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Halo hype: a history

Edmonton Journal (Canada) reports:

"The latest instalment of the XBox's killer app is out: Halo 3 is the all-time speed-moneymaking champion in entertainment history... so, what's the big deal? What's so special about the Halo series? What's propelled these particular space-dudes-shoot-alien-weirdoes games above the (many) others? ..."

"Before Halo, first-person shooters on consoles were poor cousins to their PC counterparts; clunkity thumbstick controls were no match for the speed and accuracy of keyboard-and-mouse control, and console graphics were positively grim compared to what PC video cards could crank out. Halo changed that; it was the first console FPS to make PC gamers jealous (not that they'd admit it)..."

"As for 2004's Halo 2, well... not to get too shallow, here, but Halo 2 was to Halo what The Spy Who Shagged Me was to the first Austin Powers movie..."

"So, what's the big deal with Halo 3? Why the doorcrashing lineups and midnight madness and insane first-day numbers?"

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clownfacemcgee3584d ago (Edited 3584d ago )

Playing Halo at my friend's house certainly got me hooked on FPS's. I bought an Xbox just for it. Halo 2 was also pretty fun and I got Xbox Live just for it. Halo 3 will probably sell me on the 360 if the PS3 doesn't pick up really soon. So I'd say that Halo's hype is mostly deserved.

-SIXAXIS-3584d ago

Halo 1 was fun, but it should've stopped there. There are so many other fun FPSs that beat Halo. One example in the multipplayer industry would be Unreal Tournament. Their game is so fast-paced with no reloading, mods, and no-respawn times. This game is truly amazing.

Xbox is the BEST3584d ago

at my friends house was hooked. At the time I was a PSfanboy but the games for the PS wasn't for me. Started reading Xbox games review graphics were always better on the Xbox so I picked up an Xbox then Jumped In no reason to Play B3yond, I've already Jumped In.

ironwolf3584d ago (Edited 3584d ago )

The EastOregonian had a story today that stated the two small game stores in Pendleton had sold 500 copies by saturday. Yeah, yeah, it doesn't sound like much, BUT, Pendleton is a town of only about 17,000 people in the middle of nowhere in northeast Oregon. And just for more effect, the Gamestop and Gamecrazy stores mentioned aren't the only places in town selling it. What does that mean? It means that in the middle of ranching country about one person out of every 30 bought a copy of Halo.

If that kind of sales rate holds in the rest of the U.S....well what can you say?