The Official Halo 3 Thread

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Note: For Halo 3: ODST discussion, please use this thread.

Note: GAF Map List is in the Community Resources section of the OP. Updated every few days. Last update: 6-07

ODST section moved to the top!

6-2 | New Bungie Podscast, focused on ODST. B.net story here, direct download here.

5-19-09 | The Render-to-Video feature is in public beta. Head here for details. Those not in the beta can (currently) see the video clips of others. Head here for those details.

2-2-09 | Want that hawt map you made put in Matchmaking? Join Atlas on Bungie.net.




Bungie.net DLC Hub | Bungie.net Halo 3 ODST Hub | Halo 3 Marketplace Download Link


Halo 3 ODST (Formerly Halo 3 Recon)

First teased here, Bungie has finally announced Halo 3: ODST, a new campaign for Halo 3 shipping fall 2009.

Halo 3 ODST Project Page, including trailer, screens, etc.

  • Release date: September 22
  • Price: $60
  • Collector's Edition price: $100 (with extra controller, see pic below)
  • Includes Beta to Halo: Reach MP Beta
  • New co-op mode

Mythic Map Pack

Contents: Assembly, Orbital, Sandbox
Released: 2/28/2009 as part of the Halo Wars LE. April 9th on Marketplace.
Price: 800 MS Points
Matchmaking Status: A dedicated hopper at Halo Wars launch, and then required on numerous playlists, including Big Team, after then hit Marketplace.
Resources: Bungie.net Mythic Map Pack Project Page | Sandbox: Toolkit and Forge Budget Interview | Trailer and Theme

Cold Storage

Contents: Cold Storage (der.....)
Released: 7/7/2008
Price: Free
Matchmaking Status: Required on SWAT and other playlists. Details here.
Resources: Bungie.net Designer Interview | Cold Storage Walkthrough, "And on the Seven7h Day"


Legendary Map Pack

Contents: Avalanche, Blackout, Ghost Town
Released: 4/15/2008
Price: Initially 800 MS Points, now 600 MS Points
Matchmaking Status: Required on many playlists, including Big Team. Details here.
Resources: Bungie.net Designer Interviews: Ghost Town | Avalanche | Blackout | Videos: Trailer, "The Darkness" | Designer Walkthrough, "Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map"


Heroic Map Pack

Contents: Rat's Nest, Foundry, Standoff
Released: 12/11/2007
Price: Initially 800 MS Points, now Free
Matchmaking Status: Required on most playlists. Details here.
Additional Resources | Bungie.net Designer Interview | Heroic Map Pack Trailer, "Our Favorite Things"


6-2 | New Bungie Podscast, focused on ODST. B.net story here, direct download here.
6-2 | Replay of the ODST demo Joseph Staten gave to IGN. Required viewing. Here.

In addition, Bungie has made several recent updates to Halo 3 and Bungie.net:

  • Title Update 2 | New Achievements, ranking system and more
  • File Share Overhaul | Part 1 | Part 2 | Dramatic overhaul of File Share systems in Halo 3, including a convert to video feature announced (but not yet out) for Bungie Pro.
  • Stats Upgrade and Playlist Overhaul | Substantial improvements to Halo 3's stat gathering in the Player Profile, and a major matchmaking playlist overhaul.


EazyB's GAF Map List​



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Latest Changes:
6.07 Ghaleon's Slingshot
6.07 EazyB's Bruhaha 1.1 (updated)
5.24 Ghaleon's Elevation 2.1
5.14 Striker's Access (updated)
5.10 Vhfive's Sanctum 2.2 (updated)
5.08 DualX has a variety great infection maps in his fileshare
5.08 Ghaleon's Entrenched 1.4 (updated)
4.30 Vhfiive's Sanctum v2.1 (updated)
4.29 Butane's Chimera
4.29 DualX's Train Station (updated?)
4.28 Grimm's map Turf v3 (updated)
4.23 Ghaleon's Sandstorm 2.0

Sixthsubset's GAF map blog.

Map maker - Map(s)
Alisdair Bnet - Aspirite v2
Bladed Expert Bnet – Mage v2.2
Butane123 Bnet - Chimera, Neosho 1.2
Dax01 Bnet – Outskirts, Geminie
DeputyMoonman Bnet - Goldmine v1.5
DualX Bnet - Train Station?, Infection gametype and maps
EazyB Bnet- Brouhaha v1.1, Ber Ber Creek, Ber Ber Customs, Rise v3.1
Exfixate Bnet - Gangplank Galley
Fin Bnet - Refuge v1
FourDoor Bnet - Air Stream 0.2
Ghaleon Bnet - Elevation 2.1, Sandstorm 2.1, Entrenched 1.4, Slingshot
GM Bullfrog Bnet – Kulkukan
Grimm Fandango Bnet – Turf II v3
Havok Bnet - Agartha, Phaeton
Insaniac Bnet - Sky Perch
Metroidvania Bnet - Mountain 1.04
Merguson Bnet – Firmament v1.2
Nokyard Bnet - Grifball High, Grifball Palace
Oozer Bnet - Remnant a1.0
Silly.Mikey Bnet - So High
Spirit Bnet– Pitfall V2, Worship
Spudbud Bnet - gave up on life
Striker Bnet - Access
Vhfive Bnet - Platform, Sanctum 2.2, Flying Dutchman
Vociferous Bnet - Abaddon

