There will never be another game like Halo 3

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On January 13, 2022, the Halo 3 Xbox 360 servers shut down for good, over 14 years after the game debuted. While you can still play the iconic blockbuster through the Master Chief Collection, there’s a certain sadness in the air. After all, Halo 3 launched at a time when game premieres had red carpets and celebrity attendees, and when in-person events were still the norm. Now, with Halo Infinite drawing so many comparisons to Halo 3 and nostalgia playing a starring role in our everyday pandemic lives, it’s no wonder that many players feel a collective sadness over the end of such a defining era.

While Halo 3 isn’t the only game whose servers permanently shut down on January 13 (Halo: Reach, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4’s 360 matchmaking servers are also gone forever), it is arguably the most iconic game of the 360 era and the franchise at large. The environment around Halo 3 is impossible to recreate: a perfect storm of omnipresence that meant everyone from non-gaming parents to MLG pros knew about the newest Halo title. We’ll never experience anything quite like Halo 3 again, and that’s a legacy worth looking back on.

The golden era 

(Image credit: Bungie)

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