Review: Halo: Reach

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Halo, Imma real happy for you

But I gotta say I never liked the games. I'm not a cover-clinging Realistic Shooter type, it's just that the only experience I've had of the game has been around other peoples houses, playing odd missions co-op or just a 2v2

I understand that this is not reflective of the key elements (singleplayer and multiplayer online) of the series, but I have no XBOX and lack the patience to try it out.

I will say this though:

It's revolutionised gaming, and it makes THE. MOST. AWESOME. adverts ever

BloodSquirrel:
I'm pretty sure that you could increase that average IQ for any gaming forum by 50 points by just insta-banning anybody who bashed Halo.

That's a touch harsh do you not think?

There's plenty of people who fall into both pro and anti Halo camps who you could call a certifiable dumbass. It's not so much their opinion as the lack of perspective and tolerance applied to it. Doesn't mean you should ban everyone automatically for having opinion X.

I don't understand why people hate people who like certain games I mean really? come on. I have a wide variety of games that i like to play ranging from fps games to rts and rpg games. I have no hate toward any people play any certain game. why can't people enjoy both Halo and Call of duty??

Woodsey:

So they're stupid because they don't agree with you? Nice.

He wasn't trolling anyway - he just gave a score. To him 5/10 might mean average, thereby perfectly describing Halo which is fair enough if that's what he thinks.

Evidence for my theory accumulates quickly.

BloodSquirrel:

Woodsey:

So they're stupid because they don't agree with you? Nice.

He wasn't trolling anyway - he just gave a score. To him 5/10 might mean average, thereby perfectly describing Halo which is fair enough if that's what he thinks.

Evidence for my theory accumulates quickly.

Evidence for mine just dropped down in one fell swoop.

out of interest in the whole halo phenomenon thing i got halo 3 yesterday and it's like everybody else is talking about a different series this game isn't mediocre it's bad. this however actually looks like more fun and the escapists reviews are nearly always accurate. if a little too generious. i'll rent it sometime.

Still curious how everything got so much more low tech AFTER this Prequel.

Games a very refined Halo game. Id say its the best out there since its got EVERYTHING from ALL the previous 4 Halo games. Well at this point it better right? XD

fix-the-spade:

BloodSquirrel:
I'm pretty sure that you could increase that average IQ for any gaming forum by 50 points by just insta-banning anybody who bashed Halo.

That's a touch harsh do you not think?

There's plenty of people who fall into both pro and anti Halo camps who you could call a certifiable dumbass. It's not so much their opinion as the lack of perspective and tolerance applied to it. Doesn't mean you should ban everyone automatically for having opinion X.

Being harsh does not mean something would not work. It's not even most people's "opinion"- it's a kneejerk trolling exercise for people who want to be one of the cool kids.

Further proof the Journey is more important than the destination :D

I must admit, though I haven't played the Halo games so much, that Reach looks interesting.
If I can get my hands on a 360 soon, I'll most likely check it out. It looks very good actually.

I'm picking up my reserved copy today :D
only downside for me: I don't live in the US and therefore was out of the statues giveaway contest T_T

I bought it for my little brother, and watching him play the first level, there was a part when the squad is ambushed by a squad of elites (in a cutscene). One of them over-powers your character, and pulls out a sword, ready to gut you - to which you grab the sword-wielding arm, and punch the sucker in the face. seeing the elite crawl/squirm away from you after this really enforced how bad-ass these guys are!

Lim3:
I give it a 7/10.

I finished the campaign today; the story was not engaging, the characters boring and the action and battles don't live up to their predecessors. Also there were plot holes; lots of plot holes, which i'm pretty sure there will be attempts to cover up.

When compared to the EPICNESS of Halo 3 (and 1 & 2) in terms of story line and battles Reach falls far short. You drive PAST scarabs in the last level, rather then engaging them. You DON'T take on hordes of enemies, the enemies themselves seemed smaller, less fearsome and more boring then in Halo 3.

You're joking, right? You think Halo 3's story was more engaging than Reach?

I'l most probably pick this up on my birthday in December, seeing as i have no money at the moment and i'm waiting for my Fallout: New Vegas. :D

Definatly looks fun though, i never played Halo 3 which i pick up as i adored Halo 2 when i was younger, i just played it's campaign and splitscreen all the time.

Sounds fun! I will surely give the game a try... after 2-3 years when the price dare dips below $60.00

John Funk:

Chamzaboogie:
Nice review, I could feel the epic wind of Reach blowing. I just cannot wait to coop through the campaign.

As a side note, how is the music? I always enjoyed the Halo theme and how it fits perfectly with the action.

It was one of the things that I didn't like, actually. Not to say that it was bad by any stretch of the matter - Marty O'donnell is a great composer - but that it just didn't have a really memorable track for me until the very end.

