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Halo 3 Has Gone Gold

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the done-when-its-done-and-its-done dept.

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The official Bungie site has the word that Halo 3 is done. In games industry terms, they've 'gone gold'. "That means we delivered a final version to our internal certification group that passed all the tests and is now being whisked away to top secret manufacturing locations to be turned into retail versions of the game - and eventually packaged and sent to stores in various cases, tins and cat-helmets. We can't wait to share it with you guys on September 25th and 26th, but we have to say thanks."

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A little late, slashdot? (1)

cplusplus (782679) | more than 6 years ago | (#20414749)

Umm, didn't that happen yesterday?

subject (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20415005)

i play xbox with my brother sometimes... its very cool... my brother is 30 years old hes pretty smart... he has 45 iq its the same as heis shoe size.. pretu good considaring 100 is full.... nentendo is cool but wii is beter... i am masetr chief from halo... bcz when i played halo for the second time i knew what was going too happen befor eit happend... so im takeru... its pretty cooll... sonic is cool... i dont like tails though bcz hes sonics girlfrend... i want2 be sonics girlfrend.... sonic is so fast and handsome its increddibnle... sometimes... together... my mom and dad are brother and sister... its prety cool i gess... i herd its prety normal in america.... they love eachother like a father and daugher... theyr so cute together... together... sometimes... xbox... my brother is in wheel chair... but hes cool because hes smart... yea... the boy in the basements said he isnt smart and he say bad thing about my dad... but its no mater... he is chained up... in basement... together... xbox... yea... maybe... xbox is pretty cool bcz they its like games... together... sometimes... i hear screaming from basement... dosnt mater... the boy there is happey.... yea...

+1 Poetic! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20425323)

(Made me smile.)

Subscribers saw it on time or another reason? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20415361)

Don't worry that this is yesterdays news. I am sure subscribers got to see it on time.

It certainly can't be that the Editors were too busy posting political, advertisements, and troll articles that they didn't actually have time to post "news for nerds"

Word has it... (0)

PHanT0 (148738) | more than 6 years ago | (#20414759)

Costco in Northern Cali is breaking the release date _now_. At least that's what one of the customers at the local EB was saying yesterday.

I saw H3 at PAX last weekend... it was the final round in the omegathon this year.

Looks sweet!

Re:Word has it... (1)

PHanT0 (148738) | more than 6 years ago | (#20414805)

Please note, my post above it an unsubstantiated rumor. Chances are, it's false but I just thought I'd throw it out there.

Re:Word has it... (1)

pthor1231 (885423) | more than 6 years ago | (#20416213)

Did you happen to notice the green text in the bottom left corner of the screen during the match making lobby? Looked like debugging output. I wonder how close that build was to the gold build.

FIST SPORT (2, Funny)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 6 years ago | (#20414761)

Corridor. Corridor. Open Bit. Corridor. Corridor. Incomprehensible NPC. Corridor. Corridor.

Reverse Corridor. Reverse Corridor. Reverse Corridor. Reverse Corridor. Reverse Open Bit. Reverse Corridor. Reverse Corridor. Cliffhanger.

Real 'next gen' material here.

Re:FIST SPORT (0, Troll)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 6 years ago | (#20415095)

The typical reply would probably be something alone the lines of
"It's in HIGH-DEF! W00T! The Wii sucks and is for kids!"

I mean, what can you expect from Xbox 360 owners.

Me? I'm gonna play Metroid Prime 3, as soon as I can find a store that still has it in stock.

Re:FIST SPORT (1)

darkhitman (939662) | more than 6 years ago | (#20415319)

Stereotypes? Just what I'd expect from a Wii-tard. (Don't feel rushed to reply. Let the irony wash over you, like a wave in the ocean.)

Re:FIST SPORT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20417927)

Let the irony wash over you, like a wave in the ocean.) ...All of which are American dreams.

How, Ironic...

Don't feel rushed to reply.

Re:FIST SPORT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20415615)

Me? I'm gonna play Metroid Prime 3, as soon as I can find a store that still has it in stock.
Come out here, they have plenty. When you get it, enjoy playing stupid Wii "point, wave, and click" minigames and playing "find and talk to the next guy". I thought Metroid was about exploring a random, nearly abandoned planet and discovering hidden ancient technology.

But, no. Metroid 3 changes that to stupid Wii minigames and running around ships, talking to people.

But, hey, if you want to play a game where one of the big enhancements is that you can now play with the light switches in Samus's ship, enjoy yourself. The rest of us will be playing real games with real people.

