TSA Review: Halo: Reach

TSA Writes:
The buzz surrounding any Halo title is always significant and Reach held true to that. With a midnight launch a certainty for the title and the flood of adverts that quickly seemed to dominate television it was hardly surprising to see the queues form as Bungie’s final Halo title made its way into players’ hands.

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Echo3073133d ago

If I would've given this game an actual score, it would've been a real process deciding between a 9 and 10. On one hand, it is the best Halo we've gotten so far but on the other, 95% of it is the same stuff we've already played - just in a different setting.

Phenomenal title, none the less.

tinybigman3133d ago (Edited 3133d ago )

This my first halo game I've beaten since part one (not a fan of series), and I liked it more than it. Characters were interesting, story pretty good, and even though it played just like the 1st game I must give kudos to bungie.

id give it a final score of 8.75

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The Meerkat3133d ago (Edited 3133d ago )

Your score sounds fair to me.

It was the story that brought the score down for me.
It sucked.
1,2 and 3 were much better. Hell, even ODST had a better story.

Why the F### didn't they just do what happened in the books.

1. protect the reactors.
2. Zero G on the space station.
3. Halsey in the underground forerunner structure
4. End with them entering the shield world.

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TEFL0N_D0N_813133d ago (Edited 3133d ago )

"... on the other, 95% of it is the same stuff we've already played - just in a different setting."

By that logic, no game should ever deserve a perfect 10. You can't hit a game for building itself on previous iterations, if the gameplay fits and is executed correctly.

Let's look at Uncharted 2. Many reviews gave it a 10/10. I agree with that. But there's nothing in Uncharted 2 that hasn't been done before through Tomb Raider (exploring), Gears of War (cover system), action sequences with button timing (many action games). But Naughty Dog put it together very nicely for a seamless experience.

Campaign worlds are huge, story is excellent, multiplayer depth has no equal, graphics are amazing considering that the current gen of consoles are 4-5+ years old. Music score is excellent, controls are just right, and has a lot of replay value. If there's a current shooter that deserves 10/10, Halo Reach deserves it.

Echo3073133d ago

Every single thing you listed is subjective... you know what else is subjective? Review scores.

Really, it's ok that you and I have different opinions.

TEFL0N_D0N_813132d ago

You're right dude. Most of the stuff I said is subjective, and it's totally fine that we have different opinions. But what review criteria isn't subjective?

ndibu3133d ago (Edited 3133d ago )

I've noticed that if an xbox exclusive has both sales and quality, people start saying things like over rated and casual. One day when a 90 plus rated ps3 exclusive manages to sell more than ODST, (lol yeah right) I wonder what people will be saying about it. Will we be allowed to call it casual or overrated here on N4G or can we expect death threats for doing so? Another funny thing, even when you discount all the Halo games, and you kinda have to cause they aren't HD, the highest selling exclusive HD game is on xbox 360. Why am I mentioning this? Well because its true

Calm Down Sunshine3133d ago

"when a 90 plus ps3 exclusive manages to sell more than ODST, (lol yeah right)"

Error. Error. Eject. EJECT.

MrLife3133d ago

Dude it's a sequel, of course it'll have stuff that we already played. The point in sequels is to enhance the original game in terms of graphics, story and gameplay, and that's exactly what Bungie were doing here.

clintos593133d ago

U know u will be eating those words when GT5 releases right? It wont only sell but it will be an AAA title. Back on topic, I have to agree, the first halo was my favorite but halo reach surpassed it. Great score for a great game.

ndibu3133d ago

All I know is that we've waited 4 years to see a ps3 exclusive exceed Gears of War sales. 4 freaking years. Wait til next year right?

LeonSKennedy4Life3133d ago

Maybe that's because the PS3's lineup is far more diverse?

In all seriousness, you guys should play some Little Big Planet or Uncharted 2 or Killzone 2 or Move or MGS4 or inFamous.

Maybe they didn't sell as well as Gears of War...

...but they're all extremely fun games.

Yes, I love Gears of War. Well...I love Gears 2. The first Gears dragged on for me. It had better multi-player though. I hope 3 fixes that...because it's a great formula.

tinybigman3133d ago (Edited 3133d ago )

Its really sad that you live for sales. Haven't you always heard quality does not equal sales. Stop with all the fanboy BS and grow up.

I've played and loved many games that don't have the sales numbers of some of the big franchises, but I don't care.

Valkyria Chronicles is my favorite game of this generation, and it has the quality but not necessary the huge sales numbers. But you know what I don't care as long as I got to experience it my gaming was made all the better for it.

FiftyFourPointTwo3133d ago

You are one sad dude ndibu. You waited four years to see a PS3 exclusive GeOW sales? LMAO. Thanks for the laugh. PS3 owners are far too busy waiting for and playing GAMES instead of observing sales. We're busy waiting for TLG, GT5, Ico+SotC, KZ3, Socom4, and many other amazing games only playable on the PS3. So you can wait for sales, while we wait for and play awesome games at the same time.

N4PS3Fanboys3133d ago

The 360 also has a wide variety of exclusives across different genres. They, too, get overshadowed by the big boys like Halo and Gears, but they're still good in their own right. How about some Crackdown, Forza, Fable, Alan Wake, Kinect, LIMBO, Banjo-Kazooie, Left 4 Dead, Viva Pinata, or Project Gotham Racing?

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divideby03133d ago

7 hours of Reach playtime and it does NOT deserve a 10... game is very good..
another GTA over inflated score...
I would give Value of the game a 9.8, its a full package, but overall the game would be a 9.2

NecrumSlavery3133d ago

It's an 7.5 to an 8 on the Campaign
And a 10 on the Multiplayer

So is about a 8.5 to lower 9ish range.

This game is not perfect, it's Halo and like Obama, it cant do any wrong in some peoples eyes.

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