Sure, it made millions. Sure, it threw Microsoft into the world of gaming (yeah, debate away). Lets begin.
I'll start off with getting it out of the way that I'm not a fan of Halo (1, 2, or 3). I own Halo 3, I've had it since it came out. But, I just beat the game on Heroic yesterday. I know most of you are going LULWTFZ?!, but yeah. I beat it yesterday. Well, why, you ask? Because, it's simple, I don't play it.
Why don't I play Halo 3? Well, I got it, and had it for a while. And, yeah, I'm gonna use the same excuse that a lot of others use -- because it's valid... Come Christmas time, EVERY KID ON EARTH got a copy of Halo 3. And, what happened? They went online with it. When you're trying to play a game, the last thing you want/need is a bunch of 10-13 year-olds farting/spitting into the mic, and screaming yo-momma and penis jokes back and forth (oh, and the constant curse-battles....omfg) toward each other, it's sickening and it's annoying beyond belief. Also: whenever I play even local multiplayer, it's ALWAYS about finding the perfect glitch-spots, and "trying out moves" or some BS -- never about JUST PLAYING. Oh, wait, there's that, OR THAT PEOPLE REFUSE TO PLAY IF THEY AREN'T PLAYING FORGE. (For those who don't know, Forge is where each player can spawn their own vehicles and weapons)
So, I put the game in it's case, and ended up trading it in for another game. Then game a few weeks ago, where my brother picked up a copy from his friend -- where I figured "what the hell" and continued where I left off, and beat the game (Single Player -- woot 3 for xxx achievement ). I still refuse to play Multiplayer.
Halo 1 and 2 were great on the original Xbox. And I know that Halo 3 on the 360 isn't much different at all, but there's just this whole new feeling to it.
So let's stray from the negatives. The Halo series has an AWESOME storyline. And, in my honest opinion, it shouldn't have been a video game. It SHOULD have been a movie, or even a novel (series, maybe). And then maybe, just maybe, base a video game off of it. This is just my opinion.
Gameplay isn't terrible either. There's enough flexibility in the controller layouts for me to get comfortable with (and not that push-up-on-analog-to-move-vehicle-forward BS that drive's me insane -- give me a throttle trigger!).
High Def. THIS. IS. GORGEOUS. I own a 52" Samsung 120Hz 1080p HDTV set. HDMI on this beast is INSANE. Graphics are beautiful, and digital surround sound whoops ass. More than I can say for Vegas 2, GTAIV, or even Rock Band and Rock Band 2!
So, let's discuss.