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A revolutionary game for its time, Halo 3 is still considered one of the best multiplayer FPS games ever. The endless customisation options and in depth single player experience solidifies it as a timeless classic.

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      07.11.2011 15:21
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      An epic, customisable, brilliant first person shooter from Bungie

      The Halo series of games has captured the imagination of a generation of gamers, and in my opinion has been a major driving force behind the success of the Xbox and Xbox 360, due to their exclusivity.

      With so much hype from its predecessors Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2, Halo 3 had a lot to live up to, and a set of wildly divergent expectations from fans as to what it should do.
      As such, it would have been impossible to reconcile all of these ideas, but the developers, Bungie, have done an incredible job. They have created an exceptionally enjoyable and involving game, which gives a brilliant single player FPS (first person shooter) experiences, and one of the most complete and customisable multiplayer experiences ever.

      Campaign...
      The exciting and compelling Halo story has come a long way since the first game was released, and the Campaign would be the first port of call for many fans looking to see how it progressed. What they're met with is a lengthy story (depending on the difficulty level you choose), which is full of incredible set pieces, sprawling levels and varied and challenging enemies. In terms of difficulty, you can go for 'Easy', 'Normal', 'Heroic', or 'Legendary'. Bungie describe 'Heroic' as 'how Halo is meant to be played', and this is a great level at which you experience the bets the game has to offer. 'Legendary' offers a brilliant challenge, and encourages you to play in a totally different way, but is probably not the best way to kick things off!

      Throughout the game, as you encounter the weird and wonderful enemy forces of The Covenant and The Flood, you also acquire a devastating array of weaponry and vehicles with which to take them on. As always, this firepower is balanced by the fact that you can only carry 2 weapons at a time, so if you want the power of the rocket launcher and the sniper rifle, you won't be able to have any other weapons to be used in close quarters.
      Probably the best feature of the campaign is that you can tackle it alone, or with up to 3 others in a co-operative mode over a network or Xbox Live. This lets you combine with your team mates, execute different tactics, and experience the game in a whole new way. For some who find the 'Legendary' difficulty solo a bit too much, playing with friends will allow you to experience the toughest challenge the game offers.

      Multiplayer...
      In Halo 3, the Halo multiplayer experience, which has always been unique and exciting, is truly taken to the next level. You can play with up to 16-players over Xbox Live, facing your opponents in a vast array of individual or team-based games, including regular 'Slayer' (kill the opposition), as well as FPS staples 'King of the Hill', 'Capture the Flag', and several more original modes like 'Oddball', 'Juggernaut' and 'Rocket Race'.

      These modes are all customisable, allowing you to create your own unique game experiences, or join in ranked and casual online games with standardised settings. When you consider the range of maps and weapons available, the depth of the multiplayer experience is truly incredible. All multiplayer modes are well-balanced, with expertly crafted maps which leave the most powerful weapons in vulnerable open spaces so as to present an extra challenge.
      Graphics and Sound...

      Halo 3's graphics and sound are very good. They work from a very rich colour palette, and are certainly striking. They aren't the greatest you can find on Xbox 360 console, but they are sufficiently good to provide an immersive and vibrant game.
      Controls and Gameplay...

      The control system has not changed a great deal throughout the series, and once again the Xbox controller is used perfectly intuitively for Halo 3. No functions are inaccessible or clunky, and the game is very responsive to subtle movements. You can off course reconfigure the controls to suit your preferences, and adapt the sensitivity too.
      Online Stats...

      The game's developer, Bungie, places player experience at the very heart of what it does, and this is evidenced brilliantly by their online community at Bungie.net. Here, players can get involved in all sorts of discussions which influence the development of the game, changes to maps and the 'balancing' of online combat.
      The website also tracks your statistics and performance every time you play a Bungie game online. This means, for real FPS geeks, you can see each game you've played, how well you did, which equipment you used, where on the map you died most often, which is your most effective weapon, and so on. In terms of providing a great community experience, Bungie are second to none, and the depth they go into has to be seen to be believed.

