Halo Reach is one of the defining games for the Xbox 360.

halo_reach_1Halo Reach is the sixth game in the Halo series, if you count Halo Wars, but it is the first game in the story chronologically. As a prequel, this is the first Halo game where you play as a Spartan other than Master Chief. Halo Reach is also, notably the last Halo game made by the original developers, Bungie Studios. These two situation combined is responsible from some discord within the Halo fan base. I couldn’t have disagreed more. Halo Reach is the ultimate swan song. By note continuing the story of the main character the development team was able to go in and make the game they wanted. I for one am glad they did. I love the addition of items such as jet packs as well as the inclusion of a space ship fighter level.

Unlike most Halo games in which you play as Master Chief  who may be the last of the Spartan super soldiers, in Halo Reach you play as a member of Noble Team with 5 other Spartans. Each has their own personality and style and can be helpful on the battle field; which was never the case with the groups of marines that would “help” you in previous games.

61WxoUe7BtL._SL1000_For those of you who don’t already know, Halo games are best played cooperatively with friends, and this game is no exception, in Halo Reach you can play the story mode with up 4 players… and of course there is plenty of the competitive multi-player that the series is famous for. You can also play cooperatively in firefight mode against waves on enemies or build your own levels and game types in the “Forge world”.

Halo games are best at enemy AI and it shows in Reach.  Each fight can be grueling, especially when plying on harder difficulties. You will want to have fun and experiment with the different ways of taking on groups of enemies.

I would definitely recommend buying the Legendary version of the game, as it comes with the HUGE statue shown above. To give you an idea of the size of this, each figure stands about 6 – 6 1/2 inches tall. The overall statue is roughly 9 inches tall and 11 inches wide, and it looks great.

If you have never played a Halo game, this is a great entry point. If your a fan of the series but skipped this one for some reason, your missing out. Halo Reach is one of the defining games for the Xbox 360.


The Verdict


The Good: As always, great shooting, fun enemies

The Bad: This is the last Halo game made by Bungie studios.

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