By Bouke 1 Comments
Before the release of Halo: Reach, i really wasn't that excited to play it, but after seeing some footage i decided to pre-order a copy anyway. I knew i would have to play it sooner or later so why not... After picking it up the day after release i jumped right in, playing the campaign co-op with my girlfriend on Heroic. We've played ODST and Halo 3 together and jumping into Reach felt like seeing an old friend. A friend that looked a whole lot better!
After playing through a few chapters we put down the game and continued the next day. After two days we got to the spire mission and a friend of mine also got a copy so we decided to restart the game and play through it on Legendary with the three of us. We started sunday morning at 10 figuring we could finish it by the end of the day. But after we took a break at the sniper mission we ran into all kinds of problems. We hosted the game because me and my girlfriend played splitscreen and my friend would join, but trying to launch the game it kept kicking us out or give us a number of error messages. Finally we got it to work, but we still got dropped from a game occasionally. All these problems really added to my frustration when last night i was just playing splitscreen and we were at the very end of the last mission when we both died and the game reloaded the entire chapter from the beginning cinametic. Considering the last chapter is probably the hardest in the game and especially the last section, you could probably understand my frustration. The game itself i really enjoy, but what is up with all those errors!? I had to stop playing and turned off my 360 because i was pretty pissed.
Without the issues though; i'm really enjoying the campaign. The armor abilities mix up the gameplay and create fun moments; like sticking a plasma on a elite and see him dodging to get rid of it. Or you see them use armor lock to avoid getting killed. The new weapons are also really fun and i especially like the Needle Rifle. Overall this is probably the best Halo campaign i've played (i haven't played Halo Wars), i enjoy the cutscenes with your own customizable Noble Six. The story of Halo: Reach sets up Halo: Combat Evolved perfectly and is way more interesting then i thought it would be. I do however wish 343 Studios is looking into an HD re-release of Halo: Combat Evolved like Sony is doing with some of its oclassic titles. Playing that space flight section i got a serious Crimson Skies IN SPACE vibe! My conclusion: Halo Reach is better then i expected and i hope any problems will be solved soon.