We all know Halo, We all love Halo, but is Microsoft killing the franchise with all of the Halo themed accessories?
Halo is awesome. LOL.
don't you mean HALO was awesome.
1. Is Halo going TOO far? 2. Blaster Master was an awesome game as well.
Blaster Master is still awesome! I just played it last week.
halo is awesome ... i cant get mad at bungie and mgs ... those guys rock at what they do
No, it is not going too far. I don't care how much people dislike or feel the game is overrated, it is a gold title and an exceptionally popular one. MS is no different from anyone else to exploit it. Didn't Sony just secure a deal for a bunch of LBP merchandise? http://www.n4g.com/NewsCom-... Too far? I can go down to an enthusiasts shop and get the collected Metal Gear Solid comic series, UDON's Street Fighter comics, Sonic the Hedgehog comics, a few Mario action figures, the Warcraft card game, a Final Fantasy bottlecap opener, a pair of Dragon Quest mittens, a Tetris tie, and a Pac-Man shirt that says "I scored in the 80s". Please, stop pretending Halo is somehow worse for cashing in on its fame like damn near all of its contemporaries.
They release a Halo themed Barbie and Ken in full Cortana and Master Chief gear in indecent poses.
It's a product. You're in business to sell a product. If it sells... sell it! To a group of people who are staunchly tied to games and the gaming industry it can be seen as a low move, a showing of nonchalantness of the developers to keep a certain art piece as authentic as possible but in business, it's just straight simple business.
...But anyway, it hasn't gone too far, not yet at least. Personally, I feel that it is hyped beyond belief, when there are honestly better games out there. The cheap branding of Halo on a multitude of entirely unrelated items is unnecessary and annoying, but I haven't seen it to a terrible extent. Bottom line, if you want to play Halo... play it and do no more. I don't think anybody wants to walk into your house, admire your Halo boxers and settle down for a nice game of Halo monopoly. (Before anybody flames me for disliking Halo, know what I have thoroughly played all 3 games - single and multiplayer.)
Christ, can't people use proper grammar in this day and age?
Only purchase the Halo games that have Bungie on the box.
I don't think so. They are trying to make it like Star Wars. Star Wars had a lot of things besides just movies.
You may as well ask if Star Wars has gone too far over the past 30 years. If theres a demand for lots of spin offs and merchandise, why not? Halo is becoming a large, expansive universe just like Star Wars. Theres nothing wrong with appealing to the kids with merchandise and giving the hardcore players a bang for their buck with ODST and Reach coming out soon. I'll be thoroughly enjoying both. Im not however looking forward to the new Halo anime called Legends, because i hate anime.
Far is not a place so Halo can't go "to" it. It's actually paradoxical, since to go "to" far would mean that Halo goes where no other games have gone before...:) So anyway, no Halo isn't going "too" far either. Only two games so far have been released, with another two confirmed so far this gen. There were 5 Tomb Raider games in the 32bit era alone, one of which was a DreamCast game (and don't forget the PC expansions). Resident Evil had 3 core games and then the Gun Survivor series in the 32bit gen as well, plus only a year or so after 3 they had Code Veronica on DreamCast. Crash had 3 core games plus Crash Bash and Crash Team Racing, and it should be noted that Spyro went through 3 games as well. Street Fighter Alpha had 3 games during the 3bit era. Speaking of expansions, look at the The Sims! Everquest!! Don't tell ME that Sony wasn't milking EQ... So no, Halo isn't going too far. edit at edgeofblade below: They may take our bubbles but they'll never take our freedom :) Hang in there!
Wow, this article FAILED right out the gate! And no, it hasn't gone TOO far. More Halo please.
I love my Halo, but I think the Halo DVD game went too far. Read some reviews of it. It's completely luck and no strategy. I'm ok with Halo Wars and Halo Risk. But for heaven's sake... slapping Halo on something does not make a good game. I don't like the Halo name if it isn't accompanied by an appropriately engaging game. ...Fans of the truth, please help... I got murdered by PSN defenders for speaking the truth. I need some bubbles.
edgeofblade and truth do not go hand in hand. You lost your bubbles because you acted in the worst ways. As for Halo, yeah, it has been whored out too much already and they need to take a step away from the franchise for a bit and give it room to breath.
the key word u mentioned is an "enthusiast shop", they specialize in selling that type of stuff. the Halo brand can be found literally EVERYWHERE!!! hell go to wal-mart you find Halo boxers and PJs as well as the board games and toys hell i saw Halo blankets at a flea market where i get my watches cleaned and repaired, something you wont find for MGS or Street fighter (not saying theses brands arent being exploited btw). Altho personally it doesn't bug me that they are milking the franchise as i don't see myself ever buying that stuff. However i do find it funny as there was a quote by a MSFT rep sometime ago when the DVD game was released where they said they would only release Halo themed products in a manner that does the franchise justice. :\ Oh well as long as they keep making the games fun to play online i'm cool
is POKEMON going too far??? see what i did there?
