6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great, but over hyped and somewhat dissapointing,
This review is from: Halo Reach (Video Game)
First of all I am a pretty big fan of the Halo series. I own the original trilogy but not ODST or Halo Wars. Okay, now first of all let's talk about the campaign. The campaign was pretty well done for it to not include Master Chief. Overall, traditional Halo gameplay with some obvious new gameplay elements as well as more wide-open environments and more enemies on screen at once. However, I think the added on screen enemies is causing some frame rate issues. If I start blasting some Covenant away with any sort of explosive, the frame rate drops and gameplay gets a little choppy. Not game breaking, but something worth noting.
The campaign was a engaging experience and was for the most part fun from beginning to end. Some of it was kind of cliche, but that is expected. They didn't do a really good job of making the characters very likable. I wasn't very attached to any of them, and I wanted to know a lot more back story of each character, what Spartan you were replacing etc. Although I did have a couple "damn that sucks" moments, overall, I didn't really care for these Spartans, let alone the main character, very much. Just a little more depth into what is happening would have helped as well. But the gunplay, storytelling, and mission objectives were all pretty fun, and well done. Two parts I was disappointed in was the ending, and the graphics. Maybe you will or do have a different opinion then me, but I didn't like the ending. I wanted a more epic ending but in my opinion, I got a little lull to end the game.
On to the graphics. Do they look good? Yes, but not great. Are they up to par with a lot of other AAA games out there? Meh, in some places yes, in others, no. This was a part they over hyped, watching those Bungie Vidocs made me think the graphics were going to be awesome. I would almost go as far to say that the graphics are not that much better than Halo 3s(they are, don't get me wrong). The guns have a lot more detail, same with the character models, but the environments don't look upgraded by a lot. As I said there are some frame rate drops here and there, but there are also hiccups during checkpoints, a lot of texture pop ins, and a lot of low res textures (especially on bushes and the like). Again, this doesn't ruin the experience, but I was disappointed by the graphics.
On to multiplayer. There is quite a lot of content in this portion of the game. There is Forge World, Theater mode, Firefight, Custom Games, etc. It should keep you busy for a long time. In the actual competitive multiplayer portion of the game, I found it to be a little frustrating. Rumble pit spawns are sometimes...well, horrible. I have literally spawned 2 feet away from someone, multiple times. One of the times, I played Team Snipers and I spawned with the other team! Knowing Bungie, this will probably be fixed, probably. I also see a lot of borrowed ideas from Shadowrun, the reticule bloom, some armor effects, just kind of deja vu, ya know? The only other complaints I have are that I feel like I didn't deserve certain deaths. Like some things just can't be prevented, in other games I know when I did something wrong, but here it just feels like its not my fault. Nade spam, crouching shotgun campers, bubble shield + oddball= win, double teamed, heat seaking plasma grenade launcher (lolwut?), tanks and banshees in Big team without any rockets in sight. Grenades, although toned down from the beta, are much stronger than in previous Halo games, and are very annoying. I hate the get shot, run behind a rock or similar, come back out, spam nades, one shot, win.
Another thing they have added is the credit system. This allows you to unlock new armor, armor effects, firefight voices, and other cool stuff. All of which adds a lot of replay value. Despite my gripes, the entire game is very fun and a good send off for Bungie, as it is their last Halo game. Good to see they have in some ways gone to their roots. I know I seem kind of negative in this review, but I guess I'm just a critical kind of guy. Trust me, I liked the game...really, I did. I recommend it to any Halo fan but for COD fans or people new to the series, I would recommend renting it first just because of the issues listed, the relatively short campaign, and the learning curve in the multiplayer.