Podtacular 441: The Pax Prime Lockdown

Two weeks ago, Pax Prime was in full swing in Seattle as we heard of the news that Lockdown, the remake of Lockout, has officially been added to the list of Halo 2 Anniversary Maps coming with the Master Chief Collection. We got our hands on the map on the show floor that weekend and were very pleased with the additions and the feel the map retained from the original Halo 2 classic. The Pax Prime Showdown was a spectacular to watch with Team eXcellence taking home the first place prize. During the Halo panel, we got more information on Nightfall, Forge in Halo 2 Anniversary, the new music and audio being introduced in the remastered Halo 2 Campaign and even witnessed a proposal on stage (She said, “Yes,” BTW). This week, we are privileged to have community member Hoss Sauced join us on the podcast.

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Podtacular 440: Lockout Returns

Yesterday we finally got the official word that Lockout will be getting the anniversary treatment for the Master Chief Collection. The map is a staple among competitive Halo players and has rightfully earned its spot to be remade. Come hear our take on the news as we record from Seattle, a day before getting our hands on the map at Pax Prime. Halo: Reach will be available under the Games with Gold program next month for Xbox 360. More details about this week’s Pax Prime Showdown has been made available in this week’s bulletin. Joining us from our friends over at Ready Up Live are Drax 122, Veloc1ty24 and Micky.

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Lockout Officially Joins Halo 2 Anniversary

pax-2014-halo-2-anniversary-concept-lockout-ice-and-fireEarlier this morning, Gamespot reported that Lockout has officially been announced as the 5th map for Halo 2 Anniversary.  No Halo 2 remaster would be complete without Lockout and the many memories it has for Halo fans.  We’re hoping we will see some Lockout gameplay at Pax Prime and the Pax Showcase (detailed in this week’s Halo Bulletin).

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Podtacular 439: Show Me The Showdowns

Just when we thought one Showdown was enough, 343 has announced in their latest Halo Bulletin that Pax Prime will feature it’s own Showdown on Halo 2 Anniversary.  We were very excited to watch the Gamescom Showdown finals and see European pro team TCM take home the first place prize.  Now we have the Americans to give their go at Halo 2 Anniversary for the same prize purse of $10K.  If you’re going to be at Pax Prime this year, you will have the opportunity to play for a spot in the Showdown at the Astro Gaming booth with games of the showdown being broadcast on Saturday and Sunday.  Also on Saturday is the Halo panel at 11:00A PDT with more delicious Master Chief Collection goodness.  Make sure you hit us up on Twitter if you’re going to be in town next weekend.

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Dive Deeper into the Master Chief Collection from the Gamescom Xbox Booth

gamescom-2014-halo-2-anniversary-multiplayer-sanctuary-concept-cliffFrom Gamescom, 343 Industries continues to gives us more tidbits of information expanding on the announcements made during the Xbox briefing on Monday.  From the Xbox booth they have had two streams covering different areas of the Master Chief Collection.

Halo Channel and Halo 2 Anniversary

On Tuesday morning, Geoff Keighley sat down with Kiki Wolfkill and Dan Ayoub.  The first part of the interview focused on the Halo Channel, which is not a replacement of Halo Waypoint, but more of an evolution of it.  Kiki explains that the channel is designed to behave like premium TV programming and is geared to be an interactive entertainment channel.  One example of this is the Halo Bulletin will become a weekly video production that will be featured on the Halo Channel.

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Podtacular 438: Shrine

Continuing our Gamescom coverage, more details about the Master Chief Collection continue to surface from interviews with 343 Industries to YouTubers uploading gameplay footage from Halo 2 Anniversary Multiplayer. Since the Xbox briefing on Tuesday, Xbox put on two different streams to dive further into the information presented during the briefing.  Our next glimpse at the Master Chief Collection will be at Pax in two weeks.  Meanwhile, we wrap up our Gamescom coverage and can’t wait to get our hands on it in Seattle.

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Delta Halo Gameplay from GamesCom

gamescom-2014-halo-2-anniversary-establishing-delta-halo-bridgeAt E3, we got our first looks at the remastered Halo 2 Anniversary Campaign on Cairo Station, the first playable mission in the game.  At GamesCom, 343 showed off live gameplay from Delta Halo during the Xbox Press briefing and in subsequent streams throughout the week.  The remastered campaign will feature instant switching between old and new graphics running at 1080p, 60fps and have Xbox Live Co-op campaign for up to two players.





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