Re: What is your opinion of the Halo series?
Halo: Combat Evolved (the first one :B) was the greatest of the three, in my opinion. I loved the MA5B, more so after Halo 2 dropped it like a hot rock and Halo 3 choked down the clip and stopping power of it, and the rest of the weapons were great. The story was attention-grabbing enough to keep me interested, but not stressed to the point where I felt like I was straining to keep updated on what the hell just happened.
Halo 2 improved audio, graphics, and game mechanics (blow up Warthogs now, woot). The ability to switch weapons with other Marines/Elites was a great feature, giving the player the option of making his men weak little chicken shits or a formidable force. I also liked the idea of playing as the Arbiter, giving off the "walking in another man's shoes" feel to it (at least to me). However, I was incredibly dissappointed when the level in the commercial dropped and replaced with Outskirts and Metropolis. That commercial got me pumped up for the game, and they change it. What the hell. >.>
Halo 3 did a good job of finishing up the story, but I have mixed feelings about it. While I nearly 'gasmed after blowing up a Scarab and a Phantom drop ship, I was dissappointed at what little interaction the player had with AI controlled Elites (save the Arbiter, but he ran off to do his own thing quite often). I loved the new vehicles (Hornet for the fucking win), but the MA5C (right?) was a major let down. Sure, it had automatic fire, but the "medium range" was bullshit, at least when I used it. Story was finished up quite nicely, and the cinematics were great, but I was annoyed by the lack of fluid transition from the brutish, well, Brutes from the second game, which wore barely any armor, to the fully-armored and organized Brutes in the third.
Now for multiplayer. In each of the games I wished there were bots, seriously, just so I could play the multiplayer stuff on my own or with a single friend and still have lots of fun killing bots (if Timesplitters 2 can have lots of bots, Halo should be able to, too). I never played the multiplayer on the PC version of Halo: Combat Evolved, but I've heard good things. Halo 2 multiplayer was good, nothing to complain about, but Halo 3 multiplayer is gold.