Bungie: Halo 3 beta fix is in

[UPDATE] Scrambling developer says remedy to problems with the Crackdown Halo 3 beta have finally arrived; gamers independently confirm problems are over.

This morning, many would-be participants in the Halo 3 beta tried to download the three-level multiplayer sample of the game. Almost immediately, though, problems were reported by those who had received their beta keys by purchasing a copy of another Microsoft Game Studios title, Crackdown.

For most of the day, Crackdown Halo 3 beta key holders waited for Bungie to fix the problem. Now, it appears that help may finally be at hand. This afternoon, Bungie updated its Web site with a message saying the Halo 3 beta will be fixed soon.

"We're happy to finally announce that the issues being faced with the Halo 3 beta and Crackdown will be resolved shortly. The Microsoft team has found a solution and it's undergoing final testing now," Bungie administrator SketchFactor wrote. "Assuming the test pass goes according to plan, the fix will come in the form of [an Xbox Live] Crackdown title update within the next three to six hours."

[UPDATE] Sure enough, around 7 p.m. PDT, the Crackdown auto-update was issued. "We're happy to announce that effective immediately, a title update for Crackdown is available on Xbox Live that will fix the issue that previously prevented you from downloading the beta," said SketchFactor in his most recent post. "The Microsoft team just deployed this fix, and when you launch Crackdown, you should receive a prompt to download the update."

While welcome, news of the fix was not without its caveats. By Bungie's own estimate, the download could be a long time coming. "Please note that it could take up to four hours for your console to receive this update based on various factors," the developer cagily said in a statement.

To help mollify its outraged fan base, Bungie announced that it is now extending the Halo 3 multiplayer beta. Previously scheduled to end on June 6th--aka D-Day--the trial period will now conclude at 11:59 p.m. PDT on June 10th.

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Bored1ed
Bored1ed

Graphics look finr to me... then some of you are like it's just like the other 2 halo games....OF COURSE it is. It's a Halo game. Did you want the to make Halo 3 a sidescroller or something completely different? Don't play it if you don't like it.

joshuahaveron
joshuahaveron

its actually a decent beta, it could be better but it isnt and this isnt the place to post your arguments, there are forums for that and this is for comments about the beta error.

megamega777
megamega777

biglewiss, you will get sooooo much hatemail with the next few hours

limitless_rage
limitless_rage

While you can tell the difference between Halo 2 and Halo 3, the fact is the difference is not overwhelming (especially on a 480i television). The problem is that there are soooo many other games either out now or coming out soon that put this to shame. Look at Gears, then look at this. Come on thats ridiculous. The real problem is that the expectations for this game are too high. There is not much of a gameplay difference, and the graphics aren't the most impressive. Its a great game for sure, just a little dissapointing.

tatton777
tatton777

People who can't see the graphical differences between this and Halo 2 must have some perception problems... or are stupid. I can't figure out any other reason people would say this. The graphics are so much better and the fps are flat out fantastic. The new Sniper Map looks so gorgeous, as do all the other maps. Anyway, there's my opinion.

biglewiss
biglewiss

HALO IS THE WORST GAME SO LAME

BadMunky
BadMunky

its a BETA!!!!! stop comparing it to the 1st two games. it's perpose is to use halo fans to test out the game for free and tell bungie the problems so that they can make te game better. its not ment to impress you.

Uteron
Uteron

All you people crying how the graphics on the beta look weak and that it sucks are out of your mind and are missing the point of the beta. This is a BETA , not the real game. Don't rate something that is still in development. Beta testers should be looking for game play errors. If you are a Halo fan, you you will be happy with the beta. If you are not a fan, why are you wasting your time.

Koal_Jadian
Koal_Jadian

This Beta is not very good at all. I don't see how Halo 3 is a better game in itself than the original which was 6 years ago. 6 years and this is the improvement? It looks like a prequel, the graphics are marginally better and the guns are worse. Where is the functionality and customizability???

louguystalker
louguystalker

sony sucks!!!!!!they are so 10 yrs ago.open ur girl.xbox and microsoft powniage

sonygirl23
sonygirl23

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Snake329
Snake329

Thought the Beta only offered limited maps and weapons (though many of them new or improved), it was still fun, and the graphics? Look at the Gamespot coverage and comparison of the Halo 2 and 3 graphics as of now. Halo 3 will pwn!

LinconSixEcho
LinconSixEcho

At first glance the Beta looks like a cleaned up Halo 2 but once you start really playing then you are treated to a faster game. I am talking about everything is faster and immersing! The shield bubble is fantastic!! I love using it when I am being charged at then the opponent stops and tries to shoot through it only to have the bullets bounce off. Bottom line is that the beta is Halo2 on a case of Mt. Dew Code Red. Now this is the part in where the fanboys of other systems jump in with their comments of a game they have never played.

shamarke
shamarke

i think the beta would look like halo2

racerx737
racerx737

yes, the Beta looks similar to Halo 2 at first glance, but that is because it's a sequel to H2. Once you actually look at everything, you realize how much better everything looks, the snow that puffs up when you jump off a hill in the snowy level, the blood spray and splatter when someone gets shot, the detail on EVERYTHING. The sound is awesome too, when people are fighting on a distant part of the map, the echoes of the gunfire sound pretty realistic IMO. Anyway, the actual game will look even better, as has been said, they do a lot of the polishing at the end once the game itself is complete.

