19 May
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Halo Reach Beta Review

After playing Halo Reach Beta for the first time, I was really happy with all the new features that were brought into the game. I love the fact that there are different load-out options for your character that you can chose from at the start of every game. It adds an unexpected element to the game because you could be attacking a player and not know if they will all the sudden start sprinting at you, or flying up into the sky, or turn invisible, or even become invincible!  Also, some of the new weapons that got added to the game are great, but I got to say I am already starting to miss the Halo 3 battle riffle.  The new DMR is just not the same.  But the new Alien Needle Rifle is awesome! I know they are more or less the same weapon, but the needle rifle seems stronger and more accurate every time I use it.

Spartans v Elites
After playing many of the different game types, especially the ones where you have the Spartans vs. the Elites in Slayer I feel that there is a totally unfair advantage. The elites are far more dominant in every way now.  The jump higher, they can speed roll around which makes it almost impossible to shoot at when they do (which the Spartans don’t have the option to do), and their weapon are much better.  The elites get to start with the plasma pistol, which when charged and fired at an enemy leaves them one head shot from death.  And mentioned above the Needle riffle is still in my opinion better than the human DMR.  Not only because it seems stronger and more accurate, but also you get to see the enemy explode after they killing shot from the needle rifle.

After playing the Halo Reach Beta for a couple weeks now, I really started getting bored with the game.  Maybe its because there are only a few maps and game types that you can plat right now, or maybe its just because of how unrealistic the game is becoming.  I feel like more and more Halo fans are turning to Call of Duty because it is far more realistic than Halo.  I’m not selling out and going over to the dark side of COD yet. I’m still a halo fan first, and have a little more hope for the real game once it is released.

The Beta still seems very laggy at times and the controls don’t seem as responsive as Halo 3.  Also, I am not totally impressed with the graphics.  I know its just the Beta so the graphics could be dumbed down a little and could get better once the game is released, but as of right now I was expecting a little more.

All in all I am happy to have a new halo game, and the new load-outs and maps have been fun to tinker around with, but if the real game (when it is released) is no better than the Beta, I think I’ll be playing Halo 3 online still, and maybe even try my hand at a little Call of Duty.  Lets just hope the Actual game will take it up a notch from where it’s at now!

So, what do you think?