Review by XxXEliteZeroXxX

"A great ending to a great series, but not quite perfect."

Let me first start out by saying that I'm a huge fan of Halo, but if you're reading this review I'm guessing that you are not completely familiar with the game or the series, or that you just want to be sure that the game is worth it. I will try and cover all the important aspects of the game and help you to decide if it's the game for you. Having said that, I had extremely high hopes for Halo 3 and I was almost completely blown away.

Graphics: 10/10, I don't think you can get much better than this as far as Halo's or most other games go. I wasn't impressed with the faces of certain characters at some points in the campaign, but this is but a minor issue, if truly an issue at all. All play areas in the game, and things like explosions and water effects are top notch and very well done.

Sound: 10/10 They finally brought back the Halo 1 music! It took them long enough. The world around you is alive with fully ambient sound, even without surround sound systems. You may not even fully realize it's presence it's done so well. The voice work is also very well done and could be the best in the series. Listen closely to the marines talking, they often reference outside media... I won't ruin it for you.

Gameplay: 10/10, With all due respect, this category deserves an 11/10. It is easily better than Halo 2's and maybe even Halo 1. The return of truly giant battles is my favorite part of this game and should please any fan of the first game and more. Controls are tight and responsive as ever and you never feel like you're not in complete control of the game. Everything feels just right.

Story: 8/10 Sadly, this is where the praise ends and why I'm only giving the game a 9/10. You don't really feel connected to the story in this game. Halo 2 made you aware of what was going on behind the action and the story made you curious as to what was going to happen next. Halo 1 did this even better and it drove you to proceed right along with the top notch gameplay. This time around, the story telling seems to take a back seat to the utterly amazing and extremely fun gameplay. It's not a horrible thing, but it becomes more noticeable as the game progresses and starts to eat at you a bit that they don't go into the back story a bit more.

Online: 9.5/10, The Forge is absolutely awesome and I haven't felt this much in control of my map editor since Far Car on Xbox. Let your imagination run wild guys. The film theater and map and film/clip share features are great and you will waste countless hours tinkering with your films, trying to impress your friends. MP is very similar to how Halo 2 played online, so don't expect more than a new HUD and maps/weapons. The game does feel more balanced than Halo 2 did online though. The coop is easily the star of this game though. It is what will have your copy of Halo 3 visiting your disk drive will into 2008, or whenever GoW2 comes out and it becomes the next "big game".

Replay: 10/10, With so much to do and learn, it will hold your interest for at least several months and longer than that for most people who are fans of the series. The MP is excellent, even though I still find myself calling BS sometimes and with a great SP/COOP campaign and all the extras like theater mode and editor... Ya, I'll see you next spring.

I'm now to talk a bit about the extras in the CE version of the game. The bonus disk comes with the usual bonus features and a special calibrating tool that I highly doubt you'll ever pull the game out of your drive to use. It also comes with three free themes and three picture packs from R vs. B, TSL, and some other Halo themed stuff that you can only get if you have the CE version, as well as a nice art book similar to what Gears of War's CE came with. The steel case is nicely designed too and easily accessible. I just wish they would have hired better workers to put the disks into their cases…

Overall, if you're a fan of Halo at all, whether or not you have Xbox Live or if you have a 360, this game should be in your collection.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 09/27/07

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

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