Emrys7
Emrys7

Still a lot of people who won contests that aren't able to play.

theNexus
theNexus

People going on about the graphics is funny, for a start it will be hd so on your hd it will look stupidly good. I remember when they showed off halo 2 for the first time, while it looked nice it did not look much different from halo. Final game came out and Bam it looked 10 times better, very lush.... Bungie has always stated they get it working a lot of the graphical final rendering is done at the very end once they happy with it and I am sure this will be no different. another thing people seem to not notice is the draw distance, it goes on for a hell of a lot more then halo 2 did.

buster8695
buster8695

sounds like someone needs to jutst play halo 1

acekicka
acekicka

My download took about 20 min and now I'm playin Halo 3 BETA...is it good...we'll see?

louguystalker
louguystalker

bgie in case u see this.no flood no brutes only aliens lots of them and not aliens that fly either very annoying.also bring back prisoner chill out and boarding action.whats wrong with u guys.those mps are great.and for pete's sake this time in a rumble pit match how bout more than 8 players.how does 16 sound??make the story mode w/ ALIENS ONLY.thats elites ,grunts,hunters ,and o i forgot the name of the last one.NO FLood .very boring.O yea .finally!!make more VEchiles that are very powerful PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nikefreak
nikefreak

"up to four hrs mine took less than two lol and my downloads ar usually as slow as hellz" They were talking about how long it COULD take for the new update to Crackdown, fixing the Halo 3 BETA link, to trickle down to all the servers, allowing users to download it. The download of Halo 3 BETA only took me a bit over 15 minutes shortly after it became available. And the update was mere seconds. Anytime anything new hits XBL, it CAN (not always will) take awhile to propagate to all the XBL servers.

stavros69s
stavros69s

just in case you are reading this BUNGIE - please please please do not include The Flood in Halo 3!!! Halo was going great until half way through the gorgeous massive outdoor gaming is replaced with repetitive indoor gaming fighting zonbies! then you brought them back for Halo 2 - what the hell were you thinking! No FLOOD!!! and more big outdoor levels please, Halo 2 was a big let down - this is your chance to redeem yourselves!

TTDog
TTDog

So what if the BETA graphics look like Halo 2. They've said they intend to change the graphics before release so why not use the Halo 2 graphics to test the game engine and set up? And if you spend more time in Multiplayer looking at the scenery and textures then you're not really concentrating on the game are you.

llc012
llc012

igorkharin - So it plays like Halo 2, looks like Halo 2, is Halo 2. awesome. It plays a little like halo2, it looks a little like halo 2, it is not halo 2, and it is awesome. (it is a sequel to halo 2, so yeah, it's similar).

kappareign
kappareign

glad they got halo 2 working again

theNexus
theNexus

If No one knew: The reason in part the beta went down was in fact down to Microsoft banning a large scale amount of xbox users. Anyone who has modded their firmware will and have been banned and phase one of the banning took place and the beta system and download had to have a bit of a fix and a bit of a wait to deal with it since a number of the beta players were some who got banned. When you start hearing more of this you will hear some say "I got banned but did not mod my firmware" will only come from the guys who have flashed it back and trying to get back on.

joeyfine
joeyfine

the beta plays well.... king of the hill is pretty fun, all in all its a soild experience.

WWIAB
WWIAB

I am not impressed with this beta

Sangu1ne
Sangu1ne

This has certainly got the coimmunity follows all super Pysc'd! I never played the other Halo games but im looking forwrd to this so badly!

nappan
nappan

That was a pretty impressive sprint to a fix. I wonder how many total man/hours were put into it in a short time? Now with any luck that same determination and skill will be turned to making Halo3 multi look less like the last gen's multiplayer gameplay.

louguystalker
louguystalker

cant wait 4 this game !!CAmpaign is gonna be nuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!rember those fkyinh bugs w/ plasma pistols in halo 2.dont put them in halo 3.do what works bingite stisk w'/ aleins just like halo 1.NO FLOODjust a bunch od aliens and giant aliens.if it aint broke dint fix it cause u broke it w/ halo 2.tellin i know.lot of alien 4 campaing good story is all un nedd.thats it.o 4 milutplayer bring back prsioner chill out and boearding action as unlockables in the game.cool idea right.i think so

