We have been waiting for years for some games like Star Craft II, Diablo III, and Duke Nukem Forever to come out but Halo: Reach seemed to come from nowhere like a teenage Korean you made the mistake of playing against. While the game was announced a year ago it seems like little was said about the game until a few months before the game hit stores. While there may have not been much time spent on marketing and build up the game sold very well. Most gamers did not have huge expectations other then expecting it would be good because it was a Halo game. The speed which the game was announced and released left little time for expectations to be created. With little expectations how does the game stack up? You will have to read on to find out.
Being a Halo game it is a first person shooter. There is a story behind the game something along the lines of Reach being a planet that you are trying to keep hold of against the alien invasion but you are being overrun. You are an elite soldier trying to stop the invasion. Honestly that is far more of a story then we really need. We know we are killing aliens that is enough for gamers.
The game is pretty similar to the other Halo games and if you have played a Halo game before or even just a FPS you should have no problem figuring out how to play Halo: Reach. This game is not just an expansion of Halo 3 on a different world with some minor weapon upgrades like some game companies may try to pawn off as real full sequels. Halo: Reach is a real sequel with changes from its predecessor.
One major difference is that power-ups stay with you until you upgrade them instead of being a one time use deal. There are a couple extra items as you would expect as well. One drawback from Halo 3: ODST is that you can not use two one handed weapons at once. The forge system is still in place but has been upgraded. Forge World will deliver many new games and ways to play. The customization of the game will likely be like Warcraft and we will likely see many custom player made maps which improves the multiplayer experience and with Halo the multiplayer experience is what you play for.
Many little but nice changes have been made to multiplayer mode. You have a choice of armor before spawn, players can vote on the map and the game mode, and credits are earned which can be used for changing armor. They have added a few different games that can be played some of which are more challenging and original then others.
Halo: Reach does offer a single player option but most people will be playing the multiplayer option. I would suggest playing the single player option to start and hone your skills if you have never played a Halo game before since its better to get killed privately then teabaged publicly.
The sound is pretty good. What is excellent is the graphics. While most games now look great it is hard to stand out as a visually appealing game but Halo: Reach is able to do that. All around Halo: Reach offers great visuals, is the best multiplayer game for a console, good mechanics, and great gameplay.
This game is a must have for any Halo fan. If you like FPS you will love Halo: Reach. If you do not like FPS games though then Halo: Reach is not the game for you. Halo: Reach is a must buy for most gamers.