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  1. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    You know I find it hilarious, but at the same time saddening that there are people on this site that are so childish and pathetic. I come here, and see people giving 0/10. Why? No matter how bad a game is, how on Earth could it get 0/10?
    I see people here saying ridiculous things such as, â
  2. 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 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 WarThis 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
  3. Oct 22, 2010
    10
    Let me ask you this: what other first person shooter gives you a near infinite number of ways to enjoy the game? Not many that arent for PC. Halo has always been full of content and Reach does not differ. Better graphics and pysics than previous halos what more can you ask for? The people who dixlike the game are COD fanboys or have never REALLY played the game. Those of you who don't wantLet me ask you this: what other first person shooter gives you a near infinite number of ways to enjoy the game? Not many that arent for PC. Halo has always been full of content and Reach does not differ. Better graphics and pysics than previous halos what more can you ask for? The people who dixlike the game are COD fanboys or have never REALLY played the game. Those of you who don't want to be characterised as nerds and stay away from the game are just hypocrits because halo is actually much more realistic than COD because it is logical; shields and bioengineering explain why sometimes more than a few bullets will kill you, can COD explain this no its just instant nube tube kills and entire clips waisted into near invincible normal human beings. Reach is easily multiplayer game of the year so far. Expand
  4. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    Bottom line is that this game is well worth the investment. You will get far more than $60 worth of entertainment from this successor to Halo 3, far more than Halo ODST.
  5. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    Reach is the best Halo game ever made. Every mode has been improved upon and is awesome. Firefight is a ton of fun, the campaign is great, forge world is amazing. Graphics, while better than Halo 3, still are not up to par with games like Mass Effect or Gears. But thats the only negative and its not a big one at that
  6. AA7
    Sep 14, 2010
    10
    This is one of the best games ever made. I'm sorry COD, but I have found a game that has finally replaced you as the absolute best shooter out there. Halo 3 was good, but this game is, without exaggeration, the best game of the current generation. All hail the mighty Halo Reach.
  7. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    If your looking for depth you can find it in Reach. You won't find a game like this for the ps3 or the wii. The campaign couldn't be more perfect (unless it just came out and said at the end that there is going to be Halo 4) the multi-player is spotless and the worlds are beautiful. This game would have been your daddy but a dog beat it over the fence.
  8. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    This game is absolutely amazing just like every other Halo in the series (except Halo 3: ODST which was good but wasn't great). The muliplayer is so well done, Firefight is greatly improved, Forge is also vastly improved and the campaign is just awesome as well. Bungie provided us with many years (almost 10 years) of great Halo games and the last game (Halo Reach) does not disappoint.
  9. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    Fun,exiting gameplay, great story, do I need to say more?

    "Your review must be at least 150 characters long." That means i need..
    spectacular new multiplayer(!) I'ts just fun to bring death to covenant!!!!
    9,4
  10. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    Best halo ever. awesome single player awesome multiplayer firefight forge and theater awesome. The score is epic and bungie's final halo game delivers
  11. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    This game is bloody amazing, it's such a huge improvement from halo 3 in every way. Better game mechanics, less balance issues, improved forge and firefight, campaign and firefight matchmaking support. You need to buy this if you haven't already.
  12. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    Okay, fail fail fail, I got it this time:

    This game is possibly the best in the Halo series, and as a huge fan of all the games (except Halo Wars, and of course that wasn't by Bungie) that is something I don't say lightly. People like duster15670 who don't recognize a good game when they see one are going to bash this game, mostly due to the mountain of crappy titles (modern warfare 2,
    Okay, fail fail fail, I got it this time:


    This game is possibly the best in the Halo series, and as a huge fan of all the games (except Halo Wars, and of course that wasn't by Bungie) that is something I don't say lightly. People like duster15670 who don't recognize a good game when they see one are going to bash this game, mostly due to the mountain of crappy titles (modern warfare 2, anybody?) out there now that are so popular.
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  13. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    Probably? it is the perfect Halo and that's a great thing unless your a fanboy making reviews of games you have never played. Halo Reach takes everything you loved about other Halo games and puts it all into one game and then adds some. This game is hands down the best Halo to date scratch that the best FPS to date, that alone makes these anti Xbox/Halo people burn inside like Hynda he'sProbably? it is the perfect Halo and that's a great thing unless your a fanboy making reviews of games you have never played. Halo Reach takes everything you loved about other Halo games and puts it all into one game and then adds some. This game is hands down the best Halo to date scratch that the best FPS to date, that alone makes these anti Xbox/Halo people burn inside like Hynda he's just mad because Metroid other M flopped look he rated that game a 10 lol. Anyway Halo Reach is a masterpiece of a game but you all knew that already hence why it's set to outsell every PS3 exclusive by the first week lol. Expand
  14. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    Do NOT listen to these call of duty( fan boys) there are just down grading the game... there just jealous because there game is not better... anyway Perfect story, sound, graphics, game-play, all in all 10
    But i still can not believe all this negatvitie from the last halo game in the series.
  15. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    Halo is the best multiplayer game ever made and thats a fact .. Halo : Reach give Halo series new dimension . But im very sad because this is the last Halo game , one of best game franchise ever made ! See you on XBL !
  16. Nov 14, 2010
    10
    Im rating this game a solid ten since it desErves it the game is very well polished halo at its best right from the scenery to mp and to all of the people who slam the game and say it is generic old nothing new come on. What is their really new these days all it is with north Americans now is ur freaking graphics and how easy it is to beat the game and shoot somebody on mp learn how to beIm rating this game a solid ten since it desErves it the game is very well polished halo at its best right from the scenery to mp and to all of the people who slam the game and say it is generic old nothing new come on. What is their really new these days all it is with north Americans now is ur freaking graphics and how easy it is to beat the game and shoot somebody on mp learn how to be what is a true gamer and enjoy not only that for such i highly anticipated game its not FREAKING OVER PRICED ..... COD Expand
  17. Nov 12, 2010
    10
    DO NOT...Pay attention to any negative reviews and heed these words. Halo Reach is Marvelous. It doesnt TRY to be bad ass... it just is. Halo was born that way. It doesnt need 'action cutscenes'' like the call of duty games. Hell it doesnt even need multiplayer. Personally I think a game should NEVER EVER EVER EVER be rated based on multiplayer because that is what destroys gamesDO NOT...Pay attention to any negative reviews and heed these words. Halo Reach is Marvelous. It doesnt TRY to be bad ass... it just is. Halo was born that way. It doesnt need 'action cutscenes'' like the call of duty games. Hell it doesnt even need multiplayer. Personally I think a game should NEVER EVER EVER EVER be rated based on multiplayer because that is what destroys games nowadays... its about the details that go into the story, the environments and the overall feel of the game. Halo Reach fufills the legacy of Halo, and Halo will always hold the torch for FPS. Expand
  18. Nov 12, 2010
    10
    This 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. GotY right here folks.
  19. Nov 14, 2010
    9
    A very good game indeed, although people say it's just Halo 3 again, it's not. Yes, it plays quite similarly, BUT THAT'S BECAUSE IT'S THE SAME FRANCHISE!!! The Halo 2 engine is a good engine, it is solid and makes for fun game play, so why not? Quite a lot of things have changed, health is back, there's loads of new guns, new multiplayer modes, vehicles, etc. Some games have configurableA very good game indeed, although people say it's just Halo 3 again, it's not. Yes, it plays quite similarly, BUT THAT'S BECAUSE IT'S THE SAME FRANCHISE!!! The Halo 2 engine is a good engine, it is solid and makes for fun game play, so why not? Quite a lot of things have changed, health is back, there's loads of new guns, new multiplayer modes, vehicles, etc. Some games have configurable classes as well. The campaign in really good, with lots of diversity in missions. Firefight is back, and Forge has been overhauled so you can make some very imaginative maps in the Forge World. Also you can get ranks and XP offline as well. There's massive character customisation too. If you can imagine changing your spartan or elite, you can do it, and you have to buy these things with XP.

    The graphics didn't come across as spectacular, but I was playing on a 46" HDTV so any visual flaws were probably heightened. Also I felt we could have done with some more MP maps, there aren't very many at the moment, and they are all bits from the campaign. Not as interesting as Halo 3's maps. Hope DLCs are on the way.

