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Halo: The Most Overrated Game Ever Made?

Halo: The Most Overrated Game Ever Made?
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I’m sorry but if you are prone to crying, feeling offended easily or have some undying love toward Halo be warned: WE are about to exchange words.  I dare say after this we may never have a chance at even being Facebook friends.  Though you may still follow me on Twitter.  I guess.  I’m not going to repay the deed because I’m sorry but I'm NOT SORRY to say Halo is the Most Overrated Game Ever Made of all time.  Period!

When I think Halo I think that old saying, “You have to plow a four to appreciate an eight.”  Halo is like a two on my scale with herpes.  There are so many things about it that just honestly infuriate me.  It’s not even that I don’t like it, it sincerely offends my gamer soul.  And if you don't feel the same way then you haven't played enough games.

Halo got its start in the PC world and should have died there.  This is a PC game kicked into gaming platforms before its time.  And yes, there is a time for every game to have its day – I don't care if its made a billion dollars.  That doesn't make it a good game.  Sorry.  It doesn't.  Halo’s time has yet to come.

Here are the top three things that kind of make me want to cut the power cable on my Xbox 360 or/and toss my system in a tub filled with water because Halo exists.

Halo 31.  Master Chief

Seriously?  How do you say that name and not chuckle a little.  Way to go the extra mile and think of a creative name for the hero writers.

Again, the reason they didn’t think of a cool name is because THIS IS A PC game pretending to be a platform game.  It’s the tragic ugly-ducky trying out for an American Idol like show.  It’s sad to watch because in this case it just doesn't cut it even with blind judges.

2.  What the hell is the story about?Halo 6

Not that this story is complicated to figure out -- because it’s not.  It’s just WHO bleeping cares?!  Honestly, Halo’s storyline is one of the poorest stitched together plots I have ever experienced.   And I use the word "experience" loosely.

Even in crappy games I remember something about the storyline.  Not with Halo.  Probably because every turn, moment, and scene is some knock off generic, wannabe, cliché moment I’ve seen a hundred times before!

Halo 73.  The graphics. 

Look…sigh… If I’m going to spend sixty dollars on a game I expect it to look a certain way.  If I’m going to put said game into my Xbox 360 IT BETTER 360 my brains off!  If I’m going to spend hours upon hours exploring a game, for the love of Zeus give me something to explore!

Halo has one of the cheapest graphics I’ve ever seen.  How this game survived the 90's is beyond my good grace.

Halo 1FINAL THOUGHTS…

The only thing keeping this game alive is the multiplayer franchise.  Which, hate to repeat myself, but I will, started in the PC world where Halo meant something.

Take away the multiplayer game play and Halo’s got nada.  And let’s be honest, with games like COD out there how the heck does Halo still have multiplayers?  Honestly, someone tell me how!  What am I missing?  Why the bejesus is this game still around?  Why are they still making it?  And don't take the easy answer and say it's because it's making money.  Yeah, I get that.  That's all you got it?  Really?  You getting a cut of that money?  No.  Oh, sorry to hear that.

Give me one good reason why I should play this... anyone.  Please step in and defend this franchise.  I beg you to.

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Kirk Deis
Kirk Deis

1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

My background is in screenwriting. I've ghost written, written for video games, written for blogs, copywriting, you name it odds are I've done it. Check out my website www.kirksbedroom.com

76 Comments
  1. Chris Perkins
    Date: October 8, 2013
    Author: Chris Perkins

    10110 Points, 126 Comments, and 176 Articles.

    *Grabs Popcorn*
    *waits for Halo fans to show up*

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 8, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Bring it fans. The first step to admitting there’s a problem is talking about it XD

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      • Date: October 9, 2013
        Author: John Bon

        All the author is doing is trolling halo fans to get a reaction, not to debate just look at his comments. What’s so bad about enjoying a game? Their are people dying in Syria and all over the world, get a grip. He tell’s to to read someones reply near the top who agrees with him using foul language. Way to get an irrelevant point across.

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  2. Date: October 8, 2013
    Author: ArtsyGamer

    “Halo got its start in the PC world and should have died there. This is a PC game kicked into gaming platforms before its time.”

    Halo got its start on Mac computers. Bungie was building it specifically for Mac just like its previous game Marathon. The studio was then bought by Microsoft and they turned the 3rd person game for Mac into a FPS for the original Xbox. It later was ported poorly to the PC. No idea how you got the idea it started on the PC.

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    • Date: October 8, 2013
      Author: John

      Thats besides the point mate – what he meant was, it wasn’t a console game. And he’s right, its fucking shite!! Totally over ratted horse crap. Bungie actually tried to get R* to publish, who flatly turned them down!! If you;ve played GTA you’ll know what Dan Houser thinks of Halo.

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      • Kirk Deis
        Date: October 8, 2013
        Author: kirkus

        1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

        BOOM! Thank you sir John! Everyone take a moment to read John’s comments.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 8, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      I don’t think Halo meant anything until it landed on PC. But you got me there, granted my point still stands. It should have never tried to evolve.

