Thursday, August 16, 2007

Halo 3 Collectible Missile Case

Yet another interesting collectible piece... the Halo 3 Missile Case Set. When closed, this case looks like the ammunition container for the spanker missiles used in the Halo universe. The case opens up and reveals an area where you can hold all of your prized Xbox software and

It is an exclusive buy from Gamestop for $19.99 and ships September 18, 2007.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Halo 3 on way to biggest blockbuster this year

It's no secret that Microsoft has really stepped it's marketing for Halo 3. In addition to Halo 3 themed Mountain Dews, big names such as Comast, Pontiac, and Burger King have also been vying for a piece of the Master Chief.
Chris DeCesare of Microsoft has stated that the target for Halo 3 is 155 million for the opening day. This would top the current opening weekend of the move Spiderman 3 - the most profitable summer title of the year. When asked to compare Halo 3 against it's predecessor, Chris has this to say:

When we opened to USD 125 million [last time], that really caught a lot of people's attention. It showed that videogames were no longer that thing that kids play in their basement... we're confident we can do better.

The launch of Halo 3 really does feel more like a movie opening rather than a video game. This shows the growing awareness and respect for the gaming business throughout the entertainment industry.

New Crispy Halo 3 Visuals! just introduced some new Halo 3 screenshots. Check it out

Monday, August 13, 2007

New Halo 3 Flamethrower and Fire Grenade

IGN has posted a new weapon that can be wielded by the Master Chief. The flamethrower! After 7 years, Bungie has decided to throw this weapon back into the growing array of lethals objects. The flamethrower while probably awkward to use against Brutes will probably prove invaluable for keeping the Flood at bay.
The chief holds the flamer like the detached turret gun. Here's the bad ass pic:

Another incendiary device is the fire grenade. More commonly known as the flash grenade, it allows you to set up a wall of fire around yourself and an opponent. daze opponents(and yourself) for a limited amount of time. This opens up new strategic options, especially when working in 4 player co-op.

Both weapons can be seen as really good defensive weapons both against the Flood and the Baby Kongs.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Here comes the marketing campaign(s)

In addition to the Microsoft Zunes with H3 skin, the marketing engine for halo 3 is going to kick into high gear in August. Expect this:

  • Halo slurpees at 7-11.
  • Halo 3 Dorito chips.
  • Pontiac G6 themed Halo 3(or is it the other way around? hmm..).
  • Burger King meals with Master Chief on the side
XboX360 Fanboy

EA sees Halo 3 as weakness

I just thought this article was pretty interesting. Seems like the games to beat in the Fall are Grand Theft Auto and Halo 3.
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ZOMG! Halo 3 pwnage come in fours!

And there you have it. The nail in the coffin. Halo 3 is fast becoming a game that is fully justified to be the flagship game of the next gen Xbox console system.

The news came to us on Tuesday when Bungie announced that they had indeed successfully implemented not two player online co-op but four! That's right - four! Halo fans can now form a team of four with people from all over the world (or through System Link for a higher intensity trash-talking experience).

Since there is only one Master Chief, you will not be playing with some cheap MC clones but with none other than the Arbiter by your side as well as two new Covenant allies. They even have their own backstories. Personally, I would have loved to have one of my allies be of the human variety. A pumped up Sgt. Johnson maybe? Then again, I don't think any human can really stand up with Master Chief and the rest of the gang...

N'tho 'Sraom (Elite pictured in purple?) is portrayed as the brash, headstrong young'un with an admiration for humans and a deep grudging resentment towards his former Jiralhanae sentries.

Usze ‘Taham seems to command a little bit more respect within his Sangheili brethren. He is shown as someone who has defied the will of his elders and have seen persecution because of it.

Both of these Elite champions gives us a deeper view towards Covenant/Elite culture. This gives Halo 3 an amazing opportunity to hit people with something deeper... if you know what I mean.

Now, a concern that I had and Bungie quickly dismissed was: If we now have a small army at our disposal, wouldn't even the Legendary setting seem like a breeze? Bungie has hinted that there are ways to make even a four player co-op game challenging although they would not say what they were. Stay tuned for more on that.