I remember and cherish the days when I played 007 Goldeneye on the N64. I'd spend hours with my friends playing four player deathmatch and, at that time, it was just the most amazing thing to me. It was a revolutionary game that further proved the FPS genre was viable on consoles. It is a game I can still play and, though outdated, it's still fun. A few years passed and then came Halo: Combat Evolved. Yes, it may surprise you, but I am a Halo fan.
During the time when the Xbox launched the PS2 was ruling supreme. The console was overlooked and had it not been for Halo it would have died a quick death. Halo was the reason many people, including myself, actually bought an Xbox and man was it worth it! The game delivered and surpassed my expectations. It was so much fun and something I'd never experience (given that I was never an avid PC gamer). While the story was good (in my opinion the best Halo story there is), it was the multiplayer that kept me playing for years.
Three years passed and I was ready for Halo 2. The story wasn't as good and I hated the ending, but the online more than made up for it. Once again, I just loved it. I really don't know what it is, but I just couldn't stop. With the dawn of the next generation (along with more expensive consoles) I made the choice to go with the PS3 as my first console (I loved Halo, but I loved the PS brand as well). I knew Halo 3 would come out on the 360, but I figured I'd just wait. I absolutely do not regret my choice and I would do it again if I had to; however, I also knew that I would buy a 360 eventually.
I finally came around to buying it around January 2008. I got Halo 3 and, to put it bluntly, the story sucked. I didn't like the campaign all that much. it was alright, but not as great as I had expected. Back then I didn't want to dish out the cash for XBL so I was limited to making "Halo Parties" (sounds silly, I know). The mutliplayer was great and a lot of fun, but I knew I needed XBL. I put the game away for a while and spent most of my time on the PS3 (free online ftw!). It wasn't until late 2008 that I finally decided I might as well try it. Man, all I can say is I was enthralled. I really need no explanation, it was so damn fun. I'm not the best Halo player or anything, but I still have a lot of fun. In fact, Halo 3 is probably the only reason I keep my XBL subscription alive.
Anyways, moving on, I looked forward to the next installment which at the time I knew was called Halo: Recon, an expansion pack for Halo 3. It seemed like an alright idea, a bridge between Halo 3 and the next full Halo; however, what followed was disappointment.
First off was Halo wars. An RTS? Seriously? I tried the demo, I despised it (but I hate RTS in general so no surprise). I read up on the story just to know what was going on and that was it. Next up was Halo 3: ODST. I am appalled by the way Microsoft handled it. Seriously, the campaign is short and it's the same exact multiplayer. Worst part of all: it's a full priced game. I have yet to buy the game and I don't plan to until I can find it for 40 bucks or less; however, from what I hear the story ain't that good either. Oh well, at least there's some hope. Halo Reach is coming.
Reach will be Bungie's last Halo game and as such I expect them to go out with a bang. The main thing I want them to address is the graphics. With such games as Killzone 2 and Uncharted 2, Bungie really needs to work on their engine. I'm very happy they have decided to go with a whole new one and I can't wait to see what they do with it. the game has a lot of potential and, in my opinion, it will deliver. It's high up in my list of anticipated games and I have no doubt that I'll be hooked on the online yet again.
Well, that's the story of me and Halo (the real one). I have many fond memories of wild stuff happening during matches. It's truly a unique experience. So I'd like to know, what are is your story with Halo? Thanks for reading.