Why wait? Experience two of the Halo: Reach campaign missions now! [VIDEO]

"Tip of the Spear"

Tip of the Spear is when the war between humans and Covenant really begins to heat up in Halo: Reach. The previous mission was all about reconnaissance – Noble Team had to figure out exactly how much strength and firepower the aliens had before launching an assault. THIS is the assault…

See? Kind of the exact opposite of Nightfall, with constant, cacophonous combat replacing silent stealth. In fact, Tip of the Spear is a level that, moment after moment, introduces you to something new and deadly. For example, this is where you'll first get your armored gloves on the Revenant:

While the Revenant looks like a sleek red sports car – and like something from Grand Theft Auto whenever a fellow Spartan or co-op partner leans out the shotgun seat for some drive-by shooting – it didn't actually feel very powerful to me. You have to be very accurate with the targeting reticule, and larger enemy vehicles will still take quite a few shots to go down. But pretty and fun to drive? Definitely.

On the other hand, jump onto the back of this cannon-mounted Warthog and you can blast a Covenant carrier airship out of the sky with ease. And immediately after that, you can jump into the new Falcon for an incredibly Call of Duty-esque sequence:

In many games, the above action would be an entire level. In Halo: Reach, it's a small fraction. That doesn't mean the missions in Reach are any longer than usual – from my experience with these two, they're not – but that you can expect to experience plenty of variety during each one. The Falcon sequence occurs right in the middle of Tip of the Spear, with foot combat both before and after.

Another scene that reminded me strongly of Modern Warfare. Halo: Reach includes quite a few first-person cutscenes that give the illusion that you're still in control and that some spectacular shit is suddenly – and spontaneously – unfolding around you. This one ends with you being launched from jeep and thrown to the bridge, where you pick yourself up and run back into the fray.

You'll be able to play these missions for yourself on September 14, obviously, but keep checking GamesRadar for continuous coverage. We'll have exclusive multiplayer strategy next week, the review on September 11 and much, much more in between.

Aug 28, 2010


  • Blackout1881 - September 8, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    God enough with the Modern Warfare talk. The sequences that people(including Charlie Barrat)keep claiming are like that game have been done elsewhere a thousand times before. Can we please not act as if the most recent and popular games to do these things created them or trademarked them in some way?
  • kadenmoffat - September 3, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    holy crap cool cant wait
  • k1ll8saurav - September 3, 2010 2:03 a.m.

    It's not that spoilerrific. I mean, in terms of story, no. In terms of raw gameplay, yeah. Kind of. But it's not like it's not something you haven't seen before. If you're keeping up with the game, you're bound to have "accidently" watched a gameplay video. And Gamesradar WAS kind enough to show only snippets of gameplay, including how the new Rocket Hog works out, and the Revenant. Nothing too major. But if you want your gameplay to be a pristine as possible on release, then don't watch. Gamesradar, upgrade your video player. Just set aside ONE DAY and work on fixing the problem. Link videos from Youtube to here or have a better media player. This one sucks, no offense. Takes WAAAY too long to buffer.
  • FuRrY321 - September 3, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    That video was TERRIBLE!!! I gave up trying to keep myself spoiler-free, so I came in expecting to watch a glorious 480p+ recording of a campaign mission... gah!
  • TheSalmonofDoubt - September 2, 2010 4:10 a.m.

    This and Fallout are probably the only games i'm going to buy this fall...
  • Skykid - August 31, 2010 9:29 p.m.

    SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This game will be EPIC!!
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  • IL1kEPIE - August 31, 2010 4:22 a.m.

    How would you compare the difficulties of the halo reach and halo 3 odst campaigns on legendary? Halo 3? Which ones were easier and which harder? Thanks
  • GhostWriter - August 31, 2010 2:37 a.m.

    Looks like a good game, and it looks like it was a good thing I preordered my copy three months ago. The only haggle I have is in Nightfall when the player is using the pistol. Either Bungie failed to mention to him the pistol shoots faster than that, or they actually changed the pistol to be slow like the Halo 3 Pistol... If the latter is the case, then I'm going to be a very unhappy camper. I was looking forward to getting my pistol back after all these years.
  • taterboob - August 31, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    I'm not really understanding how co-op players are all going to be Noble 6. Are they all going to show up in the cinematics, or is it only going to be the one? It doesn't make much sense to me either way.
  • OUTERxLIMITS - August 30, 2010 10:10 p.m.

    wow, lotta haters must come here. these posters should just be happy they get info on the damn game to begin with not to mention even get this kind of video on the two missions that no other game journalist company has put up on their sites or if they even will ever. i watched the vids, there really arent any story spoilers just scripted scenes that deal with the mission that you do. other than that, your not going to get story line spoilers. THANKS GAMESRADAR for putting up these vids. just the person playing the game in the vids, really kinda sucked. i guess that happens when you play COD. ps get a better spam blocker, took forever to be able to make out the words.
  • Turboash - August 30, 2010 9:23 p.m.

    WOW! Another FPS!!! Can't wait! /sarcasm
  • NiNsHeresy - August 30, 2010 8:33 p.m. YouTube video for the ''Tip of the Spear''..stop complaining.
  • ucancallmebob89 - August 30, 2010 7:48 p.m.

    What a noobfest. I didn't realize Bungie made games with anything easier than easy mode, but apparently Reach comes with a p*ssy mode for game journalists. Good article, but get someone else to play through the demos next time.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - August 30, 2010 6:33 p.m.

    Haha, woah there cowboy. Editors don't make decisions regarding web development, and the state of our video player can't be pinned on Joe, or any other individual here. There's funding, prioritization, and a lot of other issues involved - I'd like for us to just be able to say "Hey we want better video! Have it on my desk by next week!" but things don't work that way. What Joe is saying is that because we've gotten so much support from our lovely and not-at-all brash fans, the future is near, and the company is in the process of implementing a much better video solution and other improvements, some you'll see, and some that'll just make our lives much easier. So hold tight! Look at GR from 2006 and tell me we aren't making progress... :P Yes, slow progress - we've taken a few wrong turns - but we're on our way to making the site better for all of us. Sniff. All we want is to provide the best fart jokes in the best possible way. :)
  • TURbo - August 30, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    Joe McNeilly, I'm amazed that you haven't been fired. If you had to directly report to the GamesRadar comment you would have been burned at the stake.
  • GamesRadarJoeMcNeilly - August 30, 2010 3:26 p.m.

    I know I sound like a broken record, but a video solution is coming! I have seen the promised land, brothers and sisters, and we'll be there SOON!
  • AGENTJORRRG - August 30, 2010 5:10 a.m.

    @Helios Yeah i'd say thats a bad thing. Halo 1 - good Halo 2 - pretty good Halo 3 - average H3ODST - bit below average HWars - rubbish (but doesn't really count)
  • FilthyKillz - August 30, 2010 3:01 a.m.

    Looks a lot better than Halo 3's campaign and more like Halo CE's campaign. Which is good.
  • Limbo - August 30, 2010 2:35 a.m.

    The video player really made these videos much worse. In my opinion, the Halo games have an incredible atmosphere to them, at least campaign wise, and the quality of these videos took that away and made it seem bland. I still have no doubt this will be the game of the year for me, though. Also, was Noble Six actually talking? If so, is the voice always the same or does it sound like whatever voice you selected in character customization?

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