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Games for Windows, where is my Halo 3?

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I must admit I’m a console gamer on a very limited basis. I have owned a PS2 for years but for the most part I have limited myself to a handful of what I consider great games, beginning with the Pro Evolution Soccer/Winning Eleven franchise.

It wasn’t until recently that I got myself an Xbox 360 to go along my new HDTV, and man was I impressed. The fact that I started up by booting the Bioshock demo probably added to the experience, but even with the gorgeous graphics that can now be had using new high-def TVs, I did not buy Bioshock (for the 360), and I’m yet to decide if I will jump ship on either Gears of War or Microsoft’s recently released Halo 3. The fact is, I still feel much more comfortable playing shooters on my PC, for that same reason I went and bought the Orange Box so I could get some TF2 beta action.

Now, you will excuse my rambling, but back to where I wanted to go with this post… Microsoft’s Games for Windows initiative is great, I mean, at least it’s something! But you will want to think again if you believe the software giant is really committed to PC gamers. I find it ridiculous and even insulting that Halo 2 was released for the PC just three months ago when the console version was launched back in November 2004!

I’m pretty sure PC game sales wouldn’t cannibalize those of the Xbox, and because both platforms have so much in common, I’m also sure a really committed team of developers would have been able to bring a Windows version in no time if they wished to.

It’s not that we desperately need Halo 3 for Windows. The PC without a doubt has received and will continue receiving a number of AAA titles by the end of the year (Crysis, anyone?), but looking at Microsoft’s Games for Windows efforts, they could do so much better.

Written by Julio Franco

September 26th, 2007 at 10:13 pm

Posted in gaming,microsoft

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  1. I agree. I really want Halo 3 to come out to Windows. Its also hilarious how Mac users have little or no good games…just a thought outta nowhere. I have a Xbox 360 Controller for the Windows and it really gives you the feel of playing an actually Xbox 360. Also love Crysis just need better RAM to be able to play it with better Graphics. ALready have a good graphics card.

    Patrick

    12 Sep 09 at 12:07 am

  2. I would think that if they bring out Halo 3 for Windows, they would most likely bring it out with all the multiplayer maps and ODST in one big bundle. If they do, its most likely to come out after the Xbox 360 has completly vanished and that people dont want anything to do with them anymore, except to use them as novelty paper-weight’s

    Leo

    11 Nov 09 at 2:45 am

  3. I’m going to go ahead and guess that Bungie is trying to make Halo 3 for Windows much more than a simple port of the Xbox 360 game. Dedicated servers, realistic graphics that utilize all the hardware that high-end gaming computers have to offer, and even possibly new maps and game modes are completely legitimate reasons for such a delay, paired up with the fact that Bungie is working on projects such as Halo: Reach, and all the controversy surrounding FPS’ introduced by Modern Warfare 2. That’s just my two cents.
    …Sorry for the run-on sentence, but two years provides a lot of new perspective to share.

    Samuel

    14 Jul 10 at 6:17 pm

  4. I hope Halo 3 comes out this September. I get that microsoft wants to make money on x-box first and then make a windows release but damn, isn’t it time all ready?

    Carbon

    4 Aug 10 at 4:12 pm

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