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Review: Halo 3

Halo 3 is quite possibly the most hyped game in the history of video games. Anyone who even casually follows industry news will no doubt have been inundated by the countless tidbits that Bungie has offered to the masses over the last 3 years. This coupled with a 10 million dollar ad campaign make it impossible to miss Microsoft’s golden child. With so much time and money in one title, the question isn’t whether it’s a good game, it’s whether Halo lives up to the hype.

Halo 3 brings to a close the trilogy that Microsoft’s consoles have been built on. The first two games made the Xbox a competitor in a market dominated by the PS2. While the Xbox never came close to reaching the popularity of the PS2, the Halo franchise became a phenomenon. Halo 2 dominated Xbox Live, and drove sales of the console. Now, three years later, 360 owners and Halo fans can finally “Finish the Fight”.

The campaign puts you right into the action, picking up more or less where Halo 2 left off. Master Chief returns to Earth to find that the Covenant has invaded in force, and it’s up to the Chief to deal with them. The campaign follows the same basic formula of the Halo series, plenty of fast paced action on foot and in vehicles, with story interspersed where there’s room. Playing by yourself, the campaign will take ten to fifteen hours to complete, but with a group of Halo veterans on Co-Op it can be finished in under 5. Considering this formula, it’s interesting to see a story device that Bungie chose to use. A few times per level, players will experience a kind of inner voice with an accompanying hallucination of Cortana or Gravemind. While these are meant to move the story along, they really feel out of place and more like speed bumps to finishing the game. There’s quite a few of these segments, especially on certain levels, and they become quite tedious.

On the topic of tediousness, Halo 3’s level design has to be mentioned. Halo 3 suffers from the same problem that has plagued the series since its start, the recycling of levels. This occurs in two ways, by making the player backtrack through a level, and by using structures and buildings that are identical. This is nothing new for the franchise, and it hurts Halo 3 just as much as it hurt the previous titles. Extensive backtracking seriously detracts from the campaign and makes you wonder what Bungie has been doing for the last three years. Even the levels that are throwbacks to the first Halo game don’t create the feelings of nostalgia that they should, and come off as cheap imitations.

Levels aren’t the only aspect of Halo that is recycled, the games soundtrack suffers from the same issue. While the soundtrack is quite good, much of it gets used often enough to become boring. The enemies have a good library of voice clips to draw from and add a nice touch to the campaign. The voice acting in the game overall is above average.

The new weapons in Halo 3 are a nice addition, but do very little to alter gameplay. The new weapons are essentially new versions of old weapons, with a few exceptions like the Spartan Laser, and don’t change play in any significant way. Compare this to the difference in the original Halo and Halo 2 where the new weapons fundamentally changed how the game was played. The introduction of dual wielding drastically altered how Halo was played, but there is no drastic shift in weaponry in Halo 3. Bungie instead tasks the game’s new equipment with this goal. The right piece of equipment can completely turn a battle around, and turn impossible odds in your favor both in the campaign and in multiplayer. The ability to carry turrets is another excellent addition.

Graphically, Halo 3 is certainly an improvement over its predecessor. At the beginning of the campaign, Sergeant Johnson is almost unrecognizable in his newly rendered form except for his trademark cigar. Unfortunately, this is one of the few times that Halo’s graphics will impress. The games visuals are mediocre save for a few notable effects like the Gravity Hammer, and some lighting effects caused by the flame weapons and some explosions. This would be offset by the amount of action that can take place on screen, if it weren’t for the game’s frame rate issues. Several areas in the campaign suffer from significant frame rate drops, especially when running in Co-Op. Another issue with the visuals is that when two players share one widescreen TV, the screen is split horizontally with the left and right side of the screen left unused. This essentially forces widescreen TVs to display the game in a full screen view. While it may not be a big problem, it’s certainly annoying when you run into it.

Halo 3’s narrative brings to a close a trilogy six years in the making. There was a significant amount of outrage at Halo 2 due to what Bungie referred to as a cliffhanger ending. While the ending was certainly a cliffhanger, it offered almost no resolution to the games story. This puts Halo 3’s narrative in a bit of a tough spot, and makes it simply feel like Halo 2 part two rather than its own story. While the ending of Halo 3 certainly closes the trilogy, it feels uninspired as does the rest of narrative. While it isn’t necessarily bad, it’s far from exceptional. Players who haven’t played a Halo title before will be even more unimpressed with the story seeing as no effort is made to recap the events that have taken place before the third installment. This is a little disappointing considering it would’ve taken less than five minutes to bring new players up to speed.

