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Halo 3

Platform(s): Xbox 360
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Bungie
Release Date: Sept. 25, 2007


'Halo 3' (ALL) Xbox One vs. Xbox One X Comparison

by Adam Pavlacka on Nov. 13, 2017 @ 1:02 a.m. PST

Halo 3 lets gamers experience Master Chief's greatest battle as he launches an epic mission to stop the Covenant, destroy the impending Flood threat and ultimately save mankind.

The Covenant control Earth. The Flood is unleashed. With the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance, Master Chief is the only one that can save the human race. The entire epic story arc has led up to this moment. Master Chief, the last of his kind, is a warrior born for combat, bred for war… and humanity’s only hope.

After stowing away on a Forerunner spacecraft, Master Chief, a genetically altered, cybernetically enhanced Spartan supersoldier, must race back to Earth to stop the Covenant once and for all and save mankind. With his artificial intelligence companion Cortana in the grip of the Flood’s intelligent embodiment, Gravemind, Master Chief and his allies are vastly outnumbered. But the stakes are too high to do anything but face them head on.

In “Halo 3,” the third installment of this legendary epic, the war has come to a climax - the Flood continue to grow in numbers and strength, the armies of Earth are scattered and decimated, and the Covenant threaten to activate the Halo, effectively destroying all life in the galaxy. Master Chief’s mission: to stop the Covenant, destroy the impending Flood threat and ultimately save mankind.

One of the benefits of the extra horsepower of the Xbox One X is its ability to improve older titles. While most of the gains are going to be seen in gameplay, anything that is done in-engine can be improved. The opening video sequence in Halo 3 is a perfect example.

Halo 3 is one of the Xbox 360 games that was enhanced for the Xbox One X. For this comparison video we captured the opening sequence on an Xbox One system and an Xbox One X system. Then both captures were paired up and displayed via split screen.

Videos like this are a good way to highlight detail improvements, as the developers would have known exactly how hard they could push the hardware at any given moment. There are no unknowns when rendering these scenes, so the original should have been the best that the hardware could put out.

When directly compared to the Xbox One X though, it's like a blur filter has been removed. A good deal of extra detail instantly becomes visible. The difference is even more noticeable in the foliage at the very end, when the scripted sequence ends and the gameplay is ready to begin.

Features :

  • “Halo 3” raises the bar on the next-generation gameplay experience with non-stop action, an incredible story, massive battles, and visually stunning worlds.
  • Epic and compelling storytelling on a scale never before seen in interactive entertainment with new weapons, characters and challenges. You can experience Master Chief’s greatest battle as he transcends greatness and becomes a legend.
  • Working in concert with Xbox LIVE on Xbox 360, “Halo 3” builds upon the unique social multiplayer experience of “Halo 2” and promises to enhance the innovative and evolving online gameplay of “Halo 2” on Xbox LIVE.
  • Presented in stunning HD, see the well-known “Halo” universe as it’s never been seen before. State of the art HDR (High Dynamic Range) lighting makes every scene look and feel like the real thing, from terrifying gloom to dazzling sunshine, adding more detail to every weapon, more texture to every character, and more realism to every battle.
  • Countless foes, each with their own distinct personality, strategy and fighting style, make for better encounters and more replay value, which will culminate in larger scale combat than ever before witnessed on the “Halo” battlefield.
  • Staying true to the original games, “Halo 3” will support four player split-screen and system link gameplay, letting gamers battle it out both online via Xbox LIVE or with a group of friends right in their own living rooms.
  • Made famous as a key component of the renowned “Halo 2” multiplayer experience, will continue to innovate how gamers track their progress, as they view their rankings and stats in real-time.
  • Duck as a rocket sizzles over head. Take action as the footsteps of a Covenant adversary echo in the distance. Every sound in “Halo 3” is fully positional Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, bringing the world of “Halo” to an even more vivid level of realism.

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