The Developers (1)

Alex777 (1113887) | more than 6 years ago | (#20414815)

I'd love to be at those developers' post-Gold party. (And I'm sure they have them)

Re:The Developers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20421483)

I think that they'd be too busy sleeping.

Internally Certified (5, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 6 years ago | (#20414901)

This means they've made double-double sure to delete the hidden minigame where a lady soldier invites the player to come over to her base for some nice hot bubble-shields.

LADY?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20423787)

We don't know that Master Chief is male, or even human! We cannot assume he/she/it would desire a lady.

Yay! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20414969)

Slashdot is promoting another MS platform! Long live the Microsoft XBox 360! We love Microsoft~~!

Re:Yay! (2, Interesting)

gatkinso (15975) | more than 6 years ago | (#20415045)

I like Microsoft. Thye make cool games, good mice, and comfy keyboards.

So what if I don't like Windows and Office?

Re:Yay! (1)

ulysses38 (309331) | more than 6 years ago | (#20415141)

you must be new here.

Re:Yay! (1)

paleo2002 (1079697) | more than 6 years ago | (#20415793)

No, Bungie makes good games. Like Marathon and Myth.

Re:Yay! (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 6 years ago | (#20417591)

Unfortunately Bungie was swallowed by the whale and we don't get good Mac games from them any more.

Re:Yay! (1)

paleo2002 (1079697) | more than 6 years ago | (#20418785)

Sure. Mac gamers have been mourning the loss of Bungie as a Mac developer since Halo disappeared from the G4 and reappeared on the XBox. But even worse, it must suck a little over at Bungie. ALL they do is Halo and they must be getting tired of it from a creative perspective. Taking a dip in your Master Chief-built money bin can only go so far to relieve creative frustration.

Re:Yay! (1)

SacredByte (1122105) | more than 6 years ago | (#20428489)

I must disagree with you about Microsoft's mice; I've had 4-5 of these http://www.microsoft.com/products/info/product.asp x?view=22&pcid=f918997d-8a10-49a2-86d4-350fc658f44 7&type=ovr [microsoft.com] fail (left, right and/or middle mouse buttons cease working) under normal use (web surfing, windows navigation, NOT gaming). And lets not forget their Habu which wouldn't work as intended if you followed the instructions for installation (something about the driver not recognizing the mouse as a Habu)

Re:Yay! (1)

gatkinso (15975) | more than 6 years ago | (#20430197)

I have a Microsoft Home serial mouse that I have been using since 1996. This thing is simply indestructible.

If anything the dirth of 232 ports nowadays is what'll do it in. I am to cheap to buy a 2 dollar adapter (which is why I am still using that mouse).

WTF? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20415035)

So, an not-yet-released, yet-another-crappy-FPS game (Halo, to make matters worst) gets front page news but no mention of Metroid Prime 3 anywhere.

And Halo = Xbox = Microsoft.

I guess you people either are anti-Microsoft or pro-Microsoft, it only matters if it suits you.

Re:WTF? (-1, Troll)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 6 years ago | (#20415167)

While I agree that it is a travesty to not mention Metroid Prime 3, don't forget that teh slash gets advertising dollars from MS.

Such is the life of corporate sponsership.

Re:WTF? (4, Insightful)

brkello (642429) | more than 6 years ago | (#20415227)

Not that I have anything against Metroid...but Halo 3 is breaking records before it is even out. Lots of people are interested in it and people submitted the story. If you really cared you could have submitted Metroid stories but you can't even post with a user name. But there really isn't anything all that significant about Metroid other than it finally gives hardcore gamers who own a Wii a reason to dust off their console while they wait for Smash Bros and Galaxies.

Yeah, we all know the Xbox is Microsoft. Gamers (for the most part) don't care. If they make a good console with good games, we will support it. It is not like they have a monopoly on gaming...it takes a lot of guts to try to compete against established competitors like Nintendo and Sony.

Re:WTF? (2, Interesting)

Fozzyuw (950608) | more than 6 years ago | (#20415511)

Not that I have anything against Metroid...but Halo 3 is breaking records before it is even out.

Indeed. Having owned Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2 and now Metroid Prime 3, Halo is in a far different category than Metroid. While Metroid is long running and beloved franchise, Halo is a fever pitched hyper hysteria that can draw people from all over just to play a game tourny. It's more competitive than Metroid, which is far more story driven.

With that said, the 60mins I spent with Metroid Prime 3 (after starting over having missed scanning a spaceship and remember previous versions being completely screwed if you missed some scans, I'm being extra cautious scanning stuff), I'm really liking the story line, but the controls are still growing on me. They definitely tightened up the cross-hair movement compared to Red-Steel, but there's still some sluggish feeling trying to quickly change modes.

