Absolutely not. Its a good Halo game, but the single player has a much weaker 2nd half and the characters are poor. The multiplayer is good but the map quality was low compared to older releases. Its a good game don't get me wrong, but not the "definitive" game of the series.
I disagree, I loved the characters, I wish I could have seen more of them.I thought the campaign to Reach was really powerful, I teared up at the end, Also Kat and Jorges deaths really hit me.
Thats exactly my problem, we got to spend no time with them. They are all stereotypes, bland awful characters. Jorge was the only one with a semblance of character, the rest are all just soldiers in a race to have the most glorious death.