Halo: Reach
Halo: Reach Multiplayer Beta Hands On Preview - Checks And Balances
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Later on in the day tomorrow, the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta will finally get unlocked for ODST owners around the world and the internet will be lit up with anyone and everyone’s opinions. While you’ve been absorbing as much Halo: Reach footage as you can on YouTube for the last few days, we’ve been knee deep in Covenant carcases and teenage angst, trying to get as much hands on time with the beta as possible so we can deliver our second impressions before it drops. While Rich’s hands-on preview explored the modes and the experience of the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta, I’ll be getting my hands dirty and talking about the nitty-gritty – the classes and weapon balance.

For early access beta players, there are only a handful of modes to lose yourself in and a couple of maps – Powerhouse and Sword Base – but there are more than enough to put the game’s weapons and special abilities through their paces.

First and foremost, Powerhouse is a mostly open map with a handful of interiors to take cover in. The map itself is home to a number of power weapons to try and gain control of, including a Focus Rifle, a Rocket Launcher, a Grenade Launcher and a Brute Hammer. Sword Base on the other hand has a more broad range of power weapons including an Energy Sword (duh!), a UNSC Sniper, a Plasma Launcher and a Shotgun – I know it’s not classed as a power weapon, but in the tight corridors, it can be just as effective as one. Each map also contains your standard array of Needler Rifles, DMRs – which seem to be all over the place – and Needlers, amongst many more of the traditional Halo weapons.

The game modes that are available out the gate – or for us early access folk anyway – are more of the traditional modes with a few new ones thrown in for good measure – for example, Stockpile and Headhunter. However, whether you decide to go it alone or enter the team based playlists, there should be just enough to keep the action fresh.

Including the ability to vote on a selection of 3 game-types – or “none of the above” – pre-match is definitely a welcome addition and of course, playing with the customisation while it matchmakes is a nice distraction. It must be said though that the customisation on the whole seems completely pointless, after all, Halo is a first-person-shooter (duh... again) and the customisation is purely cosmetic. You don’t really see your Spartan enough to justify investing the time and effort into it.

Sorry, where was I? Oh yes, game-types. The current batch isn’t really that extensive, but it is a beta rather than a demo and it is refreshing to see the newer modes like Stockpile and Headhunter being the obvious favourites to the current batch of voting Halo-ites. Team SWAT though will always be a favourite of mine. True story.

Having played my fair share of games, there are many things that concern me regarding the game’s weapons, mainly their balance. Firstly, it seems that all of the weapons with one or two exceptions are a little too weak, with it taking sometimes a full clip and even a beat down to get your scalp. Secondly, some of the weapons seem severely underbalanced compared to their previous iterations. For instance, the Needler Rifle – which is basically a glorified Covenant Carbine rifle from Halo 2 & 3 – actually takes a lot longer and more headshots to take someone down than you may be used to. Then there is the DMR, which is Reach’s version of the Battle Rifle that shoots a single larger projectile round instead of a three shot burst, and again it still seems to be slightly underpowered compared to the aforementioned Battle Rifle.

The Plasma Launcher on the other hand... well, that’s way too powerful and it almost renders you undefeatable. Sure, there is a slight pause as you wind up its potential, but after that it's a completely one-sided affair. That split-second incidentally is not enough time to take down its user, so prepare to run like mad when you encounter someone with it or accept the inevitable.

Other things like the Needler’s projectiles having less of a homing range and the same with the fully charged Plasma Pistol, will definitely make things seem a lot different than we’ve become accustomed too. They say change is good, but it doesn’t feel it here.

The biggest game-changer is definitely the load outs and special abilities, and while on the face of it, some may seem more advantageous than the others, there really is a time and a place to use each of them. Available in the beta currently are the Guard, Sprint, Jet-Pack and Stalker abilities – with the Evade ability also available, but only when the Covvy Slayer game-type crops up.

The recharge time on all the abilities is a handful of seconds and I found that whenever I wanted to use them, they had always recharged in time. It wasn’t very often I was left cursing the recharge rates, so the balance seems spot on there to me.

It definitely seemed like everyone gravitated towards the Jet-Pack and Stalker abilities to begin with, but after experimenting with the Guard and Sprint classes, they’re just as effective. Take the Guard ability for instance, an ability that puts you in an invulnerable but standstill state for a short period of time. I found that when playing an objective based game – CTF, Territories or Stockpile – when you're flag carrying and coming under fire or when you’re returning the flag to its spawn, the Guard ability was terribly effective. It seems like the most pointless power to start with, but it can allow you a few extra seconds rest to regain your shields or protect you from severe danger until your backup arrives.

The Sprint and Evade abilities on the other hand make melee weapons like the Brute Hammer and the Energy Sword completely devastating weapons, giving you an added edge over your opponents. The Jet-Pack ability is... well, a jet pack for your Spartan/Elite and makes getting around suitably easier, while the Stalker mode – which is an invisibility cloak – is effective, but the fact it cancels out your weapon sounds and adds decoys to your radar as well as your opponent’s radars actually meant that I personally have tended to steer clear of it now. Those in particular are two fixes that I’d love to see for the final version, because the silent combat is frankly quite off-putting and the crazy decoy ridden radar actually puts you at the same disadvantage as your foes.

Speaking of things I’d like to see fixed, how about Bungie makes a way to stop the announcer saying, flag dropped, flag picked up, every two seconds for those players that decide to throw the flag. By all means, let them throw the flag, but don’t tell me every time they do it.

