A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
You're a hero trying to save the world from a malevolent alien race, but you do it by using extreme force.
Violence & Scariness
As with its predecessors, this game lets gamers shoot aliens from a first-person perspective with the gun seen on the screen at all times (unless you're riding in a vehicle or manning a turret). Blood that splatters can be alien or human. Weapons include shotguns, machine guns, bombs, grenades, turrets (for mowing down hordes of enemies in a flash), and special alien weaponry, including laser blasters.
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Some occasional cursing can be heard in the single-player game, usually from teammates, including "s--t," "hell," and "damn." There are no "f--k"s.
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Products & Purchases
Third and final title in this highly hyped video game series. While it's M-rated, parents will see product placement at Burger King, 7-Eleven, and other usually family-friendly businesses.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this adult game has been hyped by a massive advertising campaign that extends to normally kid-friendly establishments like Burger King and 7-Eleven. But the ESRB gave this first-person shooter game a "Mature" rating for violence for good reason. Throughout the game, players shoot aliens and humans using a variety of weaponry, and they'll see vivid images with blood. And know that when the Halo games are played online, players can communicate -- and curse -- via headsets.
Is It Any Good?
Not only is Microsoft Game Studios' HALO 3 the most eagerly anticipated video game of 2007, but this action-sci-fi series has become a cultural phenomenon, spawning novels, comics, action figures, and a top-secret project with Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings).So the big question is: Does Halo 3 live up to the hype? Absolutely.
The extraordinary high-definition graphics, which include many non-interactive cinematic story sequences, push the limits of the Xbox 360. Thousands of lines of dialogue and a Hollywood-quality epic musical score also help you become immersed in this slickly produced sci-fi thriller. So whether you're an old fan or new to this franchise, Halo 3 is a must-own game for mature action or sci-fi lovers. Its gratifying solo campaign and many multiplayer modes, new features (including co-op play), and high production values all ensure that Halo 3 will live up to expectations.
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