"Some said it was crazy. Some said it was impossible. Well, it's probably both, but we're going to attempt it anyway."
With those fateful words, the GamesRadar team embarked on a mission of pure dedication and insanity. One game. Three maps. 24 hours of straight multiplayer action... from 5:00 AM PST on Wednesday, May 16, all the way to 5:00 AM the next day. No sleep. No breaks.
Other websites received their cushy Friends & Family beta codes, enjoyed them over the weekend and then moved on.
One of the best things Bungie included in the Halo 3 Beta - which is tearing the internet a new one as we speak - is the Theater Lobby. What this means is you can save an impressive amount of footage (20 mins isn't impossible) and then upload it for everyone else to see.
Of course, this means that YouTube is now awash with videos bearing titles like "Roxxor winz!," "EXCLUSIVE Halo 3 gamplay!!!!1" and, inevitably, "Noob r Teh suxxor hahahhA." Look harder, though, and you'll uncover some
Team 'Radar has been blasting (or suffering a blasting) in the public Beta for the last few days now, and opinion has been starkly divided on Halo 3's early appeal. But it's important to remember that this isn't anything like the finished product, and in fact it might not even match up to the build that Bungie has running in its development lab right now.
Anyway. Here we've attempted to weigh in with a balanced take on what we love and what we hate about this sneak peek.
A Halo modding community has accidentally made various hidden game files public, found by retrieving hidden data in the Halo 3 Beta code. They reveal new weapons, vehicles and equipment and also suggest new modes and rankings for the full single and multiplayer game.
Before we go any further, a warning: the following are in no way official or confirmed features of Halo 3, but they do appear in the Halo 3 Beta code in some form too complicated for us to comprehend or explain. We're just the
Halo Wars is up and running and around 100 developers at Ensemble Studios are testing how the game works in multiplayer. There's a lot of work going on visually to the game too, says the developer in a new update.
"It's no secret that we've been playing Halo Wars for quite a while now," reads the update on the Halo Wars community website. "The vast majority of our games are multiplayer games, as they are pretty easy to set up and get going since you don't have to worry about a bunch of
With the Halo 3 Beta on constant play in the GamesRadar office, we've compiled a list of the questions we've been hearing people ask as they're watching or playing. Some are funny but point out odd things, others are a little more worrying...
Why don't the graphics look more next-gen?
This is the main one. And we're still confused about the game's visuals. There are some cool physics and ragdoll effects, some pretty(ish) water and higher resolution textures. And... er... anyone? Gears of War
How many people do you think are playing Halo 3 right now? We're guessing it's somewhere between "huh, that's a lot" and "seriously?" Members of the press and several other lucky souls have been playing since last Friday, and that extra week of time has led some of us at GamesRadar to say what everyone else is thinking: Halo 3 ain't that great.
Don't get us wrong, it's undeniably fun. We've logged our fair share of hours (including yesterday's 24-hour play session ) and spent several nights
Frustrated gamers - many of whom took days off from work and school - have finally had their complaints answered. The Halo 3 beta, included with copies of Crackdown, has finally gone live. Originally slated to be released at 5 AM pacific today, nobody really knows why it never showed up - though Microsoft and developer Bungie have acknowledged the problem almost
After months of anticipation and hype, the Halo 3 multiplayer beta was scheduled to go live today at 8:00am EST/5:00am PST. Two hours later though and there's still no sign of it for people trying to get in through the Crackdown invite.
Bungie has updated its website (that's a bit broken too as thousands try to access the forums to find out where the demo is) with following: "Folks are reporting problems downloading the Halo 3 Beta via Crackdown this morning. We have alerted the appropriate
Wednesday 16 May 2007
In case you've just arrived on this lush globe we call Earth, we'll explain why everyone's calling in sick this lunchtime. See, the Halo 3 multiplayer Beta went live at 1pm today, triggering so much demand that Bungie has been forced to temporarily stem the flow of new arrivals, just to let the internet recover from sheer shock.
Team 'Radar has been blasting (or suffering a blasting) in the public Beta for the last few hours now, and opinion has been starkly divided on