Review by Lebbin

"Bungie has taken the best elements of the genre, and has created a masterpiece."

Man, where do I start? The gameplay is perfect. The shooting, reloading, and movement is mapped onto the controller perfectly. You can toggle crouch now instead of holding down the button! While the actual gameplay may need a little getting used to, you quickly get the hang of it. The weapons are greatly evened and are useful. Although you may find the scoped battle rifle as the most useful gun, the Gravity Hammer is great fun. The enemies that you face are still as fun as they were in the other games, and are original, fun to kill, and the Brutes are the coolest enemies yet. The Flood is neat too. You fight alongside many allies including the Arbiter and his Elite friends. The massive battles that include tanks and Scarabs are intense and exciting. The pace is pretty good, and Halo 3 easily has the best vehicle combat to date, in any game. The vehicles are a major part of the game, and are as fun to drive as the main FPS gameplay. The levels may not be as massive and long as the ones in Halo: CE, they are relatively short, but have lot's of replay value that is magnified due to the finely tuned four difficulty levels, different paths, and co-op. The co-op is great, and works fine. It even has online four-player co-op!

Speaking of online, Halo 3 has the best multiplayer ever made. Even better than Super Smash Bros. Melee. Here I'll tell you how. Not only including 16-player online and splitscreen, the game also includes hundreds of match rule combinations, customizable armor, and Forge. Forge lets you edit the battlefield set where the player spawn. All this combined, equals infinite possibilities and fun. But how do you save all the timeless moments of fun? Another feature of the game is Theater. You can replay the matches and campaign levels as movies and pause, fast forward, switch to third-person, and move the camera freely around. Moving the camera isn't as smooth as it could be, but who's complaining when you get to watch you friend get blown up by a Plasma grenade?

The graphics are not perfect, but are still amazing. The characters, weapons, environments, and vehicles look great, but the most great visual improvement over Halo 2's graphics are in the lighting. It shines through corridors, and trees. It reflects off of weapons, and armor. Master Chief look great in the game. Overall, the graphics are perfect for the game. From an artistic standpoint, the Scarabs and Brutes are really cool, and their armor is well designed. When you knock off the Brutes armor, you see their butt-ugly faces which make you want to defeat them even more. The returning enemies look mostly the same, and are cool nonetheless. The music is what you'd except. The awesome Halo theme plays at the right moments, and the Grunts and humans make somewhat humorous remarks. The Brutes cuss at you, the Chief's voice still sounds cool, and the voice acting is top-notch.

Now to wrap up this review. The gameplay is smooth and perfect. The multiplayer is the most fun you'll ever have and will never get boring. The graphics fit the game nicely, and the sound/music is well done. I give this game a 10. It is the first time I've ever given a game a 10, and it is because this is the best FPS and multiplayer experience to date.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 09/27/07

Game Release: Halo 3 (US, 09/25/07)

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