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A conversation about Halo

Once again, I’ve broken out verbal warfare with Tim Agne, writer of Man-0 for mlive.com.

I should note that I’ve never played any of the Halo games though I have played my fair share of first-person shooting games. I was hooking up multiplayer long before it was cool (seriously, DOOM over a 56k bps modem is da bomb [and, yes, i did say "da bomb"]).

4Play: didja see yahtzee’s take on halo 3?

Man-0: nooo
Man-0: must watch now

4Play: brilliant
4Play: stole the words right outta my mouth

Man-0: How the hell does he license this music?

4Play: he’s australian

Let the defense of Halo begin

Man-0: I’m gonna write a review of the Pirates of the Caribbean 3 DVD by saying that the movie didn’t make sense because I never saw the first two, and I’m not interested in the special features, so the DVD is just average and, upon reflection, my 300 DVD is way better.

4Play: that’d be a fair review

Man-0: You don’t go into Return of the Jedi to dissect how well the plot stands on its own, you go in discussing whether it’s a satisfying conclusion to an established series.
Man-0: And if you’re going to be a game critic and accept the free crap and maybe pay that comes with it, you should man up and do your damn homework.
Man-0: I’m not saying Yahtzee’s review is bad, it’s merely average (for a hater).
Man-0: Do you know how many mainstream games have developed such an intricate plot over the span of three titles and six years?
Man-0: None.

My complaints

4Play: bungie should have caught every one up with a video or something on this new one

Man-0: They actually included that stuff on the Limited Edition.
Man-0: Every Halo 1 and 2 cutscene.
Man-0: Haven’t seen it, so I don’t know if it’s coherent.

4Play: yeah, but i don’t have the limited edition
4Play: not many people do

Man-0: Yeah, me neither. But you have the Internet, and there’s plenty of info there to get you up to speed.

4Play: the single player game, so far, is nothing but running and shooting with no real plot
4Play: is it my fault that this is my first foray into the halo megaverse?
4Play: the way you’re describing it is that its a niche game for a niche audience

Man-0: All I’m saying is go on Wikipedia and learn about the characters.
Man-0: Get some sense of what’s going on.
Man-0: That said, there’s way more action than plot happening in Halo 3 for sure.
Man-0: Halo 2 had too much plot.
Man-0: So 3, I think, is a better balance.

Hints for improvements

4Play: i shouldn’t have to get caught up on a story line in a video game… i’m not watching a movie
4Play: at least with the star wars movies, they got you caught up with the opening scroll

Man-0: I suppose Halo 3 could have had an opening scroll.
Man-0: Maybe a Dune-style voiceover with the Miranda Keyes character.

4Play: halo, i’m plunked in the middle of a jungle with some weird computerized chick haunting my battle experiences
4Play: i’m also forced into following keith david around

Man-0: Probably better if you know who she is.
Man-0: You’d follow Keith anyway.

To sum up, I’ve been playing Halo 3 for about 6 total hours now. Its really no different from any other FPS I’ve played previously on the PC. The story and plot don’t really seem to be that deep, but as explained above, I don’t have the full gist of the backstory.

Is it my fault that i don’t have said backstory? I don’t think so. Bungie and Microsoft needed to catch up those of us out there who have never played it before.

I plan on spending most of the weekend plugging away at this game. I’ll throw in some multiplayer. I’ll have a more extensive review next week.

If you would like some target practice, email me, and I’ll send you my Xbox gamer tag ID thing.

Originally appeared on the 4Play video game blog on azcentral.com on October 4, 2007.

Posted: October 30th, 2009
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Halo 3: Head like a hole


I finally feel like I should give my two cents of the beast that is Halo 3.

I’ve already had a conversation about it which I’m going to let stand as my initial impression.

If you haven’t read or don’t want to read it, I stated that I’ve nevre played any Halo game before and basically called the game average at best. I know I don’t know the backstory, but that isn’t my fault. Bungie and Microsoft should have told me what was going on either with a trailer leading up to the action or some sort of Star Wars-style scroll. Anything! I felt like Ross Perot’s running mate: “Who am I? Why am I here?”

The game starts off with Master Chief falling to Earth and lands conveniently near other human troops. Why was he falling? We may never know.

He comes to and immediately attacks a Predator-looking dude who is voiced by Keith David. Apparently the Chief never saw They Live and didn’t know David could handle a prolonged fight.

After a higher ranking officer diffuses the situation, you are dropped into the heat of battle with orders to kill everyone that doesn’t look like except for the Keith David dude. He doesn’t get a little miffed when you fire upon him.

I got through the first six stages of the campaign mode following this same sort of theme. Master Chief SMASH! Master Chief KILL! Which isn’t a bad thing, I guess, but is the Chief a mindless killing machine, or does he have feelings? Does he have feelings? What’s with the unhealthy relationship he seems to have with a digitized chick that looks like Yori from Tron.

I actually did a little research to find out about this Master Chief guy. When I say a “little research,” I mean I wanted to find out if he had a name which happens to be John-117. I guess John-316 was taken up by a crazy guy in a multi-colored afro.

With that said, everyone seems to call him “Master Chief” when that is just his rank. What if other Master Chieftains were in the general vicinity? Would they start to get annoyed because John-3..er…117 is getting all the attention?

What about if the Chief is at the bar having a drink with his fellow soldiers? Are they still that formal? Or do they call him John or Johnny?

Now that I’m done with my Master Chief tangent, let’s get back to the gameplay. The beauty, as I’ve been repeatedly informed, is in the multiplayer portion of it. This is where the Xbox Live service outshines everyone else. I booted up the ol’ Xbox Saturday morning to find a couple friends playing their guts out. Setting up a game is easy enough. Set it up. Invite your friends. Blow their butts away.

The pain, I found, was finding a game. I got kicked out of a game and tried to find one. I went through the Halo 3 matchmaker system. No luck. I tried to join a game in progress by one of my friends just to get kicked out again. This problem seemed persistent in the party so somebody just started a new game and invited everyone back. Easy enough.

The multiplayer deathmatch, or “Slayer,” as Halo likes to call it, is really start forward and easy to get the hang of: run, shoot, frag. Personally, I enjoy a little strategy in my death…slayer matches. Translation: I’m a camper. Actuality: There’s no good places to camp. When I did find a sniper rifle and found a good place to camp, I was usually fragged within seconds. I haven’t played multiplayer in a very long while.

There is a feature that lets make film clips of the match. I couldn’t figure out how to do this because of two things: 1) I was in the heat of battle and didn’t want to figure out the system on the fly; and 2) I didn’t read the instruction book.

Halo 3 mixed with the Xbox Live online service serves a great way to get you and your friends together for a little legal massacre. I did make a mistake in the middle of playing this game: I went out and picked up Bioshock which, in my opinion, has a better campaign because that’s all it has.

I foresee Halo 3 collecting some major dust in the next couple of weeks. I’m currently playing Bioshock but plan on picking up Orange Box. Any self-respecting first-person shooter fan will pick that up.

Originally appeared on the 4Play video game blog on azcentral.com on October 10, 2007.

Posted: October 18th, 2009
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