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#488146 The New! HALO Thread - Hosted by Spark

Posted by Spark on 23 December 2018 - 02:09 PM

Oh also Ocy, you have got to watch Red vs. Blue. Particularly Seasons 6-onwards. Starting with 8 they started using CG on top of the machinima and the results are best described if Halo suddenly acted as stylish as Devil May Cry.


#488134 The New! HALO Thread - Hosted by Spark

Posted by Spark on 18 December 2018 - 09:07 AM

The tentacle monster is the Gravemind, prime consciousness of the Flood, the very reason the Halos were built in the first place. At the time though it was more or less trapped on the ring you found it on, but saw opportunity when High Charity slipped in. So it attempted to play the long con by helping Chief and Arbs on their respective journeys while it was left alone to put the pieces in place to take over the space station, which happened midway through that level where the In Amber Clad jumped in and crashed into one of the buildings.


So now it had interstellar transport, and a certain AI stuck in its systems that has encyclopedic knowledge of everything there is to know...



Also, called it you wouldn't like Halo 2 as much. ;) Hope I'm right about 3 too.


EDIT: Oh and for clarification, you cannot actually kill the Gravemind.


It's consciousness resides on an altogether different plane of existence, emerging once enough biomass has been turned by the Flood infection.


The Flood itself is mindless without its Gravemind pulling the strings. This is what you saw in the first game. The Flood on Delta Halo have had eons to gather their strength and usher in its return since the Forerunners first fired the rings against it. The worst thing the Halo rings can do to it is destroy its body and all potential hosts living at the time. It'll simply ebb back into the ether and wait for the next round.


It's that reason why it's popular to theorize the Flood will one day return to the series in a big way.


In the allegorical sense, if the Forerunners are the Angels who have forsaken the dark and terrible mortal world for the Promised Land, the Gravemind is the Snake in the Garden of Eden.

#488122 The New! HALO Thread - Hosted by Spark

Posted by Spark on 13 December 2018 - 07:05 AM

Yup. That was the Halo experience, Ocy. The anniversary edition only had a new coat of paint. Halo 2 is gonna feel a little less nicer to play tbh, but more than makes up for it in bombastic story.


Halo 3 probably strikes the best feel between 2's bombastic story, and 1's general goodness to feel. Backtracking is far more minimal in the later games as well.


Halo 4 is...different. Don't let that scare you away. It's focused on telling you a much more personal tale, to the point that actual bullets and action aren't even really the point.

#488086 SSLF's 2018 GOATest of all Year Awards, featuring Dante from the Devil Ma...

Posted by Spark on 03 December 2018 - 11:09 PM

Crap I love but haven't Finished

  • AC Odyssey
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Night in the Woods

The Good Stuff, Mate

  • God of War
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Life is Strange 2 (Even if it's only got Episode 1 of 5 out so far)

It's Aight - Tier

  • Spider-Man
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy

How the hell have I not gotten to this Sooner?

  • Bloodborne
  • Devil May Cry HD Collection
  • Devil May Cry 4
  • Stardew Valley

Garbo Crap, Keep Away from Me

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Far Cry 5
  • Fallout 76

Now That It's Finally Fixed and Functional Product

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection

#488041 The Video Game News Thread

Posted by Spark on 11 November 2018 - 09:42 AM

Phil has made the promise. They're changing the Windows Store.

#488037 The Video Game News Thread

Posted by Spark on 10 November 2018 - 04:18 PM


Obsidian confirmed.


InXile is also acquired. They're responsible for Wasteland 2, upcoming 3, etc.

#487972 The Video Game News Thread

Posted by Spark on 12 October 2018 - 05:22 PM

No joke, you could literally do just that. Xbox One and a game pass sub. You got access to all the exclusives. All 2 of them XD. But in seriousness


-Halo MCC (which is now fixed, and has CE, 2, 3, ODST, and 4 with CE and 2 remastered with new graphics)

-Halo 5 (bad story, but still very fun campaign, great multiplayer and custom games but no splitscreen so....monkey's paw)

-Sunset Overdrive (all the 90s you can handle and more.)

