Tag and Release - Crater

Maximum impact.

It's Monday and that means more Firefight screenshots.  We're nearly through the full set of missions, but don't worry, we'll return to the regular run of Tag and Release once we've finished up.  For today:

Mission Select: Crater

Partly sunny with a chance of slipspace rupture.

Say hello to my little friend.

Prepare to drop and give me twenty.

Chin Up

If these four don't meet own personal par, you can take your own shot at selecting some choice screenshots from the pile.  The full run of our Community Files collection is at your disposal.  Dig in.

Halo 3: ODST 12/14/2009 12:22 PM PST permalink

'One Life Remaining' S1E7

"Looks like it's Budweiser Cheerios again."

DigitalPh33r drops the latest One Life Remaining.  As always, don't watch if you're easily offended.  Or if you don't like jokes.  Otherwise:

"Anthony wakes up early for an interview for a job at the local video game store, The Gamer Pit."

YouTube - One Life Remaining S1E7

Halo 3 12/14/2009 9:05 AM PST permalink

Mandlbaum in: 'Core Tempature' [Part 3]

It's dawn in Japan!

More Mandlbaum.  Adult language and a terrible Sean Connery Impression.  You've been warned.  You should also tune in.  Thanks to HBO for the heads up.

"Good thing I cleaned out my garage, because I found the next installment in Mandlbaum's greatest adventure ever!

Things are looking bleak for Mandlbaum as his enemies continue to mass their power. Evil plans are coming to fruition and new dark alliances are being made. With the clock counting down until earth's eminent destruction, Mandlbaum must race to find a way to storm the fortress walls, much less stop Evile Porfesure from blowing up the planet. Can he do it? Watch and find out!"

YouTube - Mandlbaum in: "Core Temperature" Part 3

Halo 3 12/14/2009 9:02 AM PST permalink

Top Ten Halo 3 Screenshots

Star Light, Star Bright.

Ever wonder what's up there?  Ihearthalo3screenshots did and they've done something about it.  Check out the sweet batch of starry screenshots they found inside our vast and infinite collection.

Top Ten Halo 3 Screenshots: Star Light, Star Bright

Halo 3 12/14/2009 8:45 AM PST permalink

Top 10 Kills of the Week - December 9

IGN continues their killing spree.

Looks like IGN have become quite the serial killers.  Week after week, the kills just keep on coming.  You should check them out.  (Thanks to HBO for the heads up.)

Halo 3 Top 10 Kills of the Week - December 9

Halo 3 12/11/2009 9:11 AM PST permalink

Deconstructing Construct

Chris Carney and Tyson Green peel back Construct's layers.

Read Full Top Story

Inside BungieHalo 3 12/10/2009 4:12 PM PST

Prepare to Drop Double EXP Weekend

No VISR mode, but expect Slayer, Objective, and headshots.

An “ODST Inspired” 4v4 Social Double EXP Weekend.

3-4 Players Per Team
Max Party Size: 8
Halo 3: Mythic Disk Required


  • ODST Slayer (86.7%) - Team Slayer, first team to 50 wins. Players start with SMGs and Magnums. Player traits: 150% Damage Resistance, Energy Shields disabled.
  • Asset Escort (13.3%, Skipped after veto) - Teams take turns escorting their VIP to as  many points as possible. Anti-VIP starts with Spike Rifles and Gravity Hammers, and have 150% gravity. VIP team starts with Battle Rifles and SMGs, and have 90% damage resistance, and wear black armor. The VIP starts with a plasma pistol no grenades, does 0% damage to opponents, has 90% damage resistance, 4x overshields, 50% shield recharge rate, 75% move speed, 75% gravity, full vehicle use, an enhanced motion tracker, a waypoint that can be seen by all, and is colored purple. VIP team members within 40 meters of the VIP get 2x overshields. The Sandtrap Escort variant is two rounds long, and only the VIP and the Anti VIP team can drive vehicles. The Rat's Nest variant is 4 rounds and everyone has full vehicle use.


  • ODST Construct (Construct)- Construct with the ODST weapon set
  • ODST Guardian (Guardian)
  • ODST Boundless (Snowbound)
  • ODST Pit Stop (The Pit)
  • ODST Blackout (Blackout) - Part of the Legendary Map Pack
  • ODST Ghost Town (Ghost Town) - Part of the Legendary Map Pack
  • ODST Assembly (Assembly)  - Part of the Mythic Map Pack
  • ODST Citadel (Citadel) - Available on Halo 3: Mythic
  • ODST Heretic (Heretic) - Available on Halo 3: Mythic
  • Desert Highway (Sandtrap) - Custom Sandtrap variant for Asset Escort
  • Rat's Road (Rat's Nest) - Custom Rat's Nest variant for Asset Escort

PlaylistsHalo 3 12/10/2009 11:00 AM PST permalink

'Chase' - Halo 3 Montage

Coming up from behind.

No need to track down a decent montage.  Here's a second one this morning featuring some great gameplay.  Shot in HD and over seven minutes.

