Posted on October 10, 2007,

Halo 3 Matchmaking Playlists Updated, Shotty Sniper No Longer Prevalent


Responding to the community’s reaction to the various matchmaking playlists in Halo 3, Bungie has updated the playlists just as they did with Halo 2. You’ll continue to see updates including new gametypes, tweaking the frequency of existing gametypes, etc. as time goes on. The first of these updates is live now, and has made the following changes:

  • Big Team Battle matches are now 16-player affairs.
  • In the Team Slayer playlist, the appearance of Shotty Snipers has been greatly reduced.
  • Now, when players veto Shotty Snipers, the game that results from the veto will not be Shotty Snipers.
  • In one-sided VIP matches, the attacking team will now see a waypoint for the VIP they are hunting.
  • In Lone Wolves, Slayer gametypes will appear more frequently.

I’m glad Shotty Snipers has been scaled back, because even though I like it, it almost always ended up getting vetoed, and then those players would proceed to whine when another Shotty Snipers game sprung up. It’s also cool to see Big Team Battle now supports up to 16-players, but I hope they won’t become lagfests for many players. This problem plagued Halo 2 later in its life, and personally I ended up avoiding BTB because the lag made it unplayable.

What do you think of the changes? What do you want to see changed?


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12 Comments on Halo 3 Matchmaking Playlists Updated, Shotty Sniper No Longer Prevalent


On October 10, 2007 at 11:39 am

Glad to see Shotty Snipers scaled back. I don’t mind it that much, but when it comes up every other match, it gets old real fast.


On October 10, 2007 at 11:49 am

We played 7-8 games of BTB last night and we didn’t get any problems with lag. So far so good. :smile:


On October 10, 2007 at 12:26 pm

Hmmm, more players, less of a good-but-annoying playlist….heh, suits me fine.


On October 10, 2007 at 1:19 pm

I’m happy to see the amount of Shotty Snipers has been lessened. I really don’t mind that gametype, but I do mind it when I play it 5 times back to back. I pretty much have become a veteran of both the sniper rifle and shotgun thanks to that gametype


On November 28, 2007 at 7:30 pm

I wish they would make shotty snipers its own game im tierd of having to wait untill it comes on team slayer, it always gets vetoed for me…


On March 11, 2008 at 6:26 pm

i love shotty snipers whoe ever did this is and loves kim :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:


On June 10, 2008 at 7:33 pm

shotty snipes was hella tight why would u do that :evil: :mad:


On November 10, 2008 at 7:19 pm

shotty snipers was awesome…i reduced my playtime hours cuz i didnt find shotty snipers on teamslayer anymore…:( who did this?!?!

i agree they should make it a separate game type…

The Weasel

On November 13, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Arrghh WTF?!?!! I leave Halo for a week and come back to playing Slayer 9 times in a row…I look online to see what’s up…and find this out???! Sigh, This is BS, make it it’s own game type….I can play Shotty Snipers all day….all day….too bad if you suck with the damn sniper.


On November 30, 2008 at 9:55 am

no shotty sniper :shock: i loved that game mode


On November 30, 2008 at 10:53 am

yea shotty snipes was ok….but clearly swat was better and i wuld lyk 2 see it in social slayer as its a fast paced game.

but yea shotty snipes got old wen it came up nearli evry tym. Btw any1 who thinks they can beat me at swat my gamertag is shampoo21king im always up 4 a chalenge

Kermit Creeple

On December 6, 2008 at 1:58 am

for s sake over 8 hours of slayer this weekend with 2 buds and not ONCE did we get shotty snipers it was just slayer OVER AND OVER again. They should put swat and shotty snipes into the social playlists