Halo 3

The third part in the series that made the xbox a contender in the gaming market.
Cameron Nutter - Staff Reviewer

Content at a glance:

Strong violence: When you kill a little grunt, their blue blood gets all over the place. On the walls, on the floor, on other grunts. The brutes, another type of enemy, actually have real red blood, and likewise, that gets everywhere too. The Flood are still just as gruesome, but instead of breaking into little tiny bits, they break into pieces. Arms, legs, heads, it all breaks off and fly's around the room. During multiplayer, when you kill someone, their blood does splatter on the ground and on the walls. No option to turn off the blood is present. Spiritual Content: The Covenant worship the prophets because they think they are all powerful. They all actually worship the Halo because it has intense power. Language: Ba***** and Son of a B***** were used a few times. I heard God's name being used in vain no more than once. D*** and H*** are said throughout the game.


May be spoilers ahead.

Halo 3 takes place almost immediately after the previous game. The Chief lands in Africa, and the Arbiter along with the rest of the Elite’s have allied with the UNSC after the civil war they were having with the rest of the Covenant.

Story:
Your goal is to destroy the Prophet; Truth, and stop him from firing the Halo Rings, which were primed to fire after the emergency shutdown of a previous ring by the Arbiter, Sergeant Major Johnson, and Commander Keyes during Halo 2. Cortana has also been imprisoned by The Gravemind, the leader of The Flood. The Flood returns, and they also wind up on Earth.

Violence:
Of course with a new console the graphics get better and the violence looks more real. And its no different. When you kill a little grunt, their blue blood gets all over the place. On the walls, on the floor, on other grunts. The brutes, another type of enemy, actually have real red blood, and likewise, that gets everywhere too. The Flood are still just as gruesome, but instead of breaking into little tiny bits, they break into pieces. Arms, legs, heads, it all breaks off and fly’s around the room. And when you are killing hundreds of them you can imagine the carnage that happens. During multiplayer, when you kill someone, their blood does splatter on the ground and on the walls. No option to turn off the blood is present.

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Language:
The language in this game doesn’t match some of the games on the market today. No “F” words were used at all, which was a fine relief. Ba***** and Son of a B***** were used a few times. I heard God’s name being used in vain no more than once. D*** and H*** are said throughout the game. You do have an option to turn off the voices, but I do not recommend it (you will really miss out on the story).

Sexual Content:
None. Cortana is really the only girl in the game, and she is just a hologram.

Spiritual Content:
The Covenant worship the prophets because they think they are all powerful. They all actually worship the Halo because it has intense power.

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Graphics:
Before it came out, and we got to look at the beta screen shots, Halo 3 looked like nothing more than Halo 2 with bloom. Then we got to see actual screen shots of the game, and still, the pictures did not do justice to the actual game. Then, when we got out hands on the game, it was apparent that we were wrong. The game is more than a polished Halo 2. Its has much updated textures, beautiful lighting (seriously, when you blow up a Covenant ship and go back and look at the picture, it is amazing). The character models are actually decent this time around. The rag-doll effects can get very funny in multiplayer. When you come up behind someone and hit them with your gun, they go flying across the screen and really high in the air. Halo 3 can’t really compare to, say Bioshock when it comes to graphics, but it really doesn’t let us down.

Controls:
The switch up of the controls for Halo 3 were a little confusing at first, but they really worked out for the better. Giving each gun two buttons was a very good idea. When your right hand held a gun “R” fired the weapon and “RB” reloaded it. When you held “RB” it would exchange a weapon on the ground for the gun in your right hand. Same for the left hand too. Although I cannot tell you how many times I pressed “X” to reload, which is now mapped to “Objects”. Besides that though, the controls work fine, with nothing else really that new added. The vehicles work just as good (or bad, depending on if you liked them in the first place) as they did before. You can adjust the sensitivity of both the Y and X axis to your liking.

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Sound:
The music is just as good as it ever was. They never do seem to get rid of the Halo “Monks”, as they have been called. As in the previous games, there is new music after something happens in the game, which really does add to the game in many ways. You can tell that Bungie put a lot of work into the score. As for the sound effects, nothing sounds better than running up to a Grunt, him screaming “Monster!!”, and then you shooting him in the head and seeing confetti flying all over the screen (if you have no idea what I am talking about, go find the skulls). The guns sound great, and the Spartan laser shooting is one of the best sounds ever made.

Final Conclusion:
I was never excited about this game. I had played Halo and loved it, but Halo 2 came out and I hated it. In my opinion, it didn’t stand up to what Halo was about. So when Halo 3 was finally announced, I just didn’t care. But about three days before its launch, I saw a commercial for it, and it convinced me enough to pick it up on launch day. I did. I don’t regret a thing. This game is a amazing conclusion to an amazing series (again, excluding 2). It had everything I wanted, and it couldn’t have ended more perfectly. Bungie really decided to go all the way with this installment, and its a good thing they did. Sure, the story gets a bit old after a while, but with the great multiplayer, people will be putting this game into their 360’s for years to come.
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