Halo 3 versus Halo 2 Multiplayer Video: Has Much Changed?
Recently, AT&T decided to dabble in next-gen gaming, splicing multiplayer video of Halo 2 against the Halo 3 beta. Developed by now-famous Bungie and considered Microsoft's Xbox 360 flagship franchise, Halo 3 will ship sooner than thought: September 25. From the look of the video, the game appears to be rounding into shape for an end-of-summer release; however, some critics might question whether there's been enough of an evolution from the last Master Chief adventure.
When the first Halo was released with the original Xbox in 2001, little hype heralded the game or the company behind it. Developer Bungie, although noted for its popular Mac title "
The second game bridged storytelling and online multiplayer and was a hands-down success. However, even those that adored the game admitted they expected something more, and I suspect there will be similar feelings toward Halo 3.
What's different about Halo 3?
There are a host of new weapons, some of which pop up in the video. However, it takes a closer look to spot the refined textures, improved physics, and lush environments. Despite these small improvements, however, it doesn't appear as though anything radical has been added to Halo's multiplayer formula.
As the champion of Microsoft's Xbox Live, Bungie may be wise in refusing to tinker with an already beloved recipe. Halo 2 featured phenomenal multiplayer action, and with a massive beta blitz underway, Halo 3 should also reach that plateau.
Few of us have any idea what the game's single player experience will be like, an enormous factor in judging Master Chief's next outing. However, with multiplayer videos like these surfacing, it's apparent that the semi-social kill-or-be-killed element of the game will largely remain the same.