Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

Last weekend, we streamed the first two campaign missions of the year's biggest Xbox One game: Halo 5: Guardians. This weekend we returned with a special preview of Halo 5's all new 24-player Warzone multiplayer mode. I totally didn't die a bunch, nope. Read on for quick impressions, screens, contest winners, and the full replay video!

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Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5 is the long-awaited fifth game in the Halo series, as well as the first original Halo game developed for Xbox One. The story takes place eight months after the end of Halo 4's Spartan Ops missions. Series protagonist Master Chief has reunited with his former Spartan teammates Blue Squad, and embarks on a mission to investigate an ONI research vessel overtaken by Covenant forces.

That's all gravy, but Halo 5 also features an exciting new multiplayer mode called Warzone. In Warzone, two teams of 12 players each fight for control of a huge map. Meanwhile, AI-controlled Covenant and Promethean forces attack both groups of human players. It's a thrilling blend of PvP and PvE gameplay. See our Warzone first impressions for more details.

Tonight we'll be streaming two solid hours of Halo 5's Warzone mode (provided servers cooperate). No spoilers – just lots of intense multiplayer action.

Halo 5: Guardians launches on Tuesday, October 27th. We'll have much more Halo coverage leading up to and after launch, so check back often!

Halo 5 Warzone preview screenshots

The Contest

We streamed Halo 5 for two hours tonight. During that time, we gave out a total of 11 prize codes:

  • 1 Halo 5 full game preorder donated by SgtTorrente!
  • 10 Xbox Gift cards for $10 each

To enter, just follow us at Twitch.tv/WindowsCentral and Twitch.tv/EastXTwitch (making sure to enable email notifications!) and tune in during the stream. You can watch the stream right here in this post, but you need to actually participate in the stream chat to have a chance at winning. We'll deliver codes to the winners via Twitch message (PM) during the stream. No code begging!

Feel free to stick around in chat before and after the stream if you have any questions or just want to say hi. If you enjoy the stream, be sure to check our schedule and come back for more!

Halo 5 Warzone preview screenshots

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Halo 5 Warzone preview screenshots

Next week: Lots of Halo launch coverage

Want to know what's next for Windows Central's Twitch programming? On Saturday, October 31st we'll stream a mystery game (probably involving Snooker) at the usual time: 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT).

We'll have plenty more Halo coverage too:

  • Halo 5: Guardians detailed review
  • Halo Xbox One controllers review
  • Halo 5 multiplayer launch stream: Tuesday October 27th at 8pm Central/6pm pacific. Play along with the Windows Central staff!
  • Halo 5 beginner's guides

And more! Check back every day, and don't forget to leave comments to let us know you enjoy our Halo coverage.

Halo 5 Warzone preview screenshots


Come back here after the show to see the list of winners.

Halo 5 preorder donated by Sgt Torrente!

  • DEADP00L1391

$10 Xbox gift cards

  • sgt_torrente
  • richjagr
  • Darkmagepr
  • nma_pr
  • Tlitd31
  • grizzlystrong
  • Yup84
  • hambne855
  • sinime
  • Aj6627

Tonight's prizes provided by SgtTorrente and Mobile Nations. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!