Today, the Halo 3 Beta opens up to the public and there's one question you need to ask yourself: Do you like getting headshot by sneaky snipers seconds after you spawn? Neither do we. That's why we put together the ultimate visual strategy guide featuring sweet spots, tips, tricks, and everything you need to know about Halo 3's new guns, gear, maps, and rides.
But before we begin, here's a list of the three most common questions we heard from fellow beta testers while playing.
Question: How do I use the Bubble Shield?
Answer: To use the Bubble Shield or any other equipment just hit X.
Question: How do I talk to my teammates?
Answer: Hit the D-pad. Any direction will do. It sounds like a pain, but do you really want to hear conversations players are having with their kid brother or everyone’s loud 360 fans blowing in the background?
Question: How do I switch grenades?
Answer: There are now three different types of grenades. Use the left bumper to cycle through them.
Above: Old habits die hard. Do yourself a favor and take a moment to familiarize yourself with Halo 3's new control scheme.
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New Maps: We’ve combed Halo 3 's beta maps for sweet sniper spots, and weapon spawn points. For key coverage on your future killing grounds, click on these links for all the dirty details on the new maps.
New Gear: Finding yourself falling to your knees from rifle butts to the back of your head because you’re too busy trying to figure out how the new Bubble Shield works? Skip ahead to our New Gear section to learn how your Spartan's new gadgets work.
Smoking Guns: There's a whole new arsenal of smoking-hot weapons to dish out damage with. Fast-forward to our Smoking Guns section to find out how Halo 3' s new weapons can help you score a Killtacular.
Fast Rides: Spartans should always ride in style. Skip ahead for our fast and furious tips on how to make the most of the new Mongoose.
Match Modes: The public beta introduces several new match modes. Head to our Match Modes section to learn all about them so you won’t wind up being an anchor for your team.