Cheers,
Fozzy

Re:WTF? (2, Informative)

ADRA (37398) | more than 6 years ago | (#20416209)

1. I hope you're control interface is on Advanced. It makes a HUGE difference in responsiveness compared to the default controller setup
2. IMHO the control scheme is SO much better that it pretty much makes any dual analogs unusable. Well, I wasn't much of a console FPS fan to begin with, but Metroid 3 is the first game that I can say comes a lot closer to intuitiveness and control that PC keybopard/mouse gamers take for granted.

Re:WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20415611)

I agree! If they make a good operating system with good office products, we will support it. It is not like they have a monopoly on software...it takes a lot of guts to try to compete against established competitors like IBM and Novell.

To think that someday everyone will be able to play together in World of Microsoft and nasty things like choices will be a thing of the past.

I for one welcome our new video game overlord.

Re:WTF? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20416185)

"But there really isn't anything all that significant about Metroid other than it finally gives hardcore gamers who own a Wii a reason to dust off their console while they wait for Smash Bros and Galaxies."

The Metroid Prime series is one of the most polished & rewarding gaming experiences you can have if you are a serious gamer. Halo is a fine series too, I personally have enjoyed the back story to that game also, but underneath it is a simple FPS.
A simple FPS which has a polished production & awesome exposition.
Looking forward to both, but as a pure gaming experience, if its any thing like the older games, MP:Corruption will be my choice, even though I will probably dig the more visceral experience & movie like exposition of Halo3 probably more.

Re:WTF? (2, Insightful)

pthor1231 (885423) | more than 6 years ago | (#20416313)

I don't know if I would personally call the whole series "polished" I hated MP's control scheme so much that I stopped playing it after about 15 minutes and never tried again. Not being able to strafe unless you are locked on an enemy? wtf mate. That being said, MP3 controls feel very nice comparatively, and I'm not a huge fan of the Wii controls either.

Re:WTF? (1)

toddhunter (659837) | more than 6 years ago | (#20420187)

.it takes a lot of guts to try to compete against established competitors like Nintendo and Sony.
BNope, Microsoft has so much money there is no risk to them whatsoever, only potential gain.

No Halo 3 for the PC? (1)

Trikenstein (571493) | more than 6 years ago | (#20415067)

I seem to recall there being a Vista only version that was announced pretty long ago...

*yawn* (-1, Troll)

mattgoldey (753976) | more than 6 years ago | (#20415331)

Who cares?

Re:*yawn* (1)

Klickoris (1104419) | more than 6 years ago | (#20415587)

Yeah, really. I mean, it's only got a million pre-orders.

Re:*yawn* (1)

Duffy13 (1135411) | more than 6 years ago | (#20415873)

It's not like 1 million people have ever been wrong before, majority wins logic?

Re:*yawn* (2, Funny)

Philomathie (937829) | more than 6 years ago | (#20416099)

Cue the Nazi Analogies in three...
two...
one...

Re:*yawn* (1)

aicrules (819392) | more than 6 years ago | (#20416481)

But the flood really do relate quite well to hitlerian ideals. The idea that those dirty humans don't deserve to live!

Re:*yawn* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20417649)

No, the universe revolves around the Flat Earth.

well... (1, Interesting)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 6 years ago | (#20415491)

...while I'm not going ape shit over Halo like a large portion of the "console-only" generation (I have yet to meet a long-time FPS PC gamer who thinks Halo was anything beyond "entertaining") I did rather enjoy Halo 1 and 2...Halo 3 will hopefully bring a nice close to this story arc.

Strictly speaking of the Halo franchise, I'm more excited about Halo Wars than Halo 3...but what do I know, I grew up on Zork.

Re:well... (4, Funny)

Khuffie (818093) | more than 6 years ago | (#20415601)

Hi. I'm a long-time FPS PC gamer who thinks Halo was beyond merely 'entertaining'. Nice to meet you. Would you like some pie?

Re:well... (4, Funny)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 6 years ago | (#20415883)

Hello, chap! I'm also a long-time FPS PC gamer who thinks Halo was beyone merely 'entertaining' (actually, I rate its single-player as the second-best FPS ever).

Might I share in the pie?

Re:well... (3, Funny)

Khuffie (818093) | more than 6 years ago | (#20415929)

Sure! Shall we silently laugh at those who put Halo down merely because it had the audacity to be a console game? Or should we pity them instead?

