Zero Punctuation: Halo 3

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Let's just put Halo 3 in perspective, just the facts compared to every other fps out there right now or soon to be released over the next six months.

Halo 3 has:

1) Sub HD graphics - the game can only handle 640p resolution
2) Horrendous IQ problems - jaggies plague the game
3) Essentially a lat gen engine - lots of shiny metal, welcome to last gen
4) Major framerate problems
5) No dedicated servers - PC and PS3 major fps games always have dedicated servers
6) P2P networking - Bungie didn't bother to upgrade the networking code so you are left with laggy P2P, host advantages and all the other stuff you shouldn't have to put up with in any 60 dollar commercial game
7) Can't handle more than 16 players per game

Outside of PC shareware games I can't think of any other recent or near future fps that even comes close to being that bad - and certainly no game is so consistently bad in so many areas as Halo 3.

Your review is clever as always. As you seem to be the type of gamer who leans towards single player and PC games, it's not surprising to see a disparaging review of a console FPS titan. Without meaning to be rude, I have to say that this particular review made your ignorance on console shooters plain to see. Many of the complaints you had about Halo 3 are what make the game enjoyable to long-time fans... the unique visual style, for example. The campaign's pace is fine, and if you play it again (gasp!) on Legendary, you'll find that your difficulty curve would look much different.

If you're a fan of Single Player, you should also be a fan of online co-op. If you're not a fan of online co-op, it's because you haven't tried it yet. Four player co-op on Halo 3 gives the campaign more replayability than BioShock will EVER have for me. I've beaten BioShock twice and now I'll never put it in again. I've already gone through H3's co-op campaign more times than that, and playing with different friends makes it different each time. Not to mention the countless multiplayer hours put into it, the Theater and Forge features. Even if you exclude those items because you dislike online play, at least mention the meta-scoring for co-op. You claim that the campaign is weak, but you never played the most appealing part of the campaign unless you played co-op, with scoring and skulls activated. You spent a lot of time complaining about AI drivers - wouldn't it be better if your friends were gunning, driving, or oogling ladies with you, instead of crap-AI Marines? Try it...most of your gameplay complaints do not apply to co-op.

So you're a PC gamer, who loves Single Player, who loaths console shooters? I know, let's review a console shooter that's main focus is online play! A great recipe for an unbiased review, right? I know, you never claimed to be unbiased, I'm just pointing it out. Kudos on a great job and many entertaining reviews. Your knee-jerk reaction against the mainstream appeal of Halo 3 was a little disappointing this time - make fun of it all you want, but at least have your review balanced enough to include some of the good points of the game. Not even you can deny that they exist.

I am a big fan of the Halo series and enjoyed pretty much all aspects of Halo 3 - but I also enjoyed this "review". Even if there were a lot of points I disagreed with or thought were unfair.

But that does not stop the knee-jerk haters to use it as their gospel to keep bashing a game they never intended to like in the first place. If you don't like the game, fine - go play something else and stop crying. That goes for the fanboys who don't like this "review" either.

There is nothing sadder than idiot fanboys/hater boys drawing "party-lines" to divide gamers against each other. We are all gamers and we are all here to have fun.

I dunno the whole playlist bit with the multiplayer killed it for me. I sent the game back to gamefly when I saw how the match selection worked.

Seriously, the only thing that continues this argument is the divide between PC gamers and console gamers.

PC gamers have a seriously overblown sense of been there, done that, because that particular medium has been beat to death with FPS games that both get it in terms of story, and in terms of multiplayer. I would like to say, that on the scale that Halo does multiplayer, really hasn't been possible on a technical level for all that long, on CONSOLES. That's the key here. Halo wasn't meant to be a PC game, nor does it even attempt to compete with the best of the PC FPS games. The two platforms shouldn't be compared, because of the changes that a PC to console port, or vice versa has to go through. Firstly, console games are going to have to be a bit more simplistic control wise, because there are a limited amount of buttons to work with. Things need to work, and they need to feel "right" a facet in which Halo did well.

But continue bashing the hype, when in all actuality, PC FPSers and gamer snobs are just pissing on Halo from their high horse...it's the vogue thing to do, bash what's popular, not because it's any less of a fun game, but because a lot of people think it's fun, so it's the cool thing to try to bring that down a peg. Frankly, I'd like for this whole thread to never have happened.

