Microsoft Halo 3
- It's everything that we've all been hoping and waiting for. A flawless shooter in every way.
- Some of the graphics are occasionally ropey, slightly short single-player campaign.
Halo 3 is going to sell a gazillion copies regardless of what we say. It's therefore just as well that the game fully deserves its phenomenal sales -- one of the best shooters we have ever seen, period.
Price$ 99.95 (AUD)
I'm going to skip the standard multiplayer for now and jump to the gametype and level editor called Forge in Halo 3. Up to eight players at a time can enter this mode and work together on a custom multiplayer map, similar to Sony's LittleBigPlanet. Shenanigans are guaranteed to ensue, but the creativity that will come out of the Forge is unprecedented. There are hundreds of options to toy with, and literally thousands of combinations.
How it works is players enter one of the pre-built multiplayer maps that come with the game. Sadly there is no blank template, which would have been convenient. All of the master objects, however, can be deleted and replaced. There is a memory currency in the form of U.S. dollars that limits how many units of each object that can be placed in the map. Players hit up on the D-pad to enter "build" mode, which turns the player into a monitor that can fly freely around the map with the same fluid controls as video playback. From here, players can select weapons, vehicles, objects such as crates and ammo supply cases, waypoints, and respawn points from menu subsets. It's really easy and extremely addicting.
I got a taste of what Forge could accomplish after playing a custom gametype named Rocket Race, which was created by Bungie's multiplayer designer, Lars Bakken. In the game, two-man teams race around on vehicles for waypoint domination; the first team to reach ten waypoints is declared the winner. One player acts as the capture-point VIP while the other player acts as the driver. The twist is all the vehicles on Sand Trap, the largest multiplayer map in any Halo game, are replaced with the speedy Mongoose ATV and the waypoints jump around randomly.
But what makes this Forge favorite truly standout is the fact that the VIP sits on the back of the Mongoose with a Rocket Launcher equipped and a 360-degree panorama of the race -- the driver can only look where they're driving. As players converge on the currently highlighted waypoint, the rockets begin to fly, making for one hell of an explosive scene.
Hand of the Creator
This is just a taste of things to come. After playing Rocket Race, I took an hour and whipped up two gametypes of my own. One I named Ghost Race, where everyone is their own VIP and races for waypoints on the Covenant Ghost. The other was Hornet's Nest, where two teams of three battle for waypoint domination in the sky using the Hornet, the UNSC equivalent to the Covenant Banshee. For this I had to set the waypoints in the sky, which is entirely possible within the Forge. In fact, you can make any object float in midair in Forge. For an in-depth How-to on Forge editing, check out Bungie's Forge Editing Guide.
Let's move on to Halo 3's film and screenshot sharing options, something that I feel is a feature that truly helps define the current generation of gaming. Now that eye-popping graphics are the norm, it's features like these that really sets a game apart from the status quo. In Halo 3, players can save both their single-player campaign and multiplayer experiences, store them to the Xbox 360 hard drive, take screenshots, and share them with friends via a service dubbed the Theater. For example, say you Spartan Lasered your way through four players with a single shot. First, save the replay because that's quite an achievement. Then, replay the film, edit those few seconds of glory into a short clip and send it to the poor chaps you toasted. As if getting tea bagging weren't humiliating enough, now you can watch your corpse getting humped in slow motion, over and over again.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Lexar® Portable SSD
Google Daydream VR headset
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Huawei Mate 9
Acer Swift 7
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Surface Pro 4
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 5 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
Latest News Articles
- You can download Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes for iOS and Android today
- Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes looks sharp, but will it survive the freemium transition?
- Nintendo's bringing Super Mario Run to Android in March, but Fire Emblem's coming first
- The Switch is a mix of Nintendo's past consoles
- Dead Rising 4 impressions: 'Tis the season to BBQ zombies with your flaming sword
GGG Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- CCTelecommunication Operations SpecialistTAS
- CCUser Experience Designer - Part time - Short contractACT
- FTEnterprise Architect l Practice Manager - Archimate 3.0, eTOMNSW
- FTSenior Network AdministratorNSW
- TPVB6 DeveloperVIC
- FTDatabase DeveloperACT
- CCProject Manager - Adelaide basedVIC
- CCWicked Front-End DeveloperQLD
- TPFunctional AnalystVIC
- CCADABAS Natural DeveloperNSW
- CCCyber Security ArchitectNSW
- FTSenior Dot Net Backend Orientated DeveloperNSW
- TPDigital Strategist - Newcastle BasedNSW
- CCSalesforce - Functional Analyst (BA)NSW
- CCSenior Mobile Application DeveloperNSW
- TPIT Project ManagerNSW
- CCSenior Technical SpecialistNSW
- CCTelecommunication Operations SpecialistTAS
- TPSenior Analyst Programmer - ContractQLD
- FTLinux Systems EngineerQLD
- CCPMO Analyst - Financial ServicesNSW
- TPMaster SchedulerNSW
- CCFront End DeveloperNSW
- CCDemand/ Resource AnalystVIC
- TPBusiness Intelligence Program ManagerVIC