7th Columnist

Halo 3: Plasma Rifle Laser Command!
June 27, 2007, 8:01 pm
Filed under: Halo, Halo 3, News

Way back in February, Kotaku announced that Jasman Toys were making a Halo 3 Laser Tag – sorry, Laser Command set, for release later this year. Featuring the Covenant Plasma rifle, Plasma Pistol and Energy Sword as weapons.

Well, now we have a picture… of the Plasma Rifle (I’m still not sure how they’d get a sword working in Laser Tag) courtesy of Forbidden Planet.

The little beauty sports an LCD counter showing any hits on the supplied target, which itself can be stood on its own or worn by an opponent as in any other form of Laser Tag. The real special stuff hides inside as the Plasma Rifle vibrates with every shot, and when it overheats (just like the game), heat exchange flanges will pop out from the side!

At around 16″ it’s no small toy either, and combined with the Battle Rifle and Carbine replicas coming soon from Master Replicas, it looks as though there’s going to be no shortage of little Master Chief wannabes running riot in Toys R Us.

I’ll see you there.


Bungie Studios Surround Sound Test
June 27, 2007, 6:36 pm
Filed under: Gaming, Halo, Machinima, News

Need to check your Dolby Surround Sound setup is working properly?

Those lovely folk at Bungie have sent along a spare Grunt and Hunter to give you a helping hand. Check out the video below.

YouTube unfortunately screws a little with the sound during upload, so the test ain’t gonna work as it should, but the video is more than worth a watch anyhow.

MJOLNIR Armour, in LEGO!
June 24, 2007, 11:27 pm
Filed under: Custom, Gaming, Halo 3, News

I’m still playing catch up here on all the news missed during my break, and while this isn’t exactly the ground breaking Halo 3 scoop we’d all like, it is still damn impressive.

Check out the video below by RyanUltima showing off his Master Chief costume made entirely out of LEGO.

Now that, is seriously sweet. If anyone else out there has their own suit of MJOLNIR armour we’d love to see it.

Halo 3 Zune Preloaded Images
June 24, 2007, 11:12 pm
Filed under: Campaign, Gaming, Halo 3, Multiplayer, News

Earlier we posted the exclusive Red Vs. Blue video preloaded on the limited edition Halo 3 Zune. After a hefty amount of downloading and uploading, we can now offer you the entire catalogue of Halo imagery that also comes pre-installed on the machine, broken down into handy little sections.

All images are unaltered, with their filenames intact – ready for rampant speculation.

Brand Imagery
Nothing much to see here, except previously released Halo 3 images.

Concept Art
A collection of some old and new concept art, giving a few clues as to the visual style and locations of some of the campaign levels. Also a look at Halo 3 ODST’s, Marines and enemies.

Graphic Novel
Many of the fantastic art pages featured in the back of the Halo graphic novel.

Marketing Concepts
Some fantastic pieces of early marketing concepts featuring all new art and renders of the Chief. Some are hilariously cheesy and cringe-worthy, others are just too cool for words.

A collection of some of the incredible paintings used to premote the entire Halo series, from the books to magazine covers and plenty of unseen material.

Previously unseen storyboards from Halo 3.

There’s a ton of interesting stuff there. Some images more telling than others. If higher resolution images become available we’ll of course update the archives, but as of right now, this is the only way to view much of this stuff… and sadly, it’s all formatted for Zune.

Red Vs. Blue Zune Episode
June 24, 2007, 6:51 pm
Filed under: Beta, Custom, Gaming, Halo 3, Machinima, Multiplayer, News

By now you should all be aware of the exceptionally sexy and slick looking Halo 3 Zune doing the rounds.

Well, not only does this puppy look the business, but it also features a ton of exclusive content pre-installed, including this great piece of Halo machinima by Roosterteeth, shot entirely in Halo 3.

Unfortunately underneath all those sexy Halo 3 stylings – and, exclusive content aside – it’s still a Zune, and I’m not yet totally sold.

Anyone out there picked one up?

Halo 3 Multiplayer Footage of Epitaph and Last Resort!
June 6, 2007, 2:16 am
Filed under: Beta, Custom, Gaming, Halo 3, Multiplayer, News

Dutch video game show Gamekings recently had the opportunity to interview Bungie about the Halo 3 beta. Along with being shown everything we’ve seen so far in the multiplayer beta, they were also lucky enough to take a look at two of the new maps currently unavailable to the public.

Remarkably, both Epitaph (currently hitting news stands in various magazine articles) and Last Resort (Halo 3’s remake of the classic Zanzibar) feature heavily in their interview footage, showing us never before seen gameplay on the two new maps.

Watch the video above for just gameplay action or you can download the whole interview here (via Pandafile).

Now we really can’t wait to head back to Zanzibar.


New Halo 3 Info from Toronto Sun Newspaper
June 4, 2007, 8:33 pm
Filed under: Beta, Custom, Gaming, Halo 3, Multiplayer, News

Similar to the stories about to start doing the rounds in this month’s GamePro and OXM, Sunday’s Toronto Sun featured a massive Halo 3 article focusing on many of the new features yet to be offcially announced by Bungie.


It’s a decent read, with a few interesting bits of news missing from the other articles (EVA and CQB armor types) so we’ve put the pages up for you to enjoy.

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If you’ve got a few minutes and are keen to see what some of the fuss is about before these mags hit the shelves on the 7th, go take a look!

Thanks to Hawaiian_Pig for the scans.