You don't need to bring up PC shooters to realize that this game isn't worth much of anything. Goldeneye on the N64 had many of the core game mechanics that Halo supposedly brought to console gaming even though they were brought to console gaming a generation before the first Xbox. It's actually kind of sad since people will go around thinking that the having the game tell you what map and game type you want to play unless you make your own room is a good thing. Its not a good thing at all to force "match making" on people especially if we are talking about a p2p network like Xbox live. Halo wants the player to believe it knows best when trying to find a game rather than the player him or herself which is just a wrong headed way of doing things.

Do they want me to keep quiting rooms over and over again within a given playlist till I find the game type within that list that I actually want? I can filter for a specific type of match and map in Resistance so why not Halo 3? Socom II a four year old game supported 16 players on the playstion two; Resistance Fall of Man supports forty players...the big secret here is that Resistance uses dedicated servers and therefore can support far more people on a single map all at once it does not have much of anything to do with the power of the consoles themselves. (Though of course you can optimize the games to actually handle a given number of players.) Granted Halo 3 does have vehicles which are nice.

As far as things feeling right in Halo 3, they don't feel right at all. Why am I forced to choose between being able to melee and jump whilst moving and being able to reload while moving because I happen to use the southpaw stick layout? Why can't I map those functions to the dpad and solve my problem permanently so I can concentrate on finishing the fight instead of fighting to finish because Bungie was so goddamn obtuse that they left these problems in the final game?

I can do this in Resistance and Black(I even have absolute control over the stick mappings in Black if I recall correctly which even Resistance does not have.) Both of which are console shooters.

I hope this guy is joking about all these reviews cause if he's not, then he's definantly a twat. Like I mean pretty much all the games reviewed are going to get game of the year rewards, I have also played these games, if he's not joking he obviously has no taste what so ever in video games. Also when he said some of the games where repedative what do you expect? There're so many games out there you can't help to make the same thing over again without knowing about it, for example: Halo is like Half-Life in 20 years if you were to think about it and they are both really good games.

I'm still waiting for the online multiplayer to get good; honestly I just play Gears of War now that I beat the offline mode for Halo 3...for all the time that took me. I mean, for a game that took this long to be released, I expected a lot more out of it. More single player and certainly more multiplayer maps that aren't garbage; and honestly, the stuff that they added to 'freshen up' isn't really that good. I'm not a big fan of the items, I think too many of the weapons are redundant and really it still plays JUST LIKE THE OTHER HALOS, oh and it keeps recycling the same stupid story.

Chilly48:
I hope this guy is joking about all these reviews cause if he's not, then he's definantly a twat. Like I mean pretty much all the games reviewed are going to get game of the year rewards, I have also played these games, if he's not joking he obviously has no taste what so ever in video games.

He's acknowledged in pretty much every review that his perspective is going to be at odds with much of the gamer public, but out the other side of the mouth he's also acknowledging that brands like Halo are going to sell well no matter what he or anyone else says.

But there are more cut-and-dried criticisms of the game all over this thread. If you're going to defend Halo, you're going to have to defend against all of them. I for one won't disparage anyone from liking a game, but I do wonder about those who think a multimillion unit entertainment monolith needs their protection.

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I completely disagree with this review because for one simple reason: I had a great time playing through Halo 3's campaign multiple times and my continued time spent with the online multiplayer components of the game. I'll never understand people who complain about the game just because it's successful or because so many people play it or because the marketing blitz hyped up the game to the stratosphere. So what? The game's so much fun because it's the run-of-the-mill FPS done right on a console. Halo:CE did a great job at it but lacked a robust online multiplayer component, Halo 2 had a lackluster campaign and horribly unbalanced multiplayer, and Halo 3 finally has hit it with a great single-player campaign worth playing through multiple times and one of the best online multiplayer games ever. PC gamers always tend to shit on console games because they're "mainstream" or "watered down." I'll never get it. I started out on the PC with Quake 2 and then I played a lot of CS, DOD, BF, and then when Halo: CE came out, I started playing a lot more console games and found out how tight a lot of them felt in comparison. I just can't see what people's problems are with Halo 3. The graphics are NOT bad and they look so smooth compared to anything I have ever played, the sound quality is the best I have ever heard, the controls are sublime, the multiplayer is extremely balanced, and the game rewards you for playing, boosting longevity. Halo 3 doesn't do anything revolutionary in terms of core gameplay, but as a whole package, it's the best game of this generation and one of the best games of all time. This is the level of community interaction that a lot of developers should strive for because it's just going to get better as time goes on. But to me, the best part about Halo 3 is the balance in multiplayer. I've been playing FPSs for a long time now and I have always wanted to slam my fists into the keyboard or TV due to cheap kills, weapon imbalance, or poor map design. Halo 3 is the first FPS that hasn't pissed me off yet. Don't argue with this because I have played enough games (somewhere around 700) and I've hit the level cap in two playlists legit. I think I have played enough multiplayer to have justified my opinion.

