Crackdown to include Halo 3 Beta keys

Advertisement for upcoming supercop game claims some copies will include admission to Halo 3's beta program; Spartans already doing battle in Iraq.

Gamers aren't quite sure when they'll be able to get their hands on a copy of Halo 3 since its release date is simply "2007." The release date got narrowed slightly in November, when Bungie revealed that it would be launching a beta program for the Xbox 360 game this spring. To qualify, gamers were pointed to the Halo 3 Web site, where they were asked to enter information, cross their fingers, and wait for an e-mail confirmation of acceptance into the beta test.

Microsoft and Bungie have said that there would be multiple ways to enter the program, and now it appears that just about anyone can get one of the highly coveted seats in the test...provided they're willing to purchase a separate game.

Over the holiday break, the online arm of gaming magazine GamePro drummed up some interest in the February issue of the print publication by pointing out a tidbit from an ad that appears in said issue. In a two-page spread (scan available at TeamXbox.com) promoting the near-future police shooter Crackdown, the phrase "Includes invitation to Halo 3 multiplayer beta" appears in the lower-left corner. The beta keys will apparently be offered for a limited time and will appear in "specially marked boxes."

When asked for confirmation by Microsoft, a rep told GameSpot only that "there will be details in the coming days, stay tuned." Microsoft Game Studios is publishing both Crackdown and Halo 3.

As for Bungie, in last week's Weekly Update, the company acknowledged that information on how to enter the beta was "floating around the interwebs" and that Microsoft would have new details this week.

While quiet on most fronts, Bungie did talk about a small pre-beta program it is planning. The developer hopes to offer up "thousands" of spots to "experienced and active players" of Halo 2 as well as "people who spread Bungie love." Bungie will provide more details on its Web site in the future.

Bungie supports the troops.

Of course those that absolutely have to play the Halo 3 beta have one other method of virtually donning Spartan armor right now--enlist in the US Armed Forces. Bungie apparently surprised troops stationed in Iraq with a three-day Halo 3 gaming session just before the new year, says GameSpot member "Cowboy082288." The forum poster has uploaded videos and pictures of the event (with some footage of gameplay) on a MySpace account.

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MastaGodkilla
MastaGodkilla

crackdown is a good game looks like a mix of gta and halo but i wonder when halo 3 beta is there i can't wait ....

ogretroll123
ogretroll123

I want me some Crackdown! But I need a 360 first... The Beta Key is a nice bonus for an already awsome game!

dQuarters
dQuarters

Crackdown looks good to me, it looks like GTA with all the cheatcodes active already... with multiplayer. Couldn't care less about the Beta key, though it's a nice bonus.

jonjj2003
jonjj2003

whoa this game is crap, why buy this stupid game sure i love halo but why waist my money on such a stupid game

chickenoverlord
chickenoverlord

I just preordered crackdown... 1st person to preorder it at my EB... basically the manager said if they get a limited supply with the beta invitation I'm assured one... (same guy that let me be the first person in my town to buy my wii at midnight)... Crackdown looks ok... can't wait for the demo but the whole supercop thing and ESPECIALLY the little logos above their heads that I'm sure will P me off... I know some ppl will call me a fanboy or a sucker bcos the thing that made me buy crackdown today was the halo beta invitation.. but hey I'd spend the $100AU crackdown cost for the beta alone... that much money is nothing to me... so call me a fanboy.. whatever... screw you... I'll be on that beta... betta watch out ;)

bababooey1
bababooey1

for those of you who wait for the 360 just for one game(halo 3). IMO your not a fan and you should just quit gaming. I have a 360 for all the great games out and coming of course h3 is just a bonus

CCyberDDemon
CCyberDDemon

@AlexPace1 = Newbie Gears of war can be good, but never will be better than Halo The physics from Halo is just wonderful. No one never complained about it only you do. You say ''...stupidity'' like Gears is the king of logics. Originality is the key and Halo got it, you feel this even on the sound track.

verstadt
verstadt

Crackdown looks like a good game, and would probably have good sales by itself, but a little incentive never hurt.

AFWorm
AFWorm

I'll wait until Halo 3 comes out before getting an XBox 360

_Sam_
_Sam_

Yeah, I think that they should have just put the keys in some of the games, and let the buzz spread by itself.

DukeEdwardI
DukeEdwardI

from what i know about crackdown, it looks and sounds like a lot of fun. so if i buy crackdown with one of those beta keys, ill probably just toss the beta key in the trash. not unless some poor halo fanboy gets down on his knees and begs me for it... im partly kidding...halo mutliplayer is a lot of fun to watch. ive sat down and watched my roommates play for an hour or two on end. its just not a game that ive really gotton excited about.

Sahfire
Sahfire

I will maybe buy Crackdown. But 600 kr feels kinda much for a sucky beta, wich isn't even a demo.

dude026
dude026

i reckon its cheap how microsoft can sell a game by using halo 3... like they havn't got enough money allready... i know theres more to it than money but like, it shiuldnt be done! it'll work all the same, but its just wrong and i think it shows what microsoft are like in reality... even though they create the best consoles.

