Yes, another Halo game. Yes, Master Chief is still fighting. Yes, Bungie has made yet another classic...
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In this round Master Chief is blessed with a hefty arsenal that range from ripping off mounted turrets to setting fire to the Flood to even slamming an oversized sledgehammer into a Brute's skull. The gameplay elements in Halo 3 are among the best in FPS history. The weapons are balanced between one another and feel powerful when used in the correct situation. Dual wielding is back and some of the new additions are a welcome change to the previous weapons we came to love in Halo 2. For example one of the best is the Mauler, though it seems petite in size, it packs a punch when used in the correct fashion. The AI (excluding your dumb teammates) makes use of the environments given to them. When encountering a group of Grunts lead by a Brute, you see the AI kick in. The Brutes lead the Grunts as a general would do with his army. Grunts spread out and use flanking maneuvers while the Brutes stay near the back of the pack and provide covering fire. Your allies on the other hand are dumber than a box of rocks. I don't know if I want to give them that much credit though. Now understand they help you when necessary. They provide covering fire and kill a few off. They are more effective in lower difficulties, when playing on the higher difficulties, they are unnoticeable. They can be effective, but not enough that you can sit back and watch your allies go at it.
Equipment is one of the new standouts in the game. The most notable is the ability to use the wondrous Bubble Shield in the middle of a firefight is a life saver. Though not completely impenetrable, you and your enemies have the ability to walk through and throw a beat down in your face. It also contains the fight inside the bubble. For example if you throw a grenade while still inside the Bubble Shield, its not going anywhere. Other equipment items are available to you throughout the campaign, but for most they are more beneficiary in multiplayer matches. The four-player co-op is a very nice addition. Being able to play with your friends via Xbox Live is another reason to bring this game home. Not only do you have intelligent team mates, (I would hope…) you have the ability to play on higher difficulties with ease, sort of. It's a lovely transition from the local two player co-op of Halo 2.
The beauty of this game is astounding. Not only does the graphics engine render gorgeous levels, it runs at a steady frame rate for 98% of the time. The art direction in the game is a notion to point out. The awesome textures and level design bring the immersion into it like never before. No level seems to be the same and is always offering a new challenge when taking on hordes of Flood and Covenant. The small details are always nice to see, for example shell casings ejected when firing your sniper rifle, to the ashes falling from the sky to the real-time lighting. It's absolutely wondrous. The sound department did its part once again to immerse you further. The soundtrack is great and always plays the right beat to the action that is going on around you. So if you are just exploring between the firefights, you will have a low beat in the background. When engaged in combat you have an upbeat track playing. Sounds also have different effects in the areas you battle in. As you fight in an area that is open, you won't hear a sniper shot go off until it's already hit you.
The multiplayer side of this game is what brings most gamers to the game. The ability to "forge" your own arenas is a great addition to maps that are great to begin with. Although, in Forge, you can't completely change the physical portions of the map, you can add objects ranging from a road block to a Scorpion tank. The possibilities are endless. Even if you don't have anything to do with Forge, the maps Bungie brought to the table still bring fun and excitement to multiplayer games. The game comes with 11 maps, and of course more to come on the way, they are all balanced and range from a small sized level like Warlock to giant sized levels like Sandtrap. Once again you can face off against 15 other players including yourself. Also you have the ability to record videos and photos your online games and your campaign to you Xbox 360 hard drive and share it across Xbox Live. This is another nice addition to a spectacular game, though I would've liked to see a better interface for recording and taking snap shots.
All in all, the last installment in the Halo series is the best one to date. Adding upon the ideas and forging new ideas after every game makes it hard to beat. The only bug I have is your squad mate AI and some of the UI in the recoding and photo areas. But all that is made up for with great gameplay and beautiful graphics and an awesome multiplayer. Halo 3 is a complete game. It can satisfy anyone craving a good storyline, to a great online experience. A 9.5 out of 10.