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Guest-less this week, we take a look at the maps from the Halo 5 Guardians: Multiplayer Beta. We looked at the strengths and weaknesses of each map from playability to design to weapon placement and choices and more. We left the Breakout maps out of this one that will be covered in next week’s Breakout show. There were some other Halo news things we covered like this past weekend’s Xbox Ultimate Game sale and the HCS tournaments happening this weekend. Let us know what your favorite map was during the beta in our forums.
This week, we dive into the weapons of the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. In the beta, we were introduced to the new Smart Scope system and legendary weapons, in addition to seeing all the changes to some staples of the franchise. We cover every weapon including grenades talking about the Smart Scope implementation for each weapon, how each weapon plays on the variety of maps available during the beta, and compare weapons to their previous counterparts. There’s also a discussion on precision weapon roles can be more defined in Halo. We’re joined by the hosts of the Drunken Halo Podcast, Travis and Justin Bryce for this week’s breakdown.
We did it, more specifically, the Halo community did it! Through countless hours of play time with the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer beta, we are helping shape the future of Halo. Earlier this week, Josh Holmes, Executive Producer at 343 Industries wrote a blog over on Halo Waypoint detailing some of the immediate decisions they are making to change the final game based on community feedback and also offered some pretty interesting statistics. Did you know that beta players played for a total amount of almost 290 thousand years and that the highest kill metal received, Killpocalypse was only earned once? Did you know Sprint will be toggle-able for custom games and the traditional SPNKr Rocket Launcher is returning as a Legendary weapon? Joining us this week is our resident Welshman, Receptor 17.
It is time for us to delve into our thoughts and feelings of the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. We had three long weeks to test it out and break it down. We start off with the features that were the most pretentious at the start: the new Spartan Abilities, and yes, that includes sprint, which you can imagine took a good chunk of the show to talk about and will likely be discussed again. This week we are joined by Josh or 0IAH as many may know him, who is a well known Halo YouTuber. This is the first of a series of shows we’ll be talking about the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta.
Halo 5 has come to a close, which means we’re shifting our focus back to The Master Chief Collection. A patch was recently released, but still leaves the collection in a broken state. There is another update on the way with changes so great it’s having it’s own beta! The update has been delayed from it’s weekend release, but according to a vague statement from Frankie, it may be very soon. In the same statement, Frankie continues to battle the adverse backlash of fans in response to the current state of the Master Chief Collection. In another article that continues the recent writings in response to faulty game launches, IGN has a new editorial on how gamers can help put a stop to broken shipped games. Next week, we will have our Halo 5 beta analysis and looking to have some special guests on.
The Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta is coming to a close within the next few days and we’ve been enjoying every moment of it, but with it’s inevitable end, we begin to focus on the Master Chief Collection again and the current state of Halo. It’s been a while since we’ve touched on anything that wasn’t official news or articles specifically relating to what 343 is doing with our beloved franchise, so this week we take a look at three different articles on this week’s show. First is an article on Forbes on why people should not pre-order Halo 5: Guardains this far out. There are many good points brought up on why it’s better for the consumer and the developer. Second is from Develop with a look into the remastering of the Halo 2 Anniversary audio with Paul Lipton and how it has evolved. Over three hours of new music and 16,000 audio assets is enough to perk your ears up. Finally, an article on Kotaku brings a new video shining some light on some relics of the past with things that never made the cut for Halo: Combat Evolved and other little factoids. Did you know there was a Harpoon and Gravity Wrench in Halo at one point? We encourage you to all read through these at your leisure and discuss them in our forums.
We’re back after the holidays and we are feet first into the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer beta. At this point, we’ve been playing through Week two and three is coming very shortly. As most of our normal antics go, the whole staff is on to kick off the new year of exciting opportunities and challenges we look to face head on and we hope you all will be there along the way. We talk about our current experiences with the beta and catch up on our long abandoned mailbag for some lost gems finally making daylight. We will be visiting the topic of Halo 5: Guardians in the coming weeks with more guests.
Shownotes will be available in the coming days. Thanks for your patience.
It is certainly an interesting time to be a Halo player, with the constant updates of the Master Chief Collection, but our patience will being rewarded. Bonnie Ross announced earlier this week that Exclusive in-game items and Halo 3: ODST will be available for free for those who played the game between it’s launch and 19 December, and everyone will receive a Remastered Relic for Halo 2 Anniversary. Furthermore, the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta is receiving an early access period for folks from the media and those who are a part of the Xbox One Dashboard Preview Program. Amongst the news, we welcome returning guest CMNeir from Halo Tricks and new guests Robowski from Post Game Carnage Report and Drew Freeman from Podcast Evolved.
Halo: Nightfall had some high anticipation going for it when announced that 343 would be working with Ridley Scott to produce the origin story for Agent Locke, who will be a prominent character in the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians. While it was a pretty good production, it didn’t live up to the standards of Forward Unto Dawn, which told the origin story for Thomas Lasky. It received mixed reviews from many of the Halo fans, with the opening episode leaving much to be desired. With all 5 episodes of the series out, we give our opinions and thoughts on Halo: Nightfall.
As is now the norm for the Master Chief Collection, Content Updates seem to be the prime source of news lately, leaving a lot of other typical happenings in the community a little dry. The latest update addresses some minor Matchmaking issues and because of the focus on fixing the collection, Halo: Spartan Strike is now delayed until early 2015. The Halo Championship Series Handbook was also posted by Bravo with the different tournament point tiers and the first season schedule. And that’s pretty much it for this week.