      Additional Features...
      As well as this highly customisable, highly involving single player and multiplayer experience, Halo 3 packs in 2 brilliant new features; 'Forge' and 'Theater' which really raise the bar. Please not I'm using the American spelling of 'Theater', as that's how it appears in the game...

      'Forge' gives players free reign on the game's multiplayer maps, allowing you to add structures, change weapon placement, choose starting 'spawn' positions and much more, effectively creating your own custom levels which can be played on your console, shared over Xbox Live, or uploaded to the Bungie community to be rated and shared by members.
      'Theater' saves full videos of your most recent games, allowing you to watch your favourite set pieces over and over, take cool screenshots, or create and edit videos of your best bits! This is another brilliant community tool which gives a new dimension to the game.

      Overall...
      Bungie have continued their groundbreaking Halo series with an incredibly good game. Halo 3 combines a dramatic and lengthy single player experience with one of the greatest online multiplayer modes available. When you combine this with so many levels of customisation and adaptability, you have a truly great console shooter.

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        31.08.2011 23:49
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        An excellent end to the trilogy

        Story - 8.5/10

        I have always found it difficult to understand the Halo story. This is the third game in the trilogy and I was so lost by this stage that I literally played it because I enjoyed the combat style and multiplayer by now. When this came out, it was the game to have and it was hyped up a lot, but with good means as it's a great game. So, not understanding the storyline terribly well makes it difficult to comment on. However, with some basic understanding I can assure you that the ending to the trilogy was pretty good although perhaps not ideal, but then again it's hard to please a large number of gamers with a great ending after such an intense storyline. At the end of the day, a finish with some sort of cliffhanger is better than knowing all the answers, as it leaves you thinking - although this view isn't shared amongst everyone! The Campaign is great though and you can play on different difficulties. You get to use a huge range of weapons - many new. You can now dual wield weapons, which is great fun and you can even mix and match. Some of the missions have you flying planes and travelling vast distances in vehicles across some really scenic maps, which is nice. I must say the final gameplay at the end of the story is truly epic - very exciting and fast-paced, although tricky too.


        Gameplay - 10/10

        This is why Halo is so great. The gameplay in the game is excellent and truly addictive when you bring your skills online to fight in a variety of playlists including slayer (death matches) and objective based games such as king of the hill and capture the flag. The gameplay can be fast paced and exciting or as slow as you want it with weapons ranging from automatic sub machine guns to sniper rifles. There are many multiplayer maps - some of which have excellent layouts for a well-balanced battle. With the use of new equipment in Halo 3 such as bubble shields to protect yourself from fire, power drains that can be thrown to take away enemy shields, flares to blind enemies, regenerators for your own health and more - the game is a lot more fun and slightly more tactical to play. Everything works very well and even in the Campaign, your team mates are quite fun to do battle with, even as bots.


        Graphics - 9/10

        The graphics in this game aren't the first thing you think 'wow' at. They are pretty good and certainly not lacking. They become more evident in the Campaign and/or larger maps where there are some truly scenic views, which gives you a real sense of reality and freedom. Details such as strands of grass in this game are even reasonably detailed to the extent you will see them swaying in the wind. Details on buildings are impressive and backgrounds in the maps are great too. At first the whole screen seemed crammed ful of stuff when playing this game with the HUD showing your health, equipment, weapon information and more but I soon got used to it. The great thing that remains with Halo is the clear cut graphics without too much 'fuss' on the screen. Everything is quite simple whilst retaining a sense of reality and detail - it looks good and simple, which makes it fun to play.


        Sound - 9/10

        Sound may not be a huge part in games but it subconsciously adds to your enjoyment. The music is the one thing in Halo that everyone loves - mostly composed by Martin O'Donnell, who is responsible for most of the great songs. The music has much power behind it and some tracks are used ideally at times to bring a tear to your eye as they can be quite emotional. The music in the Halo series is truly phenomenal and much better than most other games. They vary in tempo and I find they really emphasise the ambience nicely as the music changes in the Campaign for example. Sound effects drop the overall score by a point for me as they aren't superb. They are pretty respectable and the guns feel realistic to shoot with their noises. The enemies also speak, which is quite funny sometimes with their one-liners (namely the Grunts in the Campaign such as 'You think you soooo great!' and many others). The characters are quite interactive in this way, although all being alien. I think the guns although mostly fictional (besides ones based on real guns I mean) could sound a bit more realistic like in Call of Duty, as I'm sure players would get used to it and it would be better overall.


