Halo: Reach Xbox 360

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  1. May 15, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Few are the areas where Halo Reach doesn't benefit from Bungie's obvious intention to deliver a definitive farewell episode. Aside from french voices and music that are simply good (but not as fantastic as one would hope every single aspect to be), and new covenant weapons slightly off when used in the solo campaign, Reach delivers a brilliant solo experience. The story may not be surprising, but it's a well told one. Reach remains awe-inspiring for its implementation, scope, diversity and richness. Those who will have to carry on the flame have a high bar set there for them to surpass. Expand
  2. Apr 29, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A outstanding game the only reason it isn't a 10 is because of a few bad things 1 the campaign is kind of short 2 they don't cover the Spartans that much and 3 what happened to noble 3 Jun that left the door cracked on it Expand
  3. Oct 7, 2014
    9
    I'm not sure why, but I just don't feel entirely satisfied with the story, but Halo: Reach is simply a fun game to play. Both single and multi-player. A true homerun for Bungie.
  4. Aug 3, 2013
    9
    this game is a god it definantly goes in my top 3 halo games my top 3 halo games are halo reach halo wars halo combat evolved this game is once again a masterpiece
  5. Apr 10, 2014
    9
    Es un shooter sobresaliente, los escenarios son mas grandes, el poder personalizar a tu jugador, acompañado de nuevas armas, eso si la historia que es buena es algo corta
  6. Nov 11, 2013
    9
    As Bungie's last Halo game they will ever create I knew this will be a great Halo game & was I correct. This Halo was very fun, I loved the campaign & the feature of where your multiplayer character is the main character of the campaign. The multiplayer was very fun & all the updates to get ride of all the map problems like camping areas helped. Firefight was good. Overall I'm pleased & IAs Bungie's last Halo game they will ever create I knew this will be a great Halo game & was I correct. This Halo was very fun, I loved the campaign & the feature of where your multiplayer character is the main character of the campaign. The multiplayer was very fun & all the updates to get ride of all the map problems like camping areas helped. Firefight was good. Overall I'm pleased & I will miss Bungie. Expand
  7. Nov 21, 2013
    8
    When Halo Reach rolled the red carpet and I got it, I also got Xbox Live and I wasn't seen for four months. I was having Halo Fever. This is one of those underrated games that get bashed but deserved more. Halo is a sci-fi game not a military shooter so having thing that isn't real is a given. Gameplay is really good and everything is the standard of quality we expect from the halo series.When Halo Reach rolled the red carpet and I got it, I also got Xbox Live and I wasn't seen for four months. I was having Halo Fever. This is one of those underrated games that get bashed but deserved more. Halo is a sci-fi game not a military shooter so having thing that isn't real is a given. Gameplay is really good and everything is the standard of quality we expect from the halo series. It isn't perfect by any means, the graphics don't even compare to the Metroid Prime 3 and the AI bugs up. Though everything about this game is a whole lot better then Call Of Duty. Expand
  8. Nov 23, 2013
    9
    I know this is late in reviewing but I just wanted to say I traded this game in for Halo 4 upon release because i couldn't afford 60 bucks at the time.

    Anyways I loved playing halo reach despite of what negative people say. The halo community is a hard one to please i'll say. Most of them just want halo to be a constant re-hash of itself with better graphics in a world where
    I know this is late in reviewing but I just wanted to say I traded this game in for Halo 4 upon release because i couldn't afford 60 bucks at the time.

    Anyways I loved playing halo reach despite of what negative people say. The halo community is a hard one to please i'll say. Most of them just want halo to be a constant re-hash of itself with better graphics in a world where technology and gaming is constantly progressing. Don't get me wrong I loved the first 3 halo's and they were great storylines along with great multiplayer.... Well halo 2 had its bugs before it was a beast.

    Anyways point is I regretted trading in reach for halo 4 because halo 4 has horrible lag, quickspawn, killcams and everything cheesy in the cod franchise that's watered down with a Halo skin on it calling itself Halo. Plus 343 doesn't listen to their community at all they want is people praising the game and don't have time for constructive feedback that includes issues with the game that breaks it causing a population to drop by 92% in a lifespan less than a year.

    Upon regret of trading it in I finally got it back at gamestop today for 12 bucks and lemme tell ya this was the best last installment of halo. Not the best overall just a good way for bungie to say goodbye and move on to bigger things like destiny.

    So if you have this game you need to repopulate it, and if you've never played it then I will say its definitely worth the price. The legendary campaign is a good one to play with friends. Its not short like Halo 4.
    For those of you who might think reach was on the cod side, I say to you pop in halo 4 and thats the real copycat.
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  9. Jan 4, 2015
    9
    Easily my favourite Halo. Best story that really shows how helpless the humans were fighting fo reach. Best customisation, along with best multiplayer. Maps were also for the most part good, even though most were just taken from campaign, but they worked well. Awesome new game modes (invasion). Cool graphics update that make it feel a little more realistic than 3 and less super spaceyEasily my favourite Halo. Best story that really shows how helpless the humans were fighting fo reach. Best customisation, along with best multiplayer. Maps were also for the most part good, even though most were just taken from campaign, but they worked well. Awesome new game modes (invasion). Cool graphics update that make it feel a little more realistic than 3 and less super spacey (stuff looks a little grittier). Ace diversity in missions - even fly spaceships finally!!! - and awesome ending to the game. Firefight improved to be customisable to however you please which is ace, forge mode upgraded to 11 with awesome addition of forge world and new tools, and game modes being super customisable too. Also, tons and tons of different playlist to pick from! And those who complain about the ranking system just don't know how to have fun in games, it works great. Expand
  10. 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
  11. Aug 21, 2016
    9
    Halo Reach is an incredible FPS,the best of all time in my opinion.