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  3. Date: October 8, 2013
    Author: wyatt

    Lets see…
    -It has a level of immersion that is unmatched.
    -The aliens are extremely creative and so much fun to fight.
    -Halo games have always had a wonderful physics engine making everything have a proper weight and feel.
    -vehicles are fun to drive
    -its a universe that is believable even if not completely realistic
    -missions are quite open, some parts are even almost open world, i.e. the silent cartographer
    -the multiplayer is one of a kind and nothing even comes close to the awesome vertical floaty jumping vehicle mayhem
    -plasma grenades
    -besides all that other crap, its just incredibly fun to play and takes a very long time to get sick of, you use cod as an example, if those games weren’t experience based and actually leaned on their gameplay they would get boring after about 5 matches
    -besides all that stuff its an absolute blast to play and I can keep coming back again and again.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 8, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Wyatt, I can tell your a true a fan. I have nothing but respect for your passion. Thanks for sharing. It’s clear you’re in the fairy dust stage. I challenge you to explore other games. And trust me there are other games with plasma grenades, awesome physics, and universes that are more real then Halo…I mean come on, Halo’s universe is completely realistic? Who you trying to convince here? You or me?

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      • Date: October 9, 2013
        Author: ryebread

        I totally agree with you on Halo being overrated. I remember when Halo 2 and Halo 3 came out. They were both given nearly perfect ratings. Game Informer gave both games a 10 out 10 stars and calling it the game of the century. Halo is a fun game but there is no way that it is a perfect game.
        This is coming from someone who still plays Halo 3 and 4 ever once in awhile.

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      • Date: October 9, 2013
        Author: ryebread

        Kirkus what other games would you recommend?

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  4. Date: October 8, 2013
    Author: John

    Totally agree with this article – MASSIVELY over rated game. Seriously, a name like ‘master chief’ hahahahahahaha its a game for 10yo with no attention span. The funniest thing about this game is how Rockstar take the piss outta them! Anyone who has played GTAIV and GTAV and has watched Republican Space Rangers will know what I’m talking about!

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 8, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Exactly! A huge wild horse like piss on them. You gotta link to that scene? If so send it my way. I’d love to post it.

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      • Date: October 10, 2013
        Author: unmotomarine0331

        30 Points, 1 Comments, and 0 Articles.

        As a member of the military and a big halo:CE -Halo 3 fan I would like to say Master Chief is an actual rank in the Navy. Also even though I did not like Halo 4 it had some of the best graphics on the xbox 360 to date.

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  5. Date: October 8, 2013
    Author: Eagles83

    While I don’t agree with the points that you made in your article everyone has a right to their opinion. I think what I’m about to say will cause fanboys everywhere to get riled up but in my opinion I think the Half-life series is the most overrated. Yes the gravity gun was cool and they had physics in the game for puzzles but that is really it. The story is average to me, gameplay is above average but not really bringing it to another level. No series is hyped so much for really what amounted to simple physics and one cool gun. It’s a good game but I honestly don’t see the Half-life series the way other people seem to.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 8, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      ummmm it’s NOT just a cool gun, it’s a REALLY cool gun. You bring up a solid point there can only be one and these two have been going at it for years.

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  6. Date: October 8, 2013
    Author: Dirk

    I don’t like Halo either, but one of the few ways people can agree a game is good is when it makes a lot of money and sells a lot of copies. So in terms of popularity that it is a worthy franchise I will disagree with you there. You made mention of Master Chief not having a name. I believe his name is John. I think while playing Halo 3 I heard Cortana call him that. While Halo may not be the premier franchise anymore compared to COD they did revolutionize the FPS genre. If I recall they were the first people to limit you to 2 weapons making it more realistic. Some may ask – what has it done for me lately? My answer would be better graphics, more refined game play, and excellent multiplayer even though I don’t actually like Halo.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 8, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      John? That’s name. Talk about no suspense. Ever hear of John Doe? And yes, Halo has made over a billion dollars that doesn’t mean it’s good. It could just means our options are limited. Or maybe the game is just overpriced. I don’t buy into this theory that making money equates to being worthy.

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  7. Date: October 8, 2013
    Author: HalfBlackCanadian

    Your entire article is baseless opinion. Not one productive criticism. At all. Tell me about how it controls, how engaging it is, how much filler vs. action and for the love of…anything, compare it to something you feel is better. What exactly are you trying to ‘prove’ with this article?

    And yes, it may be overrated, but compare it to an FPS that either a) isn’t or b) does everything this does but better

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 8, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      At this point, I think Tetris is a better game then Halo :) I’m not trying to prove anything Halo speaks for itself. I’m just calling a Spade a Spade.

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  8. Date: October 8, 2013
    Author: daniel

    the most ridiculous opinion ever hahahahahaha
    epic fail

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 8, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Thank you and I’ve only just begun. I’m open to suggestions for new articles. No really I am. Send your ideas my way.

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      • Date: October 10, 2013
        Author: John-117

        Kirkus good job.
        What a waste of egg and semen you are.

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        • Kirk Deis
          Date: October 10, 2013
          Author: kirkus

          1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

          John-117…thank you… I think? I don’t know don’t think of me like that. That’s gross.

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  9. Date: October 8, 2013
    Author: Jake

    I agree 100%. Halo has been outclassed by so many other FPS’ and is nothing special at all. If it wasn’t for MS’ deep pockets and insane marketing budget this title would of been forgotten a long time ago.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 8, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Jake…you’re a wise soul. Halo is outclassed, wow I wish I had said that.

