Top Cutscenes of 2010

This year, video games all across the board were gorgeous. Some details were so gorgeous in certain games that we just had to take a minute and look around. In other games, we were able to sit back and watch a glorious cutscene over and over that continued these immersive stories. It’s always a pretty exciting feeling when you get to cutscenes in a game, because you know something awesome is about to happen. You really have to call these things short films after the craftsmanship that goes into them.

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite ten cutscenes from this year, but there are plenty of others out there. Which ones did you love? Also, consider this your spoiler alert. There's a lot of stuff revealed in these cutscenes, so you might want to read the title first, and hit play later. Now on with the videos!

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Halo: Reach Tip of the Spear

The internet is ablaze with rumors that Microsoft and development studio 343 industries are working on a remake of the original Halo: Combat Evolved. Supposedly, the game will be built on the Halo: Reach engine, and Microsoft plans to put out the new/old Halo during the holidays in 2011, to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the release of the original Halo. This will be an intermediary release to slake the thirst of fans before the 2012 release of Halo 4.

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Bungie launches the Halo: Reach Noble Map Pack today, and you need to learn what each of these three new maps holds in store for you. Thankfully you'll have seven days to get ready. We stopped by Bungie's brand-spanking-new headquarters in Seattle to get the intel, and in our video interview with multiplayer lead Chris Carney, he details the new maps, talks about balancing issues, multiplayer, and what could possibly be next. Bungie isn't quite done with Halo just yet.

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Halo: Reach Noble Map Pack - A Survival Guide

The Halo: Reach Noble Map Pack is out today, bringing three new maps to your Xbox 360 multiplayer mayhem. So how about a survival guide for Anchor 9, Breakpoint, and Tempest to start your Thanksgiving week off right? That'll give you something to be thankful for, and it might just make you take other titles out of your tray and put Reach back in rotation. 

But enough talk. Keep reading for a breakdown of the three maps which launch on November 30 for 800 MS points, along with our handy video guides that will let you know where you should hide, where the good weapons are, and what to avoid. Namely, laser beams. Big, giant laser beams. There are new Achievements in here offering up 250 gamerscore points, so learn the maps and start working.

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The Noble Map Pack for Halo: Reach is like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. There's a little something for everybody. You've got close quarters combat in Anchor 9, mid-range CTF and Assault matches in Tempest, and then comes the big daddy: Breakpoint. This massive map is perfect for Big Team Battle and Invasion matches, supports large vehicular combat (read: Wraith vs. Scorpion), and takes place in a snowy landscape overshadowed by a huge Forerunner installation. That makes it just right. Check out this video of an Invasion match on Breakpoint, and get ready for the Noble Map Pack drop on November 30.

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Confession: Stockpile in Halo: Reach is not one of my favorite gametypes. Why? Because it's cutthroat, brutal, and allows you to be extremely sneaky. Okay, so maybe I love it. Tempest from the Noble Map Pack is a perfect Stockpile map (or plain old Capture the Flag for that matter), as it's a long, symmetrical map with plenty of scattered boulders and cover that allows you to dodge fire as you're running back to your base, or giving you stealthy access to steal enemy flags. Check out this complete Stockpile match on the gorgeous Tempest map.

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in Halo: Reach, Slayer is easily one of the most chaotic gametypes. You've got grenades flying everywhere, people rushing for the rockets, group kills, and n00b pwnage galore. It's fast and furious, and Anchor 9 in the new Noble Map Pack was made for this. It's a small map, features some low-gravity outdoor areas, and a symmetrical killbox. Basically, it's both a total nightmare and a complete dream. Check out this tournament on the map, straight from Bungie HQ.


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Witness Titanic-Esque Finale Of Halo: Reach

Today is day 12 of our 5-Star Game a day sweepstakes, where G4tv.com gives away only the greatest, most awesome, totally five-star video games to our readers. Today's game is: Halo: Reach.

Our Halo: Reach review sums up the sci-fi shooter's awesomeness well:

"For Reach, Bungie could have easily slapped together a new Halo game, shipped it out the door, watched money pour in, and been done with it. Instead, they chose to go back to the drawing board, a move that stoked the fires of creativity and allowed them to say goodbye to their beloved franchise.”

In other words: Five Stars! We're giving away five copies, so enter the contest and cross your fingers.

It's amazingly easy to enter. Just visit our contest page, check out the rules, fill out the form, and hit  "send." We'll take care of the rest.

The upcoming Noble Map Pack DLC for Bungie’s space marine swansong Halo: Reach introduces three new maps that will serve as new picturesque killing grounds for millions of multiplayer fanatics: The snowy and mountainous Breakpoint, the space base Anchor 9, and the coastal Tempest. Come for the vistas, stay for the crazy collection of awesome kills on display in this new trailer for the inbound add-on:


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The Upright Citizens Brigade brings comedy to the world of Halo in Halo: Reach The Show, which recently ran at the UCB theater in Los Angeles. Even if you've never played Halo, or completely loathe the world of first person shooters, you'll find something to love in here. Particularly when you get to the part where Nathan Fillion gets teabagged by an attractive girl.


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There's something I never thought I'd even have the need to see, yet I'm glad I saw it. It's now forever burned into my brain, and will somehow take the sting out of the humility the next time I get teabagged somewhere in Halo multiplayer. Check out the video where we interview the creator, Colton Dunn, and of course witness said bagging of the tea.


Halo: Reach Multiplayer

Bungie has seen fit to improve the co-op experience for its hit shooter Halo: Reach by introducing campaign matchmaking, setting the stage for a hefty multiplayer update coming on October 19.

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Halo: Reach Map Packs Coming November 30

Microsoft’s just announced details of the first multiplayer map pack for Halo: Reach. The Noble Pack will consist of three maps, and will be available on November 30 for 800 MS points. You'll even be able to earn new achievements worth 250 gamerpoints if you download these maps -- whattadeal.

Below the cut you'll find the official details of The Tempest, Anchor 9 and Breakpoint maps.

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Halo Reach Legendary Edition Sweepstakes

We're giving away three copies of Halo: Reach Legendary Edition for the Xbox 360, and we really want you to have one. The Legendary Edition comes with the game, the Limited Edition codes and a Noble Team statue expertly crafted by the artisans at McFarlane Toys. The statue is placed in UNSC-themed custom packaging and the game includes an exclusive, multiplayer Spartan armor effect--a flaming helmet.

All you have to do is visit our Halo: Reach sweepstakes page, read the rules, fill in the blanks and hope to be picked. Enter now. We're counting on you.

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While there has been no annoucement that Microsoft plans to add Kinect support to the next Halo game, I can only assume they will see the video below and think: "We gotta do that!"

Halo: Reach Tip of the Spear

The saga of a Halo movie is long and twisty. There was real "heat" on the project back in 2006. Alex Garland (28 Days Later) was commissioned by Microsoft to write a script. Fox and Universal reportedly ponied up $5 million to purchase the film rights. Peter Jackson was signed on to produce. Neil (District 9) Blomkamp was ready to direct. But then, a ton of Hollywood politics, conflicts over money and other issues put the project on the proverbial back burner, where it has languish to this day.

But there is still a possibility of a Halo movie. According to The Vulture, Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks is considering making a Halo film, but it won't be based on the games. Instead, it will be based on the Halo novels, allowing the potential production to neatly side-step the legal and financial mess the original Halo movie has turned into.

Basically, if this scenario is true, DreamWorks is saying: "Our movie would based on these novels. It has nothing to do with the massively popular video game series your movie is based on."

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