You might be wondering how a title can recover from so many faults, and Halo 3 answers that question. Halo 3 has the best multiplayer of any 360 game on the market. Co-Op play in the campaign is so much fun that it eclipses the numerous problems that wrack the single player experience. Playing through the game with three friends is an experience that you shouldn’t miss. Combine the Co-Op with the campaign meta game, and Bungie has found a way to give the campaign almost as much replay value as the multiplayer does. Friends can work together to achieve a collective score, or can compete to see who can score the highest. The addition of the skulls and their drastically altering effects only adds to the replay value. With the amount of work put into the meta game, it’s interesting to note the lack of two important features that should have been incorporated. There’s no matchmaking system for Co-Op. While you’re going to play with friends 90% of the time, it’d have been nice to have an option for the 10% when you can’t find anyone to play with. The lack of a leaderboard is also puzzling as giving player’s performance a numerical score seems to be the perfect time for one.

The competitive multiplayer is the best implementation of any multiplayer on the 360. The matchmaking system makes getting into a match painfully easy. The first thing you’ll notice after entering matchmaking is the world map with little lights that signify Halo 3 activity. While not necessary by any stretch it’s a nice little touch and it’s interesting to see where the majority of players are. There are enough matchmaking lists to satisfy just about everyone, no matter what type of game you’re looking to play. The popular lists from Halo 2 are back along with some new ones like Team Tactical. The only significant downside to the playlists is that due to the relative specialization of the maps the playlists are somewhat restricted to the maps available to them.

Bungie also made sure to please players who aren’t into matchmaking. The amount of custom game types are many and varied enough to keep large parties of friends entertained for hours on end. Each game type has several variations built in, not to mention the amount of tweaking that can go on within the games options. If tweaking game types isn’t enough, then the Forge was made for you. Here players can enter a map, even as a party, and can edit the features of the map. While major aspects like terrain can’t be changed, vehicle, weapon and object placement as well as spawn points can all be altered. If making your own maps isn’t your thing, Forge still offers a lot of fun by giving you the opportunity to just goof around. Players can switch freely between their normal body and their Monitor form, which allows them to alter the map. Seeing how far a body can fly when standing on a giant stack of explosive barrels is always good for a laugh.

Bungie smartly removed enemy chat from ranked matches in online play. This coupled with the ability to easily mute any player in-game help alleviate one of Halo 2’s major problems: voice chat. Anyone who has played Halo 2 or the Halo 3 beta for any significant amount of time will notice the uncanny ability of some players to use the foulest most vile language possible at every turn. While all players should be of an age to have heard the majority of this language before, its frequency and ferocity is enough to make a sailor blush.

Bungie simultaneously removed one of the biggest sources of “griefing” from Halo while adding a whole new venue to grief your friends. There’s no better way to rub a nice kill in a friend’s face than entering the theater with them and making them watch the kill and subsequent body humping in slow motion from multiple angles. Despite this, the Theater is another great addition to Halo 3’s arsenal. Casual players can use it to show their friends that awesome stunt they pulled in the last match while more serious players can use it to analyze their play and see where they need to improve. Players can even save films and screenshots and upload them for others to see. Just imagine losing a match to some friends and logging into your favorite forums to see a screenshot of you getting shot in the face plastered over your screen.

Trying to argue the merits of Halo 3’s single player campaign is a losing battle. The campaign by itself offers a painfully mediocre experience. Halo 3 really shines in its multiplayer aspects, both Co-Op and competitive. Co-Op alters the campaign experience enough to marginalize the vast majority of its problems and bring you back time and again to play through with friends. Online multiplayer is where Halo 3 shines, and Bungie has done an excellent job making Halo 3 the new bar to meet on the 360. The ease of matchmaking and new features like the Theater and Forge put Halo 3 far above the rest of the 360’s vast field of multiplayer titles. While Halo 3 is an awesome game, and should be a welcome addition to almost any 360 owner’s library, it’s hard to say that it lived up to its potential. This game could have been better, and perhaps promised a bit too much.

Final Score: 9 out of 10 - Very Good (How do we rate games?)

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Comment by Veritas on 2007-09-27 22:24:31 | Reply

I haven’t heard of any frame rate issues elsewhere…

Comment by Yoshima 31ite on 2007-09-28 01:04:40 | Reply

neither have i, even runs butter butt smooth in big team battle with all the stuff going on

Comment by bill on 2007-09-29 17:20:09 | Reply

the frame rate was poor for me when blowing up the giant scarab. its went crazy then

Comment by Tucky on 2007-09-27 22:29:55 | Reply

bit high, id say 8, campaign and graphics are a let down tbh.

Comment by mass9 on 2007-09-27 22:42:10 | Reply

you’ve been bashing it for months. You can’t be ‘let down’ by something you thought was going to suck anyways.

Comment by Number13 on 2007-09-27 22:37:54 | Reply

So, what you’re saying is that it’s uninspiring, more-of-the-same, recycled and almost dull in single player, but because the multiplayer is good, it gets 9/10?

