Agree with some of the others who mentioned that H3 holds a nostalgic place in many people's hearts. It was an early shooter on the new 360, which for many may have been their first console. It also moved Halo into a new level of graphical quality, which is highly important to a large number of gamers. That being said, I also agree with you that default H3 has a large number of faults. You mentioned the slow movement speed (speed was upped to 110% for competitive/hardcore gaming) and BB gun BR. The BR spread is larger than every other halo, which is noticeable the further you are from an opponent. In addition, unlike other Halo BRs, there exists bullet lag, meaning players are required to lead their shots (again efforts to combat this problem in the competitive/hardcore playlists meant increasing damage to 110%). Then there is my least favorite aspect of default H3 - Equipment. Bubble Shields and Regens bring the already slow title (in terms of movement speed and kill-times) to a halt. You'll notice all equipment was removed for the competitive settings in order to improve the flow of the game.Geth Pathfinder wrote:After playing a few more matches since the MCC update, I continue to be irritated with Halo 3. Most games have unbalanced teams, the weapons feel like BB guns, and I feel like I’m moving underwater. Why is Halo 3 so popular among Halo fans? I keep playing Halo 3, thinking that if I get good enough, I will enjoy Halo 3 as much as 4 and Reach. So far this isn’t the case. I have played the MCC on and off for two years and still can’t get into H3 as much as H4
I would say maybe I just suck at Halo, but I have fun in H2, H2A, H4, and Reach. Halo CE is fun sometimes but other times frustrating. Halo 3 is almost always frustrating. Even BTB in H3 is frustratingly slow. I have the most fun, when I focus on messing around instead of doing good.
Conclusion: H3 is not my favorite halo, but very fun games can be had with the proper settings and map choices. Just don't expect to "four" many players :)