Undoing Ruin:
I completely disagree with this review because for one simple reason: I had a great time playing through Halo 3's campaign multiple times and my continued time spent with the online multiplayer components of the game. I'll never understand people who complain about the game just because it's successful or because so many people play it or because the marketing blitz hyped up the game to the stratosphere. So what? The game's so much fun because it's the run-of-the-mill FPS done right on a console. Halo:CE did a great job at it but lacked a robust online multiplayer component...

Then there's probably our real problem here, because as far as I'm concerned, HALO:CE was an interesting experience, visually, but that wears out, and it could be incredibly extremely boring and repetitive, with a level design which actually showed no real high level of interactivity.

I suppose there's just a problem of standards here. I'm a big fan of FPS. It's probably one of my favorite genres, but I have standards which got shaped along the years playing on a PC.

Here's an even better idea for everything in the world...

Is it possible, that, perhaps, if Jesus was a pigmy and Moses was a turtle...that not everyone...likes...everything...?

GASP! SHOCK! THUNAGA!

Doods! It's a game! Not everyone will like it! That is why we have GENRES! The fact that he had a problem with something and that you like his problems means nothing more that what it says. I'll say it once, and I'll say it only once.

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Yahtzee did not like Halo 3 because he did not like it. He did not find the things that he likes, so he does not like it. If you found something you like, good for you. Just don't belittle the opinions of those who think differently than the mainstream.
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I applaud you, Mr. Yahtzee, for defying the mainstream and saying your opinion. We need more people like this >,<

I disagreed with parts of the review but still think it was funny as hell and highly entertaining. Take it for what it is, a laugh.

Look at all the halo fanboys....

The Conformist:
I disagreed with parts of the review but still think it was funny as hell and highly entertaining. Take it for what it is, a laugh.

Hit the nail on the head here - some people (on both sides) really need to take a chill

Honestly, it boggles the mind that a throughly mediocre game is the locus of such raving, nigh religious passion. It makes me wonder if I'm occupying some odd alternate universe where the Halo I know isn't the same thing at all as what is being "debated" here.

Chilango2:
Honestly, it boggles the mind that a throughly mediocre game is the locus of such raving, nigh religious passion.

That's what I actually hate about this game. I've played it and found nothing special about it so I asumed that it had it's "charm" on the consoles. But since I've an PC FPS gamer my whole life, I feel shooters and consoles aren't meant for each other...

But what the hell right? I just feel a little annoyed by those halotards that say it's the best FPS ever. And fuck it, ya know? it's just a game.

Chilly48:
I hope this guy is joking about all these reviews cause if he's not, then he's definantly a twat. Like I mean pretty much all the games reviewed are going to get game of the year rewards, I have also played these games, if he's not joking he obviously has no taste what so ever in video games. Also when he said some of the games where repedative what do you expect? There're so many games out there you can't help to make the same thing over again without knowing about it, for example: Halo is like Half-Life in 20 years if you were to think about it and they are both really good games.

What do we expect, in terms of repetitiveness? Have you ever HEARD of Deus Ex or System Shock? It's pretty pathetic if people are insulting this review because they haven't played any games older than three years!

I agree with you on many points. Having played the first two Halo games, if you are playing the story mode, you do have to play the first games. I never bothered. I just played the multiplayer games like "Capture the Flag" and stuff like that particularly because I like finding new weapons and blowing shit up. I didn't play Halo 3 yet, though. A couple of years ago, my little sister hacked her high school's computer system and installed Halo online on every computer in the school (how she pulled it off and how the school ignored it continues to amaze me), and like me, she likes the game simply for finding weapons and making explosions with them. Don't worry about the story for the first two games. You won't miss much, and their not all that exciting anyway. Rooster Teeth's Red VS Blue is fun to watch, if you haven't already seen it.

