I finally got my hands on the Halo 3 Beta released by Bungie. The Beta of Halo 3 plays a lot like Halo 2. I loaded up the Beta with incredibly high expectations, and after my first match, I could not help feeling slightly disappointed. This feeling was mostly due to my unfamiliarity with the new control scheme and the differences between the weapons of Halo 2 and 3.
The button layout was really interrupted my experience at first. In Halo 2 most of my actions of the player – such as reload, weapon pick-up, and vehicle boarding – were mapped to the X button. In the Beta on the Xbox 360, that is all placed on the 360’s shoulder buttons. Do you realize how hard it was for a seasoned Halo 2 player like me to use those shoulder buttons? It felt so unnatural.
However, after a few games, I got used to it and it became one of the best games that I ever played…and this is only a Beta. The first thing I noticed was the plethora of additional content, all of which had been released already (Spike Grenade, Brute Spikers, Bubble Shield, Portable Gravity Lift, Spartan Laser, Mongoose, Mancannons, Trip Mine etc…) What was a complete and total surprise to me were the missile pods and the detachable gun turrets.
Now to those of you that haven’t played a day of Halo of your life, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about, but it’s OK. Let me break it down. My Halo 3 Beta experience was a very good one. The game-play is fast paced and very competitive. The additional content is a big improvement from Halo 2, and once you pick up Halo 3 when it releases in September, you just won’t put it down.
Reload: The restocking of your ammunition in your current weapon.
Weapon pick-up: Acquiring and equipping a weapon that is lying on the map.
Shoulder buttons: The buttons placed on top of the Xbox 360 Controller.
Spike Grenade: Type of explosive that spreads very fatal prongs in multiple directions.
Brute Spikers: A handheld weapon that fires very fatal prongs at a high rate.
Bubble Shield: A deployable protective force field that encloses the player in a dome.
Portable Gravity Lift: A deployable device that when moved lifts the player upward.
Spartan Laser: A devastating shoulder mounted weapon that fires a very lethal beam.
Mongoose: A two person all terrain vehicle.
Man Cannon: A device that shoots the player a long distance.
Trip Mine: A conventional explosive device that detonates when enemies are nearby.
Territories (H2 Version): When players set territories for a designated amount of time.
Territories (H3 Version): When players take turns capturing territories on the map.
Most Recent Amazing Gaming Moment:
I was playing the Halo 3 Beta in a free-for-all match against seven other players called “Rockets,” when all the other players where equipped with Rocket Launchers. Rockets were flying all over. People were scoring multiple kills everywhere I turned, beating each other down with the large rocket launcher. It was crazy. What makes this particular match amazing was that after only five minutes of game play – the match was over. Now I was thinking to myself, someone had just lagged out and the game was adjusting, but the game was over. When they displayed the score, I realized, “Wow this is the first time I’m looking at the scores.” It just so happened that I won too.