HALO – The Master Chief Collection

Halo 5 isn’t reaching the Xbox One until 2015, but Microsoft & 343 Industries have been busy putting together Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Available November 11th, The Master Chief Collection brings together all four Halo games into a single disc for the Xbox One. Each game will run at full 1080p with dedicated servers.. Halo 2 sits at the center of the pack, and you’ll even be able to play the original multiplayer on Xbox One which is the best part.

The Master Chief Collection will also provide Xbox One players with an early look at Halo 5. A multiplayer beta for Halo 5 will available through The Master Chief collection this December. Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 will all be part of The Master Chief Collection that ships on November 11th.

Microsoft XBox One – No DRM Nothing!

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Looks like Microsoft made a decision after getting so much bad press and losing the E3 gaming conference to Sony.

You don’t have to connect your device every 24 hours.

Your game won’t be registered to you. It will be exactly the same as the XBox 360, so you can sell your games any way you see fit.

They haven’t switched off the feature, its there if developers want to lock their games, they can do that.

Fast switching gaming won’t happen the way they envisioned because we have to take the discs with us, but I’m fine with that. They want to take a different way for Gaming, fine let them do that, but they shouldn’t restrict what we do with our property.

The PS4 – Sony Did It Right

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Simply put Sony annialated Microsoft on their launch, seriously, so many good things and they made fun of the XBox One’s DRM Crap. 80% of all games are launched on both machines, will the exclusive games push you to one or the other?

The Main Points of the PS4:

  • $399
  • Buy or Sell
  • Don’t Need to be Online
  • No kinect thats on all the time
  • Region Free
  • Indie Developers Liking
  • Alot of Games at launch

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The only reason I would buy the XBox One is for Halo, because even XBox live on XBox One is region locked, bad move on Microsoft. Even if they have the greatest exclusive games people will flock to PS4 because they made it a gaming machine. I think they forgot the main aspect of their success which is gaming, now they are looking at locking people in but I don’t think that would work. I was always buying XBox Games before if I had to to choose between the two, now it seems like I will be moving over to Sony’s camp. The first round of the big console wars has been lost by Microsoft, now lets see what they do when the device launches.

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XBox One – The Nasty Update

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What You Can’t Do:

Play games unless you connect to the internet once every 24 hours

  • if you are unable to connect, your games will not function at all
  • Yes, that includes single player games

Can’t disconnect the Kinect Sensor
You can’t Lend games
You can’t Rent Games

You can’t Trade games freely

  • Only pre-approved retailers can accept trade-ins
  • No independent game shops
  • Less value for your trade-ins since there is less shops which leads to less competition

You can’t Sell your games freely

  • In order to sell a game to someomne you must have been friends with them for over 30 days
  • The game is then locked to that user forever
  • They will not be able to see it afterwards

Seems like Microsoft really wants to lock you in, and this is how they are doing it, now it seems that the games you buy aren’t your to do with as you please. Its like buying a car but you can’t do anything with it except sell it back to the dealer. I will keep my XBox 360 for a little while until they change their stupid policies.

Microsoft XBox One

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The new XBox One is here, Microsoft is referring to it as the new “Entertainment System”, people don’t realize that at the core of all this is gaming, we want to play games as well as have other features, gaming is the main feature, everything else is secondary. So Microsoft has to do a lot to live up to, but one thing I like is XBox Live and your Gold Account is going to carry over to the XBox One which is great, the functionality of XBox One is going to be the same with a mix of XBox 360 & Windows 8 so if your familiar with them you will be fine. They are trying to introduce more functionality with TV, Skype, and Internet Explorer, its ok but not key for me. I want to see if they will be releasing another Halo, now that would be Epic, even though I haven’t finished Halo 4 yet, I still have the rest of 2013 to do that. One surprise for me is that they have finally introduced a slot-loading BluRay player, I still buy BluRays but only of movies that I love, so I’m not sure how many people have BluRays when they have the option of streaming, still its a good option.

