Xbox 360
Halo 3

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Reviewer: The Name Date: Nov 21, 2023
Halo 3 is a very special game, not just to me but to many people, and I think this review does it justice while also being "fair and just" about it. This game is very nostalgic so I won't hold any punches. If you don't know what Halo 3 is, it's a Sci-Fi shooter released back in 2007 for the Xbox 360. It follows the story of Master Chief, fighting the covenant, an all powerful alien cult worshiping the Halo rings, which are bombs set to destroy the galaxy. I won't spoil much else, but you need prior knowledge of the first 2 games to understand the 3rd game, but it's 100% worth it. This is a spoiler free review, so don't worry.

Graphics: 9
The graphics are one of the most impressive parts of this game, as it still looks fantastic today. Through it's incredible art direction and the hiring of technical programmers to help aid with the graphics, this game is pure magic. If you watch the incredible Behind the Scenes of Halo 3, you can see the entire other department working on the engine of Halo 3, and my god is the game stunning. Through it's great style and techy smarts, it led to one of the best looking games at the time. You have to remember the game came out almost two decades ago, around the time Bioshock and the Arkham games came out. You have to see it to believe it, and what a sight to behold.

Sound: 10
Now the sound is perfection, I'm just going to say it. The soundtrack is unforgettable, dare I say perfect. Never Forget, Roll Call, Brutes, Finish the Fight? Incredible. It uses motifs to tell it's story, through the iconic halo monk theme to the slow chord progression of Never Forget, using it in both Halo 2 and Halo 3 as a song of mourning. Not to mention the sound design. Without it, the game wouldn't have felt so impactful. It's great sound design, using it in game in very smart ways.

Gameplay: 8
The Gameplay is really fun, though very simple. You can understand the combat in the first level, yet the games still surprises you at every turn through the game's insane action sequences, and just being plain fun. The game never gets boring, and yet being a linear game it's still open. It's level design allows you to have a different path every game, as well as it's many ways of defeating an enemy. You can blow them up, shoot them, or just straight up punch them in their face, the choice is always yours. The AI is incredibly smart too, with strengths and weaknesses. If you throw a grenade on a grunt they will run to their friends for help, killing more aliens in the process. It's genius game design.

Overall: 9
Is this a perfect game? No. The story, although great, lacks much of what the previous games had. It does end the series in a perfect way (in Bungie's case), and is an epic conclusion to an epic space opera about a big green man saving the galaxy. I haven't even mentioned the multiplayer, which is honestly the best in any game period. The game should be played by everyone who even likes the notion of a shooter.

Halo had a big cultural impact when it came out back in 2001, and its following games lived up to the hype they were given. It's safe to say I love Halo, many do. It's a great game series to go back to, and my personal favorite to return to. It's a great video game, thick and thin. It will give you an experience you won't forget.