In 10 days, Halo: Reach gets its multiplayer beta - and consider that last word. With four different game types, new abilities and weapons, this isn't some preview of the rest of a new game. It is a new game.
Yes, the Halo: Reach beta will deliver another four maps and the standard game modes, and familiar gameplay expected of a multiplayer heavyweight by its enormous player base. Yes, there are new things such as a loadout system, defensive armor abilities, and tuned weapons. But those features aren't even half the equation. Integrated with the new game types, the strategy they require, and the rebalance of players' physical traits, the picture emerges of Halo: Reach as earning its claim to be a completely different experience.