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Posted by urk at 5/3/2011 11:50 AM PDT

Details inside.

If you already read the update on 4/22, none of this will catch you off guard. Otherwise, details are below, courtesy of Jeremiah. (Who is really into instant arm for Assault.)

Action Sack

  • Shotty Snipers: Shotguns and Sniper Rifles… don’t forget to bring marshmallows.
  • Splockets: Spartan Lasers and Rocket Launchers. It’s like getting punched in the face repeatedly, WHY DID YOU ASK FOR THIS?!
  • BOOM! Ball: Play Oddball (Hot Potato) with Grenade Launchers and infinite ammo.
  • Hog Potato: Get to the Warthog! Ride it around for points, pile your teammates in for more points. Does anyone else smell gas?
  • Shotgun Assault: Play Neutral Bomb Assault with only your trusty Shotgun.
  • Dino Blasters: Elites + Concussion Rifles + Bottomless Clip + Jetpack = 42
  • Rocket CTF: Play Neutral Flag CTF using Rocket Launchers. Yes you heard me, Neutral FLAG.
  • To The Death!: Duel to the death… swing, clang and deliver the final blow with no recharging shields.

Squad Slayer

Squad Slayer is a new 5v5 playlist featuring Squad Slayer (AR/Magnum) and Squad Slayer DMRs (DMR/AR) game variants. Both game variants will be 75 kills to win and offer Sprint, Hologram, Jetpack and Active Camo abilities. Big Party Restrictions will be enforced on parties of 4-5 players, allowing them to only match with other big parties. Maps include Condemned, Uplink, Tempest, Unanchored, Asylum, Uncaged, Ivory Tower Reflection, Countdown, Boardwalk, Powerhouse and Arena Zealot.

  • Team Size: 5
  • Max Party Size: 5
  • Big Party Size: 4-5
  • Max Local Players: 4

Team Classic

We’re adding Classic CTF, Neutral Bomb Assault, Crazy King and Oddball game variants to the Team Classic lineup. Additionally, we’re changing starting grenades for all game variants in the Team Classic playlist to 1 frag starts and the Overshield will now give 3x up from 2x. We’ve accepted updated versions of a few maps and added objective gametype support to others.

  • Classic CTF: Magus, Noble Creek, Prolonged, Prophet
  • Classic Assault: Magus, Noble Creek, Prophet
  • Classic King: Eclipse, Magus, Noble Creek, Prolonged, Prophet
  • Classic Oddball: Eclipse, Magus, Noble Creek, Prolonged, Prophet, Rat Trap

Living Dead

The dead rise again! Significant changes are being made to the Living Dead playlist. First and foremost we’re increasing the player count to 12. Next up we’re going to start using the Alpha Zombies game variant as our core offering, but the traditional Infection game variant will remain available for the time being. Alpha Zombies features Sprint for everyone including Zombies, while Alpha Zombies also have infinite equipment usage.

Big Team Battle

Assault is being added to Big Team Battle! In addition to adding Assault, we’re also adding several community maps. The following maps have been considered and some are still being playtested so this is not a final list, some of these may or may not be added.

  • Abridged by Schmittler 5000 (Forgetacular BTB winner)
  • Wayont by FDL iGet Down (Original map from the iLoveBTB.com community)
  • Utopie by FDL FiFTy I (Paradiso rebalance from the iLoveBTB.com community)
  • Renegade by x black kn1ght
  • Trident by x black kn1ght
  • Temptation by tkblingx2

The Arena, Team Slayer and Double Team

Always subject to change, blah blah blah… let’s just assume this is always the case and get on to the good stuff? OK! The following community maps are being considered for integration into The Arena, Team Slayer and Double Team where appropriate. Due to the inclusion of community maps, the Team Slayer playlist will be restricted to a maximum of 2 local players. For you wild and crazy split-screen fans, please see the Squad Slayer section above for where you’ll get your 3way and 4way action on.

  • Affinity by GodlyPerfection
  • Enclosed by Kymicals
  • Kingdom by Sikamikanico
  • Synapse by HWM BlacKnight
  • Treasury by JoeSki73

Bungie All Stars - Week 17 

Posted by urk at 5/2/2011 10:26 AM PDT

It's a bird, it's a plane...

Sorry for the late start this morning. I got caught in a little bit of Monday morning traffic. If only I'd have had a Jet Pack.

  1. Take a screenshot (or make some art) featuring the Jet Pack in action. Spartan or Elite, it doesn't matter a bit. Just make sure you capture the miracle of flight.
  2. You have from this very second until Thursday, May 5th at 11:59pm PT to submit your entry for consideration to contest@bungie.com.
  3. Use the subject line “Bungie All Star Week 17” without the quotation marks.
  4. The size limit for attachments is 10MB. Include a preview image and a link to the original in your file share, or an external host for artwork.
  5. One submission per person. Please include your Bungie.net profile and gamertag in your email.

Fly, you fools!

P.S. Yeah, we kinda already did the Jet Pack as a secondary offering for Week 8. Thing is, it kinda got steamrolled by the Chickenpede. Make it your primary focus this week and don't rehash a screenshot you've already submitted. I'm hoping to hand out a whole mess of stars this week.

Bungie Weekly Update: 04/29/2011 

Posted by urk at 4/29/2011 2:29 PM PDT

A Garden of Earthly Delights!

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Halo: Reach - Achievement HORSE #21 

Posted by urk at 4/28/2011 9:22 AM PDT

Oh, my God. Really?

Jack and Geoff continue their grueling battle against each other in this week's Achievement HORSE! All maps are available at http://tinyurl.com/ACHHORSE21.



YouTube - Halo: Reach - Achievement HORSE #21

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Halo Reach: Top 10 Greatest Moments of Seasons 1 & 2 

Posted by urk at 4/27/2011 9:23 AM PDT

The best of the best!

Yo dog, I heard you like Top 10's. So, Anoj made a Top 10 out if his Top 10's, so you...you know what. I'm sorry. That's a pretty old meme and you deserve better. Please accept this video in apology.



YouTube - Halo Reach: Top 10 Greatest Moments of Seasons 1 & 2

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