Halo 3 Updated Impressions - Multiplayer

Bungie shows off new vehicles and maps for Halo 3.

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Microsoft held a major Halo 3 media event in Sydney, Australia, today, with some of the developers from Bungie Studios also making the trek to show Aussie journos the latest on the upcoming shooter. As well as featuring the single-player build demoed at this year's E3, the Bungie boys also decided to unveil some oft-rumoured elements in Halo 3, such as new vehicles and multiplayer maps--including the fabled Elephant, a gigantic mobile base big enough to take a Scorpion tank (plus a few other vehicles) for a ride.

Picture a moving two-storey building on tank treads and you've pretty much nailed the Elephant. This large chunk of green metal--which looks somewhat like an oversized version of World War II beach landing crafts--acts as a mobile base for UNSC Marines, and features two open bays at the front and the rear where the game's other vehicles can be docked. The vehicle's driver's cabin can be found at the front of the Elephant, and towers above floor level. In fact, Bungie developers at the event told GameSpot AU that the Elephant--which is only armed with a single machine gun turret--can become quite a formidable moving fortress when loaded with other vehicles that themselves have on-board weaponry. The Elephant is so large that it can easily hold a Scorpion Tank, and is actually used as a spawn point for a Mongoose in the Sand Trap level. Of course, such size obviously has its drawbacks--the Elephant is painfully slow. The Elephant only appears in the game's Sand Trap multiplayer map (there'll be one at each end of the map) and not at all in the single-player campaign, although a Bungie spokesperson said the giant vehicles could make an appearance in any future downloadable maps which may be released for Halo 3.

The other new vehicle showcased today was the Brute Chopper, a one-person vehicle which, as its name suggests, is ridden by the Covenant's beefy Brutes (although it can obviously be commandeered by other players). The Chopper--which is reminiscent of a motorcycle (albeit a large one)--features two huge cogs at its front to propel it forward, and an anti-grav booster at its rear to keep it above the ground. Just like when using the Banshee or the Ghost, pressing the left trigger when riding the Chopper will initiate a boost, perfect for avoiding fire or ramming into opponents.

Both these vehicles were showcased in the Sand Trap level, Halo 3's largest multiplayer map. As you can probably guess, the map is set in a desert environment, with several large structures included to use as sniper positions for eager players. The map is mainly meant for vehicular-based multiplayer, with each side of Sand Trap featuring a Chopper, several Warthogs, a Mongoose, and of course, the Elephant to drive. The vehicles are all set to respawn quickly to keep the action mobile, and there are plenty of wide corridors between structures and open spaces to exploit.

UPDATE: Bungie and Microsoft unveiled even more multiplayer goodness at their evening Halo 3 event in Sydney, wheeling out a playable version of Last Resort. Fans of Halo 2 will instantly recognise this new map, as it's essentially an updated version of the Zanzibar location from that game. Last resort features many of the same points as Zanzibar--a gigantic windmill-like structure, a beachside area, plus a sprawling fort-like complex. What's been added, however, are brand new runs and walkways around the edges of the base, making it a more secure place to defend depending on the match requirements.

Another level shown--but not playable--was Narrows, which is a large fort set across a high mountain ravine. The bridge across the ravine itself looked to be on two levels, with the bottom level featuring what seems to be a force-field bridge.

We'll have more for you on Halo 3 from the Australian media event--including pics of some of the new vehicles and maps. Check back soon for more.

Discussion

146 comments
r0ger_d70r
r0ger_d70r

GOW was a far more tactical and balanced game (at least they tried to keep it that way) than the halo multiplayers, GOW2 will be a MUST get...

xXrebel666Xx
xXrebel666Xx

Hopefully this one is better then the last two, they were both awfully overrated. The amount of popularity of this and the money microsoft are willing to throw at it to get this game loved will show, along with the 8 year olds that are brain washed by this game. I'm gonna rent it first. GoW 2, UT3, and KZ2 are the shooters im really hanging out for.

Carashnak
Carashnak

On the elephant, you have to clim right up to the top and stand semi in the open to drive, but it looks so cool, plus i guess you could have the scorpion firing at targets behind when it's in the elephant. The two guys beneath me have perfect pictures for their posts...

marshalkendrix
marshalkendrix

I dont want to wait any longer.... i want it to come out now!

memanguy
memanguy

This game must come out now! WHY WONT IT COME OUT NOW!