-Quantum Break (eehhhhhhhhh, but still, basically free)

-Forza Horizon 4 (ye boi, now we talking.)

-Super Lucky's Tale (asides from like the most inoffensive marketing ever and completely forgettable at that, still surprisingly fun if you're looking for a 90s platformer throwback)

-Entire Gears of War series (all very good games)

-Ryse (I mean, it's aight)

-State of Decay 1 and 2 (pretend 1 doesn't exist and enjoy 2. Not my kind of game, but very good management game.)

-Fable series


and that's just the exclusives. It's got tons of 3rd party support. Many of Bethesda's published games like Doom, Wolf TNO, Fallout 3/4, etc. are on there, Metro series, Tomb Raider, stuff from the 360 and even OG xbox days like Star Wars KOTOR

#487920 The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra

Posted by Spark on 20 September 2018 - 06:44 PM

I can hold out hope. If Netflix is getting to do this, this means they might have some claim to the rights. If the ATLA remake is successful, it could fund a 3rd series as a netflix exclusive. They'd be crazy not to given how Voltron has gone for them.

#487859 Devil May Cry 5, a.k.a. Ocelot's Action Game Extravaganza

Posted by Spark on 21 August 2018 - 05:38 AM

Here you go Ocy



Posted by Spark on 10 August 2018 - 12:53 PM







#487785 The Star Wars Non-Canon TV Show Topic

Posted by Spark on 19 July 2018 - 01:41 PM

Cough Cough


#487777 SSLF Spark Thread (Guest Starring Screenshots)

Posted by Spark on 15 July 2018 - 09:20 PM

Oh hey look who's here!


Also got some Octopath Traveler for ya.


I've put it in a neat little imgur folder for ya.

#487775 What Are You Currently Playing?

Posted by Spark on 15 July 2018 - 02:10 PM

So I'm playing Octopath Traveler.


About an hour in, I started realizing just how massive an itch I had been having for a good JRPG again. I'm please to say Octopath is scratching it quite nicely.


The combat system is a really nice twist on turn-based (yes, turn-based, not "active time" like the PS1/2 era Final Fantasy games) that's built around a pretty breakneck pace. Best way I can describe it is giving an old school FF game Persona combat.


So there's the 8 characters, and you can start the game as any one of them, and find the rest from there. We've got:

-Ophilia, the Cleric

-Cyrus, the Scholar

-Tressa, the Merchant

-Olberic, the Warrior

-Primrose, the Dancer

-Alfyn, the Apothecary

-Therion, the Thief

-H'aanit, the Huntress


I started with Therion, and have gone on to get Alf, Prim, and Olberic so far.


For better or worse, if you've played a typical JRPG, you're already well aware of what kind of game this is.

#487703 The New! HALO Thread - Hosted by Spark

Posted by Spark on 26 June 2018 - 09:51 PM



A few days after the Halo Infinite trailer dropped, Marty O'Donnell (the composer of the Bungie-era Halo games, and Destiny 1 before he was fired without cause during D1's development) posted a winky wink comment on twitter:




Nobody thought much of it, since it was a piece of music he had come up with years ago. But then, a few days ago, couple of people met up with him at a Seattle coffee shop. You might know some of them.



So that's Joseph Staten (Head writer of the original 3 Halo games, currently works as Overall Senior Creative Director for Microsoft Studios), Jen Taylor (Voice actor of Cortana and Dr. Catherine Halsey) with Marty.


And then just a little bit ago:




Either he's trolling us real good, or Marty's coming back to Halo, and then the WHOLE band is officially back together. Marty, Frankie, Joe Staten, and the voice actors.



#487696 The New! HALO Thread - Hosted by Spark

Posted by Spark on 24 June 2018 - 04:17 PM

Did you leave out Halo Reach on purpose or by accident? :P


Kinda on purpose, but I had changed my mind. I clearly forgot to go back and add it.


I've really soured on Reach these 8 years since it's been out. It introduced a lot of the unpopular gameplay elements that Halo 4 got crucified for, despite being mechanically the same as the former.


And it seems like it went out of its way to introduce problems that compromise the Fall of Reach book, which IMO told the same story, but way better.