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  • Summary: From the beginning, you know the end. In Halo: Reach, players experience the fateful moments that forged the Halo legend. It's the story of Noble Team, a squad of heroic Spartan soldiers, and their final stand on the planet Reach, humanity's last line of defense between the terrifying Covenant and Earth. This darker story is echoed by grittier visuals amid a backdrop of massive, awe-inspiring environments. Characters, enemies and environments are rendered in amazing detail by an all-new engine designed to deliver epic-scale encounters against the cunning and ruthless Covenant. Expand
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  1. Positive: 93 out of 99
  2. Negative: 0 out of 99
  1. Reach is the most spectacularly euphoric hello and goodbye in gaming history.
  2. Overall, Halo: Reach is an amazing title.
  3. If you're a fan of the Halo series and were a little disappointed with ODST and a little apprehensive in purchasing this title, don't be. Bungie have redeemed themselves by not only creating an engaging and coercive story but have brought the game back to its roots and tweaked the gameplay, both offline and online to make this the definitive game of the series.
  4. A beautiful, astoundingly deep - yet very familiar - Halo package. Thanks for the memories, Bungie.
  5. Reach is the best Halo ever created by Bungie. Great graphics, excellent storyline and the usual perfect multiplayer, make this game a "must buy" not for every Halo fan, but also for everyone playing first person shooters. Unfortunately, a 5-hour single-player campaign prevents the game from gaining that perfect score that it would have otherwise deserved.
  6. It maybe not be the perfect ending for the franchise because of its prequel flair, but in the gameplay and story-telling aspects it easily earns the crown of the series.
  7. Halo is still a superlative multiplayer game, and with a group of friends, there's nothing quite like a well-tuned game mode or a white-knuckle finish to a Firefight. It's a shame that Halo: Reach couldn't add $60 worth of improvements to it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 92 out of 594
  1. Sep 14, 2010
    This game delivered on every front. From the intense single player campaign stuffed with variety to the excellent voice acting, story and sound effects Halo:Reach is an absolute must buy for every Xbox360 owner. It is so rich in content that it can easily race for the top spot among the other heavy weapons in the genre. Although the graphics look quite good they are not on a Gears of War or Bad Company 2 level but they still look very convincing and that improvements are visible. I haven't really had time to dug into the multiplayer part of the game but seeing a lot of official review we can say that Halo: Reach is one of the most rich FPS when it comes to its content. All together if you are an Xbox owner, fond of FPS, have 60 bucks or a fan of the series pick this up! U won't regret it, because Bungie really kept its promise and finished the series with a BANG. Now its only up to Microsoft not to screw it up in the future. Expand
  2. Sep 26, 2011
    I do not normally give a game a 10, but for Halo Reach I'll make an exception.

    The campaign is excellent, it's not too short, and it's not
    too long. It's story will draw you in and keep you interested, and in certain areas of the campaign you can actually fly space ships. Which in FPS history is a rare occurrence.

    As for multiplayer, every game I have is always stable and I have very little disconnections. It's also a lot of fun, I love playing Firefight.

    Graphics wise Bungie have done a fantastic job. I can't really say anything bad about them really.
    The gameplay is also very solid.

    Halo reach is one of the few games that does not have any bugs or glitches that plague other games (Cough Black Ops Cough) It is a very enjoyable game and it has no doubt left it's mark on FPS History.
  3. Nov 12, 2010
    This game delivered on every front. From the intense single player campaign stuffed with variety to the excellent voice acting, story and sound effects Halo:Reach is an absolute must buy for every Xbox360 owner. GotY right here folks. Expand
  4. Jlk
    Oct 5, 2010
    This game is a target for negative criticism, so don't believe the haters, this game is near perfect, aside from a few flaws, the biggest being: the story doesn't have the grand scale we are all used to in a halo game, but what it does have is all the polish and while not having the grand scale, it swaps it with a somber, hopeful tone that overall gives it a more cinematic feel, which with the greatly satisfying, near beautiful ending, makes this game a stand out hit, oh and the multiplayer is good, REALLY good. Expand
  5. Jan 14, 2013
    Bungie did a lot wrong with there last installment but it still felt like halo. Weapon pickups should never be taken out of halo.....thanks 343. Playing Halo 4 made me realize that reach was not that bad of a game. The forge was awesome, custom games was awesome, and the multiplayer was awesome. This is what I expected from a halo game. I had a lot of fun on this game. Remember reach they say.... 9/10 Halo 3 is still the best. Expand
  6. Sep 16, 2010
    I am very happy with this game. I told myself I was done after Halo 3 but I am very glad I decided to purchase this. Multiplayer is way more fun with the addition of the armor abilities. The difficulty is intense but not frustrating. As for the whining fanboys who give a game they never played a zero simply due to it not being on the console they happen to own just dis-regard their reviews. Just smile to yourself and realize that you will never be as pathetic as some of these bottom feeders. Expand
  7. Dec 15, 2010
    Well as a fan of halo since halo 1 i have to say it feels like bungie said "Call of Dutyize it NOW" and as much as i **** hate cod halo did not feel like halo. halo 1 lan was **** awesome halo 2 online was beast. and halo 3 was awesome. and they said well time to change the formula. so it feels like call of halo. not enjoyable. Expand

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