Top 10 Best Halo 3 Screenshots of All Time
July 6, 2010 48 Comments
Halo 3 was a groundbreaking game in numerous aspects but none so much as its Forge and Theater modes. With the ability to capture both video clips and images combined with the instant availability of both online, creating and sharing content has never been easier. Halo: Reach, the next installment in this popular, science fiction video game franchise, is set to release mere days before Halo 3’s third birthday, so now seems like the perfect time to compile a top ten best Halo 3 screenshots of all time list. Yes, of ALL TIME. Because that’s pretty much the same thing as three years, right? Oh, whatever. Let’s drop the specifics and start digging into some awesome screenshots already!
Armor Lineup was one of the first, and arguably one of the best, screenshots to document all of the different Spartan armor permutations available for multiplayer characters. It even includes the rather exclusive Recon helmet, which was highly sought after, incredibly rare, and only bestowed by Bungie at the time this image was captured. I can haz? Pretty please?
Rule 34 is an important part of the internet, and having the Halo version is vital in keeping the world turning. Spartan Love, which depicts exactly what the name infers, was one of the first screenshots to capture two players caught in a rather precarious position. They’re not really doing what it seems, but don’t tell that to the people whom enjoy this sort of thing.
In a widely publicized video game-themed proposal, a certain red Spartan by the gamertag of Moviesign asked his blue armor-wearing girlfriend to marry him by spelling out the question with weapons on proposal bridge, a custom Forged Halo 3 map. Furtive Penguin, the female of choice, said yes. And to think, some people say shooters aren’t romantic!
At one point Forge creations were simply weapons laying on the ground. Then Gargoyle was made. With weapons hovering in the air and an Elite strategically placed in front of them, it gives the seamless appearance of a classic, carved stone sculpture. This screenshot is unparalleled in terms of how it showed the unlimited possibilities Forge mode truly offers.
There are funny screenshots, and there are funny screenshots. OMG RuN!!!!!!! is undoubtedly one of the latter. Despite the fact that Elites can’t sprint in Halo 3, this screenshot somehow captures a running Elite with a determined chopper hot on his tail. You can’t help but feel sorry for this dino, but only after you’re done having a laugh at his expense of course.
Optimus Prime took Forging to a whole new level when it not only delivered a startlingly accurate depiction of everybody’s favorite Transformer, but it did so on an extremely large scale. Composed of various-sized blocks, this amazing creation somehow manages to make Sandbox, which has been dubbed the “ultimate Forge map,” look positively tiny.
Sometimes the best screenshots are captured by getting just the right angle and just the right pose at just the right time. This image of Master Chief, which is called I’m straight and was taken right after a Grunt’s head exploded with confetti, shows a more flamboyant side of our favorite Spartan super-soldier. Needless to say, he makes that battle rifle look good.
It wouldn’t be Halo if someone didn’t remake something from Halo, and luckily for the fanatics, this screenshot does just that. A recreation of the box art from the original game, Halo CE manages to capture the old charm with a Mark V helmet and a nostalgically grassy map. Now all they need to do is bring back Blood Gulch, and then we could all rest easy.
Sometimes words simply can’t do an image justice, and that is the case with Band O Brothers. Modeled after the historic photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, the Halo screenshot version is near flawless, wonderfully patriotic, and has an emotion-evoking impact immediately upon viewing. Basically, it’s amazing, and it doesn’t even have bewbs.
I could switch the placement of the other screenshots on the list without batting an eye, however I stand firm in my opinion that ALIEN is the obvious choice as the best Halo 3 screenshot ever. Based on the 1979 science fiction horror film, this picture is the pinnacle of what can be achieved in Halo 3’s Forge and Theater modes. It’s the best of the best, and that’s all I have to say about that!
*Did I miss one of your favorites? Do you disagree with the order? If so, let me know in a comment!