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Is Halo Still Popular?
It’s been 11 years since the first Halo came out, and the video game world has changed. There’s new games, and there are new gamers. And at some point within the last decade Halo started to take a back seat in the video game world. It wasn’t the game that everyone was playing anymore, it was the game that everyone remembered fondly. Halo 3 was supposed to be the last of the series. It was the end to an era of the truly epic Halo campaign .. But by next week the world will experience Halo 4.
Things have changed since Halo 3 came out, and I’m second guessing the popularity of the Halo franchise. I thought every single gamer was waiting in anticipation for this game like I am. Now I’m realizing that might not be the case. Some people I’ve talked to have been awaiting release day since Halo 4 was announced, but a larger number of them aren’t excited at all. Halo is an old franchise that they don’t feel connected to anymore.
What happened? Halo used to be the head honcho. The cream of the crop. It was a common household name, even in households that didn’t know anything about video games. When I was a child and my mom would lecture me about not playing violent video games she always named dropped Halo. It was the only game title she ever knew. It became synonymous with the Xbox and video games in general.
There’s no denying that the original Halo was a great game. But it’s sequels didn’t seem to give fans the same amount of sheer amazement that the original game did. I thought the original trilogy were all great games, but fans dropped off as each new title came out. Even if you were a fan of the first three Halos you might have noticed that Bungie began trying to push the Halo franchise for everything that it had. And while some might call ODST and Halo Wars successes, I think that they made the franchise lose even more fans.
Halo Reach and the anniversary special Halo 1 acted as kind of saving graces for the franchise. And while they may have retained, or brought back some fans they still weren’t immensely popular like the original trilogy. I’ll admit that even though I enjoyed playing these games they weren’t titles that I was going out to the store to buy. I waited a couple of months for a friend to get a used copy and then borrowed it when he was done.
I love the Halo series. It’s one of the first video games that I really got into as a child, and will always be one of my favorite games. It’s campaign is interesting and fun enough to replay, even years later. But Halo 4 has a lot of work to do to keep the franchise going.
Is there still a Halo franchise? Is Halo 4 going to be a popular title? Other games and other companies have sprung up since the slow decline of Halos popularity. Halo 4 is going to be a turning point for the series as a whole. Will 343 Studios do the game justice? Will they plunge the franchise into a whole new era of glory, resetting the Halo game on the pedestal of glory in the gaming world? Will Halo 4 be the best Halo ever, securing their fanbase until the end of time? Or will it fail to meet the high standards that so many die hard fans have set. We’ll just have to wait until Nov. 6th and see.
Are you still a Halo fan? Do you think the franchise is alive and kicking like it’s always been? And are you going to buy Halo on day one? Share your opinion and leave a comment below!