Sometimes I think you should give seperate scores for both single and multi-player, because some folk aren’t into online gaming and would prefer a slick, inspired single-player game for their money.

Comment by mass9 on 2007-09-27 22:38:49 | Reply

@ Alex.
Did we play the same game? Because I thought the hallucinations are a nice touch, the music was epic, the levels were epic and the weapons have been greatly re-balanced.

My only beef is that there is no option to search for co-op campaign, but that being said, I wouldn’t want to play for hours at a time with a random person. Just not the same IMO.

9/10 is the lowest I would expect to see for Halo 3. 11/10 is closer to the truth.

2 more hours of work!!!! AARRRGGGHH!!!!!!
Must find more skulls!!!!

Comment by augustusbot on 2007-09-27 22:44:40 | Reply

lag during coop
inability to search for coop
multiplayer is gay

6 / 10

Comment by Scott on 2007-09-27 22:48:31 | Reply

i think its past your bedtime. Better go cuddle up to that PS3 of yours.

on anoher note, You rate GoW which has worse graphics and worse gameplay 10/10 but give this which has better gameplay, more features and stuff 9?

Can’t work that one out

Dude, Gears was last year, and besides, you have to look at the game as a whole, comparing it to other games is a waste of time.

Comment by Scott on 2007-09-28 00:01:05 | Reply

read it again! I mentioned that the whole package was better than Gears

Comment by Curtis Jackson on 2007-09-28 01:03:31 | Reply

Yea, Halo 3 does NOT have better graphics than GoW…

Comment by Toxic on 2007-09-27 23:02:46 | Reply

I’d say 7/10

Rainbow Six Vegas is still the best shooter on the 360.

Comment by mass9 on 2007-09-27 23:07:18 | Reply

lag during co-op?
Get a better connection, because I played with three others last night for a few hours, and not once did any of us say anything about lag.

multiplayer is gay? no, but I can see why it isn’t much fun when you get pwn’d all day long.

I will admit that no searching for co-op games is a bit of an oversight, but would you really want to play with some random jerk for a few hours? I don’t think so.

Comment by Worms on 2007-09-28 00:14:03 | Reply

translation it isn’t out for the PS3 so it sucks. Quit trolling AugustusBot it’s really getting old. Go play your PS3.

Comment by takumi on 2007-09-28 15:05:04 | Reply

augustusbot have you no freinds? awww lonely lonely fanboy

Comment by chris on 2007-10-02 19:15:50 | Reply

im his friend

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-10-06 00:23:16 | Reply

Fuck me that must be hard going.

Comment by S2H on 2007-09-27 22:48:55 | Reply

I agree with Mass9. Im not even a halo fanboy and I gotta say that Halo 3 was amazing. The graphics are absolutely gorgeous. Any1 who says otherwise is playing on a 20 inch SDTV. The ending (no spoilers) was perfect for the trilogy. I absolutely loved it.

Your review was very good but I do have to disagree on one part. You claim that you backtrack through levels too much. There are really only 3 levels where backtracking is done with one of them being a very small backtrack. I didnt really feel that it was as big a deal as in the previous games.

Before Halo 3 was out I would have sworn GOTY would be Bioshock hands down. Now I’m not to sure. I guess we have to wait to see what Mass Effect brings to the table. In my opinion between campaign and multi player there isn’t a more complete package on 360 than Halo3.

The graphics are absolutely gorgeous. Any1 who says otherwise is playing on a 20 inch SDTV.

I’ve got a 37 inch Full HD, and sorry the graphics are good but not world shocking.

Comment by trj156 on 2007-09-28 23:27:15 | Reply

i agree, i’m on a 32″ hdtv (scales 1080p to max tv resolution, 1366*768 maybe?) and i’d say the game looks solid. not once was i very much impressed, but i was also not disappointed.

Comment by manolman on 2007-10-10 18:47:44 | Reply

dude? i agree on the tv part. It does look good and im not disapointed but… well I guess the game as a whole does deserve a 10/10, it has lots of thing going on that GoW does not.

Comment by HALOJAMES on 2007-09-27 22:50:14 | Reply

id give it a 10/10 way better than bioshock i played it for like 6 hours yesterday :)

Comment by Tucky on 2007-09-27 22:53:23 | Reply

no game should ever get 10, it can always be improved.

how do we rate games
What’s the point of having a 1 through 10 scale if you’re never going to use a 10?

Comment by takumi on 2007-09-28 15:07:07 | Reply

well if they had a one to nine scale they would never use the number nine lol

Comment by Orenthol Jones on 2007-09-27 23:09:35 | Reply

ONCE AGAIN another review skirts over this issue entirely…
“Bungie also made sure to please players who aren’t into matchmaking. ”

NO, they did not. You can not search for custom games.

