It was pretty good, if the commercial was made to promote a halo CG movie. Seeing as how nothing was real time rendered, I fail to see the point of the whole thing. If you look at the Halo 3 gameplay screenshots up on bungie, I’m sure you’ll notice that the graphics are not even as good as the E3 trailer they had before, and needless to say, it won’t look nowhere near as good as this new trailer
It might come close though. (save the dust effects)
a. compare halo with halo 2 (earlier game on xbox vs. later game)
b. relate that to GOW and H3’s final graphics. once again early vs later.
Of course, there won’t be the dramatic difference found between halo 1 and 2, because gears is real pretty, and the time in between the two isn’t as long.
Still, considering that Halo 3’s still in pre-alpha the real time graphics have a bit of time ('bout a year?) to improve. Right now they’re not they’re not even gears pretty. (meaning the e3 trailer, ie. the best looking official in-game graphics we have to date)
Realisitically halo could never be as pretty as that trailer (tex. resolutions used for cg), but it’d be pretty hard to spot a difference. Especially during gameplay.
Here’s to hoping that Halo3 turns out pretty, and that the gameplay shines (Gears might be tough to beat. That cover-based combat is amazing, at least in my eyes).
ps. the extra options (this game’s multi-player options are crazy. go pick up an EGM. Ign might have the details too) like capturing in-game video might make it worth it either way.