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HALO: REACH

What’s already happened: Master Chief, the one and only survivor of a genetic super-soldier training program known as SPARTAN, finally managed to end the galactic battle between humanity and Covenant aliens. Although he’s not dead, the trilogy does close on him – and his A.I. companion, Cortana – lost in deep space, light years away from home.

What’s coming next: Technically, this is what’s come before, as Halo: Reach is definitely a prequel and not a sequel. Any true fan of the franchise can tell that just by looking at the title; as described in the companion novels, “Reach” was a planet destroyed at the start of the war, years earlier than the game trilogy. Another obvious clue? The silhouette lineup from the single piece of official art includes more than one SPARTAN.

Master Chief is not alone… yet.

He will be, though, and this will be the story of how, where and why that happened. You’ll play through missions on pre-glassed Reach as a younger Master Chief, but also as his diverse, specialized companions: an eagle-eyed sniper, a knife-wielding scout, a gruff heavy gunner and even a – shock! – female soldier. ODST proves that developer Bungie is capable of fragmented, Rashomon-style storytelling; in Reach, however, the multiple protagonists will be different in more than mere name and helmet color. They’ll feel different, too.

That will extend to the multiplayer, which we expect to see somewhat class-based like Team Fortress or (to a lesser degree) Modern Warfare. Why would Bungie risk messing with a proven and beloved formula? Because Halo: Reach is supposedly the company’s last contribution to the series. We imagine the original creators will want to leave on a reinvention bang, not a retread whimper.


GOD OF WAR III

What’s already happened: Kratos, mentally anguished hitman for the gods of Olympus, has been through a lot. He’s battled Persians and rescued the sun-god Helios from the clutches of the sleep-god Morpheus. He opened Pandora’s box just so he could murder and replace the existing god of war, Ares. He’s killed the Sisters of Fate, slightly altered his own destiny and freed the Titans from the pit of Tartarus. And he’s died and escaped from Hades no fewer than three times.

At the end of the second God of War, Kratos set his sights on no less a target than Olympus itself. If the gods can’t free him from the pain of accidentally murdering his wife and child, Kratos decides, then he’ll just destroy every last one of them.

What’s coming next: We already know a fair amount about what’s ahead this March, when God of War III is set to release. While we haven’t specifically seen it in action, we’re told that most of the action is going to unfold on the bodies of the Titans themselves, who will be massive, continually shifting landscapes that move around freely in a large, more or less open world. We also know that Kratos will fight and kill at least several of the gods (as he does, gruesomely, with Helios in the downloadable demo), with the ultimate goal of executing his crappy father, Zeus.

However, the demo hints at a less-than-friendly relationship between Kratos and his supposed allies, the Titans. While at first he helps a magma-skinned Titan defeat Helios, that same Titan shows up later to menace him while he’s trying to fly out of an air shaft. Given Kratos’ personality – he’s a brutal rebel who only does things that suit his own brutal ends – it wouldn’t surprise us in the least if he threw his alliance with the Titans out the window and turned the war for Olympus into a three-way battle, pitting gods against Titans in the hope that they’ll simply destroy each other.

Given the world Kratos inhabits – in which the gods rule humanity with an iron fist, promising prosperity in exchange for obedient slavery – that’d neatly sidestep the pitfall of replacing one oppressor with another. After all, why would Kratos settle for simply replacing the old order when he could obliterate it entirely, leaving humans, at last, to find their own way?

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59 comments

  • D0CCON - June 8, 2010 11:23 p.m.

    Wonder what will happen with Modern Warfare 3 and its big cliffhanger now that Infinity Ward has became a very Finite Ward.
  • ryno - June 7, 2010 10:53 p.m.

    i hope assasins creed 3 takes place in the modern era. where you have you hidden blade. silenced pistols. and a sniper rifle. also i know about assasins creed brotherhood but its more of a sidestory i heard
  • Zackaro - June 7, 2010 6:58 p.m.

    Well, about L4D3, if youve noticed the first L4D was taken 2 weeks after the first infection, and L4D 2 took place 1 week after the first infection, sooooo L4D 3 MUST take place when the infection first breaks out, so expect pandemic. =D
  • Ganonpork - June 7, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    ATTENTION EVERYONE, PLEASE VIEW MY AMAZING PSYCHIC POWERS!!!! uhhhhhhh KRATOS GONNA KILL ZUES AN EN STAB HIMSELF AND ATHENAS GONNA GET PISSED OF. XD see that skill?
  • waffledragon33 - June 7, 2010 10:33 a.m.

    i hope these come out
  • waffledragon33 - March 2, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    i think ac3 will be in the modern
  • TeragRunner - February 1, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    Cole's gonna die just because he black. Being black I can make that assessment which is true in a good amount of media.
  • ongong - January 30, 2010 4:51 a.m.

    For Assassinh's creed 3, I think the assassin's should break into abstergo and find a robot that desmond can control from the animus. that way, desmond is impervious to bullets, and can still be "desyncronized" when he gets beat up.
  • Mirako - January 30, 2010 4:09 a.m.

    I disagree with the Gears thing. The Locust were there from the beginning it seems so Humans creating them is very unlikely. Although I might have the times wrong because if the facility is EXTREMELY old, yes that might be their origins.
  • halowar234 - December 17, 2009 5:12 p.m.

    cant wate till the left 4 dead 3 comes out
  • Slica - December 13, 2009 5:20 a.m.