YOU CAN NOT MAKE CUSTOM GAMES PUBLIC NOR JOIN RANDOM CUSTOM GAMES.
It’s as bad as having to search forums for Wii/DS friend codes… and NO REVIEW MENTIONS THIS AT ALL?
It’s the same with Co-op.
Why is everyone skirting over this MAJOR issue?
This pretty much makes Forge absolutely worthless if the majority of your friends don’t have a 360, and Halo 3.
Which mine do not.

Comment by McGrude on 2007-09-27 23:43:57 | Reply

Then find an online community to belong to and get some friends there.

Comment by Orenthol Jones on 2007-09-28 00:33:32 | Reply

But that’s friggin’ Wii/DS friend code-esque. That’s lame, and stupid.

Comment by Veritas on 2007-09-28 01:14:32 | Reply

Bungie caters to those that own Halo 3, not those that don’t. If you want to play Halo 3 with other people, find people to play with that actually own Halo 3.

It wouldn’t kill you to play a matchmaking game, anyways.

Comment by Orenthol Jones on 2007-09-28 02:39:37 | Reply

I play Matchmaking! All the time! I love it.. but Forge and co-op. I pretty much can not play them ever because none of my friends have a 360 or Halo 3… and getting a game together via a forum is stupid, and a pain in the ass.

Comment by Veritas on 2007-09-28 03:50:40 | Reply

That’s part of what matchmaking is for! =X Making new friends.

Comment by Curtis Jackson on 2007-09-28 03:54:01 | Reply

That’s actually a legit argument, because you can’t just meet friends in matchmaking because most of the time they’re going to want to play matchmaking, and it’s tedious to find the ones that will play forge/custom games. OJ has a good argument, I wouldn’t have really thought of that being an issue, but I see where he’s coming from. It’s definitely something they could have easily done…

Comment by Orenthol Jones on 2007-09-28 08:58:58 | Reply

It’s next to impossible to get friends in matchmakling, because, like the person ahead of me said.. they all want to play matchmaking. The whole partying up after a match thing is useless.. because if you drift out of matchmaking when doing that… they leave the party. Always.

Comment by Veritas on 2007-09-28 16:42:09 | Reply

Ahh, I guess I know what you mean.

Well, you can always ask people on here, right?

Comment by H1tchman on 2007-09-28 16:47:11 | Reply

Yeah thats what i’ve been doing.

Comment by whatev on 2007-09-28 18:54:06 | Reply

I agree completely. Bungie SAID in an interview at 1up.com, and then at it’s own website that the feature would be included. They’re now saying it wo’nt be included at all. That’s garbage. Forge and crazy custom games is what I was most looking forward to. The replay value of this very dead for me. Play matchmaking you say? I say FUCK THAT. I’ve been playing matchmaking since the day Halo2 came out. I’m freaking tired of it. I want to do what I want to do. And I want to do it NOW. I do not want to have to spend 20-40 minutes to try and find people on some fucking forum to say, hey, come play rocket race with me.

Fuck you bungie. I wasted so much time longing for something that you didn’t even include, even though you said you would. Bring on COD4, betcha they have a custom game search.

If they could put it in gears, you could but it in Halo. Thanks for nothing.

Comment by mu on 2007-09-29 19:46:37 | Reply

poor whatev…

wasting all that time longing for something that may never be. well, i hope you can at least blow yourself!

Comment by whatev on 2007-09-30 11:16:50 | Reply

nice burn

Comment by Oh Yeah Bring It On BaBy on 2007-10-10 20:13:06 | Reply

not true at all… many people you meet in matchmaking games enjoy custom games

Comment by Foxtrot on 2007-09-27 23:15:14 | Reply

Been playing the multiplayer. All I can say is…Can’t wait for Call of Duty 4. Played the beta for COD4 and it’s multiplayer is way more impressive and smooth…

Fuk that sh1t Halo3 rock!!!!!!!!!

Comment by grizzle on 2007-09-27 23:19:35 | Reply

I think people are too overly critical of the Halo series in general. Things that other games have been doing for years (backtracking through levels, recycling areas/weapons, etc.), Halo gets criticized for…yet other games get praised for. Shoot, Half-Life 2, at least to me, had some of the most boring, repetitive architecture in a game…yet, it’s still a great game. Even the long, boring water craft part wasn’t enough to detract from the fun…yet Half-Life 2 never gets nitpicked for those faults (from reviewers).

People expect too much when it comes to the Halo series…why completely update the gameplay/graphics, etc.? Why would you want a completely different game? (As a Halo fan, I know I don’t). The graphic style fits the series perfectly…why do people want Gears’ type graphics…those were good for THAT game..but not this one.

Halo 3 is an amazing game…probably the best so far in the series…just take it for what it is.

