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Fireteam Raven (Gaming)

by Cody Miller @, Music of the Spheres - Never Forgot, Thursday, November 03, 2022, 09:01 (565 days ago)
edited by Cody Miller, Thursday, November 03, 2022, 09:05

With all this talk about 343 and Halo and whether they can do anything good, I went out and played Fireteam Raven. 343 is listed as a developer alongside Play Mechanix. I have no idea how the workload was divided, but I gotta say:

It was pretty fun.

The game is an on rails shooter. The cabinet is made up of 4 force feedback guns beside two booth style seats, and 2 screens put together so you have an ultrawide view. 4 people can play, and you're a team of ODSTs playing during the events of Halo CE. You start on the Autumn, crash land on a different spot from the MC, fight covenant and hold off the flood on the ring, and end by protecting the Master Chief's Banshee as he flies from Keyes to the Maw (spoilers: you all die when the ring explodes). It's like a greatest hits mashup of Halo. You're fighting flood on Silent Cartographer, using Falcons on AotCR, and even fighting that big ass flood juggernaut that was cut from the game.

You get to use pretty much every weapon from the game from the Pistol to the Shotgun to Rocket Launchers to Shade and Warthog Turrets to Falcon Grenade Launchers. You also get grenades every now and then as a secondary attack. There's a part where you have to kill swarms of popcorn flood with the needler haha. My only ding is that you can't charge the plasma pistol!

It was also surprisingly fair. As an arcade game you'd think it would suck money and kill you often, but the rate at which we died was shockingly reasonable. There's 6 missions, an I probably continued once per mission. You never ever feel like some bullshit happened, it's all totally based in how well you can shoot. Gun tracking was always spot on.

So yeah. 343 did a good thing with Halo. Fireteam Raven is easily better than Halo 5.

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Fireteam Raven

by Kermit @, Raleigh, NC, Thursday, November 03, 2022, 10:16 (565 days ago) @ Cody Miller

With all this talk about 343 and Halo and whether they can do anything good, I went out and played Fireteam Raven. 343 is listed as a developer alongside Play Mechanix. I have no idea how the workload was divided, but I gotta say:

It was pretty fun.

The game is an on rails shooter. The cabinet is made up of 4 force feedback guns beside two booth style seats, and 2 screens put together so you have an ultrawide view. 4 people can play, and you're a team of ODSTs playing during the events of Halo CE. You start on the Autumn, crash land on a different spot from the MC, fight covenant and hold off the flood on the ring, and end by protecting the Master Chief's Banshee as he flies from Keyes to the Maw (spoilers: you all die when the ring explodes). It's like a greatest hits mashup of Halo. You're fighting flood on Silent Cartographer, using Falcons on AotCR, and even fighting that big ass flood juggernaut that was cut from the game.

You get to use pretty much every weapon from the game from the Pistol to the Shotgun to Rocket Launchers to Shade and Warthog Turrets to Falcon Grenade Launchers. You also get grenades every now and then as a secondary attack. There's a part where you have to kill swarms of popcorn flood with the needler haha. My only ding is that you can't charge the plasma pistol!

It was also surprisingly fair. As an arcade game you'd think it would suck money and kill you often, but the rate at which we died was shockingly reasonable. There's 6 missions, an I probably continued once per mission. You never ever feel like some bullshit happened, it's all totally based in how well you can shoot. Gun tracking was always spot on.

So yeah. 343 did a good thing with Halo. Fireteam Raven is easily better than Halo 5.

I played it at 343 several years back (thanks, kornman!) and really enjoyed it, but I don't think I got to play the full story arc. I looked it up and apparently, a Dave & Buster's nearby has one! Thanks for the reminder.

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Fireteam Raven

by Cody Miller @, Music of the Spheres - Never Forgot, Thursday, November 03, 2022, 12:01 (565 days ago) @ Kermit

I played it at 343 several years back (thanks, kornman!) and really enjoyed it, but I don't think I got to play the full story arc. I looked it up and apparently, a Dave & Buster's nearby has one! Thanks for the reminder.

Yeah get 3 others if you can. I went with one other person, and I'd say 2 is the minimum for the best experience.

Fireteam Raven

by Avateur @, Thursday, November 03, 2022, 13:12 (565 days ago) @ Cody Miller
edited by Avateur, Thursday, November 03, 2022, 13:15

I played it at 343 several years back (thanks, kornman!) and really enjoyed it, but I don't think I got to play the full story arc. I looked it up and apparently, a Dave & Buster's nearby has one! Thanks for the reminder.


Yeah get 3 others if you can. I went with one other person, and I'd say 2 is the minimum for the best experience.

I got to play it all the way through with three other people back before the rona times. It was fun and pretty well done. I definitely wonder how much if any involvement 343 had in its actual engineering, programming, etc, but either way it was a good time.