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  10. Date: October 8, 2013
    Author: RandomRandy

    So which FPS games are better and for what reasons is a simple thing you should have answered within your opinion piece. You’re absolutely entitled to your opinion, everyone is, but when you say a game is overrated and list the name of the main character as a reason… What? Story is massively fleshed out and saying a game is overrated because of something so broad as graphics is pointless, especially when the graphics improved so much from Reach to 4.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 8, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Really…maybe I should have included a map too, you know something to illustrate all the things I “Should” have written about. Apparently, there are rules to this. Look, a characters name matters. Sorry but it does. A weak story bleeping matters. Lame graphics MATTER. If this were a movie people would be so pissed they’d ask for their money back. Halo doesn’t get a pass just because. No game should.

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  11. Date: October 8, 2013
    Author: Mickey

    “Give me one good reason why I should play this… anyone. Please step in and defend this franchise. I beg you to.”

    I’ll be impressed if you make it to the end of this comment at all, but just remember, you fucking asked.

    ——————————————————————-

    You Writing Is More Insulting to Journalism than it is to Halo

    I clicked on this article because even the best or most popular media out there can be flawed and whether I’m a fan of the media in question or not, when a writer sets their mind to the task of focusing on it’s flaws rather than it’s strengths, there’s a good breakdown of it’s shortcomings in an articulate way and it’s usually a very insightful kind of read to come across.

    This article struggles at being articulate. You’ve convinced me that you dislike Halo but completely failed as to putting into perspective exactly why or that it’s a bad game and not just a game you dislike. Your writing ability is somewhere between angry tweeting and disagreeing Youtube video comment, a short message with not a lot of thought put into it that you didn’t actually read yourself before you clicked post. Not only are your facts inaccurate, but your statements are so inconclusive that simply questioning them yourself would’ve led you to a better understanding of what you’re talking about.

    You’ve Highlighted More Flaws in Your Writing than in the Game.

    1) Master Chief – The main protagonists name is John 117, not Master Cheif. His military rank is Master Chief petty officer. The only characters who talk to him are military personnel hence, he’s only referred to as Master Chief. Only certain characters call him John. Characters calling him by his rank in the context of Halo further grounds the game in it’s own universe, something common in all story telling. Don’t even pretend you knew what Master Chief meant, you clearly didn’t.

    -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_chief_petty_officer

    2) The Story – So we’ve established you’re barely keeping up with the naming conventions used in the military for this game. So now we’re to believe that it’s the plot that’s poorly stitched together and not your prose or your high school diploma?

    It’s pretty much guaranteed that you probably didn’t play all the Halo games in order so you’re unlikely to have the context of the franchise supporting any experience you had with one game. How does that qualify you as a critic for a story that you can’t even articulate your opinion on without sounding like a pigeon flying into a window for the fifth or sixth time?

    I think more likely than anything else, you’re just accustomed to most linear FPS games of this gen delivering a story type that is shallow enough that any gamer can pick it up in the middle and follow on or that presents itself as a serial without having a chronology. What I’d really like to know is, what the fuck is an “Ugly-ducky” or better yet, have you ever been to school? I know that The Ugly Duckling is a story about a Swan who ends up in the care of the wrong family but in the end turns out to be beautiful for who he is when he finds his true place with his own family, just like your ability as a writer may seem ugly to me, I’m sure in the context of scrawling profanities on bathroom stalls while you relieve yourself, it must be something beautiful.

    3) The Graphics – Firstly, in 2013, what Halo game are you paying $60 for? No such game exists. They’re almost all on special now or relatively frequently available 2nd hand.

    Halo 3 jumped the game’s graphics from SD to HD, it didn’t push textures or polycounts but it pushed open environments with dynamic physics and AI. Halo Reach pushed Halo 3′s game engine as far as it could go in terms of polycounts, particle effects and texture res. Halo Anniversary took the previous generation’s 10 year old Halo: CE game engine and pushed all it’s features into a comfortable and colourful HD space. Halo 4 built a new engine for the game entirely.

    Halo’s graphics have changed more over the years than almost any other shooter franchise, yet the visual aesthetic enjoys a greater consistency across all those iterations than the logic you present in your writing. And it could even be the aesthetic you dislike but then that’s art direction which is always subjective. Even in the worst looking Halo games there’s a level of detail few games even bother with. Similarly to how you don’t bother using your brain when you write. I mean, not that it’s possible for a video game to have “one of the cheapest graphics” you’ve ever seen and not that Halo ever released in the 90s, but I would like to see something “360 your brains off”. A noose, maybe.

    4) Halo was not originally a PC game, Halo was originally conceptualized as a Real Time Strategy game and then further redesigned and developed to be announced as an Open World shooter for Apple Mac. Microsoft then bought Bungie to develop Halo for Xbox and Halo was then redesigned and developed AGAIN from the ground up as a First Person Shooter for Xbox.

    The Halo FPS you see and play was never built with the intention of being a PC game. So it’s not a PC game pretending to be anything, let alone a platformer. Also, on that note, how is Halo pretending to be a platformer? I would actually love to see you try to explain that one.

