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Halo Wars 2 Adds Fixes and Balances in its Latest Patch

Halo Wars 2 has been out for exactly a month, and developer Creative Assembly has a few updates they want to make. Coinciding with the release of the Kinsano DLC that launched today, a new patch was …Read More The post Halo Wars 2 Adds Fixes and Balances in its Latest Patch by Lou Contaldi appeared first on DualShockers.

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Halo 5 Skee Ball Games Keep Getting Better

People have made all kinds of things inside Halo 5 using the game’s Forge mode, but Skee Ball seems to have a special place in the hearts and minds of the game’s players. Advertisement The latest mod to recreate the analog arcade game comes from user Spartan 106473. Called Arcade Tokens, the mini-game allows up to five guardians to compete by lobbing bombs at their corresponding targets. You can see how it works in a video made by YouTuber ZannyVids. It still has some kinks to be worked out (occasionally the ball can get stuck on the geometry and won’t roll back out) but the pulsing neon color scheme gives the whole thing a Halo meets Hackers vibe. But of course this is by no means the first attempt to make virtual Skee Ball using Halo 5. There is in fact no shortage of mods recreating the mini-game with varying degrees of success. One version I highlighted previously was rough but also creative in how it combined Halo 5 and Skee Ball by way of giant golf balls and golf clubs, but Spartan 106473 believes READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Halo Wars 2 Celebrating Launch with Livestream and Giveaways on February 16

In preparation for the release of Halo Wars 2, Microsoft will be celebrating the game’s release with a special livestream and plenty of giveaways. …Read More The post Halo Wars 2 Celebrating Launch with Livestream and Giveaways on February 16 by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.

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Halo Wars 2 Changes Revealed Thanks to Beta Feedback; Bonus Blitz Packs Being Rewarded

Following the Beta of Halo Wars 2, developers 343 Industries and Creative Assembly have been fine-tuning the real-time strategy title. With Halo Wars 2 coming right around the corner, players shouldn’t expect hefty changes — instead, incremental …Read More The post Halo Wars 2 Changes Revealed Thanks to Beta Feedback; Bonus Blitz Packs Being Rewarded by Lou Contaldi appeared first on DualShockers.

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Real-time strategy makes an explosive return in Halo Wars 2

People can say and think what they want about Major Nelson, but he sure drops quite a lot of Xbox news bombs every now and then, and today was such a day. As Major Nelson had us know that 43 Industries has released the launch date and the launch trailer for “Halo Wars 2“: “Halo Wars 2 releases Tuesday, Feb. 21 (or Friday,… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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Halo Wars 2 Gets Striking New Illustrated Character Posters from Three Artists

The upcoming strategy game Halo Wars 2 has highlighted the factions that players will take sides with in a new series of illustrated character posters. …Read More The post Halo Wars 2 Gets Striking New Illustrated Character Posters from Three Artists by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.

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Halo Wars 2 Open Beta Is Available Now

Halo Wars 2 Open Beta Has Begun Much to fans delight, Halo Wars 2 went gold earlier this week, and now players have a chance to play the game before it launches next month!  An open beta for Halo Wars 2 is available now on Xbox One and Windows 10. Best news of all? The beta is on from now until January 30th! The download is approximately 12GB on PC and 10GB on Xbox One, offering a brand new game mode, that was made specifically for the Halo Wars sequel. The game mode is called Blitz, which offers a unique take on the RTS gameplay, combining deck building and card-based strategy with tactical combat, all within the Halo universe. In the words of the creator strategy is what the game is all about, from beginning to end. “Your card deck, along with your faction leader, are your greatest resources as you assemble a collection of air, ground and infantry units and seek to out-think and out-maneuver your opponents on the battlefield.”  Blitz is a PvP game mode that can be played in three different ways: 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3. The objective in Blitz is exactly like Domination in Call of Duty, except with a…

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Halo Wars 2 Has Gone Gold, Out this February

Halo Wars 2 Finished, Out on February 21st Great news! Halo Wars 2 has gone gold! 343 Industries confirmed the game’s status via Twitter yesterday, according to a report from JustPushStart. Although not always news, hearing a game’s gone gold can be a huge relief for any fans feeling gun-shy about delays. This is an age when too many AAA titles are pushed back repeatedly for frustrating or confusing reasons. Going gold is a point of pride and relief for both developers and consumers. And yes, the lack of HDR support for this newest Halo game may sting. This is something people may feel is worth a delay. But a solid launch with minimal issues means better sales. This in turn leads to more budget for features like HDR in future releases. So rejoice! Halo Wars 2 is out February 21st, 2017 for PC and Xbox One. SOURCE: JustPushStart The post Halo Wars 2 Has Gone Gold, Out this February appeared first on COGconnected.

