Breaking Down Halo 5's Controversial Ending [SPOILERS]

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Breaking Down Halo 5's Controversial Ending [SPOILERS]

With the sprawling web of novels, comic books, short films, web series, and more, keeping up with Halo's ever-growing universe has been a daunting task for even the most die-hard fans. The once straight-forward tale of a man fighting aliens and space zombies has expanded into a massive sci-fi saga that could warrant a college course's worth of study.

But how does 343 Industries handle the continuation of our beloved armor-clad hero in the newest installment of the series? Andrew Reiner, Matthew Miller, and I sit down to discuss the game in its entirety, including the highly divisive ending. Join the discussion below, and make sure the check out Miller's review and our Test Chamber of the game!

And, as always, SPOILERS!

Five Reasons You Should Try Destiny’s Trials Of Osiris

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Today marks the return of Brother Vance and the Trials of Osiris, and you should play. No, really! You should. While the competition is fierce, there are several reasons why Trials of Osiris is worth your time this weekend. Whether you’ve ventured into the Trials many times before, or you’re a player who just started Destiny with The Taken King, the mode has been refined and the best features maintained to create a one-of-a-kind competitive experience. 

By way of explanation for newcomers, Trials of Osiris is a weekend-only event in Destiny. You pick up a scorecard/passage from a vendor named Brother Vance, who hangs out in the Vestian Outpost of the Reef. You then need two teammates to join you and enter a special 3v3 Elimination game mode. Your passage ends if you ever reach three match losses. So you want to get as many wins as you can before that happens.

You can buy buffs/boons from him before your passage begins by using Passage Coins (which you may already have a good number of if you’ve been playing other Crucible modes). These boons make it easier to reach the higher reward tiers. 

11 Things Nintendo Can Do To Thrive Again

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11 Things Nintendo Can Do To Thrive Again

Nintendo crafts fantastic games and is absolutely integral to the history of the video game industry, but it is struggling this console generation. The Wii U has a good library of first-party Nintendo games and is a solid piece of hardware, but it is falling behind in the console wars. It is making some progress, especially with its announcements last night and its partnership with DeNA among others, but we have some additional suggestions for Nintendo that could help it thrive as it did during previous console generations.

It’s Time For A New NameAfter the confusion surrounding Wii U it’s time to start with a new naming convention. Many assumed the Wii U’s gamepad was an accessory for the Wii, unaware it was a whole new console. The new console, if it’s not called NX, should have a completely original name – like the transition from Nintendo 64 to the GameCube. Also, do not under any circumstances use the word “New” as a prefix. It is, and always will be, confusing. When we talk about the New 3DS years from now, we will still be following up with a qualifier about which piece of hardware we’re talking about.

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (October 29, 2015)

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This week was a good one. People shared Super Mario Maker levels, while others joined in on the community writing challenge. Time to get reading!

Community Blogs For October 22 – October 28:

The Current State Of My 2015 Backlog Avid blogger Rebekah Lang has a problem many of us share: a crippling backlog. As readers can see, she hasn't even touched many of the games released this year. I still haven't touched some PlayStation games I own.

The Strange Case Of Halo 5’s Villain

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Halo 5: Guardians introduces a new villain, and positions that character as an even more potent threat  for the inevitable Halo 6. Andrew Reiner and I sat down to discuss the implications of the surprising plot direction, which has effects that reach beyond even the game world of Halo, and affect Microsoft’s real-world computing experience.

Miller: We should start off by once again stating that this conversation is going to be as spoilery as you can get, so if you’re still playing through Halo 5’s campaign, and haven’t already been scared off, leave now! Okay, we’re probably good, don’t you think, Reiner?

Reiner: If someone is just skimming this article, like most people do on the Internet now, I think we should give them a colored warning too. SPOILERS AHEAD! Now we’re good.

Writings On The Cave Wall – Why 2016 Could Be The Year Of The Caveman

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Writings On The Cave Wall – Why 2016 Could Be The Year Of The Caveman

When Medal of Honor first stormed the beaches of Normandy, it didn't take long before dozens of WWII games were storming retail shelves. When fans grew tired of World War II shooters, it wasn't too long before we were overwhelmed with sci-fi shooters. Gaming trends come and go, but they're always fascinating to see take form.

In 2012 there was an overwhelming trend of protagonists with bows, as games like Assassin's Creed III, Tomb Raider, Crysis 3, and Far Cry 3 launched alongside Pixar's Brave. This led many to label 2012, "The Year of the Bow." Next year we could see a similar collision of a different theme. We've already seen announcements for several games set around the stone age, and there could be more on the horizon. Let's take a look how cavemen will soon be invading our consoles.

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