Bungie: Halo 3 on GoD is still same great game despite slower loading times

Thursday, 22nd April 2010 10:36 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Bungie’s community director Brian Jarrard has admitted that the Games on Demand version of Halo 3 does run a lot slower on HDD then it does on disc.

Speaking to Kotaku, Jarrard did say that anyone intending to buy it from the service should not be put off by it, despite “no additional work” being done to speed it up.

“To our knowledge there was no additional work done on the code to optimize the game for HDD installation,” he said.

“The game is obviously still playable and enjoyable and it’s likely most people may not even notice a difference. However, we did encourage people who owned the disc to not install to HDD since it would result in longer load times.”

Jarrard later further added: “In reality it’s not that big of a deal, just something we get protective over. Ideally we want all of our fans to have the best possible experience with our games.”

An MS rep said that the shooter had “undergone extensive testing to ensure that players will have a positive experience, whether the game is played from a DVD, hard disk drive or USB drive.”

No excuses to not buy it, then. It released earlier this week on the service.



  1. Moonwalker1982

    GOD games are also WAY overpriced, 30 euros for games that you can easily find for 10 euros or less. Give me a goddamn break.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Blerk

    The ‘slower loading times’ when installed aren’t nearly as bad as people say they are. Most of them are an extra five seconds, tops.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. mington

    FIVE SECONDS!!! i could have sex in five seconds!

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Well there you go. It’s a bonus for you.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Gadzooks!

    LOL @3!

    An easy solution would be to transfer the game to USB stick, then you get improved loading times even above an HDD install and no caching headache. Win-win.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Gekidami

    …Or you could just get the disc version second-hand and have the standard loading times. Because, 20$? Ha!

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Blerk

    Quite. You can pick it up from Gamestation for about a fiver. And then install it if you want to have time to have sex between levels.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. mington

    Install it? thats time enough for sex AND a sandwich

    #8 5 years ago
  9. dirigiblebill

    Maybe they should bundle it with hookers and Subway vouchers then.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. polygem

    @1: agree. GoD would be awesome if it were less expensive…why should i download dead space for 30 euro if i can buy a copy at gamestop for 15…most of the games on GoD should be 15 – 20 euros – that would be a good deal for gamers and ms.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. mington

    i think some games should come to games on demand sooner, when King of fighters 12 tanked, they should’ve released it instantly on GoD and i probably wound of bought it

    #11 5 years ago

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