Halo 3 lands 26 September

The wait is over. The time is here. Take the cellophane off that copy of Crackdown gathering dust in the corner, get the beta code and join the rest o

The wait is over. The time is here. Take the cellophane off that copy of Crackdown gathering dust in the corner, get the beta code and join the rest of the Master Chief faithful for the first playable demo of Halo 3 for the 360.There are three maps – Snowbound (think the huge snow map from Halo 2), High Ground (reminiscent of Beaver Creek), and Valhalla (kind of Blood Gulch meets Coagulation).A veritable arsenal of weapons is also on line – check out the squelch when you frag a twitching foe with the spike grenade. Oh yeah.This Halo 3 playground will only be around for three short weeks, after which it'll be a four month wait 'til the full game lands in stores on 26 September. It's going to be a long, long summer.

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