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The top 5 best Halo maps of all-time

Halo has a variety of great areas for players to battle in. We’ve listed the top 5 best multiplayer maps in the series.

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Best Halo maps of all time

Halo has some of the most popular multiplayer modes of all time, with many different and unique maps for players to duke it out on. Some of these stand out more than others, and we’ve gone over the best Halo maps.

After a series of delays, we’ll see the official release of the highly-anticipated Halo Infinite during fall 2021, and fans are tremendously excited. Halo players have differing opinions regarding which games are the best, but they’re still eager about its release.

While the franchise also gets love for its story, gameplay, and characters, Halo’s multiplayer maps are some of the most iconic and popular ones in video game history. Many of them offer unique scenarios for competition, and some are more beloved than others.

This is why we’ve gone through every title in the franchise to decide our picks for the 5 best Halo multiplayer maps of all time.

Master Chief in Halo Infinite

The best Halo maps of all-time

The entire Halo franchise is filled with a wide selection of multiplayer maps that are suited for different types of combat, with many standouts like Warlock and Midship that have received wide acclaim.

We’ve put together this list by judging them based on a variety of factors like their overall popularity among fans, the versatility of combat, how iconic they’ve become in the series over the years, and our personal preferences.

5. Hang ‘Em High (Halo: CE)

This iconic Halo map is well remembered by many fans and often finds its way onto lists like this for good reason. If you want to battle your buddy in a 1v1 fight, then this is the perfect map to settle the score.

The area has a giant open space in its center, with a series of tunnels and walkways for you to make your way through during close combat situations. This makes the map perfect for playing with both small and large groups of players.

Hang ‘Em High’s versatility has made it commonplace for objective game types, especially Capture The Flag. This is because the towers in the area are difficult to reach, which makes them an ideal hiding spot for the flag.

Hang ‘Em High in Halo: CE

4. Guardian (Halo 3)

Halo fans often engage in game modes like Oddball and Team Doubles on Guardian. This is because the map has consisted of multiple levels with a variety of different narrow and tight spaces in which you can battle your opponents.

As you make your way through the different hallways and levels, you’ll encounter enemies around every corner and will have to respond quickly. That’s a recipe for an intense and fast-paced match of Halo, in which you must constantly check your corners.

There is even a circular arena in the center of this map, and a few Gravity Lifts that you can use to get across the area quickly. Plus, you can get yourself out of an ambush by using any of the various escape routes that available.

Not to mention, you can find the Gravity Hammer and active camouflage when exploring Guardian, which adds incentive to play more competitively. That solidifies it as one of the best Halo multiplayer maps of all time.

Guardian in Halo 3

3. Zanzibar (Halo 2)

Zanzibar is another iconic location that players fondly remember from Halo 2. You’ll find wide-open spaces, vehicles, and a giant spinning wheel in the middle that is visible from almost anywhere on the map.

This is one of the most interactive locations in the game as you can ride the aforementioned wheel and gain access to the Energy Sword and Rocket Launcher, which are two of the best Halo weapons. You can also press several buttons to alter the map’s environment.

You’ll find opportunities for intense mid-range combat due to the wide-open spaces and vehicles. Some players will spawn at the beaches and others will chase objectives during defend and attack game modes.

Halo 2: Anniversary introduced an improved version of this area which is called Stonetown, but most players still consider Zanzibar to be the superior location.

Zanzibar from Halo 2

2. Blood Gulch (Halo: CE)

This entry isn’t surprising in the slightest, as you’ll find Blood Gulch in many other lists. It’s one of the most easily recognizable maps in entire the Halo series and is one that many fans would frequently visit.

The reason this map is so memorable is because of its simplicity and open spaces. While many other areas are filled with complex machinery, terrains, and tight corners, it’s refreshing to play in a location that doesn’t bother with that.

You can enjoy the simplistic but beautiful scenery while driving around the spacious grounds in your vehicle. The map’s overwhelming popularity even led to its recent inclusion in Fortnite Season 5 as a playable location.

Overall, this map makes up for its simplicity with its memorability, and it has definitely earned this spot on our list of the best Halo maps of all time. Hopefully, we’ll see it return in Halo Infinite.

Blood Gulch in Halo: Combat Evolved

1. Lockout (Halo 2)

The number 1 spot on this list goes to Lockout, which is one of the most revered maps among the Halo community at large, and for good reason. While this isn’t the largest area to compete in, it has the versatility and an added element of danger.

It’s easy to fall off the edge of the map if you’re not careful, and other players can also knock you off when you’re not looking. You can also take advantage of the location’s narrow corners to engage in close-quarters combat.