BrunDeign:
If Halo is such a multiplayer centric franchise, why is there no multiplayer review? Are they going to release one?

Yes. Traditionally, our reviews for all games focus on the singleplayer, since different players will have wholly different experiences online, but we'll have a multiplayer segment coming sometime soon from EIC Russ Pitts :)

Nice review!

Will there also be a forge review on the way?

I can't wait to get home from college to pick this up!

JIst00:

In all seriousness, I have no doubt it's a good game, I'm just still bitter that they moved the first Halo from the PC to the Xbox originally. I was so pissed off at the time, I was really looking forward to it, then they did the unthinkable, they put an FPS on a console. Mouse and Keyboard ladies and gentlemen, the best only was to play an FPS.

why should certain genres be exclusive to certain platforms?
besides shooters on consoles seem to be MUCH more popular than on the PC (just look at where the bulk of sales for a game lies... MW2 sales on 360 are the highest), and ive found that console shooters have a much more level playing field since EVERYONE is using the same console with the same specs no one has to worry about having lag.

so Halo being for the console was not a bad thing, and besides without Halo on the Xbox, we probably wouldnt HAVE xbox! then we also wouldnt have Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, the Fable series, the Halo series, none of the XBLA indie games, and Crackdown. Also, the PS3 and Wii would have no other competition, so Sony would have a stranglehold on the market and they'd be able to set their prices at whatever (since your only other option is a Wii which has less processing power than a PS2)

console shooters just balance the market, and besides, you got your Halo:CE for PC later anyways...

I can't watch the video. godf***ingdammit.

Haven't played the game yet, waiting for it to be delivered to my house, buut looking forward to it, especially forge. I love me some forge :)

Stream is brokeneded--DED

tbbrownah:
I can't watch the video. godf***ingdammit.

Haven't played the game yet, waiting for it to be delivered to my house, buut looking forward to it, especially forge. I love me some forge :)

Distorted Stu:
Stream is brokeneded--DED

It's working for me. What seems to be the issue?

I am blown away... I am SO fucking getting this game now.

JIst00:

BloodSquirrel:

Seaf The Troll:

Jezzascmezza:

Lim3:
I give it a 5/10

Isn't that maybe a little harsh?

that maybe a lot harsh?

It's a Halo thread. The game is a lightning rod for trolls.

I'm pretty sure that you could increase that average IQ for any gaming forum by 50 points by just insta-banning anybody who bashed likes Halo.

Fixed that for you. =P

In all seriousness, I have no doubt it's a good game, I'm just still bitter that they moved the first Halo from the PC to the Xbox originally. I was so pissed off at the time, I was really looking forward to it, then they did the unthinkable, they put an FPS on a console. Mouse and Keyboard ladies and gentlemen, the best only was to play an FPS.

Im gonna haft to disagree.
I LOVE the controller for the X-Box.
It fits so well in my hand, i know what button does what, and i don't need 4 separate buttons just to move left, right, foreword, ETC.
The mouse is great for aiming but, i can aim just as well with a Analogue Stick.

It really all comes down to personal preference.
And Right now playing Halo 2 on my Laptop, even with a mouse, is murder on my hands.

OT:Nice Review.
Iv looked foreword to this game for a long time.
i don't have an X-Box but i have friends that do.
I think its time i go and hang out with them for a while.

John Funk:

tbbrownah:
I can't watch the video. godf***ingdammit.

Haven't played the game yet, waiting for it to be delivered to my house, buut looking forward to it, especially forge. I love me some forge :)

Distorted Stu:
Stream is brokeneded--DED

It's working for me. What seems to be the issue?

Nevahmind, it's working now. I guess it's just my computer.

Thanks for responding, John Funk! Great review!

Playing it, loving it, looking forward to all (If any PLEASE!) DLC, and looking forward to the years this'll still be huge in the multiplayer scene (WAY better then any CoD).

Its a fantastic game, and especially with the polishing of Forge into something more playable and fun I can see years of map making with unique and awesome new maps. Good job Bungie, just wish you'd make more...

Lim3:
I give it a 7/10.

I finished the campaign today; the story was not engaging, the characters boring and the action and battles don't live up to their predecessors. Also there were plot holes; lots of plot holes, which i'm pretty sure there will be attempts to cover up.

When compared to the EPICNESS of Halo 3 (and 1 & 2) in terms of story line and battles Reach falls far short. You drive PAST scarabs in the last level, rather then engaging them. You DON'T take on hordes of enemies, the enemies themselves seemed smaller, less fearsome and more boring then in Halo 3.

On the upside the mission where you fly Sabers was fantastic. The mission where you spend 45 minutes island hopping (for lack of a better term) in a Falcon was not. It was dead boring, my co-op partner and I couldn't wait to finish it.

