Scratched Discs Found in Halo 3 Limited Edition


A poster over at the NeoGaf forums is reporting that the tin box for the Limited Edition of Halo 3 seems to be scratching up a lot of game discs. Apparently, a design flaw with the plastic button holding the disc in place can cause it to become loose during shipping, so that both discs rattle around in the case, scratching them up completely. This doesn’t seem to make the game unplayable, but for $75, you’re probably going to want a copy that’s in perfect condition. The poster claims that someone opened three copies and found them all in the same condition. A writer over at Wired’s Game Blog has reported the same for their own copy, so this probably won’t be the last we hear of this. Word to the wise: if you’re getting the limited edition of the game at midnight tonight, be sure to open that package up before you leave the store. Hope Microsoft shipped enough copies to cover replacements. Few things are more annoying than spending money on broken goods.

Via Wired

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On September 24, 2007 at 1:49 pm

let’s just hope this doesn’t turn out to be a massive problem with the release. I can honestly see violence breaking out at midnight over this.


On September 24, 2007 at 1:55 pm

Microsoft attempts to cut production costs by shipping ty products, and keep higher profits…


On September 24, 2007 at 2:19 pm

After the long awaited game, something like this happens. I can see in my minds eye a riot outside the Microsoft offices… :cry:


On September 24, 2007 at 2:49 pm

Return the damn thing. If my Halo 3 disk is scratched there will be violence. I have ordered the basic copy, no fancy multidisk or helmet edition. If i hear a rattle in the box before i crack the seal, ill demand a new one.

I defently can see anyone forking over the cash for a premimum edition of Halo 3 and getting a scratched disk loose it. They will ask questions with their fists. and get answers with some rioting.


On September 24, 2007 at 2:52 pm

The only problem with the idea of ‘return it.’ is that you’re assuming the store has an endless stock, while in the situation of gamestop, they only have x number because x number preordered it.

demand a new one, it doesn’t mean you’ll get it.
limited stock.


On September 24, 2007 at 3:18 pm

Damn, I pre ordered mine too, REALLY Hope its not damaged else i will really sue microsoft for making me 75$ lighter :evil:


On September 24, 2007 at 3:30 pm



On September 24, 2007 at 3:51 pm

Looking at that picture it looks fairly easy to fix those light scratches with a Skip DR disc repair system or similar. Mine usually fixes things like that.


On September 25, 2007 at 3:19 am

Mild scratches on mine and my 2 friends copies, but they all seem to work fine…


On September 25, 2007 at 5:45 am

I can verify this. I bought mine at Wallmart at midnight (I was third in line) and both discs were scratched and loose in the box. They were all scratched up. I took them back to Wallmart, but they said they couldn’t refund me because of the anti-piracy laws. They swapped my copy with five other copies, which all had scratches on both discs. They were shaking the cases to hear if they were loose before they opened them. They all rattled. I ended up taking home scratched discs. I hope Microsoft replaces these! If anyone has info about how we can get these replaced, please post it here! I also wanted to point out that everyone else there was unsuccessfully trying to bring back their Halo 3 Limited Edition discs too. I am just glad that I didn’t live more than 30min away from the store.


On September 25, 2007 at 7:31 am

as long as they aren’t deep scratches, it shouldn’t be a big issue. If they are mild like somewhat put it, there shouldn’t be an issue.. you can probably buff out the scratches easily.


On September 25, 2007 at 3:54 pm

I work at a game shop and EVERY copy we had was loose like this and all scratched! We are shipping them back and expect our money back! THANKS BILL!!!!


On October 24, 2007 at 2:30 pm

My edition of Halo 3 (the limited edition) was scratched and now im getting it replaced by microsoft who have set up a program to replace them – worldwide!!


On January 26, 2008 at 10:12 am

shoot that must really suck i didnt get a limited edition because i got my game to late :cool: