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Halo Reach's huge battles and new guns

Beyond the activities of the Spartan team, Human marines help fill out the warzones. Responding to criticism of the vocally colourful but visually bland marines in Halo 3, Bungie has given the UNSC forces on Reach a makeover with a level of detail reminiscent of Ghost Recon. You’ll be able to recognise different types of soldiers, and they’ll sport different combinations of equipment and armour. 

Raising the realism still further, for the first time in a Halo game some of the human models are animated using motion-captured actors. Even facial animation – something that hasn’t exactly been a strong point of the series so far – has been given the motion capture treatment, and the Spartans will remove their helmets and reveal a level of emotional authenticity that would turn Master Chief green with envy.

The traditional hand animation style is still used in many instances, but the benefits of motion capture are clear from the moment you see models walking across the screen, stepping over rocks and transitioning between states without looking like they’ve shat their space-age pants.

From a shaky handheld camera effect in the cut-scenes to soggy clods of earth raining down after a grenade explosion, it’s clear that Reach leaves no part of Halo 3 untouched. Bungie’s oft-stated plan is for a game that evokes the best moments of the original Halo: Combat Evolved, but while fans may well have been satisfied by a new ten-hour Campaign, better graphics and a fresh set of online modes, Reach looks set to go quite a bit beyond that. 

The launch of the multiplayer beta should give us a better idea of how different it’s going to be, and it will certainly satisfy us as to exactly how much, since the launch of Halo 3, the release of three hugely successful Call of Duty titles has affected the Bungie team’s way of thinking.

Feb 26, 2010

37 comments

  • Stebsy - April 7, 2010 2:29 p.m.

    your right the wii has already won the console war wich is a complete load of shit but oh well. as for pples questions about the skirmishers they are relatives of the jackels and they arnt mentioned in the other halo games because they were all on reach when it was destroyed. and though it might not revolutionize the fps genre its definitly a step foward in terms of graphics and lighting and the number of AI on screen at once.
  • ryanlongmuir - March 4, 2010 3:17 a.m.

    this is going to be eppic
  • moanaschuster - March 3, 2010 8:31 a.m.

    this game looks awsome, i wish i had an xbox 360, im stuck wit da PS3
  • GrandTheftAuto - March 2, 2010 2:58 p.m.

    @ xboxrulez Give me ONE good reason why Wii doesnt count as a console?
  • Samwell785 - March 2, 2010 10 a.m.

    The POLYGONNNSSSS
  • D0CCON - March 2, 2010 2:58 a.m.

    I'm guessing in early may, all rentable copies of ODST will be sold out, even if they are currently packing store shelves due to lack of interest.
  • Silentcapt2 - March 2, 2010 12:01 a.m.

    The Halo series has left me fairly disappointed before, however this looks like it's going to be worth buying ODST to try out.
  • Samael - March 1, 2010 8:18 p.m.

    @Skykid Haha, sorry no, it's not that simple. Being the Halo story fan that I am, the Skirmishers make little sense. They seem very similar to the Kig-Yar (Jackals), so maybe they're a kind of genetic off-shoot? That would work I suppose. @boondocks50 That's possible I guess...still strange though.
  • mattol58 - March 1, 2010 6:38 p.m.

    @xboxrulez: You take xbox 360 way too far dude.....
  • tienesmota - March 1, 2010 6:05 p.m.

    the faster reloading totally won't eliminate camping, but it'll make snipers actually work for their kills
  • GrandTheftAuto - March 1, 2010 4:42 p.m.

    @ xboxrulez No, it wont revolutionize the gaming industry because it doesnt have anything to revolutonize WITH. It looks good but nah it wont. Oh and fyi the console war is allready won by the shitty wii.. So don't go crazy cus of this you mentally damaged person
  • Visual217 - March 1, 2010 3:59 a.m.

    Looks good, but after Halo 3's huge let down with lag and some other annoying bugs, I told myself never to buy another Halo game, except for Halo Wars, that actually looks good, but ODST just sucks. But Reach makes me think about buying a Halo Game again. But I swear Bungie, if you make this one suck like Halo 3 but made it look badass like in the trailers, you're just making yourself look as if you got monkeys working the devolpment, which I think happened when you released ODST, don't you think? Couldn't even add multiplayer, but include another Halo 3 with it as a desperate attempt. Nuff said
  • Skykid - February 28, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    @mattol58 I feel for you dude. That's going to suck. :(
  • Skykid - February 28, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    @Samel So they added another race to the Covenant, suck it up and deal with it.
  • mattol58 - February 28, 2010 7:52 p.m.

    My gold membership expires just before the beta in May....:,(
  • D0CCON - February 28, 2010 3:57 p.m.

    Halo 1 was great and so was 3, but then I played something else and Halo became very average (be it COD, Battlefield, TF2, or more, the something else was still better than halo). I also completely skipped ODST. Anyways, what I'm trying to say is how impressive Halo Reach is for getting me to be excited about Halo again for the first time in years.
  • boondocks50 - February 28, 2010 2:54 p.m.

    @Samael:the skirmishers could have left the covenent, been killed off, gotten the plague,etc..
  • Makk_Mizzy - February 28, 2010 11:37 a.m.

    I can't wait til September to play this HALO in particular because 40 enemies on one screen is more than enough for to wanna polish my marksman skills!!!! I hope Master Chief make a guest appearance gunning down some alien covenant brains and guts everywhere!!!!
  • n00b - February 28, 2010 3:09 a.m.

    i have never played halo nor has it interested me. however this one seems interesting also is surprising xboxrulez hasten commented yet
  • SausageLozenge - February 28, 2010 2:20 a.m.

    No Halo theme in ODST either, and it had kick ass music.

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