we leave out major plot points, those with a particularly high level of spoiler sensitivity may find some of the following material distressing. Taking you to the edge of the galaxy, Halo 5 raises questions of loyalty when Earth’s greatest heroes fall from grace. It’s been three years since the Master Chief...[Read More]
– Charlie Braithwaite Remember how literally today we were talking about how great some of the Halo ad campaigns have been? Well it turns out that by some macabre coincidence the latest Halo 5 Guardians trailer is horrendously repulsive. You can see it in its moist glory. WARNING: you may question your sexuality and that water you’re drinking right now. Yeah, little out of left field o...[Read More]
-James Orr Halo has been a monumental part of gaming for almost 15 years now, and a monumental franchise needs monumental marketing. Playing host to some of the greatest and most innovative marketing campaigns and trailers of all time, Microsoft, Bungie and 343 Industries have consistently built the hype leading up to the release of each one of their major releases. So with Halo 5: Guardians just ...[Read More]
– Charlie Braithwaite The opening cinematic for Halo 5: Guardians has been released on YouTube, without further delay, here it is: Despite looking like Temple Run filled with Covenant, it is still visually impressive and adds sufficient hype ahead of the game’s October 27 release date. For more gaming news follow @load_screen and like us on Facebook.
– Charlie Braithwaite When Halo 2 came out in 2004 I remember running home from the shops with it cradled in my arms ready to spend all afternoon playing, only to find my dad using the television watching old episodes of The Sweeney. That is the first instance of Halo heartbreak I have endured, and after last night, it certainly wasn’t the last. A cold wintery Melbourne night seemed li...[Read More]