MTV Multiplayer writes:
"Given that it has, alongside "Grand Theft Auto", literally defined the popular gaming landscape of the past decade, "Halo" has some weird identity issues. Rockstar North has never had any questions about what "GTA" is, but Microsoft and Bungie seem to go back and forth on whether "Halo" is a deeply story-driven epic or just a perfectly balanced shooter with memorable aesthetics.
It's bizarre really, how the three main games in the series emphasize story one second (Cortana's portentous monologue at the opening of "Halo 3") and then act like it couldn't be less important (the infamous non-ending of "Halo 2"). Then there's the fact that there is more "Halo" story out there than there is "Halo" game. There's an anime coming out, Neil Blomkampp and Peter Jackson's short films, Brian Bendis' comic series "Halo: Uprising", and six separate "Halo" novels.
With the fresh launch of "ODST" and with "Halo: Reach" a year away we thought it might be worth taking a look at the other stories Microsoft can develop to make even more game sequels."