Halo 3 free on Xbox Live starting October 16

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Bungie's 2007 first-person shooter Halo 3 will be free on Xbox Live for Gold subscribers beginning October 16, Microsoft announced today. The game normally sells for $15.

Microsoft confirmed last week that Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes would be free on Xbox Live October 1-15, but did not reveal the second free title of the month until today.

The free games are part of Microsoft's newGames With Gold program that gives Xbox Live Gold subscribers two free titles each month until December 31. Users can keep the games forever.

For more on Halo 3, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Dylantfk
Dylantfk

Microsoft is a cheap, greedy organization!! HALO 3? Seriously? 3/4 of the people who own a 360 probably own this game already, and it wont even download in my region! I was already turned off by Halo 4 forcing you to get live to play Spartan-Ops which can clearly be played offline (Firefight, Horde, Spec-Ops) I've stoped playing my 360 and got a PS3, PSN doesn't try to milk every dime from you that it can and gives Plus members games that are good and only a year or two old, if even that!! None of these 5 or 6 year old games that everyone already owns or doesn't care about or play anymore!!! I am really leaning towards getting a PS4 if Microsoft continues to rob and manipulate people.

bluesoverdrive
bluesoverdrive

I can not download it, after buying it for Free I got a message that it is not available for my region or the system does not recognize the file format. I am logged in on American Live with an Gold account..

That Socks!

Buy the way... buying games not free is working nicely for my region!

cashx002
cashx002

If you gamers haven't noticed, there's "OLD" in "GOLD." So we were warned, we just didn't get it. . . Until now. . .   :( 

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

Seriously, MS?!?  Why not give us Avatar the Next Airbender for free November so I get those easy achievements?

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

And on PSN Europe we get Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen.

TheSkyrimStatue
TheSkyrimStatue

Are there any xbox owners that don't already have this?

edinko
edinko

ITs very nice of the publishers to give away games for free that already everyone bought. Throwaway worthless giveaways. They probably check first which one would never sell one copy ever again and that one they give for free

EquilibriumEos
EquilibriumEos

"Next up! DRAKE OF THE 99 DRAGONS!!!" ~ Major Nelson

And sure enough the M$ loyal fanboys will gobble this garbage up without questions and blindly.

badlalo59
badlalo59

Wish they'd have made a PC port instead.

Johnenewt1
Johnenewt1

The REAL question is... how many playlists are they going to give us for free before we have to pay for all of the map packs?  Probably only 2!!!  At least that's how it is when you buy the game now.

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

M$ employee #1: We are getting killed with low pre-orders and are losing the battle to sony...people hate us now man. what should we do?

M$ employee #2: lets throw the dirty pissants a free game from 2007.

M$ employee #1: PROBLEM SOLVED!!!!!! WE ARE GODS!!!

> wii u

inspectercoley
inspectercoley

If it came with all the maps for free as well then it would be good.

ilantis
ilantis

"Games With Gold program that gives Xbox Live Gold subscribers two free titles each month until December 31. " 

Didn't know that. It's very sad that they only give us retail games that are several years old and 90% of gamers already played. I guss it's supposed to be just a move to make people want to buy the new console.

I'm not complaining about free games, but the competition is doing much better.

Guess I'll download it anyway, I remember the story being quite fun.

mrfaceman23
mrfaceman23

once again its free stop whining they didnt have to give us crap but they did accept it add it to your game inventory once less game you have to buy once more game you own just in case you ever want to play it again

andmcq
andmcq

Wow, a 2007 Halo game for free. Gee, thanks.

everyday182
everyday182

Only in the world of gaming in 2013 can free things be called, so what if you already bought the game they don't HAVE to give you a free game lol, tell you what DON'T buy any games and then you will ALWAYS get a game you have not bought :)

FrankZoex2
FrankZoex2

This is an awesome game, the best of the series imo. If you are one of the few Xbox owners who haven't played it download and enjoy, it's brilliant.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Lol 2007 now eh?

And you can only pick it up within a 2 week span?

MS your just love your userbase don't you?

tightwad34
tightwad34

I would have thought by now that pretty much everyone who wanted to play this has already done so. A free game is a free game even if the choice is something everyone has already played.

Raiden555555
Raiden555555

And the next game free is... Gears of wars 1!! And next...Kameo elemnts of power! WOOA

hahaha

I have psn+ and i have finish great games like uncharted 3, Catherine, Far cry 3, Hitman absolution.

I dont care if that games have it for rent or what, i just want to play and finish it.


