Halo 3 is quite good

…but the single-player campaign is very, very short.

Other things that are quite good:

* The just-finished series of The IT Crowd, which is out on DVD any second now. Worth buying for the spoof anti-piracy ad alone.

* The new Sugababes single. Album’s out on Monday.

* Radiohead’s “pay what you think” plan for their new album downloads.

* The new Foo Fighters album. Like Halo 3 it’s more of the same, really, but if you like the Foos already you’ll like this.

* Logic Studio 8.

* The “X shreds” thing on YouTube, where famous acts’ videos are overdubbed with inept guitar playing. The Metallica one is particularly funny – although in reality, that is *exactly* what 99% of unsigned bands actually sound like.

* Scottish Fiction, the Idlewild best-of.

You can expect more fascinating stuff like the above if little Bigmouth decides not to turn up on time (due date is Saturday)…

23 thoughts on “Halo 3 is quite good

  1. tm says:

    >…but the single-player campaign is very, very short.

    I didn’t think it was particularly short as opposed to much easier this time around. There just weren’t the levels that I got held up on as much as their were with the earlier ones.

    And no, I wasn’t playing it on easy…

  2. tm says:

    >I’ve played it a bit but I got bored.

    Well the game always has been based on repeating the same basic fight in a variety of ever more complex circumstances over and over again – all that ’30 seconds of fun replayed over again’ nonsense. the brutes are simpler (no proper sheild) and therefore less interesting oponents that the elites in those circumstances – and the larger numbers of them doesn’t make up for this. On the other hand we are on the third game now and the mechainics were going to wear thing eventually – I personally don’t think fighting the same old elites would have still been as interesing this far in.

    You could argue halo 3 doesn’t add anything really new – same basic weapons mix, same abilites – did you ever really *need* to use the extra equipment stuff etc.

  3. Mike Robinson says:

    > did you ever really *need* to use the extra equipment stuff etc.

    Only in multiplayer, which I am really enjoying, just gotta ignore the noob americans that think a 77-65 team battle is “getting owned”.

    New Heroes and Prison Break are also quite good, though nothing REALLY interesting is happening in PB, yet.

  4. Ben says:

    IT Crowd – brilliant, from the Father Ted writer(s) – the piracy ad was brilliant. The actor playing Moss is great.

  5. Alex says:

    >although in reality, that is *exactly* what 99% of unsigned bands actually sound like.

    I’ve heard bands like that through more rehearsal room walls than I care to think about.

  6. Squander Two says:

    To be fair, at least they’re rehearsing. I’ve heard far too many bands like that on stages.

    > New Heroes and Prison Break are also quite good

    I’m so annoyed that Sky (which I don’t have) have outbid Five for series 3 of Prison Break. The end of series 2 was just so sodding good. Grr.

    Tried watching the first episode of Heroes. It was so extraordinarily bad that it was actually quite funny — most of the script was of the “As you know, your father, the King” type — but not so funny that I didn’t switch the TV off.

  7. Gary says:

    I didn’t think it was particularly short as opposed to much easier this time around.

    Yeah, I thought the same. I’m rubbish at games and found it easier than the last one.

    I’ve heard bands like that through more rehearsal room walls than I care to think about.

    Indeed. It’s only when you hear that kind of stuff that you realise the hell you put your parents through when you first picked up a musical instrument :)

  8. Gary says:

    David – boot camp: I’d be surprised if they didn’t issue another version for Tiger. Then again…

  9. Tony Kiernan says:

    Ah, well!! Be prepared to put mustard on those words, for you will soon be consuming them along with that slice of humble pie that comes direct from the oven of shame set at gas mark “egg on your face”.

  10. Gary says:

    Be prepared to put mustard on those words

    It’s not so much the words as the delivery. He’s one of those people who’s just funny.

  11. Tony Kiernan says:

    There was a review in one of the papers last week along the lines of “the show becomes a laughless pit every time Richard Ayoade was on screen” and you can’t help wonder who they blew to get the job. I think it’s still a little clunky at bits, but there’s been enough serious LOL moments in this series for me to be sorry it’s gone. The bag of money still makes me smirk to think of it and the cannibal episode was as near to how the rest of it should be as we’ll get.

    I’m sure Linehan will be pleased to know I approve.

  12. Squander Two says:

    You have to wonder about some reviewers. I read a review of Master & Commander the other day (no, not exactly topical — I was looking for information on a possible sequel) where the reviewer opined that Peter Weir was clearly the wrong man to have adapted the books as he’d wasted loads of the film on pointless non-battle scenes. Not that the reviewer had read the books, obviously.

    I always try to see a film if Mark Steyn pans it. He has excellent taste in films up till, oh, 1965 or so, and is almost absolutely consistently wrong for anything newer than that.

  13. tm says:

    I remember cosmo landesman – who was the sunday times main film critic at the time – saying he walked out of any film the first time someone said ‘f**k’. How can you seriously be a reviewer with an attitude like that?

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