It's that time again, boys and girls!
Looks like Microsoft is pushing their "killer app" again, but this time, they're being a little more clever about it. See, if you spend $60 on Crackdown, a game that looks pretty cool right now (I'm thinking "this is the game that Superman Returns probably should have been...crime-fighting with superpowers"), you get a code to participate in the Halo 3 beta.
...but what does that mean?
Really, no one has a freaking clue. This could net you three hours of gameplay (on Bungie's time), three days of gameplay, or even three months.
Granted, if word gets out about this, Crackdown will probably sell an extra 10% more than it would have due to people trying to get Halo 3 early.
What worries me is that there are going to be some really pissed off people if this Beta doesn't allow them to play Halo 3 in some semi-completed form for a while.
Not only that, but apparently, you could get on the Halo 3 Beta list just by visiting the website. So...how exactly does that make you want to spend $60 on Crackdown?
Microsoft: you've got people waiting for a game that they don't even want, just so they can get a temporary glimpse of Halo 3.