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The Official Halo 3 Thread Of Awesome (PLEASE PUT ALL YOUR STORY )
 

 
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 Halo 3 just a month away, Bungie has opened the floodgates with a huge selection of screens of the first, third and fourth stages, several multiplayer maps and other goodies like Forge. Check out our
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 screenshot gallery for the whole set -- but first, have a look at the following exclusive shots, which have been carefully hand-selected for their high level of total hotness.


Sierra 117

Halo 3's first level (not fifth, as we erroneously reported in EGM) -- "Sierra," of course, being military code for words that begin with S. And since Master Chief is Spartan 117, it's safe to a.ssume that the level's title is a bold proclamation that this game is all about our boy in olive drab armor. And the level itself? Well, that makes an equally bold proclamation: Damn, this game looks good.


Halo 3's new engine offers more than just looks (although, with its HDR lighting, it has plenty of those as well). That gorgeous water features real displacement physics... although there's no word whether or not Master Chief will be going for a swim.


Alas, the scenic beauty is rather broken up by the presence of Covenant warriors. Despite the fancy armor, that's no Elite -- it's a Brute. Looks like their new favored status brings the benefit of better gear.


The counter in the bottom right is a score-keeping display for cooperative gameplay. The fancier your shots, the more points you get. And once you start finding the hidden skulls, you can turn on special features that boost your multiplier. Of course, they also boost the difficulty level....


Good news: You can commandeer gun emplacements, as always. Better news: You can grab the guns and carry them around, mowing everything down from a third-person perspective.

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Tsavo Highway
We've already taken a detailed look at Tsavo Highway in our . The game's third stage is a long-distance trek from the ruins of a devastated military base toward the Kenyan city of Voi, where the Covenant is stationed in its quest for the Ark.


The level begins in the bombed-out ruins of a base -- here electrical fires provide the only light. Fortunately, the rest of the mission is nowhere near as gloomy....


The road to Voi is fraught with peril. And by "peril" we mean "tons of Covenant warriors and vehicles pouring out of dropships."


The new personnel-carrying version of the Warthog may lack the heavy built-in firepower of its chain gun-toting siblings, but the extra Marines it can carry more than compensate.


The shattered shell of the New Mombasa orbital elevator -- all 1,000 kilometers of it -- litters the landscape, a relic of the Covenant's first visit to earth (in Halo 2). But it's nothing compared to the devastation you'll witness at the end of the stage....
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The Storm
This is Halo 3's fourth stage, and you can read all about it in our .


Apparently you can teach an old Grunt new tricks -- this time around, they're not afraid to pilot vehicles, making for tough situations like this Ghost ambush.


The Storm features wide-open outdoor combat as well as indoor melees set in tight spaces. Which isn't to say it's impossible to surprise a few bad guys by squeezing a Ghost into their control room.


The new Mongoose ATV doesn't offer much in the way of protection...but who needs armor when you're darting around enemy fire as the rocket-launching Marine in your jump seat lays down the law?


Voi, Kenya has seen better days. Apparently having the Covenant set up an antiair weapon emplacement has been rough on the local economy....
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Forge
Although it may not sound like much on paper -- a level editor that doesn't let you change the appearance, geometry or layout of a level -- Forge is quite possibly the single most exciting addition to Halo 3. We'll go into greater detail in the coming days, but here's a quick taste.


Forge play begins like an untimed multiplayer match -- but with the press of a button, players transform from a Spartan into a Forerunner Monitor capable of moving freely through the air and placing items at will...as long as they have the budget for it.


This rather unwieldy tower of goodies doesn't offer much practical purpose. But hop into the Warthog on top of the pile and detonate the fusion coils below and you will believe that a man can fly.

Epitaph
Seemingly based on Halo 2's Tombstone, this multiplayer stage is loaded with long, narrow corridors, tiered construction, and "man cannons" aplenty.


