Review by Dr_Mowinckel
"As incredible as the hype would lead you to believe? I think not."
This review is for the single-player/campaign mode, and to a much less extent, the game as a whole. What is there to say about Halo 3? This is, obviously, the third game in the Halo series, which many fans of the series have been waiting for.
There has been countless commercials, previews, reviews and, even a soft drink with the Halo brand on it! This review intends to give a non-biased look at Halo 3 by someone with a fairly objective outlook. Beneath this feat of advertising prowess lies a brutal reminder of Microsoft's stance that money solves everything, and this constant barrage of advertisements does nothing to sway this, on to the review itself now.
Halo 3 plays nearly identically to its predecessors, if you liked the earlier games, you'll likely enjoy it here, but in this humble reviewer's opinion, it's grown stale, especially after two previous games in this series and having such a similar formula to Bungie's earlier works--Marathon and its sequels.
The general gameplay is average and the difficulty is mostly easy, even on higher difficulties. The enemy AI is good, but in an FPS released this generation anything less would be simply inexcusable. The game can be fun to play at times, but mainly when you're playing it with friends.
The story is shallow and cliche, you never really feel the emotion a good story should evoke from you, and you never find yourself caring about what happens to the characters, or seeing the story as anything more than an excuse to shoot things.
The game takes advantage of the capabilities of the 360 well, and the sound is very well done in general, but I also found it to not match the mood at times as well. The graphics fit the game well, but the environments don't differ a huge amount.
It takes very little time comparatively to complete the campaign mode, especially if you're playing with friends. When it comes to replay value, between the online mode and replaying the campaign, you'll have enough to do with the game until you get bored with it.
Halo 3 is the same rehash you've played twice already, if you've enjoyed the earlier games, you'll enjoy this. If you've played and enjoyed the first two games, this'll likely be worth a buy for you, if you haven't and are wondering if you'll like it; rent first. It's a fair game, but nothing new, and nothing that hasn't been done already.
Reviewer's Rating: 3.0 - Fair
Originally Posted: 09/26/07
Game Release: Halo 3 (US, 09/25/07)
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