Halo: Combat Evolved
The home console was not fertile ground for shooters. While gamers on the PC enjoyed games like Counterstrike, gamers at home championed the “good for console” game, GoldenEye 007. When the Xbox came out, though, Halo changed the game. Aiming reliably with the two analog sticks felt right. The guns had variety. The vehicles had purpose. The game could also work with LAN and the experience felt uncompromised. Outside of a mouse and keyboard, it closed the gap between console and PC.