YouTube - Chase Halo 3 Montage

Halo 3 12/10/2009 9:24 AM PST permalink

'Edge' - Halo 3 Montage

Honed like a razor...

...one of those five-bladed deals that doesn't leave your face (or legs) all itchy after a good shave.  Nice gameplay, interesting soundtrack, and some light editing in HD.  Watch it.

YouTube - Edge Halo 3 Montage

Halo 3 12/10/2009 9:13 AM PST permalink

Halo 3 ODST: Valor Part 3

Only human.

The final installment of Kootra's brief machinima series, "Valor," is online and ready for viewing.  If you missed the previous two, they can be found in the sidebar or on his channel after you make the jump.

YouTube - Halo 3 ODST: Valor Part 3

Halo 3: ODST 12/9/2009 5:36 PM PST permalink

Chronicles of ODS Steve #52


Today's ODS Steve is a bit longer than usual.  The squad's got a lot to talk about.  See what's driving the discussion by clicking on the stinkin' link below.

Chronicles of ODS Steve: Sconed (#52)

Halo 3: ODST 12/9/2009 10:35 AM PST permalink

G4's Reaction Time

Reflecting on Halo 3: ODST.

Did we learn any lessons from Halo 3: ODST?  Sure.  Never let Buck grab the gun on the Warthog.  That's always bad news.  Oh, and we learned some other stuff too.  Want to learn what we learned?  Check out the article linked below.

Reaction Time: Bungie Reflects on Halo 3: ODST

Halo 3: ODST 12/8/2009 10:05 AM PST permalink

Tag and Release - Windward

Stay down wind.

Not that these screenshots stink.  They don't.  They're awesome.  Don't believe me?  Scroll southward to get Windward and check 'em out.

Mission Select: Windward


Air Traffic Control

Sunset Over

Making Some Noise

Seal of Approval

If five isn't enough for you, go ahead and find some more.  As always, it's easy.  All you gotta do is head into our Community Files collection.

Halo 3: ODST 12/7/2009 9:54 AM PST permalink

7 on the 7th is Live!

A heaping helping of community Sandbox and Foundry maps.

Mix it up on a heaping helping of community Sandbox and Foundry maps. No Recon but tons of fun.

Category: 7 on the 7th
Max Party: 8
Max Team Size: 4
Heroic/Mythic Map Packs Required
Updated 12/03/2009


  • Team Slayer (33.3%) - First team to 50 kills wins. 12 minute match time limit.
  • Team BRs (21.6%) - First team to 50 kills wins. Players spawn with Battle Rifles and Assault Rifle secondary weapons. 12 minute match time limit.
  • One Flag CTF (11.8%) - Round based Capture the Flag, one team has a flag while the other attempt to capture it. Most captures after four rounds wins. Four minute round time limit.
  • Multi-Flag CTF (21.6%) - Both teams are attempting to capture the other team's flag. First to three captures wins. 20 minute match time limit.
  • Multi-Flag CTF BRs (11.8%) - Both teams are attempting to capture the other team's flag. Battle Rifle starts. First to three captures wins. 20 minute match time limit.


  • Actuality-Break (Foundry)
  • Apex (Sandbox)
  • Backdraft (Sandbox)
  • Battle Dome (Sandbox)
  • Ber Ber Creek (Sandbox)
  • Borderline (Sandbox)
  • Breakdown (Sandbox)
  • Bridgeo's (Sandbox)
  • Chimera (Sandbox)
  • Colonnade (Foundry)
  • Conduction (Sandbox)
  • Coup d'Etat (Sandbox)
  • Cryptic (Sandbox)
  • Cryptic Fate (Sandbox)
  • Deity (Sandbox)
  • Eighty Grit (Sandbox)
  • Elysium (Sandbox)
  • Emperor (Sandbox)
  • Fortress (Sandbox)
  • Gauntlet (Sandbox)
  • Haven (Sandbox)
  • IZ9 Courtyard (Sandbox)
  • The Kingdom (Sandbox)
  • Lotus (Sandbox)
  • Neosho (Sandbox)
  • Nocticulent (Sandbox)
  • Pantheon (Sandbox)
  • Paranoia (Sandbox)
  • Pilaster (Sandbox)
  • Pivotal (Sandbox)
  • Rat Trap (Sandbox)
  • Ravinia (Sandbox)
  • Regicide (Foundry)
  • Reminiscent (Sandbox)
  • Renovation (Sandbox)
  • Requiem (Sandbox)
  • Salvation (Sandbox)
  • Sand Towers (Sandbox)
  • Sentiment (Sandbox)
  • Skystation (Sandbox)
  • Solarium (Sandbox)
  • Stonehenge (Sandbox)
  • Subversive (Sandbox)
  • Synapse (Sandbox)
  • Tartarus (Sandbox)
  • Topple (Sandbox)
  • Tribal War (Sandbox)
  • Undulation (Sandbox)
  • Vengeance (Sandbox)
  • Workplace Bravo (Sandbox)

PlaylistsHalo 3 12/7/2009 9:20 AM PST permalink

Top Ten Halo 3 Screenshots: Linear

Get in line.

