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by Kat Bailey,, Nov 2, 2012 1:00PM PDT

The Halo universe can be bewildering at times. Like any good sci-fi franchise, it has its own vocabulary--Forerunners, the Flood, the Mantle, Reach. It also a lot of backstory, most of which has been parceled out in licensed books and other material over the years. Is it even possible to get into Halo 4 without knowing about the original games? Should you be playing Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary first? Here's the case for both approaches. Read more

by Alice O'Connor,, Nov 2, 2012 6:00AM PDT

With Halo 4 arriving on store shelves next Tuesday to start a new chapter in the series, it's time for another story to end. The fifth and final episode of live-action webseries Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn launched today, wrapping up the prequel story of a rag-tag group of space-cadets facing an alien invasion. Read more

The head of 343 Industries and Halo 4's executive producer have spoken out about the pervasive sexism found on Xbox Live, as we prepare for the game's launch. Read more

by Alice O'Connor,, Oct 30, 2012 10:00AM PDT

With Halo 4 arriving next week, Microsoft is cramming trailers and titbits into the gaping maws of hungry fans awaiting the most expensive game it's ever made. Someone's been sneaking snacks, though, as a trailer for the co-op Spartan Ops mode has appeared on the Internet, seemingly leaked out early. Read more

by Alice O'Connor,, Oct 26, 2012 6:45AM PDT

Halo 4 is the most expensive game Microsoft's ever made, which isn't really surprising considering the surrounding marketing includes a feature-length live-action webseries with special effects up the wazoo. You can see more of the fruits of that big spending today, as fourth episode of Forward Unto Dawn is out now, introducing a real-life version of everyone's favourite chef, Petty Officer John-117. Read more

by John Keefer,, Oct 25, 2012 12:30PM PDT

Microsoft has put out a lot of big games, but none have had more riding on them than Halo 4 when it comes out on November 6. Microsoft Studios chief Phil Spencer said the next installment in the series is the most expensive game the company has ever made. Read more

by John Keefer,, Oct 24, 2012 11:10AM PDT

Halo 4 is opening up multiplayer in a few different ways, with co-op Spartan Ops mode and the more traditional War Games mode. If the latter is what you think the series is all about, then yank out your wallet and fork over $24.99 (or 2000 Microsoft points) for a new War Games Map Pass that covers three DLC map packs to be delivered after the games November 6 launch. Read more

by John Keefer,, Oct 19, 2012 9:00AM PDT

The latest Forward Unto Dawn live-action video promoting Halo 4 makes war all to real for the UNSC cadets. Read more

The much-anticipated "Scanned" trailer for Halo 4 debuted last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, giving a glimpse into the origins of Master Chief. It also makes it quite clear that Spartan 117 and the alien Prometheans aren't going to be getting along very well. Read more

by John Keefer,, Oct 15, 2012 3:30PM PDT

The Halo series in known for its multiplayer, but Halo 4 is looking to infuse some story in the multiplayer experience. 343 Industries has released a 13-minute trailer talking about co-op and multiplayer and how it ties to Infinity, the capital ship at the center of it all. Read more