E3 '07: Halo 3 Trailer Impressions

The newest Halo 3 turned heads at the end of Microsoft's E3 press conference. Here's what we saw.

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Microsoft's press conference is freshly over at this point, and as per usual, it saved its big guns for last, showing a new trailer for Halo 3 at the very end. It was apparently all-new footage, and it was noticeable for showing quite a bit of gameplay, something that Bungie has shied away from in its past trailers for the game. Now that the multiplayer beta has come and gone, however, it has opened up a bit and decided to show a bit more of the meat of the game.

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That doesn't mean that the trailer was exclusively gameplay-oriented, though, as there was a bit more storyline revealed at the beginning of the trailer. In it, it's revealed that the bulk of Earth's defenses have apparently been overrun by the Covenant at the beginning of the game, as their ships control the space above the planet and are either mercilessly razing it with laser weapons or scanning it for the location of the artifact that we've seen buried in the sand in previous trailers. A Covenant Brute ominously promises that Earth "will burn until its surface is but glass." Things look dire indeed for Earth's defenders.

Most of the remainder of the trailer revolved around quick flashes of gameplay and in-game cinematics that sometimes flew by too quickly to really see what was transpiring. Amidst the new scenes of gunplay, including action from the new miniguns and a buglike enemy that was capable of lifting Master Chief off the ground, we did manage to spot what appeared to be Cortana collapsing over, apparently in pain, as well as a mysterious akimbo gun-wielding female soldier attempting to defend herself from numerous enemies. Also of interest was a scene of the Arbiter and Master Chief standing side by side; could some kind of Halo Team-Up be in the works for the title?

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As the trailer wound on, we managed to spot what apparently was a Scarab, a large Covenant ground weapon. Covenant and Earth vehicles also got plenty of screen time over the course of the trailer, albeit in quick glimpses, including four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles, flying vehicles of a variety of size, and some severely battle-damaged Warthogs. The final image of the trailer is of Master Chief, as he pensively looks down at what appears to be a map display. What it displays is a mystery, although there are still plenty of those to go around. Will the Flood reappear? What exactly transpired between Cortana and the Gravemind? While these, and plenty of other questions, still remain, we only have a couple more months to wait until we can all play the game for ourselves. Stay tuned to GameSpot for more coverage on the Halo 3 juggernaut as it approaches its release date.

Discussion

92 comments
lordinuyasha21
lordinuyasha21

Vuvussi if you like half life so much then go annoy people on the half life thread no one likes you here go away.halo 3 is THE fastest selling game of ALL time and thats a fact.plus your comparing a computer game to a console game shut up stop doing that half lifes good but not nearly as good as halo on the consoles the xbox version of half life blew loading times up the ass and downgraded graphics...plus i played team fortress yesterday and its a cell shaded peice of crap anyways halo 3 is an amazing game it set the standards for console fps's suck it up your little computer world blows!

aringarosa101
aringarosa101

it's just better. period. really, and with the release of the orange box with EVERYTHING half life 2, portal AND team fortress.... i dunno, my 360's gonna have a lot of compettition...

masterchief1994
masterchief1994

Man I' ve been waiting forever for this game. I can't wait to play Xbox live it's going to be awesome.

aringarosa101
aringarosa101

halo three most definitely has better graphics, but to compare Killzone and halo 3 is like comparing steak and chocolate. completely different animals. sorry to break it to you, but half life two is much much better.

mistervengeance
mistervengeance

awesome. i still donno why they raised the price to 130 though.

welshskaterdude
welshskaterdude

fairplay those new screenshots look freaking tasty! A major improvement on that of halo 2 and the beta test aswell I must add. I cant wait for this and halo wars, I just love the halo storyline its such an epic one. Its a shame we have still got to wait to the bit I enjoyed the most which is part of halo wars. lol im playing through 1 n 2 in legendary mode atm so im ready to try get my legendary achievements! cant wait!

rocky2k32000
rocky2k32000

wow kraige. many fps games are better than halo. too bad you're hurt that halo has been dissed. -_- . half-life pwns halo anytime. right now sooo many fps games look better. even the killzone you hate soo much excited numerous people at E3. i AGREE with vuvussi. **** NO! this is just halo 2 HD........cheer up laddie :D

vuvussi
vuvussi

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Kraige
Kraige

vuvussi I'll bet you like the taste of $onys ****s don't you you fanboi if Killzone 2 rocks so hard what are you doing here instead of talking about it? Answer deep down you know Halo is the best and you cant except it.

citronic2004
citronic2004

OMG!! halo3 is freakin better than killzone hands down btw the graphs in halo2 and 3 are totaly diff

vuvussi
vuvussi

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vuvussi
vuvussi

Why are there no different whit the graphics between Halo 2 and Halo 3. Conclusion, graphics suck balls.