Hager117
Hager117

man turbo u need to play the first two i think to understand the entire story but man i know it will be a great game no matter what stories u know

Turbo-Evil
Turbo-Evil

I haven't played the first 2 Halos, yet I pre-ordered this one!(I'm planning on hiring the first 2) The multiplayer sounds like the best ever!

Karbon561
Karbon561

i wonder how that sandtrap level will be since its size is so large... maybe it would be better if halo 3 supported 24 ppl online... also how many rockets or lazer shot do you think it takes to down the elephant and does the pp still stop it???

Rockmanneo12
Rockmanneo12

This will just add to the overall epicness Halo 3 will bring us.

andalore
andalore

Why does every game nowadays have to have a Death-mobile, Zanzibar rocked, what ManaNick said

ManaNick
ManaNick

I loved Zanzibar so Last Resort will be sick!

chocolate_chees
chocolate_chees

what i don't get is that in halo 2, the max amount of people in a system link game is 16, and sand trap holds 2 elephants. on wikipedia, it says that the elephant has room for 11 players. does this mean that they will be increasing the amount of people for system link

machew100
machew100

wow sam, do we really have to answer that? i hope not.

WildElite117
WildElite117

yes the hornet is not a rumor its real. it is the same size of a banshee. look it up wikipedia.com

SqrLPeINgFrmTrE
SqrLPeINgFrmTrE

oh, and the hornet is not a rumor: i think someone thought it was but it is definitely in the game

SqrLPeINgFrmTrE
SqrLPeINgFrmTrE

the picture of the elephant on halopedia is cool, thanks for the link. I think it will be really interesting having objectives taking place inside the elephant..like a bomb needs to be planted in there or flag brought there to score

Ra007
Ra007

To the conversation a few posts down, I actually don't mind snipers at all in any FPS. I agree with others that they are indeed an important part of the game, and that the developers wouldn't put it in there without some logical way to counter it. What I don't like about snipers is when you get a guy (or girl) on your team who always hogs the one rifle on the level, and is good enough to not get killed, but is no good at shooting stuff . Happened to me in Gears of War more times than I can count. Luckily, the matches there don't last all that long. That's kinda why games like Ghost Recon are cool, because you can pick what weapon to come out with....always liked that feature.

WildElite117
WildElite117

Just Pick up the latest edition of EGM. It's all in there. And to all you people who this stuff is rumors. it's all real. Get ya mind correct. Also go to bungie.net for more information

grafkhun
grafkhun

elephant sounds neat, put in two scorpions charge in then unload 8)

Little_GreenMan
Little_GreenMan

Halo 3 just keeps sounding better and better as Bungie reveals more. The flamethrower and incendiary grenades also sound awesome.

kyle_1865
kyle_1865

brute chopper launches explosive concussion grenades, read it in ign

Carashnak
Carashnak

If you want more info on vehicles, and anything else Halo, Google Halopedia. @emerald101, do the above aswell, but the elephant looks like a Sandcrawler from Star Wars, and transports amounts of vehicles :)

emerald101
emerald101

I want to see a picture of the elephant. This sounds so good. And ive seen a picture of a brute chopper it looks good for straight offense. Cant wait.

thetealcaptain
thetealcaptain

"since when has their been cover to avoid snipers? " There are ways around a sniper, there is cover everywhere, rocks, buildings, human cover. You just keep moving, snipers aren't gods, you probably scream noob everytime a sniper picks you off. Sniper is a valid class and they play an important role in any team. Once you get picked off, work with your team and hunt the bastard down, he can only pick off one or 2 of you but not everyone. Counter-sniping works too, find urself a gun and hunt the guy down. And yes sometimes when there is a spawn camper sometimes you can not do anything about it. However last time I checked when you start playing a map, ninjas don't storm your house to make sure you stay in that map. Don't like what's going on, LEAVE the map!!! Find another!!!! Join a clan!!!! No one forces you to deal with the bullcrap that goes on in the gaming world!

