Reach dug it's matchmaking with the august update that removed anniversary maps. BTB anniversary were the best maps in the game, and the gameplay was similar to that of CE, even with armor abilities.
No way, Reach was the furthest thing from CE until Halo 4. Actually, it may even be further than Halo 4. The bloom was absolutely terrible, along with armor lock, and most of the maps were horrid. Though I never played TU Reach, so that may have helped, but I can't really comment.
]Halo 3 was fun. I had fun with it. All my friends had fun with it. I have fond memories of the game. I'm not saying it's the best or worst in any way, shape or form (be it technical, enjoyment-factor or overall quality), i'm just saying that I had fun with it.
You just seem to avoid having fun at all with the game for some odd reason. You remind me of one of my old friends, always on Reddit, making his own opinions based on that of internet consensus instead of his own judgement. He eventually transformed into a cynical hipster snob that only drinks coffee from starbucks.
i had 3 years of awesome fun with that game. i probably played 20,000 games of h3, at least. where did i ever say i didnt enjoy the game? TC simply said that the game had no flaws and i just had to point out to him how much the game itself sucks from a FPS perspective.