E3 2010: The Halo: Reach trailer is ridiculously more exciting than the actual game

The purpose of any good trailer is to sex up the thing it's selling. That or give you informative warnings about head lice prevention. So we get that games sometimes appear more exciting than they actually are when they're compressed down into 90 second chunks, with ninja editing skills and a rousing soundtrack.

But bugger us if watching the Halo: Reach trailer then seeing the playable footage from Microsoft's E3 conference isn't the equivalent of Songs of Praise being advertised with a Debby Does Dallas trailer. Take a gander below to see what we're talking about.

Brace yourselves, it's the super exciting trailer...

Phew. Exhilarating, eh? Slow motion stabs in the back. That kick-ass move where the Spartan breaks the Elite's neck with her feet. Battles on a scale we've only previously seen in Halo 3's deceptive adverts. Shitting Star Wars-esque dog fights at the end. If you need to calm yourself down, just watch the video below...

And now the actual game...

Zzzzz... what? What's going on? Where are we? Mommy? OK, so we're being somewhat harsh. But there's no denying how much more frenetic the action appears in the trailer. That said, as Grunts as our witness, we really are looking forward to those dogfights.

But what do you think? Are we being a bit unfair to the Reach footage? Do you still care about Halo? The comments await your words.

June 15, 2010



  • k1ll8saurav - August 16, 2010 3:50 a.m.

    I hope you all know that that mission was a purposely sped up mission for the purposes of showing it on E3., I don't think anyone has time for an hour long mission at E3. The final mission is said to be more epic and longer.
  • D0CCON - August 14, 2010 8:15 p.m.

    Surprise surprise! Somebody with the name FuckHalo doesn't like Halo Reach. I never would have guessed that! Anyways, it does look decent, but after playing some Halo 3 multiplayer for the first time in a long while, I'm not sure if I should have preordered (if not, I can always undo it at least). Halo mp seems to have the best ability to piss me off of any game. It feels like it has the most racist, sexist, anti-semitic 10 year olds (although COD comes close), you have to put at least 30 bullets into a target and then punch them to kill them, half of the weapons are useless, the other half are overpowered (and the ones that don't fall into either category are both, depending on distance [shotgun, sword, hammer]). It's still not bad and I've always enjoyed the campaign (and firefight!!). After playing the beta, I'm also not sure what I think. I did a lot better in it than I did in Halo 3 (I even got my first 10+ kill streak in Halo ever, although I have come close a few times in H3) and some gametypes were interesting, but I wasn't as gripped by it as I am by other multiplayer games. They also got rid of the battle rifle (AKA, my fav weapon) and replaced it with a gun that was OK, but not as good. Overall, I'm still guessing I'll like it and I'll probably end up getting it mainly because the really cool games (Homefront, Portal, Brink) don't come out until several months after Halo and I need something to play during the fall. At the end of the day, Reach does look like a full-fledged, fully featured game that looks like it will get support from Bungie for quite some time after release. Even if it isn't the greatest game I've ever bought, it looks like I'll get my money's worth from it.
  • wiitard07 - August 2, 2010 4:54 a.m.

    Well after hearing the music that GR and I thought was so crappy on its own actually IN the game it seems to go wonderfully with the HUGE ASS BOOM!!!! kinda stuff that was going on, and that is NOT a bad thing.
  • HaloReachAround - July 30, 2010 2:06 a.m.

    alright my name is humorous for atleast another month or two.
  • AlphaWolf428 - July 18, 2010 2:40 a.m.

    oh i forgot to say great job to dave meikleham for creating a post specifically for halo hate... imnot insinuating that you hate halo,but with an article like this you had to see this coming.halo hatingis annoying as hell and i would like to be able to read or watch a halo themed article or vid without putting up with uninformed comments like that of fuckhalo or the underinformed comments of batouyukinawa (althoug i will applaud him for giving somewhat legitiment yet arguable reasons for his aggression towards this game)
  • AlphaWolf428 - July 18, 2010 2:31 a.m.

    @fuckhalo first of all way to go creating an account entirely dedicated to bashing halo. secondly, while i agee all of those games look incredible i also know how to give credit where credit is due. halo reach looks phenominal, and i would say it is looking to be the best halo game sofar. also halo doesnt deserve that kind of treatment, might i remind you that more than likely if there was no halo there would be none of those games you just mentioned. the halo series has done so much for the gaming industry and all of this halo hate is illogical and stupid. your comment is nothing but mindless rambling and hate backed by nothing more than name calling and no actual reason for hating halo. as for bungie they do their job well and they work hard which is more than i can say for most game developers. in short, fuck you fuckhalo, fuck you.
  • bar1scorpio - June 17, 2010 12:16 p.m.

    Love the GunStar. Greetings, StarFighter! You have been recruited to defend the frontier against Zur and the Kodan Armada!
  • Persona - June 16, 2010 1:35 p.m.

    Hmm if Halo Reach can also bring with it the emotional aspects from the book such as when a spartan dies. It would really help to show the Spartans not just as super soldiers but as vulnerable people who had their childhood taken away to become soldiers sent on suicide missions... Or just big ass fights.
  • philipshaw - June 16, 2010 10:45 a.m.

