I spent my 4th of July finally beating Halo 3: ODST. I got it back when it came out, I just never finished it / didn't care enough. Upon beating it I was happy to finally finish the campaign but I found that I was a little tired of the story.
I've been playing Halo games for almost 10 years now. That's insane
. I never thought this franchise would last this long. It really says something about the people at Bungie and their creative minds. But ten years is a long time for a game to last. Halo Reach is coming out in a few months and for the first time in my life, I kind of just don't care.
I know Reach will be introducing some new multilayer features, and the beta for it was awesome. I'll probably buy it, but only for social gaming purposes. What I need is a new story. I need new characters and new adventures to embark on.
Sadly though, some of my favorite games from the last 4 or 5 years are lacking in the departments that Halo thrived on. Halo is a magnificently well rounded game; the campaign is smart and fun and the multilayer (whether online or just co-op) is beyond incredible. This makes the replay value for the series almost infinite. It seems true, anyway, since I've played all of the games multiple times over the last decade.
But with Halo fading off the screen respectfully, what will take its place? Some of my favorite game franchises aren't pulling their weight in that regard. The spooky / science fiction thriller Dead Space has the best story of any new franchise lately. It's a new Resident Evil in my book (especially after the flop of Resident Evil 5). But while Dead Space's campaign is incredible and addictive, there is no multiplayer whatsoever.
It's 2010 people! Let's realize that gamers are greedy and demanding people. We want a full package deal, not just a story.
The maps of Dead Space are well made and would be perfect for multiplayer. I'm sure people would love cutting off other player's limbs with the various weapons the game offers. So maybe with Dead Space 2 coming soon, we'll get something else. Still, I don't think it's likely.
There's also Half Life and the people at Valve, but I'm not about to start ranting about that again. In my opinion, they're not really doing their job for the Half Life campaign, and in general, just pissing me off.
Gears of War is another franchise with tons of potential. The story is fun and very interactive, and actually worth playing over and over, yet I can't say I really enjoy the online multiplayer. By the time you've beaten the campaign, the multiplayer requires you to purchase and download map packs that are extremely over priced. Yeah, okay! I just spent 60 dollars on your game and now I have to dish out more money, fuck you!
Call of Duty and Left 4 Dead are great multiplayer games but let's be honest...they're sorely lacking in the story department.
In order to enjoy the magic of Killzone and Uncharted, I'd have to buy a PS3. These games seem to have everything I'm looking for but I'm not made of money to spend on the over priced PS3.
So what do we have left? Nothing. Halo will be bowing out after the release of Reach, says Bungie. E3 really didn't show us anything that exciting. All I have to look forward to are some games that will keep me busy for a couple of hours, rather than days or weeks or months. That's a let down! I need a new super game and it looks as though we might be waiting a while for one. Great! Halo Reach will just have to keep me occupied for the next couple of years.What would you suggest as a super-game replacement?