Okay, I've noticed a tendency, especially, for some reason, among British people, to hate Halo and the Halo franchise, often irrationally so. I simply do not understand, nor do I understand why I've observed more British people spewing hateful remarks about it than anyone else.
Halo: Combat Evolved was an excellent game. I still play it occassionally. The music was good, the gameplay was good, the story was interesting, the game was well-polished, and the controls were excellent. The level design was repetitive, but I never really cared. I never got tired of the levels because they were good, and backtracking just seems like something that makes sense. I loved going back through my favorite levels to fight more bad guys.
Halo 2 was a very good continuation. It expanded a lot of what you could do in the game, with new vehicles, weapons, and abilities, but the gameplay seemed less polished and balanced. The graphics were great for the time and hardware, especially compared to the first Halo. The art was good. The music was fantastic.
Halo 3 was an extremely good game that didn't quite live up to the hype, but let's face it, if you believed the hype you were a dumbass. In fact, if you believe the hype for anything and are disappointed when you get the game, you are a dumbass. Halo 3's gameplay was extremely well-polished. The story wasn't as strong, but the level design was excellent and the art was fantastic. The music was as usual great. Halo 3's multiplayer is the best FPS multiplayer I've ever played. It is certainly the most balanced. (Yeah, you can go on and on about Call of Duty's ranking system but I must be the only one who finds that pitting a newb with basic weaponry against veteran players with the best abilities and weaponry is unfair and incredibly unbalanced.)
So why do people hate Halo and its franchise? All three games have been very good. Halo 3's Forge option is incredibly fun, and it's always interesting to see what people come up with. The community is good. The only annoyances are the people who play multiplayer are usually either dumbfuck twelve-year-olds or assholes who have played hundreds and hundreds of hours and take the game way too seriously, but that's not too big of a problem for me. Halo 3 is not my favorite game, and it never will be, but it's still a very good game.
Also, why is it mostly British people who appear to vocalize their hatred the loudest? Am I just imagining it? I don't have anything against Britain (except for the terrible weather and ridiculous taxes) or its people, I'm just wondering.