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September 26, 2007 7:01:53 PM

Review written by Travis Meacham

The army of gamers known as the Halo Nation rejoices at the arrival of their new master but what might a normal gamer think of Halo 3? Read what all the fuss is about from someone not under the spell.

http://www.tomsgames.com/us/2007/09/26/halo_3_review/

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September 26, 2007 8:56:31 PM

Halo 3 Experiencing Online Issues - Reports flooding in from around the internet indicate that problems with Halo 3 are preventing at least some, if not most, from playing the recently released title online.

http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/49142
September 26, 2007 10:41:27 PM

Is there any official word whether Halo 3 will be released for the PC?
I do not play console games. I hate the conslole controllers. I need a mouse to do a FPS.
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September 26, 2007 10:49:43 PM

Comparing it to other console shooters is not really appropriate. said:
Comparing it to other console shooters is not really appropriate.


Riiiiight.... :sarcastic: 
September 26, 2007 11:47:43 PM

So,
Is 'Halo 3' important?
I don't have much reason yet to get pulled away from GRAW 1
(already played Oblivion to death)
September 27, 2007 1:09:50 AM

I'm loving Halo 3. The sounds in the game are really top notch on a well built and calibrated sound and video system. My subwoofer (a SVS PB12-NSK - only $500) goes into the sub 20hz range and this game really brings down the house with great low bass and even some really deep stuff that this SVS just eats up.

So far my only disapointment is the abundance of jaggies. Everywhere I look I see jaggies. I had to double check to make sure I didn't set my Xbox to 1080i output because they looked like a lot of bad deinterlacing problems. They move around and make the screen appear to crawl. I think they are baddies and waste my ammo on them once in awhile.
September 27, 2007 4:59:37 AM

This has to be the first time I have ever truly agreed with one of the game reviews here. I think a 9.0 out of 10 is a perfect spot for H3. Pretty much every reason I agree with. The graphics could have been better...I wish they would have gone 60 fps, but my reasoning is they wanted to try to keep it a similar experience as much as they could even when in 4 player split screen and this could be the cause for the somewhat lackluster graphics as well. The graphics are good...hell they are very good and in a few spots great, but just as said in the review it is in need of some AA and also does not stack up against title such as GoW and CoD4 in this area. The thing that bothers me most is that I feel like that the game is not a constant 30fps. I can feel and see it dipping between 25 and 30fps and I just don't see any reason for this with the actual visuals of the game and the "power" of the 360...so my guess is was that with all the features they put in they had to possibly sacrifice on some of the quality so meet a deadline. Still I stick with a 9.0 out of 10 and the multi will get better in a week or so once the networking system figures out everyones connection and bungie releases a game patch, but as is...I still have no problems with it. GJ Bungie I would say they did a decent job at meeting the hype goal or atleast getting very close to it. Now 3 years from now I really hope they don't screw up the PC version as they did with both of the others. lol

Best,

3Ball
September 27, 2007 7:23:35 AM

Yes, I think Halo 3 is a good game, but like most on this forum, I think it, as well as halo 2, was over hyped. the scale of the hype was so large that I think the game would sell even if it was a bad game. I absolutely hated the levels which involved the flood. They were rediculously hard; I don't know how many times you would have to play sections over again on legdendary. I was also slightly dissapointed with the end. But enough griping. Other than that I enjoyed it.
September 27, 2007 10:06:11 AM

My small review and comparison of the Halo Trilogy:

Halo 1 - Epic and amazing game. It revolutionized my idea of gaming and set standards for future games. Its storyline was excellent and so was its game play. The flood added extra value to the story and a good twist, but could have been left out to make the game more fun The multiplayer was also very good but had no uplink to Xbox Live; the only way to play multiplayer was to use split screen and/or link up different Xboxes together through system link. Using XBConnect was also an option, but it was pretty laggy and a lot of modders liked to ruin the fun and cheat.

