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Submitted by Mister_V 920d ago | opinion piece

State of Halo: Is This ‘AAA’ Franchise Being Relegated to the Back of the FPS Pack?

MP1st - A quick perusal of ‘fan-sites‘ has plenty of reasons for the decline of this stalwart franchise ranging from 343 Industries not knowing how to make a proper Halo game to the inclusion of Armor Abilities still ruining the core gameplay of Halo yore. This begs the question: Are we witnessing the demise of the Halo franchise as we know it, or are the concerns overblown? (Culture, Halo 4, Xbox 360)

pacostacos  +   920d ago
simple answer...No!
its still a top tier Fps, its still huge in terms of popularity, and it still gunna sell consoles, and its the best exclusive Fps of all the consoles (Sony, Nintendo). For 343i first attempt at Halo it was a pretty damn good one!
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StoutBEER  +   920d ago
Agreed. Not perfect at all but atleast 343 had the balls to try something, multiple things that were new. I'd rather them experiment and alter and listen to feedback rather than listen to the "mlg" players and stick with the same cause it's safe. I still play ALOT of Halo 4 and am very glad they are listening. The Pit is prob my fav Halo map next to Guardian, so yea I think they're are doing a great job with feedback.
StoutBEER  +   920d ago
Oh and my name on here is exactlt as is on XBL. So if you wanna play Halo sometime people feel free to send me a message.
Starbucks_Fan  +   920d ago
Halo 5 won't make me buy a Xbox One
T2  +   920d ago
True but it still kicks most fps ass, always had coop , mp , great graphics, vehicles, weird cool weapons.
HArd to stay on top but always solid
walkincarpet  +   920d ago
It's true that Halo 4 makes Sony FPS exclusives look like B games but we can't compare Halo to other systems. The sad fact is Halo has lost its touch beginning with the Halo 3 on 360. And then MS oversaturated gamers with three more iterations that followed the same Halo 1~3 formula while BF and COD began their campaign to give Halo a major spanking and Gears of War took its place as the Xbox exclusive king.

Halo is already on the its last leg but MS has opportunity to bring it back from the grave with the next release. If its same formula with better graphics and a few kinect/smart glass features then consider it dead as starwars battle front, division, destiny, titanfall, epic's secret game, etc..ect will be joining BF and COD at a level that is simply higher than the Halo 1~4 forumula.

Halo needs to change or die.
DasTier  +   917d ago
"The sad fact is Halo has lost its touch beginning with the Halo 3 on 360."

I disagree completely, Halo 3 was the pinnacle of the franchise and one of the greatest games of this generation. You'd hard pressed to find a more complete game which offered more replay value and feature more things to do than Halo 3. The groundbreaking multiplayer, awesome sandbox campaign, innovative Forge, 4 player co-op and unlike most modern FPS games it wasn't designed to be replaced a year later.
3-4-5  +   920d ago
The FPS market is becoming more crowded but this time with actual good games.

Killzone, Planetside 2, Titanfall,Destiny, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty:Ghosts

Halo doesn't have to compete against just COD any more.

BF is more anticipated than COD, Titanfall is much anticipated, Destiny will gain it's own huge following ( RPG crowd), and Killzone looks different/good.

Halo & COD both have much stronger competition and they won't be as dominate in sales or in players online.

why can't people see this ?
pedrof93  +   920d ago
Well the halo makers left the ship.

I'm sure Destiny will be great.

Though halo 4 was good. Just not has good.
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walkincarpet  +   920d ago
Actually Halo 4 technically was very impressive and the reason why I have hope that MS can still put Halo up there with the other AAA FPS. So there isn't a question if 343 can maximize X1 technology, but it remains to be seen if they can recalibrate Halo to compete with the new standard of FPS gameplay and customization.
T2  +   920d ago
True its starting to look like bungie was great , more so than halo just by name
DasTier  +   917d ago
Bungie had lost touch as well, Reach was one of the most disappointing games in the franchise, they took out all the fun from Halo 3 which led the way for the very streamlined Halo 4, which has killed custom games.
theWB27  +   920d ago
Doubt it. Combination of things of them was generation fatigue. If it performs this low once Halo 5 drops next gen...then that'll be surprising.
pacostacos  +   920d ago
also Cod took alot of the Fps market seeing as it is the number one played amd selling games on both consoles. Though is see that decreasing next fen when Cod players finally what a hole cod has become
theWB27  +   920d ago
Agree. Even though I wasn't one of those people. It's ridiculous how much that thing sold though.
SgtMofo  +   920d ago
I was alluding to this a bit in the article, but when the CoD:MW beta came out, it really gave people pause about which title to pick up.
Wni0  +   920d ago
Thanks Halo for killing my favorite franchise TimeSplitters.

