Review: Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

A proper hail to the Chief Release Date: November 11, 2014 Genre: First-Person Shooter Platform: Xbox One Developer: 343 Industries, Bungie Publisher: Microsoft Studios ESRB Mature MSRP: $59.99 With the latest generation of consoles has come a multitude of upgraded versions of games from the previous systems. A year into its lifecycle, the Xbox One […]

How ‘The Master Chief Collection’ reignited my love for Halo


We go way back Halo: The Master Chief Collection is nearly here, and it is looking to be the die-hard Halo fan’s dream come true. Combining the nostalgia of the original four Master Chief games with the modern technology of the Xbox One, there’s never been a better time to go through and replay the […]

‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ to compile main ‘Halo’ games in 2014 release


Following this morning’s announcement of Halo 5: Guardians, more information regarding Xbox’s flagship shooter franchise has emerged. Engadget has learned that Microsoft plans on announcing Halo: The Master Chief Collection for release this year. The collection is set to feature remastered versions of the main entries of the Halo franchise in order to get new players […]

Gamers With Benefits: 5 Reasons Our Brains and Bodies Love Video Games

Image courtesy of Axel Pfaender

The days when video games were considered a waste of time are practically gone. In fact, more and more people are keen on crushing candies and planting virtual seeds on virtual farms than ever before. That is, of course, driven by the rise of mobile technology and casual gaming. A recent study from Max Plank […]

Essential Gaming: Top 15 original soundtracks of the generation


As I’ve often mused, video game soundtracks have progressed immensely in the past decade. In fact, in this generation alone we’ve seen substantial headway as more and more developers seek out the best and brightest composers the industry has to offer. Deciding which soundtracks were most memorable this generation was no easy task; after all, […]

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Essential Gaming: VGW’s Top 25 Games of the Generation


It’s been eight long years since the Xbox 360 launched in the United States, signaling to many the start of the next generation. Since that time, thousands of great games (as well as many awful ones) have hit store shelves, but with the generation winding down, it’s time to look at the best that was […]

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Comeback Kill: Weapon Update Provides Breath of Fresh Air for ‘Halo 4′ Matchmaking


When 343 Industries released the long-awaited weapon update for Halo 4 on Monday, I was ecstatic. Finally, I thought, after seven months of meaningful, though still relatively small changes, we’d be getting something really substantial. After spending some time with the update, I think we’ve got something that can satisfy both longtime Halo fans and […]

Unfinished Business: 3/15/2013 – Way Too Much to Play

Darkstalkers Resurrection

The month of March 2013 rages on with its brutal release schedule. This week saw the launch of the latest in one of Sony’s biggest exclusive franchises, God of War. But with Tomb Raider and SimCity still occupying the VGW crew, will anyone step up to the plate to see the story that took place prior […]

Unfinished Business: 2/22/2013 – Revengeancing and Pokémoning

Unfinished Business

The week is finally behind us and it’s time for us to rattle off what we’re looking forward to playing this weekend and into next week. From the most niche to some of the biggest AAA releases from the past 6 months, to retro handheld titles on Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance, there is […]

Unfinished Business: 2/15/2013 – Backlog Cleansing and Comfort Food


After an extended hiatus, Unfinished Business is back! For those who have joined us over the past 12 months, Unfinished Business is a weekly column where members of the team here at VGW run down what they’re playing during the weekend and into the next week. Even though this month is pretty jam-packed with high […]

Halo 4 Spartan Ops mid-season review

Halo 4: Spartan Ops

Attention Spartan! Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to watch an approximately five minute long cut scene before barreling through five missions every week. It’s all for the greater good… and easy experience points. I’m talking about Spartan Ops, 343 Industries’ episodic co-op series for Halo 4. On Monday, we reached the […]

Halo 4 review

Halo 4 - Campaign

Halo 4 is an interesting game to review for several reasons. For starters, it marks the return of Master Chief for the first time in five years, after two games starring other characters in between. Secondly, this Xbox 360 title completes the hand-off from Bungie to 343 Industries, and I can’t think of a bigger franchise that […]

Your Franchise Sucks: Halo


Welcome to our bi-weekly podcast, Your Franchise Sucks, which focuses on why various, iconic franchises are actually garbage. Granted, some of them may be lovable garbage, but garbage nonetheless. This is in no way meant to be a rational, critical examination of a franchise, but rather a group of gamers discussing their love and hatred, […]

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