Re:well... (3, Funny)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 6 years ago | (#20415993)

Hmm. Silently laughing is indeed satisfying, but pity is much more snobbish and elitist. I can't pick, you decide!

Re:well... (3, Funny)

adam.dorsey (957024) | more than 6 years ago | (#20416505)

Gentlemen! You're missing the most important question:

What kind of pie?

Re:well... (4, Funny)

mobby_6kl (668092) | more than 6 years ago | (#20417219)

> Gentlemen! You're missing the most important question:
> What kind of pie?

Hopefully one that isn't made of mostly cloned corridors and identical enemies squads.

Re:well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20420611)

...you two are nuts. This was a hilarious exchange.

Re:well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20416811)

I thought it was . . .

"Want some rye? 'Corse you do?"

Brings back some fun memories. Great game.

Anyway, in response to the parent. I have been playing FPSs since the days of Wolfenstein and Doom, as well as other PC titles, and Halo on the console has been just as fun, if not funner, than any FPS I have played to date. There is definitely some adjustment from using a keyboard/mouse to using a controller, but once one gets past that and gains some skill in the game, it is hours and hours of endless fun. I still play Halo 2 pretty often above all other game choices I have to my access.

I consistently hear the PC-only crowd rag on Halo and I just think they haven't really given it a chance. I've played the Halo 3 Beta and have been reading about all of the other features/weapons/maps not in the beta and I am confident Halo 3 will be even bigger and more loved than Halo 2. From one that has played Arcade, PC, and console titles nearly my whole life (over 20 years now), those that continue to not give Halo a chance are only doing themselves and the poor followers that take their advice a disservice. For those who have loved Halo all these years and can't wait for Halo 3, I will see you online in about 26 days. Finish the fight!

Re:well... (1)

Criterion (51515) | more than 6 years ago | (#20420709)

Heya guys! :) I too am a long time player of games (all types), remember nostalgically back in my 20's to the days of the original Wolf 3D. I also am a lover of all things Halo. Might I join your little party? Methinks there are many more of us than some would care to admit because goodness knows the sky would fall if it were discovered that not all Halo fans are kiddies who only like it because they've never played a "real" game on a pc. ;)

Critical Theory: Halo's innovations (5, Insightful)

graymocker (753063) | more than 6 years ago | (#20419075)

Another long-time PC gamer here, of FPS's and otherwise. I think we may look back upon Halo as being one of the most innovative shooters of this post-millennial decade. The reason is all about tempo, and specifically, the way Halo's "recharging shield" system dramatically alters the pace and experience of FPS games.

In a conventional FPS, the player character restores health lost through attrition by picking up some variant of "Medkit" liberally sprinkled throughout the level. Thus, the cycle of the typical FPS goes something like this: fight, fight, fight, pick up health, fight some more. This cycle is a relatively long one, in that there are generally substantial gaps between health restorations. This is necessary to maintain game challenge, and to prevent the whole "Medkit" conceit from becoming too self-evidently contrived. However, as a consequence, the "tempo" and "pace" of the game is dictated by this cycle of fight, lose health, find (or backtrack to) medkit. Because of this structure, the PC is also gifted with a substantial amount of health in order to sustain him from one cache of medkits to the next. Games are generally most exciting when the player is clinging to life, trying desperately to make it to the next medkit, but the very structure of the conventional FPS dictates that this can only occur so often per level, if at all. Indeed, many players simply choose to reload if they find themselves in perilous straights health-wise, knowing the next medkit is far off and rightly intuiting that the conventional FPS is not really designed to be played on a sliver of health.

In Halo and the health-recharging games that followed it, the cycle instead goes something like this: fight, recharge, fight, recharge, fight, recharge. The cycle is shorter, the recharges more frequent, and the amount of time the game allows the player to come close to death is thus much higher. Indeed, games with Halo-type systems its not uncommon to frequently take cover in the middle of a firefight to find some minor respite and desperately hoping to avoid any incoming fire in order to restore health. You may have noticed that it takes far less time to kill an exposed, inactive player in Halo than it does in, say, Quake 4. This is because the constant health restorations compensate for the increased risk. Thus in Halo-type games the risk of death can be more constantly exploited, and the tempo of a Halo game is much accelerated as the player constantly comes perilously close to death, and repeatedly takes a sigh of relief at restoring their health just in time.

