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  (Source: holyfragger.com)
Get ready for the Rumble Pit.

One of the most celebrated first-person shooter game series is coming to an end -- but not without a bang.  Giveaways, midnight release parties and other special events are scheduled for the direct prequel to the Halo trilogy; Halo: Reach

The yet-to-be-released game is already earning rave reviews and will be available in stores on Tuesday, according to 
Joystiq and Bungie.net.

The science fiction video game franchise has been a run-away success for Microsoft Xbox and Xbox 360.  The game, created by Bungie, began with the release of
Halo: Combat Evolved in 2001 and was followed by Halo 2 and Halo 3. 

The prequel takes place in 2552, after the fall of the human-colonized planet Reach.  The game follows the six special ops Spartans of the Noble Team as they begin their fight against the Covenant, the alien militant alliance who have targeted the humans. 

Highly focused and detailed, 
Reach offers more autonomy in the game and provides new maps and visuals like Forge World, which allows players to build a world they envision; and weapons like the long-range Designated Marksman Rifle which takes down enemies with one shot. 

In 
Reach instead of playing Master Chief, Noble Team observer, the player can choose to step into the role of a Noble Team member.  When the Campaign ends the user can remain "in character" throughout all of the game modes.

The game designers have upped the ante for multiplayers as well with Firefight, Rocketfight and Gruntocalypse.  Gamers fight through battles and are rewarded with mini-events.  
  
Reach will be made available in Standard, Limited and Legendary Editions. The standard version is $59.99, the limited edition is $79.99  and the legendary edition is $149.99 

Fans can receive a token to unlock a Spartan Recon Helmet, by picking up the game on launch day.  More information can be found here.



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Fixed!
By Iaiken on 9/13/2010 1:00:18 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
One of the most overrated first-person shooter game series is coming to an end -- but not without a bang.


There, that's much more accurate...




RE: Fixed!
By Mitch101 on 9/13/2010 1:08:40 PM , Rating: 3
Your thinking of Metal Gear Solid. Great visuals mediocre game play.


RE: Fixed!
By quiksilvr on 9/13/2010 1:23:32 PM , Rating: 3
You, sir, shall burn in eternal hell fire for uttering such blasphemy!


RE: Fixed!
By Quadrillity on 9/13/2010 1:59:10 PM , Rating: 2
someone should CQC him ...


RE: Fixed!
By jvillaro on 9/13/2010 7:40:33 PM , Rating: 2
Well maybe he's talking about the pos camara angles, 400 gazillion hours of movies but only 5 minutes of gameplay, you get in to all that of sneaking around and then you just feel stupid because you can just stand up, run around and kill everybody and and no harm done you can finish the game just the same...
The metal gear games are good, I've liked them and played them since the NES... but yeah they are also overrated.
Different folks, different strokes man, maybe its a religion to you but for others it isn't all that. I really just think that if the Halo series was on PS also there woulndn't be so many people (fan boys
) b!tching. (I play both consoles so I play what ever I want where ever I want)


RE: Fixed!
By bighairycamel on 9/13/2010 3:18:53 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Your thinking of Metal Gear Solid. Great visuals mediocre game play.
Except MGS isn't an FPS.

At least that series defined a whole new genre of gameplay. What did any Halo game ever do to revolutionize first person shooters? Not saying they're bad games by any means, I've had a lot of fun with multiplayer. But yes they are quite over-rated.


RE: Fixed!
By Unspoken Thought on 9/13/2010 4:26:04 PM , Rating: 2
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But yes they are quite over-rated.


I love how any game, movie, idea etc that someone doesn't like, but has high mass appeal, is over-rated.

How about giving credit when it's due and encourage the highlights of medium so new developers will take notice?

The glass doesn't always have to be half empty.


RE: Fixed!
By smackababy on 9/13/2010 4:39:58 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, Halo IIRC was the first to bring in recharging "health" in the form of the energy shield. How many FPS have that now?

I am not saying Halo is the greatest thing ever, but it stands as a very fun arcade style shooter that I enjoy. It helped kill off the twitch style shooters that the noobs hated so much and put console online multiplayer on the map.

And for the record, Kojima only invented the stealth genre with Metal Gear because game development and technology did not offer enough to create the combat system he wanted.


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