10 things you need to know about Halo: Reach

5) Squad tactics

Whereas Master Chief and the Rookie generally went it alone, here the emphasis is on teamwork. And you’ll need all the help you can get, with up to 40 AI characters to a single battle, as well as 20 vehicles.

6) Tooled up

Dissection of the trailer reveals several old friends, including the battle rifle, sniper rifle and shotgun. There’ll also be a one-shot rifle suitable for long and short-range attacks, plus the new needler rifle.

7) Meet the elite

During the later Halo games, alien race the Sangheili (aka Elites) slowly came to the realisation that the Covenant were a bit mental. It was a huge plot twist that led to the Arbiter helping Master Chief finish the fight in Halo 3. However Reach is a prequel so the Predator-faced warriors are back. But will the Arbiter show up?

8) Shellshocked

The plot follows the battle between the UNSC and the Covenant on the planet of Reach (a story told in the novel Fall of Reach). It was here that the war took a turn for the worse, and aliens destroyed much of the UNSC’s means of manufacturing arms. As a member of Noble Team, you must salvage what you can and escape.

9) New engine

Not only is Halo: Reach a fresh chapter in the Halo series, it will also feature a brand new engine. The images on these pages were all created using said engine, so expect considerably more detail, improved textures and a far more impressive physicality (include facial animations) to the Spartans and the Covenant.

10) What no Chief?

There’s no evidence of Master Chief in the trailer, but we know that he played a key role in the battle of Reach. Perhaps it’s no surprise that there hasn’t yet been confirmation. After all, imagine the whoops of joy when the big reveal finally happens. We reckon he’s likely to make a cameo appearance at the very least!

Feb 9, 2010


  • lionarthegreat - August 16, 2010 9:43 p.m.

    There's no way the Arbiter will show up unless he is a ship captain if i remember right the first Halo takes place 4 Days after the fall of Reach and Halo 2 is about a week after the start of the first Halo, the Arbiter was a ship captain during the fall of Reach and the cut scene at the start of Halo 2 shows the Arbiter being degraded because of the original Halo being "desecrated". So unless they have a battle with a Covenant Ship Master there is absolutely no way the Arbiter will fit into the story.
  • FalC0nPuncH2012 - April 22, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    You see the weird thing is that we know the master chief is the last spartan alive and since noble team is all spartans i'm curious to see what will happen to them
  • evanv0 - February 20, 2010 4:24 a.m.

    this game might be good although they should definetly improve the multiplayer of halo reach
  • Subtank - February 12, 2010 5:33 a.m.

    Just a tiny error in the article: Bungie revealed that Noble Six (printed in the article as noble_006) SPARTAN tag is 312. I suggest checking Hope you could notify Games Master UK about this error and modify this article.
  • K9unittp - February 11, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    Great article; thanks guys.
  • K9unittp - February 11, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    But ya he probabley will be shown, or at least referenced.
  • K9unittp - February 11, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    I'm pretty sure cheif doesnt actually play a big role in this battle. From what i remember him, Captain Kees (no idea how to spell that), Cortana, and their ship, The Spirit of Fire, all flee the battle while Reach is being glassed; which leads to them finding, and being stranded on, the first Halo ring. although i have some faint memory of him setting charges on a covenant ship, not sure if it was orbiting reach though.
  • FreekinIdiot - February 11, 2010 11:10 a.m.

    Welcome to the party xbox rulez, I was wondering when you were going to add your retarded 10 cents.
  • dantheman1711 - February 11, 2010 9:23 a.m.

    halo reach is going tobe epic
  • Metroidhunter32 - February 10, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    Only one Spartan II? Odd, I've read the books, and all the Spartans around that time were IIs. Spartan Is were greek and Spartan IIIs don't show up until around the time of halo 2. Interesting to see how that works out.
  • Yeager1122 - February 10, 2010 5:49 p.m.

    Sounds pretty good but dont know if i will ever actually play it since i stopped playing halo long ago.
  • lovinmyps3 - February 10, 2010 3:18 a.m.

    Glad I bought ODST. The beta will probably be awesome!
  • Cwf2008 - February 10, 2010 3:13 a.m.

    Hmm...this might be a good game, although i wouldnt call this the most anticipated game of the year. I think that was reCAPTCHA: of covenant: Whoa trippy....
  • FETALJUICE - February 10, 2010 2:22 a.m.

    I had lost interest in the Halo series ever since H3 was released with what IMO has an average multiplayer experience that wasn't as good as Halo 2's. But Halo: Reach really looks good now. Can't wait to play the beta (at a friend's house)
  • ComradeKhani - February 10, 2010 2:19 a.m.

    I got bored of Halo 3 a long time ago, so I hope Reach will turn my attention away from Bad Company 2 and Mw2. And of course Mass Effect 2.
  • NelosAngelos - February 10, 2010 12:27 a.m.

    I really like this, not being a Halo fan and actually interested in this game kinda surprises me. I enjoyed Halo 1's story the most, the others just seemed to be going every which way possible. I also like the variety between the Spartans, such as different skills, and looks to their armor and personality. Maybe we'll see even more customization in the multiplayer modes? Plus, being part of a team and using a more tactical approach also intrigues me.
  • TheHalfanese - February 10, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    My bad, you did mention there is a single-shot rifle; however, it IS the "Battle Rifle" of the game.
  • TheHalfanese - February 10, 2010 12:20 a.m.

    You can actually find much more information than this about the game on Bungie's website. Check out the Reach project page and several of their recent articles, and you'll see that there is much more to be learned. Oh, and sorry for anal attention to detail, but that's the DMR, not the Battle Rifle. Yeah, it's similar, but from the sound file they've got on the website, it would seem the DMR is semi-automatic.
  • Makk_Mizzy - February 9, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    Im so ready for this game that I can't stop shooting my guns from my twitching trigger fingers!!!! I own halo, halo 2, and halo 3 which to me were incredibly wicked! I however did not play and buy halo wars or halo odst because they were nothing but expansion packs to hold everyone off til halo: reach but, this halo I will pay off on reserve when I get my tax return because Im fiending for it!!!!
  • Fancy Rat - February 9, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    I don't like the sound of this health bar. Is it worth sacrificing the advances (i.e. Call of Duty-style regen) made in health systems for a "nod" to the old games?

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