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Is it fair to judge a game based on its advertising? I believe so. Although the dedicated gamer will tend to seek out information about upcoming titles through any media available to them, it's the advertising campaign that defines the mainstream's pre-purchasing experience with a game. Indeed, it often defines whether there will be a purchasing experience at all. With that in mind, and so much money flowing in and out of the videogame industry these days ("Bigger than Hollywood", they exclaim!) it's surprising that so few videogame advertisements break out of the same tired formula of A) Setup for comedy sketch, B) Ten seconds of game footage, C) Punchline of comedy sketch. Sure, Sony jumped out of the box with the launch of PS3, offering ads that likened playing the console to living in an insane asylum with an evil doll, but for the most part the Halo 3 campaign stands alone, both conceptually and in effectiveness.

Set roughly fifty years after the end of Halo 3, the ads are concerned with a large diorama depicting a particularly unpleasant battle between the humans and the Covenant. Shot in a sombre, respectful fashion, the ads attempt to add gravity and resonance, along with a sense of history to the proceedings, perhaps reminding viewers of similar dioramas they've seen at their local World War II museum. The ads promise an epic tale of tragedy, sacrifice, and heroism that Halo 3 really had no hope in hell of ever delivering. More troubling, however, is the fact that after playing the game, I can suggest with some certainty that they promised a game that Bungie didn't even bother trying to produce.

A first-person shooter (FPS) set in the far-flung future, Halo 3 picks up where the last game left off, hopefully satisfying fans who waited years to see the plot resolved. My memories of Halo 2 are a little on the fuzzy side, but if I remember the ad campaign correctly, the battle depicted in that game didn't need a hero, it needed a savior. Well, it seems that cyborg space Jesus screwed up, because humanity is in pretty bad shape when the game opens, down to its last few spaceships, fighting against extinction in the heart of Africa.

And gosh, is there a lot of fighting. From the opening seconds battling aliens along a riverbed, right up until the tense chase over an ice spire that finishes the game, no more than 30 seconds goes by between battles. This is a blastfest in the simplest form imaginable—no stealth, minimal inventory management, and plenty of big guns. Everything encourages the player to wade head-first into combat, trusting their weaponry to handle the enemies and the recharging shield bar to keep them safe.

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Those skirmishes are resolved in a single manner: by shooting, or, occasionally, bludgeoning aliens to death. For a game which features nothing but shooting, it's important that the shooting be entertaining, and at this Halo 3 succeeds beyond all expectations. That's partially because of the fantastic job the developers have done at balancing the weapons. Once again Bungie has found a way to give each of the game's nearly 20 weapons a specific character, ensuring that each one has a place and time where it's the most valuable thing imaginable. Even more than the weapons, though, credit for keeping the game's battles fun goes to Bungie's custom auto-aim. This feature (which can't be turned off) ensures that the player's crosshairs have just the slightest bit of help locking on and sticking to opponents. Not so much that control is ever perceptibly taken away, just enough to make the player feel like they're really great shots. I will admit to appreciating the help more often than not, but every now and then I was being condescended to considering the truly shocking number of headshots I was pulling off.

The one place where the game breaks away from this restrictive formula is in the vehicle-intensive levels. Whenever the Master Chief gets a hold of a jeep or tank the game transforms into a continuous, frenetic battle, with the player racing to dodge incoming projectiles while their gunner struggles to keep a gatling gun trained on an army of foes. Just like in Halo, I longed for the moments I got a hold of a vehicle—I only wish the partner AI had been a little better, so I would have had a chance to operate the Jeep's gun as well as drive. Avoiding enemy fire is a vital part of the driving sequences, and the computer's nasty habit of running into walls and stopping for no reason got me killed more than a few times. Luckily, thanks to the great controls and vehicle physics, driving is every bit as fun as shooting, and by the end of the game I found myself wishing that Bungie would just give up this whole Halo thing and make a car combat game.

Halo 3 also shines in its much-lauded multiplayer combat mode. There are a wealth of maps and game modes to play on, and the matchmaking system is great at fixing players up based on their skill level, ensuring that most players should be able to get right into the action without any trouble. The only niggling problem when using the matchmaking system is players have very little say in what type of game they'll be playing and if they choose to start a custom game, all the players have to be invited. This forces gamers to choose between losing control or becoming social. Regardless, the multiplayer game plays fantastically. Halo 3's uncomplicated running and gunning style fits the deathmatch concept perfectly. Almost as if the controls were designed with the multiplayer in mind, as opposed to the single.

The best way to describe Halo 3's gameplay is solid. It gets in and does its job exactly as it should, but it has absolutely nothing new to offer. A two-weapon carry limit and progressive health felt revolutionary six years ago, but now it's hard to find a game that they're not featured in. For some reason all the other advancements that have been made to the FPS genre over the past half-decade seem to have left Halo behind. I'm shocked to see a game in this day and age that doesn't offer any sort of a cover mechanic, or quick dodge moves. While my enemies bound lightly around the levels, diving to the side or spinning out of the way of grenades, my only evasive option is a big, floaty leap into the air—where I'm no more a difficult target than I was on the ground.

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Speaking of the Master Chief's agile foes, Halo 3 has some of the most unbalanced AI I've seen in years. While Covenant troops of all shapes and sizes behave with a wonderful cunning, using cover and seeming to support each other in a semblance of tactical thinking, the human partner AI is woefully idiotic. I can't count the number of times I watched a tiny human rush up to a brute, ineffectually peppering it with small arms fire before being crushed by a single punch. At first it's an effective way of establishing what terrifying entities the foes are, but after a little while I just started wishing they'd learn to back up so they could be of some use to me.

Halo 3 also has the strange distinction of being the ugliest beautiful game I've ever seen. Nearly everything is rendered in beautiful detail, the explosions and particle effects are fantastic… it's a triumph of graphic engineering and a testament to what the 360 is capable of. My problem, though, is just how the ugly the actual things being rendered are. Back when Halo was being made, I understand that the Master Chief had to be blocky, and all the Covenant vehicles had to be smooth and featureless, and all the graphical design problems were covered up with a layer of shine and glow. Now that the developers are working with exponentially more powerful technology, I don't understand why all those ugly designs have to remain. It's not like there's a failure of imagination or talent—the two new Brute vehicles are fantastic. Full moving parts, they seem to have been jerry-rigged together from scraps. They're fascinating to look at, fun to drive, and impressive to blow up. I only wish that the minds behind them had been unleashed a little more freely throughout the rest of the game.

Then there's the bizarrely awful graphics that appear in the game's cut-scenes. Every time there's a shot of a spaceship flying somewhere, it's rendered as a good-looking 3D model flying in front of an inexplicably low-resolution 2D image of a landscape or planet. As if they ran out of time and just dropped the concept art in as a backdrop. Suddenly the game goes from beautifully-rendered real-time graphics to the 21st century equivalent of a detailed practical model dangling in front of a cheap, out of focus matte painting. I have no idea how something that looked this awful made it into the final game.

The only classic element that was overhauled for the better is the Flood. A twisted parasite that acts like a hybrid of John Carpenter's The Thing and Shodan from System Shock 2, the Flood infects other life forms and transforms them into vicious monstrosities that outright defy the law of conservation of matter. The Flood look amazing, hideous fleshy H.P. Lovecraft creatures that spray slime everywhere and attack in overwhelming numbers. While there's nothing new about the concept, they look better here then they ever have before, and prove that a visual update can add immeasurably to the experience.

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Sadly, while the Flood's appearance has been improved, their presence in the game is just as awkward and unpleasant as ever. Even with a few new forms and the fantastic new look, they haven't gotten any smarter, and don't understand any tactic more complex than running straight at the player, attacking wildly. This can be scary in small doses, but it just winds up being tedious after a little while. I've never met anyone who actually liked the Flood portions of Halo 1 and 2, so the decision to include two lengthy Flood levels back to back in Halo 3 is something of a puzzler. Whatever momentum the game had going stops dead for over an hour of having slimy things running in a straight line, with the player stuck in hallways too narrow to just walk around them.

It's not just the Flood that get repetitive, though. The level design suffers from similar problems. There's an old joke about Halo's maps: Any hallway worth walking down is worth walking down three times. While the developers do their best to pepper old areas with new enemies, it's impossible to escape the fact that six separate levels in a nine level game feature significant amounts of backtracking. If going back over the same areas wasn't bad enough, the lack of an in-game map was just inexcusable. I can't count the number of times I got lost, and had to wait for the game to take pity on me and put a directional arrow on my HUD. It's the year 2007, and my phone can tell me exactly where on the Earth I am. Does Bungie really expect me to believe that there's nothing in that helmet of the Master Chief's that tells him where to go next?

Just as problematic as the backtracking is how rigidly formulaic the game's maps are. After the initial impressiveness of the graphics wears off, it's impossible to to not notice the game's obvious structure. Each level consists of a few large, open areas, linked by narrow hallways. As a rule, the hallways are devoid of life, and every large room holds somewhere between 12 and 16 enemies. To the game's credit, it does a pretty good job of making the large area gunfights memorable through the creative use of architecture and enemy placement, but it's difficult not to tire of the carbon-copy design fairly quickly. This problem is only compounded by the fact that nearly every weapon and enemy has made an appearance by the end of level two, leaving the rest of the game devoid of surprises. Sure, most of these weapons and monsters had already appeared up in Halo 2, so it's possible that Bungie didn't want to keep people waiting for things they'd already seen, but more care should have been taken in this game's pacing, and the lack of consideration shows.

There's one place where the pacing really works. In an early level the player gets a glimpse of a Scarabe, one of the Covenant's a giant walking tanks. The entire first half of the level is a build-up to the confrontation with the tank, which is impervious to weapons fire. While dodging its attacks, the player must attack its legs until they break temporarily, forcing down so that the Master Chief can climb about, sabotaging its engine, causing it to explode. If this sounds like an FPS version of Shadow of the Colossus, it's because that's exactly what it plays like, and it's every bit as unreservedly great as the comparison suggests. What Bungie accomplishes here is a truly exceptional, creating an epic encounter, putting me up against incredible odds, and then demanding that I overcome them. So each time I watched a Scarab explode in a blinding flash of blue light, I felt a sense of true achievement. It's just too bad that's the only time the game manages to create such a feeling.

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That's right, Halo 3's biggest flaw is that at it never rises to the level of epic storytelling or gameplay that the premise suggests, even demands. Although I was told time and again there was a war for humanity's fate going on, I certainly never saw any evidence of it. Great stakes are discussed, but never established. I'm supposed to be horrified that the Flood overrun a city, or that most of Africa needs to be bombed to prevent their spread, but since no one actually seems to live there, why should I care? No reference to civilian casualties, or even civilian existence, is ever made, so there's no tragedy in the "glassing" of Africa, just the mild satisfaction that comes from having survived it. It's a little ridiculous seeing what should be the game's climactic encounter being waged on such a small scale. When I besieged the Prophet of Truth's final stronghold, the only resistance I found was six vehicles and eight soldiers, for a grand total of fourteen opposing troops. Between vehicles and Marines, I had ten on my side. This is supposed to be the deciding battle for the fate of the galaxy, and it involves less than 25 people?

This problematic lack of scope extends into the game's plot, which is one of the most simplistic stories I've ever seen referred to as being "deep." It attempts to add resonance by placing the central conflict in a religious context: The villain is called a "Prophet", the Elites, aliens who have abandoned the Covenant to team up with humans, are called "Heretics" by the other Covenant troops. Unfortunately, the story doesn't have any of the depth or grey areas that actual religious schisms manifest. In fact, the main conflict of the game is an entirely secular one. Beyond the simple question of whether the Master Chief can stop the Prophet of Truth from destroying the galaxy (spoiler alert: according to the ad campaign, he can), there's no depth or complexity to this conflict. What the Covenant wants is so outlandishly bad that it can't be seen as anything but madness, and the humans have a completely good solution available to them, which, if successful would result in the complete destruction of all their foes and a completely happy ending. There's no hard decisions to be made here, no possibility of being forced to accept the existence of, or even making an agreement with, the Flood. No, all the bad guys are clearly evil, and all of them can be easily defeated in one fell swoop.

Compare this storytelling to one of gaming's actual high points, 1992's Star Control 2. The game's plot centered around a dogmatic disagreement within an extremely powerful alien race, the Ur-Quan. After millennia of enslavement by a terrible parasite, they managed to win their freedom. They decided that they would never again be victims—just how to accomplish this was the cause of some disagreement. One group, the Kzer-Ka, believed that the solution was to freeze the evolution of all other sentient races by destroying their ability to travel through space and containing their planets within protective spheres. The other group, called the Kor-Ah, thought that it was best to just play it safe and just destroy all other life in the galaxy. There's no good side in this conflict—both are evil, even though their actions and motivations are completely understandable. The player's role isn't to choose a side, but merely to prevent either of them from acquiring a weapon that would allow them total domination over the galaxy. To accomplish this task, the player is actually forced to team up with a Dynnari, the last remaining member of the race of slavers who caused all the problems in the first place—a character far more evil than either of the game's villains. It's a masterpiece of complex motivations and hard choices that makes Halo 3 look like a simplistic trifle in comparison.

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The storytelling is crippled further by huge tonal problems in the presentation. Despite the gravity with which the story is presented, and the clear pretensions the game has of being a legitimate work of fiction, the story is hamstrung by the insane decision to place endless comedy quips throughout the game's combat. Every time I fought alongside human troops I was faced with an onslaught of anachronistic comments that serve no purpose but to destroy any sense of immersion the game might have otherwise created. I'm not saying I can categorically state what kind of language soldiers are going to be using in the 26th century, but I can pretty safely state that they're not going to refer to killing an enemy as "owning" them. Nor will they be referencing the film Full Metal Jacket, or turn of the century recruitment slogans. That's right, one of the marines refers to himself as an "Army of One". That reference is embarrassingly dated today, so what on earth are people doing using it in the far-flung future? More importantly, how can I be expected to take a game seriously when every time the characters open their mouths it descends into self-parody?

