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H3 Legendary Play & Win and downloads too

As we continue our April 15th Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack news bonanza, we thought it'd be nice of us to inform you about a few other Legendary promotional goodies. Like free downloads. If you can spot a Legendary Map Pack banner on the XBLM, click it and you'll be treated to a free dashboard theme-o-greatness. If gamer pictures are more your thing, you can grab the super hawt Legendary gamer picture (previewed above) via the XBLM as well. That gamer picture plays two rolls and will also enter you into the special Play & Win sweepstakes that begins April 25th where, if you win, you can walk away with arm-loads of Halo 3 swag. Start downloading and get registered, because it's (unofficially) Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack day!

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H3 Legendary Map Pack now available!

The day has finally come! No, not tax day silly, today is the release day for the Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack! Woohoo!

For 800 Microsoft points, you'll be treated to a 411MB download that is comprised of three new multiplayer maps including the Sidewinder inspired Avalanche, the Lockout remake Blackout and the inspired by creativity Ghost Town. Remember too that, for a limited time, anyone who makes a Legendary Map Pack purchase will get a free four month subscription to Bungie Pro as a bonus. And if you're still not sure 800 points for three maps is worth it, feel free to check out our Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack Dissection for a preview of the new maps and to gauge if it's worth it to you. To us, the new maps are definitely worth it. Enjoy!

Gallery: Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack Dissection

X3F TV -- Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack Dissection


Come one, come all, gather round and feast your eyes on some deliciously new Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack media in both video and screenshot form. Yum!

Microsoft gave us early access to Halo 3's upcoming multiplayer DLC featuring Avalanche, Blackout and Ghost Town, so we figured we'd give you a little preview of what's to come in the latest round of DLC that's set to release April 15th. It's something we're calling our Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack Dissection. True, team Bungie did release a rather comprehensive ViDoc the other day, but our video and exclusive screenshots have that worn in X3F feel that you can't get anywhere else. The same feeling you get when putting on your favorite pair of jeans. So go ahead already, watch our official Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack Dissection video embedded above, get learnified, then take a browse through the new screenshots we uploaded to the gallery below. It's time to embrace your Legendary Map Pack obsession.

Gallery: Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack Dissection


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Ooh look! Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack heatmaps


The fervor preceding the Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack continues to grow (they're coming out next week, remember) with HBO letting the world know that Bungie has posted the heatmaps for all three upcoming new maps. As no one has access to the maps just yet, the heatmaps remain clean, preparing for the onslaught of death data that will flood them come April 15. So, all we have are empty overhead views of the new maps. Not very exciting, is it? Ah, who are we kidding, we're going to be staring at these things all day. Hit the "read" link to do some staring of your very own.

[Via HBO]

Video: Sneak peak of the Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack

Bungie posted a brand new ViDoc showcasing the upcoming Legendary Map Pack. Shot in a style similar to Red vs Blue (hmmm, sounds familiar), the video has Bungie's own map designers showing off each new map from within Halo 3 itself (one of them even gets a phone call -- is that Torgo's theme music?). The tour begins with Ghost Town, moves on to Avalanche, and finishes with Blackout. In addition to showing the maps, the Bungie folks also take time to show off some of the new Forge objects and the really spiffy Forge filters (we particularly like the grainy old-school film filter). One very cool addition is items that are specific to the maps, like shield doors in Avalanche that are designed to fit perfectly inside the map's entrances. Blackout also features closed doors that can be inserted into the various open doors, thus creating new paths for gameplay. All in all, the new maps and features are potentially looking to add quite a bit to Halo 3. Check out the video and let your thoughts be known.

H3 Blackout to premiere at MLG Meadowlands

If you just can't wait to get your eyes, ears and hands on Halo 3's upcoming Legendary Map Pack and will be in town for MLG's Meadowlands tournament this weekend, then Bungie has a wee little surprise for you. Attendees of MLG Meadowlands will have a chance to experience multiplayer map (and Lockout remake) Blackout, including a pro player exhibition and general free play for whoever can fight for a controller. The Blackout fun begins this Saturday, April 12th at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ, so stop by, play Blackout days before its release and have fun. Oh, and if you can attend, be sure to grab a few pics and send them our way.