    Very fun. Overall much better than CoD: Black Ops. You're missing out, PS3 gamers.
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  20. Nov 13, 2010
    9
    This game is great everything good in past halos is in this one and this is by far the best campaign of the series.
    Although there is a frame rate drop sometimes and the ai is not always at its best this is one of the best shooters this year
  21. Oct 13, 2010
    10
    Remember the laughably bad storyline Halo 2 featured? How about Halo 3's? The Halo series is well-known for its multi-player, and also its stories. Halo: ODST certainly did its best to deliver on the story front, but lacked any real online modes. But now, as a sterling star to guide through the night, Halo Reach has delivered. I'm not a big fan of the Halo series, or the CoD series, but IRemember the laughably bad storyline Halo 2 featured? How about Halo 3's? The Halo series is well-known for its multi-player, and also its stories. Halo: ODST certainly did its best to deliver on the story front, but lacked any real online modes. But now, as a sterling star to guide through the night, Halo Reach has delivered. I'm not a big fan of the Halo series, or the CoD series, but I will say this is one of this years best FPS's. Reach delivers a tale of Noble squad, a group of Spartans ordered with protecting the planet Reach from the Covenant invasion. Of course, if you know your Halo lore you know how this story will end, but as a good person once told me, "Sometimes it's about the journey to the end that matters most, not the ending itself." And boy, what a journey. By the end of the game, you will feel like you've actually connected with the other Spartans of Noble, but then again character development still isn't that good. The ending is great, showcasing a feat of valor and sacrifice that tops off the Reach story greatly. An amazing feature is the ability to customize the look of your Spartan, for both single-player and multi-player. And multi-player now has armor abilities instead of powerups, like a jetpack or sprint ability, though the bubble-shield makes a cool appearance. If you like FPS's or any of the Halo games, this is for you. Expand
  22. Oct 12, 2010
    10
    es una buena despedida para la compañia, bugie se voto con este juego, lo tiene todo orgullo para microsof.... juegos como este no se ven todos los dias
  23. Oct 13, 2010
    10
    this game is phenomenal, the online matchmaking in revolutionary. it is smooth, has good players and is fair. the new armor effects are amazing. the campaign is great. it has an amazing story i highly recommend this game, truly amazing game
  24. Oct 14, 2010
    10
    Reach is one of the top games of 2010 and will probably still be a top contender in 2011. Single player and multi player are top notch. I got it the first day and haven't taken it out of the disk drive. Probably won't until Fallout New Vegas or Black Ops
  25. Oct 16, 2010
    10
    This is a perfect game it combines all the good features and game play from the other halo games and adds more. Forge is amazing and you can make awesome maps with ease. The game has beautiful scenery. If you have an Xbox you must get this game you wont regret it.
  26. Oct 16, 2010
    9
    I love this game!!! Campaign...MULITPLAYER....CUSTOM GAME LEVELS...the fact that it is the last from BIOWARE made drop it from a perfect 10!!! This is a must have!!! 9.85 is my score...
  27. Oct 18, 2010
    9
    Halo Reach is hard to explain without leaving out something really cool, but I'll try my best. Reach isn't just halo 3 with a few new features, it's an entire new game. The online multiplayer feels different than halo 3 and some weapons/ tactics don't work the same any more. A FEW CHANGES...
    Examples- If you melee someone in the back they usually won't die. Now you must assassinate them by
    Halo Reach is hard to explain without leaving out something really cool, but I'll try my best. Reach isn't just halo 3 with a few new features, it's an entire new game. The online multiplayer feels different than halo 3 and some weapons/ tactics don't work the same any more. A FEW CHANGES...
    Examples- If you melee someone in the back they usually won't die. Now you must assassinate them by holding down the melee button, but you will be a sitting duck while you finish the enemy off. The rocket launcher locks on again and there are now many ways to take out those pesky wraiths/scorpions. Forge is now a place where you can actually build maps with ease. Firefight has expanded and now has many ways to customize how the weapons and rules of the fight. weapons have been slightly changed to balance out the game. The good ol' magnum from halo 1 is back. The DMR(long range rifle) has replaced the old black rifle. The game adds the revenant, a cross between a ghost and a wraith(replaced the chopper). The game adds the falcon, a giant helicopter that can carry your team(replaced the hornet). New power-ups are now chosen just before the match starts and can be used any time in the match.

    Well, that's enough to give you the idea of the change. I could go on, but it would be pointless. The halo haters new "thing" with reach is to say it's the same ol' halo. Well, let me just say this is the biggest change in a halo game ever. It is so much more than halo 3 that it's amazing they didn't mess the game up. Don't get me wrong though. Halo fans will like the changes. WHY I GAVE IT A 9....
    There are two reasons I give halo a nine and not a ten.
    1. The single player didn't impress me. It reminded me of ODST's single player, which I didn't like.
    2.Some online glitches. Mainly with infection mode and the shotgun not taking the right amount of damage when someone is right in front of you.
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  28. Oct 19, 2010
    10
    Before you read anything, you should know that I've played all of the Halo games (with the exception of ODST [who the hell wants to be an ODST over a SPARTAN?]), and quickly lost interest in Halo 3.

    That being said, while no game is perfect, Halo: Reach is as close as it gets. All of the negative reviews that say the campaign is horrible, I ask "why?" Yes, it's a little short, but it
    Before you read anything, you should know that I've played all of the Halo games (with the exception of ODST [who the hell wants to be an ODST over a SPARTAN?]), and quickly lost interest in Halo 3.

    That being said, while no game is perfect, Halo: Reach is as close as it gets. All of the negative reviews that say the campaign is horrible, I ask "why?" Yes, it's a little short, but it tells a great story with some of the most memorable moments out of any Halo game - and since when have we bought Halo games for the campaign alone. The multiplayer is the real treat and that is where Reach delivers most. To all of the negative reviewers saying the gameplay feels dated, what did you expect? Call of Duty-style gameplay? And that's not to say that the gameplay is dated - it's Halo - the same Halo gameplay we've come to love over the years, with the addition of guns actually having accuracy, among a few other things. To call Reach's gameplay dated would be like saying MW2's gameplay feels dated in relation to MW - it's practically the same game (with a few additions), so of course the gameplay will be practically the same. And yes, all of the unlocks are for looks only, but I like that opposed to games like MW2 where people are at a great advantage over you just for being higher level than you, since they have more (if not all) of the guns, perks, and attachments unlocked. OMG ONE MAN ARMY, DANGER CLOSE, NINJA FTW! (not!). It gives people a much more level playing field. Some people want super-realism in their shooters (COD) and others want strategy and teamwork (Halo). I've gotten so burnt out on MW2 over the last year because of all of the hackers, modders, tenth prestige lobby spammers, not to mention the noob-tubers who kill you across the map without even trying. Yet in less than a month after this game came out, Bungie already banned 15k people for using a credit exploit. Compare that to the year that MW2 has been out and neither Infinity Ward nor Activision has done a damn thing about the hackers and modders that plague that game. At least Bungie cares about their community and the people who buy their games - Activision just wants your money, plain and simple.

    This game, as all Halo games, is also colorful - a welcomed break from the brown and green of your super-realistic shooters. Even some of the positive reviews say Reach's graphics are lacking, but I'd have to disagree with that as well. Anyone who says Reach's graphics look old are probably playing split-screen (which greatly hinders the graphics) and not full screen, in all its glory. This game supports something like four times the amount of polygons that Halo 3 did and twice as many particle effects that Halo 3 did. Or maybe people who say Reach's graphics are dated aren't playing on an HDTV, who knows.

    All I know is that if you've been a fan of Halo in the past, Reach is a must buy. If you haven't been a fan of Halo in the past, Reach probably won't impress you. But that's always how Halo has been - you either love it or you hate it.

    One last thing, to anyone saying that you're trading in Reach for Black Ops: Please do. Go enjoy your hacked/modded/noob-tube game with zero support from the developers. You won't be missed. Black Ops is also made by Treyarch, the geniuses who made the completely imbalanced, poor excuse for a COD game, World at War. Enjoy.
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  29. Oct 28, 2010
    9
    First off: Whoever gave this review under a 7 or over a 9.75 is crazy. They're just fanboys and should not live. I would like to start off saying that I am not basing this review on the originality of the game, I am basing it on how polished it is. However, I will take in account how similar it is to past Halo games.
    And similar, it is not...at least not that much. There are still much
    First off: Whoever gave this review under a 7 or over a 9.75 is crazy. They're just fanboys and should not live. I would like to start off saying that I am not basing this review on the originality of the game, I am basing it on how polished it is. However, I will take in account how similar it is to past Halo games.
    And similar, it is not...at least not that much. There are still much of the same weapons, but each redone, and a few newbies. The winning gameplay formula is still present, but with a huge addition: armor abilities. I cannot express how much it improves the gameplay; maybe not so much in the campaign, but a lot in the multiplayer. It adds copious amounts of gameplay variation to come into play, and also improves the addiction factor.

    As far as campaign goes (clocking in at about 10 hours), it is Bungie's best attempt yet; capturing the feeling of being on a team and enveloping you in a story that is at some moments touching, and at others action-packed and just plain fun. In fact, at some moments, I was so sad, that I cried...inside...not outside cause that would be weird. With a beginning that sucks you in, and a perfectly crafted climax, this campaign is, by far, the best of the Halos.

    Unlike past Halo titles, this title does not suffer from the recycling of gameplay sequences; all are different. There is not one place that is identical to another. In fact, in one level, you come across a dance club that has been overrun by 9 or 10 hunters. It was probably the best, if not funniest, gaming atmosphere I have ever been in. Nevertheless, Halo Reach's campaign does have its shortcomings. For instance, there are some frame-rate issues that can diminish some parts of the game. It almost seems that the new graphics (and they are great) and what is happening can't keep up with the game's engine. However, this does not really fade the overall experience.

    Apart from the campaign, there are numerous other game modes and and extras. Some of them include Theater, Forge, Character Customization, Firefight, and On and Offline Multiplayer. Theater is not unlike other Halo's, however it is easier to interact with.

    Forge is almost completely redone, featuring an expansive user-friendly interface, and a massive world made entirely for forge.

    Character customization is, again, completely redone. You can customize any and every part of your spartan through the purchase of parts by credits, which you earn by doing anything at all, be it forge or campaign or multiplayer. Also, your character model is present in both single and multi-player.

    Firefight has finally met its potential in Reach, featuring numerous options and modes. Furthermore, there is a matchmaking option to firefight, which was absent in ODST.

    Finally, there is multiplayer which is the without-a-doubt the best in the series. There is a lot more replayablity and strategy in this game than previous games. The armor abilities really add that extra feature that was seemingly absent from Halo 3. Furthermore, there is also a feature-filled stat tracker system that tracks any stat you could possibly imagine, be it from the campaign or the multiplayer. It even shows your service record from previous games.

    Overall, this feature-rich, almost perfectly polished is a must-buy for Halo and multiplayer fans alike. Besides the minor foul-ups, this game is well deserving of every bit of praise it has received and will be played for years to come.

    Graphics: 9.5 Once again, Bungie is at the apex of the Xbox graphics.
    Gameplay: 10 A winning gameplay formula is furthermore improved by armor abilities, among other things.
    Replayabilty: 9 As with all multiplayer games, it is infinately replayable. However, the campaign is always better the first time.
    Story: 9.5 Involving, fun, well-paced, well-told, and a decent length.
    Presentation: 10 An innovative menu system further improves an otherwise, almost flawless presentation.