Halo Wars 2 Goes Gold Ahead of February Release

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The Halo Wars 2 Blitz Multiplayer Beta Begins January 20th; New Trailer Released

Today, developers Creative Assembly and 343 Industries announced that Halo War 2 fans will have one more opportunity to get hands-on time with the RTS game, via the game’s final large-scale multiplayer beta. …Read More The post The Halo Wars 2 Blitz Multiplayer Beta Begins January 20th; New Trailer Released by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

Halo Wars 2: Physical Copy for PC and Xbox One Delivers Bonus Content

Everything You Could Want in One Version of Halo Wars 2, Courtesy of THQ Nordic Thanks to a new partnership between THQ Nordic and 343i, PC players will be able to obtain Halo Wars 2 as a physical copy. Furthermore, it will be apart of Xbox Play Anywhere. Hence, you get a digital code for the Xbox One. But wait! There’s more. Two editions of Halo Wars 2 will be available at launch. First, we get the standard edition at $59.99 EUR/USD. Ultimate Edition, however, offers you the most for your money. We’re talking four days early access to the main game, Season Pass, and Halo Wars: Definitive Edition(Also playable for PC and Xbox One) all for just $79.99 EUR/USD. Both come in high-quality packaging that is especially appealing to collectors of physical copies. “After working on so many titles together with Microsoft in 2016, we are stoked to start the year with another partnership,” said Lars Wingefors, founder & Group CEO of THQ Nordic. “Being able to deliver such a big franchise to RTS and Halo fans alike, the opportunity to buy and own this game in a beautiful physical shape is something we appreciate a lot.”  And take a look at what 343 offers…

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Halo Wars 2 to Get Two Physical PC Releases; Contents Detailed

With barely over a month until the release of Halo Wars 2, 343 Industries and THQ Nordic have teamed up to deliver some solid looking physical releases for PC players. According to the press release, PC players …Read More The post Halo Wars 2 to Get Two Physical PC Releases; Contents Detailed by Lou Contaldi appeared first on DualShockers.

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Bonnie Ross, head of 343 Industries, released a statement on the Halo Waypoint forums clarifying the

Bonnie Ross, head of 343 Industries, released a statement on the Halo Waypoint forums clarifying the development of Halo/Mega Bloks project Haggar and confirming its development. She noted that Haggar was “just one example of several similar projects we have evaluated throughout the years.” Advertisement Ross’ statement reads as follows: “Over the past few days, footage has recently made the rounds of an exploratory Xbox 360 project we worked on several years ago, known as “Haggar.” Since then, we’ve received a lot of great feedback from the community. Haggar was something we prototyped with our friends at Mega Bloks that focused on the elements of action, exploration and user creativity found within the Halo universe. Haggar had a lot of fun ideas and invention behind it, but ultimately didn’t progress beyond the early prototyping levels that are shown in the recent video. This is just one example of several similar projects we have evaluated throughout the years – a process that we continue exploring on an ongoing basis.” READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Xbox Scorpio Surprises 343’s Development Director with its Capability

Apparently, Scorpio Is Just Impressing the Hell out of Everyone Despite his sealed lips on the matter, 343’s own Frank O’Connor gave his somewhat compelling impression of Xbox Scorpio. It came via NeoGaf, his reply to a user who asked about specs and capability. But since O’Connor could not delve into any specifics, he simply stated, “What I do remember is that it was beefier than I expected.” Although this is not the most revealing tidbit we can hear about the Scorpio, it’s still revealing. Many aspects of the future console remain very hush hush. But despite all that, everywhere you go there’s faith and excitement for Microsoft’s next console. You see it in Phil Spencer’s words and you see it in hype from Xbox’s own executives. Then you see a similar case as Frank O’Connor with Ark: Survival Evolved Dev Jeremy Stieglitz, who praised Scorpio’s potential towards VR. Fortunately, there are some things we do know: the new console will generate 6 teraflops, come with an 8 core CPU, and fulfill a memory bandwidth of 320 GB/s, delivering us that 4K experience while supporting VR and backward compatibility with Xbox One. Players suspect, while developers suggest, Scorpio will be a technical marvel that shall enhance gameplay. If that’s true,…