Bloggers

  Editor/Founder:
    Jon Christensen
  Writers:

    Derek Matias
    Weston Green
    Nick Collins
    Kyra Sawyers

Posts Tagged ‘Halo 3’

E3 2013: Xbox 360 Gets a Redesign, Offers Free Games to Xbox Live Members

Xbox 360 logo

Microsoft has announced a brand new Xbox 360 redesign, which strongly resembles the Xbox One’s very boxy look. In addition to the new look, the company has confirmed that Xbox Live Gold subscribers will get two free games a month, much like the PlayStation Plus.

The two games that will be available starting on August 1 will be Assassin Creed II and Halo 3. Other games included were Grand Theft Auto IV,  and new unannounced titles World of Tanks and Max: Curse of the Brotherhood.

Read more... | No Comments »

E3 09: Halo Reach Announced

During Microsoft’s E3 Press conference Halo Reach was announced. The game was announced after Halo 3: ODST. THe game is set to launch in 2010 but when you buy Halo 3: ODST you will get an invite to the Xbox Live multiplayer Beta. Major Nelson on his live blog said: “Joe says when you buy Halo 3: ODST, you’ll get an invitation to the Halo: Reach Xbox LIVE multiplayer beta!” The game is developed by a team at Bungie, who initially made it seam as though they would not be making another game in the Halo franchise.

Check back later for updated information on this game as well as all other E3 announcements.

Images via: Engadget

Read more... | No Comments »

Microsoft Reveals Game of the Year Xbox 360 Elite Bundle

If you are looking to purchase a new Xbox 360 soon, hold up for about a month or so. Microsoft revealed a new Xbox 360 Elite bundle, which will be shipped to stores this May. For $399, customers will be able to purchase the Elite system, however, it’ll come packed with two awesome games. The bundle will include Halo 3 and last year’s incredible role-playing game, Fable II. Both titles received extremely high-scores by critics everywhere, and are some of the best the system has to offer.

If you were to buy an Xbox 360 Elite system right now, you would be paying the same price. So, waiting a month means you’ll be getting the two titles for free, which a $100 value. Also according to Major Nelson’s blog, the bundle will be limited.

The Xbox 360 Game of the Year bundle will be sold in all regions, besides Europe.

Read more... | 1 Comment »

Bungie: Halo 3 Content for “Two More Years”

Even with ODST coming out on the Xbox 360 later this year, Bungie still plans developing content for Halo 3 — for the next two years. The news comes from producer Allen Murray, who spoke in front of a live crowd at a GDC panel in San Francisco, CA.

“Halo 3 took two and a half years to make, and we’re still working on it. We’ll probably be working on it for two more years.”

Considering Bungie cut ties with Microsoft awhile ago, it’s pretty amazing the company plans on still working for the Halo 3 community. The team is even working on more than one project right now for the two year-old game, and at the same time, the company has grown internally. Because of the growth, Bungie confirmed that they are also working on a number of new concepts that has nothing to do with the Halo universe and plans on releasing them in the future. Who knows what that is, but I pray it’s not an ‘Oni‘ remake — that game was terrible. Well, in my opinion anyway.

Read more... | No Comments »

Bungie: A BILLION Halo 3 Matches have Been Played

According to Bungie, Halo 3 had officially played its one billion match on Saturday night. That’s right, the first-person shooter has reached a billion matches played using the Xbox Live service. The team behind the the game said the following;

“At precisely 6:36pm PST, in a three minute and nineteen second game of Infection on Foundry, four players participated in Halo 3′s one billionth match. Saturday night, while many of us were stuffing food into our faces, plenty of folks were still playing Halo 3.”

I don’t know what is more scary, the fact that Bungie can watch and count every Halo game played or that millions of gamers around the world, who have combined to play over a billion matches.

What’s even more interesting about the whole affair is how Halo 3 has already surpassed Halo 2 for how many games have been played online. Right now, Halo 2 sits at 798 million matches. Even though the game came out a few years before the third installment, it is still quite a few matches behind and probably will never catch up.

via

Read more... | No Comments »

Video: Halo 3 + Final Fantasy Mashup

In the future, when Halo has run its course, and we have sequel after sequel and then we get a few spin offs, I’m pretty sure we’ll see an RPG form of the series. Now, in case you are wondering what that will eventually look like, CriousGamers over at youtube has given us a tease.

