You’d have to be living under a pretty large rock to not know that Halo 3 got released on Tuesday (or Monday night at 12:00 AM for those diehard fans). Well, for those whose rock isn’t located in my backyard, I’ll share my bittersweet story.
I’m not a big fan of the Halo series. I had a lot of fun with the first one, but the second one mainly served to piss me off. I don’t currently have an Xbox Live account but my experience with Halo on Live has been pretty frustrating, even if I’ve enjoyed listening to twelve year olds talk crap in their most intimidating prepubescent voices. Still, I had to get Halo 3 the night it came out simply to share in the experience that is unique to Xbox 360 owners.
The only problem: I didn’t have my Xbox.
As I mentioned almost a month ago, my Xbox got the Red Ring of Death and had to be sent back to Microsoft for repair. After an inordinately long stay, I thought the tracking number posted Monday on the Xbox support site under my Xbox 360’s repair status would be accurate, indicating overnight shipping and an arrival by 3 PM on Tuesday. At 4 PM on Tuesday, a check of the tracking number caused me some surprise – my Xbox was “out for delivery” in Chesterfield, Michigan, halfway across the country from my house.
Needless to say, I didn’t get to play my copy of Halo 3 on Monday night or Tuesday.
Today, the Xbox site has not only changed my listed tracking number, but also the carrier. Even still, it’s just been shipped by standard ground and could take a couple more days to reach me. I’m over it, though – Halo 3 will just be one more FPS to increase my blood pressure. And I’ll still welcome it with open arms.