    The gameplay is incredible,with all the top quality AI,gunplay and level/map design that you are used to,plus the fact you can sprint,deploy a hologram,or use a jet pack spices up the game significantly. The graphics are amazing,and the framerate is solid aswell. Sound design and soundtrack are amazing. I will
    Halo Reach is an incredible FPS,the best of all time in my opinion.

    The gameplay is incredible,with all the top quality AI,gunplay and level/map design that you are used to,plus the fact you can sprint,deploy a hologram,or use a jet pack spices up the game significantly.

    The graphics are amazing,and the framerate is solid aswell.

    Sound design and soundtrack are amazing.
    I will now breakdown the campaign and multiplayer.

    The campaign is great,with an immersive plot,great level design,an incredible variety of levels,ranging from straight up carnage to space combat.The game achieves so much with it's campaign alone to be worth playing,but there's even more than that.

    Online multiplayer is great,with loads of different ways to play.That being said,being able to team kill is irritating,as teammates can just shoot you to lower your health and let an enemy kill you so they can't be kicked,but if you kill them after that,you get kicked.Really unfair.But if you play with the right group,it's incredible.

    Firefight returns from ODST,and is just as good as it was there.Not much more to say.

    Forge returns and is better than ever,allowing you to create your own multiplayer maps.I have played some great ones over the years with my friends.

    Custom Games lets you play these maps or create a game variant to work on a map compatible with that base game type i.e. Invasion does not work on all maps.