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As far as installation, when you first insert a disc into the Xbox One, it’ll install the game to the hard drive — you won’t have to use the disc again. As for internet connectivity they haven’t given a clear picture, so I’m not sure if it has to have internet connectivity to keep playing the games, that wouldn’t be a wise decision if you have to have constant internet connectivity. I like the idea that you load the disc once and then you don’t have to use it to play the game. The controller is an update that I really like, they put a lot of thought into it and everyone keeps saying how great it is, so that is something I want to try. They new Kenict is a bit like the CIA’s dream it can hear and see you while the console is off, you can use gestures and voice commands to switch the XBox One on and go through its menus.

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Annoyances:

  • TV Features – Useless to anyone outside the US, and its not a settop box, I want a gaming machine
  • Again not backwards compatible – I only have about 20 Games that I cherish, so what to do with them now?
  • No Used Games, So I don’t know how thats going to work for rental companies now! Sometimes I want to try a game but don’t want to buy it, so whats the solution?
  • New Kenict which is watching you all the time, not a feature I like, will probably point the Kinect to the TV, don’t like being watched!
  • Gamers will have to connect the console regularly, possibly at least once a day, and game discs will be restricted to your Xbox profile if you use them on a second console

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Both consoles promise to track your motions, power on instantly, and seamlessly update themselves in the background, among many other common features. Lets see how that works out, how many people have power up their XBox 360 or Playstation after a month of not touching to play a new game and end up having to perform a systems update for an hour or more so that you can play that new game. Honestly what I loved about the XBox was XBox Live, I could always play with friends across the globe, this time around I don’t know what they have planned.

Overall I’m honestly excited about the new console but they have to clarify a few points about the 2nd hand market and online connectivity. I’m the graphics will be phenomenal, and I want to see what games they have lined up, not sure what they are going to price it at, but I’m hoping it won’t pass the $400 mark.

Link: TheVerge

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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn

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UNSC Cadet Thomas Lasky must conquer his inner fears and join forces with super-soldier John-117 to take down a massive faction of the Covenant.

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For any Halo fan this movie is a must, its about the cadets and how they train to be UNSC soldiers. You get the feel for the UNSC military and what these cadets go through, then all hell breaks loose and you finally see the Covenant, and the Master Chief. This movie did not disappoint, the Master Chief still remained as tough and big as he is, and the story line was perfect, and they brought in the big guys from the Covenant. An extremely well made SciFi movie with some excellent young acting, I do hope this isn’t the last one, I’m hoping for one more where the Master Chief plays a bigger role. Hell of a movie, not I’m going back to finishing Halo 4 which I have not done!

Link: IMDB
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2010 Games in Human History

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Human history based on the top games of 2010, it really shows where we are planning on going. From “a long time ago” to the distant, unknown future of 2552. Below you’ll find a timeline of some of last year’s biggest games, showing where in humanity’s grand story they fit in. When looking at this list I’m really disappointed in myself, I haven’t finished one game of the games that I have purchased for 2010 which is a disaster, and I only picked up a few games. 2011 will be the year I finish the games I bought in 2010, I will play until my hands go numb!

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Halo Reach Stats

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Now this is one the best games of 2010, probably the best game period. I feel bad because I haven’t given it the time it requires . I played for a while in the states but not enough since I got back, I’m saddened that I didn’t add to these stats but I will be adding to them soon.

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Halo: Reach – Deliver Hope

Nothing left for the count down to finish until the release of Halo Reach. I don’t know what to expect but my expectations are high, I’m expecting lots of gaming hours and lots of fun. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it and playing endless hours of multiplayer and getting annihilated, and beating the campaign mode and kicking ass on XBox Live! When I see these teasers I think they should really make the movie, I’m annoyed they haven’t yet.

Halo – Reach – Trailer & More

This game is going to be a lot of the original Halo and something new to the game play. Now seeing the video trailer made me jump, there is going to be a SPACESHIP! I just can’t believe there is going to be a spaceship, thats going to be cool. Combat in outer space in the form of dog fighting it going to be another level of fun and madness. I just can’t wait for the game in September, they have really worked nonstop to perfect the game and from all the write ups and beta game reviews it looks like its going to be that way for sure. Watching the trailer below will get your blood pumping, it just can’t get any better.

Link: GeekTyrant


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