I am actually surprised to say that this was the best Halo game in the entire series, that 343 did a terrific job with it, and that I am looking forward to the next one.
TOLD YOU SO.
Sorry, had to go there
But I did tell you it would be better than you thought.
I'm about halfway through the campaign (just started this afternoon, but only played a few hours cause of election and other commitments) and so far I love it. The graphics are incredible and breathtaking, the gameplay is smooth and still feels very Halo.
I'm not a huge fan of the Promethean enemies for the moment, just because there are so damn many of them all over that you never get to keep your human weapons for very long before you run out of ammo and have to go Forerunner or covenant. Otherwise they are a challenging and fun enemy to blast away at.
I've got more comments, but I'll save those for later. For now, suffice it to say I'm in love with this game.