Halo: Reach "The Battle Begins" trailer utterly dissected

Here it comes. Bungie has told us over and over that Reach will be their final installment in the Halo franchise, so it stands to reason that the developer is going to go all out. We’ve torn the trailer apart frame by frame and piece by piece to see just what’s in it and what it means for that little game we’ll all be playing in September.

First, let’s take a look at the video itself:

Above: Halo: Reach Campaign Trailer

Those goose bumps should go away in a few minutes, but if they’re not gone in four hours, consult a physician. OK, here we go.

Above: Well Halo is space sci-fi, so it makes sense for the opening shot to be of the final frontier

Above: And there’s where we’ll be spending most of our time. Apparently still in the Pangaea phase, Reach would be a perfect world to colonize

Above: Ooh. Who’s this? Hopping of the Warthog, not even tipping his driver? Surely not the protagonist, SPARTAN-B312? At least everything seems calm as the Falcon in the background slowly patrols the perimeter

Above: Two Falcons fly through tranquil, misty skies. Passengers: If you look to the bottom right, you’ll see a pair of windmills based on experimental real-world models designed to take up much less space (and pose less of a hazard to birds) than the current fan-blade standard

Above: Uh-oh. Oh boy. Covenant Cruiser off the port side! You’ll notice that the Planetary Defense Cannons on the bottom right are eerily silent. Looks like something’s is about to go or has already gone down

Above: Carter-A259 gets a closer look at the Covenant War Vessel

Above: Catherine-B320 decides to have a little chat with everyone. You can tell by the way she sticks her knife in the ground that it’s probably not about who’s bringing the nachos to next week’s potluck

Above: Finally, we get to see Spartans with their helmets off. It’s … strangely anti-climactic

Above: Noble team has a look at what the Covenant is up to. Judging from the multi-colored fluorescents, it’s either a rave or something much worse

Above: While we’re waiting on Peter Jackson, we’ll have our own Lord of the Rings-style Halo battle. Wide open spaces and no cover means that this is going to turn nasty real fast

Above: But of course it will be the Spartans leading the charge. By the way, would someone tell the jackass on the turret that he’s facing the wrong way?


  • smiley187 - August 4, 2010 2:32 p.m.

    Freaking awesome. cant wait for reach.
  • Shane1403 - July 31, 2010 1:12 a.m.

    i think the last one there is actually of one or more crashed covenant warships that i'm guessing u just took down
  • humpiedumpie - July 30, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    Cannot wait for this game: Forge World, Epic Campaign, Custom Firefight and the awesome Multiplayer. Best value you can get when you buy a game :D
  • purple_omlet - July 30, 2010 3:08 p.m.

    although i don't know what has been said about reach, or if i'm right at all, i think this might be a game that takes place before halo1. it would tell the story of master chief as he becomes the last spartan. that would be pretty cool, but i want to know what happens after halo 3 god dammit.
  • EdDeRs1 - July 30, 2010 1:30 p.m.

    god the trailer is epic, but they should sort out the theme, replace it with Steve Vai's version of the Halo 2 theme cut from the final game
  • HotCyder - July 30, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    The most anticipated game of 2010! ...unless you own a PS3... or a Wii... or a PC that can run better then solitaire
  • v8ninety - July 30, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    Plenty of army related facial hair in evidence also
  • philipshaw - July 30, 2010 9:48 a.m.

    I love how it says in the trailer "The most anticpated game of 2010", don't think that's true for a lot of people
  • crumbdunky - July 30, 2010 9:08 a.m.

    Seriously, it's a Halo FPS and I'll be buying with everyone else but, seriously, the trailer is just random bits of cutty! Dissect it all you want but all you'll find is LAZY. No gameplay? What is it with 2010 trailers?
  • JayBeat - July 30, 2010 7:40 a.m.

    I will purchase it with my money.
  • PraetorFenix - July 30, 2010 7:27 a.m.

    Those Spartans are Spartan III's not spartan II's. They arent trained from almost birth and they don't practically live in there armor so they aren't going to be the expected pale skinned super humans you think they are.
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 30, 2010 6:49 a.m.

    I'm stoked for the campaign. I read most of the books and Fall of Reach was by far the most interesting. Even though the story is already known I want to see Noble Six's side of the battle, their trials and tribulations. If I recall correctly, most of them die; that should provide some interesting moments.
  • cronomonkey - July 30, 2010 6:14 a.m.

    i can take the nachos to the potluck ....whose bringin chiken
  • NullG7 - July 30, 2010 5:13 a.m.

    "The Sandvich is a SPY" Yes.
  • Defguru7777 - July 30, 2010 4:43 a.m.

    I was expecting you to take a serious look at this GR. I should have known better. But how can I be mad when the summary's this freaking hilarious? "...tell the jackass in the turret that he's facing the wrong way." Best line in the whole article. Also, does anyone else think Jorge kind of looks like the Heavy from Team Fortress 2?
  • crazytar - July 30, 2010 4:35 a.m.

    i'm mostly looking forward to forge world.
  • PeptoTurismo - July 30, 2010 4:34 a.m.

  • rickrossthaboss - July 30, 2010 3:32 a.m.

    cannot wait for this. this campaign is going to be so good. and what'll make it better is that everything your fighting for will be for nothing. no other game has done something. a shakespearean ending awaits our tragic heroes.
  • kiwicrossing - July 30, 2010 3:04 a.m.

    After seeing this and the ForgeWorld ViDoc I will definitely get this.
  • Dabenguin - July 30, 2010 2:38 a.m.

    I love it when GR dissects trailers. @EliteM0nk3y agreed ReCaptcha:in McGoorty... giggidy

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