Microsoft on Halo 3's "Best Kept Secrets"

It might not have been everyone's favourite feature in Halo 2, but it was an impressive achievement for Microsoft and Bungie to manage to keep the secret that you could play as the Arbiter in the 2004 blockbuster.


"The reason why we are very protective is for a very small segment of our population who take it really seriously," says Bungie's Content Manager Frank O'Connor. "They've stuck with us through thick and thin. We don't want to ruin it for them."

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MakgSnake3936d ago

I loved the Arbiter, he was an awesome character and it wasn't that big of a shock though..... I mean not as big as "RAIDEN"...from MGS2.

But I cant wait for some Heart stopping moments. Please GOD Please let there be something that no one has ever expected.

VirusE3936d ago

I am with you! I loved the arbiter, his voice was cool as hell, he could turn invisible and he started with a sword on a bunch of his levels. The only thing i didnt like was that i would shoot my own guys WAY to often.

Daewoodrow3936d ago

Yeah, I shot a good few guys on my side too. One part I ran into a room, saw about six grunts, slaughtered about 4 of them before I heard one survivor say "Arbiter! What are YOU DOING?!"

And when I opened a sliding door and saw three elites, two grunts, a nd a pair of hunters all pointing their guns at me.
I literally shouted "SHI-" then went "oh yeah!"

VirusE3936d ago

I like that the elites would fight and stay alive if equipped right; unlike the marines. The elites had shields so if you gave them carbines and sniper riffles they could support you through an entire level.

S1D3 EFFEC73936d ago

He is a great character and his missions show you the Covenant's perspective of the whole Halo issue.

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BIGBAER3936d ago

Fans of Halo will be rewarded. Bungie will deliver the goods in a big way!

Nth RooCH3936d ago

Personally I wasn't a fan of the Arbiter. That whole section of the game was indeed a surprise, but one that just left me questioning why. The point of Halo is the master chief, and it's a powerful idea. Arbiter starts off being stripped of his armour, and tortured. Hardly someone you then want to be. Definitely not an aspect of Halo 2 I enjoyed.

Skynetone3936d ago (Edited 3936d ago )

for me the Arbiter levels destroyed halo 2, just like mgs and that blond dude

would it have been so hard to give the player a choice
The Arbiter is willing to help: would you like to play as the Arbiter

when you go to see a sequel like beverly hills cop you dont expect to see eddie for five minutes at the start of the film and then being replaced by some b actor for the rest of the film

why do games some games insist with this BS

Boink3936d ago

They did that to show basically why the elites are now fighting with the humans.

I won't go through all the details, but the info is on the net, or you can read the books about it and it makes quite a bit of sense.

and while I enjoy playing as master chief more, the arbiter was a nice surprise that I think drew fans into the story line even more.

Nth RooCH3936d ago

I missed nothing, I understood the storyline aspect of it, however it just wasn't terribly enjoyable to play. It would perhaps have improved it to have retold it via fmv or in some way involve Master chief so it can be played. Or as someone else suggested, at least give the option of arbiter play or master chief play. As it was, the arbiter section was a whole massive section which I had no enjoyment playing, and I'm in no way alone.

X_GAMER_X3936d ago (Edited 3936d ago )

What happend to arbiter is becuz of master chief.
He was the reason why arbiter got tortured.
And I think its was a good idea to show oss the other side of halo.The covonent side :)


i was / am not his biggest fan.

still can't get enough of halo 3 though...

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