thejok3r's forum posts
While this game definately is above average, IT FAILS TO CONJURE THE MAGIC Halo:Combat Evolved had brought to we gamers. I LOVE HALO!I was an early adopter to the original xbox because I saw a movie demo for halo,don't think I'm hating- I am not carried away to the point where I will LIE to others and MYSELF in order to preserve that good old feeling. I truly wish this game could live up to the 1st one, I wish the 2nd one could have as well. This, nor the previous did.
The first Halo was INNOVATIVE. It was one of the first (and certainly the first console game) games to include wide open areas, which was a pleasant thing considering most FPSs had always been in close corridors. It was also one of the first to include a vast array of weapons, terrains, and vehicles. The story was no less than cinematic, the GRAPHICS WERE CUTTING EDGE, the sound effects were great. Everything blended together despite a seemingly under-dog formula (at that time). It was like Led Zeppelin, every element blended perfectly. Then Halo 2 came. People raved, raved. It was overrated though. I would have loved it to live up to it's predecessor; but, I'll be honest, I was disappointed. There was barely any innovation, which one may validly argue is not necessary, as Halo 1 had such a good formula, very little innovation was necessary. I agree; but my problem was they couldn't live up to their own standards using relatively the same formula. The graphics were so-so, they were NOT cutting edge as the first had been. The story was weak. Many of the great elements that made Halo what it still is today were lost once the first Halo ended.
Now we have Halo 3. Boy, despite Halo 2 sucking (compared to Halo 1, in my opinion), I was completely ready to believe they would get it right and do the franchise justice. They had struck such a chord with their first Halo, we still have fanatics that will stick with this series, deny it's faults, to the very end. They could put out a game on par with Superman 64 and there would still be a legion of supporters defending it. I am not one of those. Halo 3 is a great game. THE GRAPHICS SUCK THOUGH! Yes, they're good compared to most games, but jesus christ! With all the extra time they spent on polishing this game, it should have been at very least better than GOW graphics. They are not though. The graphics are simply not great. The gameplay is not great. The magic that made Halo what most people think it still is today is dead. I'm sorry to be a party pooper. This game is OVERRATED! I am disappointed I paid money for this game, more than I paid for the game that made this game what it is today, "Halo:Combat Evolved;" the very title of the first implied something. There was an evolution taking place, this game is simply trying to maintain the unattainable level they had set themselves against. There is nothing GREAT about this game when compared to how great the 1st was. Sorry, I wish I hadn't stood in line for this game. Games like Mass Effect, the gameplay brought about by the Wii are innovative, they are the future. Microsoft will have to continue to adapt, and I do have faith they willl; but, they have to stop milking all the fools that will go and praise some game because it's the cool thing to have/do in order to maintain their #1 role as console maker. They will become the next Sony if they keep doing stupid crap like this. Sony looked undefeatable for a long time, and they were; but, there is always a bigger kid on the block, and the short term is only short term. This is short term pleasure. This game is good, but it does not live up to how good Halo 1 was in it's time.
Now, bash me!