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Bungie, unashamedly proud, and rightly so,
This review is from: Halo 3 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I am really surprised and baffled by the negative reviews on Halo 3. Bungie put a whole lot of effort into the Halo trilogy and deserve to be really proud of the end result.
Halo was groundbreaking and had the sort of complete, well-finished story and concept that most game studios completely fail to achieve. The story was picked up convincingly in Halo 2 and the gameplay was taken up a notch or two with better environments and more interactivity.
Halo 3 carries the story forward brilliantly, and as soon as you start your campaign it has you captivated.
I had read various comments about it being woefully short, so, with some doubt as to what the trilogy's finale would really be like, I bought it anyway to find out. I jumped into a campaign on Legendary (hardest) difficulty level and was surprised again and again by how long the game was.
It easily took as long to complete as it's predecessors, and had just the same ballance of fun and challenges and new experiences.
I don't know why so many people have found it "too short"....maybe they were playing the pre-release demo and not the full game ;-]
Gameplay is great. Although you only get to play as the 'Chief in this one, it's plenty to keep the fun factor high, and in many missions you have the Arbiter alongside you as your partner. Towards the end of the game I found myself regularly checking to make sure he was allright, having got quite attached to the character, and thankfully, he was not tragically killed off as I thought might be the case.
You also still get all the same opportunities for using different weapons and types of combat....everything from long-range sniping to close-quarters shotgun action, to air assault, to ground assault in a tank. Plus, you can rip mounted weapons off their tripods and walk around with them, as well as having the use of chuckable utilities like energy shields, flares, mines and more.
You'll encounter all the same environments....beach, jungle, snow, Halo, scorched earth, covenant ship and also, new to Halo 3, a Flood hive and a desert!
This time though, it's all built for next-generation-only hardware, so it looks simply stunning. The environments, the lighting, the textures, water effects, fire, explosives, animation....they're all top quality and without the slightest sign of error or poor programming.
Sound in Halo 3 is also really well done, and has had the attention it deserves. Just like Halo 2, environmental sounds and character dialogue are rich and varied, and a solid score/soundtrack keeps the epic story moving along with epic energy, without being excessive.
I haven't started investigating Halo 3's multiplayer yet, but to be honest it doesn't matter to me...the game is absolutely worth every penny, deserves all the credit it gets, and is most definitely one I'll be playing again. I do recommend playing it on Heroic or Legendary difficulty though...it's a compelling challenge.
As for the story ending....I didn't find it disappointing, I thought it was appropriate. And it's confirmation from Bungie that they are ready to start something new!
Unless you're too young to understand the whole Halo 'thing' and get the feeling of what it's about, I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy Halo 3.