Just announced at C2E2, Dark Horse Comics is set to release a brand new mini-series based on one of the most iconic video game franchises in history, Halo. Writer Brian Reed and artist Marco Castiello are fired up to deliver “Halo: Initiation” chronicles the journey of Sarah Palmer to become the very first Spartan-IV commander. Wired has an exclusive first look at the series.
Look for “Halo: Initiation” #1 in comic shops everywhere on August 14. READ MORE
Ever wonder what some of your favorite video game protagonists — or in the case of Slenderman, antagonists — would look like on an NES? Wonder no more, as Deviant Artist MelolzuGaming has taken it upon himself to answer that very own question. Among his gallery of 8-bitified video game characters are Isaac Clarke from Dead Space, Halo’s Master Chief, Street Fighter’s Ryu, a lone zombie, and Slenderman of… well, pretty much every indie horror game coming out in the near future, actually. I have only one complaint about the characters so far, but let’s take a look at them first before I get into that. READ MORE
Well that was quick (and unsurprising). Just a week after Halo broke records and Call of Duty: Black Ops II has already gone and curb-stomped Halo 4′s impressive $220 million day one haul right in the face. In its first 24 hours, Black Ops II took all the monies, raking in half a billion in sales. It’s a multi-platform game, whereas Halo 4 is an Xbox exclusive, so really, both games have proven insanely successful. “With first day sales of over half a billion dollars worldwide, we believe Call of Duty is the biggest entertainment launch of the year for the fourth year in a row,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. Which of these games, if either, are you more interested in? Let us know which side you’re on after the break. READ MORE
I’m a bit of a sucker for choral music, which is one of the reasons I enjoy the theme song to the insanely popular video game franchise Halo (although I’m not exactly the biggest fan of the games themselves). In the video below, a guy sings the Halo theme in an oil chamber, which just so happens to look like something out of Saw or Silent Hill. The acoustics of the room create this incredible reverb, making the guy sound like he’s accompanied by several other people. It’s a great mix of creepy visuals with beautiful sound. Check it out below. READ MORE
I’ve been waiting for the Forward Unto Dawn series to kick off since it was first talked about. After watching this first episode I’m not going to say that I’m disappointed, because I look at it like it’s the 1st part of a movie. I mean the thing is almost 20 minutes long, and not all movies start out with explosions. But it had a decent story building start to it and the next episode looks promising. Check it out!
On Oct. 12th, at the New York Comic Con, there will be a panel that I’m quite upset I won’t be able to attend. Titled “Maestros Of Horror & Sci-Fi Music”, the panel will feature video game composers Jason Graves (Dead Space), Kevin Riepl (Gears Of War, Aliens: Colonial Marines), Sascha Dikiciyan (Mass Effect 3), Cris Velasco (Mass Effect 3), Sam Hulick (Mass Effect trilogy), Tom Salta (Halo: Combat Evolved), and Nile Rodgers (Halo soundtracks album producer).
The panel will be discussing composing for the horror and sci-fi genres as well as the art of scoring for blockbuster videogames. The panel will be held at the Javits Center in Room 1A01 from 12:15pm to 1:15pm.
I’m a huge fan of most of these composers. If you’re going to the NYC Comic Con, do yourself a favor and attend this event. I’m 99.99% sure that it will be incredible. READ MORE
Evans Blue have announced April 17th as the release date for their latest album, Graveyard of Empires. The band released two singles from the album during the December holidays; This Time It’s Different (iTunes), and Halo (iTunes), both of which can be heard below.
“This album has something to say. It’s very personal for us, human and honest,” says singer Dan Chandler.
“You can hear our growth as a band and as brothers. We’re excited to share it with our fans!” guitarist Parker Lauzon adds, “We poured our heart and soul into this album. We’ve bled on every track.”
Bungie is done with Halo. Over 10 long years, and they are passing it along to 343 Studios and whomever else want to take it on. Check out their 20 years from start to present below. If you have the time, the video is just under an hour, and completely incredible to see the entire Halo journey.
Are you a fan of the recent Halo games but didn’t check out the game that started it all? Maybe you only recently got into video games, or perhaps, like me, you didn’t own the original Xbox. Well, come this holiday season you’ll get the chance to experience the game that started the Halo phenomenon when it’s re-released with an HD makeover.
For the industry this isn’t necessarily a new practice as Sony’s been revitalizing classic games like God of War, Shadow of the Colossus and Ico with slick HD visuals for some time now. Assuming Halo: Combat Re-Evolved (that’s the incredibly clever tentative title I made up for it) does well this could become a new trend for Xbox 360 owners. READ MORE
Screw villains, they get all the glory. What about the grunts? You know, the hundreds of generic bad guys you have to shoot/frag/slice/photograph/dialog with between boss battles? Being a grunt has to be the toughest job in a videogame, yet their faces so rarely lead a marketing campaign. It’s a pity really.
This article is dedicated to them, but I’m not just talking about every faceless grunt you’ve fought over your gaming career, because that would take a very long time. This is for more than the plethora of featureless baddies that do little more than stand between you and the evil dude you spent a majority of the game trying to reach. That’s just not enough to make this list, instead you’ll find the grunts that actually managed to frustrate, or worse, embarrass gamers by killing us when we make the deadly mistake of underestimating them. This is for the little guys that caused big problems. READ MORE
Terrifying moments aren’t just limited to horror games; even the most innocent and huggable of children’s titles can house within it a level filled with twisted mockeries of sanity that bring us to the brink of madness before killing us and forcing us to start over again. What makes these levels all the more frightening is their sudden appearance, in a game we would’ve never expected such an experience.
We’ve toiled away spending hundreds, possibly thousands of hours researching dozens of games across all imaginable platforms just so we could be sure to give you the definite list on the 15 shit-out-your-spine scariest moments in non-horror games. So go ahead dear reader, and muse over our list, vigorously disagree with it, and tell us just how wrong we are. Come on, we can take it. READ MORE