Halo 3 Free To Xbox Live Gold Subs, This Month Only

Halo 3 Free To Xbox Live Gold Subs, This Month Only

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If you want the Mythic II Map Pack, that's going to cost, but not nearly as much if you're a Gold customer.

Halo 3, the game that transformed the franchise from something known only to Halo fans to a mass market phenomenon, is free to download for Xbox Live Gold customers, this month only. The promotion also includes the Mythic II Map pack, but that will cost a small amount of money. Gold subs can get the Mythic pack for $4.99; it costs $9.99 otherwise.

This one did crazy business back in 2007 and, once upon a time, Microsoft claimed it outsold all of the PS3's heavy hitters combined - titles like Resistance 1 and 2, Uncharted 1 and 2, Killzone 2 and God of War III - while its Believe ad made the 25 "most epic" list. Meanwhile Covenant are still dying in their billions; why not go through another few hundred this month?

The promotion ends October 31st.

Source: Microsoft

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Doesn't pretty much anyone who owns a 360 have Halo 3 already?

Wow... way to dig deep Microsoft. You're a wellspring of charitable giving.

Fuck, if I still had an xbox I'd jump on for a few days of Halo 3 since its bound to have a bigger player base in that week.

Still haven't come to terms with the fact those glory days spent around the 2 years after Halo 3s release won't come back... ;_;

Microsoft really don't get it do they, they see Sony adding incentives to PS Plus and feel they have to compete.

So to 'compete' they add a free game... that everyone bought, six years ago, that's deader than a dead thing online and you still have to pay extra to get into matchmaking, then they set this astounding deal to last two weeks.

You can get ODST (with all the Halo 3 map packs included) for $5 already from Ebay, assuming you don't already have it. Balmer may be gone, but he's clearly not forgotten.

If they had any sense this would be Halo 4 and/or Reach and it would be free from now until Christmas, that's a lot more potential map pack sales.

Fiad:
Doesn't pretty much anyone who owns a 360 have Halo 3 already?

Nope, not everyone. The game I bought my Xbox 360 for was the original Mass Effect.

I went ahead and downloaded it. Traded in my copy ages ago, so if I ever feel like playing it again, it's there for me to play.

Andy Shandy:
I went ahead and downloaded it. Traded in my copy ages ago, so if I ever feel like playing it again, it's there for me to play.

Which is the exact reaction that should be expected from these free game releases, but instead is people arrogantly complaining about free shit.

Never change, Escapist. Never change.

OT: Haven't played Halo 3 in ages. Downloading now.

Oh, and hey, yeah, FREE.

Z of the Na'vi:

Andy Shandy:
I went ahead and downloaded it. Traded in my copy ages ago, so if I ever feel like playing it again, it's there for me to play.

Which is the exact reaction that should be expected from these free game releases, but instead is people arrogantly complaining about free shit.

Never change, Escapist. Never change.

OT: Haven't played Halo 3 in ages. Downloading now.

Oh, and hey, yeah, FREE.

People don't care if its free since we are in an age where people are super critical and angry about getting free stuff, if I had this when I was gaming as a kid I would be so excited not complaining about it.

Z of the Na'vi:

Andy Shandy:
I went ahead and downloaded it. Traded in my copy ages ago, so if I ever feel like playing it again, it's there for me to play.

Which is the exact reaction that should be expected from these free game releases, but instead is people arrogantly complaining about free shit.

Never change, Escapist. Never change.

OT: Haven't played Halo 3 in ages. Downloading now.

Oh, and hey, yeah, FREE.

Well people are complaining in part due to:

1: Said game was released years ago and nearly everyone and their dog has a copy already.

2: If this is MS's attempt to compete with Sony's PS+ then they need to try harder.

3: Microsoft have reached EA levels of PR toxicity due to the failure that was the Xbone launch.

And a little unrelated:

4: At the time of your post the number of positive/negative posts were evenly split.

Hmm, this is a really old game. I have both gold for 360 and PS+ for ps3. I'm shocked that Microsoft would put so little effort in when their competition is doing such a better job at it. Their free game per month is even set to end in December. Not only did PS+ give me Uncharted 3 (2011/2012), but it has put out several titles since, including the PS3 versions of ICO/Shadow of the Colossus combo that I'm excited about (I was just about to buy Telltale's poker night 2, it literally has Brock Samson from Venture bros). That's not even including the Vita/PSP games it just throws in for some reason.

Halo 3 came out in 2007.

It isn't that this is a gift horse being looked in the mouth. It's just that it's stingy by comparison. I still have Halo 3 so what does that matter to me? Even then, I'm currently on Halo 4 so why would I want to go back? Halo 3 was my least favorite of the series (not including the ending of Halo 2).

Free doesn't cut it when the reason it is in place, to compete with Sony's version, is so backwards. Is it better than nothing? sure. But it still feels like they're being stingy.

Still my favourite game of the current generation.
I will be sure to check it out again.

 

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