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  • Summary: From the beginning, you know the end. In Halo: Reach, players experience the fateful moments that forged the Halo legend. It's the story of Noble Team, a squad of heroic Spartan soldiers, and their final stand on the planet Reach, humanity's last line of defense between the terrifyingFrom the beginning, you know the end. In Halo: Reach, players experience the fateful moments that forged the Halo legend. It's the story of Noble Team, a squad of heroic Spartan soldiers, and their final stand on the planet Reach, humanity's last line of defense between the terrifying Covenant and Earth. This darker story is echoed by grittier visuals amid a backdrop of massive, awe-inspiring environments. Characters, enemies and environments are rendered in amazing detail by an all-new engine designed to deliver epic-scale encounters against the cunning and ruthless Covenant. Expand
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  1. Positive: 93 out of 99
  2. Negative: 0 out of 99
  1. Halo: Reach is without doubt Bungie's finest Halo game, and best of all it has the story and structure to the campaign to finally deliver the Halo experience that some of us have been waiting for since the original Halo: Combat Evolved launched on Xbox back in 2002.
  2. 100
    ODST could have been a clever little shimmy, but it came out a misstep. Reach brings us right back into the dance that hooked us nine years ago, introduces some cool new steps, and leaves us twirling in enchantment as Bungie graciously bows out. Just keep twirling, Spartan.
  3. If you're a fan of the Halo series and were a little disappointed with ODST and a little apprehensive in purchasing this title, don't be. Bungie have redeemed themselves by not only creating an engaging and coercive story but have brought the game back to its roots and tweaked the gameplay, both offline and online to make this the definitive game of the series.
  4. In closing, Halo Reach is a must have title for any fan of the series (which by now, you should know if you are or not) and even if you aren't a fan of the previous titles you may find that the lengths Bungie have gone to refine their formula will now win you over.
  5. It's not the perfect shooter by any stretch, if indeed such a thing could exist, but as a multiplayer effort there's every reason to expect the game to reach far into the coming year and beyond.
  6. It maybe not be the perfect ending for the franchise because of its prequel flair, but in the gameplay and story-telling aspects it easily earns the crown of the series.
  7. Halo is still a superlative multiplayer game, and with a group of friends, there's nothing quite like a well-tuned game mode or a white-knuckle finish to a Firefight. It's a shame that Halo: Reach couldn't add $60 worth of improvements to it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 93 out of 611
  1. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    This game delivered on every front. From the intense single player campaign stuffed with variety to the excellent voice acting, story andThis game delivered on every front. From the intense single player campaign stuffed with variety to the excellent voice acting, story and sound effects Halo:Reach is an absolute must buy for every Xbox360 owner. It is so rich in content that it can easily race for the top spot among the other heavy weapons in the genre. Although the graphics look quite good they are not on a Gears of War or Bad Company 2 level but they still look very convincing and that improvements are visible. I haven't really had time to dug into the multiplayer part of the game but seeing a lot of official review we can say that Halo: Reach is one of the most rich FPS when it comes to its content. All together if you are an Xbox owner, fond of FPS, have 60 bucks or a fan of the series pick this up! U won't regret it, because Bungie really kept its promise and finished the series with a BANG. Now its only up to Microsoft not to screw it up in the future. Expand
  2. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    Being new to the Halo series, I've been blown away so far. I found the campaign fun at some parts, but dragged at other. The real fun of theBeing new to the Halo series, I've been blown away so far. I found the campaign fun at some parts, but dragged at other. The real fun of the game is the multiplayer. The game is packed with many game modes, forge, and fire fight. Each one of packed with lots of replay value. The strongest point of this game is freedom. You are able to create your own game modes and play to your own settings. Forge is very intuitive and easy to use. Fire fight is fun with more people around. You may not like playing competitive online with others, but the multiplayer with friends is well worth it. Expand
  3. MJR
    Apr 23, 2011
    10
    Hey there fella. Do you like Halo? If you said no then go play your PS3 and God bless. If you said yes then congratulations! This is theHey there fella. Do you like Halo? If you said no then go play your PS3 and God bless. If you said yes then congratulations! This is the complete Halo experience and easily the best one in the series, next to the first of course. Campaign, Multiplayer, Firefight, Forge, Theatre and a ton of character customization options with much more effecient armor upgrades gives an all around great game. So play away and blow some s*** up! Expand
  4. Dec 8, 2010
    9
    Over all, I enjoy this game ALOT! graphics, online multiplayer, and all those other things.

    The campaign however is somewhat lacking the
    Over all, I enjoy this game ALOT! graphics, online multiplayer, and all those other things.

    The campaign however is somewhat lacking the theatrical feeling you get when you play story-mode on other games but it is indeed action packed and the story was impressive.

    The online is is excellent like always. Sometimes it's pure mayhem and other times simple and intense. I personally enjoy how the had the return of the Halo 1 Pistol and the Elites vs Spartans game.

    Firefight has improved since Halo ODST; it's customizable as in adjust was and what aliens come after you and it's also a matchmaking playlist online as well.

    Forge seems appealing to me but I spent MOST of my Halo Reach time matchmaking and completing daily challenges. I know you can get even MORE creative in Halo 3 since they made it more convenient as in you can making Objects float instead of doing some weird $%&@.

    In visuals they improve pretty much EVERY little thing since Halo 3, the armor look more realistic, environments, even the helmet looks better.
    I give it a 9/10
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  5. Apr 25, 2013
    9
    This game has a very interesting story plot it is a great game and it deserves to be in many people gaming collection No it dose not haveThis game has a very interesting story plot it is a great game and it deserves to be in many people gaming collection No it dose not have solider 117 john But honestly it doesn't really need that it is based on events that have occurred before halo 1 And if your a halo fan you should really test this game out its a great game Expand
  6. Oct 6, 2010
    8
    This game is fun the first couple of days/weeks you play it but there are so much good games out now that you may well prefer other games.This game is fun the first couple of days/weeks you play it but there are so much good games out now that you may well prefer other games. There isnt as much flair to this as there was for the other three halo games Expand
  7. Dec 15, 2010
    0
    Well as a fan of halo since halo 1 i have to say it feels like bungie said "Call of Dutyize it NOW" and as much as i **** hate cod halo didWell as a fan of halo since halo 1 i have to say it feels like bungie said "Call of Dutyize it NOW" and as much as i **** hate cod halo did not feel like halo. halo 1 lan was **** awesome halo 2 online was beast. and halo 3 was awesome. and they said well time to change the formula. so it feels like call of halo. not enjoyable. Expand

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