Despite the enormous hype, 'Halo 3' is not the best video game ever

"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.

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ktchong4041d ago

Maddens Raiders is a moron, but this review is legitimate.

For any single title, not everyone is going to like it. What matters here is 9 out of 10 people like Halo 3, and one doesn't... which is better than, let say, Lair, for which 9 out of 10 people HATED it, and only one did.

So far, I have not seen anyone give it an outright bad score like the heap Lair had gotten.

So, this is legitimate. It's not a perfect score. So what? And 3 out of 4 stars is still a good score.

marionz4041d ago

i wasnt blown away to begin with but when the game kicks off propper and you fight the scarab or ride the new vechicles and learn the new equipment dont tell me that isnt awesome! the cut scenes are great and the story is EPIC, this game hands down blows away gears and bioshock.

im sure there are plenty of ps3 fans ready to play down halo, but you ps3 fans raved about resistance right? well this game is a million times better in every aspect so tell me how the hell you can say halo sucks?

MADGameR4041d ago

Its MS's best game, its all they have. Its BIG but its not THAT big that it would effect the world. Halo 3 is just American pride because its the first actual American game thats the biggest atleast in AMERICAN gaming, AMERICAN! American games have a whole lot to go. We all know Japan makes the best games. And 360 fans, don't go flaming me because you'll look stupid. I'm American TOO! Atleast I am honest with my opinions.

JsonHenry4041d ago

I have been playing the single player I and I like it. But the online match making is DOA for my liking. I prefer the style of matching making like in Call of Duty or Rainbow Six. (both of which have better multiplayer in my personal taste)

Oh well. I will be trading this game in for Call of Duty 4 the day it ships to stores.

I have been FORCING myself to play Halo 3 multiplayer hoping that I will like it... but I just feel it is still a rip of of Unreal Tournment.

socomnick4040d ago

Madgamer If you mean japanese games are better because they feature metrosexual males with spiky hair in fantasy rpgs and homosexual spys grabbing statues testicles and then dry humping a guard to submission then yea your right. The time of Japanese games being the best is over Western g

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Maddens Raiders4041d ago (Edited 4041d ago )

when someone forms an objectionable opinion to their Lord and Saviour master chef. It's like watching a bunch of bloody girls screaming for Elvis to get off the bus. Well get your tampons ready, girls. Oh, wait Elvis is dead like the 'Bomb' XBox 360 will be in 2008 going forward. Sorry.

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edit @ (((marianne and not-so-sticky doja))) -- look girls I don't give a Flip about what you think or agree with. mariannez you are one of the biggest SNE haters on this site and I'll probably never say anything you'll agree with nor does it matter. It's not like I'll be inviting you over for salmon and rotini any time soon. So if you hate me, get in line and take a number violent femmes. I just don't give a fvck what either of you think so go play Halo and sthu.

WIIIS14041d ago

That's a laugh, you should read the comments when the reviews for Lair and HS came out lol!

TheXgamerLive4041d ago (Edited 4041d ago )

These are just some of the things that makes Halo 3 the greatest game ever played.

all these things mentioned and more have had more people put in more hours than on any other console game ever, probably only second if at all to WoW, and surpasses it in some ways and it's an older PC game, so yes Halo 3 deserves to hold the crown for now and rightfully for a long time to come.

This is based on the worlds population as a whole but individualy every game is great or it's greatness is in the eye of the beholder. Some for whatever reason few may think PacMan is the greatest thing since sliced bread, many do not. It's all up to us, but again based on world numbers it's now Halo 3.

marionz4041d ago (Edited 4041d ago )

you are a


once upon a time i thought your comments were good to read, but all you seem to be now is a typical cookie cutter ps3 fanboy

EDIT @ madden above

you just proved your a fanboy clone, your rant looks more like jibberish than anything else, and if you want to make fun of peoples names at least do a good job of it.