    Apart from the slight flaws in multiplayer,Halo Reach is a perfect game,and if you haven't played it,GET IT NOW!
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  12. Feb 16, 2016
    9
    Great game , played on xbox one backwards compatablitiy had more fun with this game then i did with Halo 5 guardians !!! I love all the weapons, gadgets, and vehicles.. It's a must play
  13. Feb 22, 2016
    10
    Halo reach is a unexpected surprise. It is entertaining story, multiplayer, and everything else wise. The story is about a group of Spartans who are trying to defend the planet reach at its darkest hour. The story is well acted, with characters being able to be liked. You are your own Spartan named noble six, who you can customize, which is cool. The multiplayer is fun, with a games fromHalo reach is a unexpected surprise. It is entertaining story, multiplayer, and everything else wise. The story is about a group of Spartans who are trying to defend the planet reach at its darkest hour. The story is well acted, with characters being able to be liked. You are your own Spartan named noble six, who you can customize, which is cool. The multiplayer is fun, with a games from multiplayer still satisfy, with new game modes with it. Firefight is way better in reach than it was in odst. The graphics are great for a Xbox 360 game, with detail being great as ever. This is one game any halo fan should play. Expand
  14. Feb 1, 2016
    10
    This is the best game. The most touching, interesting, attractive and diverse. A lot of weapons, the death of our, interesting characters and a quality story. This is my favorite game. There is no master chief, noble six but just wow. Beautiful graphics, weapons, textures, characters. And each is well made. Each mission is not like the others. Here and flying ships in space and on theThis is the best game. The most touching, interesting, attractive and diverse. A lot of weapons, the death of our, interesting characters and a quality story. This is my favorite game. There is no master chief, noble six but just wow. Beautiful graphics, weapons, textures, characters. And each is well made. Each mission is not like the others. Here and flying ships in space and on the planet and defense and intelligence areas and protection of artificial intelligence. Multiplayer highly advanced and interesting. And as a result all ended with the best ending in video game history. This is better than gta 5 and every other halo.
    Это самая лучшая игра. Самая трогательная, интересная, привлекательная и разнообразная. Много оружия, смерти наших, интересные персонажи и качественный сюжет. Это моя самая любимая игра. Здесь нет master chief, но ноубл шесть просто вау. Красивая графика, оружие, текстуры персонажей. И каждого хорошо сделали. Каждая миссия не похожа на другие. Здесь и полёты на кораблях в космосе и на планете и разведка и оборона местности и защита искусственного интеллекта. Мультиплеер сильно продвинут и интересен. И в результате всё завершалось лучшим концом в истории видеоигр. Это лучше gta 5 и всех прочих хало.
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  15. Mar 18, 2017
    9
    Halo Reach es sin lugar a dudas una obra maestra, con una campaña e historia sólida que incluye algunos de los mejores momentos de toda la saga Halo (como aquella del final), a casi 7 años de su salida sigue manteniéndose vigente; el multijugador es un buen complemente tanto en línea como a pantalla dividida que sin duda añade aún más horas de diversión, la banda sonora destaca en momentosHalo Reach es sin lugar a dudas una obra maestra, con una campaña e historia sólida que incluye algunos de los mejores momentos de toda la saga Halo (como aquella del final), a casi 7 años de su salida sigue manteniéndose vigente; el multijugador es un buen complemente tanto en línea como a pantalla dividida que sin duda añade aún más horas de diversión, la banda sonora destaca en momentos específicos del juego y la jugabilidad aunque no varíe mucho de los demás Halo tiene el sello de calidad de la franquicia (de parte de bungie). Una de las mejores experiencias de la saga y una de las mejores del 360. Expand
  16. Mar 18, 2017
    9
    This game has been out for longtime but it has not lost any of it's aw some factor with a thrilling campaign and multiple fast pace multi-player modes this is definitely bungies best halo game
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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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  20. Oct 13, 2010
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'll start off by saying i'm far from a Halo fan boy, far from it. But i do enjoy the games. They didn't need to change much of the core mechanic as they got it pretty much right from the off, and i bet to those complainers about it feeling to like the first or second, if they changed it radically, you'd all complain. Anyway, the changes they have made are mainly to the weapons, they feel a lot better than Halo 3/3:ODST, although i don't see the point in the DMR, its a glorified pistol, it doesn't sit in between the Assault Rifle and the pistol, but swinging more to the pistol. In my opinion, they should have kept the burst fire. The single player was fun and frustrating on Legendary but you'd expect it to be. And possibly one of the greatest mechanics in any game, if you die many times after a dodgy checkpoint, it reverts you back to the previous checkpoint. The story though is pretty flat. Its basically another invasion story, the Planet Reach is under attack by the Covenant, and you part of a group of spartans called Noble Team, realise the inevitability of the conflict. Because of this and the lack of lone wolf element to 1-3 (bar ODST), you do grow close to your squad mates as they perish one by one. Multiplayer is standard Halo. I'm not good at it, but it can be fun at times, more playing the right way, than your way, unless your way is the right way, but then that might not be as fun. Firefight is expanded further from ODST and is a lot of fun, with, or without teammates and allows me to level up online, without getting exceeding frustrated by playing *with* people who are better than me, rather than against. Finally the matchmaking system is still by far better than any other first person shooter has. They haven't seemed to change it on the surface since Halo 2 and theres a reason why. Expand
  21. Nov 10, 2010
    8
    The biggest problem with Reach's campaign is, in my opinion, that you just can't identify with the character you play as, because that character is you. I know that sounds ridiculous, but hear me out; Bungie has purposefully given Noble 6 (the player character) no personality of his own, because they want the player to have the impression that they are Noble 6. For this same reason Six'sThe biggest problem with Reach's campaign is, in my opinion, that you just can't identify with the character you play as, because that character is you. I know that sounds ridiculous, but hear me out; Bungie has purposefully given Noble 6 (the player character) no personality of his own, because they want the player to have the impression that they are Noble 6. For this same reason Six's armour is fully customisable, as is his or her gender. One of the best things about the original Halo games was assumming the guise of the Master Chief - the invincible super soldier who always says the most badass things possible at the most oppurtune moments. In Reach, the only person you assume the guise of is yourself - a basically unremarkable gamer with no particularly interesting qualities one way or the other. In fact even if you do have interesting qualities, the time at which they are least on display is when you're sat in front of your games console pretending to be someone more interesting. This basic element in the structure of the game is what killed the campaign for me - the last levels were still pretty good, mostly for nostalgia value, but overall I found the whole ordeal quite underwhelming. I gave Reach an 8 because of everything but its campaign, which is where the -2 comes from. Everything but the campaign is gold. Pure gold. Expand
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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
  26. 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.
  27. 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. Expand
  28. 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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  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. Apr 26, 2011
    10
    10/10 = Masterpiece = One of the greatest first person shooters to date.
  32. 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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  33. Nov 20, 2010
    10
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  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. Mar 19, 2012
    10
    Now, I'm not a Halo buff. The only other Halo game I played was Halo: 3. Just compared to Halo:3 in campaign and multiplayer, Halo: Reach is much better, hands down. The campaign is great, and the cut-scenes add a richness to the story. I enjoyed it so much I made it a goal to actually play through the game on Legendary single-player (and I did). I can't say I've done that on many games.Now, I'm not a Halo buff. The only other Halo game I played was Halo: 3. Just compared to Halo:3 in campaign and multiplayer, Halo: Reach is much better, hands down. The campaign is great, and the cut-scenes add a richness to the story. I enjoyed it so much I made it a goal to actually play through the game on Legendary single-player (and I did). I can't say I've done that on many games. Multiplayer is incredibly fun--Slayer and Firefight--and I feel the point system, player skill system, and the dropped game penalty is much, much better than Halo: 3. And, well, armor customization is a great reward for accruing points earned just by having fun. The weapons all feel like they pack more of a punch than the weapons in Halo:3, which is a huge plus. All in all, great game. Expand
  37. 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
  38. 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!
  39. 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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  40. 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
  41. 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!
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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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  45. 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.
  46. Sep 14, 2010
    8
    Wow, there are so many blatent fan boys giving this a 10 and blatent haters giving this a 0. STOP BEING IDIOTS! Yes, the game is very good but it's not absolutely perfect. And no, the game is not totally broken so there is no way it should get a 0 from anybody. You people are all missing the point of giving reviews. It's NOT just 10 if you like it and 0 if you don't! It doesn't matter ifWow, there are so many blatent fan boys giving this a 10 and blatent haters giving this a 0. STOP BEING IDIOTS! Yes, the game is very good but it's not absolutely perfect. And no, the game is not totally broken so there is no way it should get a 0 from anybody. You people are all missing the point of giving reviews. It's NOT just 10 if you like it and 0 if you don't! It doesn't matter if you love it or not, there are a few flaws in this but I loved it anyway, so I'll give it a fair score of 8. Expand
  47. 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
  48. 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...
  49. 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
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. Sep 19, 2010
    8
    With this being Bungies last HALO I was expecting this to top them all in terms of graphics , weapons and vehicles. The graphics are way better than Halo 3 so to that I must say they succeeded. There was also additional weapons in this version such as the target designator that acts much like the Hammer of dawn in Gears and a few other rifles and upgrades to previous weapons. As far asWith this being Bungies last HALO I was expecting this to top them all in terms of graphics , weapons and vehicles. The graphics are way better than Halo 3 so to that I must say they succeeded. There was also additional weapons in this version such as the target designator that acts much like the Hammer of dawn in Gears and a few other rifles and upgrades to previous weapons. As far as vehicles, this game lets you go into space for around 15-20 minutes which was a nice diversion. With all of the changes they still managed to keep it feel like halo which everyone enjoys. The only downside is the single player is short and while mp is endless fun I still wish SP Was a bit longer. overall well worth 60.00 with lots of replay value. Expand
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. Dec 1, 2010
    10
    The best halo game ever made.
  56. 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
  57. Nov 28, 2012
    6
    Overall the game was decent armour lock is so stupid doe some of the game had good ideas but the maps werent that great and it takes years to rank up.
  58. 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
  59. 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
  60. 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
  61. 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
  62. Sep 25, 2010
    7
    Reach is undoubtedly Bungie's greatest effort for the Halo series, but even so it doesn't quite manage to match the astonishment of the first game, the multiplayer powerhouse of the second game, nor the overall refinement of the third game.

