How Halo Changed Gaming

IndustryGamers writes:

"Halo: Combat Evolved was a seminal title in the history of video gaming. The title almost singlehandedly carried the original Xbox platform early on, helping to shape that platform as the FPS gamer's first choice, a trend that continues even today. The Halo franchise has also helped to emphasize the legitimacy of video gaming as a mass market entertainment source, with Halo 3 (at the time) claiming the title of biggest entertainment launch ever and $300 million worth of first week sales – this would later be surpassed by GTA IV's $500 million first week.

Halo would not have had the impact on the industry it did without the excellent design of Halo: Combat Evolved by Bungie. The game introduced several small innovations that have subtlety (and not so subtlety) changed the gaming landscape, affecting not just shooter titles but all games in general.

With the recent revelation of 343 Industries and the Halo anime along with the announcement of Bungie's intended departure from the franchise coming out around a decade after the game's first public reveal, we felt it was a good time to take a look at the way certain features in Halo changed gaming forever."

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Pandamobile3341d ago

Being popular does not change the gaming industry.

a_squirrel3341d ago (Edited 3341d ago )

GTA changed a lot
Halflife changed a lot
BF 1942/2 changed a lot
Red faction changed a lot
Super Mario changed a lot
Super smash bros (:D) changed a lot
NFS changed a lot
Halo changed a lot
NHL changed a lot
MGS changed a lot
Resident Evil changed a lot

and they only have Halo...

Pandamobile3341d ago (Edited 3341d ago )

My point exactly. Halo is by far the least revolutionary game in your list. This article is pretty retarded in my opinion.

JonnyBadfinger3341d ago

No need to get butt hurt over it

Turn and face the music, you want a history defining game its Halo. dont know how its changed history or why its so well received by everyone but the Sony fanboys.

But the game has something that no other game does..... and nobody knows exactly what it is. thats why its history defining, just like KFCs original recipe.

ShabzS3341d ago

it basically showed that first person shooters can be done on consoles .... 8 years ago no one thought that shooters can be done on consoles ... but then halo came

halo 2 showed how online multiplayer can be done on consoles ... as for halo 3 .... well we see the live activity every week dont we

@Pandamobile: man you need to play halo 3 to get it... its one of the most unpredictable and crazy fun game i've played in a long time

Pandamobile3341d ago

I've actually played a lot of Halo 3. I'm just not a huge fan, but I guess your point makes sense (about paving the way for console shooters). I didn't really think of that.

GWAVE3341d ago (Edited 3341d ago )

"How Halo changed CONSOLE gaming" would be a better title.

Or perhaps "How Halo changed game advertising: a.k.a spend more money on the advertising campaign then you did on the development of the actual game"

The fans who take every opportunity to worship every aspect of the Halo series are JUST as silly as those "anti-Halo fanboys" they complain about.

RememberThe3573341d ago (Edited 3341d ago )

are the most influential franchises in how todays shooters play. Shooters now days play either like Halo or Call of Duty. That it one of the reasons Killzone 2 is such a breath of dark massively awesome air.

@Steven Colbert: I think the point is the Halo got people to notice them. It doesn't really matter how you innovate if no one knows about it. Halo brought those innovations to a wide audience.

TheColbertinator3341d ago (Edited 3341d ago )

Well Pandamobile has been a hardcore PC gamer for years so I'm not surprised he feels about Halo like that.Whatever Halo did,any PC shooter did years ago.

Halo is just like Mario,GTA,GT,The Sims,Madden,and Need for Speed,it made games more popular.

cemelc3341d ago (Edited 3341d ago )

Ok this sh!t has to stop now

Wtf did you make of:

Perfect Dark

Those game changed the shooter on console, they were great games i'm tired of people forgetting those two games.

I think halo:CE is one of the best xbox game perfect in its implementation, but goldeneye and perfect dark were perfect way before halo time.

if you don't believe me wait for perfect dark in xbox live and you tell me if i'm wrong.

a_squirrel3341d ago (Edited 3341d ago )

@above post

Sorry, I was thinking off the top of my head, and yes, perfect dark I remember well, while GoldenEye i didn't like as much

nottice how I ended with a ....?

@remeberthe#of something
Last time I checked, the original Xbox wasn't a 'wide' audience, it was the ps2. (I have 2 xbox originals with 2 Halo 2s, 2 halo 1s, and 2 halo 3s (one of them being legendary edition)

Halo IS overhyped, personally, I had more fun with killzone 1 (it was overhyped to, but I never knew about the game till I played it), but the campaign sucked

Downtown boogey3341d ago (Edited 3341d ago )

that they are brought to the same gameplay situations you face on foot as well (so they usually make them easier) and THIS is something that's not conveyed by any other FPS's I've played. The vehicle sections feel forced and they're made specifically to deliver an equally challenging experience to what you've encountered before in the game.

And again, I gotta tell you that I only own a PS3. (PSN ID: Noobli if you're so inclined...)

Gun_Senshi3341d ago (Edited 3341d ago )

The only think Halo done to gaming industry is putting FPS in Mainstream only.

Funny that anyone that says Halo is medicore shooter etc is labeled Sony Fan.

I guess ALL PC GAMERS Using Windows as OS are Sony Fans!

