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Halo 3 First Look

Mike Musgrove

I invited some friends over to play some Halo 3 this weekend after Microsoft sent an early review copy of the game on Friday.

The group review: Halo 3 is some pretty good stuff. If you liked the first two, you'll like this one. If feels almost exactly like playing one of the previous games for the first time, with a few new weapons thrown in. No objections there.

My friend Sam and I both quickly took a liking to the Gravity Hammer, a new weapon that is used as a melee weapon. Pound this staff-like thing against the enemy, and the damage it inflicts sends the Covenant aliens flying through the air. Very satisfying.

Gotta say, though -- it's hard for any game to live up to all the hype this one has gotten. One hardcore gamer I invited over said that Saturday night's taste of Halo 3 initially left him "excited but not blown away."

" It really seemed like more of the same Halo, not that this is a bad thing," said Steve, a tech guy for the government. Steve said he woke up the next morning feeling a bit of Halo 3 withdrawal. He might be taking a day off this week to play the game after it comes out; he's already discussed the possibility with his supervisor.

My friend Arne had a similar impression: This is pretty much Halo 1 and 2, but on the Xbox 360, he said. "While the graphics were indeed slicker, and gameplay ever-so-slightly faster, Halo 3 appears to be evolutionary, not revolutionary," was his verdict.

Arne and his wife are pretty hardcore Halo fans; they've read the Halo books and spent New Years Eve playing Halo together. As a guy who has been beaten at Halo by everyone from the head of the video game trade group to a bunch of guys working at a local Beltway bandit, I decided I wasn't worthy to keep the Master Chief helmet that comes with the "legendary" edition of the game; I gave it to Arne and his wife. But I kept my copy of the game.

Are people calling in sick (or taking vacation days) to play Halo this week? Anybody out there fit that description? Drop me a line with your contact info.

By Mike Musgrove  |  September 24, 2007; 11:18 AM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2007 4:09 PM

I am going to call in sick to play WARHAWK for the Playstation 3, not Halo.

Posted by: Gary Z | September 24, 2007 4:56 PM

@ Gary Z: Not only are you a n00b, but you are a poor empolyee as well :lol:

Posted by: Vic | September 24, 2007 5:08 PM

Playing Halo 3 after the midnight launch left me a little underwhelmed. I played the single player campaign until 4 this morning. Not because it was great, because I kept searching for greatness.

After blowing up the scarab (yawn) i stopped.

not bad, not great. B+/A-

Posted by: Roy L. | September 25, 2007 2:09 PM

Mike -
Are you keeping the review game and swag that Microsoft sent you? As far as I know, other tech reviewers (Walt Mossberg and Rob Pegoraro, among others) and tech blogs (Engadget, for one) return all units they receive for review from manufacturers after their testing is completed. Otherwise, they - like Consumer Reports - buy units themselves from retail outlets and test them, with the possibility of keeping them afterwards.

You can do whatever you'd like with stuff vendors send you, but why not adopt the same policies of other well-respected tech writers and return the free stuff manufacturers send you once you're done with them? It seems that would protect you from any concerns about your objectivity when providing reviews.

Just a thought...

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Posted by: Logan | September 26, 2007 3:16 PM

So I finished the campaign and I have to say that I agree with your friend that it was good, but not breathtaking. Good graphics, good AI, decent plot but it seemed like playing Halo 2: Part 2. With any other game that would probably be bad news but the Halo online play is the main reason everyone bought this.

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