May 11, 2007 - Get ready to lock and load. The Halo 3 Beta is upon us. Wondering how the weapon list has changed? Wonder no longer. We've got info and screens for each gadget, grenade, and gun in the game. The old favorites are back along with a few new soon-to-be classics.
The X Button has a new function in Halo 3: gadgets. These pickups greatly change the pace of the game when someone finds and deploys one. There are only four in the beta. How many more will be added in the final Halo 3 release is anyone's guess.
Portable Grav Lift
Once tossed on the ground, this device will boost anybody that steps onto it high into the air. Perfect for reaching high perches or scaling walls in objective based games, these guys are a nice tactical tool. Verdict: This tool is a huge boost in High Ground, which sports a door that walls off the upper base from invaders. Of course, if you can get inside you can push a button to open the door. With a grav lift, getting inside is no problem.
The Bubble Shield looks awesome. Wherever it is tossed, a domed force field appears around it, protecting whoever sits inside. They won't roll down hills as they did in a previous Bungie trailers, but they do produce some of the nicest effects around. Gunfire can't penetrate the shield, but anybody can walk through it. The field acts just like a wall when grenades are concerned. Spike grenades stick in and the rest bounce off. When the Bubble Shield runs out of juice, it explodes. This tool isn't all nice, we guess.
Verdict: The Bubble Shield is too cool for school. Seriously. We love it.
The antithesis of the Bubble Shield, the Power Drainer creates an orb of death. Anybody that touches it will find death. Great for blocking off halls or tricking folks that think a Bubble Shield is on the way, this gadget feels like a long lasting and contained grenade.
Verdict: We haven't seen this used as effectively as the other two tools, but it has potential. We just need to see it in the right hands.
Here's the situation: A Warthog is barreling towards you. It doesn't have anyone at the gun, so the driver's only option is to run you over. But you have a Trip Mine. You drop one of these on the ground and anything that runs over it or steps on it is toast. Trip Mines make a loud beeping that can be heard by anybody strolling by as a warning, so you'll rarely catch the pedestrian types.
Verdict: The Trip Mine feels more like a gimmick than anything you'll put to great use. Drop it down in the center of a map and you'll occasionally get a kill from some unsuspecting driver. We'll take it but we aren't amazed.
Assault Rifle First appeared: Halo: Combat Evolved Grip: Two handed Description: The Assault Rifle was removed from Halo 2, but now it's back and badder than ever. The Assault Rifle is your standard point and click weapon, with a moderately large ammo clip. It's a strong choice for short to medium range battles. In all three beta maps, this gun is the default weapon, forcing players to seek out two weapons if they want to dual wield. So far, this means a lot less people are running around with two weapons up.
Verdict: We missed this guy in Halo 2. Welcome back!