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Halo 3 Legendary Edition
The highly anticipated "Halo 3" video game will come in three editions for gamers to choose from

Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie Studios have both confirmed that Halo 3 will be released this fall in three different versions.  Gamers will be able to pick either a Standard Edition, Limited Edition or Legendary Edition.    

The Standard Edition ($59.99) is the edition for those who simply want a copy of the Halo 3 video game.

The Limited Edition ($69.99) will come in a metal collector's case that has a bonus disc and a fiction and art book.  The art book and fiction will help expand the storyline and shed some light on details of some of the subplots of the Halo universe.

The Legendary Edition ($129.99) will ship inside a Spartan helmet case and come with two bonus discs with additional content. Behind-the-scenes footage, videos, and high-definition featurettes will be on the first bonus disc.  The second bonus disc will contain cinematic material from Halo 2 and Halo: Combat Evolved, along with a featurette on what it is like to work at Bungie. The Legendary Edition will also have a variety of storyboard art.

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Std Edition
By Brandon Hill on 3/16/2007 4:30:13 PM , Rating: 4
Standard Edition for me please. Couldn't care less about the extra fluff.

Then again, I never watch DVD extras either.

RE: Std Edition
By Scorpion on 3/16/2007 5:49:32 PM , Rating: 3
But what if you could wear that helmet for halloween? You sure would be the envy of a lot of nerds. :)

Really I never see the point in "fluff" like this unless you can do with it what you would EXPECT to be able to do with it, which is wear it. It's just teasing you by being so big, yet so small all at the same time...

RE: Std Edition
By shabby on 3/16/2007 6:26:26 PM , Rating: 2
Ya i wonder if its a life sized helmet, that would be soooooooooooo cooooooooooool...
If only i liked halo...

RE: Std Edition
By peternelson on 3/17/2007 12:41:38 AM , Rating: 2
Hmmm seems like they are copying Valve with the different eg collectors edition and books and T-shirts and posters of Halflife series ;-)

Anyway I like bonus dvd featurettes and making of etc.

Just a pity to get all these I'd have to buy the top of the range version, which includes that helmet and the joystick looking thing in the picture.

Maybe my head would be too big for the helmet if it's designed for the average 12 year old ??? You should be able to at least choose a size or have some adjustable velcro like a baseball cap.

Anyway I'd like a different version: for the PC and PS3. As I don't have a x360 I suppose it's not worth buying the game yet LOL.

Hopefully it will become a directx10 title for the PC in future.

I think the helmet should be optional and purchaseable separately for those who really want it. I'd pay extra for the bonus video content but not some plastic thing which will amuse for 2 mins then live in a box.

I think that as Microsoft publish both this and Vista, the earlier post about Vista versions is somewhat relevant.

RE: Std Edition
By sviola on 3/19/2007 7:48:24 AM , Rating: 4
Anyway I'd like a different version: for the PC and PS3. As I don't have a x360 I suppose it's not worth buying the game yet LOL.

Well, I'm not a specialist, but I think you shouldn't wait for a PS3 version of this game, being it a MS game. But I might be wrong...

Just to point out...
By MonkeyPaw on 3/16/2007 6:26:36 PM , Rating: 2
I hope everyone realizes that MS isn't the only vendor to offer multiple versions of a game. Gears of War and Perfect Dark Zero are a couple others that come to mind. Some people like extra content, so what's wrong with offering it to those that do?

RE: Just to point out...
By viperpa on 3/16/2007 7:00:01 PM , Rating: 1
First they come out with 5 versions of Vista, now we have 3 versions of Halo. The movie companies put the extra content on a movie DVD for free, Microsoft is charging a premium for it.

At least they are letting you choose. Getting extra money from premium content instead of putting stupid ads into the game. I hate to see someone pay $130 and still have ads in the game.

RE: Just to point out...
By Nekrik on 3/16/2007 7:12:02 PM , Rating: 1
I agree with the comment on the ads, but this other one doesn't sound too accurate:
"The movie companies put the extra content on a movie DVD for free"

While it is true that they are notorious for giving away stuff for free :), do you have anything to actually back that up or did it just sound good?

