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HALOween Playlist Coming

On the day of Halloween Bungie will update the playlist with what they are calling the Playlist of the Living Dead. The update will be in effect on the 31st from 21:01am to 3:00am(pst) the next day. In this playlist the game will obviously be Infection, but there will be benefits in playing. First off, the game will be ranked, so you have a better chance of picking up that Overkill and some other medals only available in an Infection game. Also, this will be the first time that maps, that have been forged, will appear on a playlist. That should be plenty of brains for you to feast on, but who will actually have the time to play that night?

Here are some questions that Bungie answered.

Q: Infection, what’s that?

Infection is this really great gametype, inspired by a custom game devised by our community in Halo 2, which we added official support for in Halo 3. In Infection, most players start off on a Human team, with one or more players starting off as Zombies. The odds are stacked heavily against the Zombies at first, but when a Human is killed by a Zombie (as they inevitably are), they join the Zombie team and turn on their former teammates.

Q: How long will the Living Dead haunt matchmaking?

Just for Halloween, from 12:01am to 3:00am the next morning, PST. We decided to let it go a bit late into the morning to give people a chance to play when they got home from their Halloween carousing. Infection is a lot of fun when everyone is into it, but we don’t think it would make a good playlist long term, so it’s going to come and go.

And if everyone has a good time, who knows? It may return, as the restless dead are known to do.

Q: Can I get achievements in this playlist?

Yes, it is set up as a Ranked Playlist, and players will have some good opportunities to pick up a few of the harder MP achievements without any of that pesky guilt. Fending off the hungry dead is as righteous a way as any to score an Overkill. It’s also a good chance to fill out your Ranked Medals with some of the Infection medals, like Infection Spree and Hell’s Janitor.

Q: There’s more than one version of Infection in this playlist, what is each version and how does it work?

We’re using two main versions: Save One Bullet, which is close to classical Infection but with limited ammunition which keeps the Humans from holding off the Zombies forever, and Creeping Death, where the Zombies are a bit slower but shockingly invisible and deadly. Creeping Rockets is a third variant where the Humans are more heavily armed, but the Zombies are tougher too.

Q: Do the maps in Living Dead have the same set-ups that I am used to?

The Living Dead playlist will be the first to use Forge variants in Matchmaking. Lars [Bakken] and Dan [Miller] pulled out all the stops and Forged some masterful variants featuring fortified positions and anti-Zombie booby traps to help get people into the Zombie mind (which is to say, wanting to get into a Human’s mind. Directly.)

Q: Man, I love these gametypes is there any way I can get them?

Any time you play one of these variants in Matchmaking, they’re saved in your Recent Games queue (in the Custom Games lobby, go to select the game type—the Recent Games list is at the top.) They may also show up in the Bungie Favorites this week.

Q: Will there be more special hoppers in the future?

You bet.

[via Bungie]

– Jerome “the360loop” Francisco –


Introducing the “Grunt on Gas”

This hidden Grunt can be found on the last stage and he’s pretty entertaining. Too bad all the Grunts dont talk like them, it would be more satisfying to see a Grunt’s head explode into confetti right after he calls you a jerk. Oh well

– Jerome “the360loop” Francisco –

McFarlane’s Halo 3 toys have different armor variants


More images of the McFarlane toys have been released and you will be saying “Where is my Hayabusa Armor?” all over again. Five new Chiefs were announced and they look great. You may not want to wear the EVA helmet in the game seeing how it makes you a glowing orange bowl of headshot goodness, but its great on the action figure! The regular Mark VI armor will be sported in Red, White and Blue. Also the EVA will be in red and CQB in blue. I’m not one to buy these kind of things, but the McFarlane line-up may be my one of few purchases.

*These new armor variants have been mentioned to release in March 2008*

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[via x3f]

– Jerome “the360loop” Francisco –

Halo 3 LAN party

We threw a Halo 3 LAN party last night and it was a blast. At some points i felt my voice was gonna go, but luckily it didn’t. I was able to test out a bunch of my Custom games and of course YoMama’sAWarthog tops the list. Its always a favorite. I’m just gonna post some screens i took. I will later link up all my games so that everyone can download them, but not until i tweak them a bit.

