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The best & worst Halo games, ranked

Here’s all of the best and worst Halo games ranked. This will be all of the main titles, so spinoff games like Halo Wars and Spartan Assault will be omitted.

With the release of Halo Infinite upon us, we thought we’d rank all of the Halo games from worst to best, so you know which games you should be playing if you’re a prospective player looking to get into the franchise, or a returning fan looking to experience the best games.

For the premiere gaming experiences, we recommend playing older Halo games on the Master Chief Collection on PC or Xbox One. You can always play the games on legacy Xbox 360 hardware, but the MCC is the best of both worlds, giving players the opportunity to change between remastered and old graphics on the fly for the first two games.

Games like Halo 3 and 4 will only give you the classic experience on Xbox 360, but playing on PC or Xbox One will give players a more high definition and smooth experience.

#7 – Halo 4

For the worst on the list, we went with Halo 4. This game was highly hyped, and upon release didn’t feel anything like a proper Halo game. The campaign was a bit lackluster, and the iconic multiplayer was revamped to play more like a Call of Duty title.

The custom loadouts and Spartan abilities were highly debated among the community, making Halo a much more casual game overall. While on paper this may have been a good idea to onboard more players, it, unfortunately, took away the classic formula with it, which drove away some hardcore players.

The only decent part for this title is the Campaign, which does have a few memorable moments. It starts off quite slow, but picks up as time goes on.

#6 – Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5: Guardians was a let-down to many, and offered a poor campaign experience, which came under scrutiny due to the dodgy marketing called “Hunt The Truth”. Players were led to believe there would be a huge showdown between Spartan Locke and Master Chief, which ended up as a huge disappointment. Since then, many fans have accused Microsoft of misleading marketing regarding the campaign.

While the campaign is by far the worst of the franchise, the multiplayer is better than 4. Most of the original formula is still present, rewarding players for well-placed headshots and removing loadouts. Halo 5 has drawbacks though, with spartan dashes, ground pounds, and sprint for every player, which made the game much faster when compared to previous titles. This game also introduced loot box microtransactions to the franchise, which also sparked heated debates.

#5 – Halo 3: ODST

Note: From here on out for the list, all of these games are stellar Halo titles made by Bungie. They are all great in their own ways.

Halo 3 ODST is a campaign only “DLC” of 3, that was released as a standalone game. It sets a much different tone than the other Halo games, opting for a gritty and dark open-world experience in the city of New Mombasa on Earth.

The story follows a group of ODST soldiers during the initial Covenant invasion of earth. As the main character, you’ll uncover stories of the elite soldiers who fell during the invasion and get to experience the fights and sacrifices they made while fighting for their home.

Overall, this game is a must play for any hardcore player interested in the story of the Halo franchise.

#4 – Halo: Reach

Following the success of 3 and ODST, Bungie doubled down on prequels and delivered fans Halo Reach. Players will experience the heartbreaking story of the fall of planet Reach, through the eyes of Noble squad.

The game also includes a revamped multiplayer experience, which was the start of the divide of the Halo community. Loadouts were introduced in this game, giving players the option to choose spartan abilities, which included sprint, which was never an option in previous titles. A wave-based mode called “firefight” was also introduced.

#3 – Halo 2

Halo 2 is the second chapter of Master Chief’s story, and arguably the best campaign. Take control of both the Master Chief and The Arbiter as their unique stories unfold. Play as both the hero and the enemy, and discover there’s more than just one side to the war…

As for the multiplayer, Halo 2 is the ultimate classic gameplay experience. The servers for the old Xbox system are shut down, but you can still play classic gameplay through The Master Chief Collection.

#2 – Halo: Combat Evolved

Play where it all began. Experience the game that put Bungie on the map. Halo Combat Evolved shows the legendary beginning of the Master Chief story, and the beginning of one of the most iconic franchises in gaming.

You can experience Combat Evolved on the classic Xbox, or get the remastered version on Xbox 360. Steam also offers Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary in The Master Chief Collection, where you can play the game with the updated graphics, or the classic graphics. Online servers are currently running for classic gameplay in the MCC.