    Let's get one thing clear - Halo has never been a world class FPS when compared to the likes of Valve-made shooters, but as a console gaming series
    Reach is undoubtedly Bungie's greatest effort for the Halo series, but even so it doesn't quite manage to match the astonishment of the first game, the multiplayer powerhouse of the second game, nor the overall refinement of the third game.

    Let's get one thing clear - Halo has never been a world class FPS when compared to the likes of Valve-made shooters, but as a console gaming series they've managed to offer plenty of solid enjoyment for millions of people. Unfortunately, Reach has arrived at saturation point; new additions to the game are not enough, and things that really grated for past multiplayer elements still exist (quitters keep qutting, and are not replaced, for example) and the lack of any real customisation and progression makes it lose-out compared to other games (you can spend experience on armour parts, but overall they add so very little to the game).

    The campaign manages to entertain, but the story, characters, and setting are a massive let-down. Uwe Boll could probably muster something better than what Bungie have done here, with not even one character offering the heart or soul equal to the likes of Cortana, Sergeant Johnson or even the Arbiter. If this were Bungie's first game then the campaign based on gameplay alone would be enough, but with Halo 3 and ODST already available and better, it's hard to fully recommend Reach.

    As an overall package the game will do enough to keep fans happy, but don't be expecting a massively impressive swan-song here.
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  63. Nov 15, 2010
    7
    Halo reach is a solid fps for the console and adds some depth to the halo storyline however the game feels dated. its still enjoyable to play and will provide many players with a long and enjoyable online experience and is a refreshing change from the clone shooters.
  64. Nov 14, 2010
    7
    Best Halo game ever. That doesn't really mean anything though, the formula and mechanics are far too familiar to leave an impact. If you're not sick of Halo, you'll have a blast. If you are, then you shouldn't pick it up. It's a very polished game with some weird difficulty spikes occasionally. It's much more cinematic than the rest but it justs the swan song for a series that failed toBest Halo game ever. That doesn't really mean anything though, the formula and mechanics are far too familiar to leave an impact. If you're not sick of Halo, you'll have a blast. If you are, then you shouldn't pick it up. It's a very polished game with some weird difficulty spikes occasionally. It's much more cinematic than the rest but it justs the swan song for a series that failed to evolve. All in all, not bad, just very stale. Expand
  65. Nov 2, 2010
    8
    After Call of Duty took over the third person shooter platform it seemed there was no further need for the Halo franchise, but Halo Reach actually delivers a pleasant alternative from the excessive realism of the Call of Duty series. While the main mission doesn't hold a candle to the first three Halos in terms of storyline, it's still an enjoyable, if not somewhat nostalgic return to theAfter Call of Duty took over the third person shooter platform it seemed there was no further need for the Halo franchise, but Halo Reach actually delivers a pleasant alternative from the excessive realism of the Call of Duty series. While the main mission doesn't hold a candle to the first three Halos in terms of storyline, it's still an enjoyable, if not somewhat nostalgic return to the Halo universe. This game is all about the multiplayer. I gotta give Bungee credit for improving the multiplayer and truly making it a treat. If you're ready from a break from Call of Duty, this is the shooter for you. Expand
  66. Nov 10, 2010
    8
    Multiplayer has a longer learning curve when compared to other Halo games, but it has been a fun game for the last month. I would say it is a solid game overall. Where Bungie lost their 2 points from me is how every single game in multiplayer, you get a blue screen when someone quits, or is trying to cheat. They claim they are on a quest for global domination, how about fixing this problemMultiplayer has a longer learning curve when compared to other Halo games, but it has been a fun game for the last month. I would say it is a solid game overall. Where Bungie lost their 2 points from me is how every single game in multiplayer, you get a blue screen when someone quits, or is trying to cheat. They claim they are on a quest for global domination, how about fixing this problem first huh. It's effin' frustrating... Expand
  67. Mar 16, 2011
    9
    Its Halo,itts multilpayer thats why I love it.A lot has been written about this game already so Im not gonna bother you either love it or hate it.Score attack solo is the nuts as well:)
  68. 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
  69. 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
  70. Dec 10, 2011
    10
    As good as the previous Halo's. The campaign is clever and engaging, but achievable even on solo legendary. Multiplayer is yet again outstanding. Any halo fans need this game. I just wish that they hadn't replaced some of the weapons with worse versions.
  71. Jun 8, 2012
    10
    Definitivamente o melhor jogo que já joguei, não da pra falar apenas do halo Reach é preciso ver Hallo como um todo, depois de jogar na ordem: Halo 3, Reach, Halo CE e ODST, todo o enrredo do jogo vem a memoria como se fosse um filme.

    Empolgante, animador, tenso, prende o jogador ao jogo, a hitoria é espetacular, em resumo, a serie
    Definitivamente o melhor jogo que já joguei, não da pra falar apenas do halo Reach é preciso ver Hallo como um todo, depois de jogar na ordem: Halo 3, Reach, Halo CE e ODST, todo o enrredo do jogo vem a memoria como se fosse um filme.