Halo 2 - Average single player game. The storyline was pretty cheesy. It had its moments, but the story seemed forced. Bungie would have had to sacrifice their story and purpose of the halo series if the flood was nonexistent in this title, but they should have made their presence much less prominent. The presence of the flood was nauseating; the flood took over many of the levels and were even harder to kill and more of a pain than before. The graphics were better and the physics were also enhanced. Despite its weak story, the game play and content involved were better than its predecessor. What really made this game shine was its multiplayer experience, which included not only the ability to play split screen and to system link, but also the ability to connect through Xbox Live. You could go head to head with your friends and random people whenever you wanted, which was an experience that never got old. The ranking system made the game very competitive and a whole culture evolved around it. Although the weapon balance needed some work, the game was still extremely addicting and subtly tactical.

Halo 3 - The end to the Halo trilogy. Halo 3's game play is up to par with the first one, if not better. The added content of equipment and guns really adds spice to the game. Not only can you use the new gear, but so can your enemies (and they use it quite well with the enhanced AI engine). The story is amazing and not forced like in Halo 2. There are epic moments when you destroy scarabs and escape certain death, but the best part of the story is in the end when you get blown out of your mind; you just have to remember to watch after the credits. The flood is of course back, for there could be no Halo title without them. This time Bungie smartened up and did not let them take over the whole game. Also, they are a lot easier to kill than in Halo 2. There are added easter eggs for those who like the Red vs Blue series, which tells you that Bungie kept in mind what the Halo community likes when preparing to deliver the last of the series. The graphics are amazing, but not up to par with what was expected. They were also inconsistent; sometimes you will be blown away by the graphics and facial expressions and at others you will be disappointed by the lack of definition. Despite this, the graphics throughout the game are better than necessary. Once again the multiplayer experience is what makes this game shine. The refined gameplay is near perfect; it is a lot easier to kill an opponent because the weapons are much more balanced. Unlike its predecessors, grabbing a sniper rifle or a rocket launcher does not turn you into a god. Multiplayer is smooth and addicting. Like in Halo 2, its ranking system adds more value to multiplayer games. Another keystone in its multiplayer is the 4 player co-op that can be done through Xbox Live. As an added benefit, players can record their moments of glory as videos and share them with friends. By playing on live, you can unlock different armor pieces to give your character a custom look. The Forge allows to change the level up by adding and deleting cover and obstacles and changing where the guns/vehicles are located. The added content makes this game the multiplayer experience of a lifetime.
September 27, 2007 10:48:26 AM

I didn't want to put this in my review post, because this really isn't a review, but rather a comment to Travis Meacham's article. (http://www.tomsgames.com/us/2007/09/26/halo_3_review/) In his article, he stated: "Honestly I'm a Halo pessimist. I liked the first game but it didn't blow me away and I thought the second game was a huge disappointment....I've never understood the fan-fare and devotion to the Halo series beyond the fact that they are well-made shooters. The story is a cut above what most games offer but overall I think the games are overrated." (page 3)

Please note that this is NOT a desperate attempt from a Halo fan boy to undermine someone's opinion about the series by any means. This is simply a response trying to explain why such fan-fare and devotion may have come about. In other words, it wont kill most your brain cells to read on :kaola: 

The first game blew me away the first time I played it. To me, it was not the campaign mode that made it a great game; although it was fun I don't think it is worth bowing down to. I started on the multiplayer side of Halo, and that is what swept me off my feet. Seeing as I was always a Playstation or PC gamer, I did not have an Xbox. A couple of my friends that lived near me liked to system link their consoles and hook up a big TV to each. It didn't take long for me to get invited, and when I went I was hooked. After a couple times going, I had to buy an Xbox for myself. Their was nothing more fun than having a 4 on 4 match and killing the other team on the other TV. To be able to have 8 people sit in a room and yell/laugh at each other made the game that much better. It was a treat to add a bit of alcohol into our Halo every now and then, which would make us much more boisterous as we gamed. We would always have a good laugh when we stuck someone with a plasma grenade or pistol whipped someone in the back. Its competitiveness made the events more than just gaming; they became a part of our lives. Halo turned from being a game we liked to play into a hobby. It was like paintball for me; something social and competitive that requires a skill I constantly try to perfect. Even now, as a sophomore living in my college dorm, Halo still manages to remain sort of a hobby to me. We live in an apartment style dorm facility; There is a living room and a kitchen shared among 4 roomates. Each person also has their own living space (a room that is bigger than most college dorms). We hook up a 4 big TVs around the dorm (the biggest in the living room) and each of us has an Xbox 360. Halo 2 nights were more than common, and lots of people showed up to play. A fair amount of attractive females also wandered in to watch us play and to hear us taunt and yell at each other. Now we all have Halo 3, and nothing has changed. The story alone created a large part of the Halo community, but that was not the only thing that made Halo as popular as it is. If you have not experienced a good Halo LAN party, then I can see how someone wouldn't understand the fan-fare and devotion. Then again a Halo LAN isn't for everyone. Point is, Halo LAN parties and the like are a big part of the creation of the Halo cult (or at least they are what sucked me in).

