Sunday, June 15, 2008
Halo 3 Multiplayer Impressions
I've long since played Halo 2 (Xbox) and Halo 3 Multiplayer with friends via split-screen, but I've never played Halo 3 over Xbox LIVE before. That is until now. I have two 48 Hour Xbox LIVE Trial cards, and two 1 Month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership cards, and I finally got around to activating them (my last 48 Hour Trial card expires tomorrow around noon).
I come from a PC gaming background, and have played _a lot_ of first person shooters, and I love the genre, but from a Single Player standpoint. Aside from a brief romance with Deathmatch Classic, I've never really cared for shooters from the Multiplayer front, and also concluded last summer that Gears of War was fun in Multiplayer, but not worth a $59.99/year fee for.
So hats off to Bungie. Halo 3 is a blast to play online, and I'm enjoying every second of it. With the 48 Hour Trial cards, I can only play social matches, but thus far every single Rumble Pit and Social Team Slayer match I've played has been a lot of fun. I'm nearly at Corporal rank, and of this typing have a 1.46 kill/death ratio. I've competed very well against players ranked above me, and am really looking forward to Lone Wolves and some of those Multiplayer Achievements.
I haven't played with any friends yet, just random people in matchmaking, and I've found most of them to be very quite, not much chatter, and fun to play with/against. Makes me wish I would have taken better advantage of those 1 Month Xbox LIVE trial cards I had with the original Xbox and given Halo 2 Multiplayer a try, but my network setup wasn't so great back then, so I didn't bother.
With all the fun I'm having, does this mean I'll pay for an Xbox LIVE Gold Membership when all is said and done? Well, it's too soon to tell. I want to make sure that it will really be worth the cost of $59.99 a year to simply play Halo 3 online, as there isn't much else I'd care to play over Xbox LIVE. Regardless, I have two free months coming up, so I figure that should be enough of a trial period to help me make my decision.