    The scale looks bigger but the gameplay looks the same,even the space combat I saw in a demo video didn't look all that intresting
  • super0sonic - June 16, 2010 7:38 a.m.

    Looks great i think
  • batouyukinawa - June 16, 2010 4:22 a.m.

    LOL, cry havoc and let your voices be heard fan boys! Sorry to break it to you, but fancy graphics just won't cut it anymore in this day and age. I think the point he's making (which I agree) is that Halo pales in comparison to other fps titles. Black Ops, Ghost Recon, and Bulletstorm all kicked the shit out of Reach. You can cry all you want about how games must have walking sessions, but what about the total lackluster presentation. I mean, nothing was going on. This is the type of presentation that would have impressed on XBOX, not 360!
  • OD-Apache - June 16, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    Besides the horrible in game music, it looks decent. Not spectacular, like I've been hoping, but decent. I just want to wait and see what happens with this one. This game NEEDS to be cinematic. Like, We Were Soldiers cinematic. We know how this game is supposed to end, so I hope they dont throw in 'twists' and 'turns' to try and fool us. This needs to be epic, if not, it will fail. End of story.
  • axemahn - June 16, 2010 12:30 a.m.

    why do people like to bash halo so much? halo is awesome, just buy it, play it and shut up because its fun. unless sony paid for this article...BIASED!!!! might as well change the site to ps3radar
  • JADENkOTOR - June 16, 2010 12:14 a.m.

    @FuckHalo: you're a tool Yeah they aren't going to make a boring trailer so i don't know why you wrote this article. The actual gameplay looked the same in both. That being said the gameplay looked exactly the same as in ALL of the Halo's before it which helps it to retain its crown as the most overrated game of all time. It is still a quality shooter though.
  • Montag - June 15, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    Bit of a silly article I think. Next time dump your man fat on a developer not including the essential bits like.... driving into town to buy the game unwrapping it putting it in your machine making a cup of tea What the shitting fuckity wanky fuck fuck do you expect them to put in a trailer? The loading screen? I think this calls for a jolly loud shout of 'Joooeey' with a bent arm from the children of the eighties. Today I am officially grouchy
  • ThePrivateer - June 15, 2010 11:30 p.m.

    Umm.... What looks so boring about the gameplay? The trailer WAS the gameplay, just with different camera angles. I think it looks fantastic. I'm especially excited because I've played Halo since the beginning for it's story and campaign, and this game looks to be doing very good with the story/campaign mode.
  • Defguru7777 - June 15, 2010 11:23 p.m.

    @FuckHalo Now YOUR comment is far too harsh!
  • Defguru7777 - June 15, 2010 11:20 p.m.

    I think you're being overly harsh. I like walking bits. It gives me time to think about what's going on in the story and the level, and reflect on what I just did. But it is possible to have TOO much walking. Personally can't wait for this game. If I can scrape together enough money, I'm getting the Legendary edition (getting the Limited edition at least, no matter what).
  • StoneDreadnaught - June 15, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    Even since Halo 2, I would say, I've had very little interest in Halo. And that's unfortunate, because it has some cool ideas as far as characters, locations and potential for multiplayer goes. But... I just can't see this being worth $60 bucks. Excluding GoW 3, I prefer to have my games with some substance to them. I can get behind having some mindless fun (it's why I still play Borderlands and MW2) but I'm really getting tired of seeing Mjolnir armor and Elites and watching all the Halo fanboys light up across the internet anytime they're given a new layer of HD graphics. But that's just me. The last game I payed full price for was GoW 3, which was totally worth it. After seeing gameplay footage, trailers and reading articles for this, I'm not impressed. Yeah, the graphics look nice and the guns go 'bang', but I'm going to wait until this drops to around $30 bucks first before I even consider buying it. And with my two cents thrown into the communal pot, I'm gonna get back to playing APB and Earthworm Jim HD.
  • FuckHalo - June 15, 2010 9:29 p.m.

    Is anyone else tired of the same old shit Bungie has been putting out with Halo? I want Bungie to move on and break free from M$ to make innovative and good games. Now they’re just cashing with the Halo franchise just so they can make money out of the brainless Halo fanboys and casual gamers, this couldn’t been more evident with Halo Reach In Your Wallent/Halo Reach Around. I hoped Bungie could do something new and interesting with this series for once and give us at least one good Halo game, but no, it’s just the same crap we’ve seen before but with better graphics. Oooh, Space Battles….pfft, it just looks like Star Fox in HD. I’m sick and tired of this overrated franchise, it’s a FPS for n00bs. These first-person shooters look far more interesting than Halo Reach Around: Brink Crysis 2 Rage Bulletstorm The fact that there’s another Halo game but no TimeSplitters 4 and no Half-Life 2 Episode 3 gameplay footage at E3 2010 shows how low our gaming industry has gotten. Also to the Halo fanboys, if you can’t take my opinion, then fuck off. Halo: The Pinnacle of Gaming Mediocrity. Halo: Represents everything wrong about modern gaming Halo: Michael Bay of gaming (If MovieBob says it is, it is.) Halo: The Twilight of Video Games Seriously, fuck Halo, fuck you Bungie, and fuck you to hell Halo fanboys!

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