Microsoft is rediculus, if u want to competitor psn+ then give free games like Gears 3, mass effect 3, Lost odyssey, Dark souls, Castlevania and not games 6+years old! WTF!!!


quinten488
quinten488

This is the equivalent of Sony giving us old ass Resistance.

pdevil21
pdevil21

Halo 3 is not almost 8 years old and it is not even almost 7 years old. Halo 3 has only been 6 years old for a few days. It doesn't hurt to look things up.

Shika_Stoner
Shika_Stoner

Well my copy did get stolen and I still haven't finished it solo on legendary like Reach and 4. So why not?

I usually don't even actually download these games. I just start the download and then cancel it so I have the game permanently linked to my account. Waiting for me to finally get around to it some time in the future.

zulwalks
zulwalks

Thank you microsoft for giving me a game I already own. =)

Ereheru
Ereheru

Is there any reason why GameSpot regularly mentions the "Games for Gold" but not the Playstation Plus games?  The are both equally newsworthy, aren't they?  It's a bit annoying to come here for gaming news, but to have to go to another site for this one piece of information...

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

The good thing about this is....that I don't have to put the disk to play. Just click and play. I can keep my copy of halo in its case or give it to one of my nephews. 

driftingsilvia
driftingsilvia

Wasn't Halo 3 the first game they offered free when this program launched?

EquilibriumEos
EquilibriumEos

@racerxgundam So true and it's funny to see all these fanboys trying to defend them. Xbox Live Games for Gold was raised as a competitor to PSN so of course we have a right to compare the two and scoff at the offerings of M$ who can't afford to be generous even once in their lives.


dani_i89
dani_i89

@andmcq You must have been the spoilt little ungrateful fat kid when you were little (or maybe you ARE a spoilt little fat kid?).

Complaining about something that's free is pretty damn low, whether or not you like MS.

grognard
grognard

@Raiden555555 You have it exactly backwards.  PS+ was Sony's desperate attempt to rationalize paying for an inferior online service by sweetening the pot with rented games.

Gold has been worth the money since launch without any free games thrown in - this is just a bonus (and you get to keep the games if you let your membership expire).

kitty
kitty moderator moderator

@Raiden555555 Responding to the last line of what you said. Who said M$ wanted to be a competitor to PSN Plus with this "promotion"? You can't always assume things, sometimes you are right, sometimes wrong. Maybe M$ got the idea from sony and decided to just offer games. I've been a plus member since the beginning, plus did not start off with anything great. If this promotion continues after the date listed on the page, which is December 31st, 2013. Then we can complain. :P

tightwad34
tightwad34

@pdevil21 There's not much difference between a 7 or 8 year old game compared to a 6 year old one. You're really just splitting hairs here. Unless you are just being funny which I can't tell if you are.

A-Typing-Llama
A-Typing-Llama

@zulwalks perhaps you could explain your situation to MS. They may even send you a free 30 days of, 'gold'. =D

andmcq
andmcq

@dani_i89 @andmcq It's free because that's what it's worth. Nothing. MS have an opportunity to sell Online Services and they're using Halo 3? Just how cheap are they? Having Halo 3 for free is not going to help them sell Xbox Live. 

EquilibriumEos
EquilibriumEos

@dani_i89 @andmcq Not really. Games for Gold was raised as competition to the PSN+ and was boasted as being a "reward" for all of those who sign up for gold. So far we've been given old titles (which can be picked up for less than £5 here in the UK brand new from Amazon) and FTP games alongside some Xbox Live titles.

M$ is taking the piss out of everyone by this. Don't raise something as a competitor if all you're offering is games that the majority of people already have.

So far Games for Gold has yet to triumph over PSN+ and gives me zero incentive to stay with M$. Many people are switching over to the PS4 due to this blatant disregard for the consumers.

Raiden555555
Raiden555555

@grognard  i dont care to have the game forever, i dont play games again when i have finish it, i care only to play and finish the best games.

And microsoft dont give u the best new games, give old, very old games...i can find halo 3 to buy it now for 5 euro, i dont need microsoft!


FrankZoex2
FrankZoex2

@sammoth @zulwalks It's spoilt child syndrome. They are like the kids who if you got them a guitar, game, bicycle or whatever for their birthday they would say "but that's lame mum, all my friends have the latest one, why isn't this the latest one! *whine* "

I suggest sending them to bed with no pudding after a good thrashing..

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@sammoth @zulwalks  

Sammoth don't bother defending MS on this. It's plain insulting at this point for them to do this.

It is done for no other reason than to throw the 360 fans a bone and say they did what sony did.

andmcq
andmcq

@dani_i89 @wexorian @andmcq No there's not. Everyone in the world who wanted to play Halo 3 purchased it in 2007, purchased it bundled with an Xbox or has purchased it for $10 since.