Hello gamers and welcome to day two of week nine in our 100 reviews in 100 days countdown! We’ve got an EPIC game on the list today…
Finishing the Fight in the #59 position…
2007 was a fairly big year in gaming. Bioshock, Assassin’s Creed, and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare all came out along with the finale to the Halo Covenant trilogy, Halo 3. Halo 3 launched on the Xbox 360 exclusively and quickly became the bestselling video game of 2007. It was the first Halo game on the Xbox 360 and the last time that Bungie would make a game involving Master Chief directly.
Finish the Fight
Halo 3 was a milestone in first person shooters. While it didn’t reinvent the genre like Halo: CE it did turn multiplayer on its head. Halo 3 allowed for more customization in multiplayer games via the groundbreaking Forge. Forge allowed players to create their own maps by stripping a map of the extra terrain pieces and allowing you to put them wherever you want. Forge opened up the game to customization that made game types and maps that people to this day still play.
Halo 3 was more than about customizing the multiplayer. You could customize your character in the game. From various helmets to shoulders and chest pieces, a spartan could get almost an entire makeover and allow you to stand out from the crowd. Not all customization pieces were available to everyone, however. There were several pieces that were privy to Bungie employees or those they deemed worthy.
Customization was but one facet of this gem. Halo 3′s story allowed you to play as the beloved Master Chief, John 117. The story was a very fitting end to an incredible series, allowing you to finish the fight against the ever present Covenant. Halo 3 also was the first to allow online co-operative play with four players. If you filled your entire party you would have Master Chief and three Elites as your visible characters.
The campaign picked up directly after Halo 2 with Master Chief (MC) crashing down into the wilderness of Africa. Through several fights you are sent through a massive structure found under the ground nearby and are sent through just as the flood arrive on Earth. Through several fights on the Ark that created the Halo rings you eradicate the Flood and dissolve the Covenant in one fell swoop. This iteration of the Halo universe vastly increased the AI of the alien races that made up the Covenant. Different races would behave differently in a battle forcing you to react to your enemies differently.
What fell short
While numerous people loved the campaign the plot got several critical receptions. Many of the reviewers hated that the story seemed shorter than the climax of a beloved trilogy should have been. Alas, this game, like so many others, fell to being over-hyped. Whenever a game is publicized and acclaimed to be the best shooter ever before it is launched it will fall short and make people upset. This has happened before and will happen again. Halo 3 was no different.
The end of an era
While Halo 3′s campaign was attacked by the critics, it had very few other negatives. The multiplayer was incredibly powerful especially with the added bonuses of the Forge Mode and the Saved films. Halo 3 was picked up for MLG and was supported for 3 years, which was unheard of on a console game. Even to this day people have picked up Halo 3 to relive some glory days when battling with or against other players across the Halo universe. Halo 3 was Bungie’s final foray into Master Chief, and they put all of their heart and soul into the game. For this and all of the other reasons you remember about how awesome this game was, The Ultimate Gamer gives Halo 3 a 5 out of 5.