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Halo 5: Guardians Beta, First Day Impressions

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I managed to get my hands on the Halo 5: Guardians Beta through an invite from 343. I have been playing Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the past week or so, and I wanted to go into this beta with a firm grasp on the previous games to see exactly where the changes have been made. My impressions after the first hour are that Halo 5 is one big mixture of different halo games. Bring in a lot of Halo 4, combine it with a little dash of Halo 2 map design, and then add a few new things like Aim down Sights, and you have Halo 5 in a nut shell.

The movement feels very familiar to Halo 4. The speed and overall feel seems to build off of what that game tried to do, which was speed up the Halo game play and bring it into the modern era of shooters. The issue a lot of people had with Halo 4 was that it was almost too modern, and it started to feel more like another shooter than a Halo title.

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Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Review, A Big Mess

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Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is a jumbled mess of bad writing and technical issues that hold back a decent platformer for the Wii U.

Last year, Sonic got his first new style of adventure on the Wii U in the form of Sonic: Lost World. The new direction seemed to create a divide among the fans of the series. Some liked the new spin on the style of game play, while others simply didn’t want a Sonic title unless it involved him running full speed ahead. This year, Sonic fans are getting yet another new take on Sonic in the form of a spin off game based on the Television series Sonic Boom. This spin off looks to create a new version of Sonic and his friends, and reintroduce him to a younger audience with simple game play and basic puzzle solving to make a game that is easy to pick up and play. The problem is Sonic Boom is a mess is almost every aspect a game can be.

Sonic Boom has issues from the moment you start the game. Before you even have really any idea what you are getting yourself into, players are thrown into a speed based section that is filled with a number of technical issues. The frame rate is all over the place, the characters are popping in and out of frame, and the controls feel sluggish and unresponsive. Sadly, this is pretty close to a full representation of what to expect from the rest of the game.

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Newest Halo: The Master Chief Collection Patch Released

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(UPDATED 2:45 AM 11/27)

It has come to our attention through a user from, that a cached version of this page was released by mistake that was not completed in the proper manner that gave credit to the original source, and had a spelling error for the word collection. The cached version of the piece did not have any  credit URL which linked back to the original blog post from Halo Waypoint. This has been corrected and now clearly states that this information came from the Halo Waypoint blog.

The newest Halo: The Master Chief Collection patch has hit, and it aims to fix a lot of the issues that have plagued the game since it launched a few weeks ago. Weighing in at just over 500 megs, this patch plans to improve the matchmaking, UI, and other things that have been not performing well. Here is the full list of details from Halo Waypoint.


  • Made improvements to the way the matchmaking system handles player matching
  • Made improvements to the team selection process to improve team balancing
  • Made an update to the party system to improve searching with parties (2+ players)
  • Made further improvements to  how matchmaking progress is communicated to the player
  • Made an update to ensure that players do not enter a non-joinable state after searching for a match
  • Made an update to ensure that the “Game Session” UI does not persist after leaving a matchmaking lobby
  • Resolved a variety of incorrectly displayed matchmaking prompts
  • Improved matchmaking roster presentation during team creation phase to remove roster flickering
  • Corrected a “connecting to host” message that incorrectly displayed during the matchmaking searching phase
  • Made an update to ensure that FFA players do not appear as if they are on the red team in the pre-game lobby

Party, Lobby, and Custom Games

  • Made an update to ensure that custom game settings persist between matches
  • Made an update to ensure that player’s player emblems load correctly when returning to lobby
  • Made an update to improve nameplate and emblem display
  • Improved the display of emblems in the “Games Session Details” screen
  • Made improvements to parties to ensure that parties are merged when the host joins another player and “brings party”
  • Made an update to improve party stability after completing a matchmaking game
  • Made an update to ensure that players are joinable after playing a matchmaking game


  • Made a variety of updates to improve UI stability
  • Resolved stability issues that occurred while viewing medals in “Player Details”
  • Made an update to prevent stability issues caused by controller disconnects
  • Made an update to improve post-game-carnage-report stability
  • Made an update to address in-game stability for Halo 2
  • Improved matchmaking stability while searching with parties (2+ players)
  • Addressed a crash that could occur after searching in the Halo 2: Anniversary Rumble playlist
  • Resolved a variety of miscellaneous stability issues to improve overall performance


  • Made an update to ensure that the “Zealot” achievement is unlockable

As mentioned earlier this week, we have additional updates on the way in an effort to further improve your experience with Halo: The Master Chief Collection. We thank you for your continued feedback, patience, and support.

For the Love of Gaming Podcast Episode 169: Tony Hawk: Future Skateboard

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This month’s episode of For the Love of Gaming Podcast is filled with a lot of games. Basher and Cory talk about Far Cry 4, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Assassins Creed Unity, Civilization: Beyond Earth, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Sunset Overdrive.

A lot of games were released this year that had a ton of launch issues. Assassins Creed: Unity, Driveclub, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection all had launch issues, and the 4LOG crew gives their opinion on why this is happening., and what can be done to try and fix it.

Tony Hawk is getting a new game in some form for the Xbox One and PS4 in 2015. The 4LOG crew asks themselves what they would like to see in a new Tony Hawk title in the next generation.

Finally, The Game Awards have been announced, and will be taking place December 5th. The 4LOG crew talks about the nominees for Game of the Year, and discuses what games should or shouldn’t be in the running.



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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review, Fast but Familiar

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare doesn’t completely reinvent the franchise, but the new Exo Suit and updated engine breathe some fresh air into the series after a few missteps over the past few years.

It’s November, and that means its Call of Duty time. To say Call  of Duty: Ghosts was a train wreck might be a little harsh, but that’s pretty much how I felt after playing it on PC last year. The PC version was not a good port, and the while the console version ran much better, the overall game didn’t fare any better. Now Activision is taking the franchise to the future with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

With Call of Duty now being on a three year dev cycle, the quality of the product should improve, and hopefully the years where the franchise falls short in so many aspects should cease to exist. Sledgehammer games are taking a crack this year with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Not only are they looking to bring the franchise back from a disappointing year, they are also looking to bring the franchise into the current generation by moving time forward.

As always there are two main portions of Cal lf Duty, the campaign and the multiplayer. I am one of those small few that actually look forward to the Call of Duty campaign every year. Simply because they usually are not too long, and offer a nice little story mixed with enough action to scratch that giant explosions craving we all get from time to time.

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Man, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare is Fast

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So you might of heard that the newest iteration of Call of Duty is out in the form of a game titled Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Not only does this game promise to being new things to the franchise, a lot of gamers are hoping it revitalizes the series after Call of Duty: Ghosts left a sour taste in their mouths.

I picked up my copy yesterday, and have been playing it far too much since the disc was inserted into my Xbox One. I absolutely loved the campaign and pretty much played it 7 hours straight. I am really enjoying the new moving mechanics that include the double jumping and dashing mechanics. Its’ a small change that really changes how fast and fluid the game play feels. After I finished the Campaign, I hopped into multiplayer and immediately found out that I hadn’t seen anything in terms of speed yet.

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