Redmond (WA) - Microsoft opened up the doors to Halo 3 in New York City and San Francisco on Friday to give gamers a first glimpse at the game, about a week before beta testing begins.
Selected gamers and editors from gaming publications attended the two cross-country invitation-only events, which offered the most in-depth look at the new game to date.
Unquestionably the most anticipated Xbox 360 game at the moment, Halo 3 will be the first installment in the series for Microsoft's next-gen platform, and it promises to be a more engaging, lifelike game experience.
A pool of gamers who signed up or entered various promotions will get to test out an early build of the game beginning this Wednesday. According to at least one critic, though, there is still a long way to go to bring the game to the next-gen level.
Reuters quoted Nicholas Puelo, an invited guest at the Halo 3 preview party, as saying, "The graphics can use some work...They’re not much different than the previous Halo."
Halo 2 neared game sales records when it launched on the original Xbox a couple years ago. Nearly 2.5 million copies were sold in its first 24 hours at retail, making it the fastest-selling Xbox game and one of the top sellers during the last console generation.
Halo 3 is slated for a launch date during the holiday season at the end of 2007.