New Halo 1 Modding Tool for XBox Available: Arsenic Beta

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269w ago - To quote HIZLO of HaloMaps.com: This program is pretty much all you're going to need when it comes to modding Halo.

Arsenic's hardcore power ranges from its visually stunning graphics to its built in game and tag editor. You can chose anything within a map such as scenery, weapons, vehicles, etc... and hot swap on the drop of a dime.

Download: Arsenic Beta

Duplication is now made easy with our new point and click system. Any object you wish to move in Arsenic will move and suck to the mesh or structure of your map, this will save you a lot of time when placing stuff in your environment.





Our built in tag editor is amazing and simple to use, for example click on a warthog then chose the tag editor. You will be able to edit a wide range of physics right on the spot, all changes will take effect when you save your map.

Arsenic has a built in Auto Update feature which will be a life savor when future updates are released. All updates will come from halomaps.com so anyone using this program will always have an up-to-date version. The updates will...
 

Halo Wars for XBox 360 Falls Victim to Metacritic Wars

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271w 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?
 

Halo 3 Sandbox Leaked Screenshot Confirmed for XBox 360

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272w ago - Update: Bungie has confirmed that this is the true Sandbox, and has now posted a high quality picture on their gallery of it.

Rumor is that the image (below) is of Sandbox, which is a new map from Bungie's Mythic Map Pack that is set to release with the Halo Wars Special Edition.

There is no confirmation that this is real but if you remember that drawing that was posted on the Bungie.net weekly update it resembled Sandtrap at night and I think this is the perfect match.

More details to come as they are available!
 

Halo: Orbital Drop Shock Troopers' Really Stiff Climb to Paradise

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272w ago - Although much has not been revealed about the game, Halo: Orbital Drop Shock Troopers faces stiff resistance in the hands of Killzone 2 which looks to have a more robust formula for reshaping the thought flow of console first person shooters.

Halo 3 stood its ground at a time when it practically had nothing to compete against, but times have changed and with growing expectations it becomes rather difficult for a game like orbital drop shock trooper to be a valued in a sea of shooters that seem to offer a lot more than the tag of a coveted franchise.

ODST places you as a side hero in the timeline which might not be accepted by too many gamers, this is reasoning has been put forward by the reactions players had after being forced to skip playing as the Chief in Halo 2 and being put in the shoes of the Arbiter in every alternative area.

Halo 3 specifically addressed this by reworking the mechanics to focus back exclusively on Master Chief, where perhaps the entire joy of Halo actually lies. A sudden transference of power equations to a much weaker character may not go very well down with the audience.

Since this is a budget title a very tight team is working on the mechanics of the game, while Bungie focuses on bigger projects at hand. This gives ODST a smaller sense of the scale...
 

Get Early Access to the Halo Wars Demo for XBox 360!

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273w 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.

Rules:

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!
 







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