I find it funny that many reviewers gave Bioshock a pass when it had a crummy ending, and a boring final 3rd (with plenty of backtracking)…yet Halo 3 gets criticized…oh well.

Comment by manolman on 2007-10-10 19:00:02 | Reply

Bravoooo Bravoooo……… dude you said it… Bravoooo… people are..!!! too overly critical of a game that has become a household name. Lets just take it for what it is and let others be what they are, games will come along that will set the bar for others, just like halo did 6 years ago.

Comment by EUPHOR1C on 2007-09-27 23:24:18 | Reply

I’ve played both single player and a little multi player. The game is not bad, but at the same time, if it didn’t have the Halo name on the box it wouldn’t be rated so high. I too am looking forward to COD 4. Something with more strategy. I’m still playing Halo though, looking for whatever it is that makes people think what makes this game so great.

Comment by Zach on 2007-09-27 23:25:52 | Reply

If you were let down by the game, it’s your own fault for buying into the hype. All I ever expected was more Halo and as such, am not disappointed in the least.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-09-28 15:06:18 | Reply

Seconded, got what I was expecting and a little more, purely because I didn’t get involved in all the hype.

Comment by UK JAY on 2007-09-27 23:40:48 | Reply

The review was spot on near as damn it perfect. Similar to what I mentioned in the forum’s. Campaign is a crap run shoot run shoot shit piece, but the multiplayer is fanatastic.

Comment by Scott on 2007-09-28 00:03:20 | Reply

Campaign is a crap run shoot run shoot shit piece

It’s an FPS… What else did you expect?

Comment by UK JAY on 2007-09-28 00:13:15 | Reply

a story to it

Comment by mass9 on 2007-09-28 00:34:12 | Reply

you can’t say that there’s NO STORY when you haven’t played through either of 1 or 2. Bungie was catering to their fans. The 5 million people that bought Halo 1 and the 6.5 million that bought Halo 2.

Comment by UK JAY on 2007-09-28 01:42:06 | Reply

It should be more clear than a few cut scenes. Tomb Raider Legend is ten times the story of this.
How many PS2 - 360 owners are there??? who did not have nor play Halo 1 & some possibly 2.

Multiplayer though is faultless to me

They should have put a story so far video on Live/on the game disc (not just as an extra on the bonus discs)

Comment by UK JAY on 2007-09-28 02:13:35 | Reply

yeah very true…

Comment by whatev on 2007-09-30 11:13:38 | Reply

Fortunately, in it’s infinite wisdom Microsoft decided to make the 360 backwards compatible with the original xbox games. You could get both for fairly cheap. I mean, if you dont know someone you could borrow Halo 1 or 2 for, you don’t have very many friends.

The multiplayer is off the hook. Except for the custom search thing. That blows.

Comment by Yoshima 31ite on 2007-09-28 01:30:05 | Reply

i agree with mass 9, if you just picked up this game without playing the previous games, then you’re not going to know WTF is going on at all. This was to end everything started in Halo, and Halo 2. If you’ve played them (and read the books which i strongly advise people to read because they are really great and fill in gaps in the story between games) the story makes perfect sense and the ending was perfect for the Halo series.

Bioshock is a random example springing to mind to illustrate an FPS can be more than just shooting through levels :)

Comment by Thryon on 2007-09-28 00:04:02 | Reply

I liked the review, but to me, Halo has always been about the single player experience and the great storyline (if you do not think Halo has a good storyline, then get your head out of games and read teh 4 novels and 1 graphic novel to enhance the experience). I only finished mission4 and WOW…this game ROCKS. Riding the SCARAB was way better than any experience from Halo 1 or 2.

10/10
(and I have not played the multiplayer yet).

Comment by Strawbs on 2007-10-05 18:26:24 | Reply

Halo is mostly about Multiplayer. I did enjoy the single player story but when it’s all said and done 6 month to 2-3 year down the road people will still be playing Halo3 online.

Comment by Spectro on 2007-09-28 01:21:21 | Reply

There’s a reason why none of you are reviewers.

Comment by 111 on 2007-09-28 01:54:23 | Reply

I think your comments on the campaign are ridiculous, I never once experienced any framerate issues, I didn’t find any of the backtracking annoying or tedious and the ‘throwback’ moments lasted all of about 4 minutes. To call the graphics mediocre is completely beyond my understanding, I think the engine looks fantastic and is rarely not gliding at 60fps.

Comment by trj156 on 2007-09-28 23:31:07 | Reply

how the hell do you think it “glides at 60fps”???? this game is so obviously 30fps that it hurts.

I wonder how many people lambasting the game haven’t:
a) played the others (or were playing the other two through rose-tinted spectacles)
or
b) have approached Halo 3’s multiplayer in the same way as they did Halo 2’s.