[Via HBO]

Fresh Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack screens

The crew over at 1UP just posted a handful of Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack screenshots, some being old, but quite a few of them are brand new screens that we haven't seen. And after paging through all the Legendary Map Pack screenshot goodness, admiring Ghost Town's detailed textures (that map looks amazing) and analyzing Blackout's Lockout inspiration we've come to one final conclusion. We're uncontrollably excited to get our hands on these maps. Even if they're going to cost us 800 Microsoft points. Just look at the crate of barrels and try to tell yourself that you aren't amazed or excited. Personally, bundled up blue barrels get us every time.

Video: 'Darkness' H3 Legendary Map Pack trailer


Bungie just released a new "Darkness" teaser trailer for Halo 3's upcoming Legendary Map Pack and what more can we say? Delectable? The new trailer can be viewed above, can be downloaded off of Bungie.net or can be taken off the XBLM and gives a preview of all three included maps; Avalanche, Blackout and Ghost Town. And, surprisingly enough, it's a very well done teaser. We aren't saying that Bungie has ever released a crappy trailer (ahem), but this one is dark, eerie, carries that emotional vibe and has a wickedly dark voice-over. Watch and get excited for April 15th. Love, X3F.

Final Halo 3 Legendary map announced: Blackout

Aha! The Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack rumors were sort of true when, moments ago, Bungie announced the third and final map that'll be included in Halo 3's upcoming set of DLC. The map is called Blackout and yes, it is a remake of Halo 2's Lockout. W00t, w00t!

Just as Avalanche is to Sidewinder, Blackout is a straight up remake of everyone's favorite Halo 2 map Lockout, complete with ramps, ledges and multiple levels of mayhem. The differences are minimal and cosmetic with Blackout being set on a UNSC Antarctic weather station and it also receives the honor of being the first map to be set during the night. And from the few screenshots we are privy to, this is no Guardian folks. Blackout looks nearly identical to our friend Lockout and we wouldn't want it any other way. Jump over to Bungie.net to read a Q&A with the map designers, get the Blackout scoop and begin to countdown the days until April 15th when Ghost Town, Avalanche and Blackout grace the Marketplace. Happy, happy, joy, joy!

Gallery: Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack

Halo 3 Heroic DLC pack free Tues the 25th


So Bungie dropped their latest Weekly Whats Update and it contains some great news. First and foremost there is the news that the first of Halo 3's DLC packs will be free for all to download as of this Tuesday, 2am. So that would be the Heroic Map Pack, which contains the maps, Foundry, Rat's Nest and Standoff. The update also notes that now that the maps are free, they will be required for certain playlists in matchmaking (Ranked Big Team, Social Big Team, Team Slayer and Rocket Race playlists) and will appear in them rather often. To tease those of us who did not buy the download, there is a video of the Heroic maps included in the update as well.

As for the portion of the update that does not involve the Heroic Map Pack, there was the news that there would be a new map reveal coming this Tuesday, so hopefully that puts some rumors to rest. Additionally, there was mention of the new Double EXP Team SWAT playlist, the MLG/ESPN Top 10 Halo 3 plays, and a new episode of their podcast. Even with the game out the door, Bungie manages to keep a good flow of content and news coming to the press. Must be because that's where their community managers started out ....

Bungie: Sidewinder + more awesome = Avalanche

After hearing about Halo 3's latest Legendary Map Pack addition being a "re-imagining" of Halo's Sidewinder, some fanboys' responses have been that of reserved excitement. Such reservation is probably due to the fact that Bungie openly made it known that Avalanche is not an exact port of Sidewinder as they had to make it more Halo 3 friendly. But such reservation may not be warranted, or so that's what Bungie is telling us.

