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And liberty and Red Bull for all.

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn review

Does Microsoft's low budget, live action web series work as a standalone DVD release?

Key events

1st November 2012

Halo 4 review

Halo 5 will have 4K support on Xbox One X

All Xbox 360 Halo games are getting backwards compatibility.

VideoVideo: Games with awful product tie-ins

And liberty and Red Bull for all.

What did Alien director Ridley Scott actually do for Halo: Nightfall?

"I'm not going to pretend his footprints and fingerprints are all over it..."

Epoch: Returns - a game inspired by Mass Effect 1's planetary exploration

UPDATE: The Kickstarter campaign has been cancelled.

Shake-up at Halo developer 343 Industries

Plus, our first glimpse at Halo for Xbox One?

Halo 4 lead designer joins Dead Space dev Visceral

Scott Warner now design director on unannounced title.

Halo and Gears of War writer joins Amazon Games Studios

"I wouldn't be there unless something cool was brewing."

Creators of fan-made Halo PC game reckon they're on safe ground

But what will Microsoft's lawyers think of Project: Contingency?

5 Halo: Spartan Assault released

Plus, Ryse digital comic grants "early leg up" in Xbox One game's multiplayer.

Halo 4 Champions Bundle adds fresh maps, armour on 20th August

Three new packs included. No Andy Murray skin.

Microsoft registers Halo: Spartan Assault domains

Spin-off? TV show? Something else?

Halo project Bootcamp outed by Korean Rating Board

But it has nothing to do with Xbox One.

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn review

Does Microsoft's low budget, live action web series work as a standalone DVD release?

Microsoft hauls Xbox Entertainment Awards website offline after user information revealed

UPDATE: Microsoft awards 1600MSP to all entrants as compensation.

Halo 4's Castle Map Pack dated for April

Adds three new maps and a six-on-six playlist for 800 MSP.

Halo 4: Majestic Map Pack review

Small is beautiful.

Halo 4, 3, Reach, Wars sale on Xbox Live today

UPDATE: Week-long deals revealed - BioShock for 4.50!

Halo 4 Majestic Map Pack out next week, details revealed

Three maps, two playlists and Infinity Rumble.

What does Microsoft's cloud-powered future mean for physical media?

As Halo 4 breaks records, Phil Harrison explains how Xbox is evolving.

Halo 4 dev laments "missteps", will "do much better next time"

343 Industries still proud of "best" game in the series.

Peripheral projected illusions: Microsoft demos IllumiRoom Kinect idea in video

Beaming the bits you don't usually see onto living room walls.

FeatureGames of 2012: Halo 4

It all comes flooding back.

Halo 4: Crimson Map Pack review

You've got red on you.

Microsoft looking into Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack issue for season pass holders

UPDATE: Halo Waypoint telling users to reboot their consoles and try again.

Wii U sees healthy US launch, numbers in line with Wii

But Xbox 360 outsells both combined.

Halo 4 map packs release date leaked - rumour

UPDATE: Microsoft confirms they're coming in December, February and April.

FeatureWhy are we stuck with games being released on a Friday?

An investigation into the origins, arguments and potential for change.

Xbox 360, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 and Smartglass: Microsoft Studios now "multiformat" says Harrison

"We're no longer just competing with the traditional console companies."

GAME claims it's “in good shape” and will make 20m this year

Has 35% market share, but still no credit insurance.

UK chart: Halo 4 top but sales lower than Halo 3, Reach

LittleBigPlanet Karting skids in 24th.

FeatureReclaiming Halo's spark

Halo 4's the ultimate in fan service - but is it enough to carry on Bungie's legacy?

Digital FoundryDigital Foundry vs. Halo 4

The new benchmark for Xbox 360 visuals?

Digital FoundryHalo 4 Vehicles Performance Video

Master Chief enters one of Halo 4's most impressive combat zones and commandeers a vehicle...

Digital FoundryHalo 4 Cut-Scenes Performance Video

An impressive improvement over Halo Reach by virtually every measurable criteria.

Digital FoundryHalo 4 Combat Performance Video

Straight out blasting action across a range of environments in 343's first Halo epic.

Halo 4 review

Truth or reconciliation?

Halo 4 devs scold Xbox Live sexism

"I'd like to think most of our players don't support this kind of behaviour."