    Empolgante, animador, tenso, prende o jogador ao jogo, a hitoria é espetacular, em resumo, a serie Halo é o estado da arte.
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  72. Feb 8, 2013
    5
    HR is underwhelming in every way. There's no reason to play it instead of Halo 3. The single player made me want to gouge my eyes out. The multiplayer wasn't impressive at all.
  73. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Fantastic!!! the Halo franchise breath with a new entertainment style!!! The solo campaign has a stronge story!!! And the multiplayer... Is amazing how always to be!!! Expand
  74. Sep 14, 2010
    9
    I haven't played Halo (any of the titles) in at least two years, because I jump around from FPS's, to Racers, to Sports titles, and honestly wasn't even all that excited about this final release (I'm sorry if thats hard for some of you to understand, haha). So when my wife bought if for me as a "surprise" I really wasn't all that excited about playing it. That changed within the first 15I haven't played Halo (any of the titles) in at least two years, because I jump around from FPS's, to Racers, to Sports titles, and honestly wasn't even all that excited about this final release (I'm sorry if thats hard for some of you to understand, haha). So when my wife bought if for me as a "surprise" I really wasn't all that excited about playing it. That changed within the first 15 minutes, and has remained with me up until this point (at work, on a 24, and craving some Halo!) As far as the "graphics are horrible" guys, I've got 2 words for you, High Definition, haha. Dont mean to poke at you "humble people", hell, who am I kidding, yes I do. Get yourselves a decent TV to game on, otherwise, they'll all have crap graphics. This game is amazing, being 31, I dont stay up late (late being past midnight) playing games anymore, but I stayed up all night to beat this game, I just couldn't put the controller down (save for bathroom breaks and the occasional snack). If you're into Halo, buy it, if you're not, buy it, its that simple. Expand
  75. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    Okay, first things first, if you're looking here at these reviews deciding for yourself whether or not to buy the game, then take if from me, don't listen to the idiots who are rating it under 5. I mean come on, have you really took note of their reviews. They're spelling things wrong, starting sentences with lower case letters, swearing and saying that the game could never get a 10 ratingOkay, first things first, if you're looking here at these reviews deciding for yourself whether or not to buy the game, then take if from me, don't listen to the idiots who are rating it under 5. I mean come on, have you really took note of their reviews. They're spelling things wrong, starting sentences with lower case letters, swearing and saying that the game could never get a 10 rating from someone who isn't a 'fanboy'. Are these really the people you want to listen to and base your answer on? No, I don't think so. That's why I'm here to do my best to give a fair review. Now I admit, I have been playing Halo since 2003, which automatically makes this game good to me. Why? Not because I'm a 'fanboy', but because experiencing something for that length of time makes you proud to be a part of it. But if I take that away from my review, Halo: Reach has the makings of one of the best FPS games of the early 2010s. It is a massive improvement on Halo 3 where many things have been added or modified, and, if I'm absolutely honest, not much had to be changed since Halo 3 worked pretty well as a game itself. The campaign was a fantastically well thought campaign, but it was one for the fans, someone like me will understand the true significance behind this game which some people can't seem to comprehend. As for the gameplay, it's smooth, running on a great engine with great capabilities. The graphics are a step higher than Halo 3, however at some points it did look a little bit too cartoony. I would say more but I would have to say spoilers and I know how bad it is when you read spoilers. As for the multiplayer, the matchmaking is not perfect: it is now much quicker, you get to vote for your preferred gametype and map, matchmaking itself has been advanced with the inclusion of armour abilities and other features. Again too much to talk about, and I haven't even started to mention the armoury! Do I sound like a fanboy yet? You probably think I do, but I am genuinely blown away by this game. Of course Firefight has returned bigger and better than in ODST, now with matchmaking support and now Forge it a map creators dream. Many ideas I had in Halo 3 can now easily become a reality. And there's much, much more to talk about, but you must be bored stiff by now. Really I'd give Reach a 9, but with so many low reviews, it deserves 10. As I say a lot, you have to give something a change. You can't play something for 10 minutes or even 5 hours sometimes and assume the game is bad, or good, depending. So for once, if you're about to write a bad review, actually give the game a good, solid chance. If your bad, you'll get better the more you play. Well Done Bungie! Expand
  76. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    While there are alot of new options, it still feels like the same Halo. Really did enjoy it but i know it won't get great for a couple of days. I know what im looking for is the community/Forge. I couldn't tell you how many times I spent all night playing mongoose racing, duck hunt and ghost busters and thats why I love Halo. The story is the weakest part of the game. It dosn't give youWhile there are alot of new options, it still feels like the same Halo. Really did enjoy it but i know it won't get great for a couple of days. I know what im looking for is the community/Forge. I couldn't tell you how many times I spent all night playing mongoose racing, duck hunt and ghost busters and thats why I love Halo. The story is the weakest part of the game. It dosn't give you the feeling of exploration when you first stepped on halo or give you any real varrying mission. also this game is NOT COD its not trying to be they can coexist so calm down Expand
  77. Sep 15, 2010
    9
    With the massively popular Halo games its no surprise Halo Reach goes all out in an attempt not to let the series down. The player assumes the role of Noble 6, a supersoldier fighting alongside a special operations unit to combat the threat that is the Covenant who are trying to destroy the planet Reach.