    Final Thoughts

    If something appeals to millions of other people and not to you, that doesn’t mean it has to prove itself to you. Football doesn’t appeal to me, I don’t beg football fans for a reason to like it. You’re heading uses the word “OVERRATED”, yet you never actually substantially back that claim up. Hundreds of critics who gave Halo it’s high ratings and accolades over the past decade did so with an educated effort and you have not in any sense proved otherwise. If anything is overrated it’s your ability to form a coherent and valid point. I read and reread your post and I would honestly rather have my mother read my own eulogy.

    And here’s what you asked for, a single reason to play Halo.

    “To become a better writer”

    I’m returning the challenge to you now. Sit down with a copy of whatever Halo game you choose, start a co op session with a friend so he can help you remember the points you make. Come back and rewrite this article properly and do what you’re challenging others to do, provide me or any fan with a single reason not to play Halo. You honestly have failed to achieve that here, children in my country fight AIDS with more conviction.

    http://www.twitter.com/freddyaintdead

    Feel free to share your follow up article with me because take it from someone who isn’t afraid to tell you; Your writing here is absolute shit.

    To quote Sergeant Johnson: “Get up – So I can kill you again!”

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 8, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Now we’re getting somewhere. Mickey, so personal disses aside your main arguments are: His name is John 117, if I play ALL Halo well then the story rocks, and Halo graphics are getting better.

      How about kicking ass the first time around? How about going the extra mile and thinking of an original character name? Call me crazy but how about investing money in the look of the game from the start?

      I don’t need to make excuses for what I said, but it sounds like Halo has plenty of “reasons” to give it a second chance and overlook basic gaming elements.

      You should continue to play Halo. Don’t stop. Why would you? You’re so happy settling within its defects.

      Why fix it if it ain’t broke right? Jeez, how did Rockstar ever pass on working on this gem.

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      • Date: October 8, 2013
        Author: Cam

        Graphics isn’t everything and you make halo sound like it has really crappy graphics, they may not be the best, but they are pretty solid.

        If my memory serves me correctly, Halo was released on xbox before PC

        “kicked into gaming platforms before its time.”Are you kidding me? What saved the Xbox was Halo. The original Halo is a pioneer in gaming.

        This article has no valid points at all. Easily the worst article I’ve read this year. I don’t think anyone will want to comeback to this site after reading crap like this.

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        • Kirk Deis
          Date: October 9, 2013
          Author: kirkus

          1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

          Come on Cam, we both know you’ll be back. Who you kidding. But you have a good point Xbox does owe Halo, but not Halo has become like Hulk Hogan and just won’t retire.

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      • Date: October 9, 2013
        Author: Ivo

        the reply from Mickey totally destroyed this “article” written by someone who looks adult but writes like an angry teenager. This is Halo bashing material, nothing more, nothing less. Dont like it? who cares? does it bother you so much that lot of gamers enjoy Halo games? go play some games you actually like and avoid writing pseudo-opinion-journalism crap… or at least learn how to do it without looking like some rant-ish boy who got robbed on the street.

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        • Kirk Deis
          Date: October 9, 2013
          Author: kirkus

          1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

          Ha, it doesn’t bother me gamers enjoy Halo. It’s pretty telling how blinded some Halo fans are to the point they think it’s the best thing ever…Mickey knows what I’m talking about.

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      • Date: October 11, 2013
        Author: Mickey

        I honestly feel like I’m doing your work for you because between the two of us, I’m the only one doing actual writing and if you’re an example of what Rebel Gaming’s writers are capable of, I should fucking run this site.

        Firstly, get your facts straight.

        “Why fix it if it ain’t broke right? Jeez, how did Rockstar ever pass on working on this gem.”

        Fix what? Your ability to write, because that’s the only thing that’s broken here.

        Bungie had begun collaborating with Rockstar to port their games to console. Rockstar ported Oni in 2000 but by then Microsoft had contracted Bungie to make Halo for them. The Halo game Bungie wanted Rockstar to port was the Third Person Open World shooter revealed at the Apple Mac conference. The FPS game known as Halo: Combat Evolved was (repeating myself here) designed from the ground up for Xbox. That means they never pitched that design to Rockstar, they pitched a different Halo game entirely. Someday when you decide to take this writing business seriously you might endeavor to know what the fuck you’re talking about.

        On the subject of your writing, that is primarily what I’m insulting, not as much you, but I don’t really mind how you perceive an insult I make, you hardly seem to be following anyway.

        “How about kicking ass the first time around? How about going the extra mile and thinking of an original character name? Call me crazy but how about investing money in the look of the game from the start?”

        When Halo: Combat Evolved released in 2001, few FPS games looked that good. IGN described it’s graphics as “outstanding” and “stunning”. Hence, Halo’s graphics were considered to be on the money from the start because that’s exactly what was invested into it from the start.

        “your main arguments are: His name is John 117, if I play ALL Halo well then the story rocks, and Halo graphics are getting better.”

