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A Review for Non-FPS lovers
on 5 October 2007
Being the overjoyed new owner of an Elite 360 system, I decided to jump on the hype bandwangon and got myself Halo 3. As the difference in price isn't all that much, decided upon this edition.
My advice for all is to open it up immediatly and check if the Game Disk is scratched and dirty. My first purchase was so and I needed it replaced. Open it in the store where you buy it, but if you do so through Amazon, make sure to email the support team and ask for a replacement. Apparentely a batch of disks - only for the limited edition (legendary and "normal" have no reports of damaged game disks so far) - have this problem. Someone in quality control was sleeping in China when these boxes went through. As removing a star from the game is unfair due to this manufacture mistake (not Bungie's fault), I still was eager to see if this game was a life changer for me.
After this first hiccup, I, profound ignorant of FPS - having only played the demo of Bioshock (and loved it, but the game is ordered and on its way) - took the controls and went for the kills.
Being a noob (idiot), I started on Easy Mode. First two levels were a breeze, and actual quite fun. Its not God's gift to HD gaming (as it happens, its 640p so its not even HD) but it does look good. If you have a big screen like I do, with good sound, it looks good AND sounds amazing. Great soundtrack, and fantastic ambiance. Then the third level kicks in and the crap hits the fan.
Riding vehicles in Halo 3 is bad. No, its not bad, its terrible. If you leave it to your allies' AI (playing solo, like I was), your vehicle goes crashing all over the place. You HAVE to take controls of the vehicles (thankfully you can), but still, you see the problem. They are not manouverable, even with your deepeest efforts. Its like your grandfather driving a F1 car through rain after half a bottle of whisky. its worse, actually. One star removed from the temptive 5 star maximum, then.
Unfortunately, these levels are forced upon you throughout the game. Halo 3 does change my prespective on FPS's, somewhat, but it only marginally does so. If you, like me, have no will to go multiplayer, then its minus another star to this review, to boot.
That leaves a 3 star game, at best: for this asking price, if you want to go FPS for once in your gaming life, I suggest trying out Bioshock first.