Also there was no Scorpion (tank) mission. What's up with that? I'm fairly sure I am not alone in looking forward to Halo tank missions; they played a big part in 1,2,3 and ODST and were a major fun factor.

I also found Firefight less entertaining then in ODST. They have made one major improvement: unlimited ammo on the maps. Having once done 3 hours on one firefight session in ODST however it was not as engaging in terms of switching skulls on and off and the variety of enemies. There is however the option to toggle the settings on firefight, which is a plus, and admittedly i haven't spent much time getting to know these.

I recommend it as a multiplayer game for online play and firefight. The campaign however is... more then a little disappointing.

PS Jetpacks = fun multiplayer. Oh and they haven't fixed the problem of simultaneous beat downs, if MW2 doesn't have simultaneous stab problems (that i have noticed anyway) why should Halo?

I didn't really see the plot holes, unless you mean, the inconsistencies when comparing the game to the book "Fall of Reach" in which case, that really pissed me off, but I have come to terms with it. The only plot holes I noticed within the canon of the games alone was that in the end, Keyes' hair wasn't grey enough, hardly shitstorm worthy. (though to be fair I haven't finished it yet, I am literally on the last objective of the game, but I had to leave for a 4 hour psychology class)

As for the enemies being less intimidating, I couldn't disagree more, on Legendary, the elites are scary as shit in a way Halo 3 could never achieve, the AI is vastly improved (for example, if you fire a charged plasma bolt at one from far away without locking on, they will see it and sidestep it, where in Halo 3 they would not react to it flying toward them) Near the end I saw 3 silver elites enter the hanger I was in, and I had a moment of pure "OH SHIT!" that I never had in Halo 3, those silver ones can take a spartan laser to the fact without even losing their shields on legendary.

Also, I liked the story, primarily not because of its content, but because of the way it was told, for example:

Edit: Added spoiler tags. The game just came out! -Mod

It looks pretty good, I'm going to rent it.

i would more likely consider to buy it if it was for pc, no offence though but atleast i wouldn't have to pay for xbox live

Halo is mainstream, meaning it's surely just a redundant shooter with no redeeming qualities. I rate it 5/10 for doing the same thing every other FPS does, although I can't quite remember which ones so I'll leave them unmentioned. This game is far too mediocre for my hardcore artistic tastes so I might just rent it.

Anyways, I've got some great Indie titles to check out. And if there aren't any out, I'll just revisit the classic like Thief and Zelda because everyone knows that all the recent video games suck, I mourn for the death of video games.

Wah wah.

This Game is officailly the greatest Game I ever played.
Ever.
I havent even finished yet.

Enlightening review, I think I shall rent Reach when I get the chance. Just a few thing that sound like quite an improvement:
*Better story (Not hard, I didn't like 2 or 3)
*Better characters (Pretty much facile)
*Better Scale and sense of a larger battle
*Recharging powers (Bubble shield)
*Tougher enemies who do not speak English (in a silly voice no less...)
*Old Halo 1 feel for weapons and health

Woodsey:
To him 5/10 might mean average, thereby perfectly describing Halo which is fair enough if that's what he thinks.

That is a good point in general sense because that is average ha ha.
Although I haven't played Reach, I would be damn impressed if I gave it a 5/10... because I can't play the multiplayer as a silver. :(

SteelStallion:
Halo is mainstream, meaning it's surely just a redundant shooter with no redeeming qualities. I rate it 5/10 for doing the same thing every other FPS does, although I can't quite remember which ones so I'll leave them unmentioned. This game is far too mediocre for my hardcore artistic tastes so I might just rent it.

Anyways, I've got some great Indie titles to check out. And if there aren't any out, I'll just revisit the classic like Thief and Zelda because everyone knows that all the recent video games suck, I mourn for the death of video games.

I'm pretty sure that this comment is entirely facetious, but the sad part is that I honestly can't tell.

by far the best halo game. And possible best Fps this year.

I was anticipated for Reach, the hype were incredible.. Have you seen the jet pack stunt in London :O

But I thought the campaign were a little short in my opinion. But what got myself into ordering Reach in the first place, were Forge Mode. You can literally put any kind of object in Forge. A little too much as I couldn't get more ideas to put in my world, or aren't happy off your result and always have to edit on it :/

In general I'll give Halo Reach a 7.5 / 10

EDIT: Oh, and firefight is awesome :D

Hey guys, I'm noticing a lot of hate. I really like halo, it's one of my favorite videogame series. But some people don't like it. Why do we have to fight over this?

danpascooch:
[quote="Lim3" post="6.232197.8158818"]I give it a 7/10.
Edit: Added spoiler tags. The game just came out! -Mod

Good save! That almost spoiled the game for me.

This game should have been called "Stretch". The entire franchise was shit, I'm sure there will be more Halos as they "Reach" for those last dollars still in the market.

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