An update for Halo 3 is available to download next time you are connected to XBOX Live and play the game. The update fixes the following:

• Melee contests have been rebalanced
• Dying while performing a melee or weapon lunge will no longer accelerate the dead player
• The Elite Commando shoulder armour variant has been unlocked for all players
• Improved the “Prefer Good Connection” option
• Added backend hopper support for DLC custom game variants
• Fixed a problem with the Theater when a player tried to view a saved film for a DLC map he or she doesn’t own
• Fixed a UI error in the Theater when a party leader selects a film that is invalid for a party client
• Fixed a bug that under rare conditions could allow a BXB sequence
• Fixed a Dirty Disc Error that could occur when loading the same DLC map twice in a row
• Added a visible version string to the Halo 3 main menu

Bungie have explained how the melee contests have been rebalanced. “Melee contests will only produce a winner if he has a sizeable health advantage over the loser. Otherwise, both players may die in the clash.” Bungie have also said: “You may experience a few laggier-than-usual games after the update is installed as it resets your hosting and network connection history. This history should grow rapidly for an improved situation.” Bungie continue: “If you run into a map loading error after the auto update, where a map freezes at a certain percentage loaded, try restarting Halo 3 while holding down the “A” button and “Up” on the D-Pad simultaneously while the game is booting. That may help with your problem. If the problem persists after this step, try following the normal steps for cleaning your disc or disc tray.”

You can read Bungie’s full description of the melee fix as part of their Weekly Update here.

David Wriglesworth

David Wriglesworth is a Northern lad with a passion for gaming, who graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) Journalism degree. If you can drag him away from the consoles, you can probably find him Tweeting or watching Coronation Street.

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