Released: 2004
Developer/Publisher: Bungie Studios for Microsoft Game Studios
Platform(s): XBOX, PC

"But...but...what about Halo 3! It's the newest version, yo!" Step off noobs, we call the shots on this list. While Halo 3 is definitely entertaining, its impact doesn't come close to last gen's Halo 2. Innovative graphics? Check. Cool soundtrack? Check. Dope story? Check. Wielding the dual machine gun and staying up nights blasting fools online? Muthafuckin' check! Halo 2 changed our lives and changed gaming. Enough said.

Halo 2 closes on a cliffhanger, but it wasn't the intended ending. Developers planned to offer closure to the story but had to improvise because of a rushed schedule.