RE: Just to point out...
By bdewong on 3/16/2007 8:05:11 PM , Rating: 2
Many movie companies don't put the extra content on a movie for free. I believe the trend is multiple editions being released and charging extra for the 'special edition'. There are many examples of this including Pirates of the Caribbean 2. Also many movies are re-released with extra content at a higher price.

Back on topic, while I wouldn't pay $130 for this set, I do enjoy some collectors items and bet there is a lot of people who will buy this.

RE: Just to point out...
By MonkeyPaw on 3/16/2007 9:30:42 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. I can't wait for the "digitally remastered" versions of HD-DVD/BluRay movies to arrive! :p

RE: Just to point out...
By Hawkido on 3/22/2007 4:46:55 PM , Rating: 2
Awesome! Thanks man, you made my day! LOL

RE: Just to point out...
By johnsonx on 3/16/2007 11:25:18 PM , Rating: 2
movie companies put the extra content on a movie DVD for free

Actually not entirely true. There are MANY 'Special Edition' versions of DVD movies that include extra bonus material for added cost. Sometimes these come out later, other times on the same day (Pirates of the Caribbean:Dead Man's Chest comes to mind). Often times the added features/cost version is the only one you can buy on day one and you have to wait a few months for the 'plain' version.

I'm not saying this all is or isn't good, simply that you are incorrect in hailing the movie companies here.

RE: Just to point out...
By viperpa on 3/17/2007 1:00:09 AM , Rating: 2
What I mean by free is, the movie companies add the extra content to add value to the DVD without having to charge more. If you compared a $20 DVD without to a $20 DVD with content, people would tend to buy the $20 with the content thinking they are getting more. The free content would be interviews, movie trailers and so on.

I also like to add, special editions don't mean anything if it just means fancy packaging. Special editions for games to me is making the game different from the original version like adding extra items or special levels. Then it would be worthwhile to pay extra for a special edition game.

Halo Nerd Below
By nightdagger on 3/16/2007 4:37:20 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah, I'm definitely getting the Legendary edition. The Halo games are some of my favorites so I don't mind Bungie getting some more of my $$$. And if you think this is a rip-off, I won't tell you about the Halo books...whoops.

RE: Halo Nerd Below
By zerocool84 on 3/16/2007 4:56:16 PM , Rating: 1
Ugg, you are like a lot of people I know. Buy EVERYTHING Halo related and think this is the end all be all FPS. I can't stand HALO MANIA!!!!!

RE: Halo Nerd Below
By Fenixgoon on 3/16/2007 5:42:52 PM , Rating: 2
i've read the books, they are very well done :)

it's a shame the MC in the books isn't the MC in the games - book version is so much more bada$$!

RE: Halo Nerd Below
By The Sword 88 on 3/16/2007 6:39:35 PM , Rating: 2
The Halo books are okay, but the Wahammer 40k books own them

RE: Halo Nerd Below
By The Sword 88 on 3/16/2007 6:39:35 PM , Rating: 2
The Halo books are okay, but the Wahammer 40k books own them

RE: Halo Nerd Below
By Fenixgoon on 3/17/2007 1:29:03 AM , Rating: 2
haven't read any 40k books.. the codex stories were pretty good though, from what i remember.

Legendary Edition...
By daftrok on 3/16/2007 4:25:51 PM , Rating: 2
It would be sweet if the Legendary Edition has Halo 1 and Halo 2 revamped in HD and with all the fun map packs so people can get the whole fun package.

RE: Legendary Edition...
By therealnickdanger on 3/16/2007 9:33:45 PM , Rating: 1
I would pay $130 just for a Live-enabled version of Halo 1. Halo 2 was trash... pure trash. Anyway, this whole comments section is already putrid enough without my negativity.

I have access to the Halo 3 Beta and I intend to use it. I hope Bungie actually learned from their mistakes on Halo 2.

RE: Legendary Edition...
By dtm4trix on 3/18/2007 2:15:45 AM , Rating: 2
if the Legendary Edition came with all 3 games then I could see paying for the extra material but just one game and that material seems like a very steep price to pay.

