Gamers Hold Tight for Halo 3

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2007 2:50 PM CDT
This image from the video game "Halo 3" was provided by publisher Microsoft. "Halo 3" arrives in stores next week, and Microsoft's hype machine is in full gear. (AP Photo/Microsoft)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The final installment of the video game juggernaut Halo hits stores Tuesday, and rabid fans are expected to blow away sales records along with pesky invading aliens. Halo 3 will be released at 12:01 a.m., Reuters reports, with hype and sales receipts expected to rival that of Harry Potter and Spider-Man.

The game, designed for the Xbox 360, is the third in a trilogy in which a character named Master Chief tries to save the world from the evil Covenant. In gamers' vernacular, it's a "first-person shooter." Halo 2 pulled in $125 million in its first day three years ago, and this installment is expected to do better.