One of the many announcements that came from Microsoft’s E3 media briefing on Monday was Halo: The Master Chief Collection. This bundle will arrive on November 11th, 2014 in honor of Halo 2 releasing ten years ago to date. Continue Reading
Earlier we had mentioned that Halo 3 would be available for free during the last half of October through the Games with Gold program. Starting right now you can grab the full game for free if you’re an Xbox LIVE Gold subscriber. You may download the game here. You can also grab the Heroic Map Pack for free here as well as the map Cold Storage for no cost.
Halo 3 will be free to Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers from now through October 31st.
The Halo community is abuzz after the release of Ricochet earlier this week. Many new variants have already been created, and versions of current fan favorites have been recreated in Ricochet. With the new gametype we will see the arrival of new leagues forming; help the American Ricochet League (ARL) test out some possible maps and variants to use!
When: Saturday, August 24th at 8 PM EDT / 1 AM GMT.
Where: Halo 4, Xbox LIVE. Maps are yet to be announced, but will not require DLC outside of Forge Island. Also of note, this even is not limited to players from the United States. Anyone can join in! GrifballHub community member, Perfect Demise is hosting this event.
What: Help the ARL try out maps and gametypes for their upcoming league and try out Ricochet for yourself!
If you’d like to sign up for this event, gather at least four other players and sign your team up in this thread. If we find out more information on this event, we will update this article.
Update: Here is a little more information on the gametype that will be used from event host, Perfect Demise.
Let me get a little detailed with the game for players who have not played in the betas, this is a hammers and swords variant of Ricochet that is played on a huge field the size of a soccer field. Each side has two goals and the goals are a box, or as some say goal post. This “goal post” looks like a soccer goal. The object of the game is to use a lot of team work and pass plays to score in the goal by either throwing or running. Each gets you one point and you need 5 to win a game similar to Grifball. Keep in mind that it is a little tough if you’re playing against a good goalie. This game is to ensure that everybody works as a team.
For the next month GrifballHub.com will be hosting their annual Spring Fling event. So what is this “flinging of Spring” that happens every year? Every week once the event has started, a new set of four challenges are posted for teams to complete. These can range from simply playing a certain gametype in matchmade Grifball to drawing a picture of the members on your team. Continue Reading
War. Gritty, brutal and deadly. Simulated, it proves to be one of the most popular genres of games available on the market. None stand out more however, than the Battlefield series. In particular, none other game stands out more than Battlefield 1943. This download only title in the Battlefield series is one worth remembering. Created by EA Digital Illusions CE, this 2009 multiplayer only gem still stands strong today. Read on to see all out review warfare put up against this game.
Gameplay in Battlefield 1943 is all about vehicles. Although 1943 offers heated ground engagements, the real prize here is the in-depth vehicle controls. Set in World War 2’s pacific campaign, you play as one of 3 classes; Foot Soldier (Armed with a marksman rifle and rifle grenades), Engineer (Armed with a Sub Machine gun and Rocket Launcher, as well as a repair tool to fix vehicles) and Sniper (Armed with Sniper Rifle and remote TNT charges). You’ll be fighting for either the US Marine Corps or the Imperial Japanese Navy. Either way, you’ll be sure to have a ball. The vehicle set in 1943 is varied greatly; you’ll be fighting by Plane (Comparable to the Jets in Battlefield 3, albeit simpler controls), by Boat, by Jeep or by Tank. Each vehicle can have upwards of 2 people riding shotgun, or manning the artillery. If that’s not enough to satisfy your hunger, then take a step into the Bombing Shelter. Once inside, you can control a trio of bombers, and carpet bomb any where you feel necessary to smithereens.
Which brings us to the next topic; Frostbite 1.5. This game engine fuels Battlefield 1943 to make any of the 3 maps 90% destructible. This allows you to destroy an enemy’s cover with a simply grenade, while also allowing you to remove key points on a map; a bridge for example to slow enemy tanks. This leaves the map at the end of the game looking like virtually a battlefield. Included in 1943 are 3 maps, all built for the game mode Conquest. Conquest involves players attempting to capture key locations on the map, and if 3 or more are controlled by a single team than the other team begins to lose points. If the locations are controlled for long enough the other team loses. Th maximum for each team is 12 people, leaving you a whopping total of 24 players per match. The 3 maps included in the game are as follows: Wake Island, a horse shoe shaped island returning from previous Battlefield games, Iwo Jima, a long strip of building covered flat terrain that will leave the water surrounding it as red as the afternoon sky lighting the map, and Guadalcanal, a hilly, bushy map with sky’s so blue the enemy will be staring at them as soon as you put them down. As an added bonus, a fourth map, Coral Sea is available with an exclusive game mode; Air Superiority. Two teams fight with Planes alone. Control the air space long enough to win the game. In all, Battlefield 1943 features a fully loaded Battlefield experience for veteran players, and a fun-filled, action packed, tactical experience for newer players.
Battlefield 1943 wouldn’t be the game it is without its graphics. For a downloadable title, 1943 features such high-resolution detail that it bewilders even experienced gamers. Under the hood of gameplay, Battlefield 1943 features high detail models, textures and effects to counter a console disc. What makes 1943 stand out is its adaptive lighting. When a building is destroyed, sunlight will filter through the cracks, through the holes, and stop when smoke blocks the way. With burning trees, smoky ruins and high-caliber explosions, 1943 is a graphical treat to the eyes. The graphics don’t stop on land; 1943 features some of the most beautiful water in any game. Ever. The water is so detailed that you’ll want to stay in all day. Literally. Overall, the graphics are above and beyond for a downloadable title, even one at less than a gigabyte size (862 Mega bytes total).
1943 isn’t just chunky with it’s immersible gameplay and blow away graphics. The sound effects in this game will make even dying a delightful treat tot he ears. DICE and EA have worked hard re-creating every sound from the World War 2 period. Want to go kamikaze in a plane? Get greeted by the classic sound that instilled fear into soldiers everywhere. Want to listen t the radio in your jeep? No problem. Even the explosions have high detail sounds to them, making the immersion felt in this game even more. The soundtrack however is another thing. Although catchy and interesting to begin with, it quickly becomes annoying listening to it between matches. To top things off, veteran Battlefield players will find it is just a remix of Battlefield 2142’s soundtrack. This leaves the music lacking in comparison to the rest of the game, however it is by no means bad. It simply does not meet the standard set by everything else in the game.
Overall, Battlefield 1943 is a game you want to get excited for. Whether it be your taste for destruction your flare for graphics or you just want to drive a virtual boat freely, Battlefield 1943 is everything you need and more. Get it now on the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace for 12000 Microsoft Points, or for $14.99 US on the PSN store.
The regular season is over. Time for some teams to hang up their hammers and swords for the season; whereas others get to continue. It’s officially playoff time for the Good Games League in the world of Grifball. Today, we’re here to give you a brief rundown of who is in and where they are seeded.
Fourty-four teams are playoff bound this year. Those that got in were outright winners of their division, the teams that had the highest GrifScore at the end of the season and the teams that received a wild card bid. All 44 teams were broken down into four conferences of 11 teams:
- The Launchies
- The Pro Runs
- The Stiff-Arms
- The Long Bombs
While PAX East has arrived and left us, for those that weren’t able to attend in person you can watch the panel for Halo 4 that 343 Industries hosted. Entitled “Past, Present, and Future”, it discusses the future of Halo 4’s Infinity mode but more specifically the War Games portion. Continue Reading