#1 – Halo 3

Halo 3 is one of the most iconic games of the Xbox 360 era. Halo 3 was the first Halo released for the Xbox 360, and gave players online experiences that will last as memories for a lifetime. The campaign was masterful, putting players in the shoes of the Master Chief as he fights to finish the Covenant War.

Beautiful set pieces, an amazing story, and a bittersweet ending await all players who experience the game. Once you finish the main story (or before), you can hop into the iconic Multiplayer experience and relive one of the best multiplayer games ever released.

Image Credit: Microsoft/343 Studios/Bungie

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Call of Duty 2021: everything we know

Here’s everything we currently know about the Call of Duty 2021 release date, leaks, and developers.

As always, a new year means a new Call of Duty game. The upcoming Call of Duty 2021 release is as mysterious as it is exciting, and we’re sure to get another year of Warzone updates combined with a brand new (or returning) setting for the franchise.

With the resounding success of Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War, the 2021 iteration of Call of Duty is sure to be a huge release. Let’s break down all we currently know.

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Release Image

Release Date

Call of Duty traditionally releases in November. However, Modern Warfare and Black Ops 4 were both released in October. Ideally, Call of Duty targets the first Friday of every November, as we saw for the releases of COD WW2 and Infinite Warfare.

The Friday tradition started with Black Ops 3, where games before saw releases on the first Tuesday of November. Below you can read some of the recent Call of Duty releases.

  • Advanced Warfare: November 4, 2014
  • Black Ops III: November 6, 2015
  • Infinite Warfare: November 4, 2016
  • WWII: November 3, 2017
  • Black Ops 4: October 12, 2018
  • Modern Warfare: October 25, 2019
  • Black Ops Cold War: November 13, 2020

We could expect COD 2021 to release again on the first Friday of November. Black Ops Cold War was released on the second Friday of November, which could very well be due to the less than normal development time Treyarch had for the title.

Overall, we would definitely expect the new game to drop on either the first or second Friday of November.

Sledgehammer Games Logo, Call of Duty

Developer

The current main development studios for Call of Duty are Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Treyarch. Normally these studios operate on 3-year development cycles. However, Sledgehammer Games did not have the lead slot for their most recent planned 2020 release, which instead became Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War.

Due to this, we can assume that Sledgehammer Games will be the leads for the 2021 Call of Duty title. This is also supported by a Tweet Sledgehammer posted at the new year for 2021, stating “Power off. Power On,” perhaps a cryptic tweet stating that 2021 is their year for a game release.

Leaks, Gameplay, Game Cover

Currently, we have no leaked info regarding the new game. We should get more teasers for the game in the coming months. Leaks, as always, will be tough to decipher, with plenty of community members posting fake leaks for each new COD game.

We’ll be sure to update this post with any new information, as it becomes available.

Image Credit: Activision

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Fortnite Baby Yoda back bling being called ‘pay-to-lose’

A new Fortnite bug is causing aiming problems for players with the Baby Yoda back bling and is rendering the cosmetic useless. Now fans are Epic Games to provide a fix for this problem.

The Mandalorian headlined the Season 5 Battle Pass for Fortnite. Epic Games introduced a ton of new Mandalorian-themed cosmetics such as skins, a glider, the Razor Crest, and Beskar armor. There’s also a Baby Yoda back bling that you can equip at Level 100.

Many players have started to unlock the back bling as Season 5’s end draws near, but they’ve come to discover that it’s plagued by an extremely irritating bug that keeps them from being able to aim properly. Now, fans are demanding a fix from the developers.

The Mandalorian and Grogu in Fortnite Season 2 Chapter 5.

New bug discovered in Fortnite’s Baby Yoda back bling

When you equip the Baby Yoda back bling it will block a good portion of the screen, and prevent you from seeing the game clearly. This happens after entering and exiting a car, which causes little Grogu to become static.

Reddit user SweggyBoi posted a clip of this bug in the official Fortnite: Battle Royale subreddit, and suggested that Epic Games either make the Child see-through when aiming, or move him more ot the left so that he doesn’t take up most of the screen.

