Obviously. Nnn. Halo stands out because it was one of the only console shooters to not blatantly f*** up. That's sort of an understatement since some of the controls were quite cool and innovative. That along with counterstrike grade multiplayer and you got fans. Got a shallow story and you have pretentious fans (except for maca2kx, you dont seem pretentious in any way.) It's not mystery why Halo is so big, they just played all their cards right and it's no miracle. That said Halo is a bland sci fi shooter that brings nothing new to the plate. Srzly. In relativity (on the subject of gameplay depth), I say Halo 1\2 does not fair well next to counterstrike. Next to Battlefield 2 it fairs evenly, but no one is going crazy about Battlefield 2.