SergantCross
SergantCross

More like to cysis but i prefer crysis than halo

doom-247
doom-247

The screenshots do look awesome

shinchy
shinchy

PWhhhooaarrr... those screenshots look fantastic.

dancing_OGRE
dancing_OGRE

how about the fact that he calls the mongoose a "quick glimpses, including four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles" y didn't u play the beta. He says it like it's news. OMG ATV just announced for H3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not

zappa02
zappa02

The new Trailer we sill is not the finished product of the game. The Trailer was useing the Halo 2 engine afk Called Beta. The finished product is going to look alot better then that new Trailer that we sill at E307. It going to be useing the new Halo 3 engine that they have be keeping under rappers for along time and the Graphics, lighting, and coloring will look alot better and POLISHED in the finished product. --------------------------------------- Any ways I think that the new trailer of Halo 3 that I sill was amazing and impressive. --------------------------------------- So all you sony fanboys need to stay off the Halo 3 Forums. And stop say Killzone looks alot better becasue it does not look alot better at all it looks like a crapp rip off from greas of war. --------------------------------------- And I was not impressive with badzone 2, I mean killzone 1.2, oh I mean Killzone 2. Halo 3 looks alot better then Badzone 2, I mean Killlzone 2. And Killzone 2 is not going to be a Halo killer. Its the othere way around Halo 3 is a Killzone killer. Halo 3 as sold over 6.7 million pre-oders, The first game in history to sell that much. So get over it Killzone 1 suck and killzone 2 will suck as bad as Killzone 1.

blindsided82
blindsided82

I seem to be hearing no more trash talk from fan boys of "XBox 1.5", or "Halo 2.5". I can imagine the words those sad fools had to eat left them feeling a little under the weather. And as if the graphics and everything else wasn't awesome enough, Bungie goes and does that cool innovation with the match playback/pic/vid sharing. I was starting to lose interest after playing the beta to tell you the truth, but now? Damn, tingly all over.

blindsided82
blindsided82

Huh, funny. Just a few months ago when everyone was playing the beta, I kept on hearing all this crap from supposed "industry experts" (names will be spared, mostly because I forgot them) about how badly the beta graphics sucked and how there's no way that Bungie would be able to improve upon the graphics in time for launch. Here's the funny part: Looks like some of these fools weren't quite the experts they claimed to be, and I don't seem to be hearing too much from them on the Halo msg boards lately. Huh, funny...

rebelliousgamer
rebelliousgamer

its already been revealed half way through the game there will be a mission called FLOOD

Lebbin
Lebbin

Of course the Flood will reappear. It wouldn't be a Halo game without them.

Tigersabrez
Tigersabrez

akumous, we don't care what your doing, we'll just be enjoying ourselves online with a finished, POLISHED, version of halo 3, it's not finished. You can go out and get your PS3 for all I care, but you will be dissapointed and will have remorse for making the mistake that yor going about. BTW Killzone isn't that impressive, it just looks like a copy of Gears. Besides the gameplay will be complete suckage. "You say Halo 3 don't bother you Instead you give us Killzone 2 But Killzone 1 sucked before What made you think we wanted more?"

elvis12345
elvis12345

That video was ballin. But the guy who wrote the review is an idiot.

buzzerd326
buzzerd326

IM with Takashi_Dragon this revewer isnt evin watching the game that close, when he siad a "flying creature lifting the master chief" thats not evin the chief its a mirein u dumb ass.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Wow...did the editor who wrote this ever even PLAY Halo 2? "a mysterious akimbo gun-wielding female soldier" Erm...Miranda Keyes. "Also of interest was a scene of the Arbiter and Master Chief standing side by side; could some kind of Halo Team-Up be in the works for the title?" Blatently obvious for some years now that Humans and Elites have formed an alliance. "an apparently new buglike enemy that was capable of lifting Master Chief off the ground" Drones, perhaps? "a large quadraped robot with a massive laser beam." A scarab... I'd expect this kind of thing from a games magazine or newspaper reviewer or something, but not from Gamespot.

sectorzero
sectorzero

Mysterious? That's Miranda Keyes. Not so mysterious...

akumous
akumous

I'm sorry, this game looks dated compared to killzone 2 and Gears of War..I am selling my crappy xbox360 for a Ps3..Reasons why? I am tired of getting my system repaired and it is messing up my DVDs...PS3 is more reliable and I don't have to pay for online..