But all of these problems pale next to the ending of the game. If it seemed like the cliffhanger that ended Halo 2 was bad, it pales next to the wrap-up of Halo 3. I'm not going divulge the details here, but the ham-handedness in which it goes from trying to generate tension through unbelievably stupid writing to attempting to create tragedy out of a completely non-tragic situation is jaw-droppingly inept. A combination of bad writing and editing serve to just cripple whatever effect they were hoping to create.

There's some discussion in the entertainment industry as to whether the marketing budget should be included when discussing how much it costs to make a film. The fear is that with budgets growing every year, people are shocked enough by how expensive movies are to make—finding out that another nearly half that amount is spent informing the public about those same films would just seem excessive. Halo 3 is the first game to feature utterly inescapable advertising. The fact is that if a person came within ten feet of a radio, television, or flat surface during August and September 2007, they were aware of Halo 3. I have no doubt that the game's marketing budget was far higher than the cost of actually making the game. It's a pity, then, that Halo 3 just isn't deserving of the kind of attention it's already received. While certainly a technically adept game, it has little new to offer beyond the crisp, attractive presentation. It's not a failure by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a great example of a developer and a series refusing to grow and change with the times. There's almost nothing here that I didn't play five years ago in the first Halo, it's just a little more visually polished. It's a good game to be sure, but not a great one, and by no means is it the genre-defining experience that we were promised. Rating: 7.0 out of 10.


According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood and Gore, Mild Language, Violence

Parents, I know you're not going to take the M rating seriously—to quote The Simpsons, denying your children this game is like not letting them watch the moon landing. The gory, blood-soaked moon landing. Please, though, just promise me that you'll take a little time to play it with them so that you can explain the difference between fantasy and reality, and that they shouldn't go around shooting people in real life. Also, don't let them cackle when gunning down cowardly foes running away from them. That isn't one of the fifteen signs that someone is going to be a serial killer or anything, but it certainly doesn't bode well for their ethical development.

Halo fans, sure, you've played this all before, but if you liked it then, there's no reason you won't like it now, especially since it's 50 percent shinier than before.

Multiplayer gamers, your grail has arrived. The simple fact is that this is what most people are going to be playing for the next two years (at least), so if you want to deathmatch online at all, you have no excuse for not buying it. In addition to great gameplay, Halo 3 offers an elaborate replay feature that allows you to recreate matches and film them at any angle or speed (other than rewind, for some reason), then upload the resultant videos and screenshots to the internet. Bungie obviously cares about building a community around Halo, and they're doing a great job of supporting it.

Co-op gamers are also in for a treat, as the game allows players to enjoy the entire campaign with up to three friends. The one drawback is that because the difficulty isn't scaled up for co-op mode, the game is very easy with four competent players, even on the Legendary difficulty setting.

Michael Wincott fans be warned – he does not appear in this game. Halo 2's Prophet of Truth has been replaced by Terrence Stamp, of General Zod fame. I don't know what the explanation for this change is, but it's very disappointing.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers are going to have some problems. While the levels are simple enough in design that just walking forward will generally get players to their next objectives, there are all sorts of gameplay tips conveyed through in-game dialogue, none of which are subtitled. All of the cut-scenes have subtitles, so at least the story will be accessible, but deaf gamers won't hear anything Cortana or the Gravemind have to say, which will make the way the game stops dead to allow them to speak something of a bewildering experience. Sadly, gameplay is affected more than normal—the lack of a decent radar makes hearing all the more important in spotting enemies, and although arrows appear onscreen to tell the player where enemy fire is coming from, on the higher difficulty levels many Covenant weapons are one-shot kills, so the inability to hear the Fuel-Rod gun's distinctive report will likely prove fatal on a number of occasions.

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Noe Mendoza
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Noe Mendoza
3 years 6 months ago

Most honest review of a game that was over-hyped. Weak story, ok MP, and lack luster sound design.

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Anonymous
6 years 2 months ago

This is the only ‘Halo 3’ review that actually matters. While other, more popular gaming sites and magazines are busy praising Halo the marketing creation, Mr. Weissenberg critiques Halo the GAME with fairness and lucidity. I commend your honest review, sir; let’s hope there are more like it when ‘Halo: Reach’ comes out in September.

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Heinster
6 years 6 months ago
Just finished the game. K, I haven’t played the multiplayer part… But the singleplayer stuff can’t make me give this game a higher score than a 6.5. First of all I agree with Dan all the way. Not a single moment the story seemed to grab a hold of me… Did Africa really get bombed? Yeah, it just past by me and those things never happened to me before. And the terrible pop up of characters and items when you drive around. Or what about the game not even running on 720p native, hell did anyone see the mountain of… Read more »
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abfackeln
6 years 7 months ago

I went back and beat Halo 3 for the second time after 2 years. The game still sucks. 7/10 is more than fair for the single player campaign.

The story is horrible. The character designs look like cheap Mattel toys. The environments are really bland.

The best things going for Halo 3 campaign is that it controls well, the music is great, and sticky grenades + grunts always equals fun. Still doesn’t make up for all of the faults.

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shun
6 years 8 months ago

[quote=Anonymous]Oh, and replying to flamebait comments towards his review destroys all of his credibility. Seriously, calling people cowards? At least he showed us his true colors.
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Strong words coming from an anonymous poster, noh?

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Anonymous
6 years 8 months ago
First of all, people are entitled to their opinions, but this review is unprofessional. The reviewer talks down upon the Halo fiction, which isn’t surprising because he doesn’t seem to know anything about it. He called Master Chief a cyborg. He is a genetically enhanced human being. He is a man in an armor suit, he isn’t a god damn T1000. Secondly, calling the Warthog a Jeep numerous times is just plain lazy. That’s like calling a pelican a plane, or a ghost a hovercraft. If you are going to go on rambling about how a game from 1992 has… Read more »
Anonymous
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6 years 11 months ago

So what he gave the damn game a 7 out of ten… THAT WAS AGES AGO!! To the reviewer: I read your review and I have to agree with you on most things.

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Anonymous
7 years 29 days ago

Giving Halo 3 a 70/100 = a wrecking ball to your credibility Daniel Weissenberger. Way to go buddy.

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elmagicochrisg
7 years 1 month ago
The same way you do… 😉 It’s just amazing how many people like this game. I loved/lived Halo 1 and finished it on Legendary. Also liked Halo 2 a lot. DIDN’T EVEN BOTHER PLAYING HALO 3 BECAUSE OF THE RIDICULOUSLY LOW GUN SOUND VOLUME! It just kills all the fun for me. -_- Look at it this way. Epic story, tension is building up, you’re in the jungle, all of a sudden you encounter the enemy, you start shooting. Pet put put put puut… ??? Hey, the sound of my gun is muffled even by the sound of my voice!…… Read more »
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Anonymous
7 years 2 months ago

I guess Halo 3 doesn’t include Forge, Theatre, or an awesome soundtrack…

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waking life
7 years 3 months ago

I think 7/10 is more than fair…

I dont understand what so many people see is this game.
Graphics are just decent and story too, and the creatures remind me a children cartoon.

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Jericho
7 years 3 months ago

It’s the lowest rating received by Halo 3 as per Gamerankings.com.
As you can see, the plan… it worked!

Dale Weir
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Dale Weir
7 years 3 months ago

Just curious, how do you guys keep finding this old review?

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Anonymous
7 years 3 months ago

Hey Gamer, why don’t you tell me what games are “good” so I’d bash the heck out of that too.

I despise the term “overrated” it’s just something ignorant losers come up with to say their opinion is better than others.

This review is completely UNPROFESSIONAL for the fact that he completely relates it to the hype and is intentionally being contradictory. 7.0? Fine, I’m curious about what games he rated 7.6.

Gamer
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7 years 4 months ago

There’s no doubt in my mind that Halo 3 was a commercial success, but I feel that the game a bit over rated. I have a 360, and I have Halo 3. I just don’t see what the big deal is. The game feels… ‘slow paced’. The multiplayer elements are great and it works really well on Xbox Live, but for FPS games, i’ll stick to the PC.

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Anonymous
7 years 5 months ago

=D

Anonymous
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7 years 7 months ago

Ive played halo 2 on my PC, max settings at 1080P, and it looks like dried shit compared to Halo 3. Halo 3 uses many more sophisticated rendering techniques to make it the shining winner that it still is today.

Anyone who has a problem with Halo 3, feel free to suck my balls.

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Not epic
7 years 7 months ago
I completely agree with this guy and the review. I finally bought an Xbox 360 after having a Playstation 3 for a year because most of my friends have one and they always talk about Halo 3 and how good it is. I have only played the game offline so far (well I have played online a little at a friends) and I must say that it is very average, nothing new, a little repetitive, this should automatically bring down the scores of 9.5-10’s to an 8 or 9 at the most. The graphics look exactly the same as Halo… Read more »
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ReTarDedJiM
7 years 9 months ago
I really enjoyed your review of this game, honesty is pretty much lost when it comes to most reviews now a day’s. I appreciate you at least having the balls to express your own opinion, And it also made people leave some of the funniest comments ive ever read. This game was clearly not what most people were waiting for, granted, I do disagree on some of your comments about the multiplayer, I thought Halo 2 put together a very easy to use and creative matchmaking system and Halo 3 followed that up wonderfully. Keep on reviewing games and telling… Read more »
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gaynorvader
7 years 9 months ago
[quote=Justin Azevedo]One year on from the release of Halo 3, I am convinced that Halo 3 is the definitive Xbox game. A couple of quick points: Has any game been able to do 4 player co-op online an 2 player co-op offline yet? Only Halo 3 has both of these features. For those of us who aren’t MLG, we need buddies for Legendary. Being able to have them over and play as well as being able to play with them online is a major point for those of us who want to beat the game with friends. [/quote] I don’t… Read more »
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Justin Azevedo
7 years 9 months ago
One year on from the release of Halo 3, I am convinced that Halo 3 is the definitive Xbox game. A couple of quick points: Has any game been able to do 4 player co-op online an 2 player co-op offline yet? Only Halo 3 has both of these features. For those of us who aren’t MLG, we need buddies for Legendary. Being able to have them over and play as well as being able to play with them online is a major point for those of us who want to beat the game with friends. Skulls made the game… Read more »
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gaynorvader
7 years 10 months ago
[quote=Anonymous]….you laughed at Halo 1 from your high and mighty pc throne? lol! I had a pc at the time and no fps at the time came close to the seamless 1st person shooting to 3rd person vehicles and awesome physics. The campaign was so sick and the only fps on pc at the time that came close was counter strike and that was multiplayer only and did not have the vehicle aspect or physics of Halo 1. You’re not cool because you bash Halo; and you’re not some rebellious flag-burner because you criticize the game. The only thing that… Read more »
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7 years 11 months ago
the multiplayer is severely underwhelming. Are you kidding me when you can’t choose which game mode you would like to play? Simplification is generally good, but I don’t think people are so innept that they cannot choose a mode. Also, the level design is made for second graders with ADD. That egyptian-tomb themed map must have been made by Bungie in a few hours. I agree with the reviewer, if the game is going to be this stripped down, it better come with a lot of modes. Really though, there are so many better online FPS multiplayer experiences out there.… Read more »
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Joe the Boss
7 years 11 months ago
Just to let everyone know that Daniel was fired two months ago. We apologize for his lame reviews but you must understand that daniel was an afganastain terrorist who workd for Osama bin laden. We are happy we found this out when we did and are thankful he was brought to justice. I want to apologize for the pain and hurt this baboon caused to the video game fans out there and all we can do now is ask for forgiveness and hope you keep visiting our site. We are pleased to tell you that daniel(whos real name is Osama… Read more »
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7 years 11 months ago

My friends and I were bored at school in study hall so decided to figure out what were the worst reviews of all-time. N this review made our list!! Congrats Mr. Reviewer just thought i’d share that information with you not that you care 🙂

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Anonymous
8 years 1 month ago

so halo 3 gameplay is nothing special, yet call of duty 4 gameplay is sublime?

what?

can gamecritics please delete the call of duty 4 review or at least second opinion with a reviewer who can actually comment on the extreme shortcomings of that game?

brad is an idiot

thank you

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8 years 1 month ago
Seriously how was the best replay making, great coop, forge, sharing, all that stuff that I haven’t even had the time to use it all not mentioned in the review? I can’t think of any other game that comes close to halo 3 in this way, really stupid of Daniel not to even bring it up. It makes ur review seem like nothing more than a low score attention getter for a pretty good game. I was however disappointed with the lack of new gameplay stuff, sure the old was good but halo 1 2 and 3, it gets a… Read more »
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8 years 2 months ago
Wow this is an incredibly bad review. Where is this guy’s writing skills. And please tell me that this guy has not been allowed to write another video game review since this one, or any review for that matter. First off he starts his review off by critizing the game’s advertisements. What the hell is that all about? I know this guy is trying to be different from all the other reviewers out there, and it is ok to mention the hype a game gets in a review, but you never start your review off on advertisements. Thats just silly.… Read more »
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8 years 2 months ago
Thanks for this outstanding review, Daniel. You have continued to review games based on their merits and after playing many games you have reviewed, all of your arguments prove correct. You say it how it is, and the internet could use more reviewers like you (thanks for not selling out to game developers like Gamespot did). The actual score, the 7/10 in this case, I never actually read. I learned what it was from reading other comments posted here. What does the exact score matter, anyway? The words are the important part as they accurately describe all aspects of the… Read more »
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8 years 3 months ago

i only add this: a game is supposed to be fun. graphics, story and innovations are thin icing on a delicious cake. you yourself said how fun the game is in single and multiplayer.

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8 years 3 months ago
what a great idea to get famous! piss off 8 million people so you will go down in their minds as a douche of Billy Mitchel proportions! well you did your job, completely ruined yourself to get people to know your name and read 1 of your reviews. did you know there is hate sites built about you? also anything credible about you went out the window the second you wrote that it is fair to review a game based on its advertising. what if a game has a complete crap advertising? such as Gears of War? does this make… Read more »
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8 years 3 months ago
….you laughed at Halo 1 from your high and mighty pc throne? lol! I had a pc at the time and no fps at the time came close to the seamless 1st person shooting to 3rd person vehicles and awesome physics. The campaign was so sick and the only fps on pc at the time that came close was counter strike and that was multiplayer only and did not have the vehicle aspect or physics of Halo 1. You’re not cool because you bash Halo; and you’re not some rebellious flag-burner because you criticize the game. The only thing that… Read more »
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8 years 3 months ago

This is the most neutral and honest review I’ve seen so far! SEVEN out of TEN (or just 7/10) is probably the perfect score for the game. Great review!

