This Side Up – Anniversary Achievements and Campaign

Inspired by my recent skulduggery I’ve kept the ship moving on Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and I grabbed a few more achievements:

Look out for the little guys Look Out for the Little Guys

Leave it where it lay Leave It Where It Lay

This side up This Side Up

He's unstoppable! He’s Unstoppable!

(You can get a handy summary of how to get these achievements here.)

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3 Good Finds – /r/Halo, the Halo Archive and Haruspis

The Halo Community continues to surprise me, not only in all the ways it expresses itself but in the all the different places it can be found.

Another way of putting it is when I hear of millions and millions of people buying a Halo game it’s easy to forget that it doesn’t just mean another campaign to play – it means all the people who directly contribute to the community just got a shot in the arm.

More inspiration, more content, and more things for me to react to! I like it 🙂

That said, here are three locations I’ve headed to recently and I encourage you to check out all the Halo goodness they have to offer:

/r/Halo – I’ve spent more time here after CGP Grey put me onto the helpfulness of Reddit, and I have to say it’s the best format I’ve come across for talking about and seeing the new shiny about anything Halo.

There’s even a /r/HaloStory subreddit (among others) where you can go specifically just for good Halo Universe bits. Should you check it out? Yes you should!

Halo Archive A lore-centric Halo site with the goal of “asking the ‘whys and hows’ of our favorite universe”, the site has a lot to offer including their own forum, in-depth articles, and a podcast – the first one just up this week and definitely worth a listen!

One of the things I enjoy about the site in the professionalism – these guys care about what they’re doing and it shows.

It must also be stated that I’m partial to the admins of the site, as they are fellow Ancilla. I may blog on Reactive Bias, but there a few other biases you need to know about. Head over to the Halo Archive!

Haruspis – Written by a man who loves both reading and gaming, you’ll find a detailed level-by-level analysis (here’s the first) of each level in Halo 4 as well as his “30 Days of Halo” on his site.

Great postings here on different parts of the fiction, and that’s something I always enjoy.

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While these sites are not new and I’m certainty not the first person to discover them, they’ve recently come to my attention and I’m a better Halo fan because of it.

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Days after event: 365

Dawn (H4 level)

Seems like old times.
Ready to get back to work?
Cortana crosses her arms.
I thought you’d never ask.

– John-117 and Cortana, “Dawn” level, Halo 4

To realize that’s it’s been a year since the buildup and release of Halo 4 is pretty crazy.

Three-hundred and sixty-five days since I busted out of work, drove home and was able to experience the thrill of a new Halo game – a new world to explore, new multiplayer spaces, and a new piece to the fiction-puzzle that makes up the Halo canon.

I’ve had great times since then, from the first night where I played the campaign straight through with friends, to hours of War Games and the addition of Spartan Ops, Halo 4 gave me what I wanted – more Halo.

For the established Halo Community the game has had its up and downs to be sure, but I’m excited about the future. The game certainly gave the franchise a new vibe, and I really have no idea where things are going to go – which intrigues me.

A toast: here’s to what’s come before and what’s yet to come – and may we all wake up from cryogenic sleep just as rested.

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