Yes, it’s just an evolution of the last game, not the revolution many people seem to hope it would be. I can’t remember anyone ever saying anything different, not even Bungie.

I kinda feel like I’m plodding through the Campaign just to see how it finishes, especially compared to how involved I felt playing Bioshock. But sod it, I’ve played Halo for over 5 years now!

Comparing Gears Of War to Halo 3 in terms of campaign is pointless, GOW was a relatively original game, H3 is the third game in a trilogy, of course GOW would feel fresh in comparison. Yes GOW had the cool Co-Op campaign mode, and cries of ‘OH NOES GOW did it better’ are not unfounded. But Halo has done Co-Op since Combat Evolved (in one way or form), and trying to make it better than the Co-Op of another game is not Bungie’s bag.

All the new features added to the Multiplayer (before you even go into the new vehicles and weapons etc) are just brilliantly well implemented (if a little buggy at the moment, screenshots I’m looking at you), and the Theater mode is brilliant. It’s not as customisable as some people may have hoped, but neither is it too complicated to make it a chore to use. It just works, you can easily make clips and replay those cool or funny moments. Then you can download other peoples (even send them to your 360 from bungie.net).

I feel like I haven’t even scraped the surface yet. Well, my mates forehead did thanks to me dropping that Warthog on him in Forge…

9/10 from me (and only surely going to rise as I get further into it)

I wonder how many people lambasting the game haven’t:
a) played the others (or were playing the other two through rose-tinted spectacles)

I hated Halo 2. Hate.

But this one’s good :(

Comment by Voyager2k on 2007-09-28 02:35:01 | Reply

Good and honest review, kudos for that.

I seriously have no clue what all the fuzz is about. The first Halo was cool, new and pretty amazing in it’s time. Halo 2 had nothing over it sans multiplayer and to me that’s not a big deal.

And now with Halo 3 I simply fail to see what everyone is so excited about. I just don’t see it and playing it is boring and confusing. But I guess if so many ppl love it there must be something to it …. anyway, enjoy it if you do.

Comment by Veritas on 2007-09-28 03:53:17 | Reply

Read the manual. =P

Comment by Voyager2k on 2007-09-28 13:54:34 | Reply

I must have missed the section where it says “Halo 3 is great and will turn you into a mindless fanboy because ……” I guess :) j/k and messing with the fanboys ^^ I’m happy if so many ppl are having a good time with a game. I don’t have to understand why :D

Comment by kevgallacher on 2007-09-28 04:14:54 | Reply

“Playing by yourself, the campaign will take ten to fifteen hours to complete”

What??? More like 6 hours.
Seriously where do mags and websites get these estimates at timescale of games.
I remember reading reviews of Zelda: Twighlight Princess where it stated 50-60 hours, I completed it in 20.
Maybe on legendary it could take about 15 hours but everyones first time through is on either normal or heroic which is between 6 and 10 hours.

Alex played Heroic and Legendary only ;)

Bungie advises Heroic for best experience, the Normal and Easy modes are just decoration for new players, and yes are several hours shorter.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-09-28 15:10:33 | Reply

Yup, i’m doing co-op on Heroic with a couple of boys and it was 4 hours last night to get to the middle of the fourth level, If you ain’t gonna give yourself a challenge no point moaning at how easy the game was.

Split-screen co-op on Heroic is pretty great. Made it to the last level when my buddy had to leave :(

Comment by mu on 2007-09-29 19:53:34 | Reply

c’mon glovner! work that legendary! heroic is for pussies!

Comment by Kate loire on 2007-09-30 01:11:08 | Reply

We did legendary in 5 hours co op :3

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-10-01 14:34:34 | Reply

Yup, we dropped the Heroic after the fourth level.

Back to the start and whooping it on legendary now.

BRING IT!

Comment by Lone Goat on 2007-10-02 05:09:26 | Reply

me and 3 friends did Legendary in around 5-6 hours

Comment by cue on 2007-09-28 04:45:15 | Reply

i think the game is great. awesome online, adequate single player. the graphics i wish people would stop bitching about. bungie has said all along we are using a fine tuned version of the halo 2 engine. they didnt go and write a new engine or use unreal 3.0 or whatever its called. they modified and improved the halo 2 engine. and it looks like what they claim. the multi is fantastic. id rather they focus on that as that is what gave halo 2 its long life span. we all know the campaign was just about the story and letting us know what happened to chief. they could have presented it over a retooled marathon and it would be enough.

Comment by TK Chillin on 2007-09-28 04:51:39 | Reply

I’ve been playing ranked games for the last 4 days, and I can hear the other scumbags just fine. Has this king guy even played the game!

Comment by zarbor on 2007-09-28 05:45:02 | Reply

I don’t have much of an issue with the review. I’m still playing the single player by myself and it’s fun. Nothing earth shattering or great outside of the AI and the new areas.

