Gaming Today Reviews Halo 3
Presentation & Game Options (10/10)
Halo 3 shines like no other when it comes to presentation. The replay editor is perhaps the greatest thing they have added to the entire game. The ability to edit the angle of replay to create videos is mind blowing. There’s no more telling tall tales about some of your Halo accomplishments either. You either show people the tape, or it did not happen. This feature by itself will keep the game fresh for years to come and provide tons of enjoyment for anyone who likes creating videos of their highlights.
4-player online co-op is another great addition to the franchise expanding on Halo’s legendary ability to really bring friends together. There’s no excuse to play the game on your own anymore.
The map editor for the game is very interesting. I did not spend a lot of time tinkering around with the particular feature, but I can see where this new addition to the franchise will also keep the game appealing for years to come. I have read some stories where people are playing matches while one person from each team plays the role of weapon and item dropper. Think of the Matrix meets Halo here. The fun will simply not end for a very long time.
Graphics were a strong concern for this title, but it’s really a non-issue. The amount of detail put into this game considering all factors is a true accomplishment by Bungie. There are a few minor issues, but nothing worth complaining about. I sincerely hope you have a 1080p capable HD television for this game. If you don’t, you may seriously want to consider it. Although the graphics are not necessarily the greatest ever, the game warrants a high score in the category considering they pulled everything off. As I mentioned, they can only be truly appreciated at 1080p.
Gameplay has a few minor issues, but nothing to worry too much about. I find that the maps in Halo 3 are superior to anything we have played on in the previous two games. They definitely provide the opportunity for team strategy to overcome opponent skill. This game is not going to be all about your 1-on-1 owning abilities. If you do not play as a team in multiplayer, you will not win like in the past. In Halo and Halo 2, a one man show could potentially dominate another team. You will not see that happening often here.
Campaign is fun, but perhaps not as epic or sweet as I had previously envisioned. It’s definitely much better than Halo 2′s campaign. Despite what anyone says, there are no FPS games on the planet that can match the fun you will experience with Halo 3. From a technical aspect, it may not be the greatest FPS, but who cares about technicalities? Halo is all about getting with your friends and having a blast. The new weapons are great fun as well. My personal favorite has to be either the laser or the flame thrower. The flame thrower is great for surprising someone who comes around the corner for you.
As usual, the sound is amazing. The music score perfectly matches the game and really gets you hyped up. I’d suggest you have some type of surround-sound setup to truly appreciate this aspect of the game. The combat sounds are realistic and go well with the game. The strong point is definitely the music.
Replay Value (10/10)
Much like Halo and Halo 2, people will be enjoying this game for years. The online aspect of Halo 3 shines as usual. The campaign doesn’t have the replay value we wanted, but multiplayer is enough to warrant a 10 rating in this category. 4-player co-op definitely bumps up the status of campaign a little bit and multiplayer brings us new challenges that will last for some time. The maps are designed really well this time and will offer us years of team strategies. The quality of Halo 3 really shines through in every possible category. The few negatives are definitely completely masked by the positives.
Overall Rating (9.7)
In other words, just buy the game.