You should get your hands on the Energy Sword as soon as you can since it will help you absolutely dominate your enemies during close-quarters encounters, and you will find Swords-only Slayer to be ridiculously fun.

Lockout was remade in Halo 3 as Blackout, but it doesn’t hold a candle to its predecessor. Lockout is not only the best Halo map of all time, but it’s also one of the best competitive FPS multiplayer maps of all time.

Lockdown in Halo 2

That covers our picks for the best Halo multiplayer maps of all time. This series is filled with some truly amazing locations to battle on, with a few other close contenders like The Pit and Midship almost making this list.

Hopefully, you agreed with some of the maps we picked. Keep in mind that this was simply our opinion. If we’ve missed any map that you would put on your own list then be sure to let us know!

Image Credits: Bungie / 343 industries

Destiny

Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards: January 14

The Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards are out for the week of January 14. Use our quick and easy guide to see what items can be redeemed.

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Players who love to battle it out in competitive PvP action to earn Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards can now see what the week of January 14 has to offer.

Destiny 2‘s Trial of Osiris has become a staple of Bungie’s sci-fi shooter, thanks to its heated action, and the rewards for January 14 are now available to see.

One of the most popular game modes that the first-person shooter offers is, no doubt, Trials of Osiris, which is the game’s competitive multiplayer playlist that allows Guardians to test their skills against other players.

One of the exciting factors of this game mode, besides proving your skills, is the new set of rewards that players can earn with their success every week. Here is the newest set of Trials of Osiris rewards in Destiny 2.

What are the Trials of Osiris rewards for January 14 in Destiny 2?

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The Trials of Osiris is an end-game Crucible event that resets its rewards and map every Friday at 9 AM PST / 1 PM EST / 6 PM GMT. The more reputation you can earn in Bungie’s Trials of Osiris, the better quality of rewards you will receive in Destiny 2.

The map that players fight on changes each week, but for this week, the Iron Banner Crucible event is on, meaning the Trials of Osiris will be back with more rewards and a new map on January 21.

Here is the complete list of Trials of Osiris rewards for the previous week:

  • Reputation Rank 4: Upgrade Module (2)
  • Reputation Rank 7: Enhancement Prism (3)
  • Reputation Rank 10: Eye of Sol (Kinetic Sniper Rifle) – The Messenger (Kinetic Pulse Rifle)
  • Reputation Rank 13: Upgrade Module (2)
  • Reputation Rank 16: Igneous Hammer (Solar Hand Cannon) – Sola’s Scar (Solar Sword)
  • Flawless Reward: Eye of Sol (Legendary Sniper Rifle) (Adept)

To earn the Flawless Reward, players will need to win seven Trials of Osiris matches without losing a single game.

It’s a tough feat, no doubt, but it’s doable with enough skill, patience, and understanding of the game’s mechanics.

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Passages

  • Passage of Ferocity – Your third match win grants a bonus win. (10000 Glimmer & 15 Legendary Shards)
  • Passage of Mercy – Forgives one loss per run. (10000 Glimmer & 15 Legendary Shards)
  • Passage of Wealth – Increased Trials Rank points from reaching 3, 5, and 7 match wins on a ticket. (15000 Glimmer & 25 Legendary Shards)
  • Passage of Confidence – Grants bonus rewards from Flawless Chest. (20000 Glimmer & 50 Legendary Shards)

Hopefully, this week’s Trials of Osiris rewards are worth you going after and can be used to make your overall Destiny 2 experience more fruitful and enjoyable!


Also, check out the best Destiny 2 PVE weapons and how to get them, and also how to claim Destiny 2 Prime Gaming rewards.

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Destiny 2 Xur location and items: January 14 – 18

Here is where you can find Xur the Merchant and get different Exotic items for yourself when playing Destiny 2.

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Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

You can get Exotic items for yourself in Destiny 2 by visiting Xur the merchant. This character moves around, so here is his location and all the items that you can get from him.

Destiny 2 has become a classic since its release in 2017, with a large player base in 2021. The Season of the Lost update has added various weapons like the Lorentz Drive exotic and Darkest Below.

You can also get different Exotic items each week by visiting the merchant, Xur. He hangs out in random locations around the map, and this guide will let you know where to find him along with his inventory.

Where to find Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

Xur’s location in Destiny 2 changes each week. Currently, Xur can be found in the European Deadzone, in the Winding Cove up on a cliff.

Once you visit him, you can get yourself some neat new Exotic items to use in the game. Xur will provide you with items that are at the same power level as you.

