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Halo 3: The Anger Inducing Solo Campaign and Me

exhaustnote | 2486d ago
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Halo 3: The Anger Inducing Solo Campaign and Me
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I know that by now everybody and their mother has played Halo 3 who is going to.  I know that it doesn’t matter what the title’s solo campaign experience was like, it was going to sell like the Dickens just so we could all frag each other into the next century via the internet.  I also know that I’ve played my share of online matches as well and multiplayer aspect of the game holds few flaws.  I am not one who can keep playing it forever and ever unfortunately, and at this point I wouldn’t be able to hold my own in the cutthroat battlenet world.  It was most definitely fun while it lasted.

I just borrowed the game from RMC because since the first Halo I have been intrigued by the story and I wanted to finally see how they wrapped up what I thought was supposed to be the finale.  I must say that I was quite disappointed.  Please understand me here.  When I first picked up an Xbox controller to play co-op Halo: Combat Evolved I was like that guy in the Maxell Logo. Blown away!  The sheer scale of the missions combined with an intriguing storyline made it more than your average FPS.  There are still levels of that game, mainly the Silent Cartographer that I could probably play over again until I die.

Then there was Halo 2.  The series had made the shift to online gaming brilliantly and by this time Bungie knew what kind of success they had on their hands so it seemed that they didn’t put as much into the solo campaign experience.  There are only 2 missions that excited me and they still weren’t on par with the presentation of the original.  I felt that the story had lost an element with the addition of all these new characters and brutes that just seemed to distance itself from what made it great.  Reminds me of movie trilogies that didn’t know they were going to be trilogies until the first one made millions.  Although Master Chief riding the bomb was good. Really good. I’m not made of stone.

Finally, I beat Halo 3 yesterday.  I cannot stress enough how disappointed I am with the entire game. Firstly, the way that I have to stop every five seconds so that a vision of Cortana flashes before my eyes to induce a seizure was the main thing that brought me out of the experience.  Then when I finally get her back, I’m subject to more of it through that Barry White sounding alien. I mean, I guess it was an alien. Tell you the truth I had no idea what was going on or what it was!  If I can’t move while that thing speaks, why didn’t he just record himself doing the HMS Pinafore and play it on repeat so that Master Chief would be stuck in that eternal hell forever.  That was by far the worst mission in any FPS that I’ve played.  At no time was I having fun.  By that point in the game I was just trying to get through to see the ending.  I didn’t care one bit about Cortana or the flood.  It was just disheartening.

Anything that I found remotely fun in the game was something that was a bad copy of a mission from the previous 2 Halos.  There is a beach level where you have to infiltrate a bunker to shut down a shield.  There is a highway driving mission where you have to open up a pathway between cities.  These were the best missions and they were both rehashed.  It was cool having to drive my way out of all the explosions during the final mission… but it just seemed so familiar.  And what the hell was I driving on by the way?! Did someone build that just so they could do sweet jumps off these ramps in a warthog?

Then there are some minor bits that I could’ve done without.  I miss having to kill the Elites and it’s just not as satisfying to take out the Brutes.  Also what’s going on with the Brutes’ armor? It falls of off them leaving them vulnerable after some hits?  That just wasn’t how I pictured it.  I think I touched a sniper rifle once and the Marine Pistol manages to suck even worse than it did in Halo 2!  Like I said, minor bits that just added to my misery.

Now here’s the kicker: the ending.  Can someone explain to me how the heck the Arbiter and Master Chief both land on the same ship via the Warthog, but only the Arbiter makes it back? Did I miss him detach an escape pod and fly back alone?  What was that all about? It was so very anti climactic that I just couldn’t help but agree with that Admiral when he told the Arbiter that he can’t forgive the elites for what happened in the original game.  Me too Admiral! Now let’s go kill those jerks huh?! Their armor won’t fall off them at least!  The only thing that could’ve made it worse would be to show us Master Chief’s face because that would be disappointing.   “Return of the Jedi” disappointing.  Hey, at least we got to hear Chief’s name though… John.  John!?  Did we need to hear that? It’s the most common name in our recent history! Why couldn’t it be Rutger or Gil?  Okay, well now I’m just looking with a microscope for things to complain about.

All in all I guess you can tell that I was unhappy with Halo 3’s solo campaign as a whole.  The reason I am so passionate about this issue is because of my experiences with the first title.  Now it seems that Bungee obviously knows that they could dump in a box, have online play, and make their millions.  They even have a tongue in cheek blurb before the end credits about ass kicking and money making.  This decline of the franchise seems unfair to those of us who want more than just another forum to kill each other virtually.

There is no reason to own this game unless you have an Xbox Live account.  The next Halo (which it looks like there will be one judging from the ending of Halo 3) should just be a full out online multiplayer game because I can’t stand to have my heart broken again.  Obviously, these are just my opinions and I’d like to reiterate that this is a must have for online multiplayer matches, but as a credible story with characters that I care about, Halo has gone the way of the buffalo.  If way of the buffalo means crappy.