By ranmaniac on 3/16/2007 10:42:23 PM , Rating: 3
I guess we shouldn't be surprised if there is more HALO merchandise, and perhaps a movie in the works the way things are going. To quote Spaceballs:

"Yogurt: Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made. Spaceballs-the T-shirt, Spaceballs-the Coloring Book, Spaceballs-the Lunch box, Spaceballs-the Breakfast Cereal, Spaceballs-the Flame Thrower."

By Hawkido on 3/22/2007 4:50:19 PM , Rating: 2
You forgot SpaceBalls the Toilet Paper. Thats the best. I don't think he said it but it was in the one of the final scenes shot in a bathroom. You could wipe your butt with Dark Helmet toilet paper. LOL

By TimberJon on 3/16/2007 4:32:26 PM , Rating: 2
Darn thing should come with a Contra-style arcade shooter version of Halo for all that dough.

And a coupon for a full-size Mjolnir suit. Or at least detailed plans on how to build one out of fiberglass.

By Samus on 3/17/2007 1:45:39 AM , Rating: 2
wow, that wins the 'geeky' comment of the year award! ;)

Sounds Good
By PepperIsBetter on 3/16/2007 5:08:24 PM , Rating: 2
So I get to pay $70 more for a plastic helmet and "makeing of" meterial. Sounds like a good deal! /sarcasm

Standard edition for me, though I never did care about bonus material.

RE: Sounds Good
By jamesbond007 on 3/16/2007 9:47:13 PM , Rating: 2
I'll admit - I'm a Halo fanatic. :) I have all the books, games (non-player's choice editions of course), t-shirts, audio CDs (I truely enjoy the music), and many more accessories. I got a call today from our local shop where I preordered from notifying me of Microsoft's final price for the Legendary edition. I assure you I will be in line at midnight when it's released. :p

I can't tell you how many times I've beat Halo 1 and 2, but together, they'd total well over 100 times. I was hooked from the beginning. I'm also one of the people waiting for the new Xbox 360 revisions to become available before I jump into the 360 world.

lemme guess...
By geeg on 3/17/2007 12:20:06 AM , Rating: 3
Home, Business and Ultimate?

Special Edition?
By Revenant Enforcer on 3/17/2007 8:25:08 AM , Rating: 3
What I think is most disappointing about this situation is that for years these kinds of “bonus material” have been standard in high profile Japanese game launches, without extra cost. There is also a good chance that MS will have extra material, that should have been in the game in the first place, as micro transactions after it launches.

By Combatcolin on 3/16/2007 4:23:38 PM , Rating: 2
Halo 2 was the 1st game in ages i bought in the shops.

Think I'll put a pre-order in and leave it at that.

mucho dinero
By mobutu on 3/16/2007 4:59:50 PM , Rating: 2
soooo expensive ...

By computergeek485 on 3/16/2007 5:34:26 PM , Rating: 2
I think ill stick with the standard edition and probably buy it online

Legendary for me
By mydogfarted on 3/17/2007 5:35:54 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a sucker for special collector's edition cases. Of course, I'll wait until one has sitting in a store for a while and they drop the price drastically!

$60 for the standard edition? wtf?
By goku on 3/21/2007 8:35:06 PM , Rating: 2
Who do these game companies think they are? What happened to the $50 game? What kind of bullshit is this? I'm not paying $60 for a standard edition of a game! Fuck this shit, if I ever pickup this game its going to be <$51... (including tax) Cause I'm not paying more than $50, 50 is my limit for games, and if I'm really not that interested in the game, I'll wait until its $30 or $20..

By Tsuwamono on 3/23/2007 2:44:57 PM , Rating: 2
Can you wear the helmet or? it said it was a case but it would be pretty cool if you could wear it.

lol this is a bit sad
By otispunkmeyer on 3/19/2007 3:55:59 AM , Rating: 1
but then i've never been a fan of Halo, or other such space cadetery like star trek, star wars, stargate that kind of bollocks. some people love it to bits though, each to their own.

if i was a halo fan, the $69.99 one looks the best deal, collectors box, bonus discs and art work for only $10 isnt too shabby

anyone who pays for the $130 either has more money that sense, or some die hard fan boy who isnt worth the time of day

By JazzMang on 3/16/07, Rating: -1
By Gigahertz19 on 3/16/07, Rating: -1
RE: Gay
By FITCamaro on 3/16/2007 5:01:33 PM , Rating: 3
While I'm not one of them, some people like having the extra stuff and actually support game makers by buying it instead of downloading it off the internet.

