Welcome to the first ever Joystiq nega-review. Much like their meta-reviews, the nega-reviews collect together opinions on a hot game from across the game review community. Unlike meta-reviews, though, the nega-review focuses only on negative quotes from extremely positive reviews; massaging them together into an entirely unforgiving whole.
The numbers in parentheses after each quote refer to the reviews linked at source, all of which scored the game at least nine out of ten, and many of which gave the game a perfect score. In some quotes, positive qualifiers have been taken out and replaced with ellipsis, but the context of the comments was not changed significantly - every quote here was intended as a negative in the original review.
Why do this? Partly to erect an artificial island in Halo 3's wide sea of praise. Partly as a warning against taking out-of-context quotes as representative of a much different whole. But mainly as a reminder that no game is perfect, and even the best, most hyped games have a few flaws.