Rentago
Rentago

thetealcaptain hehe "noobs are gonna abuse the elephant", they better becareful then or else PETA will get after them! I really hate it when you use an item that is in the game, that some people can't figure out a counter to you are called a noob. No matter what there is always a counter to a strategy, not only that if it's that big of an imbalance the game developers will implement something that tones things down a bit. I say if it's in the game use it, and if it kills lots use it more! ======================================================= EXACTLY, I've been sayin that for years lol. 'Sniper killed you 10 times and is pissin you off?' Sneak around and flank him! Someone keeps camping the spawn? Choose another spwan area (if possible) or team up on him and get him outta there! I especially feel the same way about the weapons.... Deal with it people, if they put it in the game I am sure as hell gonna use it. And I don't blame anyone else for doing the same.People usually get mad about it because the person that killed them keeps doing the same thing over and over. Well that is all the more reason that you should be expecting it and be ready for it,there is always a way around it. (unless they are map exploiting,and in that case well, they just suck lol). ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Dude your off, since when has their been cover to avoid snipers? It is as bad as when you play the first halo online and all you see if people using the pistol. I've tried managing my way around snipers, but with the amount of inbalances it seriously is basically cheating if you know what your doing. Basically it would be more fair if auto aim didn't have such a large impact, as long as you keep the reticle anywhere looming around your head its a head shot. People have learned to use that trick. Also there has never been cover in any level you end up outside still out of reach of the sniper. They are fixing those imbalances in halo3, infact they are trying to make it as perfect as ever. I don't like to see noobs who can't play the game, ruin it for everyone else by whoring something as a only means to play. Just stop being a noob. If your being spawn camped, depending who your dealing with sometimes your **** People cheat, its plain and simple. Mods wouldn't be around if big time losers in life couldn't succeed in a game either.

aringarosa101
aringarosa101

i wonder if the hornet is real, or just the spawn of a rumor mill...

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Flat_Line_____

thetealcaptain hehe "noobs are gonna abuse the elephant", they better becareful then or else PETA will get after them! I really hate it when you use an item that is in the game, that some people can't figure out a counter to you are called a noob. No matter what there is always a counter to a strategy, not only that if it's that big of an imbalance the game developers will implement something that tones things down a bit. I say if it's in the game use it, and if it kills lots use it more! ======================================================= EXACTLY, I've been sayin that for years lol. 'Sniper killed you 10 times and is pissin you off?' Sneak around and flank him! Someone keeps camping the spawn? Choose another spwan area (if possible) or team up on him and get him outta there! I especially feel the same way about the weapons.... Deal with it people, if they put it in the game I am sure as hell gonna use it. And I don't blame anyone else for doing the same.People usually get mad about it because the person that killed them keeps doing the same thing over and over. Well that is all the more reason that you should be expecting it and be ready for it,there is always a way around it. (unless they are map exploiting,and in that case well, they just suck lol).

thetealcaptain
thetealcaptain

hehe "noobs are gonna abuse the elephant", they better becareful then or else PETA will get after them! I really hate it when you use an item that is in the game, that some people can't figure out a counter to you are called a noob. No matter what there is always a counter to a strategy, not only that if it's that big of an imbalance the game developers will implement something that tones things down a bit. I say if it's in the game use it, and if it kills lots use it more!

kikaiser
kikaiser

its a snub nosed baby of a black hawk chopper and a harrier...

endofwourld
endofwourld

Hey ascaion94 i cant seem to find it.. the info on the hornet where is it.. plz!!

ascalon94
ascalon94

read the newest egm and there is now a human banshee called the Hornet. looks sweet cant wait to play thee game

GaMeWiZaRd93
GaMeWiZaRd93

i can't wait 2 get my hands on halo 3 n try out the Elephant

mlisen
mlisen

Gonna get me a turret n hide out in the back of the elephant. I'll be like the old granny on the rockin chair with a shotgun

ShirkDawg
ShirkDawg

Who "noobs" like you? I'm gonna be swangin' lane to lane in my elephant. Can't wait for the game.

MysticDynamite
MysticDynamite

I have a feeling that noobs are gonna be killed over and over again by riding in the Elephant.

MysticDynamite
MysticDynamite

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Username289
Username289

I have a feeling that noobs are gonna abuse the Elephant.

DeathgiverX
DeathgiverX

Well looks like no one will be playing anything but sandtrap now.

sandroDX
sandroDX

sweet! September 26th is taking a damn long time to arrive...

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i think i just lost it. halotopia has began

soroush7
soroush7

Cool. Can't wait to check out the Elephant :)

TED_LED
TED_LED

SCIENCE DAMN YOU!!!!!

BDANick
BDANick

What like Cartman from South Park? DON'T FREEZE YOURSELF!!! Recent research suggests that you'll likely wake up 500 years in the future.... and Richard Dawkins will have sex with your transsexual teacher.... ? Really, I know its tempting but don't do it... its just too risky, (or is that risque)...