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The Halo 3 Release Date

by Casey Jones

On May 15, 2007 the information was published, that Halo 3 would be released on September 25 in North America and the 26th in Europe. Halo 3 was the third in a very popular series for the Xbox 360 called 'Halo'.

According to the vice president of Microsoft's interactive entertainment business, Halo 3's publication was much more than just a video game release, it was the biggest media event of the year. He might just have been right as well.

The full history of Halo 3 really has to start with the release of the first game in the series 'Halo: Combat Evolved'. In November, 2001, when Halo was first published, game consoles were somewhat of a joke as one-person shoot-em-up games. Sure, some games existed, but they didn't have the popular following that the PC games in the genre had.

That all changed with Halo, in which players could fight aliens on foot and in vehicles, in order to complete objectives, while trying to uncover the secret of the Halo. Halo pioneered limiting the amount of weapons a player could carry to two, which in turn, meant forcing the player to make strategic decisions.

Enthusiasts waited for the publication of Halo 3 with baited breath. They awaited the continuation of the one-person, shoot-em-up combat format that had been dominant in the two previous parts of Halo.

Microsoft calls it the 'Golden Triangle of Halo', which consists of gun-type weapons, grenades and others. In actuality, this was nothing new to one-person, shoot-em-up games, as it had existed since the very first Doom and even the precursor to that game, "Wolfenstein".

So, with all of that previous history, people were full of anticipation and excitement about the Halo 3 release date. How popular and welcome was the game? Well, before its release, 3.1 million copies were sold in advance orders and retailers thought that that was insufficient.

The game grossed $300 million in the United States in only its first week. Overall, it has sold over nine million copies worldwide and was the best-selling video game in the United States in 2007. Even the critics liked it, putting it the seventh highest in the all-time list of Xbox 360 games.

The Halo 3 release date, like the release date of many wildly popular video games was almost like a holiday like Christmas or Easter. It leaves us with the question of what will happen with video games in the future?

by +Owen Jones