They created a video using the Halo 3 Forge, but later added some Final Fantasy music with an RPG type menu system. The video is pretty clever, however, it’s a tad to long. After viewing the first minute — you’ll be all set.

Source: kotaku

Read more... | No Comments »

Halo 3 Wedding (Video)

John Henry met his now bride Desirai Labrada while playing Halo 3 on Xbox Live. After dating for a little while, the couple decided to get married. Because of how they came together, Desirai had the “brilliant” idea of having their marriage Halo themed. And they didn’t just have a Halo wedding cake — they went all out! The justice of the peace wore a Master Chief outfit, the tux and wedding dress had their avatars embedded on it and Desirai even walked down the aisle with the Halo soundtrack.

After the jump, watch footage of their ceremony and either laugh or cry at them! We think most will laugh — we certainly did! But we do wish them the best of luck! (more…)

Read more... | 2 Comments »

Most Popular ‘Online’ Xbox 360 Games of 2008

Microsoft recently revealed a few lists of games showing the most played titles online in 2008 via the Xbox 360. I’m sure you’ll find it interesting that there are two games prior to 2008 that beat out one of the biggest games of the year, Grand Theft Auto IV.

Its also great to see some classic games are still making a move in the gaming industry through Xbox Live Arcade, such as Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and Doom.

Check out the full lists after the jump! (more…)

Read more... | 1 Comment »

Bungie: “Don’t Be Stupid and Install Halo 3 On Your Hard Drive”*

One of the cooler benefits of the ‘New Xbox Experience‘ (NXE) for the Xbox 360 is the ability to install games onto your hard drive. The point of this feature is to have your existing games to load faster than before. Meaning instead of waiting 30 seconds for a level to load — you might have to wait only half the time. Sounds like a good idea right? It is, unless you try to install Halo 3 — than you’ll have to wait even longer then if you never installed it in the first place. Bungie explained the situation on their website:

“The ‘New Xbox Experience’ [NXE] was released today and one of the new features allows you to ‘install’ your games to the HDD. While you still have to keep the original disc in the tray, installing to the HDD can make some games perform a little better while also putting a little less wear-and-tear on your DVD drive. However, this isn’t to say that ALL games will see optimizations from being installed. In fact, in the case of Halo 3, the game will actually see increased loading times. Several websites have reported the results of tests to gauge how some games perform after being installed to the HDD for Halo 3 and their tests indicate that in some cases, the load times are significantly longer. Our own internal investigations have yielded similar results.”

What does this mean if you own a copy of Halo 3 and downloaded NXE? I’ll give you a pretty simple answer — “DON’T!” Bungie also stated that they are going to “monitor this situation,” and decide if a patch would be appropriate in the future. However, the amount of time and money to develop one isn’t necessarily. So we don’t think we’ll ever see one. So in the end, listen to Bungie; Don’t install the game and you’ll live happy. :)

If you want to read all the technical mumbo jumbo crap, click here.

*Bungie never said those exact words.

Read more... | No Comments »

Gears Sells 2.1 Million Copies on the First Day

Surprise -Surprise, Microsoft’s exclusive shooter Gears of War 2, sold incredibly well. Epic’s latest hit sold about 2.1 million copies of the critically acclaimed game and puts it in a great place to be one of the biggest titles on the system.

In the United States, Gears sold approximately 1.4 million on Friday while selling another 700,000 units in other counties. However, compared to Halo 3′s launch, Gears of War 2 would be about two-thirds short of Bungie’s first-person-shooter. However, when you compare some factors of Halo 3, what Gears did is remarkable.

Not only is Halo 3 the third game in the series — it’s Microsoft’s flagship title. Just remember the amount of money Microsoft spent for the marketing of the game — nearing the $40 million mark. Gears of War 2 didn’t nearly have the push that Halo had, so seeing what Gears did — is even more amazing.

Read more... | No Comments »