Speaking to NowGamer at GamesCom, 343 Industries’ Dan Ayoub got a little carried away when explaining why he doesn’t think Halo Anniversary has anything to fear from FPS heavyweights Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3, claiming…
“Modern shooters all owe their existence to Halo: Combat Evolved.”
Now, we get excited about Halo games sometimes too, Mr. Ayoub, but there’s no need to go making crazy, outrageous statements like that.
Halo: Combat Evolved was an influential title, and if you want to credit one game with taking what was great about PC first-person shooters and making it work on a console, then Halo: Combat Evolved would be that game. But being at the heart of a revolution doesn’t make you the sole cause of it, and opening a set of floodgates doesn’t make you responsible for putting the flood behind them in the first place. That’s not The Flood, Halo fans. Different flood.
Convoluted metaphors aside, Halo is just one of several names that have defined the FPS genre as we know it. Wolfenstein, Doom, Quake, Unreal, Half-Life, Medal Of Honor, Counter-Strike, Halo, Call Of Duty, Battlefield. Take Halo out of that list and ‘modern shooters’ not only still exist, but probably don’t turn out all that different.
I know it’s just hype and that there’s a gaping flaw in the logic of any claim that “without this one thing, we wouldn’t have had all these other things since”, but c’mon, Halo isn’t even the most influential game in that list. And Halo didn’t so much make the console FPS possible as showcase the excellent, FPS-geared design of the Xbox controller.
If you really want to know who the father of the modern shooter is, find out who came up with that pad!