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Halo 3 impressions from 1UP and EGM


That issue of EGM isn't even out yet and the Halo 3 hype train keeps a' rolling. The editors of EGM/1UP have posted some of their thoughts and impressions of their visit to Bungie. Though they don't give away anything that hasn't already been leaked, they do announce that they definitely liked what they saw. Dan Hsu makes a time honored point, noting that the graphics weren't "that impressive for an Xbox 360 game," but it was so fun that it didn't matter. He goes on to say that he doesn't want to go back to Halo 2 now that he has been spoiled by this (pre-alpha) build of Halo 3. Mark MacDonald probably gives the most concrete info, giving speculators and Halo fanatics something to chew on.

"I very rarely dual-wielded in the few hours we got to play
Halo 3, and after some early experimentation, I mostly stuck with the Assault Rifle. I'd pick up a Battle Rifle or Shotgun if I had the chance, but unless I was super close or far from a target, the AR suited me just fine. More than fine. OK I f*king love the assault rifle. It might as well be an entirely new weapon. (I hope they don't mess with it too much between now and the final game.)"

He goes on to discuss some of the new weapons, the new maps, and the overall candor of the Bungie team. Fans slavering for info would best be served to read his impressions first. The last impression comes from Luke Smith, who paints Halo as his Mario. His is more nostalgia and hope than the factual accounts of the other two. Still, if you love Halo, or hearing people wax romantic about videogames, give it a read.

So, with all this pre-hyped hype, has anybody actually gotten the new EGM yet?

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1. Yep.

http://carnage.bungie.org/haloforum/halo.forum.pl?read=755574

Posted at 3:59PM on Nov 6th 2006 by DHalo 0 stars

2. that's a shame that the game is ugly, my neighbor only plays halo 2 and I keep showing him 360 games to try and get him to upgrade but he is (more or less rightly) not that impressed with the 'upgrade'.

Ah well, gears of war will likely snag him.

Posted at 4:40PM on Nov 6th 2006 by moore 0 stars

3. Dude, its PRE-ALPHA!

Most graphics are place holders. Having been a game tester, I can tell you that a game can graphically realyl come together in the last few months. This game probably won't hit til November 2007. You'd better believe it's gonna look great. Though I doubt it has to look like Gears.

Posted at 4:47PM on Nov 6th 2006 by Krazy Koala 0 stars

4. It's an alpha build of the game. It'll look much better upon completion.

and what the fuck, Dhalo? how'd you get the magazine already? I've litrally been waiting all day for that damn mail truck to show up and it wasn't even in there. I was told the magazine came today.

Posted at 4:48PM on Nov 6th 2006 by footlong! 0 stars

5. Am I the only one who tires of this super-early hype that's going on? Seriously. It's 2006 and almost 2007. Why am I reading about this game and not seeing some cool video previews from Bungie or GameTrailers.com? I know it's awesome and it sells magazines to get these exclusives, but it's ultimately just annoying to those who hope to see more of a title.

Seriously, I think a lot of us would love to see some of this early stuff even if it looks bad and is wonky. Show us the man cannon already!

Posted at 6:06PM on Nov 6th 2006 by Josh 0 stars

6. I'm not really that sick of Halo 3 hype - it's Gear's of War hype that's bugged the hell out of me for months. You know, I've tried to get into it, but I've really seen nothing special gameplay-wise.

In term's of how Halo 3 will look, I'd rather they concentrated on the plot, you know, like they didn't do in the last game.

Posted at 6:16PM on Nov 6th 2006 by Insomnious 0 stars

7. I could care less about the plot, it's going to drivitave crap like 99% of games. I just want it to look good and most improtantly, play good. I'm not a h1 or h2 fan at all (mind numbingly boring SP, decent multi), so heres hoping this onje is fun.

Posted at 6:56PM on Nov 6th 2006 by moore 0 stars

8. Not mine. Someone else happened to find it at their local convinience store (the guy at the above link). Lucky bastard. If anybody gets the mag, please post scans.

Posted at 7:57PM on Nov 6th 2006 by DHalo 0 stars

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