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8 years 4 months ago
Why is this review FOS as you so eloquently put it? I have played the game and I agree with this ‘wacko’. In fact I think this may be one of the only objective reviews out there. I’m pretty sure Microsft is paying the rest of the reviewers off. Why? Because Halo3 is simply an average FPS. It’s a far cry off amazing, the graphics are recycled, the storyline is almost identical to 2, and the online play is only as good as most FPSs for the PC. The Single player is fairly awful, the AI is pretty retarded and… Read more »
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8 years 4 months ago

I rate this review FOS(Full OF Sh*t). All you have to do is play the game people, dont listen to this wacko.

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8 years 4 months ago

… that last comment was from me, in case you weren’t sure! Dunno what the Hell’s going on with my internet connecton this evening…!

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8 years 4 months ago
Thank you for your reply. Frankly, if the game had scored 8 of out 10, I wouldn’t have moaned. I think once a game gets to that score it’s accepted as being very good “if you like that sort of thing”; which I completely accept about Halo 3. It’s not perfect, and I have no difficulty acknowledging this. In fact, I think it’s clear from my first post (… I may be mistaken, of course…) that I consider Halo 3 to be a game for the fans, rather than a game for everyone. My friends and I all played Halo… Read more »
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8 years 4 months ago
I’m sorry if you took offense at the ‘fanboy’ in my subject line, it was not aimed at you personally, but rather the stance you were taking. You were making Halo 3 out to be the glittery 10/10 game that other reviews have given it, I would put to you that 8/10 is even going a bit far. I never claimed that Halo3 is a BAD game, it’s just not a particularly GOOD game. It’s an alright game. 5% wasn’t supposed to represent all the Halo3 players left in the world, I was simply pointing out that you using 400,000… Read more »
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8 years 4 months ago
Hello, “Fanboy” is generally used as a term of abuse and, if that’s the way in which you meant it, you’ve used it incorrectly – I’m not blind to the failings of Halo 3, and I’m not using coarse language to rebuke the reviewer and other posters for having a different opinion – I am simply a fan; something I admitted in my first post, rather than a revelation borne of ingenious deduction. If you find that people disagreeing with you is so unbearable that you immediately resort to name-calling and sarcasm, I can’t picture you as being good company… Read more »
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8 years 4 months ago
Great Halo 3 sold well. That doesn’t make it a good game. There are plenty of brilliant games which haven’t sold well. Wow 400,000 people playing Halo3? That sounds massive. Oh wait, how many copies were sold again? 8million? that makes it about 5% of the people who bought the game that are still playing it. Yeah, that’s not initial hype at all *sarcasm*. Look that game Halo3 is average, not great. It’s not a bad game, it’s just bland, unexciting and uninnotive. It’s the same shit we’ve seen before. I loved the first Halo, enjoyed the challenge the second… Read more »
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8 years 4 months ago
Very courteous of you, Alevine. I maintain that reviewing videogames is not easy – I don’t think that, personally, I’d be very good at it because I can radically change my mind about how good or bad a game is a number of days after I’ve begun to play it. And I’m not suggesting that the reviewer of this game is poor at his job; anyone can have a “bad day at the office” and get something wrong, anyone can simply get off on the wrong foot with something (as many folks might’ve done, in view of Halo 3’s publicity… Read more »
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8 years 4 months ago
Exemplary. “How to critique a critic”. 🙂 [quote] Reviewers get a raw deal, I think. Particularly so when it comes to reviewing games that come complete with an international media circus of uber-hype designed to blind one and all to even the possibility that the game in question isn’t much good. Halo 3 doesn’t do anything terribly innovative as a single-player game, but it offers new environments across which to continue the adventure that the majority of Halo’s players desperately wanted to continue, and conclude. The hideously punishing Legendary difficulty of Halo 2, which crippled its longevity in my opinion,… Read more »
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8 years 4 months ago
Reviewers get a raw deal, I think. Particularly so when it comes to reviewing games that come complete with an international media circus of uber-hype designed to blind one and all to even the possibility that the game in question isn’t much good. Halo 3 doesn’t do anything terribly innovative as a single-player game, but it offers new environments across which to continue the adventure that the majority of Halo’s players desperately wanted to continue, and conclude. The hideously punishing Legendary difficulty of Halo 2, which crippled its longevity in my opinion, was repealed and good sense restored; I’m not… Read more »
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8 years 5 months ago
Halo is the steaming pile you can find on your shoe early morning after walking your dog down the park. The smell of the god awful shit just lingers on your shoes. God forbid if you were to not clean it off, It would continue to pollute society. This is the case with Halo3. Steaming pile, no one will clean this shit form the gaming community. Advertising for drones telling them how epic a game is = fanboys, creaming their pants in exictement for a company who has some sick helmet fetish and releases 3 games nearly identical in content.… Read more »
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8 years 6 months ago

look, im a huge fan of halo 3, and i just recently acheived colonel, but i still acknowledge that much what he says is actually true, invovling back tracking escpically *SPOLIER* the end sequence was ripped from the first game, random explosions, flood running away, random jumps. *end spolier* anyway, the marines where highly incompetent, and i remember getting lost at least 3 times in the levels. that all being said, its still a very fun game

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8 years 6 months ago
On a linear scale between 0(hated it) and 10(loved it), 5(neither loved it nor hated it) is dead-centre. 5 is exactly how “I” feel about this game. Neutral. Notice the pronoun “I”? As in “of myself”? There are a lot of people posting horrible comments on this site and it makes me question how secure they feel as individuals. The civilised west claims to wage war against insane, fanatical savages and yet parts of this forum, this snippet of our culture, does not agree. A man cannot comment on a game without being descended upon by savages. So what if… Read more »
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8 years 6 months ago

Daniel’s Dad:

This is a fantastic piece of rhetorical excellence. You have managed to use almost 100 words to insult another person without invoking anything but empty insults. And you have most admirably abstained from using any evidence to support your insults. Congratulations. You are the sophisticated form of internet idiocy.

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8 years 6 months ago
This review is a monumental achievement. Not only has it managed to be the worst review written ever on this piece of shit site, itself an unbelievable achievement, but it’s possibly the worst written review of any medium, ever, in the history of Western Civilisation. Yes, it is that bad. Ten thousand bludgeoned monkeys couldn’t be so illiterate and mindless. This review gives the word “retarded” a bad name. The reviewer should be dissected and his brain frozen immediately for future preservation and study on the absolute potential of the lack of intellect possible in a human mind.
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8 years 7 months ago

I completely agree with u, its like nobody wants to believe that this game was a let down because IT WAS. Dan was trying to explain that to everyone, but nobody wanted to accept the fact that this game was “ok” at best. Dan I think u have given one of the only true and honest reviews and shouldn’t take shit from any of the people on these boards that disagree…probably because none of them have gone through puberty.

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8 years 7 months ago
Okay, first off, I really enjoyed the first Halo, it was the best multiplayer fps of it’s time and the best console fps of that time too. Halo2, just wasn’t as good, still the best console FPS, but lagging way behind any similar budgeted PC FPS. Multiplayer was still good fun though. Halo3 was the first time Halo actually had any real competition on the consoles and it fell…like a brick. Story – I’d just like to make one point on this: HALO GAMES HAVE NO STORY. That’s figuratively speaking folks, I know there’s some story in there, it’s just… Read more »
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8 years 7 months ago
Whoever reviewed Halo 3 should be shot. End of story. You dont base a game on its advertising! That is just ut out to build hype and get people to buy the game, it has usually nothing to do with the actual game! look at Bioshock, it was an awesome game but could the big daddy really throw you thought the room and could you really hack a robot by pulling out the wires? No but did you criticiseth game for it? No, Halo trailers didnt promse nything to be in the game they promised the game would come. You… Read more »
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8 years 8 months ago
I am an avid h3 player. In my opinion, i think the critic said a lot of things that were true. I think bungie should consider some of the negative comments to only make the next game better (if there will be a next game). I love multiplayer halo 3 and i frequently play it online. I think it is the best game out there (but not all that much better than H2), however, overall i think there were a lot of things that could have been made better ESPECIALLY (underline underline)for campaign mode. Quite honestly, it was a disappointment.… Read more »
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8 years 9 months ago

Your actually pathetic, you need help. Its a game, get over it, you are the type of losers who will not go out on a weekend to play a game get some help.

Daniel you’re a good reviewer, but I’m sorry that speaking the *truth* is not allowed anymore.

Anyway boys why waste time reading this, shouldn’t you be finishing Halo 3 for the 30th time.

Hugs & Kisses. xx

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8 years 9 months ago
stop getting annoyed because the game you have been manipulated into buyin because of hype does not live up to expectations. I know you have been waiting a long time for it but just face facts, it is NOT a 9.5 out of 10 game and only gets those reviews because of hype. A lot like the Tomb Raider franchise used to. Just except it is not the game everyone hoped and shut up. to say that no game on any console comes close is just pathetic and you need to be realistic. Halo 3 is like an expansion to… Read more »
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8 years 9 months ago

Man no inventory management? Christ go play mass effect. Just shooting? what about equipment? grenades? vehicles? If guns are the only way your approaching halo 3s perfectly staggered encounters no wonder you rated it so poorly.

I get the feeling your just bad at it.

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8 years 9 months ago

Wow 7/10 and people are crying? I swear they act like you shot their dog or something. 7/10 is a good score. The problem is too many reviewers fall into the hype and give every game a 9/10. I’ve seen people cry over a 9/10 even. Halo is overrated. Deal with it. It’s a great game, but it’s not world changing. A 7/10 is a fair score. Also I loved the comments “The reviver shouldn’t be allowed to respond to comments”. You kids are funny, don’t like it when someone stands up to you on the internet?

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8 years 9 months ago

nobody asked your ass to write a mini-review! he’s right about some things and some things he isn’t right about. a review is an opinion, often a biased opinion, but you have your own opinion of the game so stop telling the reviewer that his is wrong!

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NoFace
8 years 9 months ago

So it only makes sense that there are wierdos out there who don’t like Halo….

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8 years 10 months ago

You say all that and yet you haven’t even read his review! I’m sure has at least a few points to back his argument. If you really wanted to burn him, then you’d actually read it and find his flaws. Otherwise, your comments mean nothing…

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8 years 10 months ago
Whether the majority(your claimed numbers) does or does not enjoy the multiplayer is irrelevant. I’m judging a game, not how a society plays or takes to a game, nor how a game should or shouldn’t be played. But I judge after experiencing all the game has to offer, example; LAN co-op with beer and your best buddies(even if they suck and online players are better). Single player and multiplayer are both equally relevant, but exceptional gamepaly in one can compensate for not-so exceptional other. Halo 3, however, has both. And you must see the hypocrisy of defending a third-rate professional… Read more »
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8 years 10 months ago
I find it quite amazing that so many people will just blindly back a game which is just plain average when you take out the multiplayer and let’s not forget that a massive proportion of gamers out there don’t actually like playing online * gasp *. How can this be? How could someone be such a ‘nerd’ (as I was ironically called) that they choose not to spend all of their free time playing people they’ve never met at computer games? When I play games with my mates it’s when they are actually in the same room as me and… Read more »
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8 years 10 months ago
This review is a hit and miss. I’d say only about %45 of the stuff you complain about is actually detremental enough to keep Halo 3 from getting a near-perfect score. The rest is nitty-gritty insignifficant expressions of malcontent. The 2D pictures looked beautiful on 1080i, although it may have looked like a drawing, it was great art nonetheless. The repetitious pattern of gameplay is Halo’s proprietary “30-seconds formula.” Quick and decisive 30 seconds of ass kicking followed by breaks in which the player recovers in ammo and reconciles with the badass tactics that preceded it. Complainging about the formula… Read more »
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Gamecritics Sucks
8 years 10 months ago

FOR THIS REVIEW HALO 3 DESCEND A LOT OF PLACES IN GAMERANKINS.

THIS REVIEW IS FANATIC, STUPID AND BORED.

I SMELL….. JEALOUS.

HALO 3 = 10

FANBOYS

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8 years 10 months ago
Hmm…to each his own, i suppose I can definitely agree with your mention of the AI (and so can my many in-game deaths as a result of close proximity rocket launches from marines), but besides that, I’m not seeing how you can validly extrapolate on your remaining arguments enough to chop off 30% of the score. Sure, they don’t focus on the “ZOMG planet’s going down” aspect, but I don’t consider this to be the big picture of the game. I’m not going to mass-uber flame you, I just think you focused on the wrong aspects of the game, expanded… Read more »
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8 years 10 months ago
Ok to start off Halo 3 is a good game that’s it. Its not great, grand or anything else just good. Personally I would give it about a 6 to 6.5. The game is too much like the other two, same shit better graphics thats all. The multiplayer is plain boring, who cares that you can share videos and screenshots, if you want them that bad just download them off the net. My biggest problem with multiplayer is that you cant have more than 16 people on a server, and personally I haven’t seen more than 10 and that was… Read more »
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8 years 10 months ago
Well in most respects I tend to agree with this review. I’ve played through all of the Halo software titles and I believe it is safe to say a seven sums it up just right. Still a seven in my opinion isn”t half bad. Bungie did cut a few corners in the graphics department but what are graphics anyway if a game is fun its fun right? I’ve always owned all the major videogame consoles so I am no fanboy of anything. Well just games back off so you don’t agree with this review that justifies personally atacking someone. I’m… Read more »
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8 years 10 months ago

Oops, actually replied to a comment (twice by accident!) made on the first page without realising there was another 4 pages worth of comments.

