EGM Exclusive: Lego Halo Game by Bungie

Xbox 360 Fanboy found a scan of the upcoming issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) that depicts Master Chief and the Halo crew in a new game based off of the hit Lego series of games.  They have since updated their article to say that this is not an actual game, but an April Fool’s joke.  I wish it were true, this would be a fun game… the cartoony controls would probably be the same, but the frame rate and graphics would likely be a tad better.  I can’t wait for the Lego Batman and Lego Indiana Jones games that are coming.

Gotta love when journalism follows rule #1 – Go to Print With Anything.  (see Fox News for more of this rule in action)

Lego Halo by EGM

New Halo 3 “Ghost Town” Map Revealed, Part of Legendary Map Pack in Spring Download

Ghost Town Halo 3 Map

Bungie has released information on a new Halo 3 map called “Ghost Town”.  This map has been referred to as “O.K. Corral” during it’s 4-5 month development.  Bungie had a “q & a” session with artists and designers that worked on the map and included screenshots of the visually stunning new map.

“Ghost Town” will be made available as downloadable content (DLC) on this spring as part of the “Legendary Map Pack” on Microsoft’s Xbox Live service.  Other maps such as “Moonlight Sonata” and “Purple Reign”, have been discussed as potentially being included in this the second update (note Purple Reign has been pushed back).  Additionally one of the beefs with Master Chief’s game had been the melee system which is now patched.  Microsoft is on a bit of a roll it seems after fairing well at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) with Gears of War 2 and co.

Halo 3 is making a strong push to battle COD 4 MW and the upcoming Rainbow Six Vegas 2 in order to keep people playing.

Halo 3 Melee System Fixed in AutoUpdate from Bungie

Halo 3 Melee Fix

Bungie, the makers of Halo 3 for the Xbox 360, have released a patch for the game that will automatically be downloaded the next time players connect with Xbox Live. This AutoUpdate was described in full in a post on Bungie.net. Many fixes are listed, but most notably is a fix for the troubled “melee attack system”. In Halo 3 prior to the patch, there was an outcry for a change to this system. The problem was that two players would go to “punch” each other at the same time and one usually died where the other walked away. The cause of this often time was due to the different connection speeds of the users and the “host” player had a huge advantage over the “clients”.

This system is half the reason why I primarily play Call of Duty 4 (COD 4) now as 2000+ games of frustrating online Halo 3 wore me down. It would tend to get extremely frustrating to fill an opponent with a clip full of bullets, go to strike him, and get smacked down while they walk off just fine. That being said, this fix really may entice me back to Master Chief, Microsoft, and co. Additionally we are looking forward to the new maps that are close to being released (“purple reign” delayed, “moonlight sonata” instead?) and finally releasing our map, “The Pumpkin Cage” built on Foundry to the world for their enjoyment.

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Call of Duty 4 Causing Break-Up For Halo 3

Grown Pumpkin Break-Up with Halo 3 for COD 4

MC Spanky McGee, myself (Grown Pumpkin), and occasionally Bro Taguchi play Halo 3 on XBox Live like it is going out of style.  It has been a growing addiction that requires us to daily “tap the vein” at least once.  Well earlier, Spanky and I decided to load up the current king of online gaming, Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (COD4:MW) and once we got past all the Spanky router issues connectivity problems, we proceeded to noob it up like pre-pubescent boys going after that first bra unfastening.

The session was adjourned for a mandatory food run and a micro-session followed.  Spanky left for the night… but Pumpkin stayed and canoodled with the game for a couple of hours.  Things have been somewhat rough on Pumpkin over in Halo 3 land lately and questions like “is this as good as I am going to get?” started to show up.  COD4 welcomed the scorned gamer with open arms and offered fun and new found success.

I believe that their may be a break-up brewing on the same level as Jennifer Aniston – Brad Pitt, David Bowie – Manhood,  Matthew Mcconaughey – Clothes, etc.  Stay tuned to see if Pumpkin and Master Chief will finally “Finish the Fight“.

Pumpkin Played Halo 3 Like a Noob

Grown Pumpkin Noob at Halo 3 Today

There is not much more to say then that.  Spanky and I have been a bit off on our doubles at Halo 3 lately and tonight was pretty bad for the lil’ guy.  So as apology to Spanks, I threw myself under the bus and made a janky photshop montage of me as being a noob… nothing says that more than a busted up pumpkin, a bad quiz, a loaded up Master Chief, colorful confetti, and a sashaying Groucho Marx.

Grown Pumpkin is sorry Spanky and will brush up tomorrow to resuming pwning “real” noobs.  El Oh El