The release of Halo 3 for the Xbox 360 is so close! I haven’t been this excited for a video game launch since, well, Halo 2. It’s safe to say that Halo is my all time favorite video game franchise to date. My excitement as an “adult” for these games is the equivalent of my childhood excitement for all things Star Wars or Indiana Jones (which admittedly continues to this day). I actually feel the kid in me break out for a moment when I think about the game, allowing me a taste of the time in youth where the world was magical.
This is a very bold statement for me. I rarely say that something in entertainment is “my favorite”. I enjoy all genres of movies, music, and games. Beyond my demand for quality from these experiences, what you would consider “my favorite” at any given moment is dictated by my current mood. For example, I love Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies, but I really just want to sit down and watch Night at the Museum sometimes. I like 24 and The Shield, but sometimes I’d rather just watch Seinfeld. I like Metallica and Slayer, but enjoy Rolling Stones and The Beastie Boys more at times. All of these can be considered “my favorites”, but none can be called “my favorite” alone.
Of course there are plenty of other video game franchises that I play and enjoy. I still play Super Mario, Civilization, Ghost Recon, etc... Most of the time, given the choice to play a Halo game or something else, I’ll probably play the non-Halo title (just like you wouldn’t watch Citizen Kane the majority of the time you choose to watch a movie).
But how can I call Halo my favorite game franchise? There are certainly titles that surpass aspects of the Halo games; some games have better graphics at their equivalent time of release, some have better voice acting, some have better stories, and some have better gameplay. The Halo games, so far, have managed to find the perfect balance between these multiple aspects. Perfect at none, but fantastic in all, is what makes Halo such solid, intriguing games.
If you need me, I'll be on Xbox Live the night of September 25th.