We have mandatory Halo Klan meetings every Friday and Saturday nights. Guests are more than welcome to come and get pwned. We also hold meetings on Thursdays, but at our college Thursdays have been deemed "Thirsty Thursdays". No one in their right mind has a class on Fridays here, so on Thursdays the dorms are bumpin with alcohol. Feel free to stop by, BYOB. Don't worry about being caught, one of the roomies is an underage RA that drinks with us. :sol: 
September 27, 2007 4:12:38 PM

3Ball said:
The thing that bothers me most is that I feel like that the game is not a constant 30fps. I can feel and see it dipping between 25 and 30fps and I just don't see any reason for this with the actual visuals of the game and the "power" of the 360...so my guess is was that with all the features they put in they had to possibly sacrifice on some of the quality so meet a deadline.


You know I thought I saw some of that, too. It was mostly when the camera popped out to third person when you picked up the flame thrower or ripped a turret of the mount, but I saw some stuttering in there.

@Sp0ngeBong: That sound awesome. I may not understand the devotion of the Halo Nation but I do like it. When people get that passionate about a video game it makes me smile. I'm also a big fan of gaming as a social event so having people over to play games is something I do a lot as well. I'm really looking forward to Rock Band for that very reason. That game's got "party" written all over it.
September 27, 2007 6:13:16 PM

I have to agree with Joel Durham Jr. over at Extreme Tech: "Now I've got Halo 3 and I can name an infinite number of superior shooters: the Half-Life series, the Doom series, BioShock, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Gears of War, Prey, the Rainbow Six series (except the last two), the Unreal and Unreal Tournament series, the Call of Duty series…I think you get the idea. The entire Halo series is so bland that I almost feel sorry for console gamers in general; this is the shooter they like best? My theory is that, just like television and movies, mediocrity pleases the gaming masses more than true inventiveness." I played all three as well. Found the controls sloppy, the AI brain dead and the story beige. For me, Bioshock and Crysis are what shooters are all about.
September 27, 2007 6:40:15 PM

Oldmangamer is entirely right, halo is probably the greatest thing console gamers know, which to pc standard is poor. Remember innovative it was playing agains people ONLINE in halo 2? NO! BECAUSE IT WASN'T! Unreal tournament had the online gaming thing perfected FOUR YEARS before halo 2, one whole year before halo and offered much better gameplay, the most balanced weapons system to date and some truely tactically involving maps. Shame no-one on a console knew about it...
September 28, 2007 4:05:56 AM

It's a decent FPS but nothing special, and what the hell is with the sucky ass sound to the guns????? like common you morons guns are loud! not like meowing kittens looking for lunch, arrrrrrrr I didn't spend 15g's on a surround system for crap like this.
September 28, 2007 3:46:01 PM

n8dogg said:
It's a decent FPS but nothing special, and what the hell is with the sucky ass sound to the guns????? like common you morons guns are loud! not like meowing kittens looking for lunch, arrrrrrrr I didn't spend 15g's on a surround system for crap like this.


QFT on this.

