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The 411 On 343's Halo Waypoint

Get a guided tour of the Halo portal coming next month to an Xbox 360 near you.

To me, this whole Halo Waypoint thing has felt kind of nebulously defined, as Microsoft and its Halo strike force 343 Industries have been describing it over the last couple of months. Other than "a place on your Xbox 360 to look at Halo stuff," I haven't been entirely sure what Waypoint would entail.
 
Microsoft has clearly decided that confusion needs clearing up, as it's sent out a full walkthrough video showing you a bunch of the major features in Waypoint, not to mention what the interface will look like. Here's that! 

 

   
 
There's also a bunch of new screenshots showing this stuff off in higher resolution. (Check the gallery for the full-size shots.) By the way, this whole shebang is being co-created by Certain Affinity, a group of former Bungie employees and maker of fine piratical strategy games.
 

  
Let's hear it, Halo fans. Are you still invested enough in Bungie's opus to spend significant time messing around with this thing? And what do you think of it, from what you're seeing here? Brad Shoemaker on Google+
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Posted by Brad

To me, this whole Halo Waypoint thing has felt kind of nebulously defined, as Microsoft and its Halo strike force 343 Industries have been describing it over the last couple of months. Other than "a place on your Xbox 360 to look at Halo stuff," I haven't been entirely sure what Waypoint would entail.
 
Microsoft has clearly decided that confusion needs clearing up, as it's sent out a full walkthrough video showing you a bunch of the major features in Waypoint, not to mention what the interface will look like. Here's that! 

 

   
 
There's also a bunch of new screenshots showing this stuff off in higher resolution. (Check the gallery for the full-size shots.) By the way, this whole shebang is being co-created by Certain Affinity, a group of former Bungie employees and maker of fine piratical strategy games.
 

  
Let's hear it, Halo fans. Are you still invested enough in Bungie's opus to spend significant time messing around with this thing? And what do you think of it, from what you're seeing here?
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Posted by Computerplayer1

I love Halo and the universe, but this is made of 100% retard concentrate.

Posted by TooWalrus

I'll probably check out the Halo anime... but I don't expect to spend any real time checking out my "Halo Career."

Posted by Bucketdeth

This seems like something only for really die hard halo fans.

Posted by Madyew

I might check it out, it could be cool.

Posted by Bubahula

that seems awesome for people who love halo.

Posted by RHCPfan24

This is not for me, I see....

Posted by Jayzilla

so this is like achievements for achievements? that is pretty lame. looks like this series is getting more strung out than tony hawk or sonic.

Posted by holabendez

Sounds like the answer to a question nobody asked.

Posted by turbomonkey138

Looks awesome . Yes i love halo ... yes i play it all the time

Posted by Cheapoz

The achievement amalgamation across games is SO awesome. Makes me wish I wasn't so 'meh' about the Halo franchise. It's not hooked me. Makes me wish however, that a similar thing was available for franchises I love (Gears!).

Posted by Jack_Daniels

I love halo... but wtf is this? I can't play halo waypoint so I don't care.

Posted by cjmhockey

Wow, I'll definitely end up checking it out... Not a huge Halo fan (I enjoy playing it but I'm not intense with online like some are) but cool none the less.

Posted by FLStyle

nebulously - My new word of the day, thank you Mr Shoemaker.

Posted by ZenPSY

meh halo fanboys clubhouse

Posted by Jeffsekai

You know what I don't care what anyone else says, Halo totally deserves this type of treatment and the way Microsoft is doing it seems really cool. Defiantly looking forward to this.

Posted by Lies

Looks like they've put achievements in my achievements so I can achieve while I achieve.

Posted by Zeouterlimits

Nom nom, I'll take it, thank you 343.

Posted by McPaper

Who is this for?

Posted by Lydian_Sel

This just seems like it'll push the already hyped Halo egomania into overdrive.

Posted by Brackynews

Hmm, reminds me of the Metroid Prime Wii channel.
The UNSC Say My Name...?  Fuckin' geek jocks.

Posted by TripMasterMunky

Cool I guess?

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

Sounds pretty much like the lamest thing ever. Hey Bungie!  How about a new IP instead of shoving Halo over and over again down our throats?

Edited by crusnchill

seem's like MS want to toot their own horns. 
 
MS: "Hey! Look at what we've acomplished! Yoo hoo!" 
 
Us: "Huh. What? Oh Sorry MS, I was playing COD4."

Posted by SmokePants

What? No support for Halo 2 Vista achievements? Boycott!