Plays much like previous which is a good thing. There is no creativity in the single player as there is in the multiplayer.

I’ve said it before, Bungie and MS are all about multiplayer. The single player was sorry in Halo 2 but it’s bette in Halo 3. That’s all they wanted. They succeeded.

The people who will be disappointed are those who was looking for Halo 3 to take single FPS to the next level like it did with Halo.

Just like Forza 2, the game looks good but clearly not setting any standard. Why? Multiplayer was the focus in Forza 2 in trading cars and going online.

So is it worth a 9 or 10? Well, as a complete package, yes but it’s the multiplayer that is the focus sprinkled with a decent single player making a worth the score.

Bungie is right to end it because they really can’t continue the single player portion. It’s not their strength.

Comment by Clay on 2007-09-28 09:34:48 | Reply

I mostly agree with the review. The campaign generally is good but not great, the graphics range from really good to below average (often dreadful in the FMV), The sound is very good and the overall experience is one that is a slight evolution of Halo2. However, the multiplayer tweeks to the comms have made a real difference to the online experience and most of the new maps are fantastic.

As a package, I think it is an easy 8.5/9.0 but I really can’t see how so many are giving it 10 (10 shouldn’t mean perfect as that will never happen but it should mean damn close to perfect in comparison the current crop of titles) as it as so many niggles?

Is it worth the money though? Damn right it is.

Comment by H1tchman on 2007-09-28 10:24:04 | Reply

I think IGN hit the nail on the head: 9.5 /10

But to be honest i don’t care what review it gets, its the experience that counts and that changes from one person to the next. I played campaign and multiplayer for 4/5 hours last night and i had a blast.

Comment by Verbs on 2007-09-28 14:38:40 | Reply

I quite enjoyed the campaign, had a great action, the story is awesome, it isn’t a repetitive from a level POV than the others, a particular enemy type didn’t ruin it moment they entered the fray…

The only downside that I can come up with, is that level 8 is a complete abortion, it’s this versions ‘Library’.

Comment by steven ratty on 2007-09-28 14:52:53 | Reply

i love co-op i just wish it was a bit harder, i like giong back trough the levels when its 1 i like, the graphics are not as good as gears but the levels are 10 times the size.
only been on it for about 8 hours and im very happy with it. i love the music if you have a good sound set up its great.

Comment by mu on 2007-09-29 19:56:01 | Reply

if you want more of a challenge, play legendary with some skulls activated. it will get tough.

Okay, fine, fine, you guys were right, I was wrong. It’s a good game. Screw all of you.

I still wish I could just play CTF without waiting for it to be picked in a playlist. :(

Comment by mass9 on 2007-09-28 19:13:56 | Reply

a convert!
lol, you’re not the first and you won’t be the last.

Comment by anonymoose on 2007-09-29 03:17:01 | Reply

The multiplayer is great, but I thought the story itself was fairly lame. Either overly dramatic, or far too dry. The Cortana/Gravemind cuts were tedious and took away from the action at awkward times and felt artificial. I think Alex was very fair in the review, the story was poor, but the action and gaming is exceptional.

Comment by whatev on 2007-09-30 11:20:31 | Reply

or rocket race. Or pirates. Or this sweet level my buddy made with telpoirters everywhere.

:_(

Comment by Lone Goat on 2007-10-02 05:13:43 | Reply

@whatev
whats your gamertag? i’m lookin for friends that play custom games..

you’ll get a friend request from “temple of Poon”

Comment by whatev on 2007-10-02 21:39:42 | Reply

coogsLS1

Anyone who wants to regularly play custom games send me a friends request!

Comment by Pedle Zelnip on 2007-10-01 03:31:19 | Reply

Wow, I must say the review completely surprised me. Reading it you’d think the game would get a score of 5/10, and ends up with a 9/10.

I suppose this is “to each their own”, but I must say playing splitscreen co-op with my friend (who is a die-hard Halo fanatic) we never once experiened any framerate issues, spent a good 12-13 hours doing the campaign on Heroic, had countless “that was AWESOME” moments, never once felt as though the 4:3 screen ratio was an issue (although one does wonder why the game doesn’t make full use of the entire screen in splitscreen), found the story great, and a worthy conclusion to the storyline. Then when you tack on the reply value that comes from the addition of the skulls, meta-games, etc I find it hard to see any faults with the single-player. I actually enjoyed this one more than any other shooter on a console (including either GoW or the original Halo). I agree with the final score of 9/10, but the criticisms in the article seem somewhat petty and in some cases downright false.

Comment by Lone Goat on 2007-10-02 05:14:52 | Reply

like the frame rate issue?

Comment by Yeah on 2007-10-01 14:43:06 | Reply

Yeah, well, you know, that’s just like, your opinion, man.