Genuine  +   2486d ago
I disagree. Halo 3 is the pinnacle of the series. I question whether or not you've even played the game. If you got no enjoyment whatsoever out of the variations of large vehicle battles, taking down scarabs, 4-player co-op, theatre... Your either playing at a difficulty that doesn't challenge you or your not much of a shooter fan. Either way, I question your views of what a fps should be, that's assuming you actually have views on the subject.
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Rocko  +   2486d ago
100% correct my friend.
Playing Legendary with 3 friends was insane. Halo haters get lost.
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LastDance  +   2486d ago
genuine.. Man.. all sh!t aside. okay .. Forget about xbox and ps3 and Betamax and coke vs pepsi and watever.

Halo 3s solo campaign sucked a$$ on a big level.
The game as a whole was plain mediocre.
lsujester  +   2486d ago
Meh....
While I did enjoy the MP of Halo 3, the SP aspect fell short of the mystique of the first game. I do, however, think that it's way ahead of the retarded mess of a story that Halo 2 was, and it offers a little more bang in things like taking down the Scarabs. However, I hated the Cortana level as much as I hated the Library, especially having to stop every five seconds for those fracking acid flashbacks.

I really just don't think it holds it own even against other FPS's like Bioshock when it comes to storyline (this is even after reading the novels), or COD4 when it comes to the "HOLY @#$%" moments.

So if (okay, okay... WHEN) they do a Halo 4, I really hope they do it as the Marathon series. The story was much better, and I think that with some refinements to the gameplay and level design, we could see a Halo that eclipses all of the previous ones. I know Bungie owns the Marathon series still.. but I honestly don't see MS not paying the beau coup money to make another game for them.
The Kingslayer  +   2486d ago
My feeling
Is that alot of people went into Halo 3 with a grudge to not like it. The game in both areas SP and Multiplayer, crap all over Halo 2. So that alone makes the game good. On purpose I have yet to go all out on the game and I own it. I want to wait until May/June to get back into the game. I feel like people are ruinining the experience because of their expectations. My initial run with the game was uber...I just don't see where people are dissapointed by it, but I respect thier oppinion...Game on
Richdad  +   2485d ago
Halo 3 was
Yeah dissapointing it was like a average FPS it didnt take grip on you it was not abt grpahics the gameply and narration was not done like Halo and Halo2, but anyways I would say that the dissapointment was that it should have been better than COD4, but still its much better experience than FEAR, GRAW, COD3 and Lost Planet on 360 if we count single player well and multiplayer is solid its really good not dissapointing anyways.
But COD4 has a slight edge may be mainly due to grpahics and intensity but the new maps coming have smaller map and they look way better than anything in Halo3 till now. Looking at the screenshot they look better than COD4.
COD4 looks good yes but tress, distant objects and some of the terrain looks terribly bad. But in Halo3 everything has the same quality in graphics and they really made a huge draw distance to support vidoe recording if they have just done smaller maps and had not gone for Huge draw distance they would have got much much better graphics than they have now. I think dlc 2 of Halo would prove this.
FirstknighT  +   2484d ago
"Can someone explain to me how the heck the Arbiter and Master Chief both land on the same ship via the Warthog, but only the Arbiter makes it back?"

Are you serious? It really looks like you weren't even paying attention. The Halo story is one of the best sci fi stories around. Your complaints are pretty silly. The Brutes armor?

"And what the hell was I driving on by the way?! Did someone build that just so they could do sweet jumps off these ramps in a warthog?"

LMAO! I totally agree on that one. Nevertheless, I was sweating with excitement on that final level.
LinuxGuru  +   2484d ago
I enjoyed Halo and Halo 2, but i have yet to play Halo 3, due to my lack of an Xbox 360.

I will go over to my friend Alex's house to give it a go, though.
Shimrra  +   2484d ago
Just reading the title I was in agreement but when I started reading your whole blog I came to realize that in some way I do not think you really understood what was going on in Halo 3. Now I am not going to say Halo 3 is the best FPS out there, that title goes to Half Life and all its iterations. But I have to disagree with alot of your views with the game in a whole. Halo 1 was neither a great game nor a bad game it just so happen to be the right game at the right time for a FPS on a console and what really helped the Halo 1 was really the multiplayer the solo story was cheesy and filled with wholes. If anything Halo 1 pretty much took Aliens(2) and ran with that idea. Halo 2 well I will honestly say that this one had no solo story line and it pretty much opted to just throw you a side dish of story but the main course was the multiplayer aspect which Bungie never hid the fact that they openly said they were concentrating more on the online side and you know what even with a horrible story line in Halo 2 the online matches and gameplay more than made up for it. Halo 3 ah the "final" and I mean that loosely since MS is going to jump start this franchise once FF hits the PS3, is what we all been waiting for kinda. Lets face it by now no one really cared to much about the story line. What everyone wanted was what the have grown to love with the series and that is some kick ass balls to the wall online fragging and for a time that is what people got. One can not say the media had some thing to do with this hype machine it had its part but the game in a whole is what everyone wanted and to an extent it even got people who never even thought about playing a FPS to at least try it. Sure the story line wasnt all that great but look at any trilogy out there and ask yourself if it had gotten any better after its first release (cough MGS).

If you ask me you should either do one of two things. Either make yourself some coffee and wake up Halo 3 isnt the best thing on earth but if you bought into the hype around then its your own fault for just being a sheep.
Or two go back into bed and keep dreaming tbecause alot of these games these days arent trying to make a great solo game anymore.

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