I agree, Halo Games,Movies ,Comics, Board games, Halo Pron, and tons of other stuff i am not aware off. it's dead.
I thought Halo 3's theme was "Finish the fight" or something like that. Wasnt that supposed to be the end? Guess not. Probably cuz M$ knows there are people out there that will buy anything with the letters H.A.L.O. on it. Tsk tsk tsk...
Why don't you come and play some Halo 3 so I can tea bag your dumb @ss. Woooo!
Its even in the fecal products... XD
you will be surprised what happens when i come to you to play halo, i'll HALO something else.
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It's only going to far when it stops working.
No, its too late to fix it once it stops working.
Where is my dang cart game I have been waiting for?
Microsoft said they won't do that. They won't take the Mario route.
Damn it, my dreams of a Grifball game are ruined!
Pic won't upload. Darn.
Halo is an easy way for MS to make money, so Halo will never die it will live on as long as the xbox brand exists. I dont understand why no one moans about Mario, look how much merchandise that has, it even has its on cartoon series
Exactly, Halo is to Xbox as GT is to Playstation and Mario to Nintendo.
0.o not sure where you're looking because they do just like with Madden, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, GT, and most of the other more than 5 game franchises
I thought we all agreed that the new Sony mascot was Sackboy dressed up as Snake, surrounded by Blu-Ray stickers?
You see Halo shirts, whatever xbot wheres a shirt like that has no life I mean I don't use like Killzone or uncharted or Gran Turismo or God of War shirts?
That's because those garbage games you listed weren't responsible for professional gaming on ESPN. MLG has Halo to thank for its sucess, although you're a PS3tUrd so you've probably never heard of MLG.
MLG is a joke. Why don't they play games that take actual skill instead of Gaylo?
MLG is nothing hut advertisement time by Microsoft they never play games that take skill,they should play games like Rainbow six, that takes more skill than most every FPS these days one mistake and your done
Mlg plays rainbows vegas 2 http://www.mlgpro.com/2009/...
I'm glad, but theres no reason for them to play Gears 2 either check out this video
lol...that was hilarious. Gears of war still good though.
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I never said there wasn't any, and this just proves my point, how many times do you see people with Halo shirts compared to the ones you just posted?
I cant play halo seriously anymore due to MLG kiddies running around rampant, the skill level is way too high for me, so i find myself falling back to CoD where i can be host and GOD it up with my 3.15 KD. MLG ruined Halo for me, NO one seems to play it for fun anymore. I mean i deliberately betray 1 retard and the entire team turns on me... WHY!? Im enjoying myself at the expense of others..... is that a crime?
Halo 3's marketing campaign cost more than the game. With that kind of money MS could have instead upgraded the Engine or used it to fund a new IP. Using all that to market is really sad.
The brand exploitation is going too far, but the game series hasn't gone far enough.
In terms of what? Just curious...
And story development in the single player campaigns. It's never had a particularly compelling narrative, despite the potential that lies there. I honestly think they should make the Halo series Multiplayer-only, a la Warhawk.
I agree with you to a certain degree. Yes the series can be improved, every series can be. But check the forums on Bungie.net or any site dedicated to Halo... one thing is clear, the true fans of the series do NOT want the game to change (maybe that familiarity is what gamers love and what keeps them coming back). That, and on the fact that Bungie is very loyal to their fans, so I don't see many drastic changes to the series when it comes to the way the games play/feel. As far as the story goes, IMO that is where Bungie has dropped the ball. If you have read the books will know how huge the Halo universe is, but you don't get that feeling while playing the games (except for Halo: CE), so yes they definetly could do a better job in that area. One area where they can improve on big time are on the graphics, Halo 3 is not a bad looking game by any means but it lacked the "wow" factor that everybody was expecting, I just want to see a game that rivals KZ2 or Uncharted on the 360. Anyways, we can only wait and see what Reach will bring us, I can't wait for that game :). But I do suggest you read Fall of Reach and First Strike, they flesh out the Halo story much more then the games ever did, plus it makes you realize how [email protected]@ss MC and the rest of Spartans really are! Peaz
If anything it just confirms Halo's status as a tacky video game series. Except Combat Evolved, it was infact awesome and deserves respect.