        I wasn’t actually defending Halo in my original post, I was citing your lack of a supporting argument for why it’s overrated. You weren’t criticizing the name John 117 for being plain or boring (which I don’t think is anymore or less boring or plain than John Marston) you were criticizing the name Master Chief for sounding silly. It sounded silly to you because, in the vein of not knowing what you’re talking about, you didn’t understand it’s context or meaning. Where I’ve heard of plenty of protagonists in military themed games referred to by rank I’ve never in video games heard Master Chief before or after Halo so I’d say in the tradition of military titles and ranks for protagonists, this stands alone and it stands out.

        That paragraph you just read is not a defense for why Halo is not an overrated game, it’s a logical breakdown for why you’re an overrated writer and I’m going to do it again in the paragraph below.

        I never said Halo’s graphics were getting better, I specifically said they’ve changed. How does your audience know which Halo game you’re talking about when you say the graphics look cheap? If you’re talking about all the Halo games then you must be talking about the art direction. You can’t be talking about the tech side of the graphics for all the Halo games collectively because the quality of models and environments and engine assets have changed several times in one generation, let alone over the franchise’s lifespan.

        So if you’re talking about a specific Halo game and you didn’t bother to mention which one or if you’re talking about the art direction and art is subjective, you’ve once again failed to make your statement more than that and subsequently failed to convey the concept of why Halo is overrated.

        I never said you needed to play all the Halo games to enjoy the story even though it goes without saying that if you start at the end or the middle, you might not have the context to understand what’s going on, to empathize with characters or understand important moments in the story’s progression. But that’s besides the point which is that your criticism is that the plot is poorly stitched together. Now, for all the praise the Halo game’s story has received over the years, people should read your article and believe it’s all been exaggerated? What makes you an authority on writing when I can take one look at what you’ve written and say with confidence that I’ve gnarled out turds with more nuance and depth?

        Once again, another example of how you failed to convey why this childish chicken scratch is no more than pure dislike.

        Experienced writers have rated this game highly for more than a decade, Microsoft has poured money into developing the talent that creates it. When you say “overrated” you challenge all of that, but you don’t bring any actual substance to your own challenge. Anyone with a pulse who can read even badly can see when comparing this page that claims Halo is overrated to the hundreds of articles written by experienced professionals that claim otherwise that the quality and effort in writing is not on the same level yet that’s exactly what you’re challenging. No one is arguing that you didn’t have a bad experience, the argument is that you haven’t succeeded in defining why Halo is overrated. My belief is that you’re simply not a good enough writer to do so. If you wish to improve, start over, try again and try to prove me wrong, and once more, that is the most valid reason why you should play a Halo game.

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        • Kirk Deis
          Date: October 11, 2013
          Author: kirkus

          1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

          Let me start by saying they pay me to say, “Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.” I didn’t know why until I read your novel.

          Here’s the thing Mickey just because you blow up a comment section and huff and puff begging me to prove you wrong doesn’t mean jack.

          I gave you reasons. The issue is you don’t approve of the reasons. So you curse and freak out and you continue to think Halo is the second coming of Games. You’re too proud to admit any faults.

          And it’s funny you say you feel like you’re doing my job for me bc from the looks of it only one of us are getting paid to write here. It isn’t you.

          But what makes me an authority on writing about this is with one article I’ve inspired emotion and conversation about a game that apparently has no faults.

          That’s the whole point of this. The difference between a real writer and yourself is you’ll never understand what that means. Don’t get me wrong, I know you’re not a writer you just like to write.

          You’re too content settling with a mob mentality. I can see why. It’s easy.

          I look forward to the next chapter in your novel. Until that point and on behalf of Rebel Gaming thank you for reading and sharing.

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  12. Date: October 8, 2013
    Author: Corey

    I just have few comments here. 1: “Master Chief” isn’t just some random ass gibberish. It’s his military ranking. 2: Each game has a point to it. Halo’s is to be the more unrealistic of the shooters. If you want to jump on in, and smack the shit out of some dude with a giant ass hammer, Halo is your game. On the flipside, if you want more realism and to go on your killingspree with a gun that actually exists, COD, Medal of Honor, etc is more what you’re looking for.

    On that note, comparing Halo to COD isn’t really possible. It’s like comparing a dog to a cat… Yes, they’re both pets, but people choose them for very different reasons; much like Halo and COD are both FPS. Now, if you wanted to compare COD to MOH, that would be a more arguable point. If you’re going to compare Halo to something, it would need to be to something like Planetside, or Mass Effect. Neither make any attempt to go for realism, and are more in the same class as Halo.

    That being said, neither of them are still close enough of a style match for Halo, unlike COD, MOH, or even BF. So, why people praise the Call of Duty franchise for its innovation or uniqueness will always be beyond me, when they still bash Halo for being just another run of the mill game.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 9, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Yeah COD is another one I should dethrone. But come on, it’s like “comparing a dog to a cat” I get what you’re saying but at the end of the day they both have four legs.

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  13. Date: October 9, 2013
    Author: nortonman

    I am a Halo fan, have been since the first game came out on XBox. But I was still interested in reading this article because I wanted to read some valid criticism of the game and valid points to back up their dislike.

    But it took me like 15 seconds to read the entire article. And all I got from it was “Halo is stupid!” The End.

    People have different likes and dislikes, but at least TRY to convince me why your opinion is more valid than mine. I think you did more to convince people that it is actually a good game by writing this article and letting people comment and rip your opinion to shreds.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 9, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Give it 30 seconds I dive into it being “really stupid” I even provide pics with puppies as a reason.

