People have always been waiting for the perfect game, or near perfect at least. and halo 3 is....... not the perfect game. it comes very very close but the perfect game is metal gear solid 4
that being said, you can't really ask for more than what metal gear solid delivered, and halo 3 only has a few issues that hold it back. halo 3 is the game that every fan of the series was desperately wanting to play. this was much harder for me because i wasn't even sure if i'd ever be getting an xbox 360. but then i forgot that getting an xbox is no challenge once you have a job, considering the price of the 360 is so much lower than the ps3.
halo 3 is the main reason i got an xbox, and i can say it was definitely money well spent. The good part about halo 3 is that it plays almost exactly like halo 2, and halo 2 was ahead of it's time anyway, that game was just super fun. you would normally think that a game that plays a lot like its predecessor would be a bad thing, but leave that to resident evil 5 to worry about, as it is either like resident evil 4 or worse than resident evil 4. but halo 3 is just an amped up version of 2, still keeping the spark the series started with that made it so popular.
Halo 3 has a great story line, putting together most of the pieces from the first two games, although there are still a few unanswered questions, like what happened to earth while the cheif was gone? how close did it come to obliteration? still, halo 3 does have a good movie like ending that is done in reference to the ending of the first halo.
I may as well get the problems out of the way first since i've already mentioned something wrong with the story. the only shortcomings in halo 3 are the friendly A.I, who constantly get in your way and are absolutely no help in battle other than being bate for the covenant, and the fact that the story is waaaaay too short. the game only has 9 levels, it should really have about 20, all being as long as the only 9 are. this brings down the games lasting appeal. because, think about it, the campaign is really fun, there are 4 difficulties to test you and it only lasts 9 levels. on a quick play through, this game could be finished in a few hours. which leads to another problem, which is that legendary is much easier than it was in halo 2. most people would think this is a good thing since halo 2 was hard on a rediculous level, but i nearly completed it (i only had one level to go out of 16) and the harder it is, the more satisfying the feeling will be and the more you can brag. but finishing halo 3 on legendary is nothing to be proud of. everyone has done it.
But halo 3 is probably the most fun video game you will play in this generation of gaming. it is one of those games that will be played for years and there is always something to do on it, which is impressive considering it's not an RPG. everything on this game will make it last much longer, such as the multiplayer which is really fun when you're winning, but i'll come back to that in a moment. forge is just where you get to place things whereever you want on the map, which could have been done a little better but it's still fun. and the theatre is a surprisingly good addition, think about how good it would be to record yourself playing a game of slayer and getting 25 kills and 8 deaths (thats me :) ) and being able to share that with anybody who can be bothered to download it. no one will watch it but its good to know its there. plus you can watch your own videos whenever you want
For the online portion of the game, it is a lot of fun, but it doesn't quite measure up to the starndards of call of duty 4. however, call of duty 4 is really only good on the team deathmatch mode, i could never have any fun plaing on any other mode. but halo 3 is the dominant game when it comes to objective based games such as oddball and capture the flag. i garuntee you will not find a better online game for those sorts of modes.
if anybody would like to add me on the xbox network, my gamertag is damo1337.
Halo 3 is a near perfect game, brought down by a few problems that have been in the series since the start (so im used to them). and for those of you who complain about this game being overrated, and if you dont think that grand theft auto 4 is overrated, then i want to give you a big punch in the face. buy halo 3 if you haven't already people. its worth it