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Halo: The Master Chief Collection will keep the games' original multiplayer glitches

Halo: The Master Chief Collection's makers want to remain faithful to the way the four included games — Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 — played, so they're planning to retain whatever glitches may have appeared in the original multiplayer components of those titles, co-developer 343 Industries said during a panel today at Comic-Con International 2014. "Bluntly, that was a difficult conversation internally, in the first place, because for every person irritated [by a glitch] there are five who love that stuff," O'Connor said. "So education will have to be some of that process." O'Connor was responding to a fan who coyly asked if any infinite ammunition glitches in the original games' multiplayer would be fixed for the re-releases. "Would that be the rocket infinite...

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Xbox Video Awards winners announced, winning titles on sale until May 6

Microsoft announced the winners of its debut Xbox Video Awards, where Xbox Live users were given the chance to vote for their favorite movies and television shows in a number of candid categories. Winners of the 13 lighthearted categories include The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for "Best Use of Facial Hair," The Walking Dead for "Favorite Use of Zombies" and The Expendables 2 for "Most Egregious use of Testosterone." Winning titles will be on sale until May 6. Users were also invited to submit questions to Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams about the upcoming movie, which hits theaters May 17. Watch his response to a user submitted question in the above video. The full list of categories and respective winners are as follows: Favorite Comic Book Movie The Amazing S...

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Microsoft releases SmartGlass tutorial videos for games, movies and more

Microsoft released a series of videos today on the official Xbox YouTube channel demonstrating SmartGlass, the technology that allows smartphones and tablets to interact with games, movies and more on the Xbox 360. You can check out the video above, which is narrated by SmartGlass project manager Peter Orullian, to see how Signal Studios' Ascend: New Gods will use SmartGlass to send information about your in-game surroundings like maps to a connected device. The video below shows how you can use SmartGlass to interact with a movie, The Dark Knight Rises, with interactive features like controls, production photos, trivia and more. You can check out the official Xbox YouTube channel to see other SmartGlass tutorial videos covering everything from interacting with Halo 4 to controlling...

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Halo 4 Spartan Ops Episode 10 trailer focuses on Forerunner artifacts

A trailer released today for Halo 4's Spartan Ops Episode 10 foreshadows a mission to the planet Requiem to deactivate two Forerunner artifacts. Check out the trailer above to get a preview of what lies in store for the crew of the UNSC Infinity and the Spartans of Fireteam Majestic as they finish the fight during their final mission this season. Spartan Ops Episode 10 will be available Feb. 18 on Xbox Live. For more on the second half of Spartan Ops' first season, be sure to read our interview with Spartan Ops designer David Ellis.

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Building a studio and creating a game in the shadow of Halo

Microsoft Games' and 343 Industries executive producer Kiki Wolfkill and franchise development director Frank O'Connor took to the stage at this week's DICE summit to talk about the challenges of starting a new studio and taking over the Halo franchise. Watch the video to gain some insight into that process that the new studio perceives as a ten year journey that kicked off with Halo 4.

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Halo 4 Spartan Ops Episode 9 trailer focuses on Halo's future

Halo 4's Spartan Ops co-op story campaign will see its ninth of 10 episodes, "Key," launch next week, and a trailer released today highlights a climactic battle in the episode. Capt. Thomas Lasky sends Fireteam Majestic into battle to stop an assassination attempt, and the team ends up discovering the literal key to the future of the Halo Universe in the process. Episode 9 will be available Feb. 11 on Xbox Live. Check out our interview with Spartan Ops designer David Ellis for more details on how developer 343 Industries put together the second half of the 10-episode season.

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Spartan Ops Episode 8 trailer foreshadows more trouble for Infinity forces

The trailer for Halo 4 Spartan Ops's eighth episode, "Expendable," teases rough going for both Fireteam Majestic and the Infinity, which is still under attack by Promethean forces. Spartan Ops is Halo 4's free episodic campaign that takes place six months after the end of the game. After a short hiatus, the first season returned on Jan. 21. You can watch the trailer above for "Expendable," airing Feb. 4, above. To learn more about the season's second half, check out our interview with 343 Industries David Ellis here. Episode 7, "Invasion," aired on Jan. 28.

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Bungie gives mistaken gamer a free copy of Halo 4

Bungie might have passed the Halo torch to 343 Industries, but not everyone seems to have gotten the memo. During "Bungie Community Theater, Act One," host Deej performs a dramatic reading of a letter from a Halo 4 owner named Timothy. After receiving a malfunctioning copy of the game, Timothy mistakenly writes to Bungie for a resolution. Although Deej is quick to point out that Bungie did not make Halo 4, he does offer a solution. "We hate nothing more than seeing a good gamer, like yourself, separated from a good game like Halo 4," Deej said. "Therefore, it would be our pleasure to provide you with a copy of Halo 4 directly from our extensive video game library." You can check out the video above.

Halo 4 Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 11/06/2012
    • Publisher Microsoft Game Studios
    • Developer 343 Industries
    • Score 9.5
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