One player added: “The view truly is awful with bulky skins and back blings. This one is super extreme though. Hope we just get some FOV settings finally so we can use more skins without having half the screen blocked.”

This post got over 10,000 upvotes at the time of writing, and other fans brought up a different problem with the back bling. The cosmetic tends to clip through walls or show around corners while you’re trying to hide from enemies.

The recent customizable superhero skin controversy led to the devs being accused of supporting “pay to win” cosmetics, and now the back bling is being called “pay to lose” due to its poor functionality in combat situations.

With Season 5 coming to an end on March 15, many Fortnite players have worked hard to get through most of the Battle Pass and unlock this cosmetic. Hopefully, we’ll see a fix for this problem before that time.

Image Credits: Epic Games / Disney

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Lara Croft could be coming to Fortnite Season 5

A recent rumor suggests that Lara Croft could be making an appearance as a playable character skin in Fortnite.

With characters like Master Chief and Kratos, it’s no surprise Epic Games is looking to expand the crossover cast of skins. Each of these skins come from different publishers and developers, so expanding to Tomb Raider would mean some communication with Square Enix.

This new skin would add to the long list of publishers with skins already in the game, such as Microsoft’s Master Chief, Sony’s Kratos, Disney’s The Mandalorian, and AMC’s The Walking Dead.

According to a Twitter post by popular leaker Mang0e, there are new strings in the game’s code referencing “Typhoon,” which will be a female character, with reactive styles.

Commenters under the tweet shared some of their speculations, stating that the character could also be Aloy from Horizon: Zero Dawn, or even Samus from Metroid.

Since this skin has reactive styles, it’s possible that as the player takes damage, the skin will get bloodier, similar to how the health system works in Tomb Raider.

Adding to the fire is an additional Tweet from the official Tomb Raider Twitter, which depicts a pickaxe, a girl (Lara Croft), and a bow, teasing a possible Fortnite appearance.

This could also just be a teaser of Tomb Raider in general, but the timing with this leak is definitely interesting. The current Season of Fortnite is slated to end March 16, 2021, so we’ll find out if these rumors are true very soon.

Of course, this is not confirmation Lara Croft will be coming to Fortnite, but we can still hope, as information points to her appearance coming to the game.

Image Credits: Epic Games

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JGOD reveals the best gun barrels in Warzone

Call of Duty YouTuber ‘JGOD’ uploaded a video in which he studied how each barrel affects the bullet velocity of most primary Black Ops Cold War weapons in Warzone and revealed the best ones to equip.

Call of Duty: Warzone doesn’t inform you of how much each attachment that you equip will affect your weapon. Unlike Black Ops Cold War; you won’t know the exact stats and percentages, so you’ll have to test your loadout in battle.

After a bit of experimenting, CoD YouTuber JGOD has discovered the effects of certain attachments on his guns. He made a new video, in which he went over how equipping different barrels in Warzone can affect your bullet velocity.

Barrels in Warzone

What are the best gun barrels in Warzone?

You have a much better chance of killing your targets if your bullets travel quickly. Plus, the speed of your bullet will help you determine how much of a lead time you should put in front of a moving target.

That is why it’s worth equipping certain attachments that will improve your bullet velocity before running out into combat. JGOD tried out all his primary Black Ops Cold War weapons in Warzone for the video, with shotguns being the exception.

He tried out every barrel in the game and checked the time taken for each shot to reach its target. He then recorded the results and discovered that barrels shared by different weapons affect each one differently.

This is also true for weapons within the same class since the Calvary barrel can greatly improve the bullet velocity on LMGs while having no real effect when equipping it on Assault Rifles.

His experimentation found that the best improvement to bullet velocity comes from equipping the Ranger barrel on ARs, the Calvary barrel on LMGs, the Titanium barrel on Tac Rifles, and the Reinforced Heavy on SMGs.

That only covers some of the discoveries he made, as his video is highly informative. JGOD put in proper effort to collect this data, and you can take a look at the full breakdown of his results here.

