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Halo Infinite fans slam ‘cash grab’ cosmetic unlocks

Halo Infinite players are frustrated with the steep costs of the Spartan cosmetics system, labelling it as “money hungry.”

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Green Spartans in Halo Infinite

Halo fans are frustrated with Halo Infinite’s new “cash grab” armor coating cosmetics system as they believe the costs to change their Spartan’s color scheme are too steep.

The Halo Infinite developers made the game’s multiplayer component available to download on November 15 and it’s completely free right now. While this has been generally well-received, players still have a few complaints.

Halo Infinite comes with an overhauled cosmetic system that lets you customize Spartan armor with ‘seven layer shaders.’ However, this hasn’t set well with players due to a limited choice of colors and high cost.

White Halo Infinite spartan armor

Rather than letting you fine-tune each bit of armor separately, the Halo Infinite cosmetic system implements coating on the full set at a steep cost. Redditor ‘FabulousTop3970’ highlighted this issue in the Halo subreddit.

“Halo Infinite customization needs to change,” the post demanded. It claimed that Halo 3 came with over 27,000 color options, and pricing them the same as in Infinite would make them come up $270,000 before tax.

The Halo community then asked that the developers only monetize new features such as the center circles pattern and texture options, while returning control of primary and secondary colors back to players for free.

Many of the commenters agreed with the points made in the post. “Firmly support. Removing colors is such a transparent cash grab,” wrote one user.

Halo players have wanted the ability to individually customize pieces of armor for years, and they’re frustrated that Infinite makes them “rely on pre-made combinations” that come with steep costs.

Some shaders are available in the Battle Pass while others have to be purchased manually. “Every single aspect of this game is now built around making money,” commented one player.

At the time of writing, 343 Industries have yet to respond to these complaints, so it remains to be seen whether or not the cosmetic system in Halo Infinite will go through any major changes soon.


If you’re interested in more Halo Infinite news and content, check out this simple Halo Infinite mistake that appears to completely break aim assist.

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Battlefield 2042 devs respond after players slam Santa Claus Holiday skin

DICE have responded to the major player criticisms of the Santa Claus Holiday-themed skin in Battlefield 2042.

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Santa Claus in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 players weren’t too happy when DICE added a Santa Claus Holiday-themed skin to the game, and now the developers have responded to the criticism.

There is a plethora of fun content in Battlefield 2042, and the developers decided to get players into the holiday spirit by adding a Santa Claus skin to the game. However, this cosmetic was heavily criticized.

Many fans roasted the skin, stating that it was too “goofy” and didn’t fit the serious tone of Battlefield. This led to a response from the developers, who explained their decision to create this skin.

Battlefield 2042 player in hazard zone

Various Battlefield 2042 players stated that the Santa Claus Holiday-themed skin doesn’t suit the tone of the game. Some felt that a cosmetic like this belongs in a light-hearted title like Fortnite.

The Battlefield Direct Communication Twitter account responded by letting players know that they didn’t plan to reveal the Holiday-themed cosmetics and then clarified their actual purpose in the game.

They made it clear that while they designed these cosmetic skins, they “presently have no plans to utilize all of them this Holiday.” Instead, they were mostly meant for a “single-time use” in Portal modes.

“Throughout our live service, you may occasionally encounter these mode locked cosmetics, which don’t impact the rest of the game,” they tweeted. Meaning that some of these are just special cosmetics that aren’t meant to represent the overall tone of the game.

There were a variety of different reactions from players in the replies. Some of them expressed their relief that these types of skins are not going to be the norm in Battlefield 2042, while others labelled this response as “damage control.”

“Not a chance in hell,” replied one user. “You think they’d tease holiday skins, before the holidays, without intending to use them before the backlash?” This was a sentiment shared by quite a few repliers.

At the time of writing, it remains to be seen whether or not the Santa Claus skin will still be a part of the game after the criticism it received from fans. The developers might have some surprises planned for the Holiday season.


For more Battlefield 2042, check out our guide on how to fix the mouse stuck glitch on PC and how to level up fast in Battlefield 2042.