No idea what’s happening now and, to be honest, I don’t care enough to bother reading it, but yeah. Not a bad game! 🙂

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8 years 10 months ago
Why do you actually care so much? Does the 7/10 rating actually affect your feelings towards the game? Are you planning to make a career out of selling this game to people? Why do any of you care so much?! It’s a game, but that’s it. I actually found it a very good game (excluding the Floodgate level, which I found to be a little aggravating and tedious), but that’s what it is – a game. I’m only on here because it’s quarter to 1 in the morning, I can’t sleep and I happened to find a lot of these… Read more »
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8 years 10 months ago
First, learn how to spell SCARAB not “Scarabe”. Also, you spent way to much time on the campaign and not the other features. Forge, Theatre mode? Let me explain this to you, the Master Chief is “blocky” because he is, I do not know, umm… made out of steel? Incase you still wondering “Why dosent Mastah Chief look like he does in the announcement trailer” thats because his armor is made out of steel, not concreate. Nothing new? Does equipment ring a bell? Back to the multiplayer, you can download game types, videos, screenshots on bungie.net which are all viewible… Read more »
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8 years 10 months ago
Thought some of his points are correct, in saying that there is some backtracking, and that the game didn’t live up to the expectations given by the ads. Oh wait, they never made any clear details about the game in the ads! They simply showed a diorama of a large battle, and you very clearly state that you do this almost constantly throughout the game (fight in a big battle in an open area that is). No game-play is shown, so they aren’t showing you what you should expect 😛 The only time they showed game-play was in their vidocs… Read more »
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8 years 10 months ago
I have not read the review but the rating of 7 out of 10 I do agree with as far as the single player campaign is concerned. It took me less than 24hrs to complete and was un-original and did hold much back tracking. After playing it so shortly after completing Bioshock which literaly took my breath away, all I can say is Halo 3 after the wait and the hype was a dissapointment as a single player game. I do hope Bioshock Gets the GOTY for its single player part of the game, replay value or not it was… Read more »
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8 years 10 months ago
[quote=NunianVonFuch]”Somebody” above was bang on the money. I find it hard to believe people are still harping on about this “terrible” score. The author liked the game and it’s quite immature to attack him rather than his points. It’s more a review of the single player than anything else and yes it does have it’s problems. Game scores have a tendency to be overblown. I liken this as the game equivalent of Transformers. Just to continue this example have a look at the metacritic scoring for Transformers, 61. I don’t see anyone attacking ReelViews or Chicago Reader for their 3/10… Read more »
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8 years 10 months ago

so…..over…..halo……..

Halo 3 was good, but it’s not the evolution of the series we all hoped for. The review was honest – and the reason you fanboys are gettin so pissed off is because you know there is some truth in it.

It was the same 12 months ago with twilight princess – the nintendoids were rabid!

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8 years 10 months ago
How can you spend an entire article ripping on one of the greatest games ever? You say its overhyped. Let me ask you this how did it get hyped in the first place? Oh yes, now i remember Halo and Halo 2 were the most succesful video games to come out in a long time, maybe ever. As you said halo 3 is no different than Halo 1 or 2 then doesnt that mean it is a great game. You are reviewing Halo 3 not comparing it to its predeceders or to its hype. This game is in now way… Read more »
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8 years 10 months ago
This was a fantastic review whether or not you love the game or not. He raises a lot of interesting points that I agree with. This is XBOX’s baby, its big gun…and all it was, was Halo 1 with polished graphics, and its not even close to being the best graphics on the Xbox. There was nothing extraordinary with the gameplay and didn’t revolutionize anything. This is supposed to be the last Halo on Mircosofts best console. It should have been a bit more engaging and it flopped. There are one or two cool moments, but nothing that will go… Read more »
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Anonymous
8 years 10 months ago

What a superb review. I appreciate someone writing thoughtfully and critically about games — a welcome relief from all the fawning and bloviating that the gaming press generates!

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8 years 10 months ago
“Somebody” above was bang on the money. I find it hard to believe people are still harping on about this “terrible” score. The author liked the game and it’s quite immature to attack him rather than his points. It’s more a review of the single player than anything else and yes it does have it’s problems. Game scores have a tendency to be overblown. I liken this as the game equivalent of Transformers. Just to continue this example have a look at the metacritic scoring for Transformers, 61. I don’t see anyone attacking ReelViews or Chicago Reader for their 3/10… Read more »
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8 years 10 months ago
[quote=Somebody]I have to admit that I came to this site via gamerankings. This was the lowest score Halo 3 got and I wondered about the review. Personally I would’ve gave Halo 3 somewhere between 8.5 – 9.0. It was great in some places, but mediocre in others. I have completed it on legendary and collected all the skulls. Co-op is where the most fun at. Multiplayer (team battles) is okay, then it gets boring after a while. That’s probably because I’m not an immature teenager who pores endless hours trying to “own” somebody. I actually have a life. I find… Read more »
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8 years 10 months ago
I have to admit that I came to this site via gamerankings. This was the lowest score Halo 3 got and I wondered about the review. Personally I would’ve gave Halo 3 somewhere between 8.5 – 9.0. It was great in some places, but mediocre in others. I have completed it on legendary and collected all the skulls. Co-op is where the most fun at. Multiplayer (team battles) is okay, then it gets boring after a while. That’s probably because I’m not an immature teenager who pores endless hours trying to “own” somebody. I actually have a life. I find… Read more »
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8 years 10 months ago
[quote=D.Toune]I’m yet to play Halo 3 (although I thoroughly enjoyed the first 2), but the people complaining should really hush. Looking at the cries of ‘worst review ever’ and such make people look very foolish, as regardless of your obviously differing opinion of the game, this is a very well written and well backed up review. Some people need to keep in mind that reviews are essentially the opinions of professionals (or even non-professionals) who are adept at writing and have a strong interest in the field they write for. If you disagree with the writer slandering him will get… Read more »
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8 years 10 months ago
I’m yet to play Halo 3 (although I thoroughly enjoyed the first 2), but the people complaining should really hush. Looking at the cries of ‘worst review ever’ and such make people look very foolish, as regardless of your obviously differing opinion of the game, this is a very well written and well backed up review. Some people need to keep in mind that reviews are essentially the opinions of professionals (or even non-professionals) who are adept at writing and have a strong interest in the field they write for. If you disagree with the writer slandering him will get… Read more »
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8 years 10 months ago
Exactly. Thank you so much for writing this review. I am not a big review reader but I will be keeping an eye on your game reviews for now on. You obviously have been a gamer for a long time and understand that a game is good because of its game play. Not because of how many fan boys Microsoft can purchase via caffeinated beverages and false-advertising advertisements. I wish you would have touched a little bit more into the terrible luck-based multi player that for some reason has people going insane over. The matchmaking system and ranking system are… Read more »
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8 years 10 months ago

You cannot be serious… How can you base a review off advertisements? That is just not rational. It just seems that you needed to take an angle that allowed you to give Halo 3 a low as can be score. Did you even play the multiplayer? Do you even like shooters?

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8 years 10 months ago
Daniel, Though I may not completely agree with your review. I will also admit you had your points which I will agree with. You were completely correct in saying that the single player was lackluster and did not live up to the hype. Does this mean the game was bad?…I would say no. Yes I was disappointed there was no diarama style map in the game. However, this did not ruin the game for me. I will also agree with you that there was a lot of backtracking throughout that really added up to wasting time instead of hordes of… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
-“And what’s the deal with this site giving Halo 2 a 90% score, but Halo 3 only 70%? Are you seriously trying to tell people that Halo 2 was superior to Halo 3?” –“Our Halo 2 review was written by Mike Doolittle. Our reviews at GameCrititcs.com DO NOT represent a collective opinion and each critic is entitled to their own opinion. One of our goals is to present diverse perspectives.” And then there was the reason why this review source treads water instead of sitting in a boat with more competent and professional critics. While everyone is entitled to their… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
While I would never call Halo 3 the perfect FPS or the best game to ever be released in the entire history of video gaming, I will say that it’s an solid 9.6/10. Going through this review, I was dissapointed to see the writer reviewing based off the trailer portrayals (which there were no actual game trailers until E3 of ’07). I feel like this review only weighed in on the story, which I still feel was excellent and fulfilling. And for some reason, I think the writer chose to play through on Easy and sum up that all the… Read more »
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Anonymous
8 years 11 months ago

reading this article was like watching someone masturbate.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
8 years 11 months ago

Halo 3 is poor can’t wait to trade it in for COD4 on the PS3.

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8 years 11 months ago

[quote=Anonymous]And what’s the deal with this site giving Halo 2 a 90% score, but Halo 3 only 70%? Are you seriously trying to tell people that Halo 2 was superior to Halo 3?
[/quote] Our Halo 2 review was written by Mike Doolittle. Our reviews at GameCrititcs.com DO NOT represent a collective opinion and each critic is entitled to their own opinion. One of our goals is to present diverse perspectives.

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8 years 11 months ago
Well I did write an elaborate comment on the extremist behavior most of you were protraying for the sake of a video game. But the math question thing decided to eat my other message up, so I’ll sum it up. It’s a video game rating, please don’t have the enthusiasm that one would have to lay their life down for their favorite video game, your priorities in life or anger management need to be dealt with, and it’s a number. One number. Nothing more, just not care about it as it will do nothing and if you think it will… Read more »
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Daniel Weissenberger
8 years 11 months ago
[quote=Anonymous]I’m so glad to have read this review. Microsoft deserves to be punished for trying to bribe reviewers. I think it’s cool you guys scored the game a 7 just on principle. You probably could have gotten even lower than that, actually. BTW, how come you guys don’t review PS3 games? PS3 is the best! Actually, all my PS3 friends now say your site is the best because of the Halo 3 review. Keep it up! [/quote] While we appreciate your opinion, it’s important to mention here that Halo 3 did not receive a score ‘on principle’. It received a… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=Anonymous]You shrill little fucking xbot moron, how the fuck could you say his right-on-the-mark review is off, and then link to IG-FUCKING-IGNORANT-N as an example of what to follow? Face it, the majority of those “95%” reviews were bribed for. Fucking X- drones. Grow a brain, and learn to think for yourselves. And for Daniel, thank you for telling the truth.[/quote] Hey Daniel, is that you again?! LMFAO!!!! Absolutely hilarious these fools have to write in bullshit anonymous comments to defend themselves since nobody else will! And worse yet, exposing themselves to be Sony fanboys! Love the 8 year-old terminology… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

I’m so glad to have read this review. Microsoft deserves to be punished for trying to bribe reviewers. I think it’s cool you guys scored the game a 7 just on principle. You probably could have gotten even lower than that, actually. BTW, how come you guys don’t review PS3 games? PS3 is the best! Actually, all my PS3 friends now say your site is the best because of the Halo 3 review. Keep it up!

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8 years 11 months ago
I dont understand all of the fuss concerning this game. my friend invited me over to his house to play the 360 and he suggested we play Halo 3, so wanting to see what the hype was about i agreed. now this is where the story gets red hot… i absolutely… positively… was bored out of my mind. 20 minutes into playing the game i shut it off. my friend was stunned. i thought it would have been better. there was and is too much hype surrounding this game. it is just a game, dont take it personally people. i… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

You shrill little fucking xbot moron, how the fuck could you say his right-on-the-mark review is off, and then link to IG-FUCKING-IGNORANT-N as an example of what to follow? Face it, the majority of those “95%” reviews were bribed for. Fucking X- drones. Grow a brain, and learn to think for yourselves. And for Daniel, thank you for telling the truth.