Tools
Fourdoor - All default objects moved to crypt
Nokyard - Girfball High can be modified to take advantage of it's existing flat flooring in the sky bubble.
Vociferous - All objects on the ground moved aside so that they aren't in the way.
Vociferous - All default objects moved to the skybubble
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MM Sandbox Variants
Utah Mambo
Punishment v2
Vessel
Cubed
Plurality
Tundra
Tundra Swat
Vindictive
Wastelands


Highlights

Interesting:
Emotive 2-10
Solstice 2-8
Blue Abyss 2-8
Landing Pad 2-6
Archiac 2-8
Aero (CTF) (Slayer) (MLG CTF) 2-8
Cynosure 2-8
Creatrium 4-8
Artifact 6-16
Elysium 6-16
Lotus 6-12
Conduction 6-12
Sundown 4-8
Dymex 2-8
Inner Relic 6-12
Attic 2-6


Remakes:
Tombstone
Ivory Tower
Damnation
Geminie
Boarding Action
Ascension
Prisoner



Other Tools

  • Community Files on Bungie.net | Bungie recently revamped the file sharing functions of bungie.net. Head here for a breakdown of the changes.
  • Bungie.net | Official Bungie website. Use to view your own stats and file share, a well as the shared content of others, in addition to official Bungie news.
  • HBO | The biggest and best Halo fan site on the web. Daily news and content of literally all things Halo and Bungie.
  • Bungie Podcast | It's Bungie Podcast Time! This is the archive of all official Bungie Studios Podcasts.
  • Ascendant Justice | A blog/community of hardcore Halo players.
  • Tied the Leader |
  • High Impact Halo | A community devoted to Easter eggs and tricks in the Halo trilogy
  • Rampancy.net | One of the oldest Halo fan sites on the web, Narcogen writes (and podcasts) fascinating analysis of the Halo games and universe.
  • MLG | The official website of Major League Gaming, in which Halo plays a major part.
Tools | To help create, organize and find community content​

  • Halo Screenshots - An online archive that will capture your bungie.net screenshots and archive them, and allow you to browse the screens of others.
  • ForgeHub | A community devoted to creating, organizing, discussing and playing Forge creations.
  • Halo 3 Screens - Part 1 | Halo 3 Screens - Part 2
  • Terminals Archive | HBO's replication of the Terminals in Halo 3.
  • The Terminals | After reviewing the Terminals at HBO, head to Ascendant Justice for Voc's masterful analysis/tribute of the saga they contain.


 

Tieno

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Wow, reading OP. ZOMG at banners! (cat masterchief!)

It's happening!

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Edit: I'm going to use this post to list insightful articles or cool and funny videos related to either Halo or Bungie, that go beyond the scope of the OP.


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Software
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●Player Image Generator
--Those of you who don't have the game and want to experiment with the different armor permutations, here's a nifty little program that lets you do just that. It's basically what you can do in Halo 3 in terms of customizing your Spartan. So you can keep yourself busy with that in wait of Halo 3.
--Needs .Net Framework 2.0, so if you don't have that you cand download it below.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0856EACB-4362-4B0D-8EDD-AAB15C5E04F5&displaylang=en


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Articles
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●electricpirate collected all the Halo Penny-Arcade comics into one post.
--You can read them all here

●Detailed recap of the Halo story
--Halo: Combat Evolved
--Halo 2
--Halo 1 & 2 combined (plus cutscene montage)

●Jeremy Parish' Retronauts: Revisiting Halo 1 and 2
--Halo Pre-History
--Revisiting Halo: CE: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
--Revisiting Halo 2: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3

●Gamasutra Features Relating to Halo
--GDC Radio 'Halo: Development Evolved' Panel from GDC 2003, Bungie's Jaime Griesemer, Mat Noguchi and Marty O'Donnell, discuss the iterative, creative process that went into the making of both Halo and Halo 2, from design, engineering and audio perspectives.
--Producing Audio for Halo by Marty O'Donnell: GDC05 Report - Full Article by Marty O'Donnell
--Handling Complexity in the Halo 2 AI by Damian Isla
--Halo Science 101 by Kevin Grazier. In an article from the new 'Halo Effect' book, Battlestar Galactica science advisor Kevin R. Grazier takes a look at the hard science behind Bungie's Halo series, calculating the reality of surviving and fighting on a planet-sized spinning metal ring.

●Howstuffworks "The Artificial Intelligence of Halo 2"
--Full article

●Luke Smith on Halo Multiplayer (former 1up writer, now Bungie.net Content Lead)
--Broken Halo: Five Ways Bungie can fix Halo 2
--Combat Evolving: Was Halo 2's Multiplayer perfect? No. Will Halo 3's be? Maybe.