Halo 3 Screenshots makes good on their promise of awesome Friday content by once again giving you a series of kick ass screenshots.  This past week the theme was "Linear."  Check it out.

Top Ten Halo 3 Screenshots: Linear

Halo 3 12/7/2009 9:11 AM PST permalink

Arby 'n' the Chief in LA: Episode 3

Lost in La La Land.

The dynamic duo continue to explore Los Angeles.  Seems they're still a bit "Lost."  Check it out.

"Chief and Arbiter get turned around on their way to the L.A. Zoo, which leads to an argument that Arbiter can't win."

YouTube - Arby 'n' the Chief in LA: Episode 3: "Lost"

Halo 3 12/7/2009 9:07 AM PST permalink

'Sticky Icky' - Halo 3 Montage Trailer

Slingin' nades.

Halo3Montage.com is hosting another sweet HD montage.  This one's actually a trailer, but it features some nice editing and great gameplay.  And hey, sometimes you don't have nine minutes on a Friday morning.  Thanks to HBO for the lob.

Sticky Icky: The Trailer

Halo 3 12/4/2009 9:00 AM PST permalink

Firefight Solo Guide: Security Zone

It's a zone...for security.

Monochron's still cranking out tutorials to help you survive some solo Firefight runs.  If you need the helping hand, latch on and let him guide you through.  Or just stop by to check out the cool pics.

Firefight Solo Guide: Security Zone

Halo 3: ODST 12/4/2009 8:57 AM PST permalink

Ranked Grifball Double EXP Weekend is Live!

And so totally ranked!

So watch the betrayals.

Red vs Blue's contagious Assault-like sport. Catch the disease!

Category: Double EXP Weekend
4 Players Per Team
Max Party Size: 4
Heroic and Mythic 1 Map Packs Required


  • Grifball (100%) - Teams vie over a bomb, attempting to plant and detonate the bomb on the other team's arm point. Players spawn with Gravity Hammers and Energy Swords. Player traits: No grenades,  infinite ammo, 200% damage and no shields. Ball carrier traits: Orange forced color, 2x shields and 150% movement speed. Assault bomb arms instantly, and one successful detonation ends the round. Team with the highest score after five rounds wins. Three minutes per round.


  • Grifball Court (Foundry) - Variant of Foundry made specifically for Grifball tournament play.
  • The Grif Cave (Sandbox) - Grifball in Sandbox's crypt.
  • A.G.L.A. FL09 (Sandbox) - Official Grifball map for the '09 fall season

PlaylistsHalo 3 12/3/2009 11:16 AM PST permalink

'OutCold: Rise and Shine' - Halo 3 Montage

Time to wake up and smell the, ugh...sniper?

OutCold treats you to a nearly six minute montage featuring a really wide variety of gameplay.  Shot in HD, it really picks up in the second half.  You should check it out.

YouTube - OutCold: Rise and Shine

Halo 3 12/3/2009 10:05 AM PST permalink

Halo 3 Mythic Guide Version 2.0

Tyrant climbs into the Crow's Nest.

If you're still slogging your way through Halo 3's maniacal "Mythic" difficulty, Daniel Morris has some more tips for you.  Tons of text love, plenty of video, and all kinds of expertise at the jump.  HBO and Tyrant love you.  Reciprocate.

Halo 3 Mythic Guide Version 2.0

Halo 3 12/3/2009 9:06 AM PST permalink

Pro Tips with Tsquared

Firefight gettin' a little hairy?

Tom "Tsquared" Taylor has some tips to help you smooth out your ODST experience.  G4's calling 'em cheats, but there's nothing nefarious about some sound strategy.  Thanks to HBO for the tip off.

"Video Description: Pro Gamer Tom "Tsquared" Taylor gives you tips and tricks for navigating Halo 3: ODST Firefight including staying together with your group, conserving ammo, using the spectator camera and more."

Pro Tips with Tsquared Halo 3: ODST Firefight Cheats

Halo 3: ODST 12/3/2009 9:03 AM PST permalink

Reclaimer 229 - Transference

Apparently free will can be created in a test tube.

Finding Ferial.  Been waiting patiently to see what comes next in Reclaimer's world?  Wednesday brings the next installment (that's today).

Reclaimer 229 - Transference

Halo 3 12/2/2009 9:17 AM PST permalink

Chronicles of ODS Steve # 51

The Guide.

Last words lead to new leads.  Finish your coffee and then check out this morning's steaming hot Steve.  Here's a link:

Chronicles of ODS Steve: The Guide (#51)

Halo 3: ODST 12/2/2009 9:11 AM PST permalink

IGN's Halo 3 Top 10 Kills of the Week - Nov 18

Counting down the Halo 3 hits.

Trying to stuff as many top play countdowns into this here Comm Chatter this morning.  Here's another one from IGN.  It's awesome.  Thanks to HBO for the heads up.

IGN's Halo 3 Top 10 Kills of the Week - Nov 18

Halo 3 12/1/2009 9:34 AM PST permalink