And shut up about Vista. Thats not the topic at hand here.

Anyway, if I don't already have one, I will probably get a 360 when Halo 3 is ready. Won't get one just for that game but I'll definitely want to play it.

RE: Gay
By Gigahertz19 on 3/16/07, Rating: -1
RE: Gay
By joust on 3/16/2007 5:33:20 PM , Rating: 5
Hmmm, looks like a troll, but I'll bite.

I sure as hell won't pay extra money to watch some damn videos.

Nobody is forcing you to buy the videos. In fact, multiple versions allow you to AVOID buying videos you don't want.

I don't see why your panties are in such a twist over MS selling multiple editions. More editions = more content to choose from = more choice. If you don't like the movies, you don't have to buy them. Some people do like additional content; not everyone thinks exactly you do.

Oh I'll support the game makers by purchasing the game but I sure as hell won't pay extra money to watch some damn videos. I see no harm in downloading it, I wouldn't purchase it to watch it in the first place so downloading it hurts nobody.

Actually that's infringement of copyright. You are getting enjoyment from someone's hard work without proper compensation. I don't find your moral justification to be satisfactory.

RE: Gay
By leidegre on 3/17/2007 3:19:17 AM , Rating: 2
Depends on the material, the term hard work, for begind-the-scene footage, that's kinda just a added bonus you get if you own a camera and use it. but still, that's intressting, but maybe not something you pay big bucks for.

RE: Gay
By dtm4trix on 3/18/2007 2:07:44 AM , Rating: 2
price to pay off seems a little weak to me. $130 dollars for a plastic helmet and some behind the scenes videos? seems like a rip off to me. I would like to play the game however and maybe an extra $10 for a cool metal box I could handle.

RE: Gay
By DrDisconnect on 3/19/2007 12:19:56 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with you on the convenient rationalization point. I can justify an awful lot of things if I conclude first that I can't or won't pay full price so what's the harm in ripping it off.

RE: Gay
By Scorpion on 3/16/2007 5:44:26 PM , Rating: 2
Good grief. This guy should get a -2.

You miss the point, on so many levels.

First whats the deal with pointing out different version's of Vista? So what? Different people want different things. Just because YOU see no point in buying it doesn't mean someone ELSE doesn't. A lot of companies do this. They're called options! Problems usually arise when there are either no options, or too many.

So again, what the hell is the purpose for pointing that out? Obviously you fail to grasp some fundamental concept here...

How can you call this person contradictory when you talk about how you would never pay for something because you see no justification for it, yet you openly admit to wanting to watch it anyways, WITHOUT paying for it. That's the definition of theft if I ever saw one.

"play right into their marketing hands?"
OMG is that some sort of marketing wizardry by giving people options?! Obviously if some people feel the price isn't justified they wont buy it. Simple as that.

I personally don't want any of that, and that's an awful lot of money for "frills". But I cannot judge someone else for making the conscious decision to buy it. It's their money and they can spend it however they want. You are trying to judge personal opinion that does not effect you, which is rather ridiculous.

I think the recess bell just rang for you... It's a good thing too because you apparently need to spend a little more time learning a few things.

RE: Gay
By Samus on 3/17/2007 1:41:14 AM , Rating: 2
Yea dude, chill out Gigahertz, lots of games are released in multiple versions (WoW, Final Fantasy, etc etc) so the fans who want the extra's can have access to them. Those extra's do cost a decent amount of money to make, for example, a documentary on working at bungee, involved a film crew, interviews, college tours where they recruit people, etc. That cost people salery time to make, travel time, etc. It was a big project.

Some fan's like seeing what its like. And they have to pay for it because it cost the developer money to make as well, just like the game.

RE: Gay
By kamel5547 on 3/17/2007 12:50:47 PM , Rating: 2
Funny, you single out MS for doing this when 1/2 the games nowadays have a special edition priced higher than the regular edition....