I was linked to this page by a friend, what freaks me out is my opinions on games are a combination of The Escapist and the Angry Videogame Nerd only without the Nintendo fanboyism. Damn it all if I hadn't been so politically correct it might be me getting paid to do this kind of stuff! Anywho your videos are all entertaining that can't be denied, but you really need to try multiplayer on games more or at least do an epic rant explaining why you don't try online. Your best jokes are informed ones, not comments like "I don't give a shit about multiplayer"

I have to jump in here and give my review of the Halo Series -

Halo: Combat Evolved - Quite possibly the best FPS I've ever played. Challenging, long, and a great story-line. If you want to get the full experience of what this game has to offer, I challenge you to put the difficulty on Legendary and play through The Two Betrayals, and do it solo. This will take you, depending on your skill level, anywhere between 4 to 6 hours...for one level of the game. The weapons in this game are all equally balanced...with the exception of the Assault Rifle's accuracy being a little off. That is the only thing I would tweak...even though with the accuracy sucking, it is still a fairly decent gun.

Halo 2 - This was the biggest let down of my life, aside from learning that women don't give you sex upon request unless you empty your bank accounts into their ever growing volcano they call a vagina. They changed all that was good in the original to anything bad they could come up with. Dual Wielding one handed guns and Rocket Launcher Lock-on, wasn't nearly the upgrade that I was hoping for when you look at all they took away. They give you a Battle Rifle and take away the Assault Rifle...the Battle Rifle is hardly a comparable weapon; the Magnum does little to no damage instead of the original which actually made you believe it was a magnum because of it's ability to take down enemies left and right with it's power; they took away the power of the Needler, I guess in an effort to balance the fact that you could dual wield it now. The campain is lack-luster in that it is very chaotic and disorganized. They introduced 2 new guns, the Brute Shot (grenade launcher) and the Brute Plasma Rifle (faster firing plasma rifle)...these 2 weapons were no match for the guns already set in place by the original game. The campain felt more like a chore or work instead of fun. It was just something I felt I had to beat because I played the one before it. I didn't feel any sense of accomplishment after finishing it. Nothing can replace Halo: Combat Evolved. They should have never made a sequel. The campain sucked so much that Bungie themselves came out and appologized to the gaming public about it, and said that Halo 3 would be much better, too bad they lied to us...speaking of the devil.

Halo 3 - Yatzee's review of Halo 3 was right on. Glad they gave me SOME of the Magnum's power back and gave me an Assault Rifle that was better than the one in the original. They nerfed the Needler again; we are back to single wielding it, yet they didn't give it back the power it had in the original game. None of the 1 handers can zoom in anymore. Most of the new weapons you end up doing more damage to yourself and your teammates than to the enemy (i.e. gravity hammer). They took away the Arbiter's ability to cloak. The flashlight was useless. But honestly the only reason this game wasn't as big of a let down as the second one, is that the Halo 2 got me prepared for this game. I hated Halo 2 and I was fully prepared to hate Halo 3. If I wanted a game that was so dark that I couldn't even see the damn ground I was walking on I'd play the original Half-life.

You want to know where Bungie went wrong? How about making you turn up your brightness setting on your TV so high that the game looks like shit, before you can see the ground you are walking on. Made you empty 3 full magazines of Assault Rifle into the Brute/Flood creatures before it even looked like you were hurting them. The second player of Co-op Story mode always starts with the weapons that are useless against the Flood and the Brutes (i.e. Convenant Weapons), which are all you fight in this game. The Covenant weapons are for fighting the Elites, but the Elites are on your goddamn team in this game, so why even have the fucking things in the game at all then? I could go on, but I think I've made my point. Bungie should have called it quits after Halo: Combat Evolved instead of embarassing themselves with Halo 2 and 3. If they make a Halo 4, I'm not going to buy it or play it...that's right if they make another Halo game, Bungie can go fuck themselves.

So in closing...Yatzee, I applaud your having the nuts to cut this game down, because to be honest the whole franchise needs to be taken down a peg or 2. If you want to review a real Halo game and understand why the game has such a huge following, play Halo: Combat Evolved...the game has no online Multiplayer, so you don't have to worry about people claiming that you are giving a half assed review because you refuse to get online. Besides the online Halo world sucks anyway. It reminds me of what you said about Team Fortress 2, where people with no lives are mastering the damn things while the rest of us are out having sex with girls.

I do hope that if you take me up on this offer, that you won't let the piss-poor Halo 3 get in your way of really enjoying a real game that unfortunately has the same name.

