Ignore the hype: just play Halo 3

Halo 3 is nothing radical, nothing revolutionary, just fantastic fun. So let's stop getting our knickers in a twist over everything around it, and what it 'means', and just have a game, shall we?

Hype is, by definition, extremely irritating. It's people who don't know what they're talking about -- let's call them the mainstream media, shall we? -- trying to explain to the general public, who couldn't care less, why a certain group is very excited about something. I'm a gamer. I'm very excited about Halo 3. And today I got to play it. Everyone else can sod off.


Co-op play is this much fun. No, wait, it's a bit more fun

So Halo 2 didn't end the way I wanted. Never mind -- it made online console play come to life. It's like Heroes -- the first series didn't end in the maelstrom of an all-out powers vs powers firefight, but here comes another series -- the first ep was on US TV last night -- and it's almost certainly going to be great fun.

The hour or so of Halo 3 co-op I played at lunch confirms this comparison. It's packed full of the same brilliantly constructed set-piece battles that made the series so popular, with subtly upgraded graphics and a few tweaks to the weapons. Nothing radical, nothing revolutionary, just fantastic fun. So let's stop getting our knickers in a twist over everything around it, and what it 'means', and just have a game, shall we? Bagsy not being the Arbiter.

I don't care if Halo 3 is the game that makes gaming 'mainstream'. I'd rather play with my friends than a bunch of confused middle-aged people who'd really rather be talking about immigrants and property prices. More parochially, I don't care if Halo 3 is the game that 'wins' the console war for Microsoft. I just want to play the bloody thing. Dude, it's teh awesomes.

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Nick is CNET's global copy chief, writing news and managing the reviews copy desk from our London office. He's worked at CNET since 2005 and loves phones, movies and video games.

 

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