"Halo Killer"

#1 Posted by Daveyo520 (7000 posts) -

So with Killzone 3 coming out it got me to thinking of the days when KZ was coming out and how every one thought it would be a "Halo Killer"/ I remember that that phrase was a big thing and people cared about some game topoling Halo. There were articles about it and tons of forum post. Everyone used to be obsessed with the idea. So my point is, didn't COD4 come around and kill Halo? Yet I saw no one talk about Halo killers and it being not as popular as COD. Do we "need" a "COD Killer" now? 
 
Anyway why did people care about it so much back in the day but not say anything when it happened?

#2 Posted by EvilTwin (3324 posts) -

I think it had more to do with the idea of a platform exclusive.  Sony's "Halo killer." 

#3 Posted by tobygw (580 posts) -

I think it was a bigger deal because people thought that Killzone and Halo looked very similar. 

#4 Posted by KarlPilkington (2778 posts) -
@EvilTwin said:
" I think it had more to do with the idea of a platform exclusive.  Sony's "Halo killer."  "
#5 Posted by Daveyo520 (7000 posts) -
@tobygw said:
" I think it was a bigger deal because people thought that Killzone and Halo looked very similar.  "
Maybe. I did however just google it for some old stories and it seems even today some guy at EA is calling Crysis 2 a Halo Killer. Even though it is on multiple platforms. 
#6 Posted by CenturionCajun (1461 posts) -

Yes, if you look at a game that is incredibly strong on a single platform then Halo is definately it. Call of Duty comes out and sells 12 million copies but that's spread across every platform that currently exists. Reach was the third best selling game of 2010 behind Black Ops and Madden. That's a huge thing to say for a console exclusive. Also, all of that money doesn't go directly back to Sony like Halo money goes back to Microsoft.
#7 Posted by Slaker117 (4843 posts) -

I thought there was actual marketing behind Killzone as "The Halo Killer". Like that was part of the official line or something. It seems kind of stupid though, I feel that if you have to sell something as "The ____ Killer" you already lost.
 
CoD isn't really considered a Halo killer because it's not a platform exclusive. Besides that, though it may have claimed Halo's #1 spot, Reach is doing just fine. I think now we can all see how stupid sentiments like that were.

#8 Posted by Giraffeking (30 posts) -

A "something killer" is pretty much the worst thing a game can be. It's used by stupid marketing people who like giving their games unrealistic expectations. The reason more people play COD than Halo is because call of duty actually improved the fps genre (at least in the eyes of the consumers), and didn't try to copy Halo's gameplay. I believe EA has called both BC2 and MoH COD killers, and its no surprise that the one that actually provided a different game experience proved to be more popular.

#9 Posted by Sweep (8978 posts) -

I don't see the need to go around killing everything all the time. Why can't we all just get along :'(

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#10 Posted by Daveyo520 (7000 posts) -
@Sweep: Cuz we all hate you Sweep, grrrrrrr!
#11 Posted by Vinny_Says (5721 posts) -

When you use a term like "The xxx Killer" it must be platform exclusive because Microsoft/ Sony would not let a game that supposedly will destroy their #1 thing on their own console. That would make no sense.

#12 Posted by Gamer_152 (14110 posts) -

The whole idea of a game killer is something promoted almost entirely by fanboys and marketing people. CoD4 didn't kill Halo, not by a very long shot, and I don't think any one game can kill a game that popular, but there are a lot of people who would like you to think it could.

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#13 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -

I hate people that use the term halo killer. The thought of people saying CoD killer is equally as stupid.

#14 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

Halo hasn't been on the top of the heap for years, killing Halo doesn't mean much.

#15 Posted by Slaker117 (4843 posts) -
@ryanwho:  I like how you say that as if Halo has been "killed'.
#16 Posted by Daveyo520 (7000 posts) -
@Slaker117 said:
" @ryanwho:  I like how you say that as if Halo has been "killed'. "
My point is no one cared when it happened but wanted it to happen for so long. 
 
PS I love Halo and have nothing against it.
#17 Posted by MikkaQ (10344 posts) -

Because nothing went and killed Halo, that's probably why people stopped caring. Now there's just a lot more people who play these shooters, so the popularity seems pretty spread out. Gobs of people play both Halo and Call of Duty. Though yeah I found it amusing that people were saying that KZ1 was Sony's answer to Halo because yo that game was lame, you couldn't even jump. KZ2 was pretty awesome, but that first game was straight up garbage I found. 

#18 Posted by TBird13 (106 posts) -
@Slaker117: Good point.  Halo Reach was the 3rd game this console generation to sell over 3 million copies in its first month. 
Somehow, I don't think Bungie has anything to be depressed about.  
#19 Posted by CommodoreGroovy (561 posts) -

Oh... kinda like how new MMO's always being called the next "WoW killer." With the "___ Killer" phrase, I wonder which contributes more? Is it from the community or from the people who make and produce it. 

#20 Posted by JJOR64 (19065 posts) -

God.  I remember back in the day when everyone tried to "kill" Halo.  Those were the days.    :)

#21 Posted by zityz (2360 posts) -

I'm starting to hate the term "(game) Killer". It's becoming  pointless. It's not as if this new game will come out and everyone get amnesia and forgets about the other game/ will never play the other game/ can't play both. 

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