    And there it is, a Halo Reach review as told by a 16 year old.
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  30. Nov 16, 2010
    9
    I truly think Halo is one of those games that some people just can't stand because they are PlayStation fan boys. They just give it a bad rating or review because it is Halo. I really enjoyed this one very much! It had very good graphics! Very good story and kept pulling you in. You ended up caring for the Nobel squad as the game went on. As usual the game play was awesome! TheI truly think Halo is one of those games that some people just can't stand because they are PlayStation fan boys. They just give it a bad rating or review because it is Halo. I really enjoyed this one very much! It had very good graphics! Very good story and kept pulling you in. You ended up caring for the Nobel squad as the game went on. As usual the game play was awesome! The revised menu system and all the added multi-player options were amazing! So much stuff to choose from. You can really refine the kind of game you want to play online. I would say this one overall is right up there with the first one as the best Halo game around. Expand
  31. Oct 25, 2010
    10
    To be honestly speaking, I have never really had any interest towards the Halo series; all though I have played and owned all of them at some point in my life. I can easily say that this is truly the greatest Halo game of the franchise. It is nothing like the other Halos, incorporating a more group/tactical environment with Call of Duty features that enhance the speed of the multi-playerTo be honestly speaking, I have never really had any interest towards the Halo series; all though I have played and owned all of them at some point in my life. I can easily say that this is truly the greatest Halo game of the franchise. It is nothing like the other Halos, incorporating a more group/tactical environment with Call of Duty features that enhance the speed of the multi-player and story mode game-play. Although I have not beaten the campaign, myself, I have witnessed my little brother beat the game and it has an astonishing background story that helps fill the holes of the franchise. Expand
  32. Nov 3, 2010
    9
    This a great game but i think it might be a bit over rated. The campaign is great at times, i love the way everything is and how you have lots of space to do what you like. The story is quite lacking as you don't really get to know the characters as much on other major games. The guns look great and it is one of the best FPS of all time but it lacks some story which I love about games. TheThis a great game but i think it might be a bit over rated. The campaign is great at times, i love the way everything is and how you have lots of space to do what you like. The story is quite lacking as you don't really get to know the characters as much on other major games. The guns look great and it is one of the best FPS of all time but it lacks some story which I love about games. The online is great I think i could spend alot of time on it. But this is a solid 8.9 for me. Expand
  33. Nov 4, 2010
    10
    From The Beginning, You Know The End...

    Review by Dotifus Halo Reach takes place prior to the events of Halo 1 and although many speculate that this is based off the Novel "Fall of Reach" by Eric Nylund, it is not. In Halo Reach you play as Noble 6, a replacement for a member of Noble team who has died. In the beginning you and the rest of Noble team are dispatched to a relay outpost that
    From The Beginning, You Know The End...

    Review by Dotifus
    Halo Reach takes place prior to the events of Halo 1 and although many speculate that this is based off the Novel "Fall of Reach" by Eric Nylund, it is not. In Halo Reach you play as Noble 6, a replacement for a member of Noble team who has died. In the beginning you and the rest of Noble team are dispatched to a relay outpost that has gone dark, under the assumption that insurrectionists are responsible. You soon discover that the covenant are on Reach, and begin a campaign to defend the planet. This review will be done in sections that will cover the entirety of the game modes and content.

    First off is the story, as mentioned earlier Halo Reach is a prequel to the series. The games in which you played as the infamous Master Chief sent you on an intergalactic opera slowly cutting down the covenant and always coming out on top. In Halo Reach the story takes place solely on the Planet Reach, a human military stronghold that was home to the Spartan II project. As the Master Chief was in the Spartan II class, Noble 6 is not. Noble team is comprised entirely of Spartan IIIâ
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  34. Nov 5, 2010
    9
    Halo Reach Rocks...as good as any FPS on the market, but the lore is what makes the game so special. I think Bungie ended their Halo days on their best note, and deliver one of the best game on the 360.
  35. Nov 9, 2010
    10
    you should ignore most of the negative reviews cuz their mostly just halo haters. if you like halo you need this game cuz it does everything right just short of having master chief in the story. the armor abilities really bring something new to the shooter landscape and really separates its self from the pack. there is so much content packed on this disk that your face will melt. fullyyou should ignore most of the negative reviews cuz their mostly just halo haters. if you like halo you need this game cuz it does everything right just short of having master chief in the story. the armor abilities really bring something new to the shooter landscape and really separates its self from the pack. there is so much content packed on this disk that your face will melt. fully fleshed out multiplayer, firefight, coop campaign, new guns, new enemys, new vehicals, mothaF*cking space combat and just straight up fun to play( by yourself or with friends) HALO IS THE BEST SHOOTER ON THE MARKET, love it or hate it thats the truth. Expand
  36. Nov 9, 2010
    9
    Aright so haters love slammin Halo. That's hilarious. The thing is, this game simply cannot be compared to Call of Duty, Battlefield, or any other gaming franchise for that matter. It is in its own world and it can only be based off of other Halo games. Well when I played this game, I cant help but say that the campaign was good. Not great, but good. The characters have substance andAright so haters love slammin Halo. That's hilarious. The thing is, this game simply cannot be compared to Call of Duty, Battlefield, or any other gaming franchise for that matter. It is in its own world and it can only be based off of other Halo games. Well when I played this game, I cant help but say that the campaign was good. Not great, but good. The characters have substance and so does the story, but the one problem I faced was that there was nothing to wow me. I found no innovation in Halo Reach and everything in that game had been done in previous games as well. As for the multiplayer, it is classic Halo. It is fun, and I've gotta say, they've really outdone themselves. The marketplace brings in a bigger sense of independence with your character and now with classes, you can find your own unique playing style. It's great. So if I had the choice, I would give this game an 8 and a half, but because that isn't an option it looks like a nine will have to suffice. Expand
  37. Nov 9, 2010
    10
    Classic Halo multiplayer, but that was a given. What built up all the hype was the secrecy behind the campaign and the fate of your character as well as the rest of Noble team. The game was excellent. If there is a negative to the game its the length of the before mentioned campaign which seemed to fly by even on legendary. However Elites are once again a formidable opponent. A must haveClassic Halo multiplayer, but that was a given. What built up all the hype was the secrecy behind the campaign and the fate of your character as well as the rest of Noble team. The game was excellent. If there is a negative to the game its the length of the before mentioned campaign which seemed to fly by even on legendary. However Elites are once again a formidable opponent. A must have for any fan of the halo genre as well as those who enjoy fps. Expand
  38. Nov 10, 2010
    10
    Amazing game! fun campaign with 4 player co op, very deep multi player with weekly and daily challenges, cool armory and effects you can add to your spartan, forge is so deep and offers days of game play, the one thing i could find that i did not like was the ranking system is a little different...
  39. Nov 10, 2010
    9
    Great game. Has a challenging campaign, especially if truly played through properly on Legendary. The daily and weekly challenges give you something to shoot for and keep you engaged. Multiplayer has some new modes, especially Invasion, that keep objective based games interesting. There are some minor balancing issues in multiplayer, but perhaps it is just a new style of play that we allGreat game. Has a challenging campaign, especially if truly played through properly on Legendary. The daily and weekly challenges give you something to shoot for and keep you engaged. Multiplayer has some new modes, especially Invasion, that keep objective based games interesting. There are some minor balancing issues in multiplayer, but perhaps it is just a new style of play that we all have to become familiar with after all the joys the previous titles have brought us. Expand
  40. Nov 16, 2010
    9
    What's the obsession with reinventing the wheel guys? (Bungie has done it once already with the cover and rejuvenate mechanic that many of us take for granted across all genres, dont forget) . Do we have to rely on ground breaking tech or gameplay to enjoy ourselves now? Tell that to war clone warfare 2 or fifa'19 when it arrives. We want great games that do their job, and Reach doesWhat's the obsession with reinventing the wheel guys? (Bungie has done it once already with the cover and rejuvenate mechanic that many of us take for granted across all genres, dont forget) . Do we have to rely on ground breaking tech or gameplay to enjoy ourselves now? Tell that to war clone warfare 2 or fifa'19 when it arrives. We want great games that do their job, and Reach does exactly that. I drop a point for the campaign, which has always been just a bonus for me anyway, but the multiplayer is sublime and the greatest on this gen of consoles so far. To berate Bungie for a 'still better than most but not quite great' campaign would be like telling Capcom that SFIV has a weak single player mode. Irrelevant, puerile and a disservice to one of the greatest developers of our time. Shame on you! Expand
  41. Nov 21, 2010
    9
    To say Halo: Reach lives up to expectations would be a dramatic understatement. It exceeds them. I thought Halo 3 was a relatively packed and deep game, but Reach has the kind of customization options and variables that change the game going for it, that it's almost like playing a PC game with access to mods. You can do anything, you can change anything, you can build anything. Seeing thatTo say Halo: Reach lives up to expectations would be a dramatic understatement. It exceeds them. I thought Halo 3 was a relatively packed and deep game, but Reach has the kind of customization options and variables that change the game going for it, that it's almost like playing a PC game with access to mods. You can do anything, you can change anything, you can build anything. Seeing that one of the developers made Pinnacle/Ascension from Halo 2 with the Forge World tools is impressive, but seeing the active community make The Pit, Hang 'Em High, Beaver Creek, other remade maps, and some mind-blowing original maps...it's astounding. Forge in Halo 3 was good, but there needed to be an excessive amount of time and a certain level of creative thinking to do something with it. Forge World on the other hand, is a brilliant canvas that can bring any of your ideas for a map to life without having to try too hard.

    Bungie makes Halo games to be played for years on end. That is literally the design goal for them. That goal has been achieved with every main series entry of Halo, and people will be playing Reach a long time from now. On the first day alone, 9 million games were played online. The changes to the ranking system allows players to enjoy the game and keep playing no matter what playlist or mode they are active in. The Commendations give those extra little goals to strive for, and the Challenges, weekly and daily, give players a reason to check in on the game whenever they can and always have something new to do. It's all the little things that count in making the online experience much deeper. Things like the Active Roster, things like being able to take three friends online with me for the ride, and things like sending out a Hologram that someone shoots at for three seconds before he realizes he's made an oops, and then I come behind him with my shotgun and deliver my fantastic chiropractic abilities at the end of the barrel.

    The campaign is great. Personally, I expected a bit more based around the events of the Fall of Reach, but what we got was good. Reach tells a story of war, and the sacrifice that comes with it. It starts out feeling very cookie cutter to be honest, but as it progresses, the overlying feeling of intensity increases. The set pieces aren't as epic as people who played the original trilogy may be used to. I remember so many moments from the campaigns in Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo 3, and the only real lasting memories of Reach's campaign are the space battle (which was like another game in itself) and the ending. The last half of that campaign is gripping. The way it closes out is touching.

