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Saaking's Blog 7: Halo- My Opinion

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 It is a game I can still play and, though outdated, it's still fun.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.

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TenSteps4820d ago

Well I got to play multiplayer with three of my friends splitscreen together and I can safely say it's what got me into FPS in the first place.

I mean we would do "noobish tactics", I remember finding that sword thing I killed my friend he appeared two more times I killed him on both occasions and all I could say to him was. "Hey dude this is you, and this is you, oh and this is you too". Another one I can't forget was a hammer invisibilty combo I did against my friend. We were talking about me being invisible and equipping a hammer he said "For all you he could be right behind you" then out of nowhere I smashed him while saying "For all you know I am".

Good times good times, oh and that's what got me into multiplayer as well.

RedPawn4820d ago

That fukn sucked, j/k

I was hoping you walked us through your personal experiences w/each game, so we could really get a feel for what you honestly liked about the series as a whole.

Saaking4820d ago

It was getting too long so I had to shorten it up a bit.

Spike474820d ago

It felt like playing Halo 2 all over again but with slightly better graphics. Still, it's a great game, but I believe it was overrated. As far as Reach goes, I have high expectations.

chidori6664820d ago

only halo is good is halo combat evolve ( 1 halo of xbox ) the rest of halo is overrated in my opinion..

Saaking4820d ago

That's definitely the high point of the series as of now.

callahan094820d ago (Edited 4820d ago )

I loved the original Halo, it and Oddworld: Munch's Odyssey were the reasons I got an Xbox. Halo 2 was really good in terms of online multiplayer. It was addictive for me for years. The campaign was not as good as the original, though. Halo 3's campaign was even worse, but still had it's moments. The online multiplayer had some great new features like video recording & editing, forge, vetoing, etc., but all in all, I just didn't like the maps anywhere near as much as the Halo 2 maps. I didn't Halo Wars, because I don't like RTS games. No opinion there, obviously.

I rented ODST and thought it was absolutely horrible. The plot was hokey and uninteresting, Nathan Fillion (sp?) overacted like crazy, and the graphics were just downright bad. The mission objectives were boring, the world design & layouts were boring, and the various changes like making it so you had to pick up health packs, and you couldn't dual-wield anymore, were bad decisions in my opinion. I just hated everything about ODST and honestly don't understand why it got such good reviews. Plus, Firefight has no matchmaking. It was really lame.

This sounds biased, I'm sure, but if that game came out exactly as it is for the PS3 it would have been absolutely destroyed by the reviews. I honestly think Haze has a more interesting campaign, more interesting story, and better graphics. Not that Haze is great either, but the entire time I was playing ODST, I couldn't get Haze out of my head, it just seemed so much on that level of quality, and yet the same reviewers that tore Haze apart would absolutely rave about ODST. I just don't get it.

I hope that Bungie comes back and makes some noise with Reach, though. Face it, ODST was an expansion that they branded as a full game, and they obviously didn't focus all their attention and resources on making it the best product it could have been. With their true focus being on Reach, I have high hopes that it's at least as good as Halo 3 was, because ODST was a horrible step in the wrong direction.

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