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Unskippable Halo Opening Scene Swapped For Shrek Cutscene

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Tom Chapman

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25th Nov 2021 20:31

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Cutscenes are a big part of any game, and if you're someone like Hideo Kojima with Death Stranding, some might argue it's even more important than the game itself. However, let's admit that most of us try and skip through cutscenes to get to the action. Now, someone has found a much better use for the unskippable Halo Infinite opening scene.

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With the Halo Infinite Campaign around the corner on December 8, the first lucky few have got their hand on the single-player mode. The Halo Infinite opening has leaked online, and while it's not too spoilerific, it still sets up the story. The problem is, you can't skip the single or multiplayer opening before reaching the main menu... or can you? 

Why Are Players Replacing The Unskippable Halo Opening?

As discovered by Jason Lamb on Twitter, the two-minute Halo Infinite opening is just an MP4 file in the back of the game's code. There are two files split into a 20-second logo reel and the laborious 1:46 scenery shot. Those with a little know-how can easily delete the files. Better yet, you can replace them with whatever you want. 

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Lamb has replaced the 20-second opening with a quick scene from 2001's Shrek and a few bars of Smashmouth's "All-Star." The opportunities are frankly endless, what shall we swap it with? Dumbledore's notorious outburst in Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireCome Dine with Me's "grace and decorum" rant, or even "David's dead?" We're excited to see what else the Halo community can come up with.

What's Going On With Halo Infinite Right Now?

Lamb reiterated that the menu is hardwired to only play after the intro video, so it's possible to force someone to sit through anything before being able to play Infinite. As shown above, yes, it's possible to make someone endure all of Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin before suiting up as Master Chief.

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Personally, we can think of worse ways to spend an afternoon. Skipping the Halo Infinite opening is all well and good, but we imagine 343 won't be too impressed by the exploit. Devs will surely patch it out with an upcoming update.

On the whole, Halo Infinite has been pretty well-received by fans and critics. While Call of Duty: Vanguard and Battlefield 2042 have struggled to win around fans old and new, despite co-op campaign and Forge being delayed, Halo Infinite has been praised as a much-needed return to form.

Maybe it has something to do with the fact we've had to wait six years for the latest entry. It remains to be seen whether the release of Campaign will be just as popular, but if not, at least you know you can watch 195 minutes of Titanic in-game if you really want to. 

 

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Halo Infinite Weapon Variants Discovered In Datamine

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Tarran Stockton

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26th Nov 2021 20:30

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