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Halo 3 goes gold

Halo 3 goes gold

You can't hide in that shield-shell forever, Master Chief. You've gone gold, don't-you-know!

It's official - Halo 3 has just gone gold and is now on its way to manafacturers and disc-makers everywhere.

For those not in on the gaming lingo, 'gold' is the penultimate stage of a games development. First comes the Alpha, then the Betas, finally it 'goes Gold', meaning the game is finished and in production, then the game hits the shelves - but given how massively anticipated Halo 3 is, we doubt it'll stay on the shelves for very long.

Further chronicling the adventures of Master Chief and The Arbiter as they try to stop the alien forces of The Covenant and the deadly Flood from destroying all human life, the release is now only a few weeks away.

The game, which has been in development for three years at Bungie Studios, recently set new records as the fastest preordered game in history, exceeding a million preorders in North America alone. Halo 3 is going to be available worldwide for the Xbox 360 on September 25th - the same day that the Crysis PC demo will hit the 'net.

So, which game do you give your attention to? It's a tough choice to make between the most graphically accomplished game ever seen and the continuing console battles of a robotic man and an alien - thankfully though we've previewed both Crysis and Halo 3 for you, so you can get more info before you decide.

“This is the game we’ve always wanted to make and certainly the best game our studio has developed. We can’t wait for gamers to get their hands on it." Said Harold Ryan, Studio Head at Bungie Studios about the impending release.

Do you have a favourite Halo game, or do you think the whole series is over-hyped and a bit weak? Let us know in the forums.

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DougEdey 30th August 2007, 11:57 Quote
YAY!

***me acts like Joe did when BioShock went Gold***
Jamie 30th August 2007, 12:10 Quote
I hope single player is good.
fwalm 30th August 2007, 12:12 Quote
How can it not be 4 playyer co-op online, time to gather supplies and buy a lock for the door. Ooo can't wait.
DougEdey 30th August 2007, 12:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by fwalm
How can it not be 4 playyer co-op online, time to gather supplies and buy a lock for the door. Ooo can't wait.

I'm sooooo going to Dual Spiker your ass to the walls
mikeuk2004 30th August 2007, 12:34 Quote
I have not decided where to pre order yet. I have a £5 voucher for game but the tin edition at game is £5 more than anywhere else :( so I would not benefit using my voucher. I will get though
DougEdey 30th August 2007, 12:38 Quote
Pre-ordered at HMV. £10 of points on my Game card. £39.99 credit note + 10% discount
Ramble 30th August 2007, 12:42 Quote
I hope they've done some more work on the graphics, looks a little plain and boring to me.
samkiller42 30th August 2007, 12:49 Quote
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Halo 3 is going to be available worldwide for the Xbox 360 on September 25th - the same day that the Crysis PC demo will hit the 'net.

Now unless im mistaken, and various places on tiniternet are wrong, the UK release is the 26th of September, not the 25th, 25th would be the US launch, not ours unfortunatley.

Still, can't wait for this game, well, i can, i just go to work till its release, and never go back till i complete it.

Sam

Edit: Here is the groovy Halo 3 XBOX 360 version found here:
DougEdey 30th August 2007, 13:02 Quote
The Halo 3 360 should have a 120GB drive tbh
fwalm 30th August 2007, 13:03 Quote
Doug you don't have a hope and you can't say it looked bland as the beta wasn't the finished product, plus the fact that you don't use the chief in multiplayer now.

Doug I will drive you voer with my chopper
CardJoe 30th August 2007, 13:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by samkiller42
Now unless im mistaken, and various places on tiniternet are wrong, the UK release is the 26th of September, not the 25th, 25th would be the US launch, not ours unfortunatley.

Still, can't wait for this game, well, i can, i just go to work till its release, and never go back till i complete it.

Sam

Edit: Here is the groovy Halo 3 XBOX 360 version found here:

...Not according to the official press release, detail a worldwide release on the 25th...
DougEdey 30th August 2007, 13:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by fwalm
Doug you don't have a hope and you can't say it looked bland as the beta wasn't the finished product, plus the fact that you don't use the chief in multiplayer now.

