September 23, 2007 at 7:56 pm #342YouFollowMeParticipant
So, as you guys all know from the commercials, TV shows, branded soft drinks, condoms, dildos, and monkey pornos, Halo 3 comes out on Tuesday. I’m pretty pumped for this game, because I played the shit out of the second one, and this game looks even better. Are you guys getting it? If you are, what are your gamertags? How come they have horseshoes but not horsesocks? Is anyone even listening to me?.September 23, 2007 at 9:18 pm #5212Pa-ulParticipant
Thanks to a fuck up over here, some of the game stores put Halo3 up on the shelves last week.
They seem to have sold out really quickly.
If it doesn’t work, jam a screwdriver in there and jiggle it about.September 23, 2007 at 10:01 pm #5205
I want it. I will be buying it Monday at midnight.September 24, 2007 at 3:32 am #5197Version3Keymaster
I’m going to wait… only because it’s really for Derryk, and I just bought him a new iPod. He can’t have EVERYTHING!
but who knows what will happen Tuesday.September 24, 2007 at 9:07 pm #5219
I played the multiplayer beta, but that’s about it. I’ve never been a Halo fan. I don’t know what my problem is. I like FPS’s, but I didn’t latch onto Halo. I do have a gamertag, though. I’m still a HUMAN!!!!
Hey Rob, I know you switched over to mad-crazy PS3 love soon after getting your Xbox 360, but do you ever use the 360 and did you ever get it online?September 24, 2007 at 10:23 pm #5206
Nah, no online. And, my mad-crazy PS3 love is mainly because of Blu-Ray. I still only own like, 2 games for the PS3 and 3 or 4 for the 360.
And I also decided not to buy Halo 3 at midnight tonight, simply because I have to work in the morning, and won’t get a chance to play it until tomorrow night anyway. So I’ll buy it at lunch tomorrow!September 24, 2007 at 10:33 pm #5218
Who the hell is open at midnight, anyway? Am I just an old-timer, or what?September 24, 2007 at 10:45 pm #5204
Gamestop and Best Buy for sure. There’s a part of me that wishes I was more of a gamer, but I’m just not. I played The Darkness, and found it boring about half way through, haven’t tried Bioshock, yet, and everyone’s saying it’s frickin’ great.September 24, 2007 at 11:11 pm #5217
BioShock is really good. I played The Darkness all the way through, and yeah, sometimes I was delighted by the cinematic look and atmosphere, other times I was just trying to impatiently hustle my way to the ending.
I’ve been hooked on BioShock and Skate. lately. I sat around playing skate. all day yesterday only stopping to wash dishes. Holy crap, am I a slacker. I go through phases of hardcore gaming and complete lack of interest.
After these two games, I think I’m pretty much washed-up until GTA IV comes out next March or April.September 25, 2007 at 12:05 am #5230El RustirinoParticipant
Unfortuanetly, Halo 3 is coming to my house at Christmas, if ever. I’m into all the online crap, though. And I read the books.September 25, 2007 at 2:22 pm #5223BingParticipant
Whoever plays it first post a reviewSeptember 25, 2007 at 4:41 pm #5232saladParticipant
I’m a huge Halo freak (books, graphic novel, online, forums, all that jazz) since I placed my paws on the HUGE Xbox controller and killed my first Elite… I though Halo 3 came too quickly… I mean Halo 2 still has a lot to give… I don’t think I’ve squeezed everything out of it… and believe me I’ve squeezed the shit out of it… So yeah… I didn’t even pre-order because I didn’t have a 360 until yesterday (Halo 3 edition woot! =]), because I couldn’t stand the fact that it was coming out and I wouldn’t be able to play it. My bro had his 360 but it’s busted and he hasn’t sent it for repairs. Anyways, the chick at GameStop told me they were taking pre-orders for the ‘normal edition’ game… If I wanted the legendary I had to buy a Gift Card for the amount of the game and they would write me down and I had to go pick it up at mid-night… and so I did… I went with my brother at about 11 pm to the mall… it was all closed so the line was actually in the food court… not too many people… about 50 or so… one line for the GameStop people and the other for the EB people. I went over to the GameStop line and the manager was handing out the lil’ Halo 3 brochures and checking people off on the pre-orders list… Anyways… 12 comes… and the fuckers instead of letting us go to the damn store to get our games… start to raffle out shit… everyone’s all pissed off… wondering why they didn’t do this before… anyways… at about 12:20 they start letting people in 5 by 5!!! to the store… escorted by a mall cop all the way… so we patiently wait… we see people coming out behind us… and the fucking mall cop lady (I shit you not) is escorting these kids with the Legendary edition outside… So my turn finally comes… We get escorted to the store… theres some guys playing the game on the displays… everything’s cool and peaceful… (I guess the 5 by 5 strategy works) I get my huge ass pretty box and a t-shirt… get escorted outside and drive home (thank god)… I get my 360 out of the box (This all started at about 7 pm when I headed off to buy the console) set it up, put the game in and begin to play. [Review on the next post]September 25, 2007 at 7:35 pm #5221YouFollowMeParticipant
I think I’m getting it today, so I’ll let you guys know what I think whenever I stop playing. Which should be around Christmas…
…2043.September 25, 2007 at 7:49 pm #5231saladParticipant
So yea… The first thing I did was make my character and explore the multiplayer maps. Now you can actually choose different variations of armor for your Spartan or Elite. You can customize the Head, Body, Right and Left Arms, and Legs. Theres 10 sets and you have access to 2 when you start. Now you can identify your character with your symbol, armor, name and a “tag” (Letter, Number-number). There’s a few new symbols and backgrounds for more customization, no big deal. The whole interface is easier to manage and simpler than Halo 2’s so I like it better. But here comes the first disappointment (not really, but whatever.)…
After spending 144657345234234 hours on Halo 2’s maps I guess you get attached, and to have only 1 re-incarnated (Zanzibar, and Halo 2’s is better) kinda blows… The new maps are small in my opinion. The one that’s kind of in the desert that says it’s for 10-16 players or whatever (The biggest one, apparently) is like 3/4 of maps like Containment, Headlong Sidewinder, or Coagulation/Blood Gulch. I’d compare it in size to Relic or Burial Mounds. So overall the multiplayer maps in this game are smaller. Also there seems to be a tendency to have A LOT of like little hidden niches and places on the side of cliffs and underground on all or the majority of the maps, I don’t know why. So I’m gonna go ahead and say Halo 2 has better multiplayer maps than Halo 3. Even objectively speaking, emotional attachment aside, H2’s maps are hard to top in terms of weapon placements, space, balance and themes.