Watching console players go on and on about Halo actually really grinds my gears. Initially I couldn't understand how they found an FPS with cutsie enemies and carbon copy corridor after corridor a decent game. Then I just came to understand that they never really had anything like it before. Now I just feel sort of sorry for them that Halo is the one of the best they can get *shudders*.
September 30, 2007 7:56:28 AM

wolfy you're an f'n idiot. first off, you're probably not much of a gamer or u suck at halo if your even talking about single player sh*t. it's obviously the multiplayer that makes halo more fun than other fps's...don't get me wrong.. i like the mp on lots of other games too.. for pc, u name it, i own it..*shooters. but all the online matches combined of the pc games i play don't add up to the fun i had at halo 1 lan partys.. even halo 1 online with xbc was more fun than ne single fps i play on pc.. halo 2's not as good as 1 but i got used to it cuz xbl made it all better :) .... oh n by the way. ive got pretty much every console except ps3 so if u think i'm a die hard douche who only likes one platform ur wrong..

*dildos*
October 1, 2007 2:43:39 AM

Farrwalker said:
Is there any official word whether Halo 3 will be released for the PC?
I do not play console games. I hate the conslole controllers. I need a mouse to do a FPS.



I'm guessing by X-mas 2009. Halo 2 has recently been released for Win Vista. Releasing Halo 3 next year would be too soon because Microsoft can still enjoy the profit margins on console games because they generally have higher prices than PC games and will undermine the profit potential of this game.

People who are really desperate to play this game may just buy the XboX 360, thus adding money to M$'s bottom line. Figure in about 2 years sales of Halo 3 for the XboX 360 will slow down to a trickle, that's where the PC version of it comes into the picture. Thus Halo 3 can be selling pretty well for a period of 3 - 4 years by doing this staggered release strategy.
October 2, 2007 11:35:00 AM

DrFresh said:
wolfy you're an f'n idiot. first off, you're probably not much of a gamer or u suck at halo if your even talking about single player sh*t. it's obviously the multiplayer that makes halo more fun than other fps's...don't get me wrong.. i like the mp on lots of other games too.. for pc, u name it, i own it..*shooters. but all the online matches combined of the pc games i play don't add up to the fun i had at halo 1 lan partys.. even halo 1 online with xbc was more fun than ne single fps i play on pc.. halo 2's not as good as 1 but i got used to it cuz xbl made it all better :) .... oh n by the way. ive got pretty much every console except ps3 so if u think i'm a die hard douche who only likes one platform ur wrong..

*dildos*


Halo, played both online and off and it's ****. I can't help you if you have no taste. I can see how you might like the pretty colours in it though.

Halo 2 haven't played and Halo 3 haven't played.

DrFresh said:
oh n by the way. ive got pretty much every console except ps3 so if u think i'm a die hard douche who only likes one platform ur wrong..
You're still a die hard douche though.
October 4, 2007 3:29:37 AM

I liked the Halo series, I started off as an avid PC fps player and thought I'd never enjoy playing an fps on a console only because I didn't have a keyboard or mouse. and it does take some getting used to but once you do it's not all that bad. things I didn't like about Halo 3 were the sounds the weapons made, they didn't sound real enough graphics could have been better in areas. the AI in Halo 3 wasn't bad either still could have been more aggressive but then again I've only played it through normal so far. I do agree the game ranks 9 out of 10.
October 4, 2007 4:29:52 AM

I'm with Wolfy. I'd go further though. I think the term "superior shooters" is an oxymoron. FPS/shoot-em-up games are not my definition of games. Never have been, never will be. Give me sports, racing, strategy, or role playing games. I've got 55 PC games on the shelf in front of me. The closest thing to a shoot-em-up game that I've got is Civilization or Warcraft II.

That aside, I did read the review. The marketing hype must not have reached AU as I haven't seen a TV ad for it. Fortunately, I saw nothing in the review nor on this thread to entice me to try Halo 3. Back to Madden '08 for me. :-)
October 5, 2007 8:06:12 PM

I've tried both Halo and Halo 2 on consoles, and Halo on the PC, and I just can't get into them - the CONTROLS SUCK! Trying to use sticks to emulate what a mouse and keyboard can do easily just makes me what to throw something at the screen. Halo on the PC was OK, but if I'm really in the mood to shoot stuff I'll load up CoD or Far Cry, or even fire up some UT, all of which are superior shooters.

