Spartan Ops Ep 8 is awesome!

About time they added some extended fiction characters! In case you don’t know, the woman Lasky addressed on the comm as Admiral Osman is a character in Karen Traviss’ Kilo-Five trilogy. She takes over as the head of ONI from Margaret Parangosky (whose name is mentioned in one of the briefing docs that came with the LE). Interestingly enough, Osman is an ex-Spartan-II that “washed out” of the program by not completing the augmentation process. The first two of Traviss’ books (Glasslands and The Thursday War) talk about how Parangosky is grooming Osman to take over for her. I’m assuming the unnamed third title will actually have Osman assume the throne, so to speak.

Being Healthy Halo-style

I’ve been watching a lot of The Biggest Loser lately, courtesy of Hulu Plus. It has always been my personal goal to carry myself as a gamer and someone who knows when to put the controller down to stay in shape. That’s one reason why I have been playing Halo less lately. Another reason is that I haven’t had much of an urge to play Spartan Ops solo on Legendary. Matchmaking solo is also not as fun because of the lack of communication that often occurs amongst randoms (Mission 6 Episode 3 and not being able to call the airstrike sound familiar?).

Anyway, I’m trying to think of creative ways to incorporate some sort of physical activity while playing Halo and I’ve come up with a couple of things:

1.) Play an entire mission of Spartan Ops in a squat position (or assisted squat by pressing your back against a wall or other surface). Of course, finishing the full range of motion for a squat works as well.

2.) Do 10 jumping jacks/push-ups/crunches/whatever for every death you get in Spartan Ops Matchmaking. (Better than drinking shots, IMO)

This season of The Biggest Loser tackles childhood obesity, which is something many gamers can relate. While it is easy for parents and politics to blame video games and other media for this epidemic, what it really comes down to is adults educating children and motivating them to live an active lifestyle. I am tired of the social stigmas often associated with gaming and being a gamer. Hopefully you are too and will find your own ways to make a difference.

Spartan Ops Continues!

I don’t know about you other there in InterwebLand, but I am looking forward to waking up to a new episode of Spartan Ops tomorrow morning! My man Sal over at HaloFanForLife made a really great post about what to expect in Spartan Ops going forward.
I wanted to supplement his post by adding a few other links of my own as well as some thoughts.

Spartan Ops Ep 6 Mission 3 Commentary with
Spartan Ops Ep 6 Mission 4 Commentary with

I wish I had called this out publicly so that I would have witnesses, but I had a feeling that Vortex was going to be used as a playspace for Spartan Ops. It is a beautiful map despite how many times it doesn’t get picked in War Games (c’mon, people, give Ragnarok a break already…although, looks like Meltdown has had the least amount of love lately). Maybe people will be more encouraged to play it after this episode.
Having a Phantom on our side is a nice change of pace, as well as more options to play through a mission, bigger maps, and opportunities to use vehicles. While I agree with many of the concerns fans have had about Spartan Ops, it makes absolutely perfect sense to me that the first half of Season One was as “slow” as it was. Like any TV show, the first few episodes tend to drag because of narrative and character development establishments. As far as the repeated environments go, I didn’t have as big of a complaint about it as most. I was actually pleasantly surprised to go into the same map but at different angles (case in point being walking into into the Fortress map on “Hacksaw
and later getting dropped into it on “Random Transport”).

All in all, I’m glad 343i is taking fan feedback to heart and I can’t wait to see where this story goes!

Spartan Ops Grind Guides

Trying to round out your Spartan Ops commendations but have no clue as to the difference between a Grunt Infantry and a Grunt Ultra? I found a guide series on the rough enemy count/type for every mission in Spartan Ops. I say rough because of things that can happen in-game, such as allowing Knights to spawn more Watchers.

Here’s the link below. Enjoy!

Halo: A Co-Op Experience

Big mahalo (“thank you” in Hawaiian) to JustCal24 over at Auspicious Eagle and his friend, CIBCSlayer, for playing some Spartan Ops and Campaign with me. Currently I have completed half of the Campaign and the first 3 Spartan Ops episodes solo on Legendary, but really, Halo is meant to be played with buddies. This was the first time in a long while that I felt like a competent, contributing member of the group.

It’s unfortunate that I live in a timezone that’s different from most of the people I play with. C’mon, Hawaii, where dem Halo playas at? (well, the co-op variety anyway…)

In other personal Halo moments: I assassinated a Watcher for the first time yesterday! W00t! Episode 4 Mission 5 is the easiest place to do it without a jetpack. Best place to do it is in the middle room of Galileo base (aka Complex in War Games) when the Watchers hover near the ramp area. Watching this Assassination video inspired me to give it a try. Must invest in a capture card one of these days…

Spartan Ops Episode 4 – Didact’s Hand

A little bit of column A, a lil bit of column B…LOL

I just played this episode with my brother, who said “meh”. I liked the surprise in the 3rd mission of getting dropped right into the middle of a Covenant frat party LOL Changes things up a little.

Auspicious Eagle

Episode 4 is live! Watch the latest here.

I’m really excited to fully analyze this thing. There is lots in this episode, expected and unexpected. On the playable side, looks like we’re going on another Elite hunt, but this time we get a present from the Didact at the end!! A little early for Christmas… *shake shake shake* It’s either a time bomb or a Librarian.

They just keep getting better, and as far as the CG side goes, I’m very pleased so far. If the gameplay this week is as good and meaningful as it was last week, I’ll be ready to say I’m pleased with that side as well.

See you on Infinity,

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Spartan Ops Ep. 4 – Didact’s Hand

Holy cow, this episode is awesome! Click on the link to watch it via HaloWaypoint.

For the last few months I’ve enjoyed waking up every morning to either reading a new article about Halo 4 or watching some video tidbit about the Halo universe. First it was “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” and now it’s “Halo: Infinity” (aka Spartan Ops).

A few thoughts before I get ready for work:

  • I knew Gabriel was going to talk about his connection with the New Phoenix incident, but some crazy part of me hoped that maybe he had a personal connection to one of the Spartan-IIs. Oh well.
  • Too bad it wasn’t Dr. Phillips from Karen Traviss’ Kilo-Five trilogy that got stuck with Jul ‘Mdama. I want to hear the guy say Phyliss (a reference to “The Thursday War”).
  • Speaking of which, to those of you who don’t know (mini-spoiler?) Jul ‘Mdama doesn’t agree with the Arbiter about allying with humans and thinks he is weak for doing so. “Glasslands” and “The Thursday War” explain a lot of his back story.
  • Guessing by the blue text, is that the Librarian talking to Dr. Halsey? I sure hope so!
  • …Glassman’s an idiot.

Maybe I’ll try to write more about it later once I play the missions as well.