    But as always, what makes Halo above and beyond many other games and the king of it's genre, is the gameplay. The foundation Bungie struck gold with, a fusion of traditional shooter elements fighting over map control and fixed weapon spawns, combined with the unique weapons, physics, vehicles, map design, and new armor abilities. All the fixes the game needed from the beta have been made. Reach is every bit as accessible as the past Halo games. Bungie loads this game up with so much content. There is something for everyone if you are willing to take the time to find it, and everything for someone open-minded enough to appreciate quality game design. All of the new modes are fun. Team Stockpile and Team Headhunter is surprisingly intense and enjoyable. The new Arena playlist is groundbreaking and a genius idea. They have taken Halo, taken a few little qualities from other series and fused them without compromising the core of the game and the roots it was built upon. Halo: Reach is a fantastic example of how to keep something going. It isn't a franchise, it's a phenomenon.
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  42. Nov 24, 2010
    9
    The single player here is pretty much worth a couple of run throughs and it has an okay plot, but it doesn't really further the story all that much. But who cares about that because the multiplayer is what counts. This game does it right, providing some of the most balanced, engaging gameplay around. There's a wide variety of modes and maps that accommodate every player's tastes and it'sThe single player here is pretty much worth a couple of run throughs and it has an okay plot, but it doesn't really further the story all that much. But who cares about that because the multiplayer is what counts. This game does it right, providing some of the most balanced, engaging gameplay around. There's a wide variety of modes and maps that accommodate every player's tastes and it's got an addictive leveling system that doesn't impact the game action. If a person owns a 360, Reach is a game to have in their library. It's good to play daily, but it just feels "right" when you need a change of pace from other games. Expand
  43. Nov 24, 2010
    9
    The final Halo game from Bungie is a marked improved over their previous efforts. With an engaging campaign and an incredibly polished suite of multiplayer game modes, Bungie has created the most polished Halo title to date. Any fan of the FPS genre who owns a 360 should give this game a shot.
  44. Jul 17, 2011
    9
    The prequel to Halo: Combat Evolved takes the best elements of previous Halo titles and incorporates them into the most satisfying game in the series. Reach is a much more character focused game, with the NPC members of Noble Team all given personalities, a nice break from the bland Master Chief. However, these personalities are two dimensional and little time is given to develop them. TheThe prequel to Halo: Combat Evolved takes the best elements of previous Halo titles and incorporates them into the most satisfying game in the series. Reach is a much more character focused game, with the NPC members of Noble Team all given personalities, a nice break from the bland Master Chief. However, these personalities are two dimensional and little time is given to develop them. The story, though relatively weak, has a much greater presence in the game and shapes the planet of Reach. Where this game truly shines is in its multiplayer. The new loadouts and abilities effectively shake up a combat system which was getting stale. Maps are well designed and heavy community support comes in the form of challenges and player-made levels. Forge has been improved and has almost limitless potential for creative level design. The game also features an unparalleled theater mode, making this a game that has much more to offer than just gameplay. Expand
  45. Apr 1, 2011
    10
    Best in the series. What Halo 3 should have been. Being able to visually change my character was a plus. Mapmaker toolset absolute modders dream. Best. Halo. Ever.
  46. Jul 16, 2011
    9
    Too sad Bungie isn't going to do more Halo games, this is the last games of the,. Anyway. To start with , Reach is better , improved, and awesome. the gameplay can be compared with CoD ( some buttons) , the graphics are real, detailed something it need it, because the human faces in Halo 3 looked too horrendous for a next generation game . The covenants forces are deathly and has darkerToo sad Bungie isn't going to do more Halo games, this is the last games of the,. Anyway. To start with , Reach is better , improved, and awesome. the gameplay can be compared with CoD ( some buttons) , the graphics are real, detailed something it need it, because the human faces in Halo 3 looked too horrendous for a next generation game . The covenants forces are deathly and has darker humor in it even the annoying Grunts. The multiplayer, is fine, it plays great and better than ever. The story, is what you expect, no happy ending like with all the previous entries, this is what halo meant to be . Long live Halo and Bungie, it left a mark . Expand
  47. Jun 1, 2011
    9
    The last Bungie installment of the Halo franchise is best yet. Improving on every aspect of it's predecessors, Halo: Reach is everything a sequel should be. It's story is an interesting set up to the original trilogy. With improved controls, weapon balances, graphics, weapon selection, character customization and it's wide selection of multiplayer modes will keep you busy for hours on end.
  48. Jun 6, 2011
    10
    How can people dislike Halo: Reach? It is a great way for Bungie to close their work on Halo, and they did a fantastic job on it. Halo: Reach will live on, whether you like it or not, (until Halo 4 of course) and in my personal opinion, Halo beat COD this time around. Just because Master Chief isn't in this game (he is in easter eggs), doesn't mean you should rant online about how a gameHow can people dislike Halo: Reach? It is a great way for Bungie to close their work on Halo, and they did a fantastic job on it. Halo: Reach will live on, whether you like it or not, (until Halo 4 of course) and in my personal opinion, Halo beat COD this time around. Just because Master Chief isn't in this game (he is in easter eggs), doesn't mean you should rant online about how a game shouldn't be named Halo without Master Chief. He wasn't on Reach fighting, he was preparing for Halo 1 on the Pillar of Autumn. Read the books people.
    Now, Halo: Reach delivers great things.
    - much better Forge
    - Custom Games is still fun to mess around in
    - Firefight is a new way to spend time
    - Action Sack gives what COD cannot
    - the storyline is fantastic, and more dramatic than Halo 3
    Halo: Reach is like the Mona Lisa, a fantastic piece of art.
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  49. Oct 10, 2011
    9
    Good Campaign but not very long and has horrible A.I. Firefight is outstanding! The new Forgeworld is phenominal and multiplayer is loaded with playists! Overall amazing game with so much to offer but glitches and atrocious A.I. keep it from perfection!
  50. Oct 21, 2011
    10
    Perfect game, with a heartfelt, thoughtful campaign, extremely (nay, ludicrously) varied multi player suite. If you are still on the fence about buying this game, and are at this very moment pouring over metacritic fan reviews whilst trying to make a decision... just do it. I played this game for a year straight, and have no regrets whatsoever.
  51. Nov 12, 2011
    10
    In terms of mood, story, and delivery, this is the best of the series. As far as multiplayer goes, it is incredibly refined and balanced. It certainly isn't as addicting as Halo 3, but it's unquestionably a better game, all-around. People are quick to put it down, but most of the discontent stems from the fact that it's a bit more difficult to be good at, and even with the addition ofIn terms of mood, story, and delivery, this is the best of the series. As far as multiplayer goes, it is incredibly refined and balanced. It certainly isn't as addicting as Halo 3, but it's unquestionably a better game, all-around. People are quick to put it down, but most of the discontent stems from the fact that it's a bit more difficult to be good at, and even with the addition of load-outs, there isn't as much to exploit. If you're looking for the best game in the series, look no further. Expand
  52. Dec 22, 2011
    9
    Halo: Reach is a different Halo experience, very different from Halo 3 in fact, but the change moved toward the good side and that is something I appreciate. This game's campaign is set in the planet Reach and tells the story of how Reach fell and it gives an opening to the first Halo. I appreciated the campaign though it was just as hard as the campaign on Halo 2. Where this game reallyHalo: Reach is a different Halo experience, very different from Halo 3 in fact, but the change moved toward the good side and that is something I appreciate. This game's campaign is set in the planet Reach and tells the story of how Reach fell and it gives an opening to the first Halo. I appreciated the campaign though it was just as hard as the campaign on Halo 2. Where this game really rocks is at multiplayer, with a very wide variety of weapons, newly added maps, and online firefight this game purely rocks, making custom matches is also great and the forge mode is purely epic and uploading those maps in file share is great. Overall this is a great experience, just remember this changed a lot from Halo 3 but overall this is worth 60$. Expand
  53. Mar 6, 2012
    9
    Decent campaign, Really good multiplayer. Much better than Halo 3 and a campaign comparable to Halo 3: ODST. Great map packs, albeit a bit overpriced.
  54. Aug 25, 2012
    9
    Was the greatest shooter online ever made. Bungie made a truly great online shooter and they were easily able to tweak playlists and add new game types as they saw fit. That is where the problems start. A week after the game came out due to popular demand S.W.A.T. was added. Multi team S.W.A.T. was beautiful chaos head shots everywhere. Then S.W.A.T. was removed from multi team and givenWas the greatest shooter online ever made. Bungie made a truly great online shooter and they were easily able to tweak playlists and add new game types as they saw fit. That is where the problems start. A week after the game came out due to popular demand S.W.A.T. was added. Multi team S.W.A.T. was beautiful chaos head shots everywhere. Then S.W.A.T. was removed from multi team and given it's own playlist. Then the player count in multi team was changed, and things were removed and changed according to what would make the the game "more fair" according to the "victims" of someone who practiced the art of armor lock or used a gun that was good.

    Things got worse and worse. When the First DLC hit it really only had one good map, and the playlists were very different. 343 took over and things got worse. Elite slayer was changed so drastically that not even fans of it voted it anymore. Good luck getting into a game of it since the games that come up are the most popular. The second DLC sucked two outside of a firefight map. The Anniversary map pack sucked as well, and it's not the games fault. Due to the fact that there is a large number of people who haven't played Halo 1 & 2, there is a large number of people who haven't played the new maps previously. The people who have however know them inside out and have strategies already made up due to previous experience. Firefight is great. It is nowhere near as difficult as ODST, but it is fun to set it up your way.

    Forge World is incredible. While the maps that Bungie made may be bad, the maps and custom games out there made by fans are the saving grace of this game, but the one thing that remains untouched is my favorite part of the game.

    The Campaign is incredible. I never gave a damn about the story in Halo, but Reach manages to have semi-interesting characters and a kick ass campaign to go along with it. I'll try and remember the fond memories of Reach at launch, but outside the campaign and custom games, there is noting I'd ever want to go back too.

