When you first heard the words “free to play” and “Halo 3 engine”, you might have dismissed that weird Russia-only Halo shooter for the PC. You might also have been a little too hasty.
Despite attempts by Microsoft to shut down outsider access to the game’s beta, folks in the English-speaking world have been playing the game and capturing footage, and…it doesn’t look terrible!
When Microsoft said the version of the Halo 3 engine this game was running on was “heavily modified”, they weren’t kidding; this looks pretty nice, especially ticking along at 60fps like it is in this clip.
GamingPranks, who filmed the footage, say the stuttering you see in the clip isn’t a result of their PC or the capturing process; rather it’s the lag Westerners are experiencing as they’re forced to play the game through a third-party service to get around the geo-blocking.
The main thing you’ll notice in the video is the speed; there’s a sprint button there, in keeping with more recent Halo games, and it’s pretty quick!