Halo 3: Beat Down Update

The long corrupt beat down in Halo 3 has recently been updated. This update had previously caused much anger at the game, yet the bodies flying hundreds of feet after they were beat down was always a fun thing to watch. Here are some of the noticeable changes, and what they missed.

First of all, if you weren’t familiar with the old beat down system it was programmed to have the person with the most health automatically win. So if they got one extra assault rifle shot on you, you were the one who ended up dying. This led many to wonder why, they hit their opponent, yet they died. After getting beat down your body sometimes flew hundreds of feet, very unrealistically.

The update. The update was said to have fixed the beat down system so that it would be more fair to both sides. They made it so that unless there was a noticeable difference in health, any two melees done at the same time will cause both players to die. This is unbelievable. While you do get credit for a kill, there is no point in trading off deaths. As long as it was consistent before we could deal with a few crap calls. They got rid of the flying bodies which was nice.

This update was a waste of time. They didn’t fix the problem, but I don’t know any possible fix for it. The guns have set damage on their melee attacks so if your opponents hp is below that and you perform the beat down they should die. If both players are below that kill the one who would be put negative the most hp, and leave the other guy standing with one shot left on his life.

How could it be fixed? Do you like the current system, the old one, halo 2’s, or halo 1’s beat down system? Why do you like it, or what would be the ideal beat down system.


Gears of War 2

You heard right, Epic Games just announced the release of Gears of War 2. This game is sure to be a hit. It was the first game to successfully take over Halo 2’s dominance and only lost it to the release of Halo 3. Gears of War 2 is a promising game that should be the next big hit for the Xbox 360. If you don’t have one, this game is sure to tempt you to buy one.
Not much was released. The announcement said November 2008 it will go on sale, however they didn’t give the exact date in November. There is also a trailer to go with the announcement although no real game footage, except for a possible new option.

GoW2 Trailer

It appears as though we may get the chance to get into chainsaw tangles. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I will keep you updated on the newest trailers and leaks on the game.

Changes to Xbox Live?

We recently saw some pretty amazing new updates to the Xbox Live feature. There is rumor that they are looking to change the interface even more. This could potentially make the gap between Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony even greater.
Xbox has time and time again updated and altered it’s Xbox Live service. Sony is yet to even get the PS3 an online feature. Sure it has great graphics but that won’t sell the system in this age. Microsoft is apparently looking to exploit this and make the interface even better.

“Want to be involved in the next release of Xbox? Join the server-backed games team, part of the Xbox Live team that’s responsible for creating a completely new way for mainstream audiences to enjoy the Xbox and Live. We’re building the games, the console interface and logic, and the server support for a totally new Live experience. Both the games and the dashboard experience will be deeply paired with dynamic server support to create a compelling, fresh scenario each time.”

What could this mean? Nobody is exactly sure what to expect from this. From my knowledge I am expecting some sort of “clan” system as suggested by Bungie a few months ago when answering the question of whether or not Halo 3 will start using the clans again. They said no, however if Microsoft were to decide to start using a clan system they would make it compatible. As many of you know Bungie used to be owned by Microsoft.

Grandma Gamer

Don’t mess. You log on to Xbox Live and hear what sounds like an 80 year old woman. Don’t be surprised as this grandma plays more and more games I wouldn’t doubt her getting an xbox 360 in the near future. Trash talk her and you may end up on the end of a sticky grenade. This is one hardcore gamer.

LTN Week 3

Well the third week was the all-time high. It contained a few articles that did pretty good for the first couple days and now seem to be dying off. I regret having to keep posting this but I am in great need of a qualified gamer to help me post on this blog.

What will you get out of it? You will become a global mod on my forum the first week. This will give you numerous advantages over the common member as many of you know. You can link to any gamer sites in your posts that you want.

LTN the real website is currently in the works. At launch it won’t be spectacular and if I add a forum it will take a bit longer as I am a bit short on funds.

So any writers interested comment here.