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A Must-Own - But Not Perfection,
This review is from: Halo 3 - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
Halo 3 was, in a way, doomed before it was released. No matter how well it did, people are going to judge its "wow factor" against how amazing the original Halo felt to play back when it first came out. Now that we are used to the weapons, races, environments and plotline, nothing is as cool as it was that first time. It's the same issue that plagues any series, be it Dune, the Matrix, Star Wars, etc.
Halo 3 does get a boost in that it is released for the 360, so you get an automatic upgrade in abilities there. We're playing on a high end HD TV, and yes, it looks really nice. The backgrounds look like a painting in motion, with swirling clouds and dancing dust storms. From the light glinting off the metal surfaces to the detailed shadows in the rocks, it can be really gorgeous. Is every detail as beautiful as every detail in, say Gears of War? Maybe not. Different developers focus on different items. There are always trade-offs for speed and visual appeal reasons. For a Halo world, I think they did a good job.
The sound and dialogue are really great. I like the background music, and I find much of the dialogue hilarious. There are some conversations that have me laughing out loud. This is a good game to play with your surround sound stereo system hooked up, and of course the subwoofers.
I hated the ending of Halo 2. I dislike it when a story finishes with a "and now wait a few years to find out what happened." They can at least have you feel like you achieved something, and ended a chapter. For that reason alone it's good to have Halo 3 here to wrap everything up.
Unfortunately, with all the time they spent in development, this third outing is a bit predictable. I really enjoyed the multi character play in Halo 2. I thought that was a great touch. They completely removed it for Halo 3, setting you back into a Master Chief only mode. To be honest, I really thought we'd get THREE races this time around, and get to play as the Flood too. Why reduce ourselves to just one?
Also, while there are a lot of "missions", some of them are maybe 5 minutes long. That's a bit on the short side. I realize you can go back and replay on harder and harder levels to challenge yourself - but they could have put more depth into the basic story line.
Now, all of those things being said, the key to any game in modern times is its multiplayer ability. No matter what single player game you play, it's pretty much a limited time game. Multiplayer is completely unlimited - and you're not stuck with the formulas built into the AI brains. Halo 3 is definitely the best multiplayer experience of the three games - the most balanced, the most fun, the best graphics. You could literally play this for years and not get bored of it.
So to summarize - if you don't have XBox Live, you could rent this game for a week, get through it and have a lot of fun. You'll be able to see how the story ends, get your Halo fix in and be happy. But if you do have XBox Live, you'll want to own this. Between replaying the base game on harder levels to improve your skills, and playing multi-player in a variety of maps and set-ups, you'll be happy for a long, long while.
There are many games we write a walkthrough for that we have to push ourselves to get through, but when we did our walkthrough for Halo 3, we really did have fun :) So that's always a good sign!
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Initial post: Oct 12, 2007 6:45:41 PM PDT
we reduced our selfs to just one, because people just want the cheif. Nobody wants arby or any other character, which is a shame imo.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2008 8:20:55 PM PST
That really is a shame. I love the different "cultures" in this game and enjoy immersing myself into each one. I wonder why some people only want to play a single character ...
Posted on Jan 20, 2008 10:33:36 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2008 2:15:20 PM PST
That's an interesting point of view - does a game that's part of a series have to be "new" to be meaningful? Did the third book of Lord of the Rings have to break new literary ground, or did it have to coherently end the series you already enjoyed? I am quite happy with Halo 3 being exactly what it is ...
Posted on Jun 11, 2008 1:22:22 AM PDT
A. Morris says:
Posted on Jul 18, 2008 12:56:28 PM PDT
D. Fawson says:
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2008 9:07:52 PM PDT
Five stars is still a range - most gaming sites have a 1-100 range which means five stars means anything from "80-100". I think Amazon should go at least to a 10 star scale so you can have more definition between something that is 9 stars and something that is 10 stars.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2008 5:20:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2008 5:21:37 PM PST
All-access Customer says:
huh.. personally, I love the plasma pistol. At least online anyway...
1. It stops vehicles in their tracks (banshees go spinning into the ground)
2. It lowers shields really fast, and its overcharge lowers them instantly.
3. Some people like to use "the noob combo" with a battle rifle and plasma pistol for an almost instant kill.
The needler only takes 8 bullets to kill somebody so dual wielding would kinda be scary.
And I agree with your pistol thing
EDIT: wow my name is all access customer... -_- anyone know how to change it?
Posted on Sep 6, 2010 2:13:29 PM PDT
Marc Cataldo says:
don't forget dude, you still technically play as the arbiter, if you're using more than one person to play with in campaign. so, you play as chief, arby, and 2 other elites. i think that's pretty cool. but that's just me.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2010 2:16:42 PM PDT
Marc Cataldo says:
yea i agree with u about the brutes. especially since they have armor now, which makes them so easy to kill with an overcharged plasma pistol, then a BR. (a.k.a. "noob combo") but the halo 2 brutes were so hard to defeat. lol