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Halo 3 continues to deliver for Bungie, Microsoft

Everyone knew that Halo 3 would be a blockbuster for Microsoft. The game was hyped to no end and developers at Bungie even acknowledged that their efforts with Halo 2 weren't the greatest and that Halo 3 would right all of those wrongs.

Halo 3 lived up to the hype and recorded first-day sales of over $170 million USD and garnered nearly universal praise.

"Halo 3 has become a pop-culture phenomenon," said Shane Kim of Microsoft's Game Studios. "Not only is Halo 3 setting sales records, it's also redefining entertainment... Within the first 20 hours alone, we've seen more than a million Xbox Live members come online to play Halo 3 - that makes September 25 the most active Xbox Live gaming day in history."

Microsoft is once again playing the numbers game and today announced that Halo 3's first-week sales broke the $300 million USD mark. In addition, retailers are reporting the sales of the Xbox 360 console roughly doubled during the first week of Halo 3 availability.

Moreover, almost one-third of players on Xbox Live during launch day were playing Halo 3. Halo 3 players recorded over 3.6 million hours of online play during the first 24 hours of availability and over 40 million hours during the first week of availability.

"Halo is truly a cultural phenomenon, and the launch of Halo 3 is an important milestone for Xbox 360 and for video games as entertainment and as an art form," said Microsoft founder Bill Gates. "Halo 3 embodies our vision for the future of entertainment, where some of the world's greatest creative minds will deliver a new generation of interactive storytelling."

Halo 3 is available in three versions: Standard Edition ($59.99), Limited Edition ($69.99) and Legendary Edition ($129.99).

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RE: Righting the wrongs
By peritusONE on 10/4/2007 9:30:47 PM , Rating: 1
My complaint may have concerned reality, but my need for fall damage has to do with better tactical gameplay. Being allowed to bounce all over a map with zero consequences is just sloppy.

Hmmm, how to respond.... Let's look at your next comments....
Why wouldn't I want it back? OSKs (one-shot kills) are rare, but TSKs (three-shot kills) are why the pistol was sweet.

So much for that realism thing you were wanting to go for. Not saying that you can't kill someone with a pistol with one or three shots in real life, but they might as well put a lone pistol in the middle of maps instead of the spartan laser or rocket launcher.
Giving us a 2X mode on the pistol would just make it more useful mid-to-long range weapon and worth carrying.

There goes that realistic thing you were wanting again. A pistol should never be a "useful mid-to-long range weapon". You say you want tactics, but then you want to be able to three-shot-kill an enemy across the map. You don't want tactics, you want easy kills.
H2/3 are very visually restricted by comparison to H1.

I simply disagree. Just to make sure, I checked out some gameplay pictures on the net, and I still disagree with you. H1 was great, H2 was horrible, H3 may not return to H1 FOV, but it's still very useable and not at all obtrusive like H2 was.
As far as firepower, have you even played the H3 campaign? Equip a marine with a rocket launcher/fuel rod and have him get on the back of the Mongoose. You'll be able to beat any level without firing a single shot - just drive and your AI partner will clean up for you. Even in multi, having an ally with a heavy on back of the goose is "unbalanced".

Sure, the AI with a rocket launcher gives you unlimited firepower and highly accurate shots. But the mongoose goes so fast, you need to be a great driver to not flip it repeatedly in order to go through an entire level with it. Plus, on higher difficulty levels, I guarantee you won't go through an entire level by how you describe.

Also, I disagree with a match being unbalanced with a 2-man mongoose driving around. It's much harder for a person on the back of a speeding mongoose to shoot accurately, especially with a bad driver.. Not unbalanced at all.
That's just it, he's not. There are several other Spartans still alive. The books (of which I have only read one) detail the missions they are on. The MC isn't alone.

Which book was it? Besides, the other Spartans aren't there with MC, so it still fubars the story to have multiple spartans running around. My experience with the books goes as far as thinking that all the rest of the spartans were killed at the battle of Reach.

But nonetheless, that's a petty argument, and proves nothing. I simply cannot see you listing a legitimate gripe about playing as other characters in co-op. It's all aesthetic, it's not like you're handicapped in any way having to play as other characters.

Thanks, I try. :)
Dual-wielding is just a gimmick with zero value. Just give me one better weapon, please... like H1. I'm a meat'n'potatos type a guy. All three games are easily beaten on Legendary with some nades, a pistol/BR, and a shotgun. Dont' need nuthin else.

Everything in this game is a's sci-fi afterall. Dual-weilding gives you double the firepower, I don't see how it's a gimmick. Zero value? Technically, it's 2x value, unless you're just really good with nades, and would be better off with that ability in a firefight instead of an extra weapon.
I'm gonna sound like a H1 snob here (because I admit I am) and say that you just haven't played H1 enough. For you to say that you can't tell the difference between the H1/2/3 fundamentals (FOV, Hog, weapons, physics, sounds) speaks volumes to me about your lack of Halo experience. God, I'm a nerd. Sorry.

I played quite a bit of H1 in the day. Everything about H3 is better than H1. Like I said before, it sounds like to me that you had your H1 skills down pat, which I can respect. But naturally, H2 and then H3 changed things up a lot. Again, naturally, you do not like it. And you let that subconsious hate bring out all these petty arguments against H3. You're reading too much into it without even realizing it.

IMO, the FOV is perfectly acceptable, the warthog is perfectly acceptable and balanced with the other vehicles in the game, the physics are better in H3 (when did you bring physics into this?), and the sounds are better.

Oh, and apology accepted. :P

RE: Righting the wrongs
By therealnickdanger on 10/5/2007 12:28:44 AM , Rating: 3
I'd comment back, but I doubt I'll persuade you in any way... plus I'd be "that guy" on the Interweb who argues about videogame tactics. I think what we're all trying to say is that H1 was great, H2 wasn't so great, and H3 is great.

RE: Righting the wrongs
By peritusONE on 10/5/2007 7:56:11 AM , Rating: 2
I'd comment back, but I doubt I'll persuade you in any way... plus I'd be "that guy" on the Interweb who argues about videogame tactics. I think what we're all trying to say is that H1 was great, H2 wasn't so great, and H3 is great.

Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm not arguing with you or trying to change your mind on anything, just making conversation :). This is a videogame article, feel free to talk tactics.

But yes, H1 = great, H2 = could've been better, H3 = great (better than H1 IMO :P).

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