    Remember Reach. 2010-2010
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  55. Aug 31, 2012
    9
    This is a great game, and it is masterfully done, however, it still lacks in some of the things that make a Halo game Halo. While the graphics and soundtrack are perfect, I am a little disappointed in the story. While it is a great story and all, it just doesn't beat Halo 3. If you want a great shooter game, play Halo: Reach, however if you want a great campaign, play Halo 3. Notice thatThis is a great game, and it is masterfully done, however, it still lacks in some of the things that make a Halo game Halo. While the graphics and soundtrack are perfect, I am a little disappointed in the story. While it is a great story and all, it just doesn't beat Halo 3. If you want a great shooter game, play Halo: Reach, however if you want a great campaign, play Halo 3. Notice that I'm not going to go in-depth on how the stories are different, if I did I would have ruined the game for you. Expand
  56. Oct 2, 2012
    9
    In my opinion, Halo Reach is one of the better games of the series. That being said, all of them are overly good but in this case, Reach is by far my favourite. My reasons for this are because it had a wide range of game modes, these game modes cover online matchmaking to single player campaigns (The campaign is also spread over multiplayer) to creating your own in-game maps within theIn my opinion, Halo Reach is one of the better games of the series. That being said, all of them are overly good but in this case, Reach is by far my favourite. My reasons for this are because it had a wide range of game modes, these game modes cover online matchmaking to single player campaigns (The campaign is also spread over multiplayer) to creating your own in-game maps within the forge world, to the replay theatre, which can be used to view your recently last played games. The replay theatre allows you to save the recordings of your previous games (matchmaking and online) and keep them for as long as you like! You are able to relive your best in-game moments and show off to your friends. Matchmaking in Halo: Reach is one of the best videogame online, cross player experiences I have ever experienced, the game modes range from Expand
  57. Dec 3, 2012
    9
    Birdman366. You say its hard, but then again its on legendary, so of course it would be hard. You should think before you speak. Go to a lower level if its so difficult. Think!! PIPEBOMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  58. Feb 5, 2014
    9
    This game franchise was only reason for me to buy Xbox 360 S....
    I am dead serious...

    Pros:
    - Competitive polished multiplayer
    - Firefight mode is pure awesome!
    - Great selection of weapons and vehicles for you to enjoy
    - Fails of the Weak (Rooster Teeth)
    - Noble team!
    Cons:
    - Hard achievements
    - Xbox 360 exclusive
  59. Jan 23, 2015
    10
    This game is absolutely spectacular. The campaign and multiplayer are great with the campaign having a pretty solid story. Kept me interested throughout. Definitely, the funnest aspect of this game is the firefight mode where you kill wave after wave of the covenant (especially fun with friends). In my opinion, this is the example of a perfect Halo game but still has a different atmosphereThis game is absolutely spectacular. The campaign and multiplayer are great with the campaign having a pretty solid story. Kept me interested throughout. Definitely, the funnest aspect of this game is the firefight mode where you kill wave after wave of the covenant (especially fun with friends). In my opinion, this is the example of a perfect Halo game but still has a different atmosphere from Halo 1, 2, and 3. Unfortunately, though, this is Bungie's last Halo game. 10/10 (Masterpiece) Expand
  60. Nov 12, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Deserves nothing less than an '8' and even that may be too low for this game. The story is amazing, especially if you read the books, and it just plays out really well...Well...Except for how Kat died...a little sudden and unpredicted i may say...but it does not change my opinion on the game like ti does for so many dunces who come on this site just to lower the score of things they don't like(probably because they're PS3 players. Expand
  61. Nov 8, 2011
    9
    Now, "Halo Reach" here is a perfect example of what epicness is. Bungie made a great game with rich texture and graphics as well as using good lightning effects. The campaign's a 'meh', but its the multiplayer that overrides the cons. Unlike COD, Halo allows 2 people to play multiplayer using the same screen. The weapons are more creatively designed and you are allowed to customize yourNow, "Halo Reach" here is a perfect example of what epicness is. Bungie made a great game with rich texture and graphics as well as using good lightning effects. The campaign's a 'meh', but its the multiplayer that overrides the cons. Unlike COD, Halo allows 2 people to play multiplayer using the same screen. The weapons are more creatively designed and you are allowed to customize your own spartan soldier. What more could you ask for? A definite game you must try out. Expand
  62. Sep 21, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The game is excellent in everyone of it's many aspects. First off the campaign, while short (about 8-9 hours long) is fun to play through and definitely warrants another playthrough, probably with one or more friends. The AI in the campaign however is a mixed bag; the enemy is even better than the older Halos almost to point of you predicting their movements, only to find that they've flanked you. Your allies AI on the other hand is unchanged, in that they still can't drive and will probably require nudging to get moving again. The good thing is that your SPARTAN buddies are invincible and can soak up damage, alleviating the pain on Heroic and Legendary.
    Multiplayer is the same as it was before; well balanced and extremely enjoyable. The weapons are rarely overpowered to one-another and those that are can be scarce. The new load-out system which allows players to choose the weapons/ability they start with may seem similar to MW2, but are non-customisable, meaning everyone can only select from predetermined options and not an overpowered one like in MW2.
    Reaches firefight is the same survival-based gameplay found in ODST's firefight. This version however can now be customised at the same level as custom games can be, and uses load-outs like in multiplayer matchmaking. The maps used can't be forged sadly.
    Custom games remains largely unchanged from Halo 3, with just some minor options added.
    Forge is made even accessible in Reach, and the player will feel even more in control of what they're doing. The biggest changes include item degree snapping, the ability the phase items through each other, instead of having to use a glitch in Halo 3, and the edition of a giant forgeable map with many different play areas throughout.
    Theatre is unchanged from Halo 3, aside from the ability to rewind campaign.
    The ability to customise your character has increased dramatically from Halo 3, with tons more options and more areas to customise.
    The graphics are an improvement from Halo 3s and while they're not at the same level as CoD/BBC/Gears, are far to be considered bad, and are impressive non-the-less.
    Overall, the game has more features than nearly all other shooters on the market. Call me a fanboy if you will, but give a damn good reason just why you think it's bad as well.
    9.5/10 (rounded to ten)
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  63. Jul 25, 2011
    10
    This an amazing game I love it! if you owned any game in the halo series you will love this. The forge mode is really fun and enjoyable the fact you can create your own game types to go along with the maps just makes user created content that more fun to use and or play around with. The graphics are awesome they are perfect for the setting of this amazing game. Firefight is really fun andThis an amazing game I love it! if you owned any game in the halo series you will love this. The forge mode is really fun and enjoyable the fact you can create your own game types to go along with the maps just makes user created content that more fun to use and or play around with. The graphics are awesome they are perfect for the setting of this amazing game. Firefight is really fun and now the fact you can edit the firefight setting makes the experience more fun. the multiplayer is just addicting the gamemodes are fun and since bungie puts out a new gametype every month makes the online experience alot longer and more fun. The story is just awesome no complaints overall a great game buy this as soon as you get the chance! Expand
  64. Nov 20, 2010
    9
    If you are a fan of the Halo franchise you will absolutely love this game! From all the cool armor features (sprint, jet pack, armor lock down, sheild) just adds SO much to the experience. The storyline I found to be alil dull but definately didn't lack challenge or fun at all. Multiplayer is definately a treat as u make a spartan and as u complete challenges and earn cR, your rankIf you are a fan of the Halo franchise you will absolutely love this game! From all the cool armor features (sprint, jet pack, armor lock down, sheild) just adds SO much to the experience. The storyline I found to be alil dull but definately didn't lack challenge or fun at all. Multiplayer is definately a treat as u make a spartan and as u complete challenges and earn cR, your rank increases and you unlock tons of stuff to make ur spartan YOUR spartan. Must buy for Halo fans, definately a try for people who are interested in Halo. Expand
  65. Sep 18, 2010
    10
    My opinion best multi player game out there, campaign is not quite up as high up but the story is great considering you probably know how it ends,armor customization probably one of the best features, only con for me is that this game will lower your grades in school, yes you will put off your work/schoolwork to play Halo Reach.
  66. Sep 19, 2010
    10
    Bungie, like BioWare and very few others, listens to the fans and improves the games. Every Halo game has been very good at the time, and each one has been better than the last. Reach is no exception. It is a pretty large leap forward. The plot is great and the multiplayer is better than ever. Bungie brought back some of the old maps (Ivory Tower from Halo 2 is now Reflection). TheBungie, like BioWare and very few others, listens to the fans and improves the games. Every Halo game has been very good at the time, and each one has been better than the last. Reach is no exception. It is a pretty large leap forward. The plot is great and the multiplayer is better than ever. Bungie brought back some of the old maps (Ivory Tower from Halo 2 is now Reflection). The largest flaw in ODST was that there was no matchmaking for Firefight, but now there is. There are some new great game modes like Invasion and Headhunter. This is a great game. Expand
  67. Sep 24, 2010
    9
    I was expecting much more from Halo: Reach, however it didn't necessarily disappoint me. I liked it, but not enough to go crazy, like I did with Halo 3 or Halo 3: ODST. Maybe not the best, but definitely not the worst.
  68. Sep 23, 2010
    9
    While a lot of people say Bungie has done nothing new with Reach, I just say they haven't played yet. Armour abilities, an extensive cosmetic armoury and a graphics quality to die for. The story was a little iffy at points but the action more than makes up for it. The multiplayer is fun and rewarding. It's consistent, balanced, and hectic to say the least. Also, don't compare this to MW. AWhile a lot of people say Bungie has done nothing new with Reach, I just say they haven't played yet. Armour abilities, an extensive cosmetic armoury and a graphics quality to die for. The story was a little iffy at points but the action more than makes up for it. The multiplayer is fun and rewarding. It's consistent, balanced, and hectic to say the least. Also, don't compare this to MW. A military game and a sci-fi game cannot be compared. Also I don't understand what people mean about the graphics being poor. Obviously they don't know the technical side behind it all. Higher resolution textures than have ever been on the x-box, higher poly models than have ever been on the x-box and shadowing and specular quality I have never seen on a console. I guess you need to know to see. Overall, great graphics, great multiplayer, awesome action and a story that holds replay value. Seriously, stop comparing this to MW2 and compare to other sci-fi shooters like Crysis. Which it is ultimately better than. Collapse
  69. Sep 20, 2010
    9
    Bungie is sitting on a winning formula, here. They've put together an FPS style that's so solidly constructed, it manages to remain fun a full 9 years on. Slow and methodical at some times, frantic and explosive at others, it's challenging, engaging, and will have you in zen mode at the edge of your seat.