  78. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    This game is nothing short of amazing. It is easily the best halo ever taking the best parts of all the previous halos like the multiplayer from halo 2 and the firefight from ODST. Don't even read the reviews of the people who gave this game a 0 they are ps3 trolls I guarantee you as some say look at uncharted 2 and killzone because they are sad at the beast of a game reach is. The armorThis game is nothing short of amazing. It is easily the best halo ever taking the best parts of all the previous halos like the multiplayer from halo 2 and the firefight from ODST. Don't even read the reviews of the people who gave this game a 0 they are ps3 trolls I guarantee you as some say look at uncharted 2 and killzone because they are sad at the beast of a game reach is. The armor abilities are sick, addictive multiplayer cool customizable options and great graphics make up this game Expand
  79. Sep 14, 2010
    8
    Bob Jackson is right when he sais the AI is bad, but the story telling is good. I actually think the best part of this is that it continues the HALO world without stripping and reducing the game down to a stupid shooting game. And that's what HALO is in general, but this one has a nice little twist to it.
  80. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    Don't let anyone fool you the game is awesome! The best game in the series by far. Gameplay is different and that's a good thing, not that it was bad before but I just thought Halo 3's gameplay was just OK. Halo Reach's environments are masterpieces and the new maps feel more alive and not as dull, when I would play Halo 3 the maps were just so lifeless that if it weren't for the gameDon't let anyone fool you the game is awesome! The best game in the series by far. Gameplay is different and that's a good thing, not that it was bad before but I just thought Halo 3's gameplay was just OK. Halo Reach's environments are masterpieces and the new maps feel more alive and not as dull, when I would play Halo 3 the maps were just so lifeless that if it weren't for the game being so fun I wouldn't have played it half as much as I would if the maps were like Reach's. Don't listen to the other people, I mean why would you when half are saying that they don't like Reach because it feels too much like the other Halos and it didn't change much AND the other half are saying that they don't like Reach because it changed too much and doesn't feel like Halo should. Some others are saying the graphics aren't good, if you compare them to Halo 3 they're a masterpiece, but if you compare them to another game that has top notch graphics because that's all the developer cares about then it's going to look about average (IMO a little higher than average). So go out and buy this game you'll never look back. Expand
  81. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    The best Halo yet, hands down. Intense Campaign, great multiplayer and community support, infinitely improved forge and firefight. If you are a Halo fan or love solid gameplay then you will love this game.
  82. Sep 14, 2010
    9
    With the globs of people bashing the game without playing it, its alot like our political system. Point blank the game is good regardless if you love cod4 or killzone, or just a PS3 fanboy. Remeber these guys names because they will change their tune when Bungie's game shows up on a Sony console......
  83. Sep 16, 2010
    10
    Best FPS I've ever played, end of story.

    The individual elements (Forge, MM, Firefight, Campaign, Theatre etc) are NOT the best that have been done, but their combined offerings (Which are unheard of in the gaming market) and the incredible balance, fun, and thoughtfulness put into the game make it a contender for the best game ever made for the 360, PS3, or Wii. The only reason it has
    Best FPS I've ever played, end of story.

    The individual elements (Forge, MM, Firefight, Campaign, Theatre etc) are NOT the best that have been done, but their combined offerings (Which are unheard of in the gaming market) and the incredible balance, fun, and thoughtfulness put into the game make it a contender for the best game ever made for the 360, PS3, or Wii.

    The only reason it has a 6.9 here is because of the pathetic CoD and PS3 fanboys that can't admit that Reach is a fantastic game, but they simply can't/won't get it because of limitations or principle.

    People accuse it of being the exact same thing as the last game, meanwhile in God of War or Call of Duty, Killzone etc the Multiplayer (If applicable) and campaign gets no improvement, and gets simpler.
    Halo Reach innovates and expands upon the other Halos and should be purchased as soon as you have the money.
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  84. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    i feel as though they said "hey, last halo game? lets just take everything thats great from halo 1-3 and odst and make it better!" and it WORKED! no new modes to see thats different from halo 3, (except for firefight) but they improve the general formula for all of the modes, making everything super customizable. solid game, solid engine, solid EVERYTHING! A must own, for any type ofi feel as though they said "hey, last halo game? lets just take everything thats great from halo 1-3 and odst and make it better!" and it WORKED! no new modes to see thats different from halo 3, (except for firefight) but they improve the general formula for all of the modes, making everything super customizable. solid game, solid engine, solid EVERYTHING! A must own, for any type of gamer, you will fall in Expand
  85. Apr 23, 2011
    4
    it saddens me to give you this score my friend it truly does your the b{}{rd child of bungie and i sort of pity that because you could have been more if this is bungies last hurrah you let the people themselves decide if they want you not the reviews.
  86. Sep 16, 2010
    9
    Bungie called the original Halo Combat Evolved, which it truly was, proving that an FPS could be not only work on a console, but deliver its own experience different than a PC shooter. Every bit of Reach feels as if that evolution was the mantra, taking the best parts of the previous versions and building on that initial promise. Bungie may have left the Halo franchise for new endeavours,Bungie called the original Halo Combat Evolved, which it truly was, proving that an FPS could be not only work on a console, but deliver its own experience different than a PC shooter. Every bit of Reach feels as if that evolution was the mantra, taking the best parts of the previous versions and building on that initial promise. Bungie may have left the Halo franchise for new endeavours, but they left it, and their fans, with a grand farewell, the best incarnation of the Halo universe, and a lot of digital toys for multiplayer fans to play with for a long time to come.