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Videos
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●Halo 3 on the PS3
--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm82FY8hzxA

●Bungie Podcast (iTunes, RSS)
--Bungie Podcast Theme:
--Sean Connery on the Bungie Podcast

●IGN Halo 3 Video Special: Beyond The Announcement Trailer
--WMV: 640x360 (356.2 MB) - 320x180 (140.2 MB)

●Recap video documentary of the Halo 3 'Iris' Alternate Reality Game
--Episode 1: The Age of Adjutant Reflex
--Episode 2: Society of the Ancients and Forerunner Server One
--Episode 3: Flood Containment Control and Forerunner Server Two
--The rest of the Iris ARG hasn't been made into a vi-doc yet, you can read it here

●Halo cutscenes
--Halo 1
--Halo 2

●Evolution of Halo: CE (from RTS to Xbox FPS)
--Cam corder version of E3 2002 Fanfest
--Hi-res, direct feed version, narrated by Bungie employees.
Both are worth watching as the content and commentary are different and hilarious (especially the CAM one)

●Halo 1/2, Halo 3: Finish The Fight Live Performance at VideoGamesLive in Yale
--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKQw5f9HgHo

●A Tour of Bungie Studios by Frankie O'Connor(Stinkles)
--Old Studio (2004, before Halo 2 launch): Part 1 - Part 2
--New Studio (2006, before Halo 3 announcement) Here

●Pimps at Sea
--Behind The Scenes look with Bungie

●Bungie behind the scenes in 1994, developing Marathon (Pre-Halo)
--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzqHSYe6zFk This video has been removed due to terms of use violation.
Behind the scenes of Bungie while they were developing Marathon. At the time there were only five staffers (3 programmers, 1 artist and 1 level designer).
 

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Holy crap. Excellent job on the thread man. LOL @ "Cat Helmet/Legendary Edition"! This is going to take some time to pour through....

So, let the countdown begin! Legendary Edition here I come! I hadn't seen the shots of the box it comes in until now. Nice!

Edit** I just noticed the cat with the LE Helmet at the bottom! :lol

And if you find any wallpapers of the EGM ad, post em in here! Me want!
 

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IIIIIITTSSSSS HHHHAAALLLOOOOO 3 MMMMUUUTTTHHHHHAFFFUUUCCKKKAAASSSSS!

SOMEBODY, ANYBODY- HOOOOLLDDD ME
 

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In this thread, things will be said and fun will be had, it will be legendary.
 
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Bravo, Ghaleon and m0dus, you've outdone yourselves. :D

I feel as if I am witnessing something of such epic scale and wonder that it will not be surpassed in my lifetime, if ever.

THE GREAT JOURNEY BEGINS NOW
 

manxor

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AWESOME! Finally... one thread to rule them all.
Great collection of H3 media there, Ghaleon. I've never seen that angle of the Legendary Edition Box before.

Edit: Bravo, m0dus, Bravo! :lol @ Cat w/Helmet... just caught that.
 

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:O

It has started!

Nice job of course. And holy shit, those wallpapers kick ass, I'll be taking the first one :D

Now... to clear off all my desktop icons...
 

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Lawls. I remember when I did this over at PA, for Halo2.

I had no life. Cheers, Ghal, but go out some more. :D :lol
 

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Wow, great post.

Halo 3 is one of the last games I'll be buying for sometime...need to get on a budget but I can't cut out Halo 3. Multiplayer FTW! :D
 

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I got my Collector's Edition reserved. I'm ready to finish the fight then kick ass online. :D
 

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GhaleonEB said:
Legendary Disk
●Halo Cinematics Reloaded - completely remastered, hi-res versions of the Halo and Halo 2 cinematics with 5.1 audio and complete with
optional "Director's Commentary" track featuring Marty O'Donnell, Joseph Staten and Jason Jones.
so wait. by Hi-res, what is implied? is this a normal DVD or not?
 

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soco said:
so wait. by Hi-res, what is implied? is this a normal DVD or not?
Yes, it is a normal DVD. One that can play in a standard DVD player.
 

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You did fantastic job of getting all the important info in a consise way. Not too much text, very clear! Finally we have an official home and don't have to be nomads.
 

GhaleonEB

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soco said:
so wait. by Hi-res, what is implied? is this a normal DVD or not?
It's a normal DVD. I'm not sure about the HD limitations there - that's a copy/paste from the features list that ran in an Update.
 

godhandiscen

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GhaleonEB said:
m0dus did extra-big versions of the header and footer - I went with the small ones to be conservative.

http://xs319.xs.to/xs319/07361/header.png

http://xs319.xs.to/xs319/07350/footer.png

If you guys want those used instead, let me know. I packed so much crap into the OP that I thought some smaller images would help.
Go King Size Ghal.
TemplaerDude said:
frankies bald???? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
WTF SPOILERS! Knew I should have quited the nets a week ago.
 

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Nice work on the thread, didn't expect anything less from Ghaleon :D

Edit: just noticed your avatar Wollan. :lol
 
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