May you rot in hell.
StoutBEER  +   920d ago
Spurg  +   920d ago
Why do people bash Halo:ODST as if the game was a piece of shit. 4 player campaign co op,firefight with 4 player and halo 3 multiplayer with all the map packs. You can more here than you get for an average game.

Halo can't fail is one of the best FPSs out there. And the article seems to have been written by some pissed off retard who hate armor lock. He briefly mentions the story at the end as if Halos story is an afterthought when in the contrary it what drives Halo. And prove of that are the vast array of novels, comics and mini series(Emmy nominated series like 'Halo 4: 'Forward onto Dawn')and now with a newly announced TV series by Steven Spielberg the series seems to be getting bigger and bigger.
Truehellfire  +   920d ago
I don't think people hated ODST for the actual game. Most people bashed it because of the price it was released at. I personally liked the game quite a bit, but it definitely wasn't worth $60. Sure, it came with all the map packs for Halo 3, but majority of die hard Halo fans already had those.
SgtMofo  +   920d ago
The Halo canon is vast and the campaign story plays an integral role in players attachment to the franchise. However, it's hard to judge the ODST campaign without factoring in the price point and the city acting as a 'hub' to artificially extend the game. If all the missions just played out sequentially without trudging through New Mombasa between each one, the game could've been completed in 3 to 4 hours.
DasTier  +   917d ago
I liked it but the main problem I had is that the ODST's were far to strong. I wanted it to be an unforgiving tactical fps akin to Rainbow Six, but the ODST had more health on Legendary than Masterchief!
SolidDuck  +   920d ago
I'm being completely honest no agenda. Halo is an amazing franchise. But halo 4, for its time, was not near as impactfull, important, or as good as 1,2, and 3.
SuperLupe  +   920d ago
True true. I think "impactful" is the right wor indeed.

We all know the impact Halo CE had, Halo 2 was a game changer and cult FPS game, Halo 3 was the definition what videogaming should be.

Halo 4 was great ok ... but it was simply great, nothing more. Now for any other franchise that would be fantastic, but for a Halo game that isn't enough. I feel like Halo 4 just came and left like any other AAA shooter. Its not supposed to be just another AAA shooter.
timotim  +   920d ago
Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Halo 4 the all-time best selling in the franchise?
FarCryLover182  +   920d ago
It's not.

"“Halo 4” is now the best-selling Microsoft Studios title ever in the U.S. market*, surpassing its predecessor, “Halo 3” for sales during each respective launch year."

So, it sold more than Halo 3 in it's launch year. However, Halo 3 kept selling for a few years at a higher rate than Halo 4 is selling.
SuperLupe  +   920d ago
Yeah Halo 3 had very long legs. Believe it or not but I remember Halo 3 outselling KZ2 at a certain period in the UK though it had launched more than a year after KZ2.
timotim  +   920d ago
Thanks for that. I see Halo 4 selling for years to come as well. 360 aint going nowhere, and at lower price points it will only keep selling.
JunioRS101  +   920d ago
I get really upset when Sony kids try to act like Halo isn't the best FPS ever made.

The formula... It's just perfect.

Team Snipers???? Here's my money. Hands down my favorite FPS game/mode.
MikeyDucati1  +   920d ago
LOL Team Snipers. What fun is that? A whole bunch of guys playing hide and go seek with sniper rifles. That sounds like a major bore for the pansies.

Lets be honest here, Halo lost that luster a while back. Also, it isn't Bungie's baby no more. Bungie was the brains for Halo. I don't care if 343 does have some ex Bungie employees, without Bungie as a whole...this game suffers.

You have your loyalists who will say otherwise no matter what the truth is. But really, most people have moved on to other FPS titles since Halo was their introduction into FPS gaming period.
Urzusix  +   920d ago
Time to put Halo to bed I think, the only thing Halo 4 had was over past Halos was the visuals. most of the new concepts in the multiplayer were copied from Cod or other FPS games and the story has lost both its edge and creativity. I loved Halos open world feel and awesome level design most of which where lost in 4. This game has been miked to death any real fan of the game can see that, since Halo 3 we have 6 different Halo games that's 6 over 4 - 5 years. Even Bungie knew it was time to move on and create something new. People compare FF or Zelda say they have tones of games but every FF or Zelda totally reinvents the world and gameplay. If Microsoft wants Xbox one to be as big as 360 they need to create new IPS
walkincarpet  +   920d ago
You are right on. I'm a big fan of Xbox FPS because of the controller and xbox live but they need new IPs. I've been twittering MS execs about this for a while now. They can still rock Halo but they need to change it up or it will increasingly diminish as the new and exciting IPs emerge. COD is almost in same boat. Releasing every year worked for a while but now gamers have had their fill and will be gone in an instant when these new IPs release.

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