    The single player campaign, though short, ends on a great note (no spoilers), and the multiplayer tops every other FPS console game out there, bar none. I suspect that my CoD MW2 disc is going to go unused for a LONG time to come.
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  87. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    Hello. I have seen the other user reviews and I have to say I'm surprised. Halo Reach has to be the best Halo game to this date. Bungie left with an explosion of great multiplayer action, a great story to run through, and upgraded features like Forge and Theater. I consider this my favorite FPS, and games like Call of Duty MW2 cannot seem to match the unique style Halo: Reach offers. NowHello. I have seen the other user reviews and I have to say I'm surprised. Halo Reach has to be the best Halo game to this date. Bungie left with an explosion of great multiplayer action, a great story to run through, and upgraded features like Forge and Theater. I consider this my favorite FPS, and games like Call of Duty MW2 cannot seem to match the unique style Halo: Reach offers. Now its predecessor, Halo 3. Enhanced graphics all-around, better story, more features, and of course, better gameplay. This is the Halo I was expecting to play and love. Expand
  88. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    Amazing! This game has it all. I have never owned a game where I have gotten so much bang for my buck. Campaign. Co-op Campaign. Firefight. Competitive Multiplayer. Custom games. Forge. Saved Films and screenshots. And it matchmaking is supported for all of this. Not to mention the gameplay is the best it has ever been in a Halo game. Armour Abilities are freakin awesome. The weapons areAmazing! This game has it all. I have never owned a game where I have gotten so much bang for my buck. Campaign. Co-op Campaign. Firefight. Competitive Multiplayer. Custom games. Forge. Saved Films and screenshots. And it matchmaking is supported for all of this. Not to mention the gameplay is the best it has ever been in a Halo game. Armour Abilities are freakin awesome. The weapons are very balanced. The graphics are great.. and the game is just damn fun. Oh yeah also the menu system is extremley fresh and innovative as it always keeps you party together no matter what you doing. The amount of detailed online matchmaking settings is also mind blowing. Buy this game. It owns. I just wish it had a few more immersive gameplay mechanics like brink and mirrors edge, where you can interact with the environment. The frame rate can always be a bit choppy at times. But overall you really can't be Halo Reach. Expand
  89. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    Most of these reviews, you have to realize that they are PS3 fanboys and are trying to rate down one of the best games. As you can see most of their names are "Killzone3" and they rate up PS3 games, and this is their only Xbox 360 review, because that fact is that they don't own one, and are jealous that they can't play Halo 3. Now back to the review. Halo Reach..............where do IMost of these reviews, you have to realize that they are PS3 fanboys and are trying to rate down one of the best games. As you can see most of their names are "Killzone3" and they rate up PS3 games, and this is their only Xbox 360 review, because that fact is that they don't own one, and are jealous that they can't play Halo 3. Now back to the review. Halo Reach..............where do I start. First of all it has the best graphics in a Halo game that there ever has been. Second of all, it has one of the best full, and meaty multiplayer that there ever was in an Halo game. The multiplayer in Reach even rivals other top games like Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2. The campaign is also good, even though it is not the best in the series, but can be an absolute blast in coop with your friends. Overall this is one of the best Halo games to reach the market today. I highly recommend you ignore those PS3 fanboy trolls and get this game today. Expand
  90. Jan 6, 2011
    2
    Very Disappointed. I was really looking forward to this, but now that I have it, I still feel like playing the other halo's. Don't like the direction they took it. That direction would be nowhere. It is basically the same game. Not enough upgrades to justify a whole new game. I feel like this would have been better served as an add on to ODST.
  91. Jan 23, 2013
    2
    Honestly so disappointing that I couldn't believe it. I loved all the other halos so much. I would play them for hours at a time. Well halo reach is a different game. I really gave the game a chance but I NEVER could have any fun. Reasons why? so many I wouldn't even be able to fit them in with the 5000 characters limit so let me end by saying this game feels nothing like the other halos.Honestly so disappointing that I couldn't believe it. I loved all the other halos so much. I would play them for hours at a time. Well halo reach is a different game. I really gave the game a chance but I NEVER could have any fun. Reasons why? so many I wouldn't even be able to fit them in with the 5000 characters limit so let me end by saying this game feels nothing like the other halos. It is the product of what happens to a good game when the creators want to make more money by widening the audience but the end result is a far different, far worse game. Expand
  92. Mar 5, 2012
    2
    So I get this game, based on hype and because I thought Halo 3 was a decent game and that this would be better, but it wasn't. The campaign is to the point of nearing impossibility with the difficulty of some enemies. I rammed an elite with a wraith on legendary, and guess what happened? I blew up. He didn't even armor lock or anything. That brings me to my next point. They completelySo I get this game, based on hype and because I thought Halo 3 was a decent game and that this would be better, but it wasn't. The campaign is to the point of nearing impossibility with the difficulty of some enemies. I rammed an elite with a wraith on legendary, and guess what happened? I blew up. He didn't even armor lock or anything. That brings me to my next point. They completely screwed up when it got to armor abilities. You don't need an armor ability to sprint or evade, plus armor lock is on all spartan armor. They should've had sprint, evade, and armor lock default for the character. They also have crappy online play. I mean, if you get in a game, it's pretty good, but it's a bit dull and pointless. The ranks take forever to get through. It took me weeks just to get to colonel. I expected so much more from this game, but it was just such a disappointment. They should have improved much much much more than they did. Plus, they used a lot of low quality textures. Try standing in front of someone and zooming in on them with a sniper rifle. You'll see that the textures have a lot to be desired. I play through a dull, meaningless campaign that's ruined by how they removed duel wielding, yet allowed elites to duel wield. They also let all the elites have all the abilities they want. If your a super soldier, your called that because your better, tougher, stronger, etc. than your enemy, not because you have a crappy shield that barely protects from anything and less health than a marine. Overall it wasn't very good. We give Bungie the hype and support they need to create epic games, and they just slam the door in our face with each game. Expand
  93. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    Halo: Reach is by far one of the greatest Halo games, right up there with CE. Although the campaign wasn't as long as I hoped it would be, but I'm sure Legendary on solo will easily fix that. Another small complaint that I have is that the AI seems a bit more stupid and clumsy when it comes to firing, but their driving skills have definitely improved over Halo 3. The multiplayer and forgeHalo: Reach is by far one of the greatest Halo games, right up there with CE. Although the campaign wasn't as long as I hoped it would be, but I'm sure Legendary on solo will easily fix that. Another small complaint that I have is that the AI seems a bit more stupid and clumsy when it comes to firing, but their driving skills have definitely improved over Halo 3. The multiplayer and forge is what really stands out though. The amount of customization in both is insane, firefight kicks ass too. Don't listen to those idiotic CoD fanboys that are rating this game 0's and 5's, this game is amazing. Expand
  94. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    A superb extremely solid game on all fronts. The fact is there has yet to be another console FPS that contains this much content and executes it so soundly. The single-player alone, while facing criticisms from certain reviewers infinitely better than nearly all other FPS single-player modes, and as for the multi-player well its Halo enough said...this game is undoubtedly deserving of aA superb extremely solid game on all fronts. The fact is there has yet to be another console FPS that contains this much content and executes it so soundly. The single-player alone, while facing criticisms from certain reviewers infinitely better than nearly all other FPS single-player modes, and as for the multi-player well its Halo enough said...this game is undoubtedly deserving of a 9.5 or 10. Expand
  95. Sep 14, 2010
    9
    After playing the campaign I can easily say this feels like one of the if not the most amazing halo campaigns you will ever come across, possibly even in FPS games. Bungie truly went all out on this game. Matchmaking has been improved to be more fun than Halo 3, and all the modes that were existing before were revamped completely. The only reason for my 9 and not a 10? The slowdowns thatAfter playing the campaign I can easily say this feels like one of the if not the most amazing halo campaigns you will ever come across, possibly even in FPS games. Bungie truly went all out on this game. Matchmaking has been improved to be more fun than Halo 3, and all the modes that were existing before were revamped completely. The only reason for my 9 and not a 10? The slowdowns that appear randomly. Still, don't listen to all the idiots that are voting the game down just because it's halo and not CoD. It has better graphics than CoD could wish it had, actual AI, non scripted events, etc. This is the game CoD has always wanted to be but never was. It deserves a 9-10 only, as it's a fresh new experience that will keep wowing you all the while you play. THIS IS A MUST OWN GAME.

