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Life After Halo Is Hazy for Gaming Industry in Transition: Analysis

"After a killer wave of hardware innovation, it's now been well over a year since a major video-game console launched-and we're likely several years from a PlayStation 4, Xbox 720 or Wii 2.0. If last week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco is any indication, gaming geeks have become squarely focused on building the next killer app." writes Peter Suciu of Popular Mechanics.

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Tsalagi3431d ago

There's plenty of good games coming out soon this gen and i'm sure there will next gen as well.

Lord Vader3431d ago (Edited 3431d ago )

I agree, it isnt the Alpha or Omega of this gen...

It just finished what Golden Eye started & helped to create XBL popularity...

Which created a robust console MP online service...

Which eventually got Sony to create PSN for the PS3.....

I am not a huge Halo fan myself, but I give props where they are due. Halo 1 "perfected" what Golden Eye started in my book & is a big reason we have online consoles today offering online MP & Halo has pretty much influenced every FPS out there & outsold a whole lot of other outstanding franchises. Just ask Developers.

If Halo 3 is not innovative, then why doesnt every game I buy for my PS3 & my 360 come with a Theater mode, MP + Matchmaking + 4 player co-op + a website dedicated to tracking my personal stats online in real time ? Bungie may not have invented these features, but it is the only game I know of with ALL these features in one package to date that is on a console.

Again, I am not a big Halo fan (I prefer Gears & Warhawk), but I do recognize what it has brought to table both then & now.

DarkSniper3431d ago (Edited 3431d ago )

Popular Mechanics seem to be out of the loop when it comes to the effects of the gaming industry. The industry is going to embark on another massive rise due to the increasing popularity of PLAYSTATION® 3. With games such as Killzone 2, Haze, Metal Gear Solid 4, Gran Turismo, Little Big Planet, God of War III, Final Fantasy XIII being released in the next year or two. It seems that Sony has taken the daunting task of carrying the videogame industry on it's shoulders.

Microsoft contributes absolutely nothing as the general perception shows that XBOX 360 is the wasteland of gaming which is where all of the stray and misinformed gamers go to rot their own lives away and die.

Sony is for living, Microsoft equals death.

$niper

LightningPS33431d ago (Edited 3431d ago )

this guy needs to stop sucking master chiefs c*ck.

Didn't they just admit Call of Duty 4 is owning Halo 3?

Halo 3 is a rehash. Gaming is just starting now that last gen rehashes like Halo 3 are drying up.

chitown3431d ago

u disgust me. quit being a fanboy and stop whacking off to ur ps3. get a life chump

ravinash3431d ago

A little harsh with your comments about the 360, but I have to agree with the games that are coming out this and next year moving games forward.
At the moment there is a general feel that a lot of games are just FPSs...and I'm sure the success that halo had was a big course of this.
Now this year we are starting to see more of a selection of games like LBP...something that is different.

toughNAME3431d ago (Edited 3431d ago )

It'll be a while before any console game has half the innovative features that Halo 3 had.

One day, gamers won't be satified with just pretty graphics and skill-less gameplay.

And until that day... here's to Halo 4

Devr3431d ago

Oh come on. Halo 3 isn't even the highest reviewed game of this gen. It's even beat by some games with no online whatsoever(SMG, Bioshock). Settle down.

toughNAME3431d ago

reviews?

This is one of the few times I'm not bringing up the reviews...

Bonsai12143431d ago

the only redeeming feature of halo 3 was its online mode. forge, while cool, was not meant for the casual gamer to dive into. half a good game does not make a good game. there will be many other games better than halo 3 this generation.

SRuN43431d ago

Starcraft replays says hello from 98. What other features did it add? 4 player co-op from SOCOM says hello from 06. Forge? I might let that one slide but mods on the PC are better.

Seriously the game industry was around before halo and will be around well after halo. Just another mainstream source name dropping basically.

toughNAME3431d ago

and I said "game" not "games"

I'm sure you could pull many games out of the air that each have 1 or 2 good features each

But Halo 3 did it all, and then some.

I haven't seen or heard about any game that comes close to the innovation Halo 3 has, so I'm doubting the next couple years will bring anything

C_SoL3431d ago

"It'll be a while before any console game has half the innovative features that Halo 3 had."

What made it so innovative? Tell me, cause I really want to know.

chitown3431d ago

ill answer that one . FORGE nothing comes close to it. to be able to see ur mistakes in private filming sessions. a great matchmaking system. the lighting effects r pretty tight too no joke sometimes on snowbound the glare effect literally makes turn the other way its that bright. im not saying its the greatest game or anything like that but u cant just dismiss it. its a great game(especially multiplayer wise) its just that MS likes to milk everyone dry for subtle things like DLC which pisses me off but other than that its a really good game. BTW u should play it

toughNAME3431d ago

Party system, veto system, matchmaking, Saved Films, forge, 4 player online co op (I'm sure I'm missing a few)

Look at it Halo 3's rival, COD4.

COD4 has half assed versions of the first two...and??

Imagine how much better a game COD4 could have been with some of the features included in Halo 3?

And features such as Saved Films, and 4 player online co-op will be the new standard. Not if, when.

BenzMoney3431d ago

Yeah, you're missing a few... fileshare and screenshots, to name a couple. Fileshare alone is pretty innovative. What other console games let you pwn someone, record it, and upload it for the world to see? Or easily distribute your gametypes & maps?

Time_Is_On_My_Side3431d ago

Halo isn't that great as you my think well when it comes to Halo 3 they droped it big time. I understand people liking Halo and Halo 2 but Halo 3 isn't something to be too proud of. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is a game I would gladly stand behind. Halo at this point has become so predictable that it isn't even funny.

I do admit they came at Sony last generation undetected but this generation is going to Sony games. If the level of upgrades were the same as Halo to Halo 2 was the as Halo 2 to Halo 3 then you would have something. Halo 3 seems like it can be done on the original XBOX it isn't that much of a step.

I actually find Halo very close to Socom. I'm not saying that game sucks it just didn't live up to the hype for me (Halo 3).

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DiabloRising3431d ago

Oh please... whatever will we do now that Halo 3 has been released? Gaming is doomed!

Gaming was great before Halo. Gaming will be great after Halo. Halo was great for its time, but quality product has already overshadowed it. Maybe the casuals/outsiders need to get with the times?

Jeanne3431d ago

So basically this is just some guy who doesn't have anything else he is excited about on his Xbox 360...

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