Undoing Ruin:
I completely disagree with this review because for one simple reason: I had a great time playing through Halo 3's campaign multiple times and my continued time spent with the online multiplayer components of the game. I'll never understand people who complain about the game just because it's successful or because so many people play it or because the marketing blitz hyped up the game to the stratosphere. So what? The game's so much fun because it's the run-of-the-mill FPS done right on a console. Halo:CE did a great job at it but lacked a robust online multiplayer component, Halo 2 had a lackluster campaign and horribly unbalanced multiplayer, and Halo 3 finally has hit it with a great single-player campaign worth playing through multiple times and one of the best online multiplayer games ever. PC gamers always tend to shit on console games because they're "mainstream" or "watered down." I'll never get it. I started out on the PC with Quake 2 and then I played a lot of CS, DOD, BF, and then when Halo: CE came out, I started playing a lot more console games and found out how tight a lot of them felt in comparison. I just can't see what people's problems are with Halo 3. The graphics are NOT bad and they look so smooth compared to anything I have ever played, the sound quality is the best I have ever heard, the controls are sublime, the multiplayer is extremely balanced, and the game rewards you for playing, boosting longevity. Halo 3 doesn't do anything revolutionary in terms of core gameplay, but as a whole package, it's the best game of this generation and one of the best games of all time. This is the level of community interaction that a lot of developers should strive for because it's just going to get better as time goes on. But to me, the best part about Halo 3 is the balance in multiplayer. I've been playing FPSs for a long time now and I have always wanted to slam my fists into the keyboard or TV due to cheap kills, weapon imbalance, or poor map design. Halo 3 is the first FPS that hasn't pissed me off yet. Don't argue with this because I have played enough games (somewhere around 700) and I've hit the level cap in two playlists legit. I think I have played enough multiplayer to have justified my opinion.

Well that's great for you, but the fact is that your gaming experience of 700 games...a statement you made that cannot be proven right or wrong...has no bearing on the minds of others. I will happily argue with you, no matter how many games you've played, as that has no real worth in this discussion. The fact that you've played 700 games (whether this is true or not) does not add value to your opinions.

The fact is that I made some valid points about why Halo 3 was horrible. The difference is that I'm not going to try to convince you that I'm right based on my gaming experience. I'm not even going to mention how many games I've played, or even if I've played more or less than you, b/c it's pointless.

I know this is sort of a flame, but I'm trying to be as respectful as I can here. I find it highly disrespectful and offensive that you think you are somehow better than me or anyone else based on how many games you've played. I could sit here and make similar claims that my opinions can't be argued with because I've slept with a great number of women...something you can't prove wrong, and I can't prove right on a forum thread. Seeing as I'm not that arrogant, I won't do that. But can you see how shallow and offensive that would be if I did? Wouldn't it alienate you and piss you off?

My point is that while it's easy to get tunnel vision and slam other opinions, keep in mind that everything said in a forum is an opinion...it has just as much value as the opinion above it. That being said, no opinion automatically fact based on experience. And your experience has no effect on my opinions.

Comedic gold..but that's it.

Not all of the features were fully covered (Forge, Custom Games, Theater and most prominently Multiplayer). Just because you're too damn lazy to go to your bosses and request an Xbox Live hook up for your office, or get a couple of frinds together for a local match, don't take it out on the game.

There's a magical thing called "Wikipedia." If you wanted the story details, you could've checked it out. Or bought the last two games. Or the books related to the game. Yes, Bungie not mentioning previous story events in Halo is annoying, but the annoyance can be abated by using the magic of the Internet.

I will agree with yahtzee on the allied A.I being dumb as shit. Still, the enemy A.I. is great at the very least.

This review was just like the score yahtzee so "generously," bestowed on Halo 3-average.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have "retarded Ewoks," to go shoot.

Well I have a few things to say about your vids man
1. stop telling people things they already know, yea I know you are quite funny, but yea still we are people we have flaws we DON'T have to all think like anyone else
2. Really I'm not hating on you or anything but seriously, if you are one of those people who beats games in like 2 days try absorbing the game for a while maybe like ya know slowing down a bit?
3. My bro loves your vids personally I am not a game rater why? cause I don't like to underrate games cause then something just might happen to surprise you. anyways best of luck with the vids

-Heaven's hell ^_^

"I don't give shit about the multiplayer" is like play The Orange Box without testing Team Fortress 2 or Portal. HL2 Eps2 is the same length as Halo3 but in the first one is acceptable and the second one is horrible. What about "I'm more profesional than that"?
Anyway, even the story is definately the worst of the trilogy, even even the Cortana level (Library level in Halo 1) is horrible, even is not the best looking game... I enjoyed it.
All the vehicle parts are great and I don't agree when you say you're driving a warthog and the marine in the machine gun shoots to buterflies. They always shoot to the highest menace. I prefer to get rid of a Biker brute rather than a tank. I can easily avoid the tank fire, but not the biker. Haunting Scarabs is pretty funny and the enemy AI is good.

