Halo 3 review.
After playing Halo 3 for several weeks I thought I had given it enough play time to finally review it. I will break the review up into several sections and then give it final score. So here goes nothing.
Single player- Sadly the game is short, only about 9 levels. 2 of these levels will probably take the average player 1 hour to beat and t he rest will take from 20 to 40 min. But the game, while it lasts, is one of the best FPS shooter experinces I've had. Except for the 2nd and 8th level the map design is incredible. These two levels aren't even bad, its just very easy to get lost for couple of minutes in them.
The scale of the battles are incredible. While in the past game you might get a handful of marines to fight with now you can get dozens. The enemies also come in large numbers with an array of species, weapons, and veichles. The enemy displays pretty good intelligence and will use grenades, equipment, cover, and all sorts of weapons to bring you down. And the scarab fights are epic. Then when the flood come in, they come in droves. This game is the most fun I've ever had fighting the flood, except for the overpowered flood turrets.
It is worth noting that the game peaks at the 6th and 7th level. These are by far in my opinion the best levels Halo has ever seen. By comparision the 8th and final level feel a bit disappointing even the final level is still pretty good. Even though this game is short it has strong replay value as I have already replayed through 3 times. Co-op is also better than ever with with up to 4 players. The downside is that the game becomes too easy on even the harder difficulties. Story
I auctually find Halo to have a pretty engrossing shooter story for a FPS, plus I love epic space operas. The beginning of the game is a little light on the story. You are pretty much given a mission to accomplish over the next few levels and little more story is given. But a third of the way in the story picks up as you and the covenant loyalists face each other in one last stand.
After that however the story is good but seems to rushed and leaves too few things unexplained. the ending would have been more satisfying of some sort of secret was revealed or you had a more conclusive final battle with the flood. Its also notable that if you want to find out more about the flood-forerunner war check out the terminals.
This game definitly has the strongest multiplayer of the series. There are alot of customibilty options and forge mode opens up a lot of potential for creative user content. The formula isn't changed but it is refined. The equipment, new weapons (most of them) and other features come into play and expand on what Halo 2 did well. The action is fast pace and a blast. But instead of talking about all they did right, I want to point out a few flaws, that Bungie could still fix in post release updates.
-No custom game search (Can't believe it doesn't have this.)
-No Forge, infection, juggarnaught in matchmaking (wouldn't mind if the above option was avaliable.)
-Besides Sandtrap there is rarely any of the epic veichle combat that I always enjoyed in Halo 2. Come on new large maps. (Forge mode helps though,)
-Several weapons are not avaliable outside of forge, such as incedenary grenades, and the fuel rod gun. Also the sword is in too few maps.
If these were fixed I'd have almost no complaints about the multiplayer whatsever.
Theater mode is also an awsome and fun feature and it is always great to save that awesome film clip or sweet screenshot.
A mixed bag. Gears of War definitly looks better, but then again it also rendered much smaller areas and battles. There is alot of action on screen and the framerate is always consistant. Most of the stuff is next gen except for the human cut-scene character models which looks like something out of Timesplitters. But the enviorments, weapons, and veichles look great. Sound
Amazing. The musical score is among the best in the gaming industry and the sound effect are excellent.
Final Score Despite its weakness its strengths and multitude of features more than make up for it.