Bungie Weekly Update 09-21-07 – House Cleaning
With this week’s Bungie update comes a surprising amount of info for Halo 3 (as if we didn’t have enough already). Here is my pathetic attempt to compress all that info.
The Halo 3 How-To & FAQs I referred to yesterday now have a hub aptly titled Halo 3 Guide. I highly recommend checking it out (from time to time) if you plan on playing lots of Halo 3 multiplayer. There’s a lot of content to be made by the average Joe Halo 3 player through Forge & Film Editing. The fact you can easily share it with your buddies and the community makes it worth the research. More features are to be unlocked via that page in the coming days.
[FYI: Microsoft have also put up an interactive manual called Halo 3 Game Guide. Unfortunately, viewing the manual requires the Microsoft Silverlight software.]
Bungie again recommends anyone wanting to get the most out of Halo 3 to get an Xbox Live Gold membership. Those wanting to get the most out of Bungie.net should go ahead and register a Bungie.net account and have it linked to your Xbox Live gamertag. Linking is as simple as providing the same email you use for your Live account as the one you provide for your Bungie.net account. The rest should take care of itself.
The Bungie.net features are far too many to list (and growing every day) and way too cool to ignore. Here are a handful of features Halo 3 gamers can access via a Bungie.net account:
- Download files to your Xbox 360 from Bungie.net (if your Xbox 360 is off at the time, files will be downloaded next time the console is signed in to Live)
- Manage your File Share: Which includes copying files to your share, deleting files from your share, publish your files to the forums
- Rate other People’s Content, post responses and feedback to other people’s content
- Save Recent Screenshots to your Screenshot Gallery so that they don’t get deleted, set one as your Trophy Shot
- View your and other people’s achievements only while signed in with your Live account
- Use your Halo 3 avatar on the forums
- Have the Septagon as the background in Matchmaking, showing your Bungie.net support
- Participate in the forums and all of the things that you’ve been able to do while signed in on Bungie.net
Not to mention, Bungie.net will also be a great way to hook up with your Halo 3 friends (and community) if you are no where near your Xbox. Global and personal statistics, rankings, map favorites, top-ten user downloads, screenshots…. you name it, all found via Bungie.net. You can view sample images of the new Bungie.net web interface by following the link at the end of this article. Here’s a sample of the header to the Career Stats hub:
Yes, those are medals slotted in the black boxes to the right.
“The medals are also ranked depending on Playlists, for instance an Overkill in Social Slayer is worth less than an Overkill in Ranked Team Slayer. Clicking on one of those medals will take you to the Career Stats hub page. There are a handful of secret Bungie.net only medals that players will earn in-game, but those medals will only be displayed on the Internet. Some of them will be very familiar to Bungie.net regulars.”
Do not confuse these medals as mere achievements. Halo 3 will have the typical yawn fest 360 achievements, but Bungie want to reward players beyond what the Xbox 360 allows. Much like the recent Battlefield games, Halo 3 players will be vying for rankings galore. Bungie.net will no only be the place to track such rankings, but also a place to research what it takes to earn a particular ranking. Bungie then shows what the personal screenshots repository looks like. The 30 most recent images are uploaded to you Recent Screenshots gallery. However, Bungie warns: “Players can take screenshots during cinematics, in addition to spoiler-icious gameplay moments. Be advised. Be warned. Be safe.”
Bungie then gives more examples and screens of the file sharing and game history features of Bungie.net. Game history is much like that found in Halo 2, but obviously better. There’s practically a screenshot of every feature mentioned in the Bungie update (as I only covered the important ones).
Finally, the weekly update closes with what Bungie are pitching as Sketch’s Build-Your-Own-Halo-Comic – currently just a brainstorm of the madmen over at Bungie. The idea sounds awesome if Bungie can pull it off. The title alone pretty much describes what said feature may bring to the average Halo 3 player. The pictures below give a better idea of what Bungie are thinking. Use your imagination to caption the would-be comic that Bungie is labeling “Ske7chy Swordz.”