Image credits: Activision

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Two Modern Warfare weapons come to CoD Mobile Season 1

Activision has confirmed two weapons from the Modern Warfare franchise will be added to CoD Mobile in Season One of 2021.

CoD Mobile Season One will include more returning weapons from beloved Call of Duty games, with the Modern Warfare franchise being the first flavor of the year. Season 13 “Winter War” brought players holiday Raid & Nuketown from Black Ops, along with the Fennec, Razorback, and AGR 556.

The weapons were confirmed via the official CoD Mobile Twitter account, showing players two mysterious new weapons.

The first tweet reads “A new weapon is approaching, can you guess what it is?” with an image of a Famas attached below. This teaser hints at the return of the fan-favorite Modern Warfare weapon, which made its most recent appearance in the 2019 release under the name “FFAR”.

The Famas is well known to be a high-power, medium-range rifle capable of taking out targets in one to two bursts consistently. The Modern Warfare 2 iteration is by far the best of the franchise. For firepower purposes, let’s hope we see something similar.

Following the Famas teaser, a second one was posted soon after with the caption “Wait… there’s more?! Can you guess what weapon this is?” with an image of an SKS attached. The SKS appeared in Modern Warfare 2019 and was a marksman rifle.

The SKS offers modest firepower at long range for a semi-automatic rifle, which allows players to take out crowds with ease. The recoil is a bit extreme, but this weapon is meant to reward the most skilled players.

Following CoD trends, these weapons may not drop into the game with the same names. The Famas may be called the FFAR like in Modern Warfare 2019, and the SKS may have a completely different name.

We expect these weapons to drop with the CoD Mobile 2021 Season One Update.

Image Credits: Activision/CoD Mobile

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Apex Legends Season 8: Release date, new Legend, Repeater Rifle

Respawn Entertainment dropped the latest episode of ‘Stories from the Outlands’ which revealed the release date for Apex Legends Season 8, as well as the new Legend, Fuse.

As we approach the end of Apex Legends Season 7, players have begun looking forward to what’s in store for Season 8.

Season 7 introduced a new Legend, Horizon, who can manipulate gravity, alongside the new map, Olympus. There have been leaks and rumors regarding Season 8, but on Monday, January 18, Respawn Entertainment officially revealed the next season.

Apex Legends Season 8 release date

Apex Legends Season 8, titled Mayhem, is set to drop on February 2, 2021, as announced by Respawn Entertainment.

The Stories from the Outlands video, “Good as Gold,” revealed the official release date of the eighth season.

Season 8 comes two days before the second anniversary of the popular battle royale game, so expect this to be a huge content drop. Season 4 dropped on Apex’s first anniversary, and it offered players an Anniversary Badge and XP to celebrate.

New Apex Legends character

In a slightly confusing trailer, “Good as Gold” introduced Apex Legends’ 16th Legend, Fuse. This Australian Legend favors explosives, with leakers discovering that he will have a Projectile Grenade and Fire Bomb.

We see Wally, nicknamed Fuse, discover a golden grenade alongside his friend, Max. The two grew up together taking part in dangerous missions, repeatedly stealing the grenade off of each other. Max hero-worshiped a group of freedom fighters from their planet, Salvo, but Fuse wasn’t interested in them.

New Apex Legends character Fuse

Fuse gained fame in the fighting pits, much to his friends apparent jealously. Their friendship eventually ended after Fuse became the fighting pit champion and he revealed that he is leaving to join the Apex games. Max chucked the golden grenade at him, blowing off his arm. He didn’t seem to care and left Max behind.

A press release also revealed that the 30-30 Repeater Rifle will be coming to Apex Legends in Season 8.

As we receive more information about Apex Legends Season 8, we’ll be sure to update you.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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Attack of the Undead could be returning to COD Mobile

The Attack of the Undead mode could be making another return to COD Mobile in the coming weeks.

The popular 20 player battle royale limited-time mode, Attack of the Undead has been teased via the January test build for COD Mobile.