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  14. Date: October 9, 2013
    Author: Reid

    How about YOU put a gaming studio together and make a better game. As the saying goes, non- constructive criticism is like not being part of the war, but shooting the wounded after the batlle

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 9, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      That’s a great idea. I’d be down for that in a heartbeat, Do you want to produce it for me?

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      • Date: October 10, 2013
        Author: Reid

        No Kirkus I wont fund or produce your tetris idea it was already taken decades ago by people who actually work hard

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        • Kirk Deis
          Date: October 10, 2013
          Author: kirkus

          1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

          Reid now you’re just being selfish. I’m open to ideas don’t be such a naysayer. Remember, no is boring. We could do great things :)

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  15. Date: October 9, 2013
    Author: dennis

    The problem with Halo is that it never properly evolved like other series (even in the shooter category).

    Halo was my first ever x-box game and to say i didn’t enjoy it then would be a big lie, i loved every minute of the multiplayer and shooting flood in co-up with a buddy. But after 3 (i didn’t even finish 2 because of the god awfully promise of fighting on earth and then going of into space after one level) it started losing it’s appeal and charm, i truly believe this series has potential, but i also believe that the reason it’s so popular is pure nostalgia.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 9, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      That’s a good point, it didn’t evolve the potential is there it just needs to have the courage to do more.

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  16. Date: October 9, 2013
    Author: ryebread

    I totally agree with you on Halo being overrated. I remember when Halo 2 and Halo 3 came out. They were both given nearly perfect ratings. Game Informer gave both games a 10 out 10 stars and calling it the game of the century. Halo is a fun game but there is no way that it is a perfect game.
    This is coming from someone who still plays Halo 3 and 4 ever once in awhile.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 9, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Thanks for the support Ryebread, I was starting to think I was alone XD

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  17. Date: October 9, 2013
    Author: Krosis

    History states otherwise. If it were truly a “bad game” then it would have “died”. It sells because it is a great franchise (except Halo 4–THAT was crap). Nor is it overated–like anything, there are those who love it and those that don’t. Those that don’t are a distinct minority. So it’s not for you, who cares? A poorly written article with even poorer support criteria. Waste of a read–take care.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 9, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Awww thank you for throwing in the take care at the end. You Halo fans aren’t as tough as you appear to be.

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  18. Date: October 9, 2013
    Author: Arc

    One measure of how well a franchise does, is from media spin-offs. Google up the series of books and look at the calibre of authors that have signed on to write for this franchise, that should give you an indication of the depth they believed the story has. Have a look at Forward unto Dawn, a feature-length movie made about the Halo universe and its production values. A little on the corny side, yet no one else (including COD) reinvested the billions they have made with each game quite as well. Truly made by fans, for the fans and of the fans.

    if you actually want to know how the Master Chief became the Spartan Super-Soldier he is, you actually need to piece together clues from all 5 FPS games (including the less popular ODST) plus the RTS Halo Wars. This depth of story-telling is missing from most other franchises out there in my opinion as previously pointed out. Other FPSs seem to be a bit more “Get me Jack Bauer” and off the game goes with hardly anything else to it.

    It also was the first FPS to bring a certain level of realism to FPS in limiting a player to 2 weapons and true battle field conditions of having to scavenge weapons/ammo. Because carrying a pistol, shotgun, smg, assault rifle, minigun, sniper rifle, grenade launcher, rocket launcher, BFG9000 and some other doomsday weapon just plain got old. Not to mention the ungodly amount of ammo the weapons would need. Its also worth mentioning that the latest COD still allows you to carry 600+ rounds of ammo per assault rifle. Ask anyone thats served, if that is even remotely plausible.

    As the games story advanced, so did the military technology of both sides of the conflict as evidenced with the new experimental weapons and vehicles that emerged on the field. If you contantly took the shortest path through a level, it was very easy to miss these new items. Observant players that noticed the colour changes to the path of ionised air from a projectile or the different sounds of weapons being fired at you would stop and explore and thus be rewarded.

    I will agree it never deserved the near-perfect (9.5-9.9 / 10) ratings it got, especially if you factor in they probably reviewed a beta version for the articles they wrote, but easliy 8 out of 10.

    Its always fun, tells a great story by exploring different themes while also introducing/setting new gaming conventions at the time of its release. 3 hallmarks of all classic games like Final Fantasy, Max Payne and GTA.

    I’ll end by saying it could definitely use an adult version by a developer that dares to push social boundaries a bit more like how R* did for GTA.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 9, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Could you imagine what R* would do with Halo. jeez. Sadly, R* turned them down.