louguystalker
louguystalker

its me again.i never commented in a pc site be4.BUT,in this case i have to.halo 2 was such a dissapointment whan it came out.sure i remember how much fun it eas waitng in line at 12am waitng to get halo 2 but got to tell u whan i brought it home i was very dissapointed.now i didnt act upset i actually gave it alot of credit.BUT thats cause i waited forr years 4 the release.y i hated u ask.blood gulch lookes a hell of alot better in halo 1.in 2 horrible.it was like playing a cheap version of the game.And when i heard of hoe fast HALO 3 was upcoming on shelvers i promised myself not to gey my hopes up cause of the let down of halo 2.but from this beta i can tell u that bungie knows they screwed up on halo 2 with the exception of the sword and wrath.this beta is what we have all been waiting 4.i remember whan i got HALO COMBAT EVOLVED.never played anything like it and i was very impressed.bungie dropped the ball on halo2.but rest assure they have spotted the promlem and brought back fun and shrper bright images back and it much more fun cause the gampl is better than ever.now i no there will be nay sayers but i have 1 thing to say to all that dont agree.keep playng oblivion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

louguystalker
louguystalker

i just wish the beta woundn't go away cause now it will be harder to wait for the release date.y cant it just stay???o bye the way if u still dont beleive me about how good this really is,play halo 1 for 10min play halo 2 for 10 min.i think most peple would agree that halo 1 is better then 2 cause(maps are better assalt rifle is in it more fun and yes much more fun.halo 2 maps stink but the sword is always fun.now take what i have given u and im not lying not olny is halo3 BETA better than halo 1 it kill halo 2.i cant stress it enough .i got to fart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KronikKilla
KronikKilla

Uhh... yea, I hate to tell all these people claiming this game is the same as Halo 2 that its not even close to Halo 2. Have you played Halo 2 lately? I thought I was warming up on Halo 2 before the beta, only to find that alot of the physics have changed. Your jump isn't as high, you run faster, all the old weapons have been tweaked, new ones have been added. The shield is awesome for one, you drop it as someone tries to kill you from behind and it will usually save you. I have yet to have the melee "miss." When it hits it hits, you don't just get the sound effect like Halo 2. Alot of the new weapons and vehicles have added a little depth to the strategy aspect of Halo. And the graphics will be AMAZING in the final game if past betas have set any kind of precedent (FEAR, Shadowrun).

louguystalker
louguystalker

this is what halo 2 should have been! HAlo 1 was awsome but no xbox live.Halo 2 was not funno good maps weakers grapics did not look as sharp and sniping as well as the shot gun were alot harder noe this beta has sharper images just like halo 1,and fun factor is back.shot gun from halo1 is back assault rifle is awsome sounds better.listen closley when ur sheild refills.just like halo 1.anyone that tells u graphis are bad dont realivze how much fun there missing.maps in halo 2 were bad but from this bete these maps are set up just right and u really feel like halo 2 never should have came out halo 3 will be the best game ever made.and any1 who thinks otherwisw better just get a new hobby

mr_montoya85
mr_montoya85

WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm still waiting for Halo: Combat Evolved beta !!!!

ocdog45
ocdog45

game plays great. cant wait for hte real thing

Merodach
Merodach

Ok I played some more of the Beta and man is it FUN! That VIP mode on vahalla made for some fun frantic fights. Bungie's got the fun part now all they need is that graphics part. Because i dont care what anybody says, if bungie wants to do gameplay over graphics then make a wii game. This is the 360 and it's custermers have a right to expect all that was promised to them about this system. Come on bungie dont prove sony right!

Vinny6
Vinny6

Well for one thing, the people who did not have to pay had no problems. Im not a Halo fan at all, but Ill admit I bought Crackdown 50/50 for the Beta. Its actually alot of fun and Im glad they gave us an extra weekend on it. To bad 7p.m. Pacific, is 12 a.m. eastern

Acervartan
Acervartan

Simple solution: Dont like it, dont play it.

gamez-elite
gamez-elite

Seems like people don't realise here that they are essentially testing the game and not playing a DEMO! Jeez, of course there are bugs. THAT'S THE POINT! Also, to anyone saying the graphics are @ss? Wrong. I actually can't believe how good it looks, plays and generally feels. Just finished a game where I took out a warthog mid-flight (from a man-cannon) with a Spartan Laser. Then, uploaded the video and sent it to my friends. How f'in cool is that?! I am loving this... I can't wait for the full game and some more maps. My only issue to this is that there is no built in "Bug Report". I've noticed a few minor glitches (and the game over one) that I wouldn't mind reporting but there is no way of doing that easily. Ah well... to anyone who hasn't played it yet... give it a try, go to a friends, break into someones house and play in their room... trust me, once you play it there are no faults you can nit-pick. I had sooo much fun playing with my friends this past few hours, I forgot how much homework I had left to do. (once I noticed, I donned the procrastinator hat and came on here ;P)

SteadyShark
SteadyShark

And i'm talking 7 games it took for me to become bored.

SteadyShark
SteadyShark

I liked the halo games but this beta got old quick.

NightRain
NightRain

Have you ever seen the F.E.A.R. beta? I did. I played it. It looked like QUAKE 1 goddamit. I was like: "UGH! Awful looking game". Now everyone thinks it's one of the best looking PC game of all. Trust me, it will change.

bigt14874
bigt14874

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Jedi_Osborn
Jedi_Osborn

Sounds like quite a mess for the first day, but at least they made nice with the extension.