    The campaign is a sweeping, if somewhat flawed, epic. We all know Reach falls...but
    Bungie is sitting on a winning formula, here. They've put together an FPS style that's so solidly constructed, it manages to remain fun a full 9 years on. Slow and methodical at some times, frantic and explosive at others, it's challenging, engaging, and will have you in zen mode at the edge of your seat.

    The campaign is a sweeping, if somewhat flawed, epic. We all know Reach falls...but Bungie made the somewhat controversial decision of stepping on established timelines to deliver the optimal game experience for the gamer, not the Halo lore fan. And that's totally understandable, because it's still a blast to play through. And, while some of the characters are extremely well-developed, others seem to fade from the story in rather baffling and confusing ways. However, through-and-through, anybody can enjoy the solid challenge Reach presents over its 7-hour campaign. If only it had been longer.

    Multiplayer is everything every Halo has ever been, and then some. The old adage applies: "If it ain't broke, why fix it?" Frankly, because it's fun. Take that pacing and energy, toss in a couple new weapons and some minor gameplay tweaks, sprinkle on some fan service, and absolutely drown everything in all the custom options and content you could possibly ask for, and you're getting your money's worth here, people. This game will last. And Halo has proven once again just how awesome it can be when played with friends -- team up with good friends over Live, and you'll find no shortage of enjoyment when your playstyles synergize.

    Overall, an excellent game. It's really actually sad to see that PS3 and PC owners won't get their hands on this unless they buy a 360, but seeing as Bungie's new deal with Activision is by no means console-exclusive, anybody who owns any platform should look forward to the kind of quality and quantity Bungie has proven they are capable of with this last Halo.

    The reins have been handed to Microsoft. Let's hope they're kind to this old horse.
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  70. Oct 10, 2010
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Okay, let me be the one to set things straight in this dumpster of a user review section. This game is very good in almost every way, save for a very few points. The graphics, while not being completely cutting edge, are still acceptable (somewhere around a COD MW2 level), and truly only come out in the background scenery, which at many times can be simply gorgeous and striking. The Orchestral Score is by far one of the best I have ever heard in any game, only realizing halfway through a level that, "Hey! This music really suits this level, and sounds good!" The plot is somewhat predictable, since you know that every member of Noble Team will die at one point or another, but the storytelling is rather good, and presents it in an only sometimes clear fashion (I'm still not exactly clear how Jun dies). Each mission of the unbearably short campaign is extremely varied and very fun to play, and the additions of the Sabre, MAC Cannon, and the entire level based around flying a falcon all add to the general feel of the game. The emotion of only being a small part of a large battle is ever prevalent, and only breaks at the very end of the game. This game, unlike every other Halo game, surprisingly does not suffer from the one horrible level syndrome (ex. Halo 3 - Cortana). The enemy AI is surprisingly, and almost frustratingly smart; uncannily knowing exactly when they're in your crosshairs. The multiplayer is also varied. The new armor abilities DO change the game significantly, and the new game modes and surprisingly large maps all are very exciting to play on, providing a completely different take on the entire battle the next game, forcing you to change your style of play entirely. The Theater function returns, stronger than ever, along with a newly revamped Firefight mode (now with matchmaking!). The Forge tool is very user-friendly when doing the simple effects, but completely changing a map or creating your own requires a significant input of time and effort, but can be immensely rewarding. My complaints of this game are few, but significant if playing on a harder difficulty. I first played through on Normal, and am currently on "The Package" level on Legendary difficulty, and my frustrations are obvious if you've ever played the game. Through all of the Halo games, Bungie has failed to get one thing right: checkpoints. Forcing me to respawn at a point where I have little ammo, no health, and surrounded by enemy vehicles over and over again until it finally hops me back to the previous checkpoint which I received a half hour gameplay time before the other is simply aggravating. If you are a a mediocre Halo player (like I am), you will find yourself taking 2+ hours to complete one level on Legendary difficulty, which, if I may add, has to be done Solo in order to earn the 150-point achievement. My one other complaint is the friendly AI. While I despise player-controlled AI teammates, I would have been fine with it if it had cut down the number of my deaths caused by being run over by my own Warthog or being driven into a swarm of enemies. That being said, the ability to have AI on your "fireteam" is a nice addition, even if they are extremely weak and die within 15 seconds of joining you. This is certainly Bungie's best Halo game, and I am satisfied and happy that they are moving on to do bigger, and hopefully better things. For anyone who actually bothered to read this entire review, I thank you. Finally, to all of the reviewers that gave this game a 0-5 rating: 1. Get the game and play it for yourself. 2. Judge it as its own game, and don't complain about not having features that the other games did, such as dual-wielding. Only master chief and the Elites are that adept at firearms, and is not a relevant point for this game. This is certainly my favorite game currently, and I will be playing for many weeks straight most likely. After my love-hate relationship with the campaign, I will fully enjoy the multiplayer for all it's worth. I hope everyone has fun with this game, and that they will actually get it. Expand
  71. Sep 19, 2010
    10
    Halo Reach is a breath of fresh air after the last two games. It may not be as good as a PS3 game, but the developers already knew that their console wasn't as good. So they played with it. What they bring to the table is an entertaining campaign that feels a lot more open than the rest of the series, with beautiful bright environments, and game play that feels right at home. The fewHalo Reach is a breath of fresh air after the last two games. It may not be as good as a PS3 game, but the developers already knew that their console wasn't as good. So they played with it. What they bring to the table is an entertaining campaign that feels a lot more open than the rest of the series, with beautiful bright environments, and game play that feels right at home. The few innovations that Reach brings to the table are enough, as the campaign feels the right length and the rest of the package is even bigger. There's a lot to do in Reach, trust me, it doesn't disappoint. I'll end this review by saying that the only two titles that have entertained me as much as Reach are Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Uncharted 2 Among Thieves, it is that fun. Expand
  72. Apr 26, 2011
    10
    10/10 = Masterpiece = One of the greatest first person shooters to date.
  73. Nov 20, 2010
    10
    Halo being one of the most famous games out there as it defined the fps genre and the sci-fi one. The single player is simple with a decent story filling in some gaps and making you feel like you are an actual part of the game plus it can be played in co-op as well, the single player will only last you a day or two with challenges making you come back now and again it is really fun with aHalo being one of the most famous games out there as it defined the fps genre and the sci-fi one. The single player is simple with a decent story filling in some gaps and making you feel like you are an actual part of the game plus it can be played in co-op as well, the single player will only last you a day or two with challenges making you come back now and again it is really fun with a bit of variety but nothing majorly new 8/10.

    Multiplayer, well it has been revamped completely with the addition of the new armour abilities that make an impact on the battlefield, the game modes however have stayed relatively the same with the exception of the new playlist arena which is Reach's take on MLG. Overall the credit system and ranking up will keep you entertained with the multiplayer for hours on end, the credit system is Reach's currency you use it ti buy things uch as new armour or armour effects and with the challenges which are updated daily and weekly will keep you playing more and more of the game it will even get you playing modes that you don't normally play.

    Forge, a welcome return back to the Halo universe with the community already teaming with spectacular inventions that are available to view and download via the file share community. The tools are a lot more professional allowing you to do a lot of crazy things and build some really good maps and with the addition of Forge World you can go in with friends build and have a laugh with this massive map 9/10.

    Graphics have changed drastically showing off a more realistic and retro styled Halo which fits seeing as it is a prequel, the sound is good and the face cap is brilliant along with the environment graphics, Reach is the one of the few games I have seen where they have captured dropping rain so perfectly 10/10
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  74. Nov 20, 2010
    10
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  75. Nov 17, 2010
    9
    After primarily playing MW2, the awesome thing about this game is that it reminds me of what it was like when the primary element of a FPS was fun. Don't get me wrong, MW2 is fun, but it has always felt like it has an air of competition meant to be done by oneself (at least on the console). With Halo: Reach, it takes me back to the nostalgic days of using Xbox Live to play with my actualAfter primarily playing MW2, the awesome thing about this game is that it reminds me of what it was like when the primary element of a FPS was fun. Don't get me wrong, MW2 is fun, but it has always felt like it has an air of competition meant to be done by oneself (at least on the console). With Halo: Reach, it takes me back to the nostalgic days of using Xbox Live to play with my actual friends. It can get competitive as well, but it just seems to remind you that you are to have fun and not take everything so seriously (I mean, Rockets on a small level, etc.). Maybe it's just because it has the party system, but it makes the Xbox feel like its a good place to meet up with your friends again. Expand
  76. Jul 28, 2012
    10
    Probably the most fun one can have for $60 these days. With the amazingly well rounded multiplayer with forge and custom games giving you unlimited amounts of replay value. I would easily pay $120 for this game. Gorgeous graphics for its time and most games dont touch it today. The only way you can have more fun than this for $60 is if your into cheap prostitution. Which I do not endorse
  77. Sep 19, 2010
    9
    Fantastic. Takes all the best parts of Halo 1,2, and 3, alongside firefight from ODST, and adds it's own unique spin. As this is Bungie, the minor fan service details are wonderful. Ten purchasable firefight voices (including master chief!) are simply one of many excellent touches that Bungie has put into this game.
  78. Oct 17, 2010
    9
    The best game in the entire series. This is a great installment to the Halo games. Anyone who disagrees probably just doesn't appreciate the formula, which can be just as intense as COD with next to no frustration factor. I really don't understand the low user reviews here, I guess this is what happens when you let idiots who aren't experienced reviewers rate games!
  79. Sep 19, 2010
    9
    Pros:
    - Plenty of cool new weapons.
    - Armor Abilities are a major step up from Halo 3's Equipment. - Space combat in the Sabre is AWESOME. - Loads of options for customizing Multiplayer. - Firefight is back, with Matchmaking! - Wonderful graphics and a remixed color palette make this the most visually impressive of the series. - Music, sound effects and voice acting are top-notch. - Core
    Pros:
    - Plenty of cool new weapons.
    - Armor Abilities are a major step up from Halo 3's Equipment.
    - Space combat in the Sabre is AWESOME.
    - Loads of options for customizing Multiplayer.
    - Firefight is back, with Matchmaking!
    - Wonderful graphics and a remixed color palette make this the most visually impressive of the series.
    - Music, sound effects and voice acting are top-notch.
    - Core gameplay is the Halo you know and love.

