253w ago - The latest victim in the fanboys "Metacritic war" is Halo Wars, possibly one of the biggest causalities of the user ratings fanboy wars on Metacritic.
As of February 7th, the metacritic user score currently stands at 0.8/10 with 115 votes.
We also noticed Official Xbox Magazine has a review up, they gave it a 9/10, we're pretty positive a majority of those who gave it such a low user score haven't even played the demo let alone the final game.
We're not sure what console these fanboys came from, and frankly we don't care, it's obvious these scores will impact the buying decisions of a small group, why bother sabotaging what is shaping up to be a great game from a proven studio?
255w ago - Excited for Halo Wars? Well we've got some good news: Microsoft has given Major League Gaming some codes for early access to the Halo Wars demo.
MLG is planning to give them out to 25 random people who reply to a forum post made just for that purpose. So if you are interested, here are the rules:
"This thread is for submissions to our Halo Wars demo code giveaway. In order to be eligible to win a Halo Wars Early Demo Access code you must post in this thread before Wednesday, January 28th at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Out of all entrees, MLG will randomly select 25 people as winners. These winners will receive their codes shortly following the end of the submission period.
1. One post per person.
2. Any users attempting to manipulate the contest (posting multiple times, using alternate accounts, etc.) will be dealt with accordingly. We will be checking posts for validity. You have been warned."
Let us know if you are one of the lucky ones to get a code!
255w ago - Per Shishka at Bungie.net (linked above): Testing is finally done and over with, and if you haven't already noticed, the January Matchmaking Update has been applied.
If you missed the Weekly Update where we described the changes for you, here they are again:
Playlist Clean Up, Mythic Prep In preparation for the new maps coming later this year, some of the less popular map variants are going to be removed over time. Some of these removals are not listed below, but will be reflected in the Matchmaking Playlist page here on Bungie.net. This will be an ongoing process with maps and their variants being systematically removed as warranted.
Push to Talk Restriction Increased Since Halo 3's release, if a player were to join a Matchmaking playlist with a team size larger than four, he or she would have to push a button on the DPad to communicate directly to their team. After the January update, the PTT restriction is being increased to 6 players per team, meaning that players will not need to use the D-pad to communicate on any Matchmaking playlist but Social Big Team.
What does this mean for players? Well, for starters, it means communicating to teammates in 5v5 or 6v6 playlists will be trivial. However, this could...