AlexPace1
AlexPace1

who cares.....halo is over rated...how can a beat down with your gun do more damage than a bullet itself...i know id rather be hit by a gun than shot by it...stupidity. p.s. GEARS 4 LIFE

racerx737
racerx737

I can personally wait til the actual Halo 3 game comes out. I actually got tired of Halo 2 and havent played it but a couple of times since early summer. But I'll be excited when it gets much closer to release.

zinngg
zinngg

This looks like a lot of crackdown returns and re-buys to me.

Absolutezerr
Absolutezerr

Good point monkeyman. Garry's mod haha... seriously, though, it's pretty cool that Bungie is giving a special opportunity to the soldiers in Iraq. I wish I could have played some Halo 3 on New Year's eve. But I was stuck with the second. Oh well...

monkeyman98
monkeyman98

yo guy who said that the halo3 physics look worse than GOWs' physics? Dude GOW is a great game and all that praise be held but if I have one complaint its the physics. They were disapointing. Now for physics I suggest you go play a little PC game called Half Life 2 with Garrys mod installed.

rickjames_ice9
rickjames_ice9

Its a shame the army clips arent longer. Its like they're staged by bungie to make me even more excited. Im more excited about Halo 3 than I've ever been about any game. It's going to be the S**T. People that don't already know that aren't true gamers.

Noak3
Noak3

Damn, i'm not over 17 so I can't register on the website. It never says that I can't get into the beta if I buy the game though. I hate these, it never gives you full information. Like if people under 13 will be able to play the beta at all.

Emb3r
Emb3r

My cousin is in the army. i wonder if he got to play. heheh. 2 years and im off to basic.

insane_metalist
insane_metalist

well there will be a good game coming on ps3 unreal torunament 2007 but it shouldnt be better then halo 3

mynamesdenvrmax
mynamesdenvrmax

Just from reading a few comments, im sure PS3 fanboys are attacking. But at least we can say Halo 3 beta shots look better than Resistance.

adi99
adi99

dude give it a break....dont whine about how bad the graphics or anyhtin is...the games not even out....its still in the beta...u do realize that rite?.....and GOW is all good cuz its a finished game. ANYWAYS back on topic.....this is pretty cool...and the images are decent.

Gamepro2421
Gamepro2421

i'm sorry but this hardly interests me after playing Gears of War and after watching some of the lamest physics i have ever seen through the Brutes on that somewhat newly released dev diary Halo3 Video...i'll be online chainshawing people :p

Alcotamaysees
Alcotamaysees

"People who spread Bungie love." *raises hand*

cool_kid12
cool_kid12

awwwwww thats not fair the trooops fot to play the best game on the planet! fuk fuk fuk

vexx365
vexx365

well i would,t buy a game just to play halo 3 but i am planning on get this game if its good

OPOLO
OPOLO

This is stupid - GameStop & EA's are going to get a lot of these games returned for exchange if they don't include a code in each game

SteelWingX
SteelWingX

those myspace vids are reeeeeeally short

ef_teddy
ef_teddy

I would rather wait until the game is done....spending 60$ on a game that might not be good....

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

halo 3 won't be played correctly until it's released on pc.

Staryoshi87
Staryoshi87

Woo, signed up for chance to get into the beta....I don't really care about Halo that much, but beta access is always fun :)

SystemaKid
SystemaKid

i am going to ask my ebgames if i preorder it if it will automatically come with the beta key. I was planning on buying crackdown with the start of it. But I am confused, if I do get the key will i beable to buy the game right away? or do i have to wait till spring to play it.

okassar
okassar

That's a good reason to join the army:)

hi_im_derek
hi_im_derek

Is the game really going to be that good if they need something like this for it to sell copies?

kinglink2
kinglink2

This says a lot about the value of Crackdown. In the past month I've started feeling wary about it. It looked good at first but cell shaded graphics, and unbelievable physics is sounding worse every day. Of course it'll sell a million just by this tie in.

tartar23
tartar23

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Zombie07
Zombie07

wait only some will not all of them will that sucks cause then you buy a 60 dollar game and you get so excited and then you figure out sorry you dont have it its like charlie in the chocalte factory

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

they have link to vid finally on GS:)

Vinnie222
Vinnie222

another reason to buy crackdown

darkDemyze
darkDemyze

Quite genius indeed. I wonders how many people will actually buy this game just for the chance to play the Halo 3 beta. Better hope this game isn't junk..

sansglitch
sansglitch

that is some genius-level marketing on both counts. it's impressive really.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Bungie supports the troops!:)

shizwill03
shizwill03

Totally Awesome. I know the troops got a good thrill outta that, and also have a goog edge considering that deal with the real gun counterparts daily. ......I don't wanna be sniped by one of those guys. >.>;

Cloud737
Cloud737

Heh, what a greater way to sell your game than to include Halo 3 beta keys in it? Though if they were really after money, they shouldn`t have packed those keys in specially marked boxes. That way, more people will buy the game hopping a key would be inside, instead of already knowing before buying.

eggsiboss
eggsiboss

thats nice, i like that they thought of the boys out at war first especially at this festive time of year, it must be awful to be stuck out there away from your loved ones at xmas. :)