It is the end of an era. On Thursday, Microsoft and 343 Industries shut down all matchmaking servers for classic games Halo 3, Halo 3:ODST, Halo Reach, Y Halo 4. And while you can still play versions of these games online through the fantastic Master Chief Collection, many gamers took some time in the last few 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 a ceasefire, and some only played one last match before it was all over.
The end of the Xbox 360 era aura servers, although sad for many, it was not a surprise. 343 and Microsoft first announced the news in December 2020, but the date ended up being changed to January 13, 2022. Now that the date is here, over the last week, many gamers have dusted off their Xbox 360 and gone back to halo 3 Y halo reach, to join others in saying goodbye to some of the best multiplayer games ever made.
A popular activity in recent days involved players helping others unlock exclusive multiplayer achievements. Many players helped others to get the “Two for One” achievement in halo 3, considered one of the most difficult in the game. To get it you have to kill two players with a single shot using the Spartan Laser. Other players helped people unlock the “maybe next time my friend” prize that is unlocked after stealing a vehicle from someone in less than 10 seconds, which can be difficult to obtain normally. But in the last days of halo 3, people were willing to help each other get these last-minute prizes and communicated their plans via in-game voice chat.
Another common occurrence in the final hours for the old school aura games era gamers stop matches to hang out and chat. Some fired their guns into the air, simulating 21-gun salutes. others only sit and chat about halo 3, their favorite memories, and what made the game so special to them. it reminded me of the Christmas Day Truce what happened in the early days of the First World War, where Soldiers from both sides abandoned their trenches to stop fighting. in the name of the holidays.
I also saw another player who, during a CTF game, took a moment to praise halo 3 just before crowning the flag for the last time.
“Everyone, it’s been some of the best times of my life,” said Halo 3 player Xxminiman15xX. “I am very, very sad to see this ending. But, it is not an end, because we will always have our memories. We will always have our moments. And… we can still play in the Master Chief Collection.”
After that, they crowned the flag, the match ended, and soon after, the servers began to shut down. Reddit and YouTube gamers shared videos of the moments just when the servers gave up. Other players took screenshots of the Halo 3 matchmaking screen. Normally, the globe in the lower left corner of the map lights up and represents different players from around the world. But with the servers officially dead, for the first time since halo 3 was released in 2007, all the lights were gone. The world was covered in darkness. Was over.
Watch the players gather to celebrate the end of halo 3′The s servers have been touching strangely. It might have been just a multiplayer shooter, but it was also a game that brought people together. People shared stories of meeting friends and even husbands and wives through halo 3 Y Attain.
For me, halo 3 it was probably the last aura game that I really loved completely. I spent so much time in halo reach and older games, but none of them (nnot even the recent and very good Infinite) ever captured the same feeling of halo 3. Part of that was because I was younger, of course, but also because it was one of the first online video games that I actually spent weeks of my life playing.
Tear halo 3 It was special, like I was connecting with a wild and beautiful community. The servers were full of community-created modes and maps, like wild and wacky.”halo of speed” in Attain or custom parkour and race map in halo 3. Participating in that creativity made the games feel like something alive and evolving. I celebrated birthdays in this game. He ran away from his action online when high school got too bad. It was a place of refuge and a place where I met great people. (And some racists and assholes). It also helped that halo 3 He was also an excellent shot.
And while it’s true you can still play halo 3 online through the excellent Master Chief Collection, is not the same. That era is now gone. The fight is over. And as a good Spartan, halo 3 did not go quietly.