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Halo. (And why it shouldn't have been a video game)

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mm3

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Sure, it made millions. Sure, it threw Microsoft into the world of gaming (yeah, debate away). Lets begin.

I'll start off with getting it out of the way that I'm not a fan of Halo (1, 2, or 3). I own Halo 3, I've had it since it came out. But, I just beat the game on Heroic yesterday. I know most of you are going LULWTFZ?!, but yeah. I beat it yesterday. Well, why, you ask? Because, it's simple, I don't play it.

Why don't I play Halo 3? Well, I got it, and had it for a while. And, yeah, I'm gonna use the same excuse that a lot of others use -- because it's valid... Come Christmas time, EVERY KID ON EARTH got a copy of Halo 3. And, what happened? They went online with it. When you're trying to play a game, the last thing you want/need is a bunch of 10-13 year-olds farting/spitting into the mic, and screaming yo-momma and penis jokes back and forth (oh, and the constant curse-battles....omfg) toward each other, it's sickening and it's annoying beyond belief. Also: whenever I play even local multiplayer, it's ALWAYS about finding the perfect glitch-spots, and "trying out moves" or some BS -- never about JUST PLAYING. Oh, wait, there's that, OR THAT PEOPLE REFUSE TO PLAY IF THEY AREN'T PLAYING FORGE. (For those who don't know, Forge is where each player can spawn their own vehicles and weapons)

So, I put the game in it's case, and ended up trading it in for another game. Then game a few weeks ago, where my brother picked up a copy from his friend -- where I figured "what the hell" and continued where I left off, and beat the game (Single Player -- woot 3 for xxx achievement :D). I still refuse to play Multiplayer.

Halo 1 and 2 were great on the original Xbox. And I know that Halo 3 on the 360 isn't much different at all, but there's just this whole new feeling to it.

So let's stray from the negatives. The Halo series has an AWESOME storyline. And, in my honest opinion, it shouldn't have been a video game. It SHOULD have been a movie, or even a novel (series, maybe). And then maybe, just maybe, base a video game off of it. This is just my opinion.

Gameplay isn't terrible either. There's enough flexibility in the controller layouts for me to get comfortable with (and not that push-up-on-analog-to-move-vehicle-forward BS that drive's me insane -- give me a throttle trigger!).

High Def. THIS. IS. GORGEOUS. I own a 52" Samsung 120Hz 1080p HDTV set. HDMI on this beast is INSANE. Graphics are beautiful, and digital surround sound whoops ass. More than I can say for Vegas 2, GTAIV, or even Rock Band and Rock Band 2!

So, let's discuss.
 
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Halo 1 was a great FPS game, really put the Xbox on the map for FPS's.
Halo 2 was OK, but had competitive multiplayer that was about how many glitches you could exploit, etc.

Halo 3, is and was a good game, but the single player was repetitive as hell. More so, the first few months(before Christmas) the multiplayer was great! It was decently balanced and not to glitchy and had a good community. Come Christmas, it was just as you described, little kids making 'your mom' and 'that's what she said' jokes on the mic, cursing at each other, etc etc. It got to the point where I put the game up and said to my self, 'f*ck this' and since then the game sits on my shelf.
 

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There was going to be a Halo movie...I don't know the status on it anymore...And there are books...I've played through the campaign on 2 and 3 a bunch of times...I've played multiplayer, and I didn't here too much immatureness...But I find it annoying when people just camp, or when no one works with you to win, they just go in firing blindly...I don't know what you mean about people refusing to play if it's not forge though
 

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That's when you're playing with your friends locally, Pojo.

And, omfg, Halo's soundtrack is orgasmic.
 

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Sure, it made millions. Sure, it threw Microsoft into the world of gaming (yeah, debate away). Lets begin.

I'll start off with getting it out of the way that I'm not a fan of Halo (1, 2, or 3). I own Halo 3, I've had it since it came out. But, I just beat the game on Heroic yesterday. I know most of you are going LULWTFZ?!, but yeah. I beat it yesterday. Well, why, you ask? Because, it's simple, I don't play it.

Why don't I play Halo 3? Well, I got it, and had it for a while. And, yeah, I'm gonna use the same excuse that a lot of others use -- because it's valid... Come Christmas time, EVERY KID ON EARTH got a copy of Halo 3. And, what happened? They went online with it. When you're trying to play a game, the last thing you want/need is a bunch of 10-13 year-olds farting/spitting into the mic, and screaming yo-momma and penis jokes back and forth (oh, and the constant curse-battles....omfg) toward each other, it's sickening and it's annoying beyond belief. Also: whenever I play even local multiplayer, it's ALWAYS about finding the perfect glitch-spots, and "trying out moves" or some BS -- never about JUST PLAYING. Oh, wait, there's that, OR THAT PEOPLE REFUSE TO PLAY IF THEY AREN'T PLAYING FORGE. (For those who don't know, Forge is where each player can spawn their own vehicles and weapons)

So, I put the game in it's case, and ended up trading it in for another game. Then game a few weeks ago, where my brother picked up a copy from his friend -- where I figured "what the hell" and continued where I left off, and beat the game (Single Player -- woot 3 for xxx achievement :D). I still refuse to play Multiplayer.