Its a trend, and MS did not by any means start it.

RE: Gay
By TechLuster on 3/16/2007 5:33:26 PM , Rating: 3
Who the hell is going to pay $130 for some extra video footage about the making of Halo 3 and other crap?

Who the hell uses the word "gay" to describe video game editions? I'll tell you: a homophobic trolling jackass.

Despite what you apparently think, Microsoft's decision to release three editions of Halo 3 has nothing to do with sexual preference.

Gigahertz19, you need three things: a brain, a clue, and a life.

By Gigahertz19 on 3/16/07, Rating: -1
RE: Gay
By TechLuster on 3/16/2007 6:21:41 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe that will widen the hole enough to get some oxygen to your brain.

I can't speak for you Giga, but I personally prefer to breathe through my mouth, not my anus. You may want to give this a try sometime.

You're obviously a faggot, need another dicked shoved up your ass perhaps?

Kris, I think this guy deserves a ban (or at least a vacation).

RE: Gay
By KristopherKubicki on 3/16/2007 11:07:26 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah he's on vacation for a while now.

RE: Gay
By Samus on 3/17/2007 1:42:04 AM , Rating: 2

RE: Gay
By S3anister on 3/17/2007 2:30:08 PM , Rating: 2
lololol. Kristopher FTW!

RE: Gay
By TechLuster on 3/17/2007 2:59:49 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks dude--always great service from AT/DT. Keep up the good work!

I'm a little at fault though--this is invariably what happens when you feed the trolls.

RE: Gay
By KaiserCSS on 3/16/07, Rating: 0
RE: Gay
By PrezWeezy on 3/19/2007 1:42:05 PM , Rating: 2
wow there cowboy, don't start the "liberal/conservative" thing. There are plenty of crazies on both sides and I think any respectable liberal would more than agree that that guy is an idiot.

RE: Gay
By OxBow on 3/19/2007 4:37:16 PM , Rating: 2
As a dyed in the wool liberal, I agree, the guy is a nut.

RE: Moderated
By alifbaa on 3/16/2007 10:04:39 PM , Rating: 2
Personally, I was agreeing with you up until I saw this post. I'm comfortable referring to anyone who would buy the helmet version as a bit "off." In fact, I'll admit that my first thought when I saw the helmet thing was "what fag would buy that?" So please, when I say this, please don't think I'm one of these people who gets upset when you call something "gay." I'm not so obtuse as to think that you are actually impugning someone's sexual preference based solely on their video game purchases.

You lost me on your post, brother. That was completely uncalled for. Honestly, take the warning I'm sure you got over this, and sit back and think for a little while. What is going/has gone wrong in your life that makes you say things like that? It wasn't funny. It wasn't even mildly amusing. It was disgusting. It was hateful. It was rude. It was disrespectful to everyone who had to read that filth. Please do us all a favor and don't come back here until you're ready to be a bit more kind to your fellow man.

Like I said, I'm no bleeding heart, but one thing I'm sure of is that I still have one. I have seen a lot of things in my life. Your reaction to a differing opinion was seriously disturbing to me. And what was this over? A company coming out with three versions of a video game? Wow.

RE: Moderated
By TechLuster on 3/17/2007 2:53:39 PM , Rating: 1
alifbaa, why would (or should) anyone say "what fag would buy that?" It seems to me there are two possibilties:

(1) You think the purchase has some correlation with homosexuality, in which case you still shouldn't use the derogatory term "fag."

(2) You are implicitly associating homosexuality with being un-cool and/or being a loser.

I don't believe that (1) is true, and (2) is what originally angered me about Giga's post. What you, and everyone else on DT's forums, need to realize is that any usage of the word "gay" to mean uncool or "faggot" as an insult is just as offensive to many gay people as "nigger" is to a black person. Hence, if you would never call someone a "nigger" (on forums or in real life), then you shouldn't call anyone a "faggot" or label anything you percieve to be uncool as "gay."

I'm a straight, white, upper-middle class male, and you probably are also. It's very easy for us to forget how offensive certain language can be to some people, so please try to keep the above in mind.

At any rate, this isn't the appropriate forum in which to have this debate, so hopefully DT readers can just start being a little more respectful of others, in which case such issues won't arise again.