Doug I will drive you voer with my chopper

Not before I brute grenade you in the head

*squelch*
karx11erx 30th August 2007, 13:28 Quote
People say "gone gold" because the master disk containing the final product meant for release and sale that goes to the CD factory is or has been golden (the surface, that is, not necessarily the entire disk).
Hustler 30th August 2007, 13:45 Quote
Christ, this is so depressing...im not the slightest bit excited by Halo 3, and i don't know why.

Back in 2001 i bought a Xbox on launch day just to play Halo, was rabid with excitement for Halo 2....but Halo 3 is simply not doing it for me.

I guess Halo 2 and its shortcomings left scars.
Veles 30th August 2007, 13:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ramble
I hope they've done some more work on the graphics, looks a little plain and boring to me.

Nah I liked it in the Halo 3 beta, it was deffinitely improved a lot, loads more detail on the armour and stuff, but GoW graphics just wouldn't fit, thats not what Halo looks like. And yes, they have worked on the graphics since the beta, they do look a lot more "next gen" now.
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Originally Posted by fwalm
How can it not be 4 playyer co-op online

I thought it was :|
DougEdey 30th August 2007, 13:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Veles


I thought it was :|

He meant to say
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How can it not be? 4 player co-op online!

Bloody foreigners ;)
samkiller42 30th August 2007, 14:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
Quote:
Originally Posted by samkiller42
Now unless im mistaken, and various places on tiniternet are wrong, the UK release is the 26th of September, not the 25th, 25th would be the US launch, not ours unfortunatley.

Still, can't wait for this game, well, i can, i just go to work till its release, and never go back till i complete it.

Sam

Edit: Here is the groovy Halo 3 XBOX 360 version found here:

...Not according to the official press release, detail a worldwide release on the 25th...

Ok, fair enough, i will beleive it when it arrives at my door:P

Sam
DarkLord7854 30th August 2007, 18:17 Quote
So when's the PC version coming? :D
D3s3rt_F0x 30th August 2007, 19:19 Quote
Don't know if im looking forward to this ill more than likely buy it but, played Halo on the PC found it very repatative and plain compared to the original HL and Halo 2 I never played.
DougEdey 30th August 2007, 19:22 Quote
But you're a CS fan ;)
Redbeaver 30th August 2007, 22:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
So when's the PC version coming? :D

ditto.

xbox360 = $399
PC game = $49.99

im cheap.
fluxity 30th August 2007, 23:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ramble
I hope they've done some more work on the graphics, looks a little plain and boring to me.
If you're on about what you saw from the beta then they looked pretty damned good in HD. The beta also didn't have the HDR lighting and a load more work has gone into it. It should be the most graphically advanced console game to date.

The Forge mode in mulitplayer sounds like a right laugh.
fluxity 30th August 2007, 23:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Redbeaver
ditto.

xbox360 = $399
PC game = $49.99

im cheap.

Wow, could you be any more ignorant.

So how do you intend to play this pc game without a pc? Oh yeh, PC = $2000

To answer the pc question, it'll probably be about 2 years
DarkLord7854 31st August 2007, 01:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by fluxity
Wow, could you be any more ignorant.

So how do you intend to play this pc game without a pc? Oh yeh, PC = $2000

To answer the pc question, it'll probably be about 2 years

Well I think the ignorant one is you right there, as it's pretty obvious he has a PC but not an XboX360 so if he wants to play Halo3, then he'd have to buy an XboX360 even though he already has a perfectly sound PC potentially capable of playing Halo3.

And yea, most likely 2 years, and it'll be "<insert new Windows name here> only" and a very shitty port just like Halo2Vista was/is :p
Eraflo 1st September 2007, 20:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
So when's the PC version coming? :D

Mouse/ Keyboard > Joypad any day imo :)
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