Halo: Anniversary

Yeah, yeah, I know: I’m late to the dinner table. Anniversary has been out for nearly a year, and I just now got around to buying it. It wasn’t for lack of desire, but for lack of money and priority. Alas, I have it, and I started playing it last night with my buddy, Erik. It was really cool to play this game in the updated graphics and with the modern physics engine. Very enjoyable and fun, especially with Erik’s unlimited ammo skull (grenades and plasmas aplenty). It further solidifies my decision to stick with the Halo franchise from now on; it also  keeps me very encouraged about Halo 4 this fall. If you are a Halo fan and haven’t purchased Anniversary, you are missing out!

Saying Goodbye to Video Games

Video games are expensive. They are also time consuming. And, recently, they have been subpar. Modern Warfare 3 is good, but it isn’t as good as Modern Warfare 2. In the words of Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank, “You’re dead to me.” Street Figher X Tekken is cumbersome, clunky, and crappy. Again, “You’re dead to me.” So, if I’m no longer going to partake in the Street Fighter or Modern Warfare franchises, I’m pretty much done with video games.

Except that there is Halo. I love this franchise. So, while I’m saying goodbye to Street Fighter and Modern Warfare, I’m saying hello again to Halo, embracing this franchise for all it’s worth, and moving forward.

Anyone want to buy my Street Fighter or Modern Warfare video games for Xbox 360?

Street Fighter X Tekken

Street Fighter X Tekken.

Well, I finally played the game. On Medium, I blew through the Arcade like it was nothing. I had to resort to fireball-dragonpunch techniques, making it all too easy. What was particularly frustrating was that it would register HK+HP and try to launch the opponent when I didn’t press those two buttons! I never did get the hang of teaming up. I played better when I just focused on using one player. I guess it’s not my forte in as much as MvC3 was my bane. Meh. It’s okay. I like the video though. I didn’t come across it in the game. Is Capcom just doing some cinematography on the web? If so, I’ll post the videos as they are entertaining.

Halo 4 Music

Halo 4 Music

Neil Davidge is composing this next installment in the Halo Saga. He has worked on Unleashed, I am Legend, Blade 2, The Jackal, Clash of the Titans, CSI, House, West Wing, and more. He has been a Halo fan since it was originally released in 2001.

I’m excited, unlike Kotaku’s Kirk Hamilton. I wasn’t really a big fan of O’Donnell’s work on Halo: CE, 2, 3, ODST, or Reach, so it will be interesting to see what Davidge brings to the table.

Why I’m Looking Forward to Halo 4

Halo 4 Halo Official Site

Halo 4 Halo Official Site

Halo 4 is due out this fall, and it is the start of a new Halo trilogy. This game and its trilogy is something that I am desperately looking forward to.

I started playing Halo: CE in college. It was a delight, especially playing snipers with a roommate or two. Then Halo 2 came out, and I was introduced to Xbox Live. I spent a lot of time playing Team Snipers in Halo 2. Halo 3 came out, and it was a bit disappointing by comparison to Halo 2, but it was still a lot of fun. Halo: Reach came out, and it was fun, but it just wasn’t as enjoyable anymore. I had lost interest. I turned to Call of Duty, which promised a much more realistic experience that was very enjoyable.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (COD4) was a lot of fun. I came to it late in the game, but what I did play was fun. Shortly after getting into COD4, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (MW2) released. It was by far the best game I had ever played for first person shooters. The sniping experience was unparalleled. Call of Duty: Black Ops later released, and I hated it. The sniping experience was severely hindered by the so-called “features” in Black Ops. I anxiously awaited Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (MW3), which came out in the Fall of 2011. I have played the multiplayer for a considerable amount of time now, and I have to say, it still pales in comparison to MW2, because it shares a lot of the “features” from Black Ops. It’s just not that fun anymore.

Now, I believe Halo 4 will spark my interest, because it is something fresh. Halo 3: ODST was interesting, but who wants to be a weaker ODST instead of the stronger Spartan? Halo: Reach was interesting, but we already knew the outcome. Halo 4 will provide a fresh story, scintillating graphics, and cutting edge game play. I think that the Halo franchise is altogether a better story than the Modern Warfare series, which is part of the reason for my longing of its release. But I am lashing out against MW3 for its Black Ops “features,” which has in essence ruined the sniping experience for me.

In the mean time, I guess I will have to play Halo: Reach to get back into the Halo swing of things, while still playing the new maps of MW3. Speaking of which, I need to get Call of Duty: Elite to save some money on those maps!