Xur’s January 14 – 18 items in Destiny 2

You can find all of the items available for sale from Xur this week in Destiny 2 below:

Exotic Gear

  • Exotic Engram
  • Sweet Business – Auto Rifle
  • Gwisin Vest – Chest Armor
  • Armamentarium – Chest Armor
  • Vesper of Radius – Chest Armor

Legendary Weapons & Armor

  • Jian 7 Rifle – Pulse Rifle
  • Seventh Seraph Officer Revolver – Hand Cannon
  • False Promises – Auto Rifle
  • Timelines’ Vertex – Fusion Rifle
  • Seventh Seraph CQC-12 – Shotgun
  • Seventh Seraph Saw – Machine Gun
  • Swarm of the Raven – Grenade Launcher
  • Righteous Armor set
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This week’s collection of wares consists of impressive weapons, helmets, quests, and cosmetic items.

You can equip these and reap their benefits when running into combat in Destiny 2 if you are looking for some new things to use against your enemies.


Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for more Destiny 2, and check out the possible Destiny 2 and Halo crossover.

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Apex Legends

When will Apex Legends next-gen PS5 & Xbox Series X/S versions release?

Apex Legends has been out for a while, and players are yet to see a next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X version of the game, so far how off is it?

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Apex Legends continues to do extremely well and is constantly growing, yet the absence of a complete version for next-generation consoles is a mystery. So when will we be seeing an upgraded version of the free-to-play battle royale on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S?

With the launch of Apex Legends Season 11, Respawn’s incredible battle royale FPS continues to be a trendsetter within the industry. For nearly 3 years players have battled each other using a variety of weird and wonderful characters – with the most recent one being Season 11’s Ash.

But despite its ever-growing success and popularity, and the fact it’s been on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S for a year now, fans of the game still have to contend with a backward-compatible version of the game.

So when exactly can we look forward to a fully upgraded version of Apex Legends for the newest generation of consoles?

When can we expect the next-gen version of Apex Legends?

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As of January 14, 2022, there has still been no official word from Respawn Entertainment regarding its update. However, a new leak has sprung hope for fans and players as it could actually be released very soon.

Renowned leaker Shrugtal has discovered files from a recent Apex Legends update that has hinted at the possibility of an imminent update.

The fact that the files now exist in the game is a very promising sign that the devs have got the build for the newer consoles ready.

With Ray Tracing, Adaptive Triggers, 3D Audio, 120 FPS, and a variety of other features possible thanks to PS5 and Xbox, Apex Legends players might finally be able to benefit from the power of new hardware.

How big are the next-gen versions of Apex Legends?

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In the latest leaks for Apex Legends’ next-gen versions, according to PlayStation Game Size, the PS5 version of Apex Legends will be “+80 GB (Without Update).” If this information is true, perhaps the next-gen versions will be out sooner than we think, perhaps even when Season 12 is released.

This is very reasonable considering all the improvements the upgrade is promising. Also, this is just the PS5, but considering the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Apex Legends are both nearing the 60-70 GB mark, we expect the next-gen versions to also be fairly close.

What features does Apex Legends have now on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S?

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Currently, players with a next-gen console can enjoy the last-gen versions of the game, with minor frame rate increase/stability in 1440p. Players with next-gen consoles can of course also experience the same crossplay capabilities as the previous generation, allowing them to play with all platforms.

However, without a truly optimized version of Apex Legends, we are yet to see the real graphical and performance potentially Apex Legends can provide on next-gen consoles.

120 FPS / 120 Hz

The PS5 and Xbox Series X both have hardware capable of 4K gaming at 120Hz video output. This ultimately allows next-gen consoles to start competing with PC gaming which, depending on the hardware, can run Apex Legends at an even higher frame rate of over 144Hz at 4K resolution.

storm point map in apex legends

PS5 DualSense, Haptic Feedback & 3D Audio

Perhaps some of these enhancements we will be seeing could include optimizing Apex Legends for the PS5’s DualSense, which takes advantage of the haptic feedback the next-gen console introduced.

Further, maybe Apex Legends will optimize its audio for PlayStation’s 3D audio function, which would greatly increase the dimension and quality of sound in the game. However these enhancements for next-gen consoles will come, there’s no doubt they will receive a warm welcome from the community.

Load times

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A pretty straightforward aspect of next-gen, but an important one nonetheless, is the fact that modern hardware can almost eliminate loading times.

A huge selling point of the PS5 and Xbox Series X is their ability to process information, backgrounds, and everything else required in seconds. Apex Legends matches will be able to move along seamlessly and also allow players to jump into matches almost immediately too.


For those looking for even more improvements, hopefully, Respawn will officially announce something soon for release in 2022. For more news and guides on Apex Legends, check out our complete ranking of every Apex Legend.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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