Just better and more popular.
So we're back to this again. What was better, exactly? Because no one has ever established that. Everyone just says HALO WAS BETTER. Well okay. Donkey Kong was better. I said it, it's on the internet, it must be true.
The fact of the matter is that HALO is not better, and not differant, and not revolutionary, but was celebrated and awarded for being just that thing by people who are too ignorant to be aware of the history of video games (IE: The up and coming generation, which thinks every time it reinvents the wheel it's done something new unique and fantastical [IE: Avatar]).
My only hope for the ignorant masses that worship at the alter of HALO is that now that HALO is stomping on something they are intimately familiar with (IE: Republic Commando) they will wake up and realize that HALO is just cloning other FPS games...and getting awards for it.
(For the Record
: whoever mentioned Ghost Recon should be shot, since Ghost Recon was an expansion on the Rainbow Six line of games...which were the original 'modern' Squad Based shooters. This is exactly what I am talking about above about the wheel and the history of video games. If you want to get into it even more you could say that the SWAT games came first, but as they are arcade games and not traditional shooters, they don't really fall into the same category of gaming. There was also the Delta Force series of games, I am not sure if they came before or after R6, but they certainly weren't in the modern gaming 'revolution' so to speak. If anyone knows when the first Delta Force was released, please let me know so I can properly adjust my encyclopediac brain.)