Halo 3 Beta Begins w/Crackdown

It’s finally here…at least for the public it is.  If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to get into the Friends & Family start of the Halo 3 Beta this past weekend, then your chance has come.  That is, ofcourse, if you have a copy of Realtime Worlds’ Crackdown.  Halo 3 fans who have a copy of Crackdown will be invited to play the Halo 3 Beta in a few short hours.  What was once a few thousand players will increase a hundred fold I’m sure.  This will make for some very good competition as well as give Bungie some much needed feedback on Halo 3. 

I’ve included a small Q&A for some based on questions I’ve seen pop up recently.  Are U Ready?  It’s about to be Betalicious!  I’ll have more on this in the next episode of Unscripted 360.

Halo 3

Do I have to have the game to play?

Yes.  The Halo 3 Beta can only be accessed with the game inside your console not with a code.  There is no redeem code for Crackdown.

How long can I play the beta?

You can play all night if you’d like or until the beta period ends.  Go all out, all night.

Can I rent Crackdown and still play the beta?

Yes.  If your local video store has a copy of Crackdown with the Halo 3 Beta marking, then you can play.

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32 Responses to “ Halo 3 Beta Begins w/Crackdown ”

  1. I’d like to note that I believe the disc can only be used to unlock the beta for one account, and then it is locked to that account. If that is the case, renting the game to play the beta will only be useful if you find a copy before it has been used.

  2. Oh, how I’m probably going to lose multiple nights to this game, lol.

  3. that is true Raymond. so no rent sharing so to speak lol

  4. Major Nelson announced this morning already that the demo is available for download however as of 6:05AM EDT it was still not enabled in the Crackdown download section. There is however an update to Crackdown which may play a role in the process, but I haven’t been able to confirm this. It would appear from a number of posts that the beta will be available sometime after 7AM Pacific time (do your own time zone calculations). What I am most interested to know (since I won’t be able to download until around 6PM EDT) is how long the average download times are. When I downloaded the Forza 2 demo a few days ago it took over 2 hours. I am expecting that Halo 3 is at least 500+ MB so most likely with server loads taken into consideration it will also take at least an hour.

  5. it took me less than an hour to download the beta last week.

  6. I did the update this morning. I didn’t see any other changes except for the 4-play pack available for download (Free).

  7. WTF ?? Where is the Beta ? So far I’ve been hearing different stories as to when the beta should be available, and all give a time earlier than 9 am. SO WTF ??

  8. i’ll try to find out Kin

  9. it’s starting to pop up Kin so looks as if it’s only a matter of time before everyone gets it.

  10. You tha man Deac. Always looking out for the rest of us. ^_^

  11. Im trying to play the beta, im going to rent it and if it doesnt work im going to buy it, but i have questions

    Will any copy of crackdown work, via from launch?

  12. yeah any launch Crackdown should work.

  13. what a scam to make people buy a crap game that wont sell, they have sold out all the halo fans!

  14. no one made you buy it dude. you could’ve tried the other ways to get into the beta :|

  15. Oh hey guys, if you wanna play halo 3 beta do not waste money on a crap game like crackdown. simply rent it! it worked, i rented it when the gamecrazy workers said and i quote “rental copies of crackdown doesnt have the verification key paper with it, so no you can not” ha! dumbshits. the verification cose is built inside, you just have to be the first one to rent it. and it will work if your the first one to rent it before five days prior to launch of the beta because no one would have brought it back so soon. and yes all he crackdowns have the beta, not just specially marked packages. prior to launch all the CD’s had the beta. let me repeat do not waste money on crackwhore… i mean crackdown. Im playing it now and wanted to let you halo 3 gamers out there know, you will not be dissapointed! (though graphically it is very similar to 1) Play on!!!!!

  16. Heh i am not a secratary, so i do typos. but i meant the graphics are similar to 2.

  17. thanks for pointing out what i wrote already in the article Daniel ;) lol

  18. Im here for you deacon =D

  19. I hate to be a double post-er but what have you learned about the halo 3 campaign?

    Dual swords for us?

    How does brute hammer work?

    can you realy jump 3 times higher then in halo 2? (thats for multiplay and camp)

    is the assault rifle longer range? i have seen the crosshair and it looks smaller

    Love, a halo 3 noob.

  20. i haven’t heard anything about the single campaign. Bungie isn’t talking.

  21. Oh hey deacon, are you on a radio station or tv show? i play halo 2 and alot of other games, my gamerscore is 11k. could i sign up and get on your team? and how would i do that?

  22. nah the only “radio” i do is the podcast here w/Unscripted 360

  23. Do I get too see Your pretty face? =D
    Just kidding.

  24. The single player campaign is the only thing i have to look forward too. =( i sure do hope you get some info, i dont know if i can make it till september!!
    Cry with me all halo fans.

    -sorry for double posts.

  25. i don’t think they’re going to let that slip out of the bag.

  26. Oh and could i wright a review some time about F.E.A.R on your site? is that like for only people you know personally? Im not stupid and ive read your grading system. my all time favorite thing in the world is not to neccessarily play video games, but to have a deep conversation about one. I just want to get involved. im too bored with everything and your site seems valuble to me. peace

  27. Not too bored with your site btw. that sounde bad.

    Yes im a naughty little double poster.(shrugs) so sue me.

  28. Tripple poster omfg, your site is awsome, im too bored with other internet sits!!!

  29. haha triple poster you! anyway, glad you enjoy the site dude. you can always email me any reviews. i’ll post it up.

  30. Overall i love halo 3 beta inside and out. And i love their technique of letting you see Some aspects of the game and enclosing others to leave some excitement for the real game. I am so freaking dying to play the most anticipated game of the years campaign. I saw a battle against a covenant and a brute that lasted way longer then it would have in the originals. the covie had dual swords and he used them as a bitch be good stick and kicked the brutes bum and shoved his spiker up his retarded @$$ ( i added the last part in, but it was a cool fight.) but what im trying to say is that makes you feel part of the whole scenario… you know the feeling when all you do is want to get lost in a good fantasy rpg? its kinda like that

  31. Overall i love halo 3 beta inside and out. And i love their technique of letting you see Some aspects of the game and enclosing others to leave some excitement for the real game. I am so freaking dying to play the most anticipated game of the years campaign. I saw a battle against a covenant and a brute that lasted way longer then it would have in the originals. the covie had dual swords and he used them as a bitch be good stick and kicked the brutes bum and shoved his spiker up his retarded @$$ ( i added the last part in, but it was a cool fight.) but what im trying to say is that makes you feel part of the whole scenario… you know the feeling when all you do is want to get lost in a good fantasy rpg? its kinda like that. peace

  32. oops sorry deac. im prolly the worst double and trpile poster you get. that duplicate was an accident

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