You're right when you say that a great game have nothing to excuse, that's the reason why I think Halo 3 it's a hype, but is not a bad as you say. The online is excellent if you play with friends or "not retarded random players".
Finally, I enjoyed with this review as much as the rest, and I still think you're a fucking genious.

Brilliant stuff Yahtzee. I can't decide who I enjoy more, you or Maddox. Every so often someone comes along with just enough genius to stir things up (which so badly needed stirring) that it makes me sign up for an account on whatever website and congratulate them personally.

I have this theory which is proven daily by the hoards of mindless twits who willingly swallow all the tripe fed to them by their favorite companies. Take a piece of fruit like a grapefruit and put it on TV every day at the same time, and then create some mass marketing hype to surround it. Pour millions of dollars into the thing by giving it a name and some flashy bullshit slogan and advertise it everywhere relentlessly. What was once a piece of ordinary fruit will become the greatest thing since the advent of electricity, not because it's something useful that will have a profound impact on all of our lives, but because people are genuinely STUPID. You think the word POP in front of music means it's good? Wrong. Anyone who has even the most rudimentary background in music will tell you it's shit because it's talentless drivel which has been hyped and marketed to a group of slow-witted drones who can't tell the difference between one note or beat or another.

There's literally no difference with videogames nowadays. The average gamer will choke down whatever is fed to them via the internet or television because thinking for yourself has become a thing of the past. If it weren't we wouldn't be having this discussion and Yahtzee wouldn't be doing his spot-on reviews. The mindless slave drones which inhabit the planet need to be told what to do otherwise they are lost. If we didn't have mass marketing hypefest schemes pounded at us every day via whatever source of media, we'd be standing in a corner with our eyes wide open staring at nothing with our brains in sleep mode.

There are a few specially gifted individuals who have awoken to the truth and reality of the situation which is that mankind as a whole is a lost cause, and can be easily guided like lambs to the slaughter or in this case, store shelves, where they flush money down the toilet (give it to major companies which really don't need more profit) at alarming rates. Does Microsoft really need more money? Can anyone really fathom what a billion dollars even looks like? Most of us will be lucky to see 6 figures at least once in our lifetimes, meanwhile the mindless slave drones of the planet are busy buying up copies of Halo 3 so Microsoft can continue their quest of duping everyone into thinking they are a viable videogame choice.

I grew up playing Atari 2600, NES, SNES etc blah blah blah, and never once was I presented with the problem of a software update via the internet every other day to fix an issue which should have been worked out in the beta testing department of said gazillion dollar corporation. They have billions of dollars to waste on retarded marketing schemes which only the dullards of the universe could possibly fall for, but they can't quite work out all the bugs in the software before releasing their "final" version to the public. I'm pretty sure I didn't sign up to be a guinea pig beta tester for Microsoft when I bought a 360. I guess there are a millions of suckers who did though and the big MS is proud of you. They'll reward you with Halo 4 and software updates.

I love to play games online, but I'm not really interested in joining an online community full of 15 year olds whose greatest contribution to the world of gaming is, "lol".

Keep up the good work Yahtzee!

ok. I also somtimes right game reviews, mostly games i own or people have told me about and frankly i am usualy disapointed about some games with the hype all over them. halo 3 was one of these games.

Problems:
1. the AI was bug fuck retarded. i saw one of my guy rideing a mongoose then for no resion what so ever turned away from the road and started repetivily raming a pipe. i was quite confused and anoyed by this untill a brute that had fliped his veicial causaly walked over to the mongoose and beet the crap out of the guy driving, much to my joy.

2. to me, gears of war set a high graphics standed when it first came out, halo 3 wasnt that great looking. i loved the enviroments (except for the cortana level) but it could have been so much better. it realy took the out of me pisses to see a game with such a high budget and large work team has such a shooty looking final product.

3. shit house connection for online play. I to live in Australia and i somtimes have problems with my connection. but halo 3 sets a new high for shoty services.

good points.

1. the story ends. yes there a plot holes because the 2nd game story mad about as much sence as some one actuly paying for sex from a fat person but but it ends it! but unfortunitaly there is no doubt microsoft will use these plot holes to continue to fund there nuclear factories.

