Today is the 10th anniversary for Halo 3 and to celebrate Bungie just released a limited-time playlist in Halo 5: Guardians that lets players replay some classic Halo 3 multiplayer maps remade through Halo 5's Forge tools.
In a blog post put out by 343 Industries, the current Halo developers announced that the internal Sierra Team, in association with 343 Studios, curated a special playlist of remade Halo 3 maps. As an added bonus, the gameplay settings for the special Halo 3 Classic Throwback playlist have been tweaked to better recreate the feeling of the original Halo 3
The maps that were recreated as part of the throwback playlist include: Guardian, Boundless (Snowbound), The Pit, Citadel, Isolation, High Ground, and Ghost Town.
As for the adjusted player settings, the default loadout has been set to the Battle Rifle with classic scope, and Assault Rifle as your secondary weapon. Special skills have been disabled since those didn't exist in Halo 3, and various gameplay changes such as: Motion Tracker range increased to 25m, increased jump height, slightly increased gravity, movement speed decrease, shield and health recharge rate changes, and increased foward and strafe acceleration.
Last week, Bungie and Microsoft announced that Halo Collector's Edition, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST, and Halo 4 were all available for backwards compatibility. Yet the throwback playlist in Halo 5 feels a little more romantic.
To finish the celebration post, 343 Industries looked back at the launch of Halo 3 writing:
"Halo 3's ten year anniversary really opens the nostalgic floodgates and boy do those memories hit you right in the feels. Halo 3 was an important part of my life and many of you as well. Together, we BELIEVED and we finally got to FINISH THE FIGHT. From the moment the credits rolled in Halo 2 we were collectively waiting, the anticipation and frenzy building, until it erupted in a glorious "3" beacon at midnight on September 25, 2007."
You can play the Halo 3 playlist right now if you want. Maybe pick up a case of Mountain Dew if you're feeling nostalgic, and get ready to play some old-school FPS multiplayer action.