    If you look at the negative reviews and believe any ounce of them, you will be missing out on a great game, and you will regret it.
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  96. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    Awesome graphics. Awesome gameplay. Awesome campaign. Awesome multiplayer. Awesome co-op. Awesome character customization. Awesome features like forge and theater mode. Awesome game, nuff' said.
  97. Sep 16, 2010
    10
    10 10 10 10 10!!!!! Amazing story, even better multiplayer. Definetly best game of 2010 and halo series. MUST BUY. Sorry to see bungie haveta go. Tribute them by buying!!!
  98. Sep 15, 2010
    5
    How I loved the Halo Franchise, Since the original Halo on the original Xbox... And how I was looking forward to this. But playing this feels old, compared to new fresher games this just feels old, the graphics have been improved, yes. online is still fun, yes (although alot the maps are just remakes *sigh*) the voice acting is generally poor and I never felt any emotional link with theHow I loved the Halo Franchise, Since the original Halo on the original Xbox... And how I was looking forward to this. But playing this feels old, compared to new fresher games this just feels old, the graphics have been improved, yes. online is still fun, yes (although alot the maps are just remakes *sigh*) the voice acting is generally poor and I never felt any emotional link with the characters, Times have moved on and it shows how much Halo has aged. I have still given it a 5 as I will still play it online time to time, but the single player campaign feels old and only took me about 6 1/2 hours to complete. Expand
  99. Dec 20, 2010
    0
    I couldn't help but feel bored about this game. The single player is pretty disappointing considering it's Halo's finale of wrapping the series up. Which I'm glad by the way, and commend Bungie for moving on as it seems for the next few years we're just getting more and more sequels of the same **** New franchises would be nice, instead of milking old ones for money. Halo Reach is fun butI couldn't help but feel bored about this game. The single player is pretty disappointing considering it's Halo's finale of wrapping the series up. Which I'm glad by the way, and commend Bungie for moving on as it seems for the next few years we're just getting more and more sequels of the same **** New franchises would be nice, instead of milking old ones for money. Halo Reach is fun but has isn't improved much from Halo 3 which is the main problem. There are a few modes that might keep you interested for a while but pretty much halo lost it's touch in this game. Halo 3 at it's time was considered amazing but after COD, BFBC2 and all these other games, Halo can't compete. Personally, I find Halo 3 better than Reach. And to me, if a sequel is WORSE than it's predecessor it should not even merit a point. As there is no improvement. Overall might please Halo fanboys but won't keep them interested to stay away from other great games. Expand
  100. Apr 23, 2011
    2
    This game has so much hype its not even a funny thing anymore. This franchise hasnt ever come close to topping Halo 1. Halo 2 added multiplayer so that was fun for a while, but this is just a money pit scheme where they use the same redundant graphics and mechanics to get people to buy it... i mean if you want proof just look at halo ost. dont tell me that game wasnt a fail. Overall haloThis game has so much hype its not even a funny thing anymore. This franchise hasnt ever come close to topping Halo 1. Halo 2 added multiplayer so that was fun for a while, but this is just a money pit scheme where they use the same redundant graphics and mechanics to get people to buy it... i mean if you want proof just look at halo ost. dont tell me that game wasnt a fail. Overall halo reach wants money. Expand
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. Games Master UK
    Dec 25, 2010
    94
    Almost achieves the impossible and fulfills the hype. Among the best shooters ever created. [Issue#231, p.82]