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8 years 11 months ago
Whilst I would not necessarily disagree with the review, on principle, the fact that the opening of this reviewers opinion is clearly stated as being influenced by the game’s inability to exactly match its obscure advertising, removes any and all credibility that the soul of this article may have had. As a loose comparison…the reason jurors are sequestered by law is so that the person being tried and judged can be afforded a judgement that is untainted by hype, or sensationalism. Any game deserves to be judged purely on its own merit (which the Halo series possesses in abundance) and… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=Dig Dug]the difference between a well-researched and well-written piece of gaming journalism, and the utter amateur piece of shit junk that’s on this site is sadly, not even shocking. this retarded fool must be the only person on the planet that thinks he can actually “write”. and looking at the quality of this “site”, it’s so obvious these “reviewers” are total jokes with no professional writing background and in fact, probably don’t even get paid, at least not with money. probably they get to keep the game they review, if not just allowed to “borrow” it for a few days.… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
Chances are that those of you who have been following the comments section for the past few weeks may remember my feelings towards anonymity, and the cowards that hide behind it. However, there’s a flip side to the argument, as our friend deepthroat here proves. By putting my real name out there, it’s the easiest thing in the world for someone to plug it into Google and get a few factoids about me. I recently won a screenplay competition, so it’s a fair bet that I’m a screenwriter. But I don’t have any IMDB credits, so I haven’t had anything… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
Guys, I think everyone is being a little too hard on Daniel. I know him well, and fact is, you guys are right, he’s not a real gaming critic. He’s a wannabe screenwriter, and a failed one at that. He’s just doing this to pay the bills, which might explain why he’s a little bitter and twisted. Don’t worry, it isn’t just games, he hates most movies too, because he always thinks the writing sucks and that he could do a better job. Most of us that know him find this a bit ironic since his screenplays are terrible. I… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=This site is a joke]Daniel, is that you?! Jesus, it’s pretty sad when this site’s reviewers and employees need to make fake anonymous comments to defend themselves. What a bunch of tools! This is the most unprofessional site in the history of game reviews, just pathetic.[/quote] Sadly, no, it wasn’t me. I know it’s scary that more than one person out there disagrees with you, but that’s why god invented security blankets and pacifiers. Seriously, though, whenever I comment I comment under my own name. Except for the guy who said I looked like I had AIDS, that was also… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
what a weak-ass review. reading it just made me about 30 i.q. points dumber. this “reviewer” is so full of shit, it’s mind-bloggling. first of all, he complains that the “epic” final battle isn’t like it was in the commercials. to illustrate this, he throws in spoilers galore about the phophet of truth fight, even detailing the number of enemies and good guys. only problem is, this wasn’t the last fight! in fact, there’s a good three levels AFTER this fight! this guy is full of shit! he basically demonstrated he didn’t even finish the game, much less know what… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=Brian][quote=scorch117]In the opening paragraph you say that it is fair to judge a game based on its advertising. That is the worst fucking thought anyone has EVER expressed. Now, of course, this is my opinion, but I doubt anyone disagrees with me (other than your dumbass self). Gears of War had terrible advertising and that was a great game. In that one paragraph, you set your self up for saying that the game is entirely bad. Guess what? YOU CONTRADICTED YOURSELF.[/quote] It is fair to judge a game based on its advertising. If a game is advertised everywhere as Halo… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=scorch117]In the opening paragraph you say that it is fair to judge a game based on its advertising. That is the worst fucking thought anyone has EVER expressed. Now, of course, this is my opinion, but I doubt anyone disagrees with me (other than your dumbass self). Gears of War had terrible advertising and that was a great game. In that one paragraph, you set your self up for saying that the game is entirely bad. Guess what? YOU CONTRADICTED YOURSELF.[/quote] It is fair to judge a game based on its advertising. If a game is advertised everywhere as Halo… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
Well, I have had Halo 3 for a while now and I have poured a lot of time into it. As a college student with a part-time job and a girlfriend, I don’t have as much time as I would like to play games, I have definitely found at least a half hour a day to relax with a beer and play some Halo 3. Having beaten the Campaign at least four times on varying difficulties, getting every achievement in the game, pouring hours into multiplayer, getting the rank of Colonel and hitting 46 in FFA, I can honestly say… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
No no no, they bitched at sites that gave it below NINE POINT FIVE. These children are stealing my breathing air, and they’re ruining video game review websites. Gametrailers is so scared now to give anything a low score. They bashed the living hell out of NBA 2k8 and had almost nothing good to say about it, and gave it an 8.0. What was the complaint in the comments? “HOMG 8.0 HOW DARE U” These stupid pre-teen punks will never be satisfied unless it’s 9.5 or higher, and even THAT is tentative. A year ago, 8.8 meant, “great game.” Now… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=Anonymous][quote=TommyNooka] “It offers so much bang for your buck, that there is not a chance another console game will match it for years.” How about the Orange Box which has been released only a month later and is better than Halo 3 in every category? In my opinion it’s the best gaming package ever released whereas Halo 3 is only a good value to people who want to delude themselves into thinking that it will make them cool and that they actually have friends by playing computer games on the internet. From the way Halo 3 has polarised opinion it… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
Wow… I Its amazing how many people have gotten upset and angry just because Daniel doesn’t like a game you like… I think Halo 3 is a great game, its not my favorite, but i respect that the reviewer has a different opinion, some of the points he mentioned i feel the same about, others i feel differently, but am i here saying stuff like “hey you suck” and giving an essay on why i think halo is good..? No. I suggest that a lot of you take your cock out of your xbox and realise that people in the… Read more »
GameCritics.com = No Credibility, Joke of the Industry
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8 years 11 months ago
I love this! GameCritics.com have quickly become the laughing stock of the online gaming community! It’s brilliant how they willingly sacrifice credibility for a little of that notoriety from writing crappy, pretentious BS reviews. Starved for a little ad-revenue money, eh? I can only imagine the memos being sent down from the parents’ basement office of the “editor” to the reviewers imploring them to give as low of scores to fantastic games as possible, while scoring 100% marks to shite like “Lair” so they may make a name for themselves and inspire so-called “debate”! The real beauty of this facade… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=TommyNooka] “It offers so much bang for your buck, that there is not a chance another console game will match it for years.” How about the Orange Box which has been released only a month later and is better than Halo 3 in every category? In my opinion it’s the best gaming package ever released whereas Halo 3 is only a good value to people who want to delude themselves into thinking that it will make them cool and that they actually have friends by playing computer games on the internet. From the way Halo 3 has polarised opinion it… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

This is the the worst review ever, this reviewer sucks ass and should be fired. This is the best game i have ever played. it stands head and shoulders above any other FPS out there. I’m dissappointed there are people like this out there who seem to want to dissuade people from playing a truly great game.

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8 years 11 months ago
Dude I don’t know whether you were born before they invented books or before they found out humans can think, but that was probably the most pathetic thing i’ve ever wasted my time reading, you obviously are a little douche who doesn’t read and watches I Love New York, or any other TV show since 90% of them are mindless bull. I’m not even a Halo fanboy I much prefer games like Team Fortress 2 or Bioshock, even Gears of War is better, but I DO like the Halo story line, it’s very different then the generic bull that pops… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

I am an experienced gamer from the 8-bit days and really enjoyed Halo 3. I’d give it a 9/10.

I agree with the points in the review, but overall they did not detract substantially from the huge amounts of enjoyment I derived, and still derive, from the playing experience.

Whether this makes me a ‘fanboy’ or not is your label and your judgement. My view is that just as people are entitled to dislike the game, people are also entitled to like it. Different strokes for different folks, so the saying goes.

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8 years 11 months ago
Well, to be honest I think reading the comments on this site for free is more fun than playing the actual game 😛 (zero punctuation link, hehe) I played Halo, and Halo 2, and Halo 3 they’re all certainly not bad games. Halo was brilliant when it came out, admittedly one of the best games, if not the best game for the Xbox then. Halo 2… pretty much failed, but it was still good in a few ways. Halo 3: It’s more of the same, I for one like new ideas and it seems like Halo 3 is still the… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
“It offers so much bang for your buck, that there is not a chance another console game will match it for years.” How about the Orange Box which has been released only a month later and is better than Halo 3 in every category? In my opinion it’s the best gaming package ever released whereas Halo 3 is only a good value to people who want to delude themselves into thinking that it will make them cool and that they actually have friends by playing computer games on the internet. From the way Halo 3 has polarised opinion it is… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
This review is just pathetic. It’s clear to me that (a) the reviewer is a serious PC gamer, who finds fault in any game they cant play on a mouse/keyboard, or (b) is not a fan of first person shooters in general. Any normal gamer who enjoys this type of game could not find a reason to not love Halo 3. It offers so much bang for your buck, that there is not a chance another console game will match it for years. Reviewers that fail to notice an amazing package like this shouldn’t be writing reviews in the first… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

[quote=MDB]This is a review that he writes its what he thinks about the game not what you want to hear.[/quote]
Oops I meant: This is a review, he writes its what he thinks about the game not what you want to hear.

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8 years 11 months ago

This is a review that he writes its what he thinks about the game not what you want to hear.

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8 years 11 months ago

[quote=Craig K.]Worst Game Review EVER![/quote]
This site is to review games, not reveiws. (what a tard)

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8 years 11 months ago
I once pointed out there is a lot of hate for the Halo franchise because it’s so big. Its out there… there are books, comics, drinks, shirts, and general amount of hooplah for this game that makes beyond the normal games out there. However this review stems from what I call an elitist gamer. He sees a lot of ads, a lot of glitz, and is offended that his hobby of choice has made it mainstream. “How dare other people like my hobby?” he says? So he naturally dislikes the game on principle alone. Usually these types of gamers have… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
I disagree with you people who claim Halo’s score shouldn’t be affected by its advertising. If so many unsusupecting people buy a game only based on its advertising and the hype train, then the public should at least know the game doesn’t do justice to the even half of the greatness implied by the commercials. And you also say he seems to be deliberately trying to prove Halo 3’s inadeptness. You hit the nail on the head. While most reviews of this game spend almost all the time glorifying the game and giving examples of how its many successes outweigh… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
Agree wholeheartedly with the majority of your statements. Being a “halo hater” when halo ce was first released to becoming a halo fanatic over the past 5 years I was relieved this was the end, but sad that is was done in such a poor fashion. You have to commend bungie on the halo machine they created with the hype, the constant updates, and their ego stroking on their weekly updates but what was it all for? The answer is “the money”. Eric Nylund did a great job in his halo books in writing some recaps and some entertaining adolescent… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
I think the ZeroPunctuation critic really hit the nail on the head when he said you can’t give a perfect score to something that’s only half a game. In most of the replies to this review I’ve seen, people say that Daniel is doing the game injustice by giving it a seven out of ten when the multiplayer is so good. Didn’t you guys see the positive words on the multiplayer in the review? And even if you didn’t, if the multiplayer is great and the singleplayer is a major disappointment, that seems like something worth a 7 to me… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

All of these comments reminds me of the kind of “feedback” we got over our review of The Legend of Dragoon. We took so much grief over it that it was compiled into one of our best articles here: The Legend of Dragoon: A Game Critic’s Nightmare

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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=Anonymous]Im sorry sir but your review is dum, stupid, ignorant and flasely placed due to lack of intelligence on the game or just pure lacking of smarts. You sir are dum because you OBVIOUSLY have no idea what Halo is about and you seem to not have a clue of how to play Halo in general, the reason they dont keep a f.ucking gps in Masterchiefs helmet is because Bungie assumes that dum people like you will stick with the Wii and pretend to bowl with a remote not go on their game and act retarted, “oh lame, i dont… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

It’s absolutely hilarious how pathetic you sound; you’re practically making shit up just because you have some intrinsic hatred for the halo series and want to make a big name for yourself.

Jesus, go get hit by a bus or something.

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8 years 11 months ago
Im sorry sir but your review is dum, stupid, ignorant and flasely placed due to lack of intelligence on the game or just pure lacking of smarts. You sir are dum because you OBVIOUSLY have no idea what Halo is about and you seem to not have a clue of how to play Halo in general, the reason they dont keep a f.ucking gps in Masterchiefs helmet is because Bungie assumes that dum people like you will stick with the Wii and pretend to bowl with a remote not go on their game and act retarted, “oh lame, i dont… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
We all have opinions and I understand that and my opinion is that this review is a steaming turd of an excuse for a “professional” review. Your review basically covers the Campaign playing by yourself. That’s the impression I get. And so you give that a 7 out of 10. Okay, I disagree, but you have the right to give that portion of the game a 7 if you want. But what about online co-op? Did you try that? If not, why not? I did, and it’s awesome. It’s certainly a great new feature that the first 2 Halo games… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=Anonymous]I love how you all jack this guy off by saying that just because he gave a critically acclaimed game a piss-poor score of 7/10 that makes it fair and unbiased. Who the fuck do you guys think you’re kidding? If a game is averaging severely high scores and another reviewer agrees that a game is of that quality, he is biased and unfair? In that case, all Zelda, Mario, Metal Gear, Half-Life, and other big-named titles all get 7/10’s from now on. That way we’re not buying into the hype and submitting unfair and biased reviews!!! C’MON EVERYONE! LET’S… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=Anonymous]The author makes a lot of factual errors, includes spoilers and generally doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about. He generally sounds like he is out to prove that Halo 3 is not as good as every one else says that it is, just to be different. This is sad. Who is letting him write professional game reviews? To the guy that said that Halo was not a good PC game: I never owned an XBox and only got into Halo when it came out for PC. I loved it and it quickly became my second favorite sci-fi… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
Finally, someone who didn’t succumb to the hype. It’s a sad world when some of the world’s most elite reviewers give gold-encrusted scores to one of the world’s most generic games. Halo is outdated, obnoxious and average. Its story was written on the back of a napkin, the single-player a tedious joke, and the multiplayer (the only reason Halo managed to get a sequel, nevermind a trilogy) is distinctly unfun. In most FPS, when you fire a gun you feel like you’re firing a gun. In Halo, you feel like you’re using a water pistol. And the effect on your… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

Despite what the fanboys may say, this is an accurate and excellent review that tells it like it is. Halo is a good game and an enjoyable one, but it has a load of flaws that are hard to overlook. Some of the scores given to it by other reviewers (97%, 96%, 95% etc) are absolutely ludicrous.

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8 years 11 months ago
I see there are some extremely irate bunnies in regards to the Halo3 review … cmon guys this review is probably the only honest critique i have seen of the game , never trust Gamespot , IGN etc.. they give 9/10 and 10/10 scores like theres some kind of entry in the Guiness Book or records they are aiming for!! I am an Halo fan , there from the beginning and recently ‘finished the fight’ (ahem) But jeez this game was overhyped to the heavens and boy did we get sucked into it all!! like the reviewer said this game… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

well then anonymous i think you really need to get a life then don’t you if that all you have done in the last 6 years is play halo. how sad for you. i really do hope you get a life.

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8 years 11 months ago

Orange Box is better deal

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8 years 11 months ago
I had completed Halo 3 on legendary earlier this week. It was an incredible experience. The balance and playability made the hardest setting challenging and enjoyable. I never played it on normal or easy, but I have heard that these modes were “dumbed down” for casual gamers. If people had played the game on the easy settings then maybe they have a right to claim it was an over hyped breeze simply due to their own skill settings and Bungies overly kind low skill levels. Others that have played through the game in co-op in legendary there are some simple… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
Thank you SO much for being who you are. Truth be told, your posts play an incredible role in brightening the lives of others. I know for a fact that whenever you post one of your diatribes about this review, many breathe a sigh of relief that they are not one of the socially inept, uncouth, ignorant, 16-year old slugs who love to wallow in their own stupidity. For those of us who embrace critical thinking and intellectualism, you Halo fanboys serve as constant reminders of why the general public does not take videogames seriously as a medium and pushes… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=Jordan]all i gotta say is this guy is a retard… and im serious.. your saying the story line has no “depth”? COMMMONN!!! have you read the books?? didnt think so because if you did… you would have way different things to say.. [/quote] If I may be so bold as to translate: “I am another zombie who got suckered into shelling out money for extra video game paraphernalia and feel I deserve to act elitist about a review that critiques the shallowness of said video game since I spent some extra time reading novels that barely qualify as passable sci-fi… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
The reviewer seriously pissed me off and the guy above me sums it up- The slogan for Gamecritics.com is “smart reviews for serious gamers,” yet this review is hardly smart at all. This guy just presents one side of the game, and hardly shows the opposing viewpoint (the good points). This includes Forge and multiplayer, the new additions to the game, etc. which he fails to adress entirely. Who cares if the game is overhyped?? if someone bought into all that crap and bought halo 3 just because of the commercials and products, that person is a complete dumbass, like… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
all i gotta say is this guy is a retard… and im serious.. your saying the story line has no “depth”? COMMMONN!!! have you read the books?? didnt think so because if you did… you would have way different things to say.. also i noticed you had some problems with spelling correctly?? how did you become a reviewer in the first place?? this game is amazing. halo is unique in many ways and bungie is keeping that way. another thing that got me was you said you didnt like how there was no dodging moves of that sort. well lets… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
It is obvious you are just trying to stand out with your review, why is it that you never managed to mention saved films, forge, 4 player online co op, or the campaign scoring? I knew your review as going to be garbage right after you said that its ok to judge a game based off of its advertising. The game cost at least 5 times what was spent on advertisement. Also, the only level that is actually noticeably repetitive is cross nest, honesty just because you go threw the same room dosn’t qualify as repetitive. The fact that you… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

Why can’t people accept that this game wasn’t as good as it was hyped to be? It’s great, yeah, but it could have been better. The plot was so crappy it blew my mind. The reviewer dude is right and if you people can’t respect his opinion and stop saying things like “LET’S GO AGAINST THE CROWD BECAUSE WE HAVE SMALL DICKS AND WE NEED TO COMPENSATE FOR THAT!”

