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Still playing Halo 2 on Xbox Live? We have a gift for 12 of you

Remember two weeks ago, when Microsoft shut down the original Xbox Live forever? When Halo 2 fans were forced to finish their final online matches? When we held a multiplayer marathon to celebrate the end of an era?

Not so fast! Surprisingly – and brilliantly – that end never came for some. While the rest of us mourned and moved on, the hardest of hardcore fans refused to quit. Realizing that they could keep playing online as long as they didn't turn off their Xboxs, they've kept their systems powered up for an astounding 13 days straight, enjoying an additional 13 days of Halo 2 in the process. These loyal gamers are now known as "The Final Few" on Bungie's forums, and although console freezes are quickly dwindling their numbers, a dozen still remained at the time of this article's posting.

And you know what? That kind of loyalty and passion deserve reward. So…

If you are one of "The Final Few" – one of the 12 people still playing Halo 2 over Xbox Live – the editors at GamesRadar would like to give you early access to Halo: Reach multiplayer. Contact us at halo@gamesradar.com, prove you own one of the following tags, and you'll receive a code for the "Friends & Family" beta starting tomorrow, April 29.

Agent Windex
APACHE N4SIR
sherlok 1
Rob2D
z0mbie stench
Lord Odysseus11
xxMAKDADYxx
H2o Shoagie
xxBooker Dxx
DirtyCajun
AForeignObject
HiredN00bs

Why these tags? They were listed by Joe Campbell, the guy who started "The Final Few" thread on Bungie to begin with. What proof? Email us and we'll work that out together. How will you keep playing Halo 2 and Halo: Reach at the same time? Maybe you won't, but we think you deserve the choice, should your Xbox unexpectedly freeze at some point this week or this weekend. What was that email again? halo@gamesradar.com.

Keep soldiering on, Final Few, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Apr 28, 2010

27 comments

  • Detenn - April 30, 2010 5:04 a.m.

    Awesome I some how managed to not get a single code all day. Thanks GamesRadar for giving a code to someone not even in the top 50 rather someone who was the 13th person and you gave it to the Top 12. You wouldn't even respond to my many messsages. I just want to say, Great Job!
  • APACHE998 - April 29, 2010 9:45 p.m.

    @ GameRadar.com F&F Pre-Beta Code has arrive (@ 1727hrs ET, Im a stickler for accuracy) ... I Salute you... "The Final Few" snaps to attention and Salutes you all"!!! APACHE N4SIR - (The Few, The Proud, The Twelve - FORCEFULLY REMOVED!!)
  • Detenn - April 29, 2010 2:30 p.m.

    Sorry I just now checked this site. I sent you a PM on bungie. Unfortunately they dont care about anyone outside of the top 12, which sucks. We all think Microsoft is taking us out, I was kicked of mid-game on Tuesday and my interent connection was just fine. The same exact thing happened to Sherlok 1 last night. We think they are taking us out 2 at a time.
  • APACHE998 - April 29, 2010 12:55 p.m.

    Hey Detenn... sherlok 1 left a few hours ago... now were down to 11. For what its worth... GameRadar Detenn was unlucky #13. Bows head for a moment of silence...
  • APACHE998 - April 29, 2010 12:51 p.m.

    Detenn, Message me on Bungie...
  • Detenn - April 29, 2010 9:05 a.m.

    I know Apache, it just sucks that I was the 13th person online and I dont get jack squat :(.
  • APACHE998 - April 29, 2010 7:50 a.m.

    @Abe504 they have to be running it on an original xbox, no way an xbox 360 runs for 13 days strait without breaking. and im not even trying to be humorous. I went out and bought a Elite to be apart of the final games... (my xbox360 red ringed 3 weeks prior) it's still going. I got my original 360 back so that's going to run REACH. @Detenn... your missed dude. :'( Thanks Gamesradar, we snap to attention and salute you!!! APACHE N4SIR - (The Few, The Proud, The Twelve - FORCEFULLY REMOVED!!)
  • Cwf2008 - April 29, 2010 3:24 a.m.

    So how long until there xbox's commit suicide over being on for over 13 days? Thats brutal on the system
  • ukimpact - April 29, 2010 1:56 a.m.

    to be honest you forgot fraggedears- to be contiuned (xboxtag) his xbox died
  • ukimpact - April 29, 2010 1:47 a.m.

    www.justin.tv --- halo 2 last players http://www.justin.tv/fraggedears#r=CSY4wc0~ http://www.justin.tv/z0mbiestench http://www.justin.tv/xxbookerdxx#r=CSY4wc0~
  • ukimpact - April 29, 2010 1:46 a.m.

    hey , yes they are and streaming it live on justin.tv come and join in the fun
  • mcdangles26 - April 29, 2010 12:53 a.m.

    AGHHH i miss halo 2 already :( but can't wait 4 reach:)
  • pingyoo - April 29, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    OMG no way dude, Do want! Lou www.post-anonymously.us.tc
  • Doctalen - April 29, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    Wow dedication. Even though I own all Halo games (excluding Halo Wars) I have never once played Halo2 on my 360. Just never occurred to me when I have Halo 3 and other games.
  • S135 - April 28, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    (loldoublepost) Sorry, i meant my 360 worked a month ago and just got the borked DVD drive.
  • S135 - April 28, 2010 11:47 p.m.

    @FearlessRaven if only the beta happened a month earlier so i could play it on MY 360 (with a broken disk drive) and not the one i'm borrowing from my friend, Which just E74'd.
  • chunko97 - April 28, 2010 11:47 p.m.

    Got it too for playing halo 2. See you at the launch.
  • Detenn - April 28, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    I was #13 and I was disconnected on Tuesday, is there anyway I can get an early access invite?
  • FearlessRaven - April 28, 2010 10:47 p.m.

    Nope for most of these guys they are running it on xbox 360s which is why the numbers are so low. This time last week they were at 26 but a ton of them red ringed. Still good on you Gamesradar for supporting these guys! now if only the reach beta would have happened about a month prior so as not to screw up their game.
  • Cyberninja - April 28, 2010 9:43 p.m.

    do you think mircosoft could just turn off live and turn it back on if they want to be pure evil

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