mikeg0788
mikeg0788

The new screens that have been posted have sorta rejuvinated (sp?) my enthusiasm for this game. Graphics, lighting, and coloring all look sick. Looks great so far!

ascendentjustic
ascendentjustic

that isn't the finished product of the game is it? there were a lot of things in the game i thought they could've improved on. But then again it might just be a rough draft of the final game. does anyone know if the trailer is the final look for the game, cuz if it is i'm going to be a little dissapointed.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

I thought the trailer was very good, I don't understand how peopl were unhappy with it

snoobo117
snoobo117

The article was crap but the trailer rocked

kingNo7hing
kingNo7hing

yeah... hopefully Rorie had to do this from memory after the press conference and this is not after watching the trailer on his own for a second time. Things can get jumbled after coming out of a room like that, but if this is his careful dissection?? please....

SHARPSHOOTER25
SHARPSHOOTER25

What's with Gamespot's ignorance of games they are featuring all the sudden? First was the Gears tournament and the "unkown" reasons why they were empyting their clips and reloading, and now the "BRAND NEW HALO 3 STUFF" that was CLEARLY all in Halo 2. Not to mention the review system...

Goze211
Goze211

Geez what a bunch of Halo jerkoffs. The guy just saw the trailer once and had to report on it from memory. Give the guy a break.

CylonAndrew
CylonAndrew

QwikDraw31, you are right. I also noticed some other BS in the article. That mysterious gunweilding girl was Captain Key's daughter from Halo 2.

QwikDraw31
QwikDraw31

Wow, that article was the biggest piece of crap I've ever seen. Some of the stupid people on these forums could write better articles on the trailer than that. Have you ever played Halo 2 in your life? 1. The Covenant are glassing the planet. 2. That is no Brute speaking, if anyone that is the Prophet of Truth.The "new" buglike enemy is the drone from Halo 2, and no where in the trailer did he pick up Master Chief, it was a marine. 3. The "new" buglike enemy is the drone from Halo 2, and no where in the trailer did he pick up Master Chief, it was a marine. 4. The large "quadraped robot" is a Scarab from Halo 2. Seriously, know your stuff before you go write an article instead of making this crap and showing yourself to be an idiot.

akuna2006
akuna2006

And the so called new enemy that can lift up the marines are called yanme, and they already existed on halo 2, and the other mistake already talked is the scarab. Who wrote this certanelly doesn't play halo for sometime, or has a small memory...... But good trailer and gamespot rocks!!!!!!!!

EmiliOwnage
EmiliOwnage

Matthew Rorie, have you ever played halo? This article frustrated me very much.

Valmier
Valmier

"...a huge new Covenant ground weapon: a large quadraped robot with a massive laser beam..." What the crap, Gamespot. Don't you remember what was undoubtedly one of the greatest moments of Halo 2? That thing is called a Scarab, and you already killed one in the second level of Halo 2. Come on. AMAZING TRAILER! Sorry, but Halo is still better than Gears, and Halo 3 will prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt.

CaaP
CaaP

i have seen the screenshots form bungie and well talking of faces and textures yes its really similar to GoW ofcourse its a lot more colorfull than gears how limited to gray black and brown scales of color halo 3 its a lot more colorfull so to say.

gruntelite
gruntelite

uhh yeah almost everything they mentioned here isnt actually new, just redone, like the Scarab is just more purpleish. Kudos to the trailer, it was pure awesome. Also, the Mass Effect trailer was as heart-pumping if not more so. Now to go watch those trailers over and over again some more

HotNeon
HotNeon

Seriously.... i don't know if this article was to try and prevent spoilers.... whoever wrote this makes it seem like they know diddly about Halo. sundown70 has what gamespot didn't seem to know

dav1000
dav1000

tbh i thought it looked like it should be for the wii or ps2. the graphics outta game are breath taking but the ones in game are a large let down for such a well rated game, but its obviuosly been over-rated.

sundown70
sundown70

"new bug-like enemy"=a variation of the drones in halo 2 "a mysterious akimbo gun-wielding female soldier"=Miranda Keyes(not new) "Arbiter and Master Chief standing side by side"-What halo fan didn't see this one comin at the end of halo 2? "a large quadraped robot with a massive laser beam"=Scarab with minor differences from halo 2 The graphics in MP are always a little worse so the game runs smoother...look at R6V and many others My apologies to GS for the insult, but this "impression" was pretty much pointless