FlamingBozo3341d ago

Either way the fact is that Halo has changed FPS.... Halo showed how smooth fps could be on a console.... controls alone have changed FPS, with Halo 2 they started the shield health system which makes sense in halo universe but ever since that almost every shooter uses the same system even if they are trying to realistic or not... so whether if you like the new get hit hide than go back into the action gameplay we have today blame people trying to be like halo.... Then of course the main thing that it has affected is multiplayer and coop. Most game still havent got close to just how perfectly balanced halo is.... and sadly Halo 2 is more online feature heavy then most games today... the truth is that it changed FPS, but that doesnt mean that goldeneye and perfect dark didnt either it just means halo started the next evolutionary step but if you dont like halo then you dont like it but if you stopped being so ignorant and actually open ur eyes ud see it has made a difference

RememberThe3573341d ago

Last time I checked, Halo:CE sold 6 million+, Halo 2 sold 8 million+ , and Halo 3 sold close to 10 million. That is a wide audience. Turn off your fanboy goggles.

IdleLeeSiuLung3341d ago (Edited 3341d ago )

Sales aside, Halo opened the doors for FPS on consoles and today FPS is among the largest game genre on consoles. Calling that contribution small is narrow minded.

Compare this to RTS, while we are still waiting for the same to happen to RTS on consoles.

raztad3341d ago (Edited 3341d ago )

It's funny, I remember when I found a game (on the mac) called Halo:CE, it seemed fun, the vehicle combat was fun as was the shooting, but then a WWII themed game called COD appeared. Halo was left unfinished and I never came back to it. COD was so much better and exciting to play, so much fun. I didnt stop playing COD until the final assault over the Berlin palace as a private in the Soviet army. I dont know about early console shooter (just a PC gamer not long time ago), but that Halo:CE gameplay didnt seem revolutionary in any way.

Elvfam5113340d ago

"it basically showed that first person shooters can be done on consoles .... 8 years ago no one thought that shooters can be done on consoles ... but then halo came"

i swear Halo:CE wasn't the first FPS to be done on consoles when there previous games that was done consoles such as MOH on the ps1

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lloyd_wonder3341d ago (Edited 3341d ago )

"The Halo franchise has also helped to emphasize the legitimacy of video gaming as a mass market entertainment source"

Sony selling 140mil PS2's didn't do that? Lol. Gaylo ain't change anything.

danthaman153341d ago

Like it or not, Halo had a major impact in the gaming industry. It was one of the first FPS's at the time that wasn't sh*t for that console generation.

cyborg69713341d ago

Goodeneye wants a word with you. I think that was the definitive fps on console.

topdawg1223340d ago (Edited 3340d ago )

Halo helped popularize online muli player, but not much other than that. Not revolutionary or anything, probably one of the most\overrated games fo sho and Gears is much better

IQUITN4G3341d ago

Here is again another Halo artical

You truly know when something is the best when it's forever mentioned

a_squirrel3341d ago

So if people keep mentioning how stupid you are....

ShabzS3341d ago

believe the hype folks ... i just finished halo 3 last night .... and i get it now ... why everyone wants to be a halo killer ... this coming from a guy who never got into the hype, halo 3 is an outstanding game ... and i called master cheif the green ranger last week ... halo 3 just proved me wrong its just replaced hl2 as my fav fps game till date ...

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TheCagyDies3341d ago


chill out, it's just his opinion, no need for random name calling...

We're in the Gamer Zone, not the Open Zone...

PotNoodle3341d ago (Edited 3341d ago )

I thought the Single player was very average, i had to be near enough forced to complete it.

Its its multiplayer where Halo 3 is great, i'm not a fan of it, but i can clearly see it is a really good multiplayer game.

Halo helped consoles become a serious platform for online gaming. Its a fantastic series, always thought the single player was overrated, but the multiplayer is great and does deserve the credit it gets in that department.

u got owned3340d ago (Edited 3340d ago )

@ Gun_Senshi

"we don't need another idiot spamming crap advertising medicore and generic shooter. You're such a failure to say HL2 > HL1? Epic FAIL "

You need to take a chill pill or go to the open zone, if you hate Halo so much, what are you doing here?

On topic,
Halo perfected FPS on consoles offline and online, not only that Halo is the reason why FPS are so popular on consoles.

topdawg1223340d ago

Halo 1 was the best of the 3 and was the best fps at the time it came out in terms of gameplay. The other 2 not so much. I also don't like the enemies which are lame and the repetitive level design was awful as well. A great franchise, but not revolutionary and a little overrated

whothedog3340d ago

whoa whoa whoa.... Halo 3 > HL2.... nooooo I don't think I would believe my own grandmother if she told me that. I would probably say, "Come on Granny, Get real!"

ShabzS3340d ago

well lets see i've played half life 2 about 7 times now .... 4 times on my pc when it came out and then 3 more times for the achievements and what not last year with orange box on my 360 ...

its not like i dont respect the game ... i love the game .... any fps i play will be compared with the heart, story, characters and feel of hl2 ...

but having said that ... and after playing halo 3 ... the bar for fun factor and intense action has just been raised... that game is unpredictable, challenging and MASSIVE.... and i mean MASSIVE ... the environments are fu*king huge and set pieces are done to a perfection

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KionicWarlord2223341d ago

Yes we know halo is a great franchise .

Many games to day cant match halo in features .

Gun_Senshi3341d ago (Edited 3341d ago )

What features Halo had that where never done before?

I tell you what, Advertising, from Mountain Dew to Burger King. Nothing more

Funny that anyone that says Halo is medicore shooter etc is labeled Sony Fan.

I guess ALL PC GAMERS Using Windows as OS are Sony Fans!

dachiefsman3340d ago

Good lord man, do you wake up in the morning and say, "I hate Halo so damn much!"

Do you realize that you said the exact same thing basically in 5 posts. You make it out like Bungie made Halo just to piss you off.

ShabzS3340d ago

dude your frustration is showing .... calm the hell down ...