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Teh Haloz

Last night I became one of those video game nerds you read about. I actually lined up for a game, which I even pre-ordered. The last game I pre-ordered was Grand Theft Auto Vice City, and that was about 7 years ago. That time I pre-ordered because I knew I wouldn't get a copy otherwise. This time I did it to get a T-shirt and a hat. Both of which I'll likely never wear.

Since I bought it from Future Shop, I also got a 2nd game Free, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer…a game which I'll likely never play and will instead take over to Blockbuster with the hopes of trading it in for Spider-Man 3 (a game I WILL play).

I bought the deluxe version of Halo, which comes in a tin with an extra disc, and a little hardcover book (it was an extra $10.00). The packaging is good, but neither disc was actually seated in the case properly, so both had jostled around during transportation, and they were a little scratched up. Apparently this is a bigger deal than I had thought as loads of people have reported discs which are unplayable.

I arrived at the Future Shop at 11:30, and I was about the 25th in line. Since I already had a pre-order, the only reason I was arriving early was to get the free game (which I can turn into another game through magic), and of course to play teh Haloz tonight. At midnight they started letting waves of folks in, and I was part of wave 3. By 12:15 I had my game, and was leaving the store, on my way back home. By 12:30 Halo 3 was fired up in my Xbox 360, and I was enjoying my first loading screen.

I played through a couple of checkpoints before tossing in the bonus disc to see what it had. I'm going to wait until I finish the single player campaign before I check it out fully, but it looks like there's some cool stuff in there.

So far I haven't really played enough to give full on impressions, but I love the revved up graphics on the 360 (and my sweet, sweet TV), the sound is awesome as always, and the beginning of Halo 3 actually makes Halo 2's ending make a little more sense.

I shall update this tomorrow night with a few more opinions on Teh Haloz.

By Brian Garside

Brian is a digital experience expert, and part time internet superhero. He focuses on digital first design, digital strategies, content management, website usability, and user experience. He was part of the team behind BalanceDo, the co-founder of All New Comics, and the chief strategist at NorthIQ.