IGN Plays the H5 Beta Live Tomorrow!

Tomorrow (Dec. 20th) at 7am EST/ 8am CST, IGN will be getting an opportunity to play the H5 Guardians Beta live. They will also be answering your questions live on Twitter (use the hashtag #Halo5).

Also make sure to bookmark the source link below as that will be the landing page for the live stream.

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30 Years of Halo

Yes you read that correctly. 30 YEARS OF HALO. At least this is what 343i’s Studio Head Bonnie Ross wants to see. She noted in a recent quote to Gamespot that:

“I wanted to make sure we were able to go another three decades.”

Gamespot did confirm that she meant this in relation to 343i and the Halo Franchise itself. This is very much in line with what Microsoft has wanted to pursue since taking over and creating Halo 4. Instead of a trilogy, the are dubbing it as the Reclaimer Saga. Ross also noted that she and the studio want to get away from the numbered releases and do more spin-off series, which I would imagine would be something similar to ODST.

This is very interesting as it seems that 343 is diving as far away from core Halo into a new interpretation. I for one would love to see more and more Halo, but I personally do not think that the franchise can stay relevant in it’s current identity crisis. It’s clear to me that 343i is going to continue on with their interpretation of Halo and the long time fans who may enjoy the classic experience are left behind.

I myself as a fan knew one day that the Halo series would end. This would have ultimately been a sad day, but I always envisioned it going out with a bang with one of the best games to date. I myself will leave all final judgments until I actually play the beta and experience it first hand. However, from what I have seen I am not all too enthusiastic. Don’t get me wrong here, the visuals are stunning, and things seem to flow really well. It’s the mechanics and gameplay that I’m concerned about.

Leave a comment below on your thoughts, or tweet me @thehaloarray

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IG Columbus VoD

Missed any of Championship Sunday? Feel free to watch it below. Gameplay starts at about halfway through the Game 3 video. I highly recommend clicking on the YouTube video below and watching it directly on YouTube as this supports Iron Gaming.

What was your favorite series from this weekend? Leave a comment below or tweet me @TheHaloArray

12/15/14 – MCC Patch Notes

Yesterday upon booting up The Master Chief Collection you should have been prompted with a large update. This update as expected is to address the issues that have been plaguing the title since release.

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Patch notes are as follows.

MATCHMAKING

  • Made improvements to the reliability of Matchmaking parties.
  • Local split-screen players will now always be on the same team in Halo 2 Matchmaking.
  • Made an update to allow players to use Voice Chat during loading screens in Matchmaking.
  • Made an update to ensure that players are not forced into an incorrect party after encountering an issue in Matchmaking.
  • Resolved an issue where the “Winning Team Won” text was shown in the Carnage Report.

ROSTER

  • Made fixes to reduce the amount of time it takes to update the Roster:
    • Players will now be discovered sooner after starting the game.
    • Changes to the roster will be more immediate to better reflect friend activity.

PARTIES

  • Made several improvements to party joining and management.
  • Resolved an issue where players that were in a party could not join another party from the Roster.
  • Made changes to ensure that parties cannot exceed the maximum party size of a playlist.
  • Made an update to ensure that Party Leaders can assign a new Party Leader or Kick a player from their party.

CUSTOM GAMES

  • Made a change to ensure that teams selections are correctly carried over in Custom Games.
  • Made an update to ensure that player settings do not revert to a previous state after completing a Halo 2 Anniversary Multiplayer match.
  • Made an update to ensure that players do not disconnect  after completing a Custom Game.
  • Resolved an issue in Custom Games where parties would disband if some players were playing in Split-Screen.
  • Made a change to ensure that Halo 3 Custom Game variants display correct author information.

HALO: CE

  • Made various changes and improvements to Halo: CE multiplayer hit registration.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Made an update to ensure that the “Legend Slayer” achievement unlocks when prerequisites are met.
  • The “Pacifist” Achievement will no longer be awarded for resuming “Assault on the Control Room”.

STABILITY IMPROVEMENTS

  • Made a variety of stability improvements across the following areas:
    • Matchmaking
    • Custom Games
    • Campaign Playlists
    • Main Menu

CONTROL SCHEMES

  • Updated the Halo 2 “Green Fingers” Button Layout.
  • Updated the Halo 2 Anniversary Multiplayer Recon Button Layout.

Have you noticed any improvements? Leave a comment below, or tweet me @TheHaloArray

IG Columbus Leaderboards

The leaderboards have been released for this past weekends first HCS Sanctioned tournament. The top 10 list is below.

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Most interestingly enough no one from CLG or EG is on this top 10 list. From my own investigation it seems that this list may not be 100% accurate. I do wish that this list had filters and sorts attached to it because the list is currently sorted by total kills. I would love to see a K/D column added. Personally to me, K/D is a better indicator of the total level of play, especially at this high of a competitive level.

Those are just my two cents, have a thought? Leave a comment below.

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HCS Season 1: Standings update

Iron Games Columbus finished up yesterday with Evil Geniuses (EG) facing off against Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) in a game 5 Grand Finals. EG battled back from being sent to the losers bracket by CLG and pushed it to a game 5 situation. For EG to have won the tournament, they would have had to win 2 best of 5 series, as the tournament is double elimination.

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Here is the Top 32 from the Tournament.

This is just the second tournament in the HCS with the first being an ESL Online tournament. Currently with a win at IG Columbus CLG is in first place with a total of 3,005 HCS points. These points will determine seedings for the Finals Tournament in March of 2015. More details to come on that one. Current standings are below.

1. Counter Logic Gaming – Heinz, OGRE2, Royal 2, Snakebite = 3,005
2. Evil Geniuses – Roy, Lunchbox, Snipedown, Pistola = 2,550
3. OpTic Halo – Flamesword, Ace, Assault, Aries = 1,475
4. Cloud9 – FearItSelf, Hysteria, Ninja, Victory X = 925
5. Believe The Hype – aPG, Lxthul, Maniac, Legit = 810
6. Str8 Rippin – Tsquared, Naded, Str8 Sick, Prototype = 560
7. Fatal Ambition – Klein, RC, Siege, SpartanTheDog = 390
8. Noble Reality Check – SUDDOTH1, SUDDOTH2, ContrA, PreDevoNatoR = 350

Confused on how points are awarded? So was I, but after some digging I found some info on how points will be given out at HCS championship sanctioned tournaments.

Stay tuned as the next online tournaments will be Sunday December 21st, Sunday December 28th, and another LAN tournament in January with UGC St. Louis.

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