This mode pits survivors vs undead, with the goal of the undead to kill all survivors before the time runs out. Survivors on the other hand, simply need to live long enough for the timer to hit 0 to win. The game will begin with 2 randomly selected players to be zombies, who will originally be dropped in with their loadout.

After 2 additional players are infected, zombies will spawn in with knives instead. This is where teamwork will become paramount, as closing in the distance to a survivor will require lots of teammates for distractions. Survivors should also use the beginning of the game to loot up and secure an area to survive.

Once one survivor is remaining, they’ll be granted a death machine and extra health as a boost. As survivors score kills, they’ll be granted various perks to fight off the undead. Here’s the list:

  • Vulture: Collect ammo from kills. (Scavenger)
  • Amped: Faster weapon swap and reload speed.
  • Restock: Faster operator skill activation.

Hopefully we’ll see this mode implemented into the next major COD mobile update.

Image Credits: Activision

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How to get your Twitch 2020 recap

Here’s how you can see your complete Twitch year in review for 2020.

Twitch 2020 recaps are here! These short recaps feature your top watched channels, streamers, game categories, total channel points gained, most popular emotes, and more. These recaps are sent out via email and will be sent out to users throughout today, January 15.

The email will even come with the option to export an image to share to social media, highlighting your yearly recap.

You can see an example image below, from streamer TheOceaneOpz.

All recaps seem to be unique in variety, so you’ll likely get a solid mix of stats to show off to your friends. You may be surprised just how much time you’ve spent on Twitch this year, which is sure to have gone up when compared to 2019 due to quarantine measures around the globe.

If you don’t have your recap in your email connected to your Twitch account quite yet, don’t worry. Recaps are still being sent out to users in large waves, so you might just need to wait a bit longer.

Be sure to share your Twitch recaps with us on Twitter, @CharlieIntel. Here’s to another year of good times on Twitch!

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Cranked Zombies Tips – Black Ops Cold War

Cranked Zombies is a new mode added to Black Ops Cold War Zombies for Season 1.

For the midseason update, Treyarch has released Cranked Zombies as a limited-time mode. This is a fast-paced and intense mode that was originally released alongside Call of Duty Ghosts and has long been a tradition in Infinity Ward games. Now, Treyarch has adopted the mode for Zombies.

What is Cranked?

Cranked is a mode where kills are key. Once you score your first kill, a timer will start and your player will receive increased reload speed and running speed. This timer will be a 30 second timer, ticking down. If you fail to score a kill before the timer hits 0, you’ll blow up. Each new kill will refresh the timer.

For Zombies, as time continues, zombies will spawn faster and the cranked timer will continue to reduce as the game progresses. It will start at 30 seconds, then drop to 25, 20, and 15, before settling at 12.5 seconds.

Tips to Survive

  • Big magazines, high damage – Be sure to drop in with a Light Machine Gun or high capacity Assault Rifle. You’ll need it for all the zombies constantly bombarding you.
  • Explosives are key – Pack C4, and be sure to pick up every War Machine boss zombies drop. You’ll need these as emergency tools for quick and easy kills when time is running low.
  • Pack FAST! – Pack-a-punch is unlocked automatically as soon as the power is turned on. Make sure you get your weapon upgraded as fast as possible.
  • Brain Rot OP – Brain Rot is an ammo upgrade for pack-a-punch weapons that turns a hostile zombie into a friendly teammate. Be sure to utilize this for quick timer resets while reloading or traveling around the map.
  • Ring of Survival – The Ring of Fire field upgrade is a must use in Cranked. Line up large waves of zombies, then activate the ring of fire for easy kills. We recommend saving your ring of fire charges for boss zombies.
  • Be a Menu Master – Using the upgrade station and weapons bench will cost you time. Be sure to have the menus memorized to get what you need before you explode.
  • Perk Up! – While being Cranked gives you additional reload and movement speed, Stamin-Up and Speed Cola also stack on these effects, making you even faster.

These tips should get you rolling through Weapon levels and Zombie hordes in no time. Now get out there and slay some zombies!

Image Credits: Activision

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