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Why is the purple guy in all the screenshots? No idea.. lol

– Jerome “the360loop” Francisco –

Bungie Updates Matchmaking Playlists

Bungie has updated their matchmaking playlists today and are in full effect. If you’ve played matchmaking then you probably know how much Shotty Snipers ends up being the match. This update should help ease your pain. Bungie has updated the playlist so that Shotty Snipers will not appear as much and if vetoed, it will not appear again. YAY!

Here is what Bungie had to say:

Halo 3’s Matchmaking Playlists, just like Halo 2’s, are dynamic and ever-changing entities. Even now in the perilous Bungie towers, we’re looking at new hoppers, gametypes and modes to test for future iterations and changes of these playlists. Multiplayer Lead Tyson Green and test wunderkind David Gasca sent the following list of changes to us — and these changes are live now:

  • Big Team Battle matches are now 16-player affairs.
  • In the Team Slayer playlist, the appearance of Shotty Snipers has been greatly reduced.
  • Now, when players veto Shotty Snipers, the game that results from the veto will not be Shotty Snipers.
  • In one-sided VIP matches, the attacking team will now see a waypoint for the VIP they are hunting.
  • In Lone Wolves, Slayer gametypes will appear more frequently.

[via Bungie]

– Jerome “the360loop” Francisco –

Halo Movie dead

An interview betwee Creativity Online and Halo director Neill Blomkamp confirmed our worst fears. The movie seems to be dead and at a complete halt. Blomkamp said that movie has been practically dead since last year. At the time when Universal, Fox and Microsoft couldn’t agree on the movie’s specifics. Lets hope for another attempt to start the movie up, but in the meanwhile… RIP John 117

 – Jerome “the360loop” Francisco –

Halo 3 Guides, Everyone loves ’em

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Ok i know I havent posted in a long time, but hey, it was Halo week and i caught the “Flood”. Now its monday and it is time to get my butt off the chair and right back into another one.


Here is a guide on How to get all the 13 skulls. The video will show you the 9 gold skulls and I will tell you where to find the silver skulls.

Blind Skull
Description: “Shoot from the hip”
Stage: First Stage

How To Find: When you get to the area where you see the Phantom overhead (one of the marines will point it out) jump over the rocks and keep following the path on the right. When you get to the cliff there will be a rock over of the side. The skull is on the end of the rock.

Cowbell Skull
Effect: Explosive force increased (sputnik from H2)
Level: The Ark

Location: First pick up a grav lift from the small building near where you fight the scarab. Now proceed through the level until you reach the second sloping hallway (stairway), you should see some partitioned risers (platforms) halfway down. The skull is on the top level. Toss the grav-lift on the right side of the hall so it lands on the fourth little green dot from the door. Then run, jump, and use the grav-lift to propel you to the top. You should reach a ckeckpoint just as you enter the room so it you miss just try again.

Grunt Birthday Party Skull
Effect: Headshots cause enemies to explode.
Where to find: Crow’s Nest

How to find: Right after the first objective, while en route to the barracks, you will fall down onto a pipe. At the end of this pipe, look over the edge to see a small space a few feet below you. You must simply drop over and as quicly as you can, pull back to land under the floor you were just on. After that, the skull will be at the end.

I Would Have Been Your Daddy Skull
Effect: “But the dog beat me over the fence” – Unlocks bonus dialogue throughout the game. For most, this is the last skull, so this gives you the Hayabusa Helmet as well.
Level: The Covenant

To get this, get to the room where you “fight” the Prophet of Truth. Let the Arbiter kill him, turn around, and kill all the Flood here as well; makes it a LOT easier. With all obstacles out of the way, you need to jump through the Halo holograms here in a specific order, listed below:

4 5 6 5 7 6 5 4 1 2 3 2 7 2 1 3 4 6 7 5 4 6 5 4 5 3 4

When you jump through the final hologram, they all light up in a sequential pattern. The Skull will be at the end waiting for you right before the energy bridge leading to Truth’s corpse.

Note: the ring near Truth is the 7th ring and the stage must be started from the beginning.

Finding 6 skulls will give you the Hayabusa Chest piece, 9 for the shoulder and all 13 for the helmet.