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SUPER Fun Experience.

by Morpheus @, High Charity, Thursday, November 03, 2022, 19:28 (564 days ago) @ Cody Miller

343 wasn't afraid to take Halo to new arenas, and I think FR paid off hugely. They had some machines set up in the VIP lounge during Outpost Discovery, and they were set to free play(NOICE). So I got to play the whole thing. What I thought was super cool was that you could use your phone to save your progress and stats and stuff! Unfortunately, the reader on that machine wasn't working, so I don't have a record. ;-(

Pretty much agreeing with everyone here, the game was fun, challenging but not ridiculous, and a surprisingly well executed gamble. I couldn't help but roll my eyes at one thing though, even though I understand why they did it. At least once in each level, there's a cutscene segment in between rooms where continuity is ripped to shreds and the Chief shows up on the screen doing something heroic right in front of this fireteam; and it was sadly obvious that they put those in so that you could go "OH MY GAWL, ITZ CHEEF JUS LIEK THE HALOZ, FANGASM!", as if Halo fans wouldn't touch it without John's green butt print all over it.

That game was a blast to play though, and it used a great deal of Halo lore for the veterans, but made it accessible to newbies as well. I'd love to find a machine with a working scanner, so I can upload some stats to my Waypoint page. ;-)

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SUPER Fun Experience.

by Kermit @, Raleigh, NC, Friday, November 04, 2022, 10:02 (564 days ago) @ Morpheus

That game was a blast to play though, and it used a great deal of Halo lore for the veterans, but made it accessible to newbies as well. I'd love to find a machine with a working scanner, so I can upload some stats to my Waypoint page. ;-)

This is how I found one.

https://www.daveandbusters.com/locations

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SUPER Fun Experience.

by Cody Miller @, Music of the Spheres - Never Forgot, Friday, November 04, 2022, 10:43 (564 days ago) @ Kermit

That game was a blast to play though, and it used a great deal of Halo lore for the veterans, but made it accessible to newbies as well. I'd love to find a machine with a working scanner, so I can upload some stats to my Waypoint page. ;-)


This is how I found one.

https://www.daveandbusters.com/locations

Protip:

If you eat, you can buy the game card and meal together. BUT. They will calculate a tip based on the value of the card + meal, rather than just the meal.

Sneaky.

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SUPER Fun Experience.

by Kermit @, Raleigh, NC, Friday, November 04, 2022, 11:22 (564 days ago) @ Cody Miller

That game was a blast to play though, and it used a great deal of Halo lore for the veterans, but made it accessible to newbies as well. I'd love to find a machine with a working scanner, so I can upload some stats to my Waypoint page. ;-)


This is how I found one.

https://www.daveandbusters.com/locations


Protip:

If you eat, you can buy the game card and meal together. BUT. They will calculate a tip based on the value of the card + meal, rather than just the meal.

Sneaky.

In other words, buy the game card separately, right?

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SUPER Fun Experience.

by Joe Duplessie (SNIPE 316) ⌂ @, Detroit, Saturday, November 05, 2022, 09:02 (563 days ago) @ Cody Miller

Protip:

If you eat, you can buy the game card and meal together. BUT. They will calculate a tip based on the value of the card + meal, rather than just the meal.

Sneaky.

MLG tip:

Always tip in cash, so they don't get taxed.

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SUPER Fun Experience.

by Cody Miller @, Music of the Spheres - Never Forgot, Saturday, November 05, 2022, 16:53 (562 days ago) @ Joe Duplessie (SNIPE 316)

Protip:

If you eat, you can buy the game card and meal together. BUT. They will calculate a tip based on the value of the card + meal, rather than just the meal.

Sneaky.


MLG tip:

Always tip in cash, so they don't get taxed.

The real MLG tip is to live in a country where there's no tipping because service workers are paid a living wage by the company.

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That does not preclude tipping, though

by ZackDark @, Not behind you. NO! Don't look., Saturday, November 05, 2022, 18:05 (562 days ago) @ Cody Miller

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yes, but it's a fundamentally different practice

by kidtsunami @, Atlanta, GA, Saturday, November 05, 2022, 20:07 (562 days ago) @ ZackDark

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by kidtsunami @, Atlanta, GA, Saturday, November 05, 2022, 19:48 (562 days ago) @ Cody Miller

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SUPER Fun Experience.

by Kermit @, Raleigh, NC, Monday, November 07, 2022, 10:25 (561 days ago) @ Cody Miller

Protip:

If you eat, you can buy the game card and meal together. BUT. They will calculate a tip based on the value of the card + meal, rather than just the meal.

Sneaky.


MLG tip:

Always tip in cash, so they don't get taxed.


The real MLG tip is to live in a country where there's no tipping because service workers are paid a living wage by the company.

Well... I couldn't physically wait tables myself, but I wished I could have because I think I would've been good at it. I've had friends and family who were very good at it, and they made good money relative to other jobs they were qualified to do. How? Tips.

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You still get tipped in those countries if you're cool

by ZackDark @, Not behind you. NO! Don't look., Monday, November 07, 2022, 13:18 (561 days ago) @ Kermit

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