Posting over on HBO, Bungie's own Sketch wanted to clear the air regarding Avalanche and what being "re-imagined" really means. According to the Sketch'ster, Avalanche is as close to the look and feel of Sidewinder as possible taking into account the design team's changes. Avalanche is not is considered a "spiritual successor" map such as Valhalla is to Blood Gulch or Guardian is to Lockout, but instead stays much more true to what Sidewinder had to offer. Sketch goes on to promise that "the overall layout and general play is going to feel very familiar" and really, we have every reason to believe him. Man cannons, more vehicles and more awesome should fit nicely into the Sidewinder recipe. Let's just keep our fingers crossed that Avalanche features the oh so iconic slippery ice that Sidewinder was known for.

Bungie unveils Avalanche and an April 15th Legendary Map Pack release

After twiddling our thumbs for the past twenty-four hours, Bungie has finally unveiled specifics regarding Halo 3's upcoming Legendary Map Pack and we also get introduced to an old friend that has been remade into an Avalanche.

First, let's talk confirmed details. We just learned that the Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack will be released to the XBLM on Tuesday, April 15th for a price of 800 Microsoft points. The new map pack will be comprised of three maps including Ghost Town and two others that have been veiled in secrecy. And, great new for us, this morning Bungie lifted the veil off one of those mystery with the announcement of a Halo: CE Sidewinder inspired map called (drum roll ...) Avalanche! So ... let's talk about it!

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Halo 3 Legendary map details postponed, big reveal "late" tonight [update]

Update: Good news folks, in a forum post on Bungie.net (posted in response to this very story no less), Bungie's own Luke Smith has confirmed that details are still coming today. Quoth lukems: "We'll update the site with what folks are looking for extremely late this evening." From the sound of it, we may be looking at an update close to midnight Pacific (which is still Wednesday for many of us). Still, expect some Halo 3 goodness a little bit sooner than we thought. Thanks to shadow0324 for the update.

For those of you who've been obsessively refreshing Bungie.net, awaiting today's promised big Legendary Map Pack reveal, your wait is going to be a little longer.

Bungie's Luke jumped onto the NeoGAF forums to inform the masses that their publisher (Microsoft) "has altered the deal and changed the date of the press release to Wednesday." And a quick glance at our calendar tells us that today is Tuesday, so tomorrow should be Wednesday. Thus, no Legendary Map Pack announcement today, and no Sidewinder remake confirmation (wink, wink). We all join hands with Luke and pray that our information comes tomorrow and not a day later.

[Via HBO]

Halo 3 Legendary DLC details incoming and some snowy pics too

Sound the alarm and wake up your neighbors, because this week's Bungie Weekly Update confirms that next Tuesday, March 18th Bungie will reveal almost all there is all to know about the Legendary Map Pack. Details including the unveiling a new mystery map that'll join the already announced Ghost Town, other random informative bits as well as a specific release date for the new DLC. And to get us pumped for Tuesday's big reveal, Bungie posted four new images (all viewable in the gallery below) of a few vehicles we'll be seeing in the soon to be announced map and, wouldn't you know, they all have a wintry white paint job. Winterized vehicles including traditional rides like the Warthog and Mongoose as well as a snowy Scorpion and a re-balanced Hornet minus those damn, overpowered tracking missiles. So, using this knowledge and our expert analytical skills, we can pretty much confirm that one of the two yet to be announced Legendary maps will be full of snow and will be HUGE. Oh how we can't wait until Tuesday ... joy, joy, joy!

Gallery: Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack

A new H3 Ghost Town screen to add to our gallery

Those lucky ducks over at Eurogamer scored an exclusive screenshot from Ghost Town, one of the three maps to be included in Halo 3's upcoming Legendary Map Pack DLC. Eurogamer scored the screenshot (a tease above and fully revealed in the gallery below) while at GDC talking with Bungie's Jarrard who said Ghost Town had some inspiration from Halo 2's Turf and also mentioned that the name Ghost Town was one of five name choices with "Mortar" nearly making the cut before a last minute change. There's more multiplayer talk in Eurogamer's mini-Jarrard interview after the jump, but we just wanted the screenshot. Enjoy, salivate and admire the sexiness that is Ghost Town. Yum.

Gallery: Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack

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