Best gift ever

As I mentioned before I recently became a mom. Our daughter was born on May 27th….yes, exactly 5 months before the release of Halo 5. She’s already a Spartan at heart. It has been the most amazing thing that has happened to me. She makes us so incredibly happy it’s beyond comprehension.

You can imagine how touched I was when we received a package from Microsoft/343 with the following content:


Dwight Schrute from The Office had to function as a weight. Pardon me Mr. Schrute. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. Haha, I get carried away when thinking about The Office. One of the most hilarious shows on earth. R.I.P.

Anyway back to the topic. The poster with the inscription is so wonderful. It’s one of the best quotes in Halo and I promise I won’t make a promise I can’t keep. To own something so personal and rare is just amazing. Now I can show this to my baby girl when she’s older and maybe, just maybe she’s into Halo as much as me by then.

I also got this beauty:


A signed copy of the Master Chief Collection. Whaaat! I feel so blessed. I really appreciate the gifts. As a collector this is the jackpot. Thanks 343!


Xbox Fanfest and Gamescom 2015 Part 2

After the amazing evening at the Xbox Fanfest, Wednesday came and so did the excitement. I was going to play Halo 5 again. How fortunate! I only had to figure out who would look after my little daughter while I was inside. Children under the age of 3 aren’t allowed at the convention. Luckily my mother loves her grandchild so much that she was willing to come to cologne and watch her. But still, I only had a small window of 2-3 hours. And that was the time when Yoda appeared to me and said: Use your time wisely padawan.

And so I rushed to the convention and fought my way through the endless halls that were amazingly empty. I only know Gamescom fully packed when it’s hard to find your way through the crowd, let alone get in line to play a game. Waiting over 2 hours is absolutely normal and with most games it’s even longer. Being there at this day when usually only media is allowed inside, was perfect. I was going to meet Nicole, whom I had met the evening before, at the Halo booth.


As you can see on the photo above, the line was tiny. We got in and while waiting we saw this beauty:


To reveal Halo 5’s biggest Warzone map, 343 hired Megabloks to build it out of 89.500 bloks. They first showcased it at san Diego Comic Con. It’s name is already legendary to me: Raid on Apex 7. It’s a spiritual successor to „The Silent Cartographer“ and therefor amazing. Who doesn’t love this campaign level?

So as you can see we were well entertained during our short wait. Inside the booth Nicole and I did really well at our Warzone match. We won and I had so much fun. Playing it for the second time, I knew a lot more and could play smarter. October were are you?


Since I had not much time left I just strolled through the halls and took in the sweet convention feeling. Next year I definitely be there longer. My daughter will be older and won’t be needing me every 2 hours. I’m really glad Xbox invited me to this well organized and exciting Fanfest. And I hope they will be hosting another next year, because on Wednesday evening everyone who had the Fanfest wristband was also invited to a boat ride on river Rhine. I couldn’t go but heard it was a blast. So next year I wanna be there too.

To conclude this small recap here are some pictures I took at the Halo 5 booth:












Xbox Fanfest and Gamescom 2015 Part 1

So it took me a while to find the time to write a short recap of my Gamescom and Fanfest experience… but here it is.

As you know I was invited to the Xbox Fanfest which took place from August 4th to 5th. Either you were invited by Xbox or you could get in line in front of the Gloria Theatre on Tuesday morning to get a ticket for the 2 day event. I think they gave away 500 tickets.


On the evening of Tuesday, Xbox invited all fans to a very fancy location here in cologne. It’s a big place where concerts and other events are held. They decorated it pretty nice and had showcased some cool stuff.


I arrived late (baby girl at home) and rushed directly to the area where Xbox had a screening of some unseen clips from the Rise of the Tomb Raider campaign. It looks very promising. I was laughing with Nicole, a fellow Halo fan girl I met there, about the fact that when Lara is making her incredibly dangerous and not human like jumps, nearly every third time the wall or pillar collapses, leaving her dangling close to death. The scenes we saw were so action packed it leaves you breathless just by watching.


I hope I find enough time in November to play it. But the competitor is huge…

Then we saw a hilarious demonstration on how big of a boys game Crackdown 3 is going to be. The creators of Crackdown showed us what you can do if all you can think about is: MUST DESTROY EVERYTHING. It was the complete and utter destruction of a skyscraper. Haha, everytime something collapsed the whole crowd went crazy and they roared in animalistic manner when the skyscraper finally collapsed. I was amused.

After all this watching we were sent out to explore the location and plaaaaay some Halo 5. That was all I wanted so Nicole and I went….walked fast….ok we jogged to the Halo 5 room.


Needless to say, I was so hyped. But when I saw that Andy Dudynsky aka Bravo was sitting next to me I was like WHAAAAAT?! The match had already started and we were in the lead. The first minute I ran around the map headless and totally confused. I had seen the gameplay from IGN before, so I knew what we had to do, but playing it for real is something different. I tried to find my teammates and stick to them. But they were running around rather headless themselves. I think this game type requires the comeback of the mic. It’s essential to be able to communicate with your team. But I love this new game type! It’s massive! Sadly we lost our match…Bravo couldn’t save us.

I also played We happy few, a very weird but funny game. It’s totally different than any other game I played, so that’s reason enough to buy and play it. Weird is always good. Another game I played was Homefront: The Revolution. I started in the middle of the game and objective so it’s hard to form an opinion. Game play felt not as good as I imagined it. The picture below is a little dark, but you can see all the games that were available to play.


All in all it was a cool evening. Just being outside without my girl was exciting enough. On the event Xbox announced to the fans, that everyone would get free access to Gamescom on Wednesday, the next day. That day is not open to the public but for media only. Imagine my excitement as I knew that the lines at the booths wouldn’t be long at all and all I could think of was Halo 5! Again!