Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, play Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Borderlands 3, and Dirt 5 until 17 October with this weekend's Free Play Days event, plus each title is on sale mjr.mn/wDnSwl
Oh nothing, just thinking about the guy who, in 2005, had to hand-deliver the Halo script in full Master Chief costume and then sit around waiting for execs to read it, since he had to take it back. pic.twitter.com/rf6JT7Ggq9
Happy 246th birthday to the @USNavy! I was honored to serve 20 yrs in the Navy, retiring as Master Chief. I know firsthand the sacrifices our sailors have made throughout American history. Thank you to the brave men & women that have served & continue to serve our great nation. pic.twitter.com/HU330iDXIw
Got em, Chief. #HaloInfinite @halo pic.twitter.com/gbMHubsRvt
343 Industries finally banishes the game’s Windows Vista issues
Halo 2 had some issues in the The Master Chief Collection. Specifically, it took some of the major graphical flaws from the Windows Vista version of the game and ported them into 343 Industries’ historical Halo package. Generalkidd, a Halo YouTuber, broke down some of the biggest changes in a new video.
Generalkidd called out lighting fixes and crossfades, and general visual changes that bring it closer to the original Halo 2. There’s also footage of a major bug fix in the Halo 2 level “The Great Journey,” where a Brute would classically flip a Wraith, rendering it nonlethal to the player. With season 8, the Brute has learned to drive properly, and now poses a threat. Ghosts also self-destruct properly now, an issue that’s been present in the Master Chief Collection since its launch in 2014.
The video goes over a whole host of similar changes, and is definitely worth a watch for potential Halo historians. These changes may seem small to many players — and they are, for the most part. But with Halo: The Master Chief Collection acting as a history of one of the most influential and important video game franchises of all time, it’s nice that Halo 2 finally looks like Bungie intended back in 2004.
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14 October, 2021 - 02:37pm
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14 October, 2021 - 11:30am
It's a big week for Free Play Days this time around, as three huge titles have been added and are available to play right now.
As always, you'll need to be an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to reap the benefits of Free Play Days, and they're live now until late on Sunday, October 17.
There are also numerous discounts running across the three titles. Halo: The Master Chief Collection sees a whopping 50% saving, with both Halo: Reach and Halo 3: ODST also seeing the same discount.
Borderlands 3 has up to 67% off across its various versions, including some discounts on the Season Pass. Finally, Dirt 5 will reside at 70% off for all of its editions.
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Nice! By time finish downloading Master Chief Collection you should have maybe 5 mins to play before free days time is up.
@GuyinPA75 I mean, it's a small-ish download before you get to the part where you can boot it and then choose what you actually want to install. Most people would only either want the multiplayer OR a campaign or two over this span of time.
Doubt anyone will buy Borderlands 3 if they don't fix the crashing. First crash was in the area where you do that quest for a psycho soon after I bought it. Before the game kept stuttering. Can't remember the second crash but my last crash was after leaving a weapon vending machine menu in that swamp place with dinosaurs or whatever they are. This was on Series S. Xbox version seems to be the worst version judging by a Google search. Game sticks and stutters all the time. Moved it onto an external drive until they hopefully fix it but until then I can't play it and I'm not touching it.
A "free play day" for insurgency would be nice.
@GuyinPA75 130 gig download takes me 40 minutes and I can just do it from my phone while I'm at work. One big issue I see people have with their download speed is they are trying to game and download at the same time. Microsoft throttles your speed to give the game high priority so you don't lag.
Free trials are pretty great but two of these games are already on game pass. I loved borderlands 1 ALOT and the second one was good too but the gameplay formula is stale to me.
Bloody Harvest is a good time around Halloween, always.
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Now, please port Halo 5 to PC (I know 343 won’t actually do this, and that they’re incredibly busy with Halo: Infinite. Let a girl dream though.).
Outside of the MLG-style competitive multiplayer, I think the series peaked in 2001.
14 October, 2021 - 09:41am
Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate users can try three games for free this weekend.
