While most of us have all the big blockbuster games, there are always newcomers to introduce them to, and Microsoft is aiming at them with the expansion of its Classics collection in Europe by including three games – Halo 3, Mass Effect and Project Gotham Racing 4. They will be re-released on March 20 for just £19.99.
No introduction is really necessary for any of the titles. Halo 3 is essentially the most popular first-person shooter ever, amassing a huge following since its Xbox days. Mass Effect is the latest action-RPG from BioWare; exclusive to Xbox 360, the game has players travelling across the universe to save the world from a destructive civilization. Finally, Project Gotham Racing 4 is the latest installment in the street racing series.
“We are delighted to add three of our finest titles to the Classics range, adding to the exceptional entertainment offering available on the Xbox 360 at outstanding prices,” said David Gosen Vice President of Marketing, Xbox Europe. “As we see more and more families looking to save money by staying in, Xbox 360 continues to offer high-quality home entertainment at fantastic value and consumers are clearly recognising this as we sail past 8 million console sales in Europe.”
Can’t wait for Halo 3 Recon, the upcoming expansion to the popular shooter? Well, some information on it has surfaced, and the length isn’t something to exactly look forward to.
Bungie is downplaying the length of the game, noting that it’s not a “$60 title” and that it is going to be more like a “three to five-hour expansion pack.”
There’s more! Those who buy the expansion will be able to get the ultra-rare “Recon Armor” which has previously been reserved for Bungie employees and their community-based friends. Now, you can just purchase the expansion when it comes out next year and be proud of the not-so-rare-anymore armor!
While talking to GameDaily BIZ, Microsoft corporate VP of marketing Jeff Bell revealed that Halo 3 has sold more than 5 million copies since the game’s release in September. The game totaled over 3 million copies in its first month according to sales figures from September.
Bell also noted that Mass Effect, BioWare’s Xbox 360-exclusive action-RPG, has also seen mass sales, shifting over 1 million copies within its first three weeks on the market.
The first bit of downloadable content for Halo 3 is now out on Xbox Live Marketplace – the Heroic Map Pack. It features three new multiplayer maps for the game for 800 Microsoft points. Here’s the deal:
Standoff‘s symmetrical valley, with its entrenched bases and fields of boulders is ideal for mid-sized objective and Slayer game types, while Rat’s Nest‘s vast, labyrinthine passages bring something new to the “Halo” multiplayer experience: an indoor vehicle paradise, strongly influenced by the Campaign mode, ideal for big team battles. Finally, Foundry is the ultimate Forge map – players can edit every single object in this voluminous industrial warehouse, place stairways, walls, bridges and tunnels to create an entirely new play space and build almost any kind of map they can think of.
The maps can also be edited and customized by the game’s players. They will also be available for free download in Spring 2008, just prior to the next wave of new Halo 3 multiplayer maps.
To celebrate Thanksgiving, a completely free song for Guitar Hero III was released yesterday, offering Xbox 360 owners the chance to rock out to the MJOLNIR remix of the Halo theme. The song has been written, composed and performed by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori, with Steve Vai on the guitars.
This insightful editorial on Wired takes a look at how sucky gamers take on terrorist approaches while playing Halo 3 online. The writer raises some good points without being crass or disrespectful towards people who have been killed as a result of suicide bombings.
In news that shocks no one, Microsoft announced that the recently released blockbuster Halo 3 has raked in more than $300 million in first-week sales worldwide. This makes it one of the biggest entertainment properties in the world and replaces Halo 2’s past record.
The game has since then gone on to become the most played Xbox Live game, having more than 2.7 million gamers logged in during the first week, nearly one-third of the 7 million members of the service. It also racked up more than 3.6 million hours of online gameplay, and even more.
Physics-developer Havok sends word that it powers the explosions, jumps and anything physics-related in the just-released action blockbuster Halo 3. The company’s technology was used to power ragdolls, the portable gravity lift and the “mancannon”, among other things in the game.
Not coming as a big surprise to anyone, Halo 3 has topped the list of most-played game on Xbox Live, according to this Major Nelson blog post. At number 2 is Gears of War, which was the undoubted winner till now. Guitar Hero 2, BioShock and Call of Duty 4 (beta) also make appearances on the list.
Those looking to get a Halo 3 Xbox 360 console for free should participate in the Goozex Facebook program. The online video game trading site has announced a Facebook member sweepstakes for the month of October, giving away the aforementioned special edition console to four lucky winners.
The promotion is open only to US and Canadian residents who are members of the popular social networking site. Members will need to download and share the new application developed by Goozex. Winners will be selected based on the number of active friends they invite and who use the application. The Goozex-developed application allows users to share their own game reviews, ratings and personal libraries with their friends and other users of the website.