Halo 5: Overtime Update Heralds Classic Oddball, LAN, and More

A monumental feat and testament to the hard work and dedication of 343 Industries, Halo 5’s latest ambitious update, Overtime, will bring forth a wave of changes to the game that fans will find quite interesting. In the competitive field, three brand new sets of skins will be making their mark on the game, based on Str8Rippin, Luminosity, and Splyce. Also on the weapon skin front, country based skins include the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Mexico, all available in promotion for Halo’s bolstered eSports front. The fairly popular Oddball skull will be making its debut in Halo 5 with a classic playlist returning Oddball and Oddball FFA to their former glories, a pleasant surprise for fans. Also on the list of updates that many fans have requested, Halo 5 on Windows 10 will be receiving LAN support in a jovially shocking addition, bolstered by Bonnie Ross’ comments on split-screen in the next mainline Halo title to prove that 343 is dedicated to bringing back this aspect of Halo.

Easily the most shocking announcement came on the coattails of the Overtime update, a heavily controversial topic which has seen discussion since 2014 finally getting its resolution. Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s uncertain future is no longer a mystery, as Bonnie Ross herself confirmed during the live-stream that the game will receive updates to bring it up to par with the Xbox One X and resolve ongoing server issues and inconsistencies. This comes after much disappointment, anger, and silence over unfortunate problems that plagued the collection since its release, which left many players wondering about the status of the game following its questionable launch state. For ecstatic players, Spring 2018 is the rough date for updates to the game, and as it nears closer more information will begin to filter out about what exactly is being improved.

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Podtacular 599: Awakening the Nightmare

The first expansion pack to Halo Wars 2 after the season pass brings the flood back to the Halo franchise through the Awakening the Nightmare DLC. We’re introduced to two new Banished leaders who are charged with collecting resources from around the crash site of High Charity, which has been quarantined by the Ark. Voridus has other plans and puts Pavium at risk of completing the salvaging operation. For this show, we discuss the campaign specifically and our impressions after playing.

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Podtacular 598: Halo Banter

We ran into a lot of technical issues setting up this recording and because of how late we started, we kept this one short and just talked about the little bit of news from the week and our latest escapades in Halo 5 and Halo Wars 2. The Halo 3 Throwback playlist has been a lot of fun and we’ve begun our play through of the Awakening the Nightmare campaign. The augmented reality Halo Recruit experience was announced by 343 and Microsoft, which will be available at Microsoft Stores and for download on October 17th. The fall season of the North American HCS is heading to Dreamhack Denver October 20th as well.

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Podtacular 597: Reminiscing Halo 3

It’s been ten years since Halo 3 released and it’s been one heck of a ride since then. In similar fashion to 343 Industries’ live stream taking a look back at some classic Halo moments, Dust Storm and Godzilla T talk about their experiences with the game and involvement with the Halo community around the time of Halo 3’s popularity. There’s a lot about the game and the community at the time to possibly mark this time as the pinnacle of the Halo experience and fan base. When it comes down to it, Halo 3 has a special place in many fans hearts and we’re happy to be celebrating its 10 year anniversary.

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Machinima Monday: Leviticus

This four part series portrays the story of the Office of Naval Intelligence trying to hunt down a rogue Spartan assigned to investigate the wreckage of the UNSC Forward Unto Dawn. But Morse, the rogue Spartan discovered some hidden ONI secrets and it’s Spartan Jack Rain and his team of Headhunters’ job to find the Rogue and kill him so ONI’s plans can be carried out.

Video Published by: Oracle Machinimas

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Podtacular 596: The Last of the Prelates

We’re finally getting back into the novels of the Halo franchise. Jumping in with a light read, today we take a look at the Joseph Staten novel, Shadow of Intent. The book takes place after the events of Halo 3 telling the story of a Prelate’s search for revenge against Rtas ‘Vadum, the Half-Jaw from Halo 2 and 3. The story stems from the floods’ infection of High Charity and the Prelate allies with a prophet whose plans for helping the Prelate goes far beyond revenge against one Sangheili.

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Halo: Community Update – Deluge Delights

The gate has been unlatched and headstones pushed aside as this past week the Flood made their triumphant return to Halo. In Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare, players immerse themselves in the struggle of two Brute brothers, Voridus and Pavium, as they resist the tempestuous outbreak of the Flood freed from the fallen High Charity. If you’re a newcomer to the Halo Wars 2 experience, a complete version of the title with all post-launch content was released, and you can purchase this edition for only $59.99 here. Stepping aside from the nightmarish news, a triumphant milestone was celebrated this past Monday as Halo 3 turned 10 years old. Iconic Mountain Dew cans were opened, and speed-runs were enjoyed, as fans all over the world finished the fight one more time. Halo 3 is currently available via backwards compatibility (along with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4) but if you’re interested in something different, Halo 5: Guardians now has a classic playlist themed after the game. There’s plenty of creative ways to celebrate this monumental occasion, and to cheer on a game that completely changed the culture and landscape of gaming.

That is only a drop in the water of the events covered in this community update, including a cinematic anniversary video for Halo 3 made by talented fans, and some lore clarifications for those that have played Awakening the Nightmare. It’s all available on HaloWaypoint.com.

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