The games this weekend are Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Borderlands 3, and Dirt 5. Each is also available at a discount over the weekend, and should you make a purchase, you can continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and earned achievements.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is currently in Season 8, and it is the final collection update for 2021. You can enjoy 100 tiers of new seasonal unlocks and content like new armors, a new matchmaking map, and campaign collectibles in Halo 3. The collection is on sale for 50% at $20. Also, Halo: Reach and Halo 3: ODST are both on sale for 50% off and will run you $5 and $2.50, respectively.
Borderlands 3 is also on sale for 67% off at $19.80. You can also nab Season Pass 1 for 67% off at $16.50, and Season Pass 2 for 35% off at $19.49. The Super Deluxe Edition is currently 55% off and will run you $36.
This weekend in the game marks the beginning of Maurice's Community Carnage Challenges which sees the player community completing a series of tasks to reach collective goals. Starting tomorrow, October 14, the first of four community challenge events will kick off, and all you need to do to participate is follow the in-game objective presented each week. By collectively completing these challenges, players can take part in unlocking a new wildlife-themed batch of cosmetic Vault Hunter Heads for the entire community to enjoy.
Codemasters’ off-road racer Dirt 5 is on sale this weekend for 70% off at $18, or instead of the standard edition, you can go for the Year One Edition for $24 which is 70% off. During free play days, you will have access to the entire title including a Career mode featuring Troy Baker and Nolan North, the Playgrounds arena creator, online action, party games, and more.
You can start playing each one from today through Sunday, October 17 at 11:59 pm PT, which is October 18 at 2:59am ET, 7:59am UK. That should give you plenty of time to decide if you would like to buy one, or all three.
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14 October, 2021 - 04:37am
Halo: The Master Chief Collection Season 8 has landed, and with it comes the launch of modding tools for Halo 2 and Halo 3. Developer 343 Industries has unveiled the new tools that have just come to Steam for the two classic FPS games, some of which might be familiar to those who have modded Halo games before, while one “entirely new”, advanced-level program is designed to “make modding Halo even easier”.
This news comes from a Steam blog post, in which the studio offers a pretty in-depth outline of the brand-new modding tools now available for the MCC’s Halo 2 and 3, as well as an update that’s just rolled out for the Halo: Combat Evolved tools. You can either download these as their own standalone DLC packs on Steam or install them via the games in your Steam library. Within the toolkit, you’ll find several programs that are accessible to all players: Guerilla, Sapien, Tool, and Standalone, though there are a few additional bits and pieces, too.
The first of these, Guerilla, is for editing the values of game content – that is, the files collectively known as “tags”, which are for AI, bipeds, textures (AKA bitmaps), and so on. This bit of the toolkit lets you “update and alter” these aspects.
Sapien acts as a world or level editor for the games. “Internally, levels are referred to as ‘scenarios’,” the studio explains. “This program allows you to populate data related to the level itself including things such as weapon placement, AI squads, and more.”
Tool – yes, it’s called that – is a nifty bit of kit that lets you fold in “very specific changes”, with the developer referring to it as a “command-line-only Swiss Army knife” style tool. You can use Tool to perform all the tasks you need to in the way of importing source content in to the games’ tag files and building map files, with the latter being known as ‘cache files’. You can make all these adjustments with this part of the modding toolkit, 343 says.
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Standalone is the new program the studio’s created for the modding tools launch, and it’s essentially a “development build of the game itself” – so, there’s a whole lot of potential for creation with it. This part of the toolset runs directly off tag files rather than the cache type, and is primarily aimed at improving iteration times for those building and modding stuff. As you’d expect, this is really aimed at advanced modding and only for non-multiplayer development. “You can’t use it to test multiplayer levels with others and it won’t even load multiplayer levels at this moment,” the blog post says. “You could load multiplayer levels as campaign levels, but it may or may not help you in your endeavours for it.”
343 also explains that those aiming to use Standalone shouldn’t expect “all the bells and whistles” – it’s more of a “what you see is what you get sort of tool”.
It’s worth noting, as the developer explains, that for Halo 2 and Halo 3, you’ll need to own a license to the base game on Steam to be able to access to the tools, though the the Halo: CE modding tools are available to anyone, regardless of which games in the MCC you own. If you’re keen to dive in and give them a whirl, head to the Steam post linked above for the full rundown of details on how to get them running, and all the extra info you should know before getting started.
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