GamesRadar: Halo: Reach - A Halo-Hater's Hands-On

GamesRadar: I've never liked Halo. I've never liked it at all. In fact I've always found it to be utterly pointless. And I know I'm not alone. I know a lot of you feel the same way about Microsoft's plasma-spraying juggernaut, despite the years of quadra-hype.

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Bigpappy3102d ago

This game will sell off of the charts for several reasons. The main being that millions of people already know what it is and would buy it just to have the latest version. The other biggie, is that it will be the last by Bungie for the foreseeable future.

-Alpha3101d ago (Edited 3101d ago )

All that is true. However, I'd like to give credit to Bungie and say that they have done a great job doing what they do. Reach is set to be one of the biggest games this year, the other one being GT5. It's got brand power but thank God Bungie is not lazy. Unlike someone like IW and MW2 they truly are not making a carbon copy of their old game and selling it off of hype. When they make a sequel they mean to make a good one. They aren't tossing in a crapload of things in Multiplayer and calling it a day, they are carefully adding features and testing the s*it out of them. That is what I really appreciate.

Anyways, this article was decent. Good to see perspective from other people instead of seeing the same "omg, this was so cool, I luv Halo" article.


Good point. I'm assuming he has some sort of appreciation for the game but maybe he really does just hate it. And to BS Police below, you are right, his reasons seem a little silly but the article isn't about him hating Halo, it's about Reach's preview. Would be interesting to see him explain his hate though. At least he seemed to like the game. It seems that the "Halo hater" is just a gimmick to get hits, but I could be wrong: his whole bit about why Halo sucked seemed irrelevant since the article's thesis was about Reach

Bnet3433101d ago

It's ok to hate a game, but actually writing about it? I thought it was funny when I read this:

"I know a lot of you feel the same way about Microsoft’s plasma-spraying juggernaut, despite the years of quadra-hype."

Ironically, he is contributing to that "quadra-hype" (whatever the hell that means) by writing a hands-on (attention). He hates Halo so much that he wrote a preview for it. When's the last time you've heard of someone write a preview for a game they hated?

kaveti66163101d ago

The experience I get out of Halo never depends on how many weapons there are or how many customizable features or stuff like that. Halo is just an extremely balanced game, and not a lot of games have that feature. Team Fortress 2 even underwent a long period of balance issues because Valve was releasing the updates for each class individually. And Cod has too many balance issues because of the customizable weapons and perks, and because of the glitches the game sucks.

Halo games aren't for everyone, but it appears a lot of people like the game. And it's a high quality game. Just because someone doesn't like it, doesn't mean it sucks. It just means the game is not for them. I can't play Call of Duty because it's too fast-paced for me.

inveni03101d ago

I don't believe for one second that this guy is a Halo hater. Why? Because he called it "utterly pointless". Someone who hates a game doesn't call it "pointless". It's the nature of any game to have a point. There is nary a game in history that could be called pointless. This guy likes Halo but wrote this for hits. Period.

bioshock12213101d ago

Well this person who hates Halo apparently likes Halo Reach for those who don't want to read it. A pretty good preview good to see he liked it and was having fun and changed his mind on Halo.

IdleLeeSiuLung3101d ago (Edited 3101d ago )

It seems any game that sells millions, there are always a vocal few that hates the game.

GAM3R713101d ago (Edited 3101d ago )

O'rly? It just so happens I hated Heavy Rain, and found it pointless. I hated Indigo Prophecy for the same reasons: QTE gameplay, and ugly animations....neither feel like "games". So, it really is possible to hate a game AND think it's pointless.

TROLL EATER3101d ago

even the haters can stop hating, except for the jealous ps3 trolls

inveni03100d ago

You called it pointless because you are a moron, as is anyone that can't grasp the point of Heavy Rain. I hate Halo. Absolutely hate it. Not because it's pointless, though. I understand the point, it just doesn't appeal to me, and I assume that's how you feel about Heavy Rain. You just lack the communication skills to voice your opinion properly. That's okay, though. If you read around N4G, you'll see that you're not alone....

....wait...maybe that's not okay...

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SpartanZero3101d ago

You never liked Halo then we can all agree that you are an idiot anybody who never liked Halo is an idiot end of story

spunnups3101d ago

The simple fact that you can't sprint and at times felt like we were playing in Slow-Mo left a bitter taste in my mouth. Of course, it doesn't deter me from enjoying the game for what it is.

-Alpha3101d ago

Why does he have to like Halo? Hate is a strong word. Surely he appreciates what the game does and how strong of a developer group Bungie is. He can hate whatever he likes. I "hate" the Resistance series for being overly generic and boring as hell, but I can sure as hell appreciate Insomniac for doing 60 player online and 8 player co-op. The writer isn't an idiot for it, he just simply has a different opinion.

bioshock12213101d ago (Edited 3101d ago )

Did you not read the Preview he said he liked it despite hating the other Halo games he likes Halo Reach. He apparently feels like the other Halo games were to simple and this Halo actually has meat on it's bones he said something like that and actually had a lot of fun.