What the fuck is wrong with some people?

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8 years 11 months ago
I have read every comment posted to this point and have to say I agree and disagree at the same time. I believe some valid points are raised but I also believe some were not. The review was very biased to campaign (or the lack thereof). I have been playing games for over 20 years and I must say that Halo is one of my favorites as far as FPS games are concerned. But, reviews must be complete to be accurate. When I purchased my copy of Halo 3, I didn’t just purchase the Halo 3 campaign, I purchased everything… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
An eloquent response from Ted Reed the rather obvious Halo fanboy, no normal human being would get so upset over a GAME review! The one consistently obvious thing that can be gathered from most of the folk hating on this review is they are obviously ‘new gamers’ and have no knowledge of how games used to be reviewed. I’ve been gaming since the days of the Atari 2600 and subsequently the C64, Amiga etc. Back in the Commodore days when games were reviewed I fail to remember ANY games getting 10/10 and very few getting 9, people seem have lost… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
Not GameCritics again? Halo 3 a 7/10? Not a surprising score for these bunch of cunts. They gave two reviews for Crackdown, one was a 5.5/10 and the other was a 3/10. They trashed Bioshock, too. Anyone taking these clowns seriously need to get their head checked. What’s hilarious is that their scores for these games are even lower than the ones given out by SonyDefenseForce.com, which is a satirical site taking the piss out of PS3 fanboys. These “GameCritics” rejects actually take themselves seriously. Read any of their reviews and you realize these shitheads have no business reviewing games.… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

Wow, some of us remember GOOD games from years long past. They didn’t get into games through the means of Halo. Most of us have been playing since the days of 8-bit– and I know alot have been playing since the prehistoric era of Atari/Commodore64/etc.

You need to check out Goldeneye if you want an FPS that’s actually fun and worth the playing time.

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8 years 11 months ago
my my, this review has received a 2 star or 40% rating, even lower than the game itself! i have to say i disagree strongly with the reviewer. as much of a halo fan as i am, i was disappointed with the campaign of halo 2. to me, it didn’t have that magic of the first game, and certain levels i felt bungie was trying a little too hard to come out of the shadow of halo 1. i also hated that halo 2 didn’t have the assault rifle and instead was replaced by the wimpy dual-wielding friendly sub-machine gun.… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

So a couple of people have stated that I included spoilers, but I’m not exactly clear what they’re supposed to have been. What part of the game’s story was spoiled by my comments? That the flood appeared? That the biggest battle was disappointingly small? That the good guys win at the end?

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8 years 11 months ago
This a review I think every Halo fan boy should watch. After playing the game I agree with it entirely. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/zeropunctuation/2304-Zero-Punctuation-Halo-3 The only thing that Halo 3 does better then most games is it perfects simple multiplayer and opens it up for everybody to play (especially those high school football jocks who used to beat the majority of you up throughout high school. GG.) Now consider back to when you played through the Halo 3 campaign (and the Halo 2 campaign for that matter.) Do you remember it being invigorating? And “high quality”? Because I sure don’t remember that. I… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
I have to agree with the reviewer that Halo 3 was over advertised. Personally, I feel Bungie and Microsoft should have taken a clue from Cliffy B. and his cohorts with Gears or War. Now, that being said, Halo 3 does have flaws, but every game I have played does. The difference is that Bungie will release updates and patches in order to fix said flaws. The campaign was excellent and the graphics were great. I have played the campaign through nearly 5 times, on Legendary now, and still haven’t gotten bored with it. The matchmaking is even better, and… Read more »
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Paul Alvarado
8 years 11 months ago
[quote=Confused] Now lets be objective here, where is the outrage over the sixteen perfect reviews? If you think this is a perfect game, you either don’t shave yet, or you work for Bungie.[/quote] Remember that many sites use a 5 star system, or .5 increments, or at times, full point increments. 5 stars doesn’t really equate to perfection, yet metacritic will render it as 100%. So lets forget the 16 perfect scores (bungie employees, right?) and do what seems prudent and look at the metascore…. hmmm…. 94 out of 100? That is what you would have rated the game right?… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

Well, I am a little confused by the comments about this review. It seems that Mr. Weissenberger told us what he liked about Halo 3 and what he did not like. Nobody can dispute that after a very long wait, this game is basically Halo 2 with upgraded graphics, the same dubious AI, and plenty of backtracking. Yet I found sixteen perfect reviews for the game on Metacritic. Now lets be objective here, where is the outrage over the sixteen perfect reviews? If you think this is a perfect game, you either don’t shave yet, or you work for Bungie.

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8 years 11 months ago

I read some disparaging remarks about Halo2. I haven’t taken it out of my xBox since I bought it, and find it a great game and enjoyable. I play against my brother sometimes, and find the head to head action challenging.

What’s wrong with halo2?

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Chime
8 years 11 months ago

He gave thorough examples of backtracking that some claimed wasn’t there. How does that make him lose credibility? Maybe replying to someone’s comment on the review wasn’t the classiest thing to do, but at least he backed his claims up…

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8 years 11 months ago
Awesome review Daniel. It’s so rare these days to see a game being reviewed by a real critic. Most of them are reviewed by video game groupies. Since they enjoy video games so much (especially hardcore games), they usually grade games they like higher. That’s why kid’s games are ranked so low, they’re not kids anymore, so they don’t give a shit about these games. The Star Control 2 reference is dead on. I remember destroying the Sa-Matra battle plaform and it felt epic. However, most of the fanboys who are trashing you probably never played this excellent game since… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

Great review, i just completed the game today. Bored of reviewers giving it 9/10 etc for the ‘whole package’

the single player is 7/10 – short and fun but very forgetable.

Great review and thanks for the honest opinion

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8 years 11 months ago
First, I want to address the marketing flare up. It is ABSOLUTELY reasonable and within common sense to take into account marketing and advertising. I am a professional programmer (as opposed to the professional children that are clogging up this thread) and I can assure you without exception that if someone, anyone, tells anyone else, “Project X will deliver Y” and project X does anything but deliver 100% of Y, you have issues. These marketers are not some rogue group, they are part of the company. And if noone within that company has the balls, common sense or intelligence to… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

I’m on the road so much, I did not really see all the media “hype”. I’m also a little behind on the halo series (only been playing 1 and 2 for a few months)

This reviewer wants attention, and thats what he’s getting……bottom line. Do I agree with the review?…..uh….not at all.

This game has more replay value than ANY other game I
have ever played.(I have every system that has ever been released)

It’s just sad to see a great game get degraded so much, just because someone wants to cause a stir.

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8 years 11 months ago
Thanks for writing this review, I really enjoyed it. I was very much looking forward to a great story after all the setups they put into the last game and was fairly disappointed. And the AI for the arbiter was unacceptable. I expected the marines to be worthless, but if you won’t let me play as the arbiter, then he’d better be badass. I will say that the multiplayer is very good and I’ll probably be playing it for quite some time. I just don’t think this game is the ‘perfect ten’ that people are making it out to be.… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
You American kids are so blind a and brainwashed that it scares me. Halo 1 had couple of new ideas and great controls, but tons of backtracking and i would NEVER EVER called it a best game ever as many bribed reviewers did (including Edge). Then again, Microsoft gives reviewers 800$ worth bribe (special edition Xbox, Helmet and other bullshit) and everyone gives the game 10/10 score (including EDGE that i am not going to purchase anymore for that). Only one person who dares to point to the negative sides of the game (and i just dont get how any… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
I’ve not played the game yet as I was away on hols for it’s release and although have bought it are waiting for the right time to play it ie A free weekend. I say bravo to your review. You were complimentary about the game in many places yet criticised it for the campaign. I don’t go on-line and hence its the story and how that plays which interests me. Not delivering on the advert is the same as Bungie did last time with Halo 2. Then it was the final fight is on Earth and you then saw very… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
haha to all the people that said halo 3 lacked any epicness to it and that they passed the game in 5 hours. try not playing coop on easy. try single player legendary. then you will enjoy. and bioshock? haha all that game is is the one two punch maneuver. i wouldnt even classify it as a fps, therefore wouldnt relate and compare it to halo. and daniel if u forgot the tough badass image you were trying to create in writing this review and actually took the time to enjoy the game, maybe you wouldnt have an army of… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

Mr. Weissenberger,

I appreciate that you took the time to answer my concerns, and I find your responses to be civil, thoughtful and enlightening, especially the viewpoint of gamecritics.com . I honestly hope that readers make it this far through the comments to read your statement. I feel that I have expressed my view, and you have responded. At this point, I am going to ‘agree to disagree’, and leave it at that.

Cheers,
ibshimo2

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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=ibshimo2]Here is a quote from another reviewer, Tracy Erickson from Digital Entertainment News: ‘The purpose of any review–whether it be for a video game, movie, or some sort of product–is to advise consumers on what to spend their money.’ I completely agree with this sentiment.[/quote] That’s your right, of course, but I happen to believe, and this has long been the policy of gamecritics.com, that reviews are meant to offer much more than simply consumer advice. Now that’s not to say that consumer information isn’t very important – that’s why we write a Consumer Guide for every single game, including… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

The average Metacritic review score is made up almost exclusively of scores given by hacks, fanboys, idiots, PR proxies, and honest-enough fellas who face pressure from their superiors and have to make political compromises to keep their jobs. If a reviewer’s scores are NOT usually lower than the Metacritic average, the best that can generally be said of him is that he’s a generous man or that he has a family to feed.

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8 years 11 months ago

I wouldn’t know, I stopped playing Halo when I saw the first purple gun.

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8 years 11 months ago
Mr. Weissenberger, One question though – did you take into account the fact that gamecritics.com actually uses the entire review scale, from 10 (Shadow of the Colossus) all the way down to 1 (Land of the Dead)? That is actually a good point. Of course, such an analysis would be pretty time-consuming, but I might consider it. Most would assume that such distributions of scores would incorporate the entire scale, but it is unknown (unless you can point me to a reference). If the other sites do indeed only use the upper part of the scale, then that would explain… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
Ib- Great work on the number-crunching. One question though – did you take into account the fact that gamecritics.com actually uses the entire review scale, from 10 (Shadow of the Colossus) all the way down to 1 (Land of the Dead)? Actually, we’ve had a couple of 0.5s, but to get them, you’ve got to be really bad. Fantavision bad. And what does it mean that many of the websites and magazines that gave Halo 3 a higher score than I did also gave Touch the Dead a lower score than I did? The problem with using a statistical analysis… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
After reading the entire review,and scanning over most of these comments,quite frankly,this has reached the point of overextension.Ok so you read the review,and now you start ranting about the author and the overall review.WHAT GOOD DOES THAT DO?If you don’t like the review,then fine:go on with your life,and don’t act so stupid and give the author a hard time.Fine,the score of 7/10 was shocking for a moment,just think:the graphics had their good times and bad alike,the storyline was scattered,whereas you had to just keep playing without considering it until a cutscene,where you would dismiss that thought from your head anyway.As… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
Here are this reviewer’s and the average metacritic scores for the last 5 games this reviewer has done: game_______________________Weissenberger___metacritic score Halo 3_______________________70______________94 Touch the Dead_______________45______________55 Medal of Honor: Vanguard______30______________56 Def Jam Icon_________________45______________69 Transformers the Game________30______________55 The scores tend to be much lower than the average. You might think that this could be just by chance. I did some statistics over all the metacritic scores, and even giving the reviewer a slight break in the analysis, the odds of these results being by chance are 2.07% (or about 1 in 50). Usually we say that anything less than 1 in 20… Read more »
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Anonymous
8 years 11 months ago

Stupid Review and Stupid Site

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8 years 11 months ago

Halo 3 is the same game as Halo 2. I don’t want to do the same thing I did 3 years ago with only slightly better graphics.

I played Halo 2 every night from release for months. halo 3 couldn’t last a few days because it is the same thing. Halo (3 years ago).

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8 years 11 months ago

[quote=JGraw]My God, these comments… it’s like reading idiocracy script.[/quote]

I only bothered to read through the first dozen infantile responses to Daniel’s review, but I completely agree with the Idiocracy reference.

In a recent Penny Arcade post, Tycho mentioned getting over his scorn of Halo vis. annoyance with its semi-literate fratboy fanbase. I think his triumph is commendable, even if I find it personally untenable.

I’m still enjoying Halo 3, though I agree with the reasoned criticisms Daniel makes, especially when he points to the glaring omission of the epic backdrop promised by the ending of Halo 2.

