Halo 3 Updates: Out of all the Halo games, Halo 3’s multiplayer still remains to be the most popular in the Master Chief Collection, even beating the latest of Halo games. Here is the reason why.
Since Halo: The Master Chief Collection contains the anniversary editions of both Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2. The Halo 3 is the oldest of them but despite being the oldest game from 2007, Halo 3’s multiplayer remains the most popular one.
Halo 3 came with a lot of single-player narratives, promising the anticipated conclusion to Master Chief’s story. Still many of the Halo players turned towards the multiplayer.
When the beta version of the game was released on Xbox Live, over 820,000 users locked on to it, rounding out over 12 million hours in just four weeks, according to a 2007 Microsoft press release, a huge number in days without the social media dominance and marketing. Four months later after the beta release, Halo 3 finally was released and did not disappoint.
Halo 3 Multiplayer Setting
Bungie knew its demographic very well: FPS fans who thrived on challenging fights, fast-paced gunplay, addictive matches, and killstreak medals all of this has hardly changed, even making Master Chief CollectionSteam’s top-selling game at a point in 2019.
Though the gunplay and killstreak medals were a part of the game from the initial run, something about Halo 3 apparently felt special to its fans. According to Halo player base tracking site spartanFinder, it still reigns champion in the popularity department, thus the nostalgia of the game has to bear sweet fruits for the franchise.
There’s a special feel and flow to play Halo 3. It straddles between the game mechanics of its predecessor, Halo 2, and its successor, Halo Reach.
The latest equipment like bubble shields, trip mines, and gravity lifts just added to the formula of the game, Halo Reach even went a notch up after introducing armor abilities like jetpack, and Halo 4 added a sprint mechanic.
However, for much of the fan base, these were steps too far from the classic formula which Halo 3 has inherited and it’s the ideal one that fans respect the most.
Halo 3 also doubled down on the series competitive aspects, being the first in the franchise to add a player ranking system, MLG multiplayer modes, and separation of casual from competitive lobbies.
The Master Chief Collection makes all Halo 3 armor customization easily accessible from the start, thus it signifies players’ accomplishments catering to the needs of the competitive aspects. Halo 3 is still a series that strikes the perfect balance between freshness and presentation of its PVP.