Comment by mu on 2007-10-12 21:18:59 | Reply

it really tied the room together.

Comment by Lone Goat on 2007-10-03 20:01:41 | Reply

@everyone
btw when you beat the game AFTER the long list of ppl… there is a another clip…. it made me happy

if you’ve seen it don’t spoil it for others.

Comment by C++arl on 2007-10-03 20:20:11 | Reply

Nah, the first ending is the only way to end a series like this. Master Chief must die, only then can he become a true hero. Happy endings often spoil a good game/movie :(

Comment by Lone Goat on 2007-10-03 21:11:27 | Reply

what??? it’s all one ending

Comment by The Nasty BRUNASTY on 2007-10-05 02:11:19 | Reply

Fucking Halo-Haters…

Some people just hate for the fuck of it. “Oh it’s popular… fuck it, it must suck”

This is def. the best Halo game of the series. Some people who aren’t fans of the Halo series will never admit that it’s awesome. Just like fuckers who aren’t fans of RPG’s or RTS’s thrashing those games. whoopdee fucking doo

Shit, what am I doin talking to you haters when I should be playing the best game yet on the 360 with people I like??

Guess I won’t be back to Xboxic for quite some time again! …and you wonder why….

QuiteUnusual, mass9, and all my old-school peeps… I see you on… hit me up!!

Comment by mass9 on 2007-10-05 16:36:26 | Reply

The Bru came back, the very next day…..
“You can’t please all the people all the time” but Bungie can please most of the people, so who cares about the rest?

Comment by ManoDestra on 2007-10-07 15:33:42 | Reply

I think the review is reasonably accurate other than the final score. To overlook the poor single player experience entirely and still give it 9 is just crazy (or perhaps crowd-pleasing?). I enjoyed Halo 1 and Halo 2 although it suffered in the Single Player through lack of ammo issues meaning you were forced to change to cruddy weapons you didn’t want to use. Halo 3 has been hyped as the best game ever. The graphics are good, but certainly don’t beat GOW or even RS:Vegas. The matchmaking is great particularly for ensuring I only play other UK guys, but I also like to look for custom matches and have the freedom of choice of which match I want to join too. For such a hyped game the single player was dire. The co-op goes some way to revitalise it, but it nowhere meets the anticipation built up by the hype. There are many FPS games out there with better storylines and ideas than any game in the Halo series. BioShock, The Darkness, Far Cry to name a few. Every Halo single player game has basically been humans vs aliens straightforward shoot em up with a flimsy excuse of a “story” tacked on. Don’t get me wrong, that’s no bad thing. I like mindless blasting as much as the next guy, but don’t claim it’s the most ground breaking game ever because it simply isn’t. Halo 3 is good, with some great features, but it’s no game of the year. 8 out of 10 would have been the best I could have given it consider the lacklustre approach to the game’s story and over stylistic design. But NO, it’s Halo right so it MUST be great?

Comment by mass9 on 2007-10-10 20:25:27 | Reply

the Left hand had better watch out for MY RIGHT HAND

*smacks five across his eyes*

Comment by Strawbs on 2007-10-12 21:10:31 | Reply

I didn’t like the campaign to start out but as I played through I found myself liking it more and more. Matchmaking online is just fabulous as we all expected it to be! Great game! Many, MANY people will be playing this game for several years. Let’s see some new maps BUNGIE!

Comment by xBeRx on 2007-10-15 17:37:31 | Reply

Halo 3 had its ups, and it had its downs.

The graphics where very very amazing, I didn’t think Bungie could pull something off like that, especially since we all noticed Halo 2’s pop up graphics, not only in gameplay but also during campaigh CGI.

Multiplayer is very fun, but a bit of a let down. For those of us who played Halo 3 Beta, this almost feels the same. Just more levels, and more variants. I believe Halo 3 multiplayer would of been a lot funner with a clan feature. Something about Halo 3 makes you want to be in a clan for some weird reason.

The campaign mode, was a big let down. Levels where too short, not enough bang in each level. Sure, fun to play, but the game, was in all honesty, over hyped. Especially with all the “BELIEVE” videos that roamed around right before launch, I was expecting something amazing.

Halo 3 was all in all a very well put together game, but for the fans that have stuck with Bungie since Marathon, expected more for the end of a trilogy as large as Halo 3.

All in all, 9/10.

Comment by xBeRx on 2007-10-15 17:39:10 | Reply

Oh, sorry for the double posting, but Halo 3 was NOT the best of the series, Halo was.

Comment by Neroide on 2009-01-20 21:17:02 | Reply

For me halo is the best game ever, and for me it’s got gorgeous graphics. Cause a game is not suppose to be REAL LIFE, it’s meant to be unrealistic and fun (NOT real). Get it?

Comment by The_Glovner on 2009-01-20 23:35:45 | Reply

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