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Destiny 2 Anniversary Event hints at Halo crossover

Destiny 2 players have spotted some Halo weapons in the upcoming 30th Anniversary event, and they believe it could be teasing a crossover.

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Master Chief and Destiny 2 Guardian

The Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack will arrive in Destiny 2 soon, and the teasers appear to show Guardian’s rocking some very familiar Halo weapons. This has sparked rumors that a Halo crossover will be arriving in Destiny 2 soon.

Bungie kickstarted the legendary Halo franchise back in 2001 but since parting ways with Microsoft, has now moved on to developing and supporting Destiny. Now, Halo is in the hands of 343 Industries.

Bungie will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a special Destiny 2 event that brings over content and cosmetics from its previous games. Although it’s Bungie’s most famous franchise, there was no confirmation that any Halo content would arrive.

However, on the 30th Anniversary Pack’s Steam page, eagle-eyed players believe they have spotted Halo weapons that tease a crossover.

Halo weapons spotted in Destiny 2

The Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack launches on December 7 and brings a new Dungeon, as well as the Gjallarhorn Exotic Rocket Launcher, and weapons and armor from its previous games – Myth and Marathon.

Although Halo put Bungie on the map, the end of its Microsoft partnership has meant that Destiny and Halo have never had a crossover. However, it appears that could change.

Players have spotted weapons that look extremely similar to Halo’s classic Battle Rifle and Focus Rifle (or Covenant Carbine) in an image from Destiny 2’s ‘Dares of Eternity’ activity.

Some also believed that they spotted a Needler in the same image, but it’s actually a new armor set where the shoulder piece has some very familiar purple needles poking out of it.

However, there’s no guarantee that this will be an official crossover. It’s likely that Bungie has crafted new weapons that are inspired by Halo’s but in such a way that it doesn’t directly bring them over.

While an official crossover is possible, we’ll need to wait until the 30th Anniversary event releases to know just how much Halo will arrive in Destiny 2.


You can also check out how to get Destiny 2’s Last Word Hand Cannon and Halo Infinite devs teasing a stronger anti-cheat is on the way.

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Halo Infinite players call for changes to “horrible” melee hit registration

Halo Infinite players are calling for the developers to make some major changes to the game’s melee registration.

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Halo Infinite Spartan using Energy Sword

Halo Infinite players aren’t particularly fond of how the melee functions and many of them are calling for 343 Industries to make some major changes to the hit registration. 

The multiplayer beta for Halo Infinite has a plethora of content for fans to enjoy, but the game also has some major problems. These include glitches that de-rank players after wins and a cheater problem that might be worse than Warzone’s.

One feature that has received criticism from fans is the game’s melee system. It isn’t functioning properly, as several players have reported problems with the hit registration and are asking the devs to fix it.

Energy sword in Halo Infinite

While Halo Infinite players have a wide array of weapons at their disposal, sometimes it’s better to get up close and personal with your opponents. The melee mechanic lets you dish some serious damage and destroy enemy shields.

This is helpful when you’re running low on ammo or in a close-quarters combat situation. However, the Halo Infinite melee hits don’t always register properly, and Redditor WonAte highlighted this issue in the Halo Infinite subreddit.

The clip they posted showcases the player hitting an enemy with a melee attack, but the game doesn’t register the hit and the opponent is able to take them down. Many of the commenters agreed that the melee system isn’t working properly.

“Absolutely love most of the gameplay… apart from the melee,” wrote one user. “As soon as people are near each other there’s just horrible teleportating[sic]/phasing lunges happening.”

The inconsistent melee hit registration often causes players to phase through their opponents, and many have reported this happening when they tried lunging at the enemies at close range.

“Melee is far too inconsistent on lunges and I feel like I’m always on the receiving end of someone lunging as if they have an Energy Sword,” wrote NoTransportation888. “The no collision is what does me in the most.” 

Now, Halo Infinite fans are calling for 343 Industries to fix the game’s melee hit registration ahead of its official release. We’ll keep checking for updates regarding this and will be sure to let you know about any new developments.


For more Halo, be sure to check out how to claim Halo Infinite Game Pass rewards along with our article on the Halo Infinite dev teasing a stronger anti-cheat to fix the game’s hacking problem.

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