youre as bad as nasim

@ sticky

thats funny i thought hes just like nasim too, and yeah i enjoyed his comments once upon a time.

sticky doja4041d ago (Edited 4041d ago )

Big agree

Ever since the Madden 08 PS3 thing all I have seen Raiders post is negative 360 news and comments which, it seems, is to make himself feel better about his $600 system. I don't mind anyone being pro one system or the other, I am with my 360. But to mindlessly bash another system for whatever reason is just immature and honestly not who I thought Maddens Raiders was. Starting to sound like Nasism.

hfaze4041d ago (Edited 4041d ago )

Halo 3 is definitely good, but not my idea of the best FPS ever... That honor would go to the Unreal Tournament series... (In my biased, Epic fanboy opinion ;-) Killzone 2 shows some real promise, but I can't wait to be fragging away like a fiend with a mouse and keyboard UT 3 style...

But why support the Sony Defense Force? They make us PS3 fans look like complete fantards!!

I whole-heartedly support the PS3, but not the Sony Defense Force... They just fuel the flames of 360 fans... :-P

DeadIIIRed4040d ago

Such a sad future ahead for Xbots and the only people who took the time to respond are the ones who took it personal so marionz and sticky, don't act like you two aren't Xbots.

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Sangheili854041d ago

I would agree. It's not the best game ever but it's a DAMN good one at that. Just another to add to the growing list of Must Have games. I have to disagree with the statement about cinematic as in Halo2 where he did some bada$$ things and you had to watch every cinematic in Halo3 is more less just talk. Nothing that made me feel "Boy why can't i do that?"

wageslave4040d ago (Edited 4040d ago )

If the best criticism is "Its not the best game ever", well, it must be pretty darn good.

The reality is many many people love the series, and it is deserved. The fact is that the game will probably win many awards -- again -- deserved.

Reviewers love it, the Metacritic score is 96/100:

I wondered, "where is it on gamerankings all time list?" at the moment, it is only the 7th Best Game of All Time.

An interesting note, that Xbox has 3 of the top 10 spots (halo, halo3, bioshock) while Playstation only has 1 (Tekken 3)


We know it makes the Sony Defense Force angry - the psychology is pretty clear -- sucess for Xbox 360 means a threat to the PS3.

This is why, right now, n4g has ever minor niggling negative article it can find on the top of the page. Its a VERY minority opinion, but one the PS3 fans want to repeat.

And, at the moment, it is working on n4g. Why? Because Xbox 360 owners are away playing the probable Game of the Year 2007.

power of Green 4041d ago

They should have a Halo 3 review section for the PS3 fanboys and another for the rest of the world.

PS3 hater 360 section" and a 360 fan 360 section!...

One review section for helping the industry with truthful honest reviews and the other for haters and people that like to destroy the industry due to foolish nit picking. people get sick od the evnyous rage and pregidous with malice so great fanboys spend all day looking for this sh*t(I don't think people really think Halo's the best game in history but they do know its fun as hell and has unlimited replay value more so than 99% of games.

People don't care about other people seeing this game differntly I think its people out to destroy MSFT and its games is what bothers people.

Blitzed4041d ago

However it would be nice to have the same for Killzone 2. Two preview sections, that way you can spout off as usual with your insanely bias crap without bothering those who are actually anticipating the game.

"the other for haters and people that like to destroy the industry due to foolish nit picking. people get sick od the evnyous rage and pregidous with malice so great fanboys spend all day looking for this sh*t"

"People don't care about other people seeing this game differntly I think its people out to destroy MSFT and its games is what bothers people."

I don't think I've seen a more hypocritical statement on this site than that. Replace MSFT with Sony and you are describing yourself. You are a joke, and if you had any credibility at all before, its surly gone now. I am going to assume your inability to actually string a sentence together is because you were up playing H3 all night, so I will leave that alone.

strongbad14414040d ago

but 360 AND ps3 fanboys would troll the opposite section trying to push their negativity