Swedish mag breaks Halo 3 details?

Source: Scans of Swedish gaming magazine LEVEL, partially translated by a poster on Gaming Age Forums. What we heard: Last week, Bungie mentioned in its weekly update that it had shown off early builds of Halo 3 to a variety of gaming press outlets and that magazine articles on the visit would...

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Source: Scans of Swedish gaming magazine LEVEL, partially translated by a poster on Gaming Age Forums.

What we heard: Last week, Bungie mentioned in its weekly update that it had shown off early builds of Halo 3 to a variety of gaming press outlets and that magazine articles on the visit would start hitting mailboxes shortly.

It appears that Swedish mailboxes are plum stuffed with Halo 3 news, as purported scans of the latest issue of LEVEL have hit the Internet with gobs of info about Bungie's highly anticipated first-person shooter. The multiplayer-focused sneak peek dished out details on new weapons, vehicles, and features for the game, some of it expected, some not so much.

First, the bad news for hermitic gamers: According to the magazine article, Halo 3 won't have bots. If Halo 2 is any indicator, there shouldn't be any shortage of human opponents to frag online, but antisocial players or those who tire of powergaming play styles won't be able to fake their multiplayer fix. According to a translation on GAF, LEVEL quotes a Bungie rep as explaining that the developers would rather spend that time working on the weapons, levels, and netcode for the game.

Speaking of weapons, Halo 3 will apparently feature a few new ways to off opponents. The Spartan Laser should help players open up vehicles like so many sardine cans, while the self-explanatory nail grenade should be a real hit at parties. There's also a Brute spiker to play with.

As for new vehicles, the Mongoose ATV that was once intended for Halo 2 will be available. Although it lacks firepower of any kind, the Mongoose seats two and should be good for getting Spartans where they need to be ASAP. And while it isn't quite a vehicle, the "Man Cannon" will launch players across the map unprotected on air streams. Gamers launched by the cannon will be vulnerable to enemy fire, but they'll also be able to fire back.

Bungie's also switching up some of the familiar Halo gameplay, according to the scans. For one thing, the X button will no longer reload. Instead, players will use the left and right bumpers on the Xbox 360 controller to independently reload their primary and secondary weapons. As for what the X button will do, Bungie is keeping that under wraps for now. In another tweak, players' secondary weapons will be visibly slung over their backs at all times, so players will no longer be able to conceal the fact that they're carrying around four-foot plasma swords in their pockets.

Finally, the scan indicates that the limited-edition release of Halo 3 will be called the "Legendary Edition" and will come packed in a replica of the Master Chief's helmet. The four-disc set will include the game, documentaries and developer interviews, Red vs. Blue content along with other Halo tie-ins, and HD cutscenes from the whole Halo trilogy.

The official story: Microsoft isn't talking, but Bungie today put up a news post acknowledging that magazine scans with new Halo 3 content had started hitting the Web and threatening a permanent ban for anyone posting them on the company's forums.

Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus, although we hope the term "Man Cannon" is the result of a translation error.

Discussion

627 comments
Monkdog22
Monkdog22

Hmm... replica helmet, if its made out of something durable and it fits, its my new paint ball mask.

Stukes
Stukes

"whats a halo?" are u serious?

doombag2
doombag2

I just have to chuckle at the "Man Cannon", they better come up with a better name than that. Other than that slight issue though, this sounds great! Anyone got ideas on the new X button function?

Unit_tyler
Unit_tyler

yeah i got the legendary edition reserved already it costs $100.00 plus tax. and that helmet better be a helmet i can put on and wear or i am going to be pissed.

--21--mataratas
--21--mataratas

i hope than man cannon thing is true ..... sounds fun and i wanna laugh my ass off seein people flying across a map .....

valizotha
valizotha

*praying* Please O Mighty Bungie!!! Let the "Man Cannon" be just a trnslation error!!!

_Sam_
_Sam_

It sounds and looks so good!

Airsoftsniper01
Airsoftsniper01

The x button might be for switching grenades because thats what the bumper was for, and the other was talking to teammates. so that leaves that option out for possibilities on what it could be used for. I also heard that you might be able to parry swords with it cause, someone told me that you would be able to dual wield swords and need to parry so you dont die

konio38
konio38

There is a movie on machinima.com with images from that magazine

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

Wow, I just read a few pages of it! There were some cool surprises in there, assuming it's all true. The poster talked about the "spiker" but he forgot to mention the "spiker grenade", "instead of exploding in all directions it gives a concentrated laser-blast. This grenade can be set on all materials, meaning you can put it on walls, roofs or preferably on someones face" - taken from the magazine. The secondary weapon is always vicible, meaning that all gamers who use the "lure-the-enemy-close-and-then-surprise-them-with-my-Plasma-sword:twisted:" tactic will have to come up with something new. They've changed the weapon-spawning (weapon you start with after you've died) system in the mp mode, I'm not sure how but it had something to do with the improving of balance in the game. The standard assault rifle is stronger and more accurate now, it looks cooler and is a bit longer. The mp levels don't have cliff walls on the borders anymore, it looks alot more open, but if you go to far out some automatic assault rifles will pop out and scare you back into the area were the action is. I'll read some more, I might post something else later...