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  19. Date: October 9, 2013
    Author: Reign

    Agreed on so many levels, but disagree on so many as well. The first time I played Halo 2, I was fully immersed in a universe that really had no hope for mankind. To me it felt bigger than any game that had ever been made before. Things looked pretty bleak for humanity until Spartan 117 was unleashed on the Covenant and the Flood. Halo 3′s campaign was mediocre at best but Halo 3′s Multiplayer to me was the most fun I’ve ever had playing on Xbox Live. ODST was a cool game, I liked the atmosphere and world that Bungie created and I liked playing out the game from the perspective of normal unaltered humans.Reach was crap.Then there was Halo 4. I was caught up in the Halo 4 hype. Then I beat it on Legendary and I thought to myself, that’s it?!That wasn’t as great as they made it out to be. I probably will play Halo 5 when it comes out, with lowered expectations. But I might as well finish out the story at this point. Even if it isn’t very good……..and I do have a suggestion on a new article, or maybe a few new articles. Why don’t you write an article about why COD and Madden suck so effing badly. Lets be honest. They are the same game over and over.

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  20. Date: October 9, 2013
    Author: philip

    Electronic gaming monthly gave Halo c.e a 10. Something many games can’t claim. Master chief john-117 was kidnapped at a young age my the unsc and basically brainwashed to be a super soldier. What does he need a fancy name for its a video game. What Link, sonic, Mario, and solid snake are better? Be honest with yourself halo revolutionized fps which at the time was a dying game type. Ok I admit the storyline is a bit weak. But that never stopped people from paying Max Payne! Plus. Almost half the multiplayer platforms for halo games are field customizable. Remind me how many cod games have that? And different custom game types? For God sakes halo has a sport! Grifball! Back to the story a moment. When star wars first came out the plot was a bit thin to. When episodes 5 and 6 came out there were gaps in the story and just like with star wars these gaps were filled with large collections of paper with words on them called books. Can you honestly say that there aren’t massive plot holes in the modern warfare games? As for rockstars jokes there ok but nowhere ad funny as the joke they call gta5s online experience. Meanwhile halo 3 had an armor that was a hats off to ryo hayobusa from d.o.a and ninja gaiden fame. What did that company do? They added a Spartan as a secret character in d.o.a 4. As for the games in general many will say halo wars the rts halo was the worst and even that got a solid 9 from egm. Don’t forget by the time of the events of halo c.e the human/covenant war had been going for close to 30 years yet they managed to screw up storylines in early cod games about a war that lasted around a third of that. Face it if it weren’t for halo there most likely wouldn’t have been a cod or Moh or battlefield games. Yes halo had its faults but it a game about a Guy who was kidnapped, trained to do nothing but fight, experimented on, seen the death of most of the family he ever known overcome all that to save everyone in the galaxy from extinction 3 times! When someone, anyone from call of duty can claim that then I’ll consider your halo bashing rant. As to most over hyped game play the newest sim city and get back to me.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 9, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      He saved the galaxy 3 times. I think at some stage they could play with that storyline a bit. All in all I appreciate your feedback. You had a lot of solid points to consider. I mean, they DO have a sport. That is kinda cool.

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    • N.Seller
      Date: October 9, 2013
      Author: n-seller

      1150 Points, 7 Comments, and 4 Articles.

      Mario, Link and Solid Snake are better names than John 117, just saying. Don’t you dare insult the legends of gaming ;P. without Mario there would be no Halo! :P

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  21. Date: October 9, 2013
    Author: Alan

    I think the Grand Theft Auto series (except Vice City) are the most overrated games for 2/3 of the reasons you posted about Halo. Never cared about the stories, and the graphics were always shit. Personal opinion here was well.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 9, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Ha! R*? No, no, we don’t mess with GTA here sorry. :)

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  22. Date: October 9, 2013
    Author: Azza

    Gotta admit as a huge Halo fan I was interested in reading this article but like a couple of bloggers above I was disappointed at what looks like pure “fan baiting”. Subjectively deconstructing a much loved franchise without really explaining the reasons comes close to trolling.

    Personal feelings about this article aside (see what I did there) If you don’t like the game and you wanna air your feelings and you have the means to do it, it’s your right. But saying people who don’t feel the same way as you, aren’t in some way at your level of gaming is just insulting. Not just to Halo fans but fans of gaming in general. Mission accomplished?

    I’m not gonna write essays worth of reasons why the franchise is amazing as bloggers above have already made a good case of that. I’ll just write my final thoughts in the same style as this article.

    Master Chief is amazing yo! He totally kicks ass! And the storyline is epic! Who doesn’t like an apocalyptic space war with Aliens (Mass Effect fans jump in). And the graphics are the s**t.

    Anyway, looking forward to your next article which insults a whole nation of fans. Keep up the good work

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 9, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      You’re right the graphics are s**t ;) I’m not saying people SHOULD feel as I do, don’t give me that much credit. Feel what you want.

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  23. N.Seller
    Date: October 9, 2013
    Author: N.Seller

    1150 Points, 7 Comments, and 4 Articles.

    Mac or PC aside, Halo was a revolutionary game when it first game out on original Xbox, it was one of the first major franchises of the new console era and did have halfway decent graphics way back then. I think after they realized how much of a cash cow it was though they turned it into a mainstream franchise that has piss poor quality that IS comparable to COD. Its a game for the masses, not hardcore gamers. While I have played all of the Halo games, they do not have the same quality and feel as the first time I put Halo into my “next gen” Xbox and was amazed. Its like the same game over and over (again Comparable to COD). The story is not a good one, its horribly predictable and a complete Star Wars rip off (Cortana= Obi-Wan Kenob-i she provides guidance and advice and then eventually sacrifices herself to save John, Master Cheif=Luke Skywalker)

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 9, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Snap-crack and pop-el! Thank you for sharing Seller! Well said! “Halo is for the masses, not hardcore gamers.”

