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Halo 3

at 12:58 - 28th, September 2007

With all the hubbub about the game i figured i'd write a little something.

Let's start by the ads. i think there are two:
Halo 3 - old man ad
halo 3 90 sec ad

First off i'll say, MS really got a good advertising company for the game. the ads make me want to play it, which says a lot since i think halo is one of the most overated franchises.

has anyone played it yet?
i know js wants to, carl has it
i've read a couple things up on it, but tried to stay away from anything revealing the story because supposedly it gets better than being a bad star craft-esque rip off in the first one.

NYTimes review of it - yea i know, what the hell does the new york times know about gaming right?

but they do raise an interesting point by saying that halo 3 is just like halo 2 but better graphics.

ArsTechina review of halo 3 - ars has some gamers there, and while their review of it might be a bit better they kinda say the same thing.

one final review (i know people are going to yell at me for this)review by - look through the propaganda and see what they are actually saying.
they're calling it halo 2.5 because it's just a graphical upgrade.

now, put aside the fact that sonydefenseforce is completely idiotic. do you think this is true? is halo 3 just a graphical upgrade with a change of story to halo 2? and if it is, does it matter?

ars says if you buy this for the single player, while ok, it's the wrong reason to buy and play the game.

Carl Carl
News comment 1 | User comment 1159 | 14:45 - 28th, Sep 2007

95% of all FPS games spawn sequels which are graphical improvements. It is rare that you get something which truly reinvents the FPS series. It is hard really top what they have done already. So yeah it can be argued Halo 2.5 but really that is people just bitching trying to lower the status of this game.

I have not played the game yet, choosing to play Halo 1 and 2 before. I have started Halo 1 and while the graphics are dated the story is what is carrying it. Now it is not too deep yet since I started it but so far so good. It is exciting and is easy to get to. You start off on a quick pace and it continues.

So if the others improve the story and offer graphical improvements then it succeeds in being a great series. If the graphics were left ala Halo 2 quality people would bitch.

Carl Carl
News comment 2 | User comment 1159 | 14:50 - 28th, Sep 2007

MS got flack for all the advertising but you know what. If they produce a movie like the quality of the commercial I want to see it. Also no other company has advertised a single game as well as them. Bioshock had even some more the average advertising.

Basically a damned if you do, damned if you dont.

I also heard the story while not long (it is an FPS) it ties up loose ends and is satisfying. What more do people expect. I think with the hype people

Carl Carl
News comment 3 | User comment 1159 | 14:55 - 28th, Sep 2007

also put it up on a hill and then if it is not what THEY expect then it is considered crap.

So yeah I take it all with a grain of salt and appreciate everything for what it is. Halo brought the PC gaming experience to the consoles and did it well. It also offers the most robust online multi player experience for a console ever. Nothing can touch it right now and that pisses people off a lot who swing to one system or the other.

Carl Carl
News comment 4 | User comment 1159 | 14:57 - 28th, Sep 2007

The real reason people are pissed off is because it is Microsoft. Know why it does not sell well in Japan? Microsoft. People think they are a huge evil empire and refuse to admit when they do something right. They will find what little flaw they can and that will be it.

If Japan and people for both games and system could look at them without seeing the company behind it or bias to their system then it would be one of the best games of the year.

Carl Carl
News comment 5 | User comment 1159 | 14:58 - 28th, Sep 2007

Though for me Bioshock holds game of the year title.

Carl Carl
News comment 6 | User comment 1159 | 15:06 - 28th, Sep 2007

Your comment also about Starcraft rip off is so bloody retarded you may as well work with SDF. You pretty much say any series of man versus alien races is a SC rip off. Makes no sense at all considering you do not look at the story at all. Also comparing an RTS to an FPS enforces the uninformed opinion.

Alex Alex
News comment 7 | User comment 4968 | 23:55 - 28th, Sep 2007

how far are you in halo?

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