RE: Moderated
By ZmaxDP on 3/19/2007 12:58:06 PM , Rating: 2
No need to bring up any other discriminatory specters... Aside from that, you are completely right TechLuster.

Despite the dictionary definitions of a word, common usage is what is applied in legal cases involving slander and libel, as well as in day to day life. If you use a term commonly (rightly or not) used to describe a group of people in a negative sense, you are (intentionally or not) associating that group of people with said negative connotation.

I'm not trying to suggest that you implied that only homosexuals would buy the "legendary" edition of the game. Rather, I'm saying you insinuated that only stupid people would buy the game, and that somehow or another stupidity is associated with a group of people sometimes referred to as "faggots". That's the problem.

Keep in mind that just because something doesn't bother you personally doesn't mean it doesn't bother someone else. You have a right to free speech (within reason), but that doesn't justify saying something to denigrate someone else. Showing respect to others means taking into account how something you say might affect other people, not just yourself.

RE: Gay
By tigen on 3/16/2007 6:05:45 PM , Rating: 3
gay, adj
1. bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer
2. full of or showing high-spirited merriment
3. given to social pleasures often including dissipation
4. brightly colored and showy
5. offering fun and gaiety

too bad english is being raped so that more and more words mean something involving sex

RE: Gay
By weskurtz0081 on 3/16/2007 9:06:36 PM , Rating: 2

Things change, the language is even raped in England so the only British people speak proper English argument is null and void. Also,

Look at the definition for gay from Princeton....


PS. Just harassing you a little, that is all.

RE: Gay
By just4U on 3/18/2007 2:42:00 PM , Rating: 2
HAH! I was actually thinking people would be more apt to pay for the packaging rather then what's inside (provided they want the game to .. that's a given)

I know people that collect stuff like that.

RE: Gay
By MDE on 3/16/2007 5:56:35 PM , Rating: 2
You get a Spartan helmet case, duh...

If people buy it then that's their choice. Obviously people will or Microsoft (or any other company) wouldn't bother with collector's or special editions.

RE: Gay
By vze4z7nx on 3/16/2007 7:41:31 PM , Rating: 2
Gigahertz, I can't say you're a troll, but I can say the following:

(1) Yes, $130 is too much for some extra footage, but some people like that extra footage. For example, I would like to see the footage because I would like to become a video game designer.

(2) In order to get that footage on the internet, someone has to buy it first. So why don't you just say "thanks" to the person or persons here who actually want to buy it, because if it wasn't for them, you wouldn't be able to see that footage at all.

(3) The only thing I totally agree with you is the price. With $130, I could get myself so much stuff that its unbelievable. But hey that's Micro$oft... you can't do nothing about it yet . ( ;) )

RE: Gay
By Lord 666 on 3/16/2007 7:43:59 PM , Rating: 2 has it for a pre-order price of $100.

RE: Gay
By enlil242 on 3/17/2007 10:22:02 AM , Rating: 2
I dunno. Normally I don't buy the "Special Editions" but this one looks pretty sweet ... Can that helmet actually be worn? ;o) I'd consider it for $100, Thanks for the info.

RE: Gay
By enlil242 on 3/17/2007 10:24:58 AM , Rating: 2
Meh, It says $129.99 now. I'll stick with the $60 version then. :o/

RE: Gay
By neothe0ne on 3/17/2007 4:14:20 PM , Rating: 2
People are paying $130 for the game ($60), two discs containing videos and documentaries, and a HELMET. There are people who are going to jump on that Legendary Edition. Maybe if you improve your reading comprehension, you'd find that the Legendary Edition isn't quite as large a ripoff as you seem so heatedly to think.

RE: Gay
By atticu5 on 3/19/2007 6:18:18 PM , Rating: 2
actually, vista ships with "everything on it," from what i've read, you're paying for the license and depenting on the license you get determines how much of the whole thing you can use. if you buy home premium and decide later you want ultimate, from what i've read, you can buy a new license and activate the rest of the OS.

clearefying again, from what i've read about vista that's what i understand, correct me if im wrong.

but, this really isn't the subject here

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