Halo 3 currently free to download for Xbox Live Gold members

As promised a few weeks ago, current subscribers to Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold service can now download and play the full version of Halo 3, the 2007 Xbox 360 entry in the popular sci-fi shooter series, from now until October 31st.

Normally, Halo 3 would cost $14.99 to download from the Games on Demand service, but the title, developed by Bungie, costs absolutely nothing for the next 16 days if a person has paid for a Xbox Live Gold membership. It's all part of Microsoft's recent "Games for Gold" program that offers at least two free games a month from the Xbox 360 catalog to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Keep in mind that the free download is just for Halo 3 and does not include any of its paid post-release DLC content.

When Halo 3 was first released, it was a huge critical and sales hit, with Microsoft at the time stating that it had generated $300 million in revenue in its first week. Those huge financial numbers would later be eclipsed by other games; a few weeks ago, Rockstar Games hyped up the fact that Grand Theft Auto V had brought in $1 billion in revenue in its first three days.

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Jaybonaut said,
Very nice - those 3 people that didn't buy it will finally get to play it.

Or the users with an additional Xbox 360 in their home can play against their family now.
Or people that don't want to deal with the disc or have a damage disc.

Even if one bought the game on day 1 of its release, there are reasons to pick up an additional copy for free.

There are also a lot of non FPS users out there that never tried it or only rented it and it will allow them to connect with friends online for multiplayer matches.

DJGM said,
I'm not a fan of "FPS" type games, but I'll give this a go. A rather hefty download at 5.72GB though!

Hate to see your comment when you need to download a XBOX1 or PS4 Game ...sigh

Edited by Roger H., Oct 16 2013, 1:16pm :

Well, since my internet connection is Plusnet's unlimited fibre, I personally have no problems with
downloading huge files like this. My comment was essentialy a mild warning to those that might
have capped connections and/or strict monthly usage allowances on their broadband.

BTW ... you should fix your Quote tags. Your message looks rather messy as it is right now.

Fixed

But definitely a good little warning if you have caps. No caps here so I've been downloading all the free games on XB Live to be had. In the past 3 days I downloaded about 15GB from there for Updates/Free DLC and a Free Arcade game and the last XB Live Gold Free Game.

Tonight will be downloading this for sure though, can't wait. I've played it before but sold all my games last time I sold my Xbox. Now glad to have it back in the stable

DJGM said,
I'm not a fan of "FPS" type games, but I'll give this a go. A rather hefty download at 5.72GB though!
That's actually not that big at all. I believe most Xbox games hover around 7GB.

Mulsivaas said,

That's actually not that big at all. I believe most Xbox games hover around 7GB.


True ... but it'll be a chunky download for those with limited broadband usage allowances.

Not a problem for those of us on broadband services with no such artificial limits.

ShockD said,
That's interesting. I wonder if they're going to offer only classic games.

I'm wondering who doesn't own this already? I guess there will be a few people out there who'll be happy they don't have to use their disc anymore.

sagum said,

I'm wondering who doesn't own this already? I guess there will be a few people out there who'll be happy they don't have to use their disc anymore.

Good point considering most people buy Xbox indeed for Halo.

sagum said,

I'm wondering who doesn't own this already? I guess there will be a few people out there who'll be happy they don't have to use their disc anymore.

I know Few people that has never owned or Played it , and have downloaded it and are playing the game as im typing,

also, I just sold my Copy, like 2 months ago for $20 and now im downloading it , so I got $20 of some poor sucker that is now kicking themselves in the foot lol

ShockD said,
That's interesting. I wonder if they're going to offer only classic games.

I don't know if true, but don't MS have to ask the owners before releasing it for free ? If so, maybe not many owners are allowing their game to be released for free ?
IMO I don't think they are going to release games that are a few years old

They do ask them of course. You can regard this as a prolonged Steam free weekend. Basically. With the difference that they want you to subscribe.

sagum said,

I'm wondering who doesn't own this already? I guess there will be a few people out there who'll be happy they don't have to use their disc anymore.

I don't.

ShockD said,
They do ask them of course. You can regard this as a prolonged Steam free weekend. Basically. With the difference that they want you to subscribe.
Not really a good analogy - once you download the game, that's it. It's not taken away again.

Kirkburn said,
Not really a good analogy - once you download the game, that's it. It's not taken away again.

Read carefully. It is in fact taken away.

sagum said,

I'm wondering who doesn't own this already? I guess there will be a few people out there who'll be happy they don't have to use their disc anymore.

I had it then sold it. So it'll be nice to have back. Maybe I can pick up a few more achievements since more people will actually be playing again.

ShockD said,

Read carefully. It is in fact taken away.

From the Xbox FAQ:

Q. Do I get to keep the games?

Yes, once you download the games, they are yours to keep. If you ever need to remove a game from your console, you can download it again from your Download History in Account Settings.

iHacker0390 said,

From the Xbox FAQ:

Q. Do I get to keep the games?

Yes, once you download the games, they are yours to keep. If you ever need to remove a game from your console, you can download it again from your Download History in Account Settings.

From: NeoWin

As promised a few weeks ago, current subscribers to Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold service can now download and play the full version of Halo 3, the 2007 Xbox 360 entry in the popular sci-fi shooter series, from now until October 31st.

"Play until October 31st." I do believe however that it's Microsoft telling the truth, so I guess it's just a mistake in the article.

ShockD said,
From: NeoWin

As promised a few weeks ago, current subscribers to Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold service can now download and play the full version of Halo 3, the 2007 Xbox 360 entry in the popular sci-fi shooter series, from now until October 31st.

"Play until October 31st." I do believe however that it's Microsoft telling the truth, so I guess it's just a mistake in the article.

A few things:
- I am positive you get to keep the game, so you've got no idea what you're talking about.
- Microsoft's word trumps Neowin's....
- What the article is saying (and I can forgive this if English isn't your native language) is that you have from now until October 31 to DOWNLOAD it. Then you can't get it for free anymore, but if you had downloaded it before then, then you get to keep it.

I'm wondering who doesn't own this already? I guess there will be a few people out there who'll be happy they don't have to use their disc anymore.

I just bought a 360 a few days back after my ps3 died. So I suppose for people like myself?

Mulsivaas said,
A few things:
- I am positive you get to keep the game, so you've got no idea what you're talking about.
- Microsoft's word trumps Neowin's....
- What the article is saying (and I can forgive this if English isn't your native language) is that you have from now until October 31 to DOWNLOAD it. Then you can't get it for free anymore, but if you had downloaded it before then, then you get to keep it.

Before trying to be smart read that the articles states that you have to download AND PLAY before October 31st. By common sense of logic this means you have to play it until then. Secondly I was just citing this very site and also commented that I rather believe MS than Neowin (because obviously we're talking about a mistake here). So it's probably not me not knowing what I'm talking about.

ShockD said,

Before trying to be smart read that the articles states that you have to download AND PLAY before October 31st. By common sense of logic this means you have to play it until then. Secondly I was just citing this very site and also commented that I rather believe MS than Neowin (because obviously we're talking about a mistake here). So it's probably not me not knowing what I'm talking about.

Once you 'purchase' the game for 0.00 (Free), it is yours to keep, no matter if you download it or play it or not.

You can complete the purchase at xbox.com - as you will notice it goes through the normal 'purchase' process, except the cost is 0.00. So it is just like any game you would purchase from the Xbox store.

You only have to complete the purchase process, you don't have to download it and you don't have to play it, and you will always own it.