Posted by Delta_Ass

Can Halo Waypoint provide matchmaking for Firefight? No? Okay, then it's completely useless to me!

Posted by Nock

So what's next, I'm saying Microsoft is not going to build this kind of frame work NOT to use in on something other then Halo, I could see "Gears RallyPoint" or "Fable Pub".... etc what you think MS really gonna build all this and not so ok great now do it for the rest of the games.

Posted by xyzygy

I think it's pretty cool. Next will probably be something for Gears, then maybe Mass Effect, then maybe Forza - could you imagine a place like this for Forza where you could see other peoples art, replays, download ghosts, all in one area? 

Posted by JJWeatherman

This seems like Microsoft is way over-doing the whole Halo thing now. As if the games and Marc Echo shirts weren't enough, now this? Pointless in my mind.

Posted by AngelicRampage
@cjmhockey said:
" Wow, I'll definitely end up checking it out... Not a huge Halo fan (I enjoy playing it but I'm not intense with online like some are) but cool none the less. "
thats exactly how i feel, i think its good, but i dont go ape shit over everything
Posted by afrokola

My interest is peaked, definitely curious how often I will use this but I'm sure I will.

Edited by ashton
@JJWeatherman: sooo true.  my first reaction was ugghhh!
 
soooo...pointless
Posted by mrsmiley

Looks pretty sweet. A cool reason to go back and play the games to get more achievements and stuff.

Posted by Systech

Okay, Microsoft. Halo isn't that important to me.

Posted by Feser

At least they are being creative about milking Halo; but this thing is like they are surgical draining the milk from the udder, and as such leaves a foul taste in my mouth.
Posted by SleepyDoughnut
@holabendez said:
" Sounds like the answer to a question nobody asked. "
This seems like a pretty good way of putting it.
Posted by big_jon


This is so for me.
Posted by ep_driver

so stoked i didn't have to watch that odst ad before this halo video. finally a break from that bullshit!
Posted by LaszloKovacs

I get more than enough Halo from the games, thanks. Don't need 4 meta-layers of bullshit over the online achievements I don't care enough about to earn.

Posted by ZAPBoston
@ep_driver: lol i was just thinking that. I wish there was a giantbomb membership that would allow me to opt out of advertising for an annual membership fee or something. 
Posted by Complex

This is some cool stuff, can't wait to see what else they will have in the future.
Posted by Wolverine

This is pretty cool. I love the Halo games and would love to have all of my information in one area.

Posted by Chewii101
@DiGiTaL_SiN said:
" Sounds pretty much like the lamest thing ever. Hey Bungie!  How about a new IP instead of shoving Halo over and over again down our throats? "
It's not Bungie. Its MS.  
 
As much as love the Halo universe, played all the games, read all the books, I've had it with the Halo. Halo Anime? Jesus Christ. Until Halo Reach, no more Halo plz. 
Posted by pause422

I dont get who this is for at all...even people crazy about halo generally have no interest checking this out from what I have seen. Seems really dumb and just not needed.

Posted by FinalDasa

Honestly is sounds kind of stupid. 
Comparing Halo 3 and Halo Wars and then judging me about how well I did in each game?   
I just don't see why anyone would care about what my Halo Waypoint says, let alone what rank I am in it.
 
Not to mention all the information I want to know about my Halo game is on Bungie.net. 

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Posted by skrutop

I'll visit the site if they sell the Halo Dew on there.  Otherwise, no dice.

Posted by imhuntad
@Jayzilla:
lol, yeah that's what I saw as well. This is the absolute dumbest halo idea so far....so far.
Posted by chstupid

They could of made something cool like Giant Bomb Waypoint
Posted by Poki3
@Cheapoz said:
" The achievement amalgamation across games is SO awesome. Makes me wish I wasn't so 'meh' about the Halo franchise. It's not hooked me. Makes me wish however, that a similar thing was available for franchises I love (Gears!). "
Makes you wish you that you'd get pulled into buying games you may not want?
Posted by Cheapoz
@Poki3 said:
" @Cheapoz said:
" The achievement amalgamation across games is SO awesome. Makes me wish I wasn't so 'meh' about the Halo franchise. It's not hooked me. Makes me wish however, that a similar thing was available for franchises I love (Gears!). "
Makes you wish you that you'd get pulled into buying games you may not want? "
I don't care for Halo, yet I've played 3 and Wars. 
 
If you don't care for Halo, it's not for you, so no need for anyone to get upset. But if you love it, you're all into it.
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