Moving onto armors you guys will remember this picture. Though i’ve edited a little bit, seeing how the names on the image were wrong.


Body Pieces
EVA……………..Complete Tsavo Highway on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary
EOD……………..Complete Tsavo Highway on Legendary
Scout……………Unlock “Too Close to the Sun” Achievement (Destroy an enemy banshee with the Sp’laser or missile pod in a ranked playlist or campaign)


Flight……………Complete Tsavo Highway on Heroic or Legendary
Ascetic…………Unlock “Up Close and Personal” Achievement (Kill 5 enemies via melee or assassination in a ranked FFA playlist)
Commando….Unlock “Triple Kill” Achievement (Get one triple kill)

Shoulder Pieces

EVA……………..Complete The Ark on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary
EOD…………….Complete The Ark on Legendary
Security……….Earn 750 Gamerscore Points
Scout……………Unlock “We’re in for some Chop” Achievement (Destroy an enemy vehicle with a piece of equipment in a ranked playlist or campaign)


Flight……………Complete The Ark on Heroic or Legendary
Ascetic…………Unlock “Overkill” Achievement (Get one overkill)
Commando….Unlock “Killing Frenzy” Achievement (Get one killing frenzy)

Head Pieces
EVA……………..Complete Campaign on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary
EOD……………..Complete Campaign on Legendary
Security………..Earn 1,000 Gamerscore Points
Scout…………….Unlock “Used Car Salesman” Achievement (Destroy an enemy vehicle containing 3 enemies in Campaign or ranked playlists)
Mark V………….Unlock “UNSC Spartan” Achievement (Reach Sergeant ranking online)
ODST……………Unlock “Spartan Graduate” Achievement (Earn 5 EXP or complete 10 ranked matches)
Rogue………….Unlock “Spartan Officer” Achievement (Advance to the Spartan Officer ranks online)


Flight……………Complete Campaign on Heroic or Legendary
Ascetic………….Unlock “Steppin’ Razor” Achievement (Get one triple kill with an energy sword in ranked FFA)
Commando….Unlock “Overkill” Achievement (Get one overkill)

Note: Security shoulder pieces are bugged. Sometimes they appear sometimes they disappear. Also the Commando shoulder pieces for the Elites are glitched and no one has them.

I would like to also mention that there is a hidden armor piece that you unlock when you get 1000 gamerpoints from Halo3. That is the Katana. Though it doesnt do anything, it is the final part of the Hayabusa armor.


The Ark:
1. Start the mission and once you enter the first building take a left into another door and now you should be in a curved corridor. On the inside is a Terminal.
2. After activating the bridge to let your comrades accross the gap, do a 180 and you should see it. *it does not open until you activate the bridge*
3. In the third building after defeating the scarab, kill the group of sleeping covenent, then follow the corridor downwards. Once you reach a door in front that is locked, immediately on the left there’s an open door. Go through and walk straight off, then do a 180 to find a secret room. It is in there.

The Covenant:
1. When in the first tower standing on the lift, face the access panel and turn left. Jump over and it’s right there.
2. Land your hornet on the second tower, walk towards the entrance but when you see the locked door, do a 180. Should be right in front of you.
3. When in the third tower standing on the lift, face the access panel and turn right. Jump over and it’s right there.

1. After reaching the end of the first cave, hug the right wall and you will see a building. Jump up onto the walkway and hang a left once inside. It’s right there.

[via Gamefaqs]

– Jerome “the360loop” Francisco –

News Shorts 11/14

arcassonne will be free on the 15th.
Assassin's Creed delayed in Australia.
Time Shift multiplayer Demo now available on the Marketplace.
Screwjumper now available on XBLA.
Shrek-n-roll now available on XBLA.
Looney Toons demo now available on XBLA.
skate will not have any DLC. WTF!!!???
Scene it Demo now available on the Marketplace.
Assassin's Creed set for Nov 13th launch.
Bungie testing new maps. (new maps may come in spring)
Speedball 2 now available on XBLA.
E4 (Every Extend Extra Extreme) is now available on XBLA.
Rumor: Toshiba and Microsoft working together to create new 360 SKU to have internal HD-DVD.


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