QUOTE (TwoFacedTanner @ Sep 14 2010, 03:13 PM)
I've always liked the Halo series...Halo:Combat Evolved blew my mind, two was better...and I really didn't get to play much 3. The story is interesting to me.
I may get this title, but I feel like there will be a bunch of Online achievements and I hate those...because I don't feel like trying for 3 years to get an achievement for being the most badass mother fucker by hold the number one spot for 300 consecutive games without turning off the console. That shit bothers me. My online skills are mediocre at best, which is my fault I know...the main thing is when there are 50 achievements on a game, and 40 are online...
Actually, there are only a few straight multiplayer achievements, and they're fairly easy to achieve - mostly for getting kill streaks. Most of the achievements are tied to the campaign. Some of them are tied to the Firefight mode, but apparently those can be earned quickly through some grinding through waves of enemies, with invincibility on, while collecting a bonus for each kill.
Honestly, the most difficult achievement is going to be playing through on Legendary Solo. Other than that, it's a pretty good list. http://www.xbox360achievements.org/game/ha...h/achievements/
Achievements aside, the game is FUCKING INCREDIBLE. Every aspect of the game has been refined for the ultimate FPS gaming experience.
The campaign setting is phenomenal. It basically takes you through the entire invasion of the planet. Things go from lush, green cities in the earlier missions to a bombed out wasteland in the later ones as the invasion continues. The entire game is more class-based. The missions have a Call of Duty feel to them - very cinematic and very plot heavy. One opening cutscene to a mission has you and the Noble Six Sniper moving along a cliff ledge which was very reminiscent of the cutscene in MW2 where they scale the mountain cliff (minus the ice pick climbing). Anyway, that's really the only CoD reference I'll make, atleast until I start discussing the MP. I played through the first five levels last night, made it all the way to the mission where you launch into space. I was way too tired to give the aerial portion of the game the attention it deserved so I called it a night.
For the levels I did play, they were very large and very detailed. Very immersive. I can see myself playing through the campaign multiple times, just to further explore the levels more. There is so much going on - you're literally in the middle of a war. You can see battles going on all around you. You're mostly fighting with a platoon of humans or other Spartans and it makes for a different gaming experience than the "Lone Wolf" gameplay of the first Halo campaigns.
The multiplayer is great. There are countless variations of multiplayer games to choose from. Team Slayer has always been my favorite and Reach does it so well. In the matchmaking lobby, the players can pretty much vote for whichever game type and map they want - which allows you to get more games of your liking. Also, most games feature the loadout options, where you can select the Armor ability of your choice (Sprint, Jetpack, Hologram, Invisibility, and Shield) which totally mixes up the gameplay and adds a whole new level of strategy to the game. The XP system has been replaced with a Credit system that allows for upgrades on Armor Customization as well as the leveling up.
The controls are smooth and can be catered to your style of play. Let's say you're more used to a modern military FPS... there is a controller layout that will make you feel at home.
It's a great game. One of the best FPS I've ever played, hands down. Haters can suck a dick.