Excerpt: Love it or hate it (most PS3 owners do!), Bungie’s epic franchise, Halo, will no doubt go down in gaming folklore as one of the very few franchises that has reached inter-stellar fame. Originally, the game that put Microsoft’s Xbox hardware on the map, Halo has made some bold statements over the years with beautifully designed levels, narrative and pacing that can match some of the greatest films and with Halo 2, a multiplayer system that catapulted players of console...
Summary: On November 15, 2001, Microsoft officially joined the console wars with the release of the Xbox. The system launched alongside a handful of titles, including arguably the sole game that helped establish Microsoft in the console market and popularize an entire genre, Halo: Combat Evolved . Halo has gone on to become one of the biggest franchises in gaming. The series has sold 34 million copies as of May 2010 and has generated $1.5 billion in sales.
Excerpt: Halo: The Fall of Reach Written by Eric Nylund Books written about videogames are odd prospects. Fiction expanding on published properties has existed for years, but it's been mostly limited to feverish fantasies written by fans in dark corners of the Internet, usually involving bizarre and improbable sexual situations. Times have changed, however.
Excerpt: The final chapter of a good book is often sad and rewarding at the same time - even more so when the book is the last in a franchise of great books. That is the feeling of millions of gamers worldwide as Bungie wraps up its tenure as the gatekeeper of Halo. Bungie has been the development force behind the Halo brand since its inception in 2001.
Excerpt: When Microsoft announced that they were re-releasing an updated version of the original Halo game, it was hard for Halo fans not to be excited. However, the game seems to be more of a cash-grab from Microsoft in a season when their flagship franchise is without a major iteration.
Conclusion: Ultimately, this is something you're going to have to experience for yourself. Bungie couldn't have given their last Halo game better treatment, and a part of us kind of hopes that Microsoft will just leave the core franchise alone, at least for a while. Everything has been enhanced and improved so much, that Bungie at least deserve kudos for all the effort they put in. This is definitely the most complete Halo game to date, and well worth the money.
Excerpt: I expected Halo Reach to be the best Halo game yet. And it is. But it has a few shortcomings. The game starts before the invasion and eventual destruction of the planet Reach, the United Nation Space Council's military stronghold and on the doorstep to Earth. Players take control of a Spartan III, Noble 6. As a member of Noble Team, your mission is to stop the invasion and hold of the attack for as long as possible. The campaign was a weak point in the game.
Conclusion: While the cost of the maps might be off-putting, the quality is enough to warrant their high price. Ultimately, if you have no interest in getting back into Halo Reach, this map pack won’t do anything to convince you – but nor was it ever meant to. If Halo Reach is still your most played multiplayer game, then this is a no brainer – get it.