I played Halo 2 first (only because everyone made such a fuss about the original). Then i played Halo then just recently i finished Halo 3. They were fine to at least play through. I may have been surrounded by too many fan-boys because it didn't live up to the hype. Though they were very well made, controlled well, and had great visuals. I have played them split screen and system link but i never got sucked into online mode.