Halo 4 War Games Pass revealed

Three map packs for 17 / 2000 MS Points.

Microsoft battling Halo 4 spoiler videos after inevitable leak

"This is how surprised I am about this..."

Microsoft slaps down user creation rules for machinima, videos, fanfiction

UPDATE: "The rules are basically the same," Halo dev responds.

Incredible marching band performance at American football match celebrates video games

Horde of musicians recreates a galloping horse and more.

Why 343 isn't ready to show us Master Chief's face

But is it prepared to kill Halo's iconic hero?

This week on Outside Xbox

Synergising with Frank O'Connor, stalking Chet Faliszek, gaming's greatest roadtrips and more.

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn is more space soap than space opera

Microsoft's ambitious web-series starts off all Battlestar Galactica: Junior High.

What's the deal with quick-time events in Halo 4?

343 Industries' Frank O'Connor explains.

FeatureCan Halo 4 capture the series' spark?

343's made an authentic Halo game, but the jury's out whether it has an identity of its own.

EGXSo, what's the Covenant doing in Halo 4?

Frank O'Connor answers the burning questions at Eurogamer Expo. Plus, nerfed jetpacks.

Frank O'Connor on how Halo 4 gets the most out of the 7-year-old Xbox 360

343 to stick with Halo engine for future Halo games on next-gen Xbox.

VideoHalo 4 Covenant weapons

Alien technology.

EGXMicrosoft line-up announced for Eurogamer Expo

Fable, Gears of War: Judgment and Dance Central 3 join Halo 4 and Forza Horizon on the show floor.

There are 8 different Halo 4 UK pre-order deals

And they're each exclusive to a different shop.

TOWIE, Hollyoaks cast promote Halo 4

And Cameron Jerome from Stoke City.

Halo 4 spoilers reveal main antagonist, among other things

Major plot details sneakily spotted in trailer, book listing. Oops.

Halo 4 shows off new Grifball mode

Oddball and CTF tweaked too.

343: Halo 4 Spartan Ops season longer than Halo 3: ODST

"Number of missions has no bearing on the length of the campaign."

EGXHalo 4 playable multiplayer and developer session at Eurogamer Expo

343 Industries' Frank O'Connor to open the show on Thursday.

Halo 4 Achievements list released

Spoilers lie inside.

Wonderfully made video showing what Halo 4 took to make

Will it live up to Bungie's legacy?

VideoA lovely look behind the Halo 4 curtain

Master of many, many arts.

Halo 4 multiplayer specialisations detailed

War Game Map Pass to cost 2000 MS Points.

Halo 4 trailer shows off new UNSC weapons

Sticky Detonator! Saw! Railgun! Dubstep!

Translucent Halo 4 Limited Edition Xbox 360 costs 269.99

MS reveals new standalone Halo 4 pad, too. Pictures within.

Limited Edition Halo 4 Xbox 360 console makes noises

Can't think why you wouldn't want one.

Halo 4 to support Microsoft Surface tablets

Anything Wii U can do, Microsoft can do too?

Halo 4 multiplayer requires an Xbox 360 hard drive or 8GB USB flash drive

Playing with a hard drive provides an "optimal experience".

New Halo 4 info spills from retailer quiz

10 new weapons! 2 new vehicles! 50 Spartan Ops missions spread over 10 weeks! And is that clan support?

What video game developers think of Surface

iPad killer or Microsoft's secret weapon in the battle for the next generation?

Microsoft rejects Motorola settlement offer as Xbox patent row escalates

Refuses suggested royalty of 2.25 per cent on each Xbox sold.

Digital FoundryTech Analysis: Halo 4 at E3

Digital Foundry assesses the new graphics tech devised by 343 Industries.

Digital FoundryHalo 4 E3 Performance Analysis Video

A preview of the kind of performance level we can expect from 343 Industries' debut Halo offering.

Microsoft reviews its E3 performance

Xbox's Chris Lewis on keeping the core happy, glossing over Gears and why we didn't see new hardware.

VideoHalo 4 War Games gameplay video

A quick look at competitive multiplayer mode, War Games.

VideoHalo 4 Spartan Ops gameplay video

First look at gameplay from Halo 4's new co-operative mode, Spartan Ops.