        Replay Value - 10/10

        Halo 3 is really addictive. The Campaign is excellent and it's the one storyline you'd play through more than once as once you do understand it, it's a pretty good story. That's probably 10% of the replay value. The other 90% comes from the multiplayer, which is massive. I have played thousands of online games through the years on Halo 2 and 3. The multiplayer in this game is the best out of them all so far in the series and I find it works really well, without being too different such as in the newer Halo: Reach where you have proper powerups such as jet packs. It's still the same good old Halo but with some new stuff that works and is fun. The multiplayer is very addicting due to the ranks and trying to level up in different playlists, with the ability to customise your badge.


        Controls - 10/10

        Compared to other games, the controls in Halo 3 are excellent so I have to give them full marks. The controls feel very natural, movements are all very smooth and you can easily play and efficiently use equipment, throw grenades, fire guns and move quite freely (not all at the same time obviously) but it flows very well. A comparison would be to Call of Duty where you can run and dive into 'prone' when lying on the ground but you have to move your hands/fingers quite a bit to hit the B button and then try and preferably turn/move around using a combination of the analogue sticks to fire at an enemy and it's all a bit awkward although the option is there, which is good. Halo seems a lot smoother and your actions will generally be carried out as if the game knows what you want to do. When approaching a vehicle, you can hold X to enter it and you'll be able to swiftly jump in and zoom off quickly. Obviously you can't jump in from across the map but it all flows well. Picking weapons up off the ground is similar too, you can run over a weapon holding the button to pick it up and you won't have to pause and hover over it waiting to pick it up - it's all instant and simple. This is what makes the game great for me - it's simple and fun.


        Overall - 94%

        This game gets a pretty high rating from me and it does deserve it. I have always loved the Halo series and this was a great end to it. The Campaign is brilliant fun and really diverse and the ending is brilliant. The multiplayer is just as good as always but improved just to the right level and it's not over the top or complicated at all. You can buy this game for £12-15 online, even if it's the classic version - it's well worth it if you haven't already played it! Many people still play this version online too and I don't think it'll really be outdated for a while yet. Superb work by Bungie (the creators)!

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        09.06.2011 12:40

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        still very epic

        Halo 3 is one of the best online multi player games i have ever played; it is fun and action packed. The best thing about this game is the online game play; it is filled with fun maps that everyone can enjoy. The graphics are surprisingly good and it makes the game even better than it all ready is. The online game play is certainly the best aspect about the game and it had the best online gameplay of it's time, it is so fun and epic, when i first went online on halo 3 i was blown away, the gaming community on it was so friendly and helpful. Overall this is defiantly the best game of its time and has won multiple awards and is still played by thousands of people all across the world even though new online games have came out for the Xbox 360, so it can still compete with the new generation of online games.

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        26.02.2011 00:06

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        An amazing game that truly does finish the fight!

        From start to finish this game will throw twists and turns at you every single way! For the third game in the series, bungie have gone all-out to finish the fight!

        Continuing on from when the masterchief left in the forerunner ship from Halo 2, the game game goes from there to the final conclusion and destruction of the covenant!

        The game is a massive graphical upgrade from the previous game thanks to the power of the Xbox 360. More enemies can be displayed on the screen at one time and there are some truly beautiful scenes and moments within the game!

        Masterchief is back and so is the assualt rifle! While it was mysteriously left out of Halo 2, they bring it back in this game and boy is it great to see it again! Still great as always to mow down groups of grunts!

        New enemy types such as chieften brutes allow you to change up your tactics (rather than constantly assualting and going right up into the faces of enemies).

        The standard multiplay and fantastic matchmaking services are back in all their glory! Another feature is the forge, which allows you to totally change levels and add a bit of player content! The majority of the maps are memorable especially Highground! Also the game includes 4 player coop throughout the singleplayer campaign!

        A absolutely crazy way of finishing the series on a highnote!

