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New Halo 3 Print Ad
July 31, 2007, 10:59 pm
Filed under: Campaign, Gaming, Halo 3, News

Here’s the latest Halo 3 ad doing the rounds stateside in current issues of EGM.

I cant help but think Microsoft might be giving away a little too much regarding Halo 3’s story before launch, but… oh well. It sure looks ace.

Check out a bigger, readable version here.


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Meet the team
July 31, 2007, 10:39 pm
Filed under: Campaign, Gaming, Halo 3, Multiplayer, News

So online 4 player co-op is in. We know that now. But with that revelation comes even bigger news. No longer will players simply play through the game as carbon copies of Master Chief. Instead, two all new heroes have been created and woven into the story, accompanying the Arbiter and the Chief on their latest epic.

But who are these two new Elite characters?

Well, here’s some handy background info on players three and four, who from now on shall forever be known as:

PLAYER 3 (Sangheili)

Name: N’tho ‘Sraom
Affiliation: Fleet of Retribution/Special Warfare Group/Special Operations
History: N’tho ‘Sraom is the youngest member of his Special Operations unit and is one of a growing number of human sympathizers amongst the Sangheili youth. He is a fairly typical young male adult Sangheili—he began compulsory military service at the end of adolescence, and remains unmarried with no close, non-familial relationships outside of his martial order. N’tho Sraom refused to stand idly by while the Prophets replaced Sangheili units with Jiralhanae packs, and now bears deep resentment toward those Sangheili politicians who landed his kind in their current predicament.

Although N’tho ‘Sraom’s romanticized nationalism is emblematic of all Sangheili, he has developed a healthy respect for humanity—not for their physical abilities or martial prowess, but for their audacity and resolve.

PLAYER 4 (Sangheili)

Name: Usze ‘Taham
Affiliation: Fleet of Retribution/Special Warfare Group/Fleet Security
History: Although Usze ‘Taham was born into a respected merchant family he was fathered by Toha ‘Sumai—one of the preeminent swordfighters of this age. Usze graduated with honors from the top War College in the Iruiru region of Yermo, Sanghelios (a distinction he shares with Rtas ‘Vadum). Shortly after receiving his first post within the Covenant Navy he was offered a place on the Prophets’ Honor Guard but he declined citing “lack of practical experience”. In truth, he had no desire to be part of a largely ceremonial unit, and at the end of his third combat tour, Usze ‘Taham again refused the post—even though his superiors warned him such behavior could be misinterpreted as apostasy.

Since that time Usze has evaded countless punitive actions, at least two assassination attempts, and served with distinction for two additional tours before the Schism. Following the dissolution of the Covenant, he was approached by the Ascetics to become one of their liaisons within the Navy.

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Apparently each of the characters will have the same abilities – with only starting weapons differing (Elites will start with Carbines versus Battle Rifles for example, depending on the mission being played). But this is a BIG deal. What exactly does this mean for the single players out there, and how will the game experience differ? Like Gears of War before it, it would now seem that online co-op is going to be the only way to get the most out of the story campaign.

I wonder how exactly the additional characters will be handled when only one person is sat, controller in hand?

Get the full story over at Bungie.net.



4 Player Online Co-op CONFIRMED!!
July 31, 2007, 9:03 pm
Filed under: Campaign, Gaming, Halo 3, Multiplayer, News

Updates are on their way, I promise. But for now, sink your teeth into this action packed announcement:

Halo 3 WILL support 4 player online co-op. FACT.

We said it would happen way back here, and no-one believed us… even with evidence from the beta code, but details from Microsoft and Bungie at a press conference in Amsterdam now confirm the feature’s inclusion. Luke Smith later added to the announcement on the Gaming Age forums simply stating… ‘Believe’.

More news to follow… go out and have a drink.

**UPDATE**

More news followed, so there’s no time for that drink. Learn the shocking tru7h about online co-op here. Now!


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Bungie at E3
July 9, 2007, 9:01 pm
Filed under: Campaign, Halo, Halo 3, Multiplayer, News

It’s coming. E3 is nearly upon us.

But what are we expecting to get out of it this year in Halo terms? What is it you’d most like to see?

Single Player Campaign?

More Multiplayer Maps?

Elites? The Flood?

New Vehicles and Weapons?

