'Halo 3' Receives Thumbs Up Across the Web
Review highlights: "This one largely lives up to the hype ... 'Halo 3's single-player adventure surpasses its prequels by combining the best elements from the previous games ... Up to four people can play through the coop game simultaneously over local LAN or online through Xbox Live. This completely redefines 'Halo 3's campaign experience ... Our only complaint was that many of the environmental themes - forest, beach, inside alien compounds - seem overly familiar, like remixed levels from the previous games."
Review highlights: "Satisfying storyline that simultaneously provides closure while making you wonder what will happen next ... Four-player online co-op is a lot of fun ... Forge mode map editor lets you do some extremely crazy and unexpected things ... Rewinding saved films doesn't work quite like you'd expect it to ... AI-controlled Marines can't drive to save their lives (or yours)."
Review highlights: "'Halo 3's campaign is better in every way imaginable ... 'Halo 3' finishes without the fairy-tale finale of 'Return of the Jedi,' keeping the storyline sophisticated and respectable by video game standards (just make sure to stay tuned after the credits are done rolling) ... It certainly won't be drawing in any new fans to the series; there's hardly any setup, recapping, or reminders of who the cast is."
Review highlights: "Unprecedented multiplayer options, an innovative video recording feature, and heretofore unseen console mod tools, 'Halo 3' lives up to every bit of its ever-expanding reputation. However, a few small disappointments chip away at the game's shot at perfection."
Review highlights: "No question that it is a worthy conclusion to the most successful trilogy in video-game history. But just like that girl you dated in college, 'Halo 3' has some issues. Don't worry; the good far outweighs the bad ... Though you will still need to backtrack in a few areas, it's not as tedious as in previous iterations. The levels in 'Halo 3' lend to spectacular pacing that weaves from close-quarters, intense battles with Chief and a few soldiers, to more epic arenas ... Most of the nine levels are hunky-dory, but the penultimate chapter is so bad, just thinking about it puts a rotten taste in my mouth."
Also check out Joystiq's pre-review of Master Chief's last stand.