Here an Elite warrior prepares to make a big mess by pounding a group of Spartans with the mighty Gravity Hammer. Splash damage ho!


Its cathedral-like structure makes playing in Epitaph kind of like being in church, if your church were a futuristic ruin full of murderous space combatants.
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Guardian
Sure, it looks like a tranquil Ewok village, but don't expect to frag any teddy bears. (Unfortunately.) Fragging your buddies, though -- well, there's plenty of room for that in this tight, Lockout-inspired battleground.


At the center of Guardian is a large round platform that seems to be a magnet for showdowns. Although standing in the middle makes you easy prey for folks on the perimeter, it is a handy shortcut from one side of the stage to the other....


No, that's not Samus -- it's a Spartan sporting custom armor. Players can mix and match armor components from four different Spartan styles -- and Elites are just as customizable.


See, easy prey. An Elite on the sidelines draws a bead on a Spartan stranded on the central platform...although the alien warrior would probably have better luck if he weren't using the shotgunlike Brute Mauler, which seriously sucks at that range.


With lots of tightly placed platforms at slightly different elevations, Guardian is handy for getting the drop on other players. In such close quarters, though, it usually doesn't take long for someone else to get the drop on you....
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Last Resort
A Zanzibar by any other name would smell just as sweet, right? That's certainly the philosophy behind Last Resort, a team-friendly map that just begs to be used for Capture the Flag.


A Red-team Elite rips it up with a chain gun (detached from a gun emplacement) as his comrade zips along the beach on a Mongoose. Halo 2 fans will be pleased to see that Last Resort retains Zanzibar's seawall divider, turning the beach into a convenient home base.


The Red team takes the action on the road to the Blue team's base...with wheels and guns. The base structure feels quite a bit different from Zanzibar's -- it's bigger, with more approaches for invaders. But also more room for defenders to maneuver.


Vehicle jacking returns in fine form for Halo 3, of course. And yes, it's just as humiliating to have your ride stolen here as in the last game.


Although the flag can be hefted in a manner remarkably similar to that of the Gravity Hammer, only one of them is a devastating melee weapon. Hint: It's not the one the Red Spartan is carrying.
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Sandtrap
The most intriguing of the levels Bungie showed us, Sandtrap is massive -- definitely one for large groups and many, many vehicles. But it's not just another giant arena& it's a giant arena with a secret.


The secret is a little thing called the Elephant. Uh, well, maybe not so little -- this particular pachyderm is a massive mobile base. Yes, base; not only does it come equipped with gun emplacements and a vehicle or two, your team can spawn inside of it. And it's indestructible.


With so much open space -- it's a huge oval with a giant bunker in the center -- Sandtrap is a perfect change to practice your strafing runs.


Alternately, the stage also makes an ideal tanks-only battleground -- an option easily adjusted through Forge.


You can record totally badass scenes like this and play them back to your heart's content with the Halo 3 film editor. The only thing more humiliating than screwing up a heated multiplayer match is being forced to watch your goof over and over again...from every possible angle.
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does that elephant thing move? Is it like a mobile base? If it is thats gonna be tight. Its my first time seeing it.


good post btw.


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p hill makin a comeback
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DON'T CALL IT A COME BACK, I BEEN HERE FOR YEARS! - LL Cool J
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A nice lil feast for the eyes
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looking forward to the game
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"Back for the first time"


BG ft. mannie fresh-move around
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Nice Job P
 08-23-2007, 10:40 AM         #20
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this game looks better every time i see it....ive been waiting for 2 years, and its almost here. my checklist for Halo 3 preparation:

1) Take week off of work
2) Tell my friends im on vacation
3) Sever family ties
4) Buy a back up 360 just in case mine fails
5) Buy new locks for my door
6) Get enough food and water.....no, fu*k water....Food and Halo 3 edition mountain dew to last for a week
7) Move my toilet closer to my tv

it may not be that serious. but its getting there.
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