I would dearly love to know what Bungie would have done with Halo as a PC title if they had not been bought by M$ - now THAT might have been worth waiting for...
October 6, 2007 1:49:14 AM

jaguarskx said:
I'm guessing by X-mas 2009. Halo 2 has recently been released for Win Vista. Releasing Halo 3 next year would be too soon because Microsoft can still enjoy the profit margins on console games because they generally have higher prices than PC games and will undermine the profit potential of this game.

People who are really desperate to play this game may just buy the XboX 360, thus adding money to M$'s bottom line. Figure in about 2 years sales of Halo 3 for the XboX 360 will slow down to a trickle, that's where the PC version of it comes into the picture. Thus Halo 3 can be selling pretty well for a period of 3 - 4 years by doing this staggered release strategy.


Based only on my on my gut instincts, I would guess that Microsoft would base their launch only on what fits their overall strategy, which pretty much fits what you describe. I mean, I would say the launch of Halo 2, was set up primarily to boost Vista sales.

It would make boardroom sense for Microsoft to wait until they've got as much help in the xbox / ps3 fight from Halo, and then to release Halo 3 on PC.

The only two wildcards I can see coming from this, are if Microsoft decides to use Halo 3 to boost it's PC Live Gold service, or leverage from Bungie. I don't see either of those taking priority over the Xbox/PS3 fight.
October 6, 2007 4:36:55 PM

I like Halo 3 enough, but I wouldn't call it the greatest game of all time. It's just a good multiplayer console shooter, and that's why I bought it.
October 6, 2007 5:44:39 PM

Heyyou27 said:
I like Halo 3 enough, but I wouldn't call it the greatest game of all time. It's just a good multiplayer console shooter, and that's why I bought it.


Its definately an enjoyable game. Especially to play with friends who dont play very many games. Darn Noobs! lol

Best,

3Ball
October 6, 2007 5:57:20 PM

Wolfy said:
This is a quality review of Halo 3.

Now bearing in mind I haven't played 2 or 3 I still think this review could still say the same for Halo.

Either way it's funny and contains exactly my own sentiments about the Halo series.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/zeropunctuation/2304-Zero-Punctuation-Halo-3


That was pretty funny, but when he said that he did didnt pay for a only half decent game because the 2nd half of the game "multiplayer" was what made up for the singleplayer and then continued to say that it was not as good as bioshock I just about cried. There is no multiplayer in bioshock and it had so much promise for this reason I did not buy the game. I will not buy a game with no retail value I just rented it and played it on my 360. Im not sure why Im saying this as no one probably cares, but it really confuses me as I believe that considering that bioshock was only half of a game I believe it was one of the most over hyped games I have ever seen. (Im not refering to hype from the company, but rather from the community and writers such as Rob from this very site.) To many people said that game was going to be amazing and I played the SP and it was fun, but they talk about how long it takes to beat it well I beat that game in 8 hours, halo in 7, and gears in 9. So im not sure why people complain so much about short games when I beat games that many people touted as 20+ hour games in under half that time. I dont know maybe its just me, but I would prefer the single player to be a max of 10 hours so I can get to playing the part of the game that is going to keep me playing for years to come and allow me to enjoy the game with my fellow peers and close friends in some friendly comp when there is nothing else to do.

Best,

3Ball
October 8, 2007 6:09:31 AM

I still don't understand why Halo 1 was "revolutionary" to so many people. PC FPS gamers were not impressed - I certainly wasn't. And Halo 2? Give me a break. I think Halo 3 is the best of the bunch, but it still sucks. I would take UT2004 over any of the Halo games. And when UT3 is released, people will be saying "Halo what?"
October 8, 2007 6:21:23 PM

badger101101 said:
I still don't understand why Halo 1 was "revolutionary" to so many people. PC FPS gamers were not impressed - I certainly wasn't. And Halo 2? Give me a break. I think Halo 3 is the best of the bunch, but it still sucks. I would take UT2004 over any of the Halo games. And when UT3 is released, people will be saying "Halo what?"


Yea we will be saying halo what?, but try to imagine playing UT3 with a controller. Halo is one thing, but UT...yea right! People on xbox probably wont like UT all that much. Im sure some will, but most will probably think it is was "to fast" lol. I suppose ps3 players may enjoy it since they can use keyboard and mouse.

Best,

3Ball
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