- Noble Team becomes your family
- Halo has never looked so damn pretty
- Really damn horrible A.I. drivers
I hope you guys love explosions, firefights, and teabagging, because Halo: Reach has all that good stuff and much more. Halo: Reach is set before the events of Halo: Combat Evolved, and you are put into the boots of one of the Spartan - II's of Noble Team. Bungie has done what so many developers have failed to do, which is get you attached to your A.I. buddies. Never before did I (and others) get so attached to our squadmates. The game takes place on the doomed planet Reach, a threshold not yet crossed by the Covenant. For those who don't know, humans have been waging war on one another for centuries in the outer colonies. After several mysterious disturbances, Noble Team is sent in to halt what the UNSC believe is a rebel uprising. Seeing as tons of people know that the Covenant are gonna kick some human ass, the game gets very dramatic. More than once I wanted to yell that the rebels are nonexistant and to run like hell for the nearest giant space gun.
There are many more vehicle sections this time, and sadly a very brief taste of space combat. Speaking of vehicles, the A.I. drivers on Reach are atrocious. You will need to take the wheel yourself. This is actually also a good thing, since the A.I. has much better aim than you, and it is damn fun splattering enemies on the grill of your Warthog. The weapons of Reach are amazing. No longer are they Hasbro toys sounding, they have a huge kick to them, and the explosions are real tear jerkers. Armour abilities such as the jetpack or hologram are scattered throughout the game and can be real game changers. Note however that you can only carry one at a time. Overall. Reach's campaign is one of the best in the series and you are encouraged to fight with your squad, not independently like in previous Halo games. Stuff like that may seem small, but it makes Reach's emotional journey all the more satisfying. The Campaign is golden, and should not be skipped up. Plus, you get to avoid those 9 year old trashtalking jerkwads on Multiplayer (every game has them). The campaign of Reach gets a phenomenal 5 out of 5.
The multiplayer, along with Forge and firefight, are coming soon. (I didn't play Multiplayer yet).