"Halo 3" is a lot of things: an exciting science fiction action adventure, a rich online first-person shooter and the end of a popular trilogy. But let's cut through the enormous hype: It's not the best video game ever.
Like its predecessors, "Halo 3" liberally uses cinematic interludes between the action to advance the story. And again, it sometimes cheapens the gaming experience. Instead of watching a movie where Master Chief performs some daring move, shouldn't I be the one controlling him?
If anything, life as Master Chief is predictable: aim, shoot and reload. The weaponry this time around has been upgraded and includes some devastating armaments like hefty turret weapons, which Master Chief can rip from the ground and use to mow down foes.
"Halo 3" is the first version for the Xbox 360, and the colorful graphics shine for the most part. Close-ups on many of the character's faces were far from high-definition, however, and the overall visual quality drops markedly once you jump to the online modes.