343 was making arguably inferior Halo games every other year until Bungie dropped the ball and 343 had a creative fire lit under their collective ass?
I know what you mean, it's just not the greatest analogy. Halo should be so lucky as to have its own "Black Ops" entry. I guess ODST comes closest to that.
Yeah I admit the analogy is not the greatest but it's the best I can think of to give my opinion context.
Though it is weird, I feel the same way about the Halo series as I do about COD. So far every other entry has been a disappointment.
Halo CE - great
Halo 2 - awful
Halo 3 - great
ODST - didn't like it
Reach - great
Halo 4 - not liking it