You can already see an awareness of the superiority of an accelerated game tempo reflected in the design of subsequent FPS games. Gears of War is possibly the most recognizable incarnation of a "recharging shield" health system, but on the PC side Rainbow Six: Vegas also employs a similar system. Both games have perfected this idea to generate an incredible sense of tension as exposure to sustained enemy fire for any length of time results in a swift demise. The player feels naked and very vulnerable even when simply walking through a exposed courtyard. The unforgivingly swift tempo of these games is far more successful in evoking dread and terror in the player than the repetitive haunted-house antics of, say, Doom 3. Sure, imps may jump out of nowhere at me in Doom 3, but I'm loaded up on armor and health so I know I'm in no real danger. I'd say that Gears and R6Vegas demonstrate a far more sophisticated grasp of the design potential of recharging-shield systems than Halo does, but it was Halo that first introduced this concept and its utility to gamers.

I'll leave it at that. Halo also took the somewhat daring step of strictly constraining the player's weapon loadout, but I'm more hesitant to give it credit for that as there were plenty of similarly constrained, tactically minded shooters that preceded it. I'm also going to add that I own no copies of Halo or the Xbox, in any incarnation, and I'm almost exclusively a PC gamer myself, so to the extent that I may have personal devotions, they're probably to the PC gaming universe. I've simply acquired a lot of gametime in Halo, as just about any college student in the past few years has. The fact that not owning the game I never had to suffer through the much-derided later levels probably has something to do with how I feel about the game, as well. The "good stuff" was presented to me as an immaculate, rich and dense gem of creativity and fun, unblemished by subsequent disappointment.

Mod Parent Up (1)

krelian (525362) | more than 6 years ago | (#20420423)

Very interesting read, thanks. I guess this is what zonk is hoping for when he posts all those gaming stories that most /.ers hate.

Re:Critical Theory: Halo's innovations (1)

fimbulvetr (598306) | more than 6 years ago | (#20431599)

You sir, have made a friend. Several minutes ago I had a post composed about my hatred for health paks. After I lost interest in writing that much, I closed the tab and found your comment. Well said.

IMHO, halos best innovation was seamlessly integrating ranking into online play with a level playing field and actually making attempts to keep it that way. I love how once I hit level 15 or so I no longer have to worry about team killers or n00bs or quitters, because the the level range is composed of people who are bound to win a few games. I generally don't get people who talk to much, and opponents who are fun to spar with.

Re:well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20496437)

You have to be a PC gamer the thinks they are too good to play console games. It may not be the best FPS of all time but it is the best to play online. You probably asked your 3 friends their opinion on the issue. What game is better to play multiplayer? Get a clue and buy a console. Nobody wants to play your crappy, pretty PC games. You know why there is no version for the PC??? Because there are 1 million people that will be playing Halo 3 on any given day on the XBOX 360. PC games besides WOW can't compete with that. Don't hate because you suck at Halo and can't kill anybody online. You need to practice and stop making opinions for others.

Did they fix the 360 yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20417073)

I've been holding off on a 360 on account of that whole, you know, random permadeath thing. Is that fixed yet, or am I going to have to wait a little longer to finish the fight?

PC version (1)

eagl (86459) | more than 6 years ago | (#20418359)

I'll give $75 to anyone who can get me a PC / winXP version. I'd LIKE to give that money to the game developers, but MS doesn't want that to happen. And I'm not going to buy an xbox just to play Halo3. So I have $75 ready for whoever gets me Halo3 for the PC first.

Re:PC version (1)

Mr2001 (90979) | more than 6 years ago | (#20430453)

Let's see, you're asking someone to port an unreleased game from PPC to x86, without access to the source code, and you're offering about enough money for him to buy a copy of the original (which he'll need to perform the port), a case of beer, and a sandwich?

So you're the one who posts all those job listings on Rentacoder!

Next (1)

renegadesx (977007) | more than 6 years ago | (#20421129)

I have been less than impressed with the public beta's. I think despite Microsoft will pay someone to give it GOTY, titles like Assassins Creed and BioShock will slaughter the Master Cheif IMO

Re:Next (1)

fimbulvetr (598306) | more than 6 years ago | (#20431635)

The beta wasn't designed to impress. It was meant to give a little whif of a carrot to fans, in addition to helping identify weaknesses in system - including but not limited to: high traffic spots on the maps, new risky high powered weapons, potentials of (map) exploitations, maybe low level tcp/ip code, or ati graphics code or anything even remotely related to running a system with millions of high demand, high traffic connection streams all with tons of data to parse and save.

Every beta blurb I read mentioned and linked to bungies statement on how the graphics were nowhere near finished.

This is not news. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20422645)

Halo 3 going Gold is not news. Halo 3 having a linux version, which we know would out perform the Vista(chuckles) version, is. Besides I thought only 3 year olds played that poor shooter.
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