Archive for September 27th, 2007

Sep 27 2007

Halo 3

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Halo 3 LogoI played through the first mission of Halo 3 today. I think that the NYTimes review sums it up: Halo 3 is Halo 2 with somewhat better graphics. As usual, the fanboys will be up in arms about a review like that, but I think it is accurate. Story? Typical sci-fi game fodder. Graphics? Gears of War and Bioshock look a lot better. Gameplay? Awesome. Just like Halo 1 and 2. Audio? Awesome. Just like Halo 1 and 2.

I played some online matches as well. Fun, although I do not really like multiplayer games. Halo 3 has a ton of variety, from the different gameplay types to the Forge and captured videos. In this regard, the game deserves its 95 Metacritic rating (as of this writing). However, the single player campaign, which is what I play games for, is probably only about 85 to me. This wide range of what a game consists of is going to make review scores less and less meaningful. It would be like saying “The movie was just okay, but the theater gave free popcorn and keg of beer. I’m giving the movie 5 stars!” Of course, it all depends on what you call “a game”… For me, it means a good, single player experience…but I think that I’m beginning to be in the minority.

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