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        09.12.2010 10:15

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        An absolute master piece achieving full potential with its online presence and game modes! Must Hav

        I am an avid Halo fan and while I dont quite understand the story line or always play through the single player modes the multiplayer is definitley unparalleled in its excellence compared to other shooting games on the market. It really is special and so much fun! To those who dont know, Halo is a first person shooter game. It game be played offline, playing through a campaign mode or online where you can battle with people over the world or even play through the campaign together.

        Halo 3 introduces new maps, new weapons and the ability to record you games and make your own video clip footage of games you have played. This is such a great feature as usually when finished playing Halo you always speak about funny things that happened during the game. You can now capture those moments and watch them over and over with friends online :).

        The Halo series is based around the Master Chief character who has to battle against an alien species. My favourite part of Halo is the online mode. You can play up to 16 players (although it lags to much). There are loads of different game types... double team, team deathmatch, deathmatch, capture the flag just to name a few.

        Halo just seems such a solid game, the graphics are good and the gameplay is amazing. The Halo universe is packed full of great weapons such as rocket launchers, swords, plasma grenades that stick to opponents. It also has a full range of ground based & flying vehicles to use in your arsenal. If you have an X BOX then Halo is a total classic and must be one to add to your collection.

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        30.10.2010 20:37

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        EPIC

        Halo 3 on Xbox 360 is truly amazing, if you are looking to buy a xbox 360 game get this one. The game includes a mission campaign, matchmaking (you will need xbox live for this, because you are playing against people from all over the world), forge, theater and custom game. you will be a spartan and as you go though the mission you will fight grunts, drones, brutes and more which are like aliens. On the missions and most of the maps on matchmaking they include loads of weapons and vehicles. On matchmaking you go up in ranks, EG... major grade 1 Bridger so on, you get one point for every match you win. Now here is the cleaver bit on forge you make your own map!! After you have made it you can go on custom game and play on your map with your friends. The game is brilliant if you are have some friends round they will love it.
        5 stars and a must buy
        EPIC GAME

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        19.10.2010 02:12

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        This game is definetely worth buying, especially at such a low price, even if you're not a Halo fan!

        Halo 3 has to be one of the very best First Person Shooters (FPS) to ever be released. I've had this game for a few years now and it still hasn't grown old, so if you're being held back by purchasing this due to its age, don't!

        The campaign within Halo 3 is quite exciting and contains a lot of surprises even the most dedicated Halo fans woudn't expect.

        The most important feature within this game that still makes it one of the most popular games played on Xbox Live to this very day is the matchmaking(online multiplayer) system. The matchmaking system, although the game's release was a few year ago, is still extremely popular within the Halo fanbase and has thousands of players online each day! It should also be noted that events such as Double Exp weekend are still hosted from every Thursday to Sunday and vary from different gametypes every time around so you're always in for a surprise!

        Many competitions are held around this game and if you're a hardcore Halo fan you'll definetely want to check them out! Gamebattles still host tournaments with cash prizes and much more, as well as MLGpro gaming, which have their own professional gaming circuit, now making a name for itself worldwide! Events were held just last weekend where thousands of viewers tuned in to watch the very best Halo 3 players battle it out.

        The game is now at a much lower price than when first released, which is also an added factor to why you should definetely purchase this amazing game and fight through waves of aliens within campaign or go online and battle it out with your friends!

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        27.09.2010 15:16
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        An enjoyable game

        Halo 3 is a gun game in which you play in first person. It is 15 rating because it involves killing and blood. You can use multiplayer on xbox live or split screen. Also you can create maps and play with your friends on the map. Released in 2007 halo 3 is not the last, halo reach is the last game in the collection.

        The graphics and Audio is excellent and makes the game even more greater to play.
        The story mode consists of 9 levels. Previously in the last game Elite (bad guys) and spartans (good guys) where in war against eachother. That ended and now they have to team up because the aliens have invaded.

        You are the only spartan so you are very important. As you complete levels your spartan gets better armour. There are loads of guns to pick up including your enemies guns. You fight along side humans and an elite to kill all aliens.
        Overall a very satifysing and enjoyable game for 15's and over.

