Halo 3: The X Button Revealed

Fears about igloo villages put to rest

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Halo developer, Bungie has finally revealed the long-enigmatic function of the [X] button in Halo 3 along with a few other tidbits relating to last week's ViDoc..

The information comes from Bungie's weekly update, courtesy of content manager Frank O?Connor. The [X] button is used for deploying equipment such as the bubble shield and trip mines. In a fit of creativity Bungie has dubbed the gear deployed by the button as 'Equipment'. Talking about the gear on offer, O'Conner also hints, ?There might have been another, but you can wait a month to see that one.?

The developer also addresses fears, which were raised by the footage, that the bubble shield will unbalance gameplay. O'Conner tells us, ?A piece of equipment will be a rare and valuable find,? so you won't be able to hole up inside an impenetrable igloo village, picking off your foes at will.

Also mentioned were the game's graphics as seen in the footage. Addressing concerns that the game doesn't look up to scratch, O'Conner says, ?All three levels... have undergone significant improvements since that footage was taken, months ago, including lighting, decorators, textures, and my favourite ? water effects.?

You'll be able to judge all of the above for yourself next month when the Halo 3 beta launches on May 16th. In the meantime, you can find more on Halo 3 on SPOnG's dedicated game page.


LUPOS 16 Apr 2007 13:48
They say you just drop "equipment". So, for example, you could drop it over a cliff around a team mate below. I wonder if i can drop it on a warthog for the ultimate flag run, or on a banshee!

Cant wait for the 16th.

I'll be on halo2 tomorrows to try out the new maps if anyone is interested. Send a message and lemme know who you are if you do :)

LUPOS 16 Apr 2007 13:49
EDIT: whoops double post!
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vault 13 16 Apr 2007 23:16
New maps!? Are the called Beerun94 and Bang 'Em Twice? See like the Halo 1 maps only repackaged and resold for a tidy sum to us customers. HA! Haven't made a jab at the Halo in a while.
The Absinthe Review Network 17 Apr 2007 12:57
Any chance of a RUN button? For God's sake, as great as Halo 2 is, there are times when it is so frustrating to be chased by a warthog and having your only evasive options be a glorified powerwalk and an ABSURDLY slow Virtua Fighter 2-esque jump. You can become a professional sniper in this game in no time, simply because maneuverability is so limited. Halo 2 snipers wouldn't last 5 seconds in an Unreal Tournament match...
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