Monday, November 12, 2007

Xbox 360 and Halo 3

I recently got a Xbox 360(just over a week ago) because there are
tonnes of great games out for it at the moment, so I bit the bullet
and bought the Halo 3 limited edition bundle. I thought it would
have come with Halo 3, but unfortunately it didn't. Still, it was a
great buy-I got Half Life Orange Box(absolutely awesome, but
thats me getting sidetracked already), Forza Motorsport 2,
2 controllers and everything else that comes with the Halo limited
ed. 360. Check the details out here if you want
Which reminds me, I don't know how to get the free month
of xbox 360 live set up yet >.<>

I was going to write this about Halo 3, but as you can see
I got distracted. Nevermind, on with the show :P

Halo 3 is still quite expensive. I got mine for £32.95 or
something like that just under £33. That was pre-owned
from Gamestation on 11th November (yesterday.) Its probably 
possible to get a cheaper price somewhere, but meh. 

What I'm building up to is that it is worth the money
in my opinion, or at least it has been so far. 
I've not played the multiplayer of the release version(I tried
the xbox live beta that shipped with Crackdown) and a whole bunch of other stuff, but the campaign missions
 have got me addicted already. 
I've always liked the way that Halo games are fluid; the 
story is relayed through short and
 cutscenes and through dialogue 
with the characters in the 1st person game. 
Everything that was good in the previous games
looks to have been continued in this one. 
The story is rich and the game keeps you interested
 with diverse missions and tasks you 
have to carry out(often single-handedly or with a
group of allies) I won't give too many spoilers, 
but there are lots of different things to do in the
story, so its in no way repetitive(another plus-point)

Next thing I wanna talk about is the graphics. I have
read quite a few reviews saying that Halo 3 doesn't
use the 360 to it's full potential. That actually makes
sense, I think there are a few games that appear to
have better graphics, however the graphics in Halo 3
are very good. The lighting is one thing that looked
really good from the start, as did the graphics for the
water. At first, I didn't like the interface because it
was too late before I realised that the bar in the top
middle of the screen was my health bar, but I got used to it. The graphics are definitely good enough though, 
I can imagine it would look amazing in HD. 
(The 2nd video below says its in HD, I think it is, 
but I'm not sure)

Here's a few videos that show you how awesome the game looks.

Halo 3 E3 trailer

Halo 3 gameplay video

With the previous 2 Halo games, I have always preferred the
multiplayer games to the single player campaign, so I'm gonna
check that out once I complete the single player game.
Hopefully it won't dissapoint. With all the positive reviews
I've heard, I doubt it will.

"Game of the decade" Like The Sun describe it?
Its a bit of a bold statement, but time will tell, perhaps.

Until next time, see ya!

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