Halo 3 Discussion
October 9, 2008 - Microsoft chose the Tokyo Game Show to finally lift the veil on Bungie's next Halo project. The game is officially called Halo 3: Recon and it purports to offer all-new campaign content. However, it won't star Master Chief. This side story takes place prior to the events of Halo 3 and details what happens leading up to the Chief's return to New Mombasa. This time, you'll play as a member of the special forces known as the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers. The official press release states that the new chapter will "greatly resemble" previous Halo games, but require players to "employ more elements of stealth and cunning than ever before." The release provides no details on whether this game is first or third-person or what kind of stealth you'll have to employ. Outside of the campaign, there will be new multiplayer maps and all of the features of Halo 3 we all love, including the Forge, saved films and four-player co-op.
Beyond the release, all we have to go on is another cryptic trailer. This one begins with the same opening from the first "Keep it Clean" teaser before expanding to new, equally cryptic content. The view point appears to be from security cameras with an emergency AI taking over city operations. A scan of the city shows fatalities estimated at nearly 100%. Right from the start, you can tell that this Halo game appears to have a much darker story and feel than the others.
Then the rain starts rolling in, perhaps triggered by the massive amount of dust cast into the sky. The AI spots a survivor while a search vessel hovers overhead. At this point, the camera switches out of the AI perspective to follow this human crawling from the rubble. It's an ODST soldier and he's alone with the Covenant patrolling the streets around him. The view goes to first-person for a binocular effect, but stays in third-person for most of the action while we get a good view of his body and of a grunting Brute. The whole scene looks like it could be the opening cinematic to the game: New Mombasa is ravaged, but you survive only to be faced with impossible odds against an occupying force. Just when things look darkest, a hero emerges.
While the gameplay and visual style may be changing somewhat for this game, along with the hero, one thing is clearly holding true: the music. Close your eyes and listen to the trailer and you'll instantly get that Halo feel. That has always been such a strong part of the franchise and it looks like we'll be in for an audio treat once more.
But before we get too excited, there's still this fall's crop of games to play. Halo 3: Recon won't release until fall of 2009.
UK, November 13, 2008 - Halo 3: Recon, the standalone expansion pack that finally broke cover at this year's TGS, will not be a $60 game, with the campaign running to some three to five hours in length.
Teased for an eternity and controversially missing this year's E3, Halo 3: Recon takes a different perspective on Bungie's lauded Xbox 360 shooters. Details are still relatively scarce, but the latest issue of Game Informer – scrutinised by Joystiq – is suggesting that Halo Recon's campaign will be a brief affair that will see it retail at a budget price point.
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