    Hey just got 2 comments, for left for dead 3 maybe the top left of the map is where they where going, posibly washington d.c? And for gears of war 3 i think your way off, maybe except for how they became locust. One in jacintos reminent they go to the islands in the south. Where locust havnt appeared, theres no infrastructure, so it be hard to base a game there, maybe the training. But where the hell are they gonna go after? they barlely have an army anymore and now have some sort of poor navy. They have more stranded problem it seems. Also gears 3 will be coming out on the new xbox console not 360 because it will one make more money, 2 be able to be alot better because of the new systems capabilities. JUST SAYING :)
  • DoctorCrazy - December 9, 2009 5:50 p.m.

    One thing I must point out, is that GTA: Canada doesnt make any sense. Are you saying that all Canada is one enviornment? It would jsut be one big forest full of moose and hunters? Im sorry GR but do you know what the Praries look like? Or the East Coast of Canada? And then you go and say GTA: Colorado, implying that most US states are all different, but not Canada, its just one big clump of trees with a moose. K im done.
  • nadrewod999 - December 9, 2009 2:58 a.m.

    Lol @ gamingfreak, AC2 IS ALREADY OUT! XD
  • LieutenantCipher - December 5, 2009 1:03 a.m.

    Most of your predictions seem head on for me - basically you guys foresaw the same thing I have, great minds think alike I guess ;) As for the second Assassin's Creed 3 assumption: if Ubisoft does decide to kick everyone in the balls and continue to dick around in the animus then I guess they might end up going through subject 16's memories in an attempt to pick some answers out for half the game, but one way or another, they're gonna have to give Desmond a shot going by the short bit at the end where we get to play as him and kill some Abstergo employees. Either way, the sequel is gonna be great based on the pure epicality of AC2 and I'm lookin' forward to it!(along with Prototype 2 as well) P.S. - Hopefully, Ubisoft will ignore the retarded, weaboos that constantly bitch about the fact that the AC series doesn't and probably never will(thank god) have any cliche, overused, japanese anime bullshit. Face it, Ninja Gaiden covers that crap, every single game ever created doesn't have to have a relation to Japan or ninjas or samurai warriors. All the wapanese fucktards infesting the interwebz should seriously give it rest.
  • gamingfreak - December 3, 2009 2:12 a.m.

    I think that Assassins Creed 2 will start out with Desmond in the Animus (again) heading to the cabin (hinted in AC2) and re-living another ancestor's memory. About 70%-80% (just guessing) of the game will be in the Animus and the other 30%-20% will be Desmond kickin ass (finally) assassin style.
  • morrodox - December 1, 2009 4:35 p.m.

    My predictions for HL2 Ep3: I predict the episode will start out with Gordon en Route to the Borealis, and agree it will already be overrun with Combine. Alex will NOT tag along, being too distraught over Eli's death. Instead Gordon will pair up with another character, possibly Barney or Dog, or perhaps even Adrian Shepard from Opposing Force. However, later in the game Gordon and Alex will reunite after she's had some time to recover, and now she will be pissed, and she will kick more Combine ass than we've ever seen her kick before. I predict Gordon's next encounter with G-Man will alter their relationship, possibly with Gordon defying G-Man's orders somehow. Perhaps to save someone he cares about. We will see uncertainty from G-Man for the first time. We will not learn exactly who G-Man is (that's for HL3), but we will leave with a pretty good idea of what his motivations are, and possibly for whom he works. I predict Gordon will fight a Combine Advisor using only the crowbar. Because it's just too awesome to not happen. Possibly even Breen in a host body! I disagree on an appearance by GLaDOS, as I always had the impression that the events of HL2 and Portal were unfolding at the same time. I agree on no portal guns in Ep3 or HL3... for the single-player campaign. But portal guns in multi would RULE.
  • iluvmyDS - December 1, 2009 8:41 a.m.

    The Gears of War entry seems likely, I hope it has that kind of twist.
  • 64DD - December 1, 2009 2:24 a.m.

    no half-life 3?? just dissapointing
  • BLAQstorm - November 29, 2009 11:12 p.m.

    In modern warfare 3 soap and price will probably have to go aginst their own government to clear their name.
  • Defguru7777 - November 28, 2009 10:56 p.m.

    Okay, lot of things to say. Reach was glassed a month or two before the first game, not at the beginning of the war. The Master Chief's training ended before the war started. Also, the Master Chief never stepped foot on Reach during its fall. He was in an orbital station making sure the Covenant didn't find their way to Earth. However, I do hope that the story will be told from multiple perspectives. That's mainly why I liked Halo 2 and ODST's story so much. And as for class-based multiplayer...ABSOLUTLEY FUCKING NOT!!!!! Part of why I love Halo's multiplayer is that everyone's on even terms. I think Bungie should stick to what they've done. Keep the same excellent multiplayer while making improvements (new weapons, vehicles, and gameplay). As for your Half-Life 2: Episode 3 predictions, I completely agree. Especially the part about keeping portal guns out of Half-Life. GTA, don't really care as long as the new environment is good. Mostly I think Gears of War 3 will happen like you've said. Except for a few things. Prescott didn't have the Sires researched on. It said in the game that it was under Chairman Monroe. And the Chairman before Prescott was Dalyell. So the Sires are at least two Chairmen removed. Also, Hoffman didn't know about the Sires until Delta did. And in the novels, he's mostly on good terms with all of them, even Marcus. Also, Cole and Baird had better not die!!!! I think if anyone dies, it'll be Dom. Call it a feeling.

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