By now it was 4 am so I decide to give campaign a shot before going to sleep. The first thing you’ll notice is graphics… Fuck… this shit looks amazing… Almost up there with Gears of War… even better in some areas like foliage, lights and overall ‘landscape’ and environment. Only complaint is the faces… They look kinda weird.
The story here is familiar… run towards your objective on a semi-established route killing enemies as you go and facing “unpredictable” obstacles (read: shit that happens just to spite you)… but I only played for half and hour so I don’t know. I did notice that now in some parts you have a few choices in terms of what path to take… but you still reach the same place. The AI is considerably better, I was playing in ‘Normal’ and the brutes behaved smarter than in H2, also if you kill the Brute leader the Grunts under it’s command will run away.
Ok… what else… controls… ALMOST the same… but if you’re really used to the previous games you’ll have a few bumps to climb. the X button is now used to throw the “special” items (Bubble Shield, Grav Lift, etc.) of which you can only carry one… So you’ll find yourself throwing something you had on you because you really wanted to re-load or get into a vehicle, and believe it or not it can be dangerous. Now you press the right shoulder button to do everything you used to do with X and the left shoulder button to switch grenades and re-load the left weapon if you’re dual-wielding.
Another kinda-disappointment: Grenades. Now instead of Plasmas and Frags you also have Spike and flash grenades. All fine and dandy right? Nooooo… now you can only carry 2 of each… In theory it stays the same… you can still carry 8 grenades total… the problem is Spike and Flash Grenades are RARE to come by, especially Flash… I say you’ll spend 70% of the time carrying 4 grenades 20% with 6 and 10% with 8… It would have been better to add a grenade swapping thing like you do with weapons, or let you carry 4 of the old ones and 2 of the new ones or 4 of all of them.
2 more little complaints if you will… It sounds stupid but I don’t like how the Shield meter is now longer and on top of the screen, It worked better for me having it smaller and on top of the radar, because especially in Campaign, the radar is a tool you tend to rely on a lot. And even in no-radar multiplayer games, having it discreetly in a corner was better… It doesn’t really affect the gameplay but for me it’s kinda bothersome… Don’t let it affect you if you don’t care about these kinds of things. The other thing is the Overshield and Active camo are now like 2 huge light balls (red and blue, respectively) so they are pretty easy to spot now and are not really hidden, which sucks.
Music and sounds: The music is still awesome, I love the piano arrangement on the song at the main menu. In the campaign you’ll fin that your fellow marines and Elites talk more and actually give GOOD advice sometimes. In multiplayer the grunts and stuff you make when you get hit or die are more diverse. And you can choose the sex of your Spartan character so it’ll sound like a dude or a chick.
The new shit: All the vehicles we know and love return: Warthog, Banshee, Ghost, Wraith, etc. The new ones are the Mongoose (a speedy ATV with no guns, intended to be the ‘human Ghost’, it carries 2), The Brute chopper (A motorcycle type thing that’s kinda fast and shoots little ‘missiles’), The Hornet (A ‘human Banshee,’ read this in the paper, but I haven’t used it), and the Elephant (It’s awesome, it’s like a mobile base, it has a turret and you can get vehicles in it. It’s slow but it can’t be destroyed. You can fit like 10 people in it.) You can also pilot the Phantom and the Pelican now. There’s also the “special” items: Portable Grav Lift, Bubble Shield, Regenerator, Radar Jammer, Power Drain and Trip Mine. Already talked about the new grenades, Flash and Spike. The new guns are: The Spiker (like a Brute SMG, but a lil’ bit better.), the Marauder (Like a shotgun-type thing you can dual-wield, potential for awesome), The Assault Rifle from Halo 1 returns, Missile pod (carries 8 missiles more powerful than rockets, it slows you down.), the Gravity Hammer (remember that hammer the white Brute had at the end of H2? Yeah… It’s awesome), The Spartan Laser (it charges for like 2 seconds and fires a 1 shot kill for anything). That’s all I remember for now, there’s gotta be a list of all the new stuff somewhere so I guess you can Google it.
Well that’s pretty much all I can think of in the 3-4 hours I spent with the game, all of it mostly devoted to multiplayer. Overall it’s an awesome game… as expected: a better game all in all, but like everything it won’t be perfect and each of us will have some little problem with it. I’ll still keep playing H2 on Live… Because I like it’s maps more and today it’s just a better experience, multiplayer-wise. Obviously I’ll go more and more from 2 to 3 and eventually 3 will surpass it’s predecessors, but just like with Halo 1 and 2, It’ll be nice to pop in that old disc once in a while to remember how things used to be done.September 25, 2007 at 10:34 pm #5229El RustirinoParticipant
I need donations for an Xbox 360 and Halo 3
Do you think they’ll be sold out of copies of 3?
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