May day for Halo 3

OK, Master Chief crew, here's the news we've been waiting for. Our first taste of Halo 3 is but weeks away.16th May is the date and Xbox Live is the p

OK, Master Chief crew, here's the news we've been waiting for. Our first taste of Halo 3 is but weeks away.16th May is the date and Xbox Live is the place for the first playable demo of the final episode in the Halo trilogy.You'll need an invite or a copy of Microsoft's crime fighting epic, Crackdown, to get access to the download – oh and a 360, so get off your ass and buy one, Halo 2 fan boy.Microsoft promises three new multiplayer maps to high tail it around – Snowbound, High Ground and Valhalla – plus new vehicles and weapons to get your hands dirty with.The online multiplayer fest ends 7th June at 9am sharp when the programmers at Bungie will retreat back to their caves with freshly gathered data to tweak the final release. Better stock up on sleep while you still can.

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Halo 3 demo Price: £Free (with copy of Crackdown) On sale: 16th May Contact: Microsoft Related stories: Microsoft shines its Halo 3 box sets