"...all the little things Halo 3 does and how it's done that makes it great. The gameplay isn't far superior to other FPS games, the story isn't as epic as we like to think it is, and the multiplayer modes really aren't unique if you ignore the "for a console" moniker. Like I've said before when talking about the Halo franchise, it's how Bungie fits it all together that makes it such a special experience.
While Halo 3 doesn't do a lot innovatively, it does everything right. They've had years to perfect their Halo craft, and they did it damn well this time around."