    Cons:
    - The campaign still seems a bit too short...
    - Squadmate AI seems to have gotten dumber.
    - No boss battles or Scarab fights. Tougher enemies like Hunters and Wraiths are few and far between. - I can live without dual-wielding, but only 4 grenades (2 plasma/2 frag)? WTF, Bungie?
    - Not a big deal, but it's been bugging me a little bit: Why exactly is running an Armor Ability? Shouldn't a super-soldier of the future ALWAYS be able to run?

    Conclusion:
    I highly recommend that everyone who owns an Xbox 360 at least try this game. I'm not convinced that it is superior to Halo 3, but it's a close competition. The pros far outweigh the cons. Even if you find the Campaign to be too brief (as I did), Firefight and Multiplayer should offer plenty of fun.
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  80. Sep 19, 2010
    10
    Halo Reach did everything that past halo games did not do right and then some. An excellent story, fun campaign, great multiplayer, and tons of features. This game is one of the best shooters that i have played if not the best. The multiplayer has so many more modes and features. This includes invasion, headhunter, and generator defense. This is a perfect game. I have nothing negative toHalo Reach did everything that past halo games did not do right and then some. An excellent story, fun campaign, great multiplayer, and tons of features. This game is one of the best shooters that i have played if not the best. The multiplayer has so many more modes and features. This includes invasion, headhunter, and generator defense. This is a perfect game. I have nothing negative to say about it and it completely deserves a 10/10. Expand
  81. Sep 14, 2010
    9
    Brilliant multiplayer, no other game can compete with the pure quality of this multiplayer experience. If you don't like it, there's always a cod game for regards to play!
  82. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    Okay, ps3 fanboys who give the game a zero because they played it for 20 minutes at a friend's house and already biased their opinions before the game even came out, please stop freakin' reviewing games you don't even own! You always point out how the users who give it a ten are raging xbox frat boy fanboys, yet you completely disregard the fact that your own fanboyism is blinding you fromOkay, ps3 fanboys who give the game a zero because they played it for 20 minutes at a friend's house and already biased their opinions before the game even came out, please stop freakin' reviewing games you don't even own! You always point out how the users who give it a ten are raging xbox frat boy fanboys, yet you completely disregard the fact that your own fanboyism is blinding you from telling apart a good game from a bad. And this is definitely a good game. People who come on this site read the reviews to see if they should buy the game, not to see some guy with a playstation and a hatred for anything that even is barely related to an xbox rant on how unoriginal the game is or how biased the fanboys are. I'm not giving this a ten because I've been waiting for it for a year. I'm not giving this a ten because I've played every halo game and I want this one to be the best. I'm not even giving it a ten to up the user score because of the retards who automatically give it a zero. I'm giving it a ten because it is the perfect halo experience, and it is fun as hell. Forget people saying the single player is 3 hours long (juuuust a little exaggerated), or people ripping on the multiplayer being unoriginal (I'm not even sure where the argument begins for that, it has barely any resemblance to CoD); you are going to be playing this game for a LONG time. A better Forge, an insanely improved firefight, an epic campaign (that doesn't overstay its welcome, fallout fans), a multiplayer setup that would last you a lifetime; you are getting more than enough of your money's worth with this package. Plus, seriously, are you going to take your advice on whether to get a 360 game or not from a guy named "killzone3"? (also that one guy who said to keep playing halo 3 instead of this, please never show your face in society ever again. If you even played 1 and 2 than you would definitely know that 3 was probably the worst of them all. I'll explain this simply: halo 1=strategy, halo 2=skill, halo 3=let's see how fast i can unload my gun) Expand
  83. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    first halo reach sold out over 3 millions on first day ,second he break the most player playing this game simultaneously 4 million people. buy and enjoy best multilayer experience When talking about a series as influential and beloved as Halo, youâ
  84. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    Halo Reach is the best game I have ever played, absolutely all around amazing experience. There is just so much to do in this game, you will never get bored. Get it and you won't be disappointed.

    BTW. All those people who gave it negative or a 0 they are just ps3 fanboys who just hate halo because its xbox exclusive. If you notice not one reviewer gave it even mixed, so something is
    Halo Reach is the best game I have ever played, absolutely all around amazing experience. There is just so much to do in this game, you will never get bored. Get it and you won't be disappointed.