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  24. Date: October 9, 2013
    Author: durrrrrdedurrrrrrrdumb

    Durrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ur dumb. Dumbest 5 minutes of reading. Durrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. If you compare Halo (which I was a fan of when I was a kid then grew up and saw the light which is COD), then it’s not the most overrated game ever. You’re comparing it to COD….. Think of what target audience this game is appealing to. Your article is like picking apart Pokemon among 6-12 year olds and talking smack on its plot line. Online play was a pivotal proponent for the Halo series, which I loved, but duh. Come on dude. Get a “real” job. Good luck and continued success “writing” about video games. I’m sure with such reviewer gold as this you’ll be killing it in no time…Durrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 9, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      I think you forgot an r. Spell check next time.

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  25. Date: October 9, 2013
    Author: Dude

    You write poorly informed and opinionated articles like a woman.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 9, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      I love women. Sounds like you taking a diss at them? I don’t get it. Either case please feel free to jump in the pacific ocean with some weights tied around your brain…assuming you can find it.

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  26. Date: October 10, 2013
    Author: Alex

    Whilst I am not a hardcore Halo fan I have to say I enjoy playing it. But, whilst your opinion is valid, you do keep avoiding when people ask you for what you think is a better game and has developed better story lines and characters.

    In terms of graphics, I think that actually, that is not the be all and end all. If you ask someone if they would like to play Mario Kart on the N64, the majority of people’s eyes light up like it is Christmas. It is much more fun than the following iterations.

    As long as you enjoy a game, and many people seem to do so if the story line is simple (or crap whichever word you prefer), and you can pick it up and put it down whenever, that I think is the value of success.

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  27. Date: October 10, 2013
    Author: Jesse

    Halo fan here. Instead of defending Halo outright, I’m going to compare it to your precious COD. Since you said “XBOX 360″ in your article, I assume you’re speaking of the Halo franchise in general. So we’ll compare the last entry from both series: Halo 4 vs. Black Ops 2
    Let’s go to story first. The fact that you say Halo doesn’t have a memorable story or you couldn’t figure it out, yet enjoy COD, means that you obviously need story in your games completely spelled-out for you, and to be as compelling as an episode of Spongebob. The “story” in any COD since MW1 is a trite re-hash of the same things. You walk around shooting bad guys, someone betrays you, you learn some secret, go stop a huge bomb from killing millions of people, etc. Sound familiar?
    Halo meanwhile has a story that arcs over the entire series, from Reach to Halo 4. You’re introduced to completely different races, threats to either your ship, your home planet, the earth and so on.
    Yes, Master Chief is a stupid name… If it was his name. I bet you get annoyed in COD when they call you Captain or private or whatever. “Ha, Captain, that’s a dumb name.” – What is “Military Rank” for $200 Alex?
    Finally, multiplayer. Let’s start with Gametypes – they’re about even. Both games offer many gametypes, from objective to all out mayhem. Both allow you to unlock gear as you progress. Both offer customizable loadouts, though Halo allows you to apply that to your armor too. Halo 4 has Spartan Ops, mini missions allowing additional ways to achieve ranks and offering side-story while doing so.
    Graphics: you’re going to sit there and tell us honestly that comparing the xbox 360 versions of each side-by-side aren’t at least comparable, if not totally in Halo 4′s favor? Many things are subjective, but you’re the first person I’ve heard of try and say it’s not a graphically impressive game.
    Lastly though, the players – every game has fans, die-hards, newbs, youngsters and old people alike. But there’s not a game out there that features a more annoying bunch of prepubescent morons trying to learn how to talk smack for the first time than the COD series does online. Not even Halo 4 does.
    Though trust me, the margin is narrow.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 10, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Oh Gawd…what would have happened had I said Bust a Move instead of COD? Well Jesse, as I said above COD is also on my radar so don’t worry too much.

      Also, I didn’t try and say the graphics aren’t impressive. I was very blunt saying they’re not impressive.

      And between us and the world I wish Halo’s story was memorable. I really do. Even on a Spongebob level at least then it would be original in some way. Different…but original.

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  28. Date: November 16, 2013

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  29. Date: November 16, 2013

    ??? Four poorly written, lack luster “arguments” on why some “gook” thinks halo is a bad game. He gets paid 11$ an hour to write poorly written reviews about games that are above his pay grade, not to mention on a site no one cares about. What a faggot lol.

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  30. Date: November 16, 2013
    Author: lol

    >this whole article written by a guy who uses papyrus for his font on his shitty developed website.

    >credible source of review

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  32. Date: August 23, 2014
    Author: Kyoshiro

    Agreed, I’ve shared your thoughts ever since the game first came out and I first tested it. Booooring, nothing that hadn’t been seen on PC years before and yet everyone seems to go crazy praising it everywhere…’Has the whole gaming community gone completely mad?’ – I still think yeah, and maybe partly because of many young gamers who didn’t know any better. If you want a comparison with multiplayer, I’ve got two words for you: Unreal Tournament.

    ‘Nuff said.

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