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  • Summary: Halo 3 is the third game in the Halo Trilogy and provides the thrilling conclusion to the events begun in "Halo: Combat Evolved." Halo 3 picks up where "Halo 2" left off. The Master Chief is returning to Earth to finish the fight. The Covenant occupation of Earth has uncovered a massive andHalo 3 is the third game in the Halo Trilogy and provides the thrilling conclusion to the events begun in "Halo: Combat Evolved." Halo 3 picks up where "Halo 2" left off. The Master Chief is returning to Earth to finish the fight. The Covenant occupation of Earth has uncovered a massive and ancient object beneath the African sands - an object who's secrets have yet to be revealed. Earth's forces are battered and beaten. The Master Chief's AI companion Cortana is still trapped in the clutches of the Gravemind - a horrifying Flood intelligence, and a civil war is raging in the heart of the Covenant. This is how the world ends... [Bungie] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 86
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  1. 100
    It's solid gameplay, immense replayability, online functionality and incredible production values will ensure its place in video game history, and it is, without a doubt, a satisfying and fulfilling close to the beloved trilogy[?].
  2. Edge Magazine
    100
    In substance it's nothing new, merely a magnificent, beautiful monster of an FPS sequel. In concept and execution, though, Halo 3 is the future. [Nov 2007, p.80]
  3. 99
    Halo 3 is essential. An Xbox 360 without a copy of the game is like a human without a heart.
  4. Halo 3 gives a deeper, smoother and grander ride then ever before.
  5. The combination of the excellent campaign, tried and true multiplayer, and online co-op make this a game that shouldn't be missed by anyone.
  6. Halo 3 may not fully live up to the obscene hype, but it certainly survives it.
  7. The ads promise an epic tale of tragedy, sacrifice, and heroism that Halo 3 really had no hope in hell of ever delivering. More troubling, however, is the fact that after playing the game, I can suggest with some certainty that they promised a game that Bungie didn't even bother trying to produce.

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  1. AnthonyL.
    Nov 14, 2007
    10
    Not too much to say here. The multiplayer (like always) is amazing. Forge doesn't seem like much at first but it is actually a very Not too much to say here. The multiplayer (like always) is amazing. Forge doesn't seem like much at first but it is actually a very interesting tool that adds so much to the already dominating multiplayer aspect of the game. Theatre is also a nifty, I mean, you can freeze a frame on any game (campaign or multiplayer) and literally fly around the map viewing (and taking screenshots/movies) from any angle. How cool is that? Now for the campaign. I'm not sure why everyone is badmouthing it... Its not bad at all. Sure, the single story arc is a bit of a downer but its still a good and relatively satisfying (albeit short) experience overall. The level design was amazing I think (all but 1 level anyways). There are many different environments to explore and lots of fun open maps littered with vehicles and big guns to blow them up with (think Assault on the Control Room from Halo 1). Expand
  2. Oct 17, 2014
    10
    my favorite game ever. Intense campaign, endless multiplayer map editing options, online matchmaking is incredible, and one of the firstmy favorite game ever. Intense campaign, endless multiplayer map editing options, online matchmaking is incredible, and one of the first games to introduce recording your gameplay at all times so you can go back and watch it. just an all around perfect game. Expand
  3. Jan 19, 2011
    10
    Anyone who ever gave this game anything less than a 7 is lying to themselves. It may not be a 10 but you know its pretty damn good. TheAnyone who ever gave this game anything less than a 7 is lying to themselves. It may not be a 10 but you know its pretty damn good. The multiplayer alone should warrant an automatic 9 and when you pile on the deep (and yes, at times convoluted) story it has to be at least a 9.5. If you own an XBOX 360 and have somehow not experienced the excellence that is the Halo series, do yourself a service and pick this up on the cheap. Trust. Expand
  4. PaulS.
    Nov 20, 2007
    9
    Awesome game! Campaign was exciting and the online multiplayer is sure to entertain for a long time.
  5. SeanC.
    Oct 2, 2007
    8
    The single player campaign is somewhat lacking (It's revived a bit via co-op mode). It's the Live stuff that makes this game worthy The single player campaign is somewhat lacking (It's revived a bit via co-op mode). It's the Live stuff that makes this game worthy of purchase, though. The Forge and Theater options are nice adds. Hopefully it'll get some worthy patches and tweaks in the months to come. Even though it didn't live up to the hype (with so much hype given it was never going to happen), this game is head and shoulders above 99% of the 360 titles. Expand
  6. MichaelS
    Jul 20, 2008
    6
    Better than HALO 2, but once again Bungie could not live up to the greatness of the first game. This is due to the complete focus on Better than HALO 2, but once again Bungie could not live up to the greatness of the first game. This is due to the complete focus on multiplayer and not much else! Expand
  7. ChuckieA.
    Sep 28, 2007
    0
    I recently finished the entire game & felt very Satisfied to what it had to offer, then i tried the online play. WOW!!! Incredible!! I could I recently finished the entire game & felt very Satisfied to what it had to offer, then i tried the online play. WOW!!! Incredible!! I could not tell you how amazing it is to play against 40 other players at once, you have to see for yourself. Expand

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