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        03.09.2010 02:24

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        A hugely addictive game with endless features I have played it for over a year and still not bored

        An unbelievably good game. The graphics and sound effects are beyond excellent. It is a very difficult game and I recommend you use the easy setting at first. But you will definitely want to complete another game after the first and go through the levels! It is the least boring game I have ever played and will not get bored of playing it again at least until I finally finish thte most difficult level. Even then I will still want to play it on line where it is even more fun and addictive. The missions are similar in the respect that you are fighting and blowing up Aliens but each has its own impressive setting and mini-story line. Beware this is very addictive it nearly cost me my exams this summer! It has so many features I haven't even discovered them all yet and what they do. You can build maps on the online game etc. Oh one thing you will never get the theme track out of your head!

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        28.08.2010 23:44
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        not for newcomers to the series!

        When the original Xbox came out, I was Sony through and through and could not even think of trading in my PS2; for me personally, there was a far wider abundance of games available on Sony's console and only Halo tempted me on Xbox, especially as a friend at work rated it so highly!

        Years later, I have finally upgraded but have changed alleigance from the PS3 to the Xbox 360 but had still, until recently, never played a Halo game. A friend at work offered to lend me Halo 3 for a few weeks to see how I got on with it and so I took him up on his offer!

        The plot seems to be quite a complicated affair by now to those who have not experienced the Halo universe before....apparently you play Master Commander, a hot-shot kick-ass Space Marine, who is involved in an intergalactic war with something called The Covenant over some inter-dimensional portals or somesuch known as The Halo. Now the war has come to Earth and you are fighting alongside rebel forces to repel the invaders who have come seeking some mega-big weapon that will help them win the war! Forgive me if I have got any of this wrong but, as I have explained, I am a newbie to the Universe and only just familiar with what is going on!

        For me, as a first-time experience, the game felt a little wearisome. It felt to me like any other shoot-em-up in space with ever increasing hoades of alien bad guys coming at you as you attempt to achieve different objectives. The controls are fairly standard for Xbox 360 and easy to pick up and the visuals, graphics and effects quite impressive but I just couldn't get into the whole storyline or associate with my character; in part because he is always shielded under his helmet and you never get to see his face. For me, this distracted from my enjoyment of the game.

        I didn't get very far because I felt no urge to really play it after the first few levels. Maybe it is bvecause I am coming into this franchise late and needed to play the earlier games first to really get into the whole ethos but Halo 3 did nothing for me in the way that GTA does which I can play over and over and over again without getting bored! I know they are different types of games and so should not be compared but for me GTA has always been my benchmark of how I rate games. If they are not as good, I find them hard to get to grips with!

        Overall, this is not a game I would reccommend to newcomers to the series but strictly for the fans. Halo 3 left me cold. And I am sory if that upsets anyone who is loyal to the franchise!

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        Not the best of the Halo series, but great all the same

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        The year is 2552, and Spartan supersoldier Master Chief is headed for Earth to stop alien race the Covenant's forces from unearthing an artefact that may bring about the destruction of the universe.
        The wide-ranging terrain types coupled with the always well-designed levels are a major plus point for me on Halo 3. You fight in jungle, snow and, on my personal favourite level, desert combat. The game's designers have also given the game a much more epic scope than previous games. Halo's 1 and 2 were mostly based around your character fighting alone, be it Master Chief or the Arbiter, and so is much of Halo 3, but there are numerous unforgettable moments where you fight alongside other UNSC forces that see the game reach a marvellous peak. The instance where you and dozens of UNSC troops descend as a team on a desert battleground in military vehicles stands as one of the coolest moments of the series. There's also a fair bit of longevity to the campaign mode, especially in comparison to the recent Halo: ODST.

