Reviewers say ‘Halo 3′ is great, mostly
Here is a sample of reviews by gaming Web sites and publications:
—GameSpy.com: 5 stars out of 5
In a lot of ways, this review is merely a formality, because there’s no doubt in our minds that everyone with a 360 and a hunger for vicious multiplayer should own Halo 3 immediately. In fact, there are probably millions of people who do not yet own 360s that should go out and buy them just so they can witness the majesty that is a furious Halo 3 multiplayer match (provided they enjoy serious competition).
Quite simply, Halo 3 is the reason the Xbox 360 exists.
–GameSpot.com: 9.5 out of 10
All you really need to know if you’re on the fence about Halo 3‘s campaign is that it’s a delicate balancing act that manages to provide satisfying closure for the trilogy, make perfect sense of all the cryptic events in Halo 2, and leave you filled with anticipation for more adventures set in the Halo universe. Not bad for a game that will take most players between 10 and 15 hours to finish on one of four difficulty settings.
—1Up.com: 10 out of 10
It’s hard to imagine a feature of this game that someone won’t love … Or you can just look at it as a sum of so many quality parts, that value-wise, Halo 3 is as sure a thing as it gets. Sure, no one aspect of the game is life-changing on its own, but perhaps the package as a whole is.
Where Halo 3 is likely to be criticized is in its distinct Haloness. This is not the Xbox 360’s graphical showcase, falling short of benchmarks set by Gears of War last year, and more recently BioShock. Bungie has never (overtly) shot for this goal, but as the top billing in this year’s remarkably rich end-of-year games lineup, mainstream consumerism is always going to judge prettiness first, performance second.
I’ve always held that one of the things that attracts fans of Halo to the game is its plot and characters. While Halo 3 does deliver on its promise to wrap things up, I found the plot a bit too convoluted to either follow or really care about.
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