VideoHalo 4 Infinity multiplayer video

Take part in War Games and Spartan Ops during your Spartan career aboard the UNSC Infinity.

FeatureE3 Reaction: Microsoft vs. Sony: The Console War Is Over, For Now

Both companies have new goals and the contrasts yesterday illustrated them.

VideoWatch the Halo 4 live gameplay demo

343 Industries' live demo from the Microsoft E3 conference.

First glimpse at Halo 4 confirms Forerunners as enemy

UPDATE: First campaign gameplay trailer added.

BBC News mistakes Halo UNSC logo for UN

UPDATE: BBC tells Eurogamer: "Very occasionally mistakes do happen."

More Halo 4 multiplayer details revealed

Plus, first look at lavish $99 limited edition.

Halo 4 live action web series Forward Unto Dawn launches this autumn

Introduce a new character who ties in with the game.

Halo 4 release date 6th November

UPDATE: Microsoft confirms.

VideoNew Halo 4 mini-doc shows soundtrack recording

Massive Attack producer takes over Abbey Road.

Halo 4 score composed by Massive Attack producer

Neil Davidge is series' first new composer since 2001 original.

Halo 4 multiplayer details, Spartan Ops revealed

Weapon camping, respawn delay eradicated.

Nielsen poll ranks most anticipated games of 2012

Battleship makes Wii top three.

VideoHalo 4 dev diary meets the 343 Industries team

"We have aspirations to become the best games studio in the world."

343 confirms Halo 4 is native 720p

Addresses perks concern.

FeatureHalo 4 Preview: Remaster Chief

Bungie finished the fight, but 343 is ready to start it all over again.

VideoHalo 4 developer diary shows new footage

Microsoft's 343 Industries reveals Master Chief's next adventure.

First in-game Halo 4 screenshots revealed

It's the "best-looking game on Xbox", says dev.

Halo 4 perks system introduced

"We're not chasing Call of Duty or Battlefield" insists 343 Industries.

Bungie co-founder on Halo 4: "I'd be pretty surprised if they wiffed it"

Expects MS will grant 343 the time and resources to "make it great".

Microsoft: Xbox 360 exclusives need "quality" not quantity

Bemoans Sony "selling old franchises with HD remakes".

Spielberg-backed Halo movie for 2012?

UPDATE: MS says press release "inaccurate".

Why you can't drive Forza 4's Warthog

"They didn't give us tyres from 2525."

VideoHalo Fest: Celebrating 10 Years video

343 industries throws a party.

Halo creative director quits Halo 4

"I'm not going to waste one more day."

Master Chief stars in Halo 4 teaser pic

343's latest suit design revealed.

VideoTop Gear talks Halo 4 Warthog video

Clarkson gives the Forza 4 rundown.

VideoHalo 4 panel video from Halo Fest

343 Industries take the stage.

VideoHalo 4 concept art video

Master Chief's next chapter revealed.

Halo 4, 5, 6 the "Reclaimer Trilogy"

343 reveals first Halo 4 details.

Halo 4 Warthog in Forza 4

Look but don't touch.

Bungie's message to Halo fans

Give Microsoft "creative flexibility".

FeatureBungie bids Halo farewell

Eric Osborne looks back at 10 years of Master Chief.

Microsoft: If Halo falters, so does Xbox

Spencer piles on the pressure for 343.

How Microsoft polices Xbox Live

"We focus on the really bad stuff."

Halo 4 in development for two years

Anniversary extras star Guilty Spark.

Microsoft: "We lost our way" with Halo

"Master Chief the John Wayne character."

Bungie bids emotional farewell to Halo

"Halo is in great hands... yours."

Halo 4's Master Chief "changed"

"There's a story behind his new look."

Microsoft denies "milking" Halo

Remake "a project of passion not business".

FeatureToday's Top Trailers - Day 3

Our pick of E3's videos, good and bad.

FeatureToday's Top Trailers - Day 2

The best and worst of E3's videos so far.

Halo 4 teaser screenshots

First screenshots of Master Chief's return.

VideoHalo 4 announcement teaser

Master Chief back for a new trilogy.

Microsoft unveils Halo 4 at E3

With a shiny but short teaser trailer.