2.balenced multyplayer. yes the connection is as good as a brick is at swimming but the level layout and shield system is wonderful and makes it a exelent game to play over a system link with a large group of friends

3. extra features like the forge and playback are some of the coolest features i have seen in a game.

yes! halo 3 is a run of the mill shooter which is incredably unrealistic, so you cant compare it to 2142 or other games where you cant take much more damage than falling over in your bathtub. all in all halo 3 in my books would get a 7 out of 10 even this might be to high a rating because the single player is so shit but all togeather with forge the playback and it fun social aspects (dissregarding the 10 year old school dropouts that seam to grow like a cancer over the x box live comunity whos constent chatter makes me want to go drown kittens) but if you look at it not for its shitty campain youl find it playable provided your wereing protective gear.

Couldn't be anymore true when you said BioShock > Halo 3.

A few things;

Regarding tone, Half-life 2 is exactly the same. I mean where did Ravenholm come from!? Talk about inconsistent.

Doesn't "give a flying sh*t about multiplayer" but will review Tabula Rasa an MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online)

"Everything it's done has been done before and better" by which games? I seem to remember that Halo was an innovator in FPS games. It introduced a limit on the number of weapons you could hold which added a strategic value. It used hotkeys for grenades and melee hits. The AI was phenomenal in comparison to other games in that era. The streamed loading didn't break the flow of gameplay (Half Life!). It flawlessly implemented in-game vehicles and introduced co-op play into the fps genre in a big way. No game ever used bump and cubic mapping as well imo.

I can't stand when people are biased against games without good reason. Just because it's a Microsoft title doesn't mean it's bad! I think that Yahtzee is jumping on the anti-Microsoft bandwagon.

To be honest, imo Halo 3 is much better than say Half Life 2, you're not constantly stopped by loading screens, the vehicle sections felt forced and very repetitive; drive, stop to open a gate, drive, stop to open a gate. The scripted moments were so obvious it just broke the reality. Storyline!? Don't get me started, who even knows the storyline to the Half-Life series!? Honestly the G-Man and his employers! Could it be more nineties cliché!

Graphically, it excels, the theater mode shows that they are not afraid to show off the skill of their work. Technically speaking the graphics may be weaker than GOW however, it is a proprietary engine and not the unreal 3 engine, it still has parallax and normal mapping, HDR and depth of field. Besides, GOW was pretty lackluster in aesthetics given the toolset, how many shades of brown and grey are there!? The environments were stunning and in many cases epic.

In terms of gameplay, it is good fun. There are so things that 'wow' you, like when the first Scarab arrives on screen, it's exciting. Admitted, the flood levels are a bit weak in terms of design and gameplay but the rest is simply phenomenal. Yahtzee talks about and end boss, Halo 3 doesn't really have and end boss, it's not traditional in that way. Part of what was great about Halo CE was that there was no 'uber' character; there was a group of enemies each with their own traits. It didn't need to rely on boss levels and weak points to feel like a game.

One thing I do agree on, it's not as good as Bioshock.

A buddy of mine works tech support for Xbox 360 and was telling me a of HUGE issue they're having right now relating to XBox Live and Halo 3. I was hoping some Xbox owners could shed some light.

From what he told me, not only do halo 3 owners HAVE TO PAY 15 DOLLARS FOR NEW MAPS that have come out for Halo 3, but the user's account has to be above the age of 18 to download them because of microsoft's new mature content rules, which went into effect 12/7/07.

I've been told by him that Microsoft refuses to upgrade accounts to adult status accounts to get to this content, even with a parent's permission, effectively requiring customers under 18 to create new IDs that have a fake age on it. The downside to this is of course, you lose all your saved 'points' and possibly games you paid to download?

Thoughts?

This info is actually wrong.

Halo 3 owners have to pay for new maps, yes. The latest three cost 800 MS points, which works out to $10 in the US at this moment.

The ESRB enforcement applies to only R-Rated, M-rated, and unrated trailers and demos in the XBL Marketplace - it does NOT apply to paid-for content.

beddo:
A few things;

Regarding tone, Half-life 2 is exactly the same. I mean where did Ravenholm come from!? Talk about inconsistent.

Doesn't "give a flying sh*t about multiplayer" but will review Tabula Rasa an MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online)

"Everything it's done has been done before and better" by which games? I seem to remember that Halo was an innovator in FPS games. It introduced a limit on the number of weapons you could hold which added a strategic value. It used hotkeys for grenades and melee hits. The AI was phenomenal in comparison to other games in that era. The streamed loading didn't break the flow of gameplay (Half Life!). It flawlessly implemented in-game vehicles and introduced co-op play into the fps genre in a big way. No game ever used bump and cubic mapping as well imo.