hmm ... i loved halo 3... the week i got halo 3 i went back and finished halo ce, halo 2 and halo 3 all in the same week ... and really for me halo 3 had the best campaign over all ... ce lost a bit of the charm at the library mission and the swamp mission while halo 3 lost some charm in the gravemind ship mission
I've tried several times to get into Halo3 at my mates house but it's just not for happening. Just don't get the same buzz and enjoyment I got from CE. However, I respect your opinion since you are clearly a gamer and not a fanboy. Perhaps I'm slightly bitter since I like the Resistance series and think it surpassed Halo but didn't get the appreciation it deserved.
Halo is microsoft's last hope, they HAVE to milk it as much as they can. they wouldn't be here without their generic shooter. It wont stop, after Halo reach,you will see halo games with motion sensing(Natal) in any way they can milk it, I bet they will try to use Halo to boost natals popularity.
This is RISK we're talking about here. RISK is awesome. I've been holding off buying the revised version of RISK because I think this Halo game will have alot of the same new features (objectives as opposed to complete domination). Plus, it's Halo. Oh, and for anyone who is a fan of RISK but hasn't played RISK: 2210 A.D., seriously, it's the best boardgame I've ever played.
I will never touch anything microsoft does with halo. I didn't touch halo wars and won't touch anything else. Halo is a bungie project, when bungie is done, I'm done. I don't want to see halo go into a land before time senario!
Masterchief is the mascot of Xbox from the original Xbox they haven't brought in any new unlike PS3 which changed it's mascot with generation.
i dont know man... when i think playstation 3 or the playstation brand itself the one and only mascot that comes to mind has always been solid snake .... psx for mgs1, ps2 for mgs 3 and now ps3 for mgs 4... the only other guy would be kratos from the ps 2 era all way to today... drake or nathan hale are still too young to replace the awesomeness of snake and kratos
face of HD gaming.
Yes snake has always been the mascot, but this generation (Drake,Sack Boy, Those red eyed helgan) are the mascot for PS3.
I'd be more worried about the console series going stale if the move with ODST and Reach in following years continues-noone forces us to buy anything by sticking Halo on the box, do they? If it tempts the feeble minded into thinking MC drinks Mountain Dew(which he wouldn't in the Uk as we cannot get it anynore:( )then that's their look out and won't affect the games anyway. Snake and MGS has always landed on other platforms and as a result is a long way from being a poster boy or mascot for PS brand-in fact they haven't had anything near since Crash way back in PSX days IIRC. Sacknoy's possinly the closest this gen as a recognisable, simple character to notice easily-like MC for MS but smaller! Ueah, it's tackyy as hell and shows zero class or concern for their product image but if money's your god then who's to moan? Again, we do NOT have to buy this guff.
I only care about the console games so what they do on the side doesn't bother me. As for the console games I'd love to see more of them.
Im waiting for the Halo Pregnancy test.
You don't have those where you are yet???*LMAO*
I think you'll know your preggers by the time that comes out in the next two months or so. What I wanna know is... Wheres my halo neck massager? that is in no way a dildo... at all... but could be... SHUSH! I think whenever you hear microsoft say halo is this generations star wars, I think I see now what they were getting at. It's just as merchandisable as star wars. It just needs its own cereal and a bigger line of action figures and the million other things that has star wars plastered on it, and then it truly is this generations star wars. But as other people have said, Halo wouldn't be the first to sell out, and it wont be the last. And when I was a kid I loved the super mario cartoons and that nintendo cartoon with the kid who had the joypad belt buckle and the light gun? So I'm sure someone somewhere will like halo related stuff and thats all that matters in the end. If you don't like it, don't buy it, and everything will be okay in the world.
you won't be needing a pregnancy kit with these bad boys
Contraception? What the hell is that?!
LMAO ! nice one
I think they could of at least held off on the Halo: Reach announcement till after Halo 3: ODST was released.
yeh was surprised to see reach announced at this e3 and tbh i'm more looking frwd to finding more info about reach now than playing ODST