Halo 1 and 2 were great on the original Xbox. And I know that Halo 3 on the 360 isn't much different at all, but there's just this whole new feeling to it.

So let's stray from the negatives. The Halo series has an AWESOME storyline. And, in my honest opinion, it shouldn't have been a video game. It SHOULD have been a movie, or even a novel (series, maybe). And then maybe, just maybe, base a video game off of it. This is just my opinion.

Gameplay isn't terrible either. There's enough flexibility in the controller layouts for me to get comfortable with (and not that push-up-on-analog-to-move-vehicle-forward BS that drive's me insane -- give me a throttle trigger!).

High Def. THIS. IS. GORGEOUS. I own a 52" Samsung 120Hz 1080p HDTV set. HDMI on this beast is INSANE. Graphics are beautiful, and digital surround sound whoops ass. More than I can say for Vegas 2, GTAIV, or even Rock Band and Rock Band 2!

So, let's discuss.
Rock Band 2 is better in Surround :3 With my setup, it's even better than being at a real concert because there's no-one moshing next to you with long hair and giving you a sweat shower :p
 

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7.1 Surround Sound for Rock Band 2? Well, I guess it's boringish -- ish, because it is awesome, no doubt -- to me because I'm used to loud music playing over a sound system.
 

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Yeah, but you've got the crowd singing cheering and singing along and when you've got four people going at it on expert it's just *epic*.
 

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True that -- although I don't have many friends and Xbox Live doesn't have that awe that you're talking about, so I wouldn't know, unfortunately :(.
 

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I always found the halo(series) single player to be a bit too easy even on legendary. When I made the jump to live, I was impressed that there were players who could beat me easily. However, I too hate the kids who try to get on live and "act cool" by swearing and screaming into the mic. So I stopped playing Halo and I have not picked it up in months.
 

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If it makes you feel any better, my friends (who are all 17 years old) still make yo mama and penis jokes.
 

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If it's just people saying retarded things on the mic that keep you away, you know you can mute it...
 

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Ya but having it muted gets kinda boring, sometimes i like to hear some of the chatter it can be funny to hear at times, but its so bad on halo i moved to cod4, you still get it but much much less.
 
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This, is why Halo should have been a game, otherwise this picture wouldn't exist.
 

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The reason why there is haters and lovers for halo is because of the video game genre.
Halo is an FPS, and in my opinion, it is the worst fps ever invented. It is slow. Glitchy hitboxes, and more about terrain then gameplay. Terrible jump animations. I don't know. I personally think that out of all of the FPS's that I have played Halo is the most annoying for gameplay. Hell even Resident evil 4 did FPS better and it wasnt even an FPS. Even Metroid Prime did FPS better and it was an adventure more so. That's just my opinion. I would rather play Golden Eye or Perfect Dark then halo. and I HATED Perfect Dark. Halo I can stand. But I just don't think it lives up to what an FPS should really be.
 

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I absolutely loathe Halo (I won't go into details). The only reason I even own a Halo game is because it was 2 dollars at a yard sale. I'd rather play Goldeneye on my Nintendo 64.

Goldeneye > Halo!​

There weren't vehicles in Goldeneye multiplayer, Grenades did not stick to you, and best of all, there was none of this "OMG HAXORZ" talk because it was just you and 3 friends (or more if you rotated) and it was before the innovation of online gameplay. Given the choice any given day, I'll play Goldeneye hands down! My decision rests. However, I might give Halo Wars a try because I love the Age Of Empires games made by Ensemble Studios. But that is a Real Time Strategy Game, not a First Person Shooter, so I guess that doesn't really count.
 

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Meh, I've found that its better to just turn off voice communication for competitive games like halo, that and i used to play w/ my friends for the most part, 4 of us vs 4 randoms=Easy wins

But yeah, campaign is very repetitive in 3, still fun to kill some time though...least its not like assassin's creed, fun for the first 10 hours then you are like...the master of it
 

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I agree.. Playing multiplayer is annoying! So much in fact I stopped playing. I think Halo 3 would make a great movie. All the promotional videos for the game had a better story than the actual game. See this... YouTube - Halo 3 John 117 Monument Documentary

Also look at this for what a live action movie would look like =) YouTube - Halo Live Action (Full Version)

Guess Microsoft/Bungie had some extra cash to make a live action short film for Halo 3 ;)
 
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