Halo 3 is arguably the most highly-anticipated videogame in history. The franchise has sold more than 14 million units and is largely responsible for the success of the original Xbox. Halo 3 is the closing arc in the trilogy. And while there will be future games based in the Halo universe, developer Bungie has said this would be a definitive end for the narrative it began in 2001. "Finish the Fight" is the apt new motto. To help you prepare for the release of Halo 3, IGN is compiling a FAQ. It's a primer, if you will, to answer some of your basic questions.
Question: Why do people care so much about Halo? What's the big deal?
Answer: Prior to the release of Halo in 2001, even the best console first-person shooters were far below the standards of what was seen on PC. Halo was the first console FPS that could rival a PC title. The fact that it also had addictive multiplayer and co-operative play made it a staple in college dorms, which helped build its legion of fans.