    BTW. All those people who gave it negative or a 0 they are just ps3 fanboys who just hate halo because its xbox exclusive. If you notice not one reviewer gave it even mixed, so something is clearly wrong with those people who gave it negative.
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  85. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    I've played both Call of Duty and the Halo series as a fan. If i had to make a call it would be Halo Reach.
    I can see how the 0-Review Score reflecks the learning curve of the multi-player that COD-Players can't process.
    I'd put my money on a Halo player over a Cod player any day.
    This is what the fan's wanted and Bungie more than delivered.
  86. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    This is the best Halo game yet. That being said, if you don't like Halo games, you probably won't like this one. The gameplay is very open, there's very little "corridor shooting" like some other shooters (including earlier Halo titles). The graphics are expansive and detailed at the same time. There's a lot of detail, and the up-close details are very nuanced. The online is absolutelyThis is the best Halo game yet. That being said, if you don't like Halo games, you probably won't like this one. The gameplay is very open, there's very little "corridor shooting" like some other shooters (including earlier Halo titles). The graphics are expansive and detailed at the same time. There's a lot of detail, and the up-close details are very nuanced. The online is absolutely packed; even if you don't usually like playing with foul-mouthed little ten-year olds (which is common), you can probably find some good co-op online. My only gripe is the audio track - there's no way to tone down the music volume (or turn it off), I know Bungie is in love with their musical scores (and in fairness it's really good), but I generally like to play with the dialogue and action volume up and the music score turned down. Overall, I'm really liking this Halo. Expand
  87. Sep 15, 2010
    9
    I'm not going to give it 10 out of 10 for the pure fact I haven't played it all, but so far, I haven't found one thing wrong with it. And I'm guessing everyone that has given it 0 hasn't even played it, they just like trolling...
  88. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    Ignore the PS3 fanboys giving Reach low scores - from their reviews they've obviously never played it. I own a 360 and a PS3 and love both consoles, but I'm sick of this silliness. Reach is an excellent game in every respect - it is, arguably the best shooter currently available. It does do new stuff, such as jet packs, armour abilities (which are great) and the best space combat in anyIgnore the PS3 fanboys giving Reach low scores - from their reviews they've obviously never played it. I own a 360 and a PS3 and love both consoles, but I'm sick of this silliness. Reach is an excellent game in every respect - it is, arguably the best shooter currently available. It does do new stuff, such as jet packs, armour abilities (which are great) and the best space combat in any shooter thus far.Yes, the basic FPS mechanics are largely unchanged, but Bungie have shown the wisdom that so many other games companies lack - don't mess with perfection. The campaign is around 8 hours on Normal and considerably longer on other settings - shorter than Gears 2, but much longer and more varied than Killzone 2 (KZ2 took around 5 hours - an hour longer on Elite. And if you've played KZ2, try to remember an outstanding campaign moment - I dare you. No vehicles either.). The plot is straightforward but engaging rather than enthralling, but it's a video game, and I would argue that previous Halo games (except the first) have been guilty of over complicating the plot; at the end of the day it's just an excuse to shoot things. The campaign is also sufficiently engaging that, combined with some really well considered acheivements, replay is guaranteed at least once, probably twice. Graphically it kicks bottom too, which is a little surprising - I expected ODST with bells, but it is easily the prettiest shooter around at the moment. I haven't tried much multiplayer yet, but again, Bungie appear to have tweaked an already perfect formula - it continues to deliver one of the best multiplayer experiences available. Anyone who mentions CoD (great though it is) is clearly mental - Reach is nothing like CoD and very clearly isn't trying to be (try citing some evidence rather than silly random comments). As for it being the last Halo, it's Bungie's last Halo (for now anyway). Microsoft own Halo and have an internal division (343 industries) dedicated to Halo development, as well as recently launching Halo Waypoint. Reach also broke the record for the number of online players on XBox Live on it's release day. Yep - that sounds like a franchise coming to an end.. doh! Epic stuff. Expand
  89. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    An incredible game almost reveloutionary, it has an elusive, captivating campaign although the story is slow at times, when you finally have satisfaction from that thereis the incredible firefight mode, for hours of fun, and then theres forge, incredible fun with infinite possibilities, and you still hav'nt done multiplayer yet, this is an incredible game and it is worth every penny.
  90. Sep 18, 2010
    9
    Halo: Reach is Nearly a Flawless Game, The Multiplayer is Practically Impossible to Improve and The Single Player Campaign is One of the best of the Halo Franchise. But it did not have that enjoyable feel that the First 3 Halo's had. At least it was alot better then Halo: Wars and Halo 3: ODST which were not that good.
  91. Nov 10, 2010
    10
    Best Halo overall so far, I just wished they would get more in depth with the campaign, but there is so much to do you will be entertained for a very long time. This is most likely not a game for you if you are bad at it, I say this because most of my friends that have this that are bad do not like it because it is a very skillful game, but Bungie has added set list for more casual gamers.
  92. Dec 1, 2010
    10
    The best halo game ever made.
  93. Aug 11, 2011
    10
    I've been a massive Halo fan since No 1,& i wasnt disappointed by Reach.In fact for me personally,its the best in the series so far.I loved the story,the characters,the events that take place within the campaign,the customisation for your character & the fact that you see your custom character in the campaign cut scenes.Some have criticised the music,but i think its the best music in theI've been a massive Halo fan since No 1,& i wasnt disappointed by Reach.In fact for me personally,its the best in the series so far.I loved the story,the characters,the events that take place within the campaign,the customisation for your character & the fact that you see your custom character in the campaign cut scenes.Some have criticised the music,but i think its the best music in the series by a country mile! I like the way the cut scenes are cut too,in a very cinematic way,& the first person cutscenes are genius.Always glad to see the Halo games have on & offline Campaign Co-Op,and Campaign matchmaking included this time also.Kudos Bungie! On the multiplayer side,Invasion is a welcome addition,& adds a bit of purpose to the matches,& Firefight is always good to come back to once in a while.In general Reach offers the definitive Halo multiplayer.I am so close to giving this a Ten.On the whole,a VERY cool game. Expand
  94. Nov 2, 2010
    10
    this game is an absolute must have! everything that was wrong with it HAS NOW BEEN FIXED!!! it really shines in its multiplayer. the new weapons are great. i especially like the new battle rifle. one thing that has been fixed that me and many others have complained about is the amount shots it takes to kill a person. Bungie made it a lot easier to kill someone and it has the game a wholethis game is an absolute must have! everything that was wrong with it HAS NOW BEEN FIXED!!! it really shines in its multiplayer. the new weapons are great. i especially like the new battle rifle. one thing that has been fixed that me and many others have complained about is the amount shots it takes to kill a person. Bungie made it a lot easier to kill someone and it has the game a whole lot more fun. if you do not get game you will miss out on the best and the last Halo game that Bungie Is making. Expand
  95. Sep 21, 2010
    9
    Halo reach top game great graphics but can be frustrating wen u die loads as u will throughout the game great game to play will keep u going for hours. amazing story simply has to be said that Halo reach has to be the best Halo game i ave ever played
  96. Sep 20, 2010
    10
    I have been a long time halo fan, and this is hands down in my opinion the best in the series. Great graphics, game play, and loads of features makes this one of my favorite games of the year. Thatâ
  97. Sep 20, 2010
    10
    I should say going into this that I am a Huge Halo fan, I have loved all the past games, Halo CE and Halo 2 being my favorites. That aside Reach tells the story of six very human Spartans and there struggle to try to save a Doomed planet and lay the steping stone for the eventual survival of mankind. Going into this you know the outcome but the story getting to that out come is one ofI should say going into this that I am a Huge Halo fan, I have loved all the past games, Halo CE and Halo 2 being my favorites. That aside Reach tells the story of six very human Spartans and there struggle to try to save a Doomed planet and lay the steping stone for the eventual survival of mankind. Going into this you know the outcome but the story getting to that out come is one of Heroism, sacrifice and loss. Five Hundred million people died on Reach and it is safe to say that this is the darkest game in the entire series. The cinematics have taken influence from movies like "Hurt Locker" and "District 9" in that it is a very close up boots in the mud story, it does this to great affect. I found my self growing attached to some of the Spartans and needless to say their loss left me with a haunting somber feeling that I could not shake, Understanding the characters and the universe will help to heighten the effects of the story. The visuals of this game are beautiful with crisp textures, lush foliage, amazing weather effects, water and animation this may well be the best looking Xbox 360 exclusive out. this is also first Halo game where the faces on human characters look great being on par with Gears of War 2 and Uncharted 2. But all this beauty does come at a cost of the frame rate from time to time, must notably in the first level and in the cut scenes. Game play is the culmination of all the best parts of past Halo games, it feels refreshed with things like weapon bloom, sway and sprinting to give it a far more modern feel. There also are many things that show up for the first time in a Halo game wich not only are pretty darn cool they made this game stand out for me. The enemies are fun to fight and on Heroic and especially Legendary they are a true challenge. The AI in Reach is some of the best in any game I have ever played, Elites are back in front and no longer will you be fighting the boring, stand still Brutes from Halo 3. Hunters on Legendary are the toughest Halo foe I have ever encountered and this is a dream for any long time Halo fan. Though in some of the later levels there can be parts where there are too many high level enemies and not enough of the weapons you need to properly get the job done leading to some frustrating parts. This was my experience on Legendary anyways. Multi-player is very fun, guns have a kick and the new falcon is a blast. Halo 3 left me lacking a little bit and this so far seems to fill the niche Ive been wanting for a while and with so many things to do in this game, it will keep a fan entertained for a long time. With saved films along with an over hauled forge mode added in to the mix along with matchmaking support for the fully customisable Fire Fight and campaign. As of launch yet to be included seems to be the campaign matchmaking. This is a lot of multi player content, we will have to wait and see if it lasts the test of time. All in all this is a fantastic experience that gave me the best first time impression of any Halo game since the original one, this is a great conclusion to Bungie`s Halo and a must play for any Halo fan be it big or small. If you have never played a Halo this is were to start. From the beginning you know the end. Expand
  98. 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 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 greatHey 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
  99. May 10, 2011
    9
    If your a long time Halo fan, like me, Then you may be a little bit shocked as to how much different Halo: Reach is compared to Halo 3 and Halo 2. The biggest change you will most likely find are Armor Abilities (AA.) AA's give your Spartan certain attributes like sprinting, evading, dropping shields, jet-packing etc. The next big change to the series is Bloom or Blooming, this is whereIf your a long time Halo fan, like me, Then you may be a little bit shocked as to how much different Halo: Reach is compared to Halo 3 and Halo 2. The biggest change you will most likely find are Armor Abilities (AA.) AA's give your Spartan certain attributes like sprinting, evading, dropping shields, jet-packing etc. The next big change to the series is Bloom or Blooming, this is where the reticule on screen grows bigger with constant fire, causing you to be less accurate with your shots (this has been around in shooters forever, it's just new to halo.) Now these two things are not necessarily bad by any means, but old time Halo fans are going to be a bit turned over by these rapid changes, while new players to the series will be fine. CAMPAIGN (SINGLE-PLAYER) : The single player story is definitely one of the games weak points, as it, in my opinion, is the worst one in the series. Halo: Reach is the story of Noble team, a spartan group on the military planet of Reach, Reach is a dying world and is on the brink of total annihilation from the covenant and it's up to Noble team to defy the covenant at all costs. While the story is good and well told it's just not very memorable, compared to the Halo Trilogy (Halo's CE-3.) MULTI-PLAYER and CO-OP : Halo's strongest point is by far it's addictive and fun multi-player, this game has so many crazy and customizable games, theres definitely something for everyone. Players also can create custom spartan characters using the "Armory" where you can apply armor permutations colors and create custom emblems for your in game spartan. (please do note, that your custom Spartan appears in all game modes in Halo: Reach, yes, even the campaign.) Halo also has a CO-OP game mode called Firefight, where up to 4 players can battle it out against increasingly difficult waves of covenant infantry and vehicles. Reach also allows you to play CO-OP campaign where you play through the single player story with up to 4 of your friends. The only downside to Reach is the lack of "original maps for multi-player, more then half of the maps are re-makes which is a tad bit disappointing. OTHER FEATURES : Halo Reach also has a Forge and Theater game mode. Forge is a map editor, and probably one of the best ones out there for consoles. It allows you to create and map you want by phasing objects into each other to create your dream map, it's very easy and very addicting. The Theater on the other hand allows you to watch, record and take pictures of your recent multi-player games which again is also very fun and addicting, all of your recorded videos and pictures go to Bungie.net where you and the rest of the world can comment and "like" your content. MY VERDICT : Halo Reach is a must buy for long time fans and newbies to the franchise it's an amazing package and will keep you entertained for months on end. The only thing keeping this game from a perfect 10/10 is it's campaign and lack of original multi-player maps. Expand
  100. Nov 5, 2011
    10
    This game is a masterpiece. You talk about going out with a bang Bungie did it with this amazing game. With a new game engine this game really shines it isn't the best fps out there but the scope of the game is what makes it amazing. Starting off with the campaign I would say its a blockbuster of a campaign the story is amazing and it gives you the feeling of how the humans are losing theThis game is a masterpiece. You talk about going out with a bang Bungie did it with this amazing game. With a new game engine this game really shines it isn't the best fps out there but the scope of the game is what makes it amazing. Starting off with the campaign I would say its a blockbuster of a campaign the story is amazing and it gives you the feeling of how the humans are losing the war. The only problem with it is you don't really get know who your character is and not much of a story is behind him/her. The multiplayer is the best yet for any Halo game adding some new modes such as Invasion which is awesome but the maps could have been better. It wasn't that they weren't good it's just that you've seen have of them before but it doesn't take away from the multiplayer. The games soundtrack is like the sugar coating for all the games amazing glory with some amazing music that goes perfect with what's happening in the game. The new forge is great and allows you to make the map of your dreams and the forge world map is the perfect canvas to use it on. The map is extremely huge 10x larger than anything expected. Firefight 2.0 is even more amazing than the first firefight and that's saying something since the first was so good. It's almost hard to believe that you get this all in one package which is why I'm giving it a 10/10. Expand
  101. Sep 23, 2010
    0
    While a lot of people say Bungie has done nothing new with Reach, I just say they haven't played yet. Armour abilities, an extensive cosmetic armoury and a graphics quality to die for. The story was a little iffy at points but the action more than makes up for it. The multiplayer is fun and rewarding. It's consistent, balanced, and hectic to say the least. Also, don't compare this to MW. AWhile a lot of people say Bungie has done nothing new with Reach, I just say they haven't played yet. Armour abilities, an extensive cosmetic armoury and a graphics quality to die for. The story was a little iffy at points but the action more than makes up for it. The multiplayer is fun and rewarding. It's consistent, balanced, and hectic to say the least. Also, don't compare this to MW. A military game and a sci-fi game cannot be compared. Also I don't understand what people mean about the graphics being poor. Obviously they don't know the technical side behind it all. Higher resolution textures than have ever been on the x-box, higher poly models than have ever been on the x-box and shadowing and specular quality I have never seen on a console. I guess you need to know to see. Overall, great graphics, great multiplayer, awesome action and a story that holds replay value. Seriously, stop comparing this to MW2 and compare to other sci-fi shooters like Crysis. Which it is ultimately better than. Collapse
Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 99 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 99
  2. Negative: 0 out of 99
  1. Jan 18, 2011
    80
    If you loved all the other Halo games, there's little I can say to dissuade you from purchasing Bungie's last creation in the Halo series.
  2. Jan 15, 2011
    71
    Halo: Reach is not a breakthrough, yet it's a clear showcase of Bungie's creative growth. The game is hardly a "must buy" – its single-player campaign is way too short and uneven in quality, while multiplayer has very little room for expansion besides map packs and useless character decorations. But with that said, Reach is worthy of your attention for a couple of evenings.
  3. Dec 25, 2010
    94
    Almost achieves the impossible and fulfills the hype. Among the best shooters ever created. [Issue#231, p.82]