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8 years 11 months ago
Dear Sir, while perusing the travesty that is the world wide web, I had the unfortunate experience of stumbling across your particularly nasty “review.” I have been an avid listener of radio, records, phonographic cylinders and even the occasional electromagnetic tape cassette these past several decades of my life and after reading your article Sir, it is my assertion that you know next to NOTHING about Bill Haley or his Comets! You spend a significant amount of print undermining the virtue of Mr. Haley’s “graphics” (which I can only assume is some kind of veiled attack on his choice of… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
Lets start by saying that the only reason I’ve completed Halo 2 and Halo 3 is because of the co-op. It’s pretty much the only thing that separate Halo’s from most other games these days. I’ve now played Halo 3’s campaing through almost twice and I doubt I’ll finish the second time because of unchallenging gameplay. The first time I played the campaing was with a friend and the difficulty was heroic. Well the heroic was pretty easy. It took one night to finish the campaign. Then we decided to ask a couple of friends to join us for the… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

This is a lame attempt by a second-rate site to generate hits.

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8 years 11 months ago

This review is full of WIN and you haters are full of AIDS.

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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=Matt]This is the best review I have read of Halo 3. When a game as flawed as halo gets such high scores just because of multiplayer then we begin to lose the emphasis on what i think is and always should be the most important part and that is the single player campaign. That is where the adventure, the imagination, the journey, the art is. Bungie has forgotten that and simply made a fun but fatally flawed game that can’t hold a candle to the masterpiece that is Bioshock.[/quote] Amen brother. I thought this was one of the most accurate… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
I read this review, mostly because on Gamerankings I saw this as the lowest score and I wanted to see what the guys points were. Now, I agree with some of his points – but what I don’t agree with his his shameless attempt to be the low guy on the rankings to generate more hits on his website. Reading his review I’m thinking he’d give it a B+, not a C-. I just won’t plan on coming to this site anymore – look how good a job they do at reviewing games for the consumer: Lost Planet: Extreme Condition… Read more »
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Anonymous
8 years 11 months ago

Your stupid. The multiplayer gameplay is the best multiplayer experience you can find on a console.

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8 years 11 months ago

[quote=Anonymous]Halo 3 didn’t smash all entertainment records in history ($170 million first 24 hours) because everyone felt like buying an “overhyped” game.[/quote]

Imagine that, a game made the most money. It costs significantly more than a movie ticket (especially legendary). Give me sales records and you’ve got a credible comment.

Also just because people rush out to see/buy a sequel to something they liked doesn’t make it good.

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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=Anonymous]Exactly. I am one of the many that think that Halo’s campaign (you can’t really call it single player because so many people play co-op) is the best part of Halo. The story is very deep, good enough to generate 5 novels in the Halo universe. Most of it, however, goes right over most people’s heads. If you don’t know the background to Halo, many little details will come across as useless. The story is amazing. [/quote] If the story and writing were amazing you wouldn’t have to play the other games or read the books to get most of… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

[quote=Anonymous]The Metacritic USER score for this game is currently at 7.8

So it is possible that 7/10 is a more accurate rating, closer to how players actually feel about this game, then the ratings given by other “professional” game critics.[/quote]

No, I’ve seen tons of user reviews for games that are just. I’ve never played this but I heard it sucks. 0/10.

You should never trust a user average unless you can actually look through all the scores and disregard the unjustified ones.

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8 years 11 months ago

[quote=Anonymous]halo fanboys:blablah……..

daniel’s puppies:blahblah…………

bottomline:halo 3 is overhyped and underdelivered but still deserve at least an 8 or 9 out of ten.and daniel is and idiotic game reviewer.[/quote]

Pretty much.

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8 years 11 months ago

[quote=Coach Bombay]”Is it fair to judge a game based on its advertising?” No, it isn’t. Does this mean that a game that is worse than Halo 3 could score higher on your site simply because it hasn’t been hyped as much? And by “smart reviews” you mean retarded reviews that will get you hits to your site because they are controversial? I really hope you don’t believe this is the way video games should be reviewed.[/quote]

If you purposely generate an unachievable amount of hype. You have to live with the consequences.

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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=Anonymous]The Metacritic USER score for this game is currently at 7.8 So it is possible that 7/10 is a more accurate rating, closer to how players actually feel about this game, then the ratings given by other “professional” game critics. This review was honest and went into great detail about why it was rated as it was. So what’s with the mindless personal insults? It’s free country.If you like the game play it, if you don’t don’t. For me this review just confirmed what I already know.[/quote] The USER score doesn’t mean anything. Anybody who dislikes the name “Halo” because… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
halo 3 reminds me very much of the legend of zelda : twilight princess. 95% of the game is marred with woefully bad dialog, tedious backtracking, poorly written story, and rehashed gameplay. just like twilight princess, halo 3 rarely shines. twilight excited me during the bridge battle with link and epona fighting a giant goblin and a boar, halo 3 excited me during the first scarab battle in a very similar way… other than that, there really just isn’t a reason to play either title. like zelda, the halo franchise was once a pioneer, with incredible controls, inventory management(2 weapons,… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
There is nothing wrong with only reviewing the single-player aspect of the game, but I really feel a review should be labelled as such. In fact, several reviewers had separate reviews for single and multiplayer. Here is a quote from another reviewer, Tracy Erickson from Digital Entertainment News: ‘The purpose of any review–whether it be for a video game, movie, or some sort of product–is to advise consumers on what to spend their money.’ I completely agree with this sentiment. The reviewer had an obligation to consider _all_ aspects of the game so that the consumer can make a more… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
You can’t blame the reviewer for giving the game a controversially low score – it generates LOTS of traffic to their site. How many of you would actually have read this review if they gave it a 9-10? Not many. I blame sites like gamerankings.com and would suggest that they should remove the links to the lowest reviews, that would prevent sites like this from self promoting at the expense of a great game. And those complaining about how this guy gets paid to write this crap – he doesn’t. This is an amateur site ie. anyone with a typewriter… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

You got this so wrong! I’m no fanboy so Im not about to start raving about Halo 3 but I do know a good quality game when I see it. You on the other hand seem to have made up your mind before you powered it up. I have played games all my life and by the looks of your pic, I was playing them whilst you were still in nappies. Perhaps you should go back and play The Da Vinci Code which you decided to give 7.5. Better than Halo 3 right? Grow up Daniel.

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8 years 11 months ago
I think the fact that 7/10 is closer the actual USER ratings of this game is perhaps a sign that the official game critics scores were too high. What’s the problem with rating a game based on the single player experience? It is supposed to be a single player game. Microsoft advertising insisted it would be an epic experience no less. There were many reviewers out there faulted flaws with the single player experience and then gave the game an extremely high review because of multiplayer. So why can’t there be a review for those people that aren’t into multiplayer,… Read more »
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Anonymous
8 years 11 months ago

Please tell me you’re like 8 years old ’cause the story was retarded

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8 years 11 months ago
True, a score of 7/10 (or 70/100) on an absolute scale is above average. However, if you look at the distribution of 57 scores on metacritic.com, this score is far below the average (of 9.4). It is the lowest score, and it is the only score below 8.0. Simply, this score stands out. Looking at the reviews, I think the scores can be categorized as follows. 95-100: Loved every aspect of the game, including single player. 80-94 : Found the single-player lacking, but thought the multiplayer (including co-op, forge, and theater) was outstanding. Giving equal weight to the two components… Read more »
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nout
8 years 11 months ago

Not a 1
Not a 2
Not a 3
Not a 4
Not a 5
Not a 6
But a ‘low’ score of 7…
Need I say more?

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Anonymous
8 years 11 months ago
There should be an age requirement for forums to prevent anyone under 18 from spamming them with their inane chatter(I.e. the math question ain’t workin). The internet would be a much more civilized place if the adults were left to have the conversations. I’m sure there are a few 12 years olds out there with the cognizant ability to have normal conversations that aren’t full of personal slander and unsubstantiated exclamations, but to the rest of you please wait until your brains have developed! They will develop! and when they do you’ll realize, hopefully, that people are entitled to their… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

The Metacritic USER score for this game is currently at 7.8

So it is possible that 7/10 is a more accurate rating, closer to how players actually feel about this game, then the ratings given by other “professional” game critics.

This review was honest and went into great detail about why it was rated as it was. So what’s with the mindless personal insults?

It’s free country.If you like the game play it, if you don’t don’t. For me this review just confirmed what I already know.

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8 years 11 months ago
I think the journalistic quality of this review is poor. I’m not talking about the opinion itself, but the actual content. It is incomplete and unbalanced; it has a mere paragraph on multiplayer, compared to perhaps ten on single player, with no mention of forge or theater mode. It is inaccurate; it makes a statement about the size of the marketing budget being much larger than the development budget, which is factually wrong. Also, I find the organization of this review to be lacking, or, if I loved bombastic adverbs as much as the reviewer, ‘jaw-droppingly’, ‘unbelievably’ lacking. Why the… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

What’s wrong with that “anon’? Just because i was ‘underwhelmed’ doesn’t mean that i didn’t want to play it through- to see if the game improves/worsens etc. AFTER 6 hours of playing I felt underwhelmed. Do you have anything less inane and more constructive yourself to say? Do you have a name? It’s really cowardly and low to use anonymous sarcasm. Have you played the game through? Did it take you the whole of 5 minutes to make a decision?

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8 years 11 months ago

I’ve been reading gc.com for years know and i keep enjoying the high standard of honest, thorough reviews you put out there. I thought it might be worth mentioning know that you get this s**tstorm of angry fanboy-comments just because you didn’t like their new favourite game, Daniel.

Personally i cannot really judge the game, have not played it, but from what i know about halo 1 and 2, the story is really just the simplistic, mediocre fare you get in most games.

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8 years 11 months ago
Wow, just, wow. You Halo fangirls are a bitter bunch aren’t you? So Dan didn’t see the game through rose-tinted glasses. He wasn’t swayed by swag or the ridiculous hype machine – anyone who thinks the hype and ad campaign had nothing to do with it’s success must be either deluded or a rabid…oh wait.. This review was well written, informative and most of all HONEST. That’s all I’m looking for when reading review’s. I don’t want a bias fangirls sku’d view of how the game is. I want a real level headed gamers point of view. 7/10 sounds about… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

¿So, you’re calling someone an idiot because they gave a score to a game different than the the one you would have given to it? Not to mention your are putting it over some gaming masterpieces, which are far better (both FPS and other genres).

Somehow your statement about 98/100 being unbiased is hardly believable.

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8 years 11 months ago

Your review was spot-on. It is funny how a little criticism can spark so much fuss. It is not like you are bashing the game. You are simply stating the obvious flaws in the game. 7/10 is a good score. Other sites that pointed out the same flaws still slapped a 10 on the game.

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8 years 11 months ago
Spot on about the storyline. It’s retarded. If you don’t think it is retarded – wait a few years, guys. You’ll be looking back on it one day and say to yourself “what the hell?” Halo 1 had a pretty good story. I loved it all the way through. Halo 2 turned it all into a lame comic book. Halo 3 is just an extension of that. This never felt like a war let alone an epic struggle for the continued existance of all life in the universe. Meh^2. But, I do think that 7/10 is too harsh a review.… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

where is the score for this review.cant find it anywhere.

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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=Anonymous]So he gave it a 7. Who cares? The game was overhyped to death anyway and all that does is make you think the game is better than it really is. I’m not saying Halo is a bad series, but it does have a lacking campaign, but it has a robust multiplayer mode. The game just doesn’t live up to the hype in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a bad game, but it sure wasn’t what I was expecting. Halo is only a slightly above average series and doesn’t deserve these over-scored reviews.[/quote] That’s what every Halo-Hater… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

So he gave it a 7. Who cares? The game was overhyped to death anyway and all that does is make you think the game is better than it really is. I’m not saying Halo is a bad series, but it does have a lacking campaign, but it has a robust multiplayer mode. The game just doesn’t live up to the hype in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a bad game, but it sure wasn’t what I was expecting. Halo is only a slightly above average series and doesn’t deserve these over-scored reviews.

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8 years 11 months ago
Halo 3 is at the top of Japan’s best seller list. http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7385&Itemid=2 I wonder why!? Is it the hype? Wait! This is Japan for God’s sake so you Halo-Haters can’t pin the sales on hype. The game is actually good. Better than good, it’s great. Dope sells itself…. (A little marketing doesn’t hurt) See Halo-Haters, the reason why Halo fans are pissed off over this review is that Halo 3 is a masterpiece. It’s up their with the Zelda’s, Metroid’s, and Mario’s. For someone to come out and say that these games are a little better than average is just… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=Anonymous]This game reviewer is CRAP. And is made of FAIL and AIDS.[/quote] Am I the only person who found this particular comment to be obscenely abhorrent? Halo 3 is a VIDEO GAME, for crying out loud! In the grand scheme of things, it isn’t that important. Like Hary Potter or Dan Brown’s next effort, the franchise is so big and popular that it doesn’t matter what the critics say, because the game was always going to be a massive financial and marketing success. So this particular reviewer expressed his honest opinions? So what? If you disagree, fine. But why stoop… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

is daniel weisebegerer still alive ?

seriously, just remove the god dam review and pretend it never happen before,before some one burn your house down.

like simon cowell said,daniel you are useless.

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8 years 11 months ago

Hey, don’t cry about the score you all pieces of crap, stfu if you dont like the review keep ur mouth shut, whats done its done, and its well done. So please , once again, stfu cause this game isnt perfect, its far from it, and just amediocre game.

Good job Daniel!!

Keep up the good work and ignore this stupid ignorant people.

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8 years 11 months ago
Good review if anybody reads it as you make your points well and I feel the 7/10 is fully justified based on your statements. I haven’t made it through all the campaign yet and while I am loving it, it is basically new maps for Halo 2. I don’t like this “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach. If that continues it may lead to yearly Halo updates like it’s FIFA or something! It’s the innovative parts of games that make them great rather than just really good. Gears of War has the cover system and chainsaw, Metal Gear… Read more »
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Anonymous
8 years 11 months ago

Well written review, good criticism.

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8 years 11 months ago

Sorry if I’m being totally blind here but where is the actual score for this game? Everyone is saying it’s scored a 7 but where the hell is the score being shown??

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8 years 11 months ago

$60 Million for development!!!!! I’ve read talk of Killzone 2 development coming between 20 and 40 million, and I was under the impression that that was a rather high number in game development(not the highest, just high). But $60,000,000 for Halo 3? Where did you get those numbers?