JonnyBigBoss3101d ago

I don't like Halo. Purchased Halo 1 for PC the week it came out and same story with Halo 2, although Halo 2 was obviously a gift from an uncle who has no idea what games I like. Never beat either game and couldn't care for the guns, characters or graphics.

tplarkin73101d ago

"Halo Haters" are either PC gamers or PS3 gamers.

Cevapi883101d ago

the fact that so many people ACTUALLY CARE what this guy says is really sad....its his opinion...if somebody wrote about how how they despised GT5 or GoW III wont make me go out and yell "YOU GODDAMN BASTARD!!!" the end im still going to pick those games up...everybody has their own are entertainment...

im surprised people are so defensive about games that they like...just enjoy it for doesnt matter what someone else says when you are having fun

could you imagine if we got the same reaction when people critique the hell out of movies...Transformers II the movie was seen as being didnt stop it from making over $800 million

thief3101d ago

Alpha Male
Care to remind us why resistance is "overly generic and boring as hell" and Halo is not? The most generic shooter series right now is Halo, in every aspect - cliched story and characters, generic shooting mechanics, level design. Its true that Halo was a pioneer when it comes to shooters on consoles (though Goldeneye would dispute that) but today if a Halo game came out with a different name, it would get 8/10 and be dismissed for being so awfully generic

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Another One3101d ago

I find it funny that all the stuff he thought made Halo Reach a "proper FPS" were the things that the other Halo games did so well and made the game interesting to me. The team work, tactics and overall variety made it great.

Just another person that only ever played slayer or never bothered to try and get into the story who jumped to conclusions. To the author I say, welcome to the Halo we've been playing for 10 years. It's always been that good.

Halo3 MLG Pro3101d ago

Possibly the dumbest article on this site yet. And that's saying a lot with the utter trash this site gets.

-Alpha3101d ago (Edited 3101d ago )

He's allowed to hate it. I didn't understand his reasoning ("it was pointless"), but he is allowed to dislike it if he likes.

I don't mind seeing articles from the perspective of someone who doesn't like the game. He seems to have done a decent job writing it up. One may claim a hater has bias, but one can also claim a super-fan writing a Halo article also has bias. Yet we never hear anyone complain about a fan's writeup.

@BS Police

True. I would like to see him explain his hate in a separate article. At least he liked Halo Reach. I am very excited for it myself.

GiantEnemyCrab3101d ago (Edited 3101d ago )

GamesRadar is just like Destructoid. Nothing to take seriously or give any credibility to what they do.. They just do jokes and sarcasm for hits because they can't get any real gaming news.

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The BS Police3101d ago

You are correct that he doers not have to like Halo and I agree with you completely on that. However, somone who has alot of experience playing Halo can tell that his reasons for hating Halo are flawed.

FantasyStar3101d ago (Edited 3101d ago )

BS Police, unless you've played Quake 3 or very much like fast-paced shooters like UT2k4 (or UT in general) that exist only on PC: I don't think your opinion need be read. Being able to see both sides of how a Quake-veteran looks at Halo is the best way to move discussion forwards.

We already know Halo fans will love Halo. We also know that anyone that doesn't like UT or Quake can't ever understand where Houghton is coming from. So if you do fit the criteria of a "Halo Fan" and a "UT Fan": I would love to read your take on the Halo issue. Otherwise, your opinion will be classified as "biased" and a waste of both our times.

Just know I'm not attacking you or anything, but I've read the same "his opinion is wrong for X reasons" many times just to learn afterwards that the person writing it is far too overzealous for his own good.

palaeomerus3101d ago

I liked Quake 2, Tribes, Quake 3, Team Arena, Unreal Tournament, Unreal Tournament 2K3/4, Team Fortress 2, and many others. I also like Halo, Halo2, Halo3, ODST, and expect to like Reach. I liked CounterStrike, Halflife 2, F.E.A.R., Jedi Knight, Jedi Knight 2, Call of Duty, COD2, COD3, CoD4:MW, [email protected], CoD2, Battlefield, Battlefront, etc. and I still don't find Houghton's "case" for disliking Halo very compelling nor his attribution of its success to mega-hype and the supposed myopia of its fans. It all sounds like a bunch of poorly thought out, elitist bunk to me.

I'm not really a fan of Unreal Tournament 3. I also didn't like Unreal Championship 2. I generally don't enjoy Time Splitters games either. Yet somehow I've never tried to dismiss any of those as bad games that should be hated by right thinking gamers because of how they play.

FantasyStar3101d ago (Edited 3101d ago )

I think it has much to do with how he wants a game to be what he likes, but when he doesn't see that: he hates it for what it lacks instead of what's already there.

Yeah, I've played and enjoyed all the games you've listed. I still play TF2 and CS:S on a regular basis and have recently played CoD:WaW again for that WW2 itch. But I also enjoy the Halo franchise as well. Maybe he has no friends? I found that Halo is best enjoyed with your friends, some food, drinks, and Xbox Live.

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jdktech20103101d ago

That guys needs to get over's not our fault that you neglected the parts of the game you think aren't there. Geeze, that's all I'm gonna say here

FantasyStar3101d ago (Edited 3101d ago )

Whatever you may think, he's entitled to whatever standards he sets for himself. No matter how high they are.

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