I'll be on record to say that RE4 appeals to me due to the game-nature, mini games, puzzles, story.
I also like GTA4, if you take out the excessive racial stereotyping and gang-related bloatedness, and ditch the ghetto... I certainly like free roaming, but really, I play games to get away from life, not create a new one to hide in my bedroom with.
I loved Halo 1. Didn't care about the graphics. Sure, they were a plus. I also loved GoldenEye. Same story. Halo 2 was pretty good because of the increased school network playing... Halo 3? Same old game. Whoopie. Why do I want to pay $60 for a game I already have on Halo 2, let alone 1? I don't know...
I loved Mario Kart. I liked it better than N64. Better than DD. I liked DS and Wii even better. Why? Online. Not because the tracks were more cool, not because the graphics are so much fancier, but online play. I can play my old room mate in England. I can't do that with SNES. Don't care about the graphics. I'd just as soon play SNES instead of N64 mario karts.
I love Sim City 4. I played SNES SimCity, and still pick it up off of nostalgia once in a while. I'll play SNES City over SimCity 3000 any day... because I'd rather play SC4. Why? The regions allow some serious gameplay grand-ness. Not because of the graphics, but the options. Where SC3k lacks and SC4 picks up, SNES Sim City is more-game-like and is fun to sit down and beat a few levels on... it's more artful and enjoyable.
I've been playing Supreme Commander for a few days now, and to be honest, I'm not impressed. I could just play Total Annihilation instead, which I'm very familiar with. There's not much new. Shield generators, sure, but really? It's the same game... I'm not even thrilled to play it anymore. Hence, I am here typing now. Graphics didn't do it for me. I've played almost the SAME game before, and ten years earlier.
I don't need Halo 3. I don't need Square's latest cookie-cut-RPG. I -do- need intriguing, new games and gameplay, and NOT graphics... the MLB Power Pros that I'm addicted to. The infinite SimCity4 in building a 12 million population region. The X-Men Legends 1 and 2 where a hack-slash RPG turns into a party machine. I need the Wii Bowling, to play with relatives and drink until I can't find anything but the gutter.
Numbers: Checker Players > Halo Players
Checkers Age and replayability > Halo Age and replayability
Therefore, Checkers > Halo
So, Checkers is a better game than Halo.