Halo 3 fans mourn the death of the game server with ceasefire, achievements

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The Master Chief, defeated and held captive by a Brute, from a Halo 3 commercial.

It’s the end of an era. Thursday, Microsoft and 343 Industries disabled all matchmaking servers for classic games Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo Reach, and Halo 4. And while you can still play versions of these games online through the fantastic Master Chief collection, many gamers took time in the final days before January 13 to log in and mourn the end of the original games’ online multiplayer. Some helped other players get last-minute achievements, while others orchestrated ceasefires, and some just played one last game before it all ended.

The end of the Xbox 360 era Halo the servers, although sad to many, were no surprise. 343 and Microsoft first broke the news in December 2020, but the date ended up changing to January 13, 2022. Now that the date is here, over the past week many gamers have been dusting off their Xbox 360s and returning to Halo 3 and Halo Range, to join others in saying goodbye to some of the best multiplayer games ever made.

A popular activity in the last days involved players helping others unlock multiplayer-only achievements. Many players have helped others achieve the “Two for One” achievement in Halo 3, considered one of the toughest in the game. To get it, you need to kill two players in one hit using the Spartan Laser. Other players have helped people unlock the “Maybe next time mate” reward that is unlocked after stealing a vehicle from someone in under 10 seconds, which can be difficult to obtain normally. But in the last days of Halo 3, people were ready to help each other win those last-minute rewards and communicated their plans via in-game voice chat.

Another common event in the last hours for the old school Halo games were players stop games to hang out and chat. Some fired their guns in the air, simulating 21-gun salutes. others just sat and chatted on Halo 3, their favorite memories and what made the game so special to them. It reminded me of the Christmas Truce which happened at the beginning of the First World War, where soldiers from both sides left their trenches to stop the fighting in the name of vacation.

I also saw another player who, during a CTF match, took a moment to praise Halo 3 just before wearing the flag for the last time.

“Everyone, this was one of the greatest moments of my life,” Halo 3 player Xxminiman15xX said. “I’m very, very sad to see this end. But, it’s not an end. , because we will always have our memories. We will always have our moments. And… we can still play on the Master Chief collection.”

After that they capped the flag, the match ended and soon after the servers started to shut down. Reddit and YouTube gamers shared videos of the just moments as the waiters gave up the ghost. Other players have taken screenshots of the Halo 3 matchmaking screen. Normally, the globe seen in the lower left corner of the map would be lit up, representing the various players around the world. But with the servers officially dead, for the first time since Halo 3 was released in 2007, all the lights were off. The world was covered in darkness. It was finished.

Watch players come together to celebrate the end of Halo 3′The servers at s were oddly touching. It may have just been a multiplayer shooter, but it was also a game that brought people together. People have shared dating stories with friends and even husbands and wives across Halo 3 and To reach.

To me, Halo 3 was probably the last Halo game that I really, completely loved. I spent so much time Halo Range and older games, but none of them (nnot even the recent and very good Infinite) never captured the same feeling of Halo 3. It was partly because I was younger, of course, but also because it was one of the first online video games I really immersed myself in weeks of my life.

Start-up Halo 3 felt special, like connecting to a wild and beautiful community. The servers were full of community-created modes and maps, like wild and crazy”Speed ​​Halo” in To reach or custom parkour and running map in Halo 3. Participating in this creativity made the games feel truly alive and evolving. Celebrated birthdays in this game. Escaped its online action when high school got too shitty. It was a place of refuge and a place where I met nice people. (And a few racists and assholes.) That also helped Halo 3 was also a very good shooter.

And if it’s true that you can still play Halo 3 online via the excellent Master Chief collection, It is not the same. That era is now over. The fight is over. And like a good Spartan, Halo 3 did not go quietly.

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