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Over-rated and over-hyped
on 18 November 2014
Halo was a flagship title for Xbox, which introduced and made available a first person shooter to a new generation. Previously, to play a game of this magnitude required a decent PC so the Xbox managed to bring a first person shooter into the lounge of a brand new group of gamers. I played Halo 3 on its release in 2007 and was underwhelmed.
For a game released in 2007 it's neither well polished or original; especially when compared to games like Half-Life and Deus Ex, which where released on PC in 1998 and 2000, both of which had original ideas and where superior in there design (even graphically), I'm an avid gamer and prefer console games over PC but Halo 3 is undeservedly placed on a pedestal due to nostalgic gamers who were introduced to games during this period.
I recently replayed Halo 3 on multiplayer with friends but for 2007 the graphics are flat and blocky and without fluidity, especially if you compare them to land mark games like Shadow of the Colossus, which was released two years earlier with graphics which still rival newly released games. The campaign is average and Master Chief, as a character, is dull (just heard they're making a Halo film considering his mostly mute and faceless that should be interesting). There are things which are unique to Halo such as sticky grenades and The Flood which I commend. Multiplayer, however, is full of glitches and gamers taking advantage of glitches. My favourite being the player who found a means to access what should be the solid structure of a wall were he couldn't be seen or shot at but could shoot unsuspecting players with impunity. This is all too common making multiplayer a rigged experience.