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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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RE: Don't buy games on pre-release reviews
By MrBlastman on 9/14/2010 10:03:58 AM , Rating: 2
Doom 3 was great, especially online Deathmatch. When playing on a modded server that allows 8 players (versus 4 normally) it gets extremely intense. The weapons are all great, though the rocket launcher is still an insane powerhouse. When you're down though, with some armor and only a shotgun, you can still come out ahead if you get in close and nail the guy with a shot or two.

They even have strafe jump in the game! Those who hate Doom 3 just aren't hardcore enough. It has gobs of gameplay built into it that require skill, reflexes and tactics.

It did need the Super Shotgun though... For those who _really_ love Doom, but miss Doom in Doom 3, check out Classic Doom 3, a remake of the original Doom, Episode 1 in the Doom 3 engine, even the music is remade.

http://www.moddb.com/mods/classic-doom-3


By Mojo the Monkey on 9/14/2010 3:11:01 PM , Rating: 2
if you want to see the true Halo precursor, check out "Marathon" - one of the first FPS games released on the Macintosh (circa OS 7, I believe). I liked it better than Doom.


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