        Overall however, for me, the gameplay pales in comparison to the original Halo game. The weaponry is excellent as ever, as is the simple controls system, but with the introduction of the boneheaded Brutes and the relegation of the Elites to ally status, the Covenant simply don't feel like a threat anymore, rendering the gameplay less immediate and exciting, while the story, although an improvement on Halo 2, still doesn't stand up to the original game. Worse still, those dreaded Flood, the parasite of the Halo series, is back with more game time than previous. The Flood levels feel just as they always did: lazy, bland and tedious to play.
        Halo 3 is a great game, don't get me wrong; it just simply isn't up to the high standard of the best of the Halo series. Personally, I'd recommend Halo: ODST over Halo 3 any day on originality alone. Better gameplay, too.

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        09.06.2010 18:27

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        Anyone with an xbox, buy this game!

        So, Halo 3, all i can say is WOW. Never have i played such a game. Everyone is bothered about CoD but i prefer nothing more than a quick game on Halo. The campaign is amazing and the multiplayer online is to die for. Well not if you want to win its not. You can spend hours on this game easily with out any boredom at all. The range of game types is unbelievable from free for all to shotty snipers to rocket race to team crazy king. This game is guaranteed to keep you satisfied for as long as you own the game and your trusty xbox 360. Even though it is nearing 3 years since the game came out. There are still plenty people online to play with and it is still entertaining for hours on end. There is no real faults to this game unless this is not your sort of thing but i highly doubt it.

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        A good all round game that's very fun to play.

        Halo 3 added some much needed integrity to the phrase Xbox 360 Exclusive. It delivered exciting gameplay, a fun storyline and some 'kick ass' online play. In the single player you play as a spartan (a sort of superior race from long ago) you are a lot taller, stronger, faster and generally more awesome than the rest of the humans who you fight beside. In the storyline you are fighting against the covenant (an Alien race trying to take over the world) You fight against them in an interesting array of missions from saving the base to Killing their leader, what could be better?

        The online play delivered alot of fun 'quirky' gameplay, mostly team death matches with lots of different and exciting weapons and vehicles that once you have aquired, can dominate the game with.

        These weapons can be normal or somewhat strange, ranging from a gigantic hammer to a plasma sword (both very deadly) you'll find one that suits you best (just as long as someone else doesn't take it first).

        Overall this game is quite enjoyable with few flaws, the only downpoint i had about it was the graphics weren't up to the standard of other games like that out at the same time.

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        03.06.2010 21:22
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        a must have for any 360 owner

        I consider myself a complete Halo fan (sad i know, but i don't care) from the gripping well layed out story, to the furturistic and detailed gameplay i love it through and through. Halo and Halo 2 were both fantasic games and the best of the xbox in my opinion and like so many others i couldn't wait for Halo 3 to hit the 360. It was worth the wait becasue it proved a fantastic end to the story. i won't bore you with how much i love it, lets get down to the facts.

        The game has stunning graphics and the scene changes drasticly from level to level preventing you from becoming bored (this was a problem with previous Halo's) The weapon list has become larger now featuring many Brute rlated weapons like the Mauler. And the change from fighting Elites to Brutes has been well met, with them still proving a fun and tough enemy to beat (especially on the Ledgendary mode)

        Personally i think every 360 owner should have a copy of this, its fun and addicting, the achievements aren't too difficult to get and of course it has an unbeatable multiplayer were even novices can have fun becasue of its simplistic design.

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        28.05.2010 14:07
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        A must have for any serious Gamer

        Halo 3 is possibly the back bone of the Xbox 360, i lined up at midnight to get it and the atmosphere was great, everyone was eager to get there hands on it.

        The story for me was the killer point after been left on the cliffhanger of Halo 2, not much could have made it better, it was very addictive, and long as well! I don't really expect a long story mode form FPS games but this was a nice surprise.

        The graphics at the time where the best on the xbox 360 and some would argue still the best around.

        The Multiplayer was a barrel of laughs for a long time, some weapons a bit too over powered but you get past that drawback after a couple of rounds of getting payback.

        There has been a lot of downloadable content for this game, some i would argue is a bit over priced, like some maps that should have been included in it when it was released.

        I think the best feature of the game was the 4 player co-op, it was very fun playing through with my friends on legendary, we did suffer from some frame rate drops at very busy parts but they passed quickly and did not change our enjoyment of the game as a whole

        It has to be said that this game also boats the best soundtrack i have heard in a game, but for that read a review of the Halo official sound track.

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