EIF 08: Halo 3 takes <i>Edge</i> Award

British games magazine bestows Bungie's shooter with innovation trophy acceptance speech up on Bungie.net today.

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EDINBURGH--British games magazine Edge is one of the longest-running and most revered publications in the industry. In its 14-year history, the magazine has awarded only nine titles its top score of 10, meaning that its highest praise has been bestowed on precious few individual titles.

However, the last 12 months have thrown up no less than four perfect 10s from Edge--Super Mario Galaxy, The Orange Box, Halo 3, and Grand Theft Auto IV--something that makes its 2008 award for innovation difficult to predict. But it was Bungie's Halo 3 that took the prize this year, for online features the magazine believes "have never been so thoroughly and accessibly incorporated into such a supremely coherent whole."

Halo 3 beat out competition from GTAIV, Portal, Rock Band, Super Mario Galaxy, and Wii Fit to take the prize, awarded by deputy editor Alex Wiltshire at this year's Edinburgh Interactive Festival. "Halo 3, just as Halo 2 did before, presents a road map for the way online will be integrated in video games in the next few years," said Wiltshire. "There's no multiplayer option in Halo 3--it's all integrated seamlessly into the same interface that the rest of the game uses."

"Outside of this, Bungie.net has become a remarkable resource for stats and communities around the game, including heat maps and forums that supports the Halo community and provide life for the game even when your Xbox is switched off. And, to prove the point, many games are now coming out with these features as standard."

While the Bungie team was not able to fly to the Scottish capital to collect their award in person, they will be accepting via a video posted to their Web site, Bungie.net, later today.

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