Bungie Weekly Update – Reviewers
With Halo 3 now gold, the Bungie weekly updates will undoubtedly slow to a crawl. After the cornucopia of info we were given in the mega-update a few weeks ago, one has to wonder if any surprises are left for the media to cover. Well, I mean outside of playing the game itself. Ironically, the latest update covers just that.
Microsoft are inviting press from various regions to various locales around the globe to play the finished product. Of course, the review environments are completely under Microsoft’s control. However, they (Microsoft/Bungie) are allowing the press to review all aspects of the game (campaign, co-op, multiplayer, forge, saved films) – basically, all things you and I will see on launch.
Thus, we are likely to see the real Halo 3 reviews hit the net here soon, spreading around like California wildfire. Until the NDA is lifted, we’re stuck with Bungie’s own review of the reviewers (how’s that for irony?). Here are exploits of a pair of Bungie representatives at the recent Gaming Convention in Leipzig, Germany:
Paul Bertone and I, on team pink, spent the better part of Saturday destroying fans at Halo 3 – two teams of seven players each. 14 vs. 2. Just the kind of odds we like. Mind you we felt really bad about it but we were having too much fun to stop. We employed a few shady tactics but mostly we just grabbed a Wraith or Scorpion each and proceeded to dominate the map… and yeah, so maybe we destroyed all the other vehicles on the map before the players even got their hands on the controller but that was only a temporary disadvantage for them. At one point I had 38 kills before I died once. Over the few hours we played, I think Paul and I earned every single medal and accolade possible in multiplayer, including an “Invincible!” that I admit I’d never had the joy of hearing before.
Pwning noobs, indeed. I guess if I had that much of a head start, I’d pwn them too. Enjoy it while it lasts, ya Bungie noobs. *chuckle*
The update also shows what the new Bungie.net will look like (A word of advice to Bungie. Don’t start calling it “Bnet”. You will confuse the hell out of people). If you read my compression of the mega-update, I mentioned that Bungie is adding a sort of MySpace for Halo 3. Basically, Bungie are providing a space on the internet where you can show off your Halo 3 pimping-ness. What few screenshots provided in the update are quite impressive. The new Bungie.net looks to be very organized and professional. Those of us on PC have sort of seen this kind of stats tracking via community ran sites, especially the Battlefield series. Developers, take note. Bungie could very well be onto something.
Whether you think Halo 3 is the next coming of Christ or the biggest overrated piece of tripe, you have to admit that Bungie have been very professional in their listening and dealings with the community. Halo 3 looks more and more to be a game made for the Halo fans. The question of the hour: Are you ready?