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- Expands on the franchise and adds a wealth of technical and gameplay advancements
- Unparalleled first-person shooter experience and the most compelling story of the trilogy
- Builds upon the social multiplayer experience and innovative, evolving, online gameplay of Halo 2
- Loaded with high-definition visuals, enhanced AI, an advanced lighting engine, new weapons, characters, and challenges
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Halo 3 is the third game in the Halo Trilogy and will provide the thrilling conclusion to the events begun in Halo: Combat Evolved. Halo 3 will pick up where Halo 2 left off. The Master Chief is returning to Earth to finish the fight. The Covenant occupation of Earth has uncovered a massive and ancient object beneath the African sands - an object whose secrets have yet to be revealed. Earth's forces are battered and beaten. The Master Chief's AI companion Cortana is still trapped in the clutches of the Gravemind - a horrifying Flood intelligence, and a civil war is raging in the heart of the Covenant. This is how the world ends...
| Adding to Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2, the epic saga continues with Halo 3, the amazingly anticipated sequel to the highly successful and critically acclaimed Halo franchise. In this third chapter of the Halo trilogy, Master Chief returns to finish the fight, bringing the epic conflict between the Covenant, the Flood, and the entire human race to a dramatic, pulse-pounding climax.|
The short presentation was delivered in real-time on the Xbox 360 using the current version of the Halo 3 game engine. That's right, no studio production video, Bungie and Microsoft delivered the real deal: what they showed at the announcement is what gamers will see when they play Halo 3 in 2007. The HDR lighting, self-shadowing, GPU-run particle system and many other effects are rumored to show up in full effect in the final game. Needless to say, the gaming community is salivating.
CJ Cowan, Bungie's director of cinematics discussed one of the most startling moments of the presentation: the return of Cortana. "Given the variety of character and story arcs at the end of Halo 2, we wanted to boil down our announcement to a few key threads. Cortana and the Chief being a galaxy apart is a situation we haven't seen before, and is something that is a powerful component to Halo 3. We are using her transmissions in the demo to give the viewer a few subtle clues to her situation and state of mind, without revealing any specifics we want to save for the game itself."
Graphically, the game closely follows in the tradition of Halo 2, although it has been upgraded to take advantage of the Xbox 360's more prodigious visual abilities. As art direct Marcus Lehto explained, "[The presentation] was intended to be an understated announcement of Halo 3 -- the tone is that of mystery and suspense -- the calm before the storm. I wanted to make sure that we reintroduced the Chief, showed that Earth was thoroughly conquered, with Covenant everywhere, and that there is a glorious, ancient artifact buried under the Earth's crust which will provide Halo 3 with the epic journey which we all want."
Taking full advantage of the power of Xbox 360, Halo 3 expands on everything that has made the franchise great, adding a wealth of technical and gameplay advancements. The game design has evolved with next-generation, high-definition visuals, enhanced A.I., an advanced real-time lighting engine, and, of course, new weapons, characters, and challenges. Halo 3 promises an unparalleled first-person shooter experience and, in the end, the most compelling and engrossing story in the franchise's history. Last, but certainly not least, Halo 3 builds upon the unique social multiplayer experience and innovative, evolving online gameplay of Halo 2. Rest assured, you'll still be able to run with your clan and battle with (or against) your buddies from coast to coast.
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Halo 3 is here and what does it offer? Halo fans admit it's more and more of the same. It is indeed as I've tried it. I own it. I've played it for hours on end. It's a little bit of a tuned up Halo 1 & 2. Hurray for slightly updating everything sequels! But for some reason Halo fans are enthralled by it. It's like a whole gaming world (PC) has been sealed off from most of the Xbox 360 crowd. It's as if Halo fanatics never took a glimpse at Counterstrike, Battlefield or dozens upon dozens of other PC FPS games that offer more gameplay options, refined gameplay, immersive graphics and A.I. that acts human. I couldn't imagine their faces if they ever touched the PC version of Far Cry.
An important aspect for any game is the controls. Why do you want to aim with an analog stick? Why not use the precision of a mouse and keyboard? Let me tell you something, the price for Halo 3 at $60 bucks a pop is actually ten dollars higher or is equivalent in price to brand new FPS games for the PC. Why would you shoot for lower standards? Installation of a game in a PC isn't hard. You put in the disk, input the CD-key, click "next" a few times, wait for it to install (five mins for one time, big whoop) then you're playing.
Are PCs expensive? Yes. But for what you're paying when you get the console, the online service, the controllers and all that junk you're likely to find a PC of comparable price that can play better games. Not to mention all the other services that PCs can do that are essential in today's world. After a few years of owning a PC you can buy a brand new video card for about a $100 instead of a new PC. You don't have to buy a new PC every year or even every few years. Just as long as you're smart enough not to waste an untold sum of money buying hardware updates to only see a bit more eye candy (remember, gameplay is the fun factor). Plus with adequate hardware you'll still be playing better games and seeing better eye candy than Halo 3 could offer.
I hate to break it to the Halo fanboys but the Halo series aren't the only games that allow a lot of people to shoot each other at the same time. It's already been done hundreds of times in the PC world. With all the past history for PC the latest PC FPS games are enormously more redefined than shallow bore fests like Halo 3. If multiplayer with friends inside the house is your thing, do a LAN party or pick up a Wii. You know, the Wii. The only console system available right now that offers innovative controls? Yeah that system. The system that even your girlfriend has a blast playing.
Taking a look at the positive reviews, I've noticed a few major logical fallacies appearing. You know, despite the reviews that are awfully vague (a few of the negative reviews are guilty of this as well). One is the unsupported assumption that if you don't like Halo 3, you just suck at the game. Anyone could apply that to any game. I could say you don't like "Barbie's Playhouse" because you suck at the game. This is absurd and shows the lack of critical thinking skills by the reviewers who make this claim.
What's funny is that these same people think they have such uber skill. I play FPS games when I don't feel like thinking, because they're so dang easy. You run and shoot. You use "advanced" techniques like "ducking for cover." You have to be a complete dunce to not be good at an FPS. Halo 3's campaign was a breeze. My opponents online gawked around as lame brains. I'm not a genius either. I'm not the best gamer around town. I'm a little above average. I can say that anyone who put a little bit of effort into FPS shooting could do exceptionally well. Have you seen how other players behave though? They're warped out of their minds with some ADHD condition.
Another logical fallacy is that because "professional" reviewers have given Halo 3 good ratings, it therefore must be good. These professional reviewers are not independent. They depend on the consumer for their paycheck. Just imagine if they gave Halo 3 a bad review. Can you imagine the fanatical outcries? If I was a paid reviewer who depended on other people who loved the Halo series for my paycheck; I would be literally insane to then diss the game. The professional reviewers are part of a business that wants people to grab their magazine or visit their site. They're about cash or trying to get more members. You don't get good publicity by angering a huge segment of the video game crowd.
I'm giving this game a 1 star. No, it's not the worst game ever made or even close. But Halo 3 is a game that would've been made on PC about 5-10 years ago. And it charged me $60 for the privilege. Reflecting upon my purchase I wouldn't accept the game as free. Now you might call me insane for not taking a free game. But what's the point of taking a free game that pales in comparison to other games you already own? It's like a free offer to waste a significant portion of your life on something that simply isn't worth it. Halo 3 is a redundant monstrosity. Go play a PC FPS.