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

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 60 out of 670
  1. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    This game delivered on every front. From the intense single player campaign stuffed with variety to the excellent voice acting, story andThis game delivered on every front. From the intense single player campaign stuffed with variety to the excellent voice acting, story and sound effects Halo:Reach is an absolute must buy for every Xbox360 owner. It is so rich in content that it can easily race for the top spot among the other heavy weapons in the genre. Although the graphics look quite good they are not on a Gears of War or Bad Company 2 level but they still look very convincing and that improvements are visible. I haven't really had time to dug into the multiplayer part of the game but seeing a lot of official review we can say that Halo: Reach is one of the most rich FPS when it comes to its content. All together if you are an Xbox owner, fond of FPS, have 60 bucks or a fan of the series pick this up! U won't regret it, because Bungie really kept its promise and finished the series with a BANG. Now its only up to Microsoft not to screw it up in the future. Expand
  2. Jan 1, 2015
    10
    One of the greatest Xbox 360 games ever. The campaign is great. The multiplayer is plenty fun, but is a little unbalanced with armorOne of the greatest Xbox 360 games ever. The campaign is great. The multiplayer is plenty fun, but is a little unbalanced with armor abilities like Armor Lock and Jet Pack. It is great for people who have never played Halo before, and still is pro-friendly, although it makes veteran Halo players adjust. Custom games are more fun than ever before, and the creative freedom Forge mode brings to Halo truly is amazing and will increase the game's longevity significantly. This game will take hours upon hours of your time. A must buy for anyone. Expand
  3. Dec 4, 2012
    10
    If you have an Xbox 360 and don't have this game, then you're **** stupid. Bungie scores on its last outing with this saga and it rules. Wow.If you have an Xbox 360 and don't have this game, then you're **** stupid. Bungie scores on its last outing with this saga and it rules. Wow. I expected a lot out of this game and it didn't disappoint. Expand
  4. Jul 19, 2011
    9
    Best Halo game by far. If you are a fan of the Halo series or first person shooters in general this is a must have. Everything is here, greatBest Halo game by far. If you are a fan of the Halo series or first person shooters in general this is a must have. Everything is here, great campaign, firefight is addicting, and some of the most balanced multiplayer action around today. Expand
  5. Nov 3, 2010
    9
    This a great game but i think it might be a bit over rated. The campaign is great at times, i love the way everything is and how you have lotsThis a great game but i think it might be a bit over rated. The campaign is great at times, i love the way everything is and how you have lots of space to do what you like. The story is quite lacking as you don't really get to know the characters as much on other major games. The guns look great and it is one of the best FPS of all time but it lacks some story which I love about games. The online is great I think i could spend alot of time on it. But this is a solid 8.9 for me. Expand
  6. May 6, 2012
    8
    everybody is complaining about the graphics of this game, why? do you want to say you play a game because of the graphics?
    you play a game
    everybody is complaining about the graphics of this game, why? do you want to say you play a game because of the graphics?
    you play a game because it's fun not because it looks beautiful.
    the story of the game is good but could be better.
    people are complaining about the realism of this game, but games like mario or cod are realistic?
    in mario you are a plumber who wants to save a princes every f***ing time.
    and in cod you are a super-soldier how can survive everything, and if you get hit somewhere your eyes start to bleed and if they stop bleeding and you become healthy, no medpack, nothing.
    this game is actualy more balanced than cod
    people who play longer get better weapons(cod)
    everybody haves the same equiment at start or respawn(halo)
    and halo haves not so much campers( cod haves a lot)
    i know i used cod a lot in this review but it could be every other first person shooter ( since most of them are cod-copies)
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  7. Dec 25, 2013
    0
    Sprint, bloom, armour lock, loadouts, bad maps …bungie clearly did not care what they did to the halo franchise and were more focused onSprint, bloom, armour lock, loadouts, bad maps …bungie clearly did not care what they did to the halo franchise and were more focused on testing things out for destiny.

    Still better than halo 4 though
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