MONTE_BLK
MONTE_BLK

I really love the ideal of having the secondary weapon slung over the back. That is more human like and you get see what your enemy is packing. I hate having dual weapons and a battle rifle as my secondary weapon but my opponent is packing a sword but I don't know that his secondary weapon is rockets. Now you know what he is packing and whether you will have to call in back up to take him out instead of one on one.

WeAreVenom
WeAreVenom

Starting today (November 1) you can reserve Halo 3 at GameStop and EB Games, even though we have no idea when it's comign out... lol I'm sorry, I think it's hilarious that we don't know when it's coming out yet we can already reserve it...

flying_dude
flying_dude

Man Cannon eh? That would be sweet to use in co-op mode. But then again, "man-cannon" and "Halo 3" don't really match do they? Maybe the basic idea of somehow firing someone across distance is where man cannon derived from. I think it is some air jet that you use to propel someone into the air. And these new weapons sound pretty cool to. This game would be very cool to play on the xbox 360 controller, since the buttons are more conveniently placed. But the cost, maybe ending up around $100? I would pay that, I mean, the Oblivion collectors edition cost me like $95, pretty expensive for 2 discs and some books......but if the collectors is $100 it would be a good deal, 4 discs, master chief helmet big enough to hold all discs etc.? Not bad....

calexriv
calexriv

man cannon........why not just keep it at air lift or grav lift? but everything else sounds coll.

pazz999
pazz999

i cant wait to ride the man cannon

Violent-M
Violent-M

F*** that, the name "Man Cannon" better not be a mistranslation. Social phenomenon like Halo multiplayer get that way because of a light undertone of humor. If that isn

nick0091
nick0091

4 disc special edition talk about milking the fan boys for money... I am getting the game most likly of course the regular edition.

dinoseb
dinoseb

Hmm... I am gonna go down to ICA and buy the LEVEL mag. (Im Swedish)

dinoseb
dinoseb

Hmm... I am gonna go down to ICA and buy the LEVEL mag. (Im Swedish)

dhjohns
dhjohns

Real men fire Man Cannons!!!!!

Edgemaster666
Edgemaster666

I'm gonna wear the helmet and run through the streets with a nerf gun terrifying dogs and small children.

tr00k
tr00k

Yes... more man cannon jokes please

SethofDeath
SethofDeath

I just want to know when the next halo 3 video(s) are coming out...simply!

Cypher_187
Cypher_187

pheeew! I thought they said the right and left triggers were going to be the reload buttons. That would have been horrendous! What button would shoot be mapped to? Good thing it's only the bumpers they were talking about.

mujeeb1
mujeeb1

For all the people that don't want to shell out the money for the extra discs and the Spartan helmet like the rest of us (which we know we all want), that's the "Legendary" Edition, to go along with the Collector's and the regular, which means there are 3 versions. Yes, believe it or not, another taboo in the world of videogames..too much choice.

cdko
cdko

sexist what about a woman cannon... tsk tsk tsk

zeonne
zeonne

nail grenade???haha halo 3 is going to rip off resistance fall of man, too funny...lol

b00
b00

man cannon..... brilliant.... Yah im hoping thats a translation error too. And I bet the X button is for picking up weapons. I had such a bad time in Halo/Halo 2 trying to reload (x) and it would pick up a gun! I can't wait for Halo 3 to come out. Anyone have any idea on the price of the "Legendary" edition?

SoralinkGS
SoralinkGS

I want the Legendary edition! The Spartan Helmet would be sweet to have!

mc2k4
mc2k4

Looks like Halo to me!

Omega_Pirateman
Omega_Pirateman

(My prayer to God tonight) God, I hope to, well, YOU that Halo 3 won't have something called the "Man Cannon". Think of the kitties. Bless Africa and Krispy Kreme.

Gmacrusher
Gmacrusher

This is sucks and is good at the same time, but awww wel!

tinytim10
tinytim10

sweet i want to drive the ATV and use the AR with laser secondary fire.

Jumbo120788
Jumbo120788

buster8695 great, now the legendary edition will prob. be close to 100. yeah i was thinking that too

EvanO_O
EvanO_O

WTF? What does Man cannon mean? Is there some sort of inside joke I don't know about?

GingeOnGinger
GingeOnGinger

Owww! Am i the only one that thinks that Halo 3 not having bots is a bad thing? Yeah Sure this X-mas me and my bro are gonna get an Xbox 369 and xbox live Gold but what about when we want to mess about and have a laugh killing each other and the other AI less bots with sticky grenades? Like for example, the reason i played timesplitters excessively was because A= You could make your own maps and B= You could have bots. Me and my familly (even my Mum!) enjoyed playing Elimination on Timesplitters against a big gingerbread man. Now i know that Halo goes for the realism approach and would rather have amazing graphics then silly but fun characters (anyway theres nothing wrong with the chief!) but at least the bots. I think they should seeing as once i had completed Halo 2 twice i threw it to the back of my closet and only now has it made a reapperance. Ultimately its down to Bungie and Microsoft but its would be 'A real investment in pleasure!' (Sorry for qouting David Dickinson but oh well!)