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8 years 11 months ago

This quote is straight from our beloved Danny’s bio (click on his picture to read); “There aren’t too many things that Daniel takes seriously, and videogames are at the top of that list.”

Well that is certainly apparant based on your score of Halo 3!

You might want to edit the bio Danny. Shame on an author such as yourself for letting that slip through. It was probably an editor’s fault wasn’t it? I am sure you did not write the bio… sarcasm intended here.

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8 years 11 months ago

[quote=Robin JJ]Once the novelty of the graphically update had worn off, I was pretty underwhelmed.

I played the game with a friend for 6 hours straight yesterday[/quote]

I like to play all underwhelming games for six hours straight too…..

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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=Daniel Weissenberger]Hey, everybody – if you’re tired of insulting me, head on over to The Escapist, where Yahtzee has put up a review echoing all my complaints about Halo 3 – all in a concise video format! http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/zeropunctuation/2304-Zero-Punctuation-Halo-3 Ah, who am I kidding, you’re not going to tire of insulting me.[/quote] Heavens boy, did you just crawl out of the fallout shelter yonder? You are either an idiot or a contrarian (look it up). I will be nice and assume you reviewd the game the way you did to generate site traffic and a “name” for yourself. I will make… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
I agree with this review on the whole. Once the novelty of the graphically update had worn off, I was pretty underwhelmed. The graphics are inconsistent as well, and at their best nothing new: I was experiencing graphics like this playing Doom 3 on a Gforce 6800 back in 2004. I don’t understand why some people are so hostile to a review that gives 7/10; it is like they take it personally or something. I, for one, am shocked by the generally high reviews. Yes, Halo is a GOOD game – not amazing though. It pretty much is Halo ‘2.5’.… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
This review has distilled a few of the gripes I have with the game and makes a lot of salient points that are difficult to argue with if you’ve played the game. Let me qualify what follows by saying that I love Halo: CE. I love sci-fi and the game was pitched perfectly. It offered hints of a wider conflict and the promise of an epic story. The gameplay was intelligent and exciting. Overall it was leagues ahead of any other game out there. There’s no denying that Halo 3 is a great package in terms of the multiplayer it… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
Mr. Lawrence M, you took the words right out of my mouth. I sometimes feel like I’m part of that dying breed. If the single player experience isn’t to have much bearing on the quality of the overall product, why include it all? One could say, “Well, it adds a nice extra level to the overall Halo 3 package.” Well, if some of us point out the flaws of that single player experience, does that REALLY Warrant death threats?!?!?!!! There are still some of us left that look for more than just the shining lights and explosions on the surface… Read more »
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MGB
8 years 11 months ago

What Lawrence M said above ^ ^ ^.

Balor
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Balor
8 years 11 months ago
Heh, the comments are comedy gold. Halo fanboys are SO predictable! Anyway: Since when 7/10 is ‘fucking unbelievably low score’? That’s way above average. I didn’t play Halo 3 myself and don’t plan to, but why… Oh yea, I forgot: Game rankings begin from 9 nowadays. Anything lower then 9 is absolute crap that should not be touched, right. And ‘do not judge the game based on it’s advertising’ is total crap. Imagine, that you are buying, say, a car. It’s said than it’s fastest, most beautiful and comfortable EVAR! You buy it. Yea, it’s fast enough – but about… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

Wow, talk about a heated debate…
I for one am glad to see someone not afraid to speak their honest opinion about a game. With that in mind, everyone who is directly attacking the writer of this review needs to focus on the word “opinion”. If you can’t handle what is said about Halo 3 in this review, then read another one. While I personally love the entire Halo series, I do not disagree with everything the writer has said.

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Brian Peppers
8 years 11 months ago

Why I hate Halo by Daniel Toolbagger

Lawrence M.
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8 years 11 months ago
Mr. Weissenberger, Although a majority of the rants levied against your review primarily consist of your emphasis on Halo 3’s story, I applaud the fact that you take the time to point out the flaws in the shallow, stereotypical, derivative, space-marine-saves-the-universe…again plot. The majority of mainstream gaming reviews focusing on H3’s multiplayer aspect points out how reviewers have written off authentic gamers who grew up with milestones that depended on plot and story to create a memorable gaming experience (e.g. Fallout 1 and 2, Deus Ex, Half-Life, and ANY Lucasarts adventure game produced during the late ’80s and 90’s). Your… Read more »
shun
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shun
8 years 11 months ago

Fanboys tend to be very brave with their opinions under the veil of anonymity.

Anonymous
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8 years 11 months ago

halo fanboys:blablah……..

daniel’s puppies:blahblah…………

bottomline:halo 3 is overhyped and underdelivered but still deserve at least an 8 or 9 out of ten.and daniel is and idiotic game reviewer.

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8 years 11 months ago
I agree with the score but not the points to how it became a 7/10, but I really don’t care I am just happy somebody was not influenced by the big $$$$ or Halo’s many addicts and described this as the normal fps fare it is…H3 is not a terrible game, but definitely not the best ever, and to be honest, really doesn’t revolutionize anything (unfortunately most “733t gamers” have only been playing since introduced to the first Halo)… H3 does not even come in the top 10 games the 360 has to offer as far as I’m concerned…a nice… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

I love how some people get upset when Halo 3 doesn’t live up to their asinine expectations.

If this game was an average-joe, under the radar type of shooter and it was exactly as good? Yah, all you people would crap your pants with amazement.

Sure, you because the first two were so great, it is expected to be better, and it most definitely is.

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8 years 11 months ago

Halo 1 = 9.5
Halo 2 + Halo 3 = a swift kick in the junk to Halo fans.

Keep trying to make Halo 3 great, fanboys, just try a little harder. Oh, we’ve got Forge! That must be 9 points! LOL

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8 years 11 months ago
Whew! For a while there I thought it was just me: After being battered with constant advertisements telling me to “believe”, very well-done advertisements touting an epic, heartfelt and deep storyline, I was totally disappointed by the popcorn action-flick story. Daniel, you’re right. The game was entirely falsely advertised, and that should count against it. I understand playing a game and accepting it for what it’s worth, as I already have fully embraced Halo 3’s stellar multiplayer features. However, The single-player is an immense disappointment. Short, shallow, and completely without feeling (save for Master Chief and Cortana’s very well-handled relationship,… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
I managed to defeat Halo 3 with a friend in the space of five hours, and I have to say that Mr. Daniel here is pretty much dead-on in every word he writes. Halo 3 fell terribly short of what was supposed to be an intensely epic instant classic; after the amazing foundation that was the original Halo and the near-perfect storyline expansion in Halo 2, the last of the trilogy set the bar high — way too high for itself, in fact. But I digress. No one is reading this for a summary of the review; so, essentially, it’s… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
Yay! Someone actually reviews Halo 3 with a score that’s less than an 8! Anyway, yeah, I’m a gigantic storyline fan, and this game just made me sad. When compared to the “epicness” of the ads, and even when compared to the other two games, it just doesn’t hold up. I’ve read, in some of the other comments, that people are protesting this review, saying that the storyline is deep and whatnot, and I have this to say: Before Halo 3, the storyline WAS deep. It seemed to have taken a little from other well-known sci-fis, but even after acknowledging… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
To the guy who beat each installment of Halo 1 and 2 at least five times and will with no doubt do the same with Halo 3: YOU DO NOT HAVE A FAR MORE IMPORTANT OPINION. YOU SIMPLY DON’T. YOUR OPINION IS EXACTLY WORTH THE SAME AS THE REVIEWER’S OR ANY ONE ELSE’S. You know why that is? Because it’s a matter of personal impressions. The last time I checked, God was still in his heaven, so you can’t be him/her. So.. your opinion is not absolute or any more true than, say, mine for example. You say you remember… Read more »
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Anonymous
8 years 11 months ago

Well, I suppose everybody is entitled to their opinion. Even if their opinion is rendered meaningless by an inability to comprehend the subject matter.

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8 years 11 months ago

I’m sure forge and 4 player co-op is nice but guess what no custom matchmaking, so its the same hand full of maps and modes. Halo 3 is Halo 2 with slightly better graphics and few multiplayer maps.

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8 years 11 months ago
Alright…you said that this game is what we had five years ago in the original Halo. So…why is that bad? Am I really the only gamer who just likes to have fun? I mean, seriously, doing things on Halo was fun. The only real flaw I felt was that after a few times I could memorize the levels and there would be no more challenge. So when a new game comes out that gives the same fun in new areas, why should I not be happy? And if it should look prettier and offer some new ways to do things… Read more »
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Thank you
8 years 11 months ago

After playing through the game this is what I thought most reviews would be like, specifically gamspot cause their usually harsh about the same formulas being pumped out over and over again, at least a few reviewers have the balls to get over the hype. 7 seems a little low but that’s my opinion i’d say 8, but still, sweet review, thanks for having some balls.

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8 years 11 months ago

What’s wrong with simplistic gameplay (not that I imply that H3’s gameplay is simplistic like Weaselberger would lead you to believe)? It all comes down to fun factor, and the fact is that Halo 3 just like the rest of the series is extremely fun to play.

You know a so-called “critic” has an agenda when the focus of his review is to minimize or downplay the given game title.

Halo has reached the mainstream, so have Halo-Haters.
They’re now found in journalism….
We don’t need fanboy game critics!

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8 years 11 months ago
So I wanted to purchase the game and came across your review. At first glance I respected your review, You didn’t fall into the norm of giving halo 3 a good rating, so I respected it. Then I decide to call up some friends who avidly play games, and asked them give me the, “heads up,” on what they thought of the game… In conclusion you’re review was hugely under critic because quiet frankly you’re not a good reviewer on games. The question I have is since you greatly moved from the games norm, isn’t some kind of person or… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

Just wanted to thank David for a thoughtful and sober review of the review. You managed to point out and praise many things that Daniel overlooked, including the distinctive character designs of the enemies to the music and its synchronization with the on-screen action.

It was definitely a breath of fresh air after all these death threats…

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8 years 11 months ago

You Xbox360 fanboys are the worst type of people ever. I am glad I don’t have an Xbox360, otherwise I would be forced to deal with you muppets on live.

Maybe the reviewer was upset that M$ did not bribe him, like they did with the majority of the other reviewers…..

http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7262&Itemid=53

Or more likely, he took all the free gear and kept it, but still thought the game was “OK” and only deserved a 7. His review is not swayed by the mighty dollar, get over it…..

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8 years 11 months ago

I agree on most points. Although you also could have compared it with halo 1, the far best in the series. Halo 3 feels a bit forced, there is not much freedom actually. They also did a bad job at rendering yes. The banshee and dropships look terrible from further away. But interesting write-up, finnaly a honest opinion, I got a bit mad when I read all the major reviews. They selled out, or are just blind..?

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8 years 11 months ago
[quote=Matt] I know, I know, multiplayer, but some people don’t play online, can’t play online, or choose not to because of all the losers they have to deal with in doing so. This sets a dangerous precedent that could potentially ruin games. When a game as flawed as halo gets such high scores just because of multiplayer then we begin to lose the emphasis on what i think is and always should be the most important part and that is the single player campaign. That is where the adventure, the imagination, the journey, the art is. Bungie has forgotten that… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
I feel compelled to point out a few things lacking in this “review,” but first, there is some merit to be had in it. The author does in fact make several valid points referencing anachronisms, campy plot devices, and the disconnect between the game and the ad campaign. I myself loved the Believe campaign, perhaps a bit too much, but when I played the game through and noticed rather casually that there was no poignant diorama-esque moment forthcoming, I sighed, shrugged—and moved on. It is a great game with or without the premise set up in the ad campaign. Second,… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
This is the best review I have read of Halo 3 and addresses a lot of things that I have been talking about since I first beat the game in 5 hours. It appeared that Bungie never had any intention of finishing the fight especially after the way they ended the game. Give me a conclusion not some ridiculous lost in space cliff hanger. In the end Halo 3 was never about gameplay and story or maybe it was and Microsoft just rushed Bungie out the door with it in hoping to start the holiday season early. Whatever it was… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago
“That’s right, Halo 3’s biggest flaw is that at it never rises to the level of epic storytelling or gameplay that the premise suggests, even demands. Although I was told time and again there was a war for humanity’s fate going on, I certainly never saw any evidence of it.” As I get closer and closer to the end of the game I realized that I’m bored with the game. This is probably because I never played the rest of the series and have little interest in playing online. I’m don’t feel compelled to pick up Halo or Halo 2.… Read more »
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8 years 11 months ago

Hey, everybody – if you’re tired of insulting me, head on over to The Escapist, where Yahtzee has put up a review echoing all my complaints about Halo 3 – all in a concise video format!

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

Ah, who am I kidding, you’re not going to tire of insulting me.

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Coach Bombay
8 years 11 months ago

“Is it fair to judge a game based on its advertising?” No, it isn’t. Does this mean that a game that is worse than Halo 3 could score higher on your site simply because it hasn’t been hyped as much? And by “smart reviews” you mean retarded reviews that will get you hits to your site because they are controversial? I really hope you don’t believe this is the way video games should be reviewed.

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8 years 11 months ago

…are you people hounding on Bioshock? I noticed A LOT of you people are complaining that Halo 3 should never get a 7/10 (BTW, which isn’t a bad score to begin with) and say that games like Bioshock aren’t as good. But if you check out sites such as gamerankings.com or metacritic.com, you will notice that Halo 3 has averaged a 94% and Bioshock has averaged a 96%. So if it’s the scores you people are really worried about in what defines a game, I think some of you need to invest in a new shooter.

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8 years 11 months ago
I’ve played the Halo games from the very beginning so I’d been looking forward to ‘finishing the fight’ for 3 years now and I was very excited to finally sit down with a copy of Halo 3 only to be totally deflated by the anti-climax that is the campaign, the graphics were totally underwhelming and I actually got more enjoyment from COD 3’s campaign than I did from H3’s. I enjoyed the first 2 Halo games without playing on Xbox Live as I quite frankly don’t enjoy it, when I play MP I like to play with my friends in… Read more »