Personally, I’m hoping for a bit of everything, and expecting nothing. That way I can’t fail to be blown away. I guess we’ll see a bit of single player, perhaps in demo rather than video form and hopefully a little more multiplayer too showing off the new next-gen Elite models.

Lets not forget Halo Wars either, which was recently announced to be being shown to the press behind closed doors at the event.

What are you expecting from Bungie this E3?

The countdown has begun, so let us know your hopes and expectations below.



Halo 3 Armour Permutations Revealed?
July 9, 2007, 7:20 pm
Filed under: Beta, Campaign, Custom, Gaming, Halo 3, Multiplayer, News

Woah. Are these the four new armour permutations unlockable through Halo 3’s single player campaign for use in multiplayer, or simply fan-made renders?

We’ve got to take them with a pinch of salt until anything is confirmed by Bungie, but these images seem to confirm the Cobra armour spotted in the background of the Gamepro and OXM cover art and if true, give us a sneak peek at the remaining (Ninja?) variant.

Currently doing the rounds over at Gametrailers.com forums these have ‘apparently’ been lifted straight from the beta code according to user SnprSlick.

Is it just me, or does that last one look like it’s been lifted from a certain Sony shooter?

E3 really can’t come soon enough.


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Excavator Uncovered?
July 9, 2007, 4:33 pm
Filed under: Beta, Campaign, Gaming, Halo 3, Multiplayer, News

Those digging through the Halo 3 beta code uncovered many unannounced features and components to Halo 3. Some that have since been confirmed by Bungie (Armour Permutations, Brute Chopper) and others left a little less concrete.

One of the more believable discoveries however, was that of the weapons list – featuring the return of the Flamethrower and the introduction of a new weapon, named the Excavator.

Now Bungie have said nothing about the legitimacy of these finds as of yet, but a recent render (supposedly from a source close to Bungie) has surfaced on the forums of Xbox.com showing what appears to be an early design of said weapon.

Is this for real? I’m not so sure, it could after all simply be a fan-made render. But there seems to be a few pieces of evidence suggesting it’s legit, which makes this particular leap of faith… pretty darn cool.

In the ‘Steaktacular’ Humpday Challenge featured on Bungie.net a little while back, Luke Smith talks of a new unannounced weapon – a ‘hand cannon of death’, that sits pretty well with the picture above.

“The round starts and Joe and I each pick up one of these new weapons. These are awe-inspiring cannons that fit in one hand, a fistful of death and head toward a power-up.”

We’ve not really seen all that much in the way of Brute weaponry so far in Halo 3 and given their large involvement in the story it’s reasonably safe to assume there’s more to be unveiled.

Take a look at the shot below, taken from the ‘Et Tu, Brute?‘ documentary.

Note the rotating barrel and single handed ‘cannon’ like aesthetics of this, at the time, unfinished Brute weapon.

But it doesn’t end there either. Flash back to this video, titled ‘The Evolution of Halo’ – made up of early footage of the first game. At around the 2:49 mark, we see Master Chief pull out an alien weapon that again looks strangely familiar.

Hell, Bungie themselves even refer to it in the video as a ‘Boring‘ weapon. That’s boring as in Excavating, and now I’m sensing a theme.

Could this be the first real sighting of the Excavator? A particularly devastating Brute-sounding weapon of mass destruction. Perhaps a grenade launcher or power-packing pistol of some sort? At this point we really don’t know, and as stated earlier the source of the ‘new’ render is nothing short of suspiscious – it just, well… kinda adds up don’t it?

Take a look for yourself and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks to D-thunda for the heads up.


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Cobra Armour?
July 8, 2007, 12:55 pm
Filed under: Campaign, Custom, Gaming, Halo 3, Multiplayer

Remember way back here, when we found mention of four different custom armour types in the Halo 3 beta?

Cobra, Regulator, Intruder and Ninja.

Well, since then Bungie have officially announced two of them in the shape of E.V.A. and C.Q.B. and mentioned that there will be more available in the final build of the game.

Is this (taken from the recent Gamepro and OXM cover art) one of them?

It’s definitely not C.Q.B. as the helmet is vastly different from the one pictured holding the Spartan Laser. In fact, it kinda looks like a Cobra to me.

What do you guys think?


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