Halo 3 Review

Halo 3 is a 2007 science fiction first person shooter action video game developed by Bungie, published by Microsoft Game Studios.  It is the third installment in the Halo franchise, released for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  The story centers on a cybernetically enhanced supersoldier, Master Chief, an alien warrior, Arbiter, and the combined human UNSC and elite forces as they wage war against the Covenant who have found the Ark and seek to activate all of the Halo rings.


Positives:

  • Great soundtrack
  • Competitive multiplayer
  • Extensive campaign
  • Great characters
  • Good story
  • Great voice performances

Negatives:

  • Linear campaign

Campaign: The campaign is extensive and does tell a very compelling story. Aside from Master Chief and Cortana there are lot of memorable characters. Aside from the main story, there is the subplot with Master Chief venturing to rescue Cortana from the grave mind. This once again emphasizes the relationship between these two characters.  However, the thing about the campaign that holds it back is how short it is.  It is shorter than both Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2. (4 out of 5)

Gameplay: The gameplay is very challenging especially on harder difficulties. Enemy NPCs often employ various tactics 2 trap the player. The players Allied NPCs are actually pretty competent making sure that massive firefights feel more balanced rather than one sided.  The new weapons and vehicles are refreshing. (3 out of 5)

Graphics: Visually the in game Graphics are pretty decent. The character detail is good. The environmental design is actually pretty it myself especially with the beautiful backdrops as well as some of the interactive vegetation in the jungle setting. The flood base is absolutely gross but the detail does deserve praise. The cinematics look good although some of the character rendering could’ve been a little bit better. (3 out of 5)

Score:  Like the previous installments Halo 3 not only brings that great militaristic-style Halo themed beat but also some great new ones.  The voice performances are definitely memorable, Steve Downes does a fantastic job as Master Chief.  Also, Jen Taylor does a fantastic job as Cortana.  The sound effects are on point, the weapons, characters, and vehicles have their own distinct sounds.  Even the cinematics are given depth. (4 out of 5)

Replay Value:  One of the things developers decided was a good idea was initiating the Skull system, which consist of hidden skulls on every level that can change the overall single player or co-op campaign.  The multiplayer remains just as competitive as in previous installments.  Deathmatch and Capture-the-Flag are all dandy and some of the Halo classics but the games’ most prominent mode is Firefight.  Players take on waves of enemies with increasing difficulty. (4 out of 5)


The Verdict: In the end, Halo 3 is a great game and a great conclusion to a great trilogy.  The game features great voice performances, great score, challenging gameplay, great campaign, good graphics, and competitive multiplayer.  Halo 3 gets 4 out of 5.

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