I can't stand when people are biased against games without good reason. Just because it's a Microsoft title doesn't mean it's bad! I think that Yahtzee is jumping on the anti-Microsoft bandwagon.

To be honest, imo Halo 3 is much better than say Half Life 2, you're not constantly stopped by loading screens, the vehicle sections felt forced and very repetitive; drive, stop to open a gate, drive, stop to open a gate. The scripted moments were so obvious it just broke the reality. Storyline!? Don't get me started, who even knows the storyline to the Half-Life series!? Honestly the G-Man and his employers! Could it be more nineties cliché!

Graphically, it excels, the theater mode shows that they are not afraid to show off the skill of their work. Technically speaking the graphics may be weaker than GOW however, it is a proprietary engine and not the unreal 3 engine, it still has parallax and normal mapping, HDR and depth of field. Besides, GOW was pretty lackluster in aesthetics given the toolset, how many shades of brown and grey are there!? The environments were stunning and in many cases epic.

In terms of gameplay, it is good fun. There are so things that 'wow' you, like when the first Scarab arrives on screen, it's exciting. Admitted, the flood levels are a bit weak in terms of design and gameplay but the rest is simply phenomenal. Yahtzee talks about and end boss, Halo 3 doesn't really have and end boss, it's not traditional in that way. Part of what was great about Halo CE was that there was no 'uber' character; there was a group of enemies each with their own traits. It didn't need to rely on boss levels and weak points to feel like a game.

One thing I do agree on, it's not as good as Bioshock.

Blind fanboyism for the win. Halo:CE was not innovative in the slightest. If you actually played games like Rise of the Triad, Quake, Duke Nukem 3D, Team Fortress Classic, and many others you will find out that everything in Halo had already been done. Saying Halo 3 is better in Half-Life 2 is just laughable and completely reeks of "Teh Halo Love".

CMadness:

Blind fanboyism for the win. Halo:CE was not innovative in the slightest. If you actually played games like Rise of the Triad, Quake, Duke Nukem 3D, Team Fortress Classic, and many others you will find out that everything in Halo had already been done. Saying Halo 3 is better in Half-Life 2 is just laughable and completely reeks of "Teh Halo Love".

Well I guess it's easy to label someone as a 'fanboy' because they challenge your ideas of thinking, it gives you an ill conceived reason to ignore them. Your response is stereotypical of l33t PC gamers who dismiss decent games through a bizarre form of gaming elitism.

Actually I did play, over my earlier years, the aforementioned games apart from Team Fortress Classic. They didn't really innovate anything, mostly just tried to improve on Wolfenstein and Doom, apart from a leap into true 3d I can't think of anything particularly memorable about them, save perhaps dual wielding and the somewhat peculiar and rather ineffective melee kick in Duke Nukem 3d. Perhaps you're tragic enough to believe that paying strippers in a game can be equated to 'innovation'.

I quote you as such;

"Halo:CE was not innovative in the slightest"

How then do you explain self-regenerating shields in some form or another in almost every FPS and in many action games since its inception in Halo?

Moreover, are you suggesting that the inclusion of Vehicles in Half-Life 2 has nothing to do with a knock on affect from Halo?

Well firstly, you need to know how to express yourself as what you wrote; "Halo 3 is better 'IN' Half-Life 2" clearly isn't what you meant. I quite clearly said in my opinion Halo 3 is better than Half-Life 2, I can re-iterate if you like; in my opinion Halo 3 is better than Half-Life 2; especially concerning online multi-player. If you wish to contradict me you could give an argument rather than try to destroy my spirit with your savage use of 'Teh Halo Love', lolzor; w00t, I can g33k speak too, Beddo ftw!

Halo 3 is an over rated game, there it was created by Bungie using the skill and already mastered Counter-Strike only adding it in the presence of the mastered Half-Life, so what kind of mixture is Halo 3? It is an over rated game by far, its a game realesed that is too old for today, everyone needs to move on from its bitting lame stroyline and copy cat FPS multi people game.

Yahtzee has the right to have his stats as I am, He is to the bullet correct about Halo 3, It is enjoyable, but shit it is a fucking sad game when it comes to the fans and campaign.

I'm starting to wonder - what were they doing for three years?

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