Halo 5 Guardians New Zealand Launch

October 26th marked the end of the Auckland Armageddon Expo, but the festivities for Xbox New Zealand did not stop there. Only a few hours after the Expo came to a close, Xbox New Zealand transformed the same event space into a completely Halo themed, Xbox decked out, party centre to welcome in the launch of the highly anticipated Halo 5: Guardians game.

IMG_20151026_202419Starting at 8.00pm, loyal fans of both Xbox and the Halo games, made their way into the club-like scene, filled with fantastic green lighting, a centre stage kitted out with a gigantic Halo 5: Guardians banner, a photo op area with two Spartans (Halo super soldiers) standing tall and proud beside the Ghost vehicle, and rows filled with TV screens and Xboxes for gamers to have a hands-on go on bits of the game prior to its midnight launch.

IMG_20151026_202746The event was filled with Halo hype, with an MC keeping fans alert with hourly countdowns, a cosplay competition (while there were many dressed in Halo-esque gear, there was a Joker and two Captain Jack Sparrows, which I found rather amusing) and a screening of Halo Nightfall, a digital video series created as a prelude to Halo 5: Guardians. To add to the anticipation, EB Games was present with stacks of Halo 5: Guardians available for purchase (or pickup for those who have pre-ordered the game) at exactly 12.00am to allow attendees to be the very first in the world to have the game in hand!

IMG_20151026_212218Once again, I can’t commend Xbox New Zealand enough on their activities to promote their products and games this year. As someone who is quite new to the gaming industry, Xbox as a whole, has certainly left an impression on me with their enthusiasm to generate publicity for their exclusive games and bring their fans together to create a tighter-knit gaming community. Xbox New Zealand certainly wins points in my book for their efforts in giving back to their fans.

IMG_20151026_204524In true gaming geek fashion, the crowd went wild at 12.00am, October 27, as Halo 5: Guardians officially launched in New Zealand. The queues to pick-up and purchase the game was long and I could see the immense amount of glee and excitement on many faces as they held their precious new game in their hands. I was very thankful that I had purchased my Halo 5 Xbox console, which came with a downloadable copy of Halo 5: Guardians. It saved me from potentially being trampled on.

IMG_20151026_235341All in all, Xbox New Zealand’s Halo 5: Guardians launch event was a success and a fantastic way to bring about an exciting weekend to a close. Well done Xbox New Zealand. Here’s to many more fantastic events.

For more on Halo 5: Guardians, look out for my review of the game, coming soon.

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