Halo Infinite's bot names are kind of great

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Halo Infinite's bot names are kind of great

It's a big deal for Halo that Halo Infinite's multiplayer includes bots. It's a first for the 20-year-old series, aside from the PvE Firefight mode that debuted with Halo ODST and the bots in a single game mode in Halo 5 called Warzone that was cool in theory, but also saddled with microtransactions. Bots being available in every multiplayer mode means Halo newcomers can practice against easier opponents, and players who love Capture the Flag but don't want to deal with other human beings online can just jam by themselves. I expected all of this going into Infinite's technical test, but I didn't expect the bot names to make me laugh out loud.

I'm pleased to report that Halo Infinite's needler whips ass

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I'm pleased to report that Halo Infinite's needler whips ass

The needler never gets the respect it deserves. Halo fans have always raved about the Halo 1 pistol and the battle rifle, or the plasma sword or the Halo Reach grenade launcher or even the Covenant carbine, but dammit: I love the needler. And it looks like the combat designers for Halo Infinite do, too, because after a couple hours of hands-on with the multiplayer technical test, I think this might be the strongest the needler's ever been.

Hexes never looked as beautiful as they do in the Hexoplanet trailer

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Hexes never looked as beautiful as they do in the Hexoplanet trailer

I'm not sure why a hex map is so instantly appealing to me, honestly—maybe it's a reminder of old D&D campaigns from my teen years where world maps were drawn on hexagonal graph paper instead of on a square grid. Hex maps just have an extra bit of wonder and mystery to them, I think. 

Valve says Steam Machines were 'a good idea' that helped make Steam Deck possible

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Valve says Steam Machines were 'a good idea' that helped make Steam Deck possible

Valve has not had great luck making hardware. The Steam Controller failed to revolutionize the controller scene despite its innovative design, the Steam Link worked well but was muscled out by a less-impressive app, and the ballyhooed Steam Machines basically faceplanted right out of the gate. The Index is an impressive unit, but hasn't sparked a meaningful uptick in VR adoption since its release.

Horizon Forbidden West reportedly delayed into 2022

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Horizon Forbidden West reportedly delayed into 2022

Horizon Forbidden West has not yet been announced for PC, but we're confident it's going to happen—eventually anyway. Sony has made no secret of its commitment to bringing first-party games our way, including Death Stranding, Days Gone, and Forbidden West's predecessor, Horizon Zero Dawn. Even the famously PlayStation-exclusive Uncharted is apparently headed for PC at some point. Which is why it's worth noting that the PlayStation release of Forbidden West has reportedly been delayed into early 2022, inevitably pushing the PC arrival even further off.