As far as the gameplay goes on the whole, it definitely seems faster, thanks in part to the new special abilities, and the new tweaks add a much needed sense of fluidity to the proceedings. The well-received and largely-borrowed ability to spawn on a teammate who’s out of combat means you can jump back into the action pretty much in an instant. It’s perfect for mounting offensives on the Capture the Flag, Stockpile and Territories game-types.

Whilst the actual levels themselves don’t really seem to have received the visual makeover we were quite hoping for - although this is still a beta - but the Spartans and the weapons are some definitive eye candy to gawp at. As far as the frame-rate goes and the online experience, lag free is an easy way to sum it up, which is always a bonus. The real test will come on Monday though.

I must stress that, yes, we’re aware it’s a beta and so ironing out these balancing issues is part of its purpose, much like part of the purpose of this preview is making sure that these unbalanced aspects get, you know... balanced, and the best way we know how is bringing them to light.

We’ll bring our opinions on the new game modes as and when they get unlocked, but for now, Bungie have their work cut out for them judging by this first showing. I surely can’t be in the minority when I say this, but I actually preferred Halo 3’s multiplayer to Reach’s as it currently stands. Thankfully there are a good few months before it ships, so Bungie can tighten the experience up somewhat and balance the weapons. That being said though, once you get to grip with the strengths of the special abilities, it’s hard to go back to the old setup. Now that’s a hook if ever there was one.

The Halo: Reach multiplayer beta is touching down on May 3rd for all Halo 3: ODST owners. If the words of Major Nelson are anything to go by, expect it late morning PDT/late afternoon ET and early evening GMT.


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Comment #1 by LFC Alevop
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 07:34:09 PM
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Nice write up Webb.

I actually ran into on the beta last night on Swordbase when when of your team unfortunately quit.

Im loving this game so far, hopefully the fixes are added during the beta so we can ave more fun with it

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Comment #2 by Emfulz
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 07:34:20 PM
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I seriously can not wait for tomorrow! For 2 weeks straight I'm going to be the laziest person on the planet :P

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Comment #3 by Violet Titan
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 07:35:38 PM
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Early evening :(

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Comment #4 by Webb [STAFF]
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 07:36:41 PM
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@#1 - Oh crap! I actually remember bumping into you! Wasn't the greatest game admittedly because of the uneven match up =P

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Comment #5 by Davey Gravy X07
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 07:37:23 PM
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Comment #6 by tfk
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 07:38:05 PM
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alalallala scatmannn

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Comment #7 by Sonixboom
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 07:39:08 PM
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This is gonna be epic

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Comment #8 by tfk
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 07:39:56 PM
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im going to be in my moms basement for 2 weeks eating nothing but hot pockets and sitting on a toilet with extended pipes so i can poop, eat, pee, and play this game nonstop. i also have 5 xboxes on top of each other just incase one gets rrod. and i have 4 cases of mountain dew. nothing can go wrong

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Comment #9 by HarperBird
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 07:42:07 PM
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why o why did i lend my one and only copy of halo odst to a friend who lives ages away i will never know!

have to wait a week till i get it back :(

epic fail on my part :(

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Comment #10 by Spanish Assault
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 07:42:37 PM
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Comment #11 by Sampson
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 07:42:54 PM
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Ohh one more day!

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Comment #12 by NJC Omega
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 07:45:18 PM
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Nice write up Webb, though kind of disappointed the balancing isn't better. Bungie have since said that it will be released at 11am Pacific, which translates to 7pm GMT.

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Comment #13 by W killer p mk 2
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 07:45:31 PM
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Do you have to have the game brand new?

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Comment #14 by Midget Mafia
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 07:48:40 PM
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Expertly worded and very informative

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Comment #15 by GILLHUHN
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 07:54:28 PM
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Ughhhh i was hoping id be able to download it while at school and play when i get home or better yet download it and play it before school and be so amazed i suddenly become sick...

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Comment #16 by Zacxx201
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 07:54:59 PM
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@13 No you just need the first ODST disc
( the campaign one )

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Comment #17 by cleric_80
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 07:56:45 PM
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I played Halo 3 for the first time since MW2 launched today... those first few days on the beta are gonna be rough especially with the new control scheme.

I forgot how much I suck at Halo, lol.

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Comment #18 by reylaw720
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 08:04:16 PM
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i played the beta at a friends house on friday. i have to say i wasnt overly impressed, but ill give it more time, when it comes out.

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Comment #19 by W killer p mk 2
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 08:04:19 PM
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Sweet cheers buddy!

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Comment #20 by spiralgrant
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 08:05:50 PM
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its 02.02 here why ant i got beta -.-

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Comment #21 by H_Blake_H
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 08:07:26 PM
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Too bad the 2nd week its out I have finals but then NO SCHOOL for the last 5 days!

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Comment #22 by iLLMATICxKiNG
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 08:09:07 PM
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So ready.
I can't wait. Same with this and Skate 3 :p.

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Comment #23 by mejimmeh45
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 08:10:16 PM
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Its annoying because in Australia its the 3rd but the beta isnt there because of its in American time. Now i have to wait untill 8pm =(

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Comment #24 by II KaotiK
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 08:16:41 PM
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Nice article Dan.

Something though, you rarely saw your Spartan in Halo 3, and customization was still huge ie; Recon.

People get them for the elitist attitude. If you've got the hardest to get piece of Armor for longer than anyone else, you're a fucking badass. Haha.


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Comment #25 by BlindxLink
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 08:24:43 PM
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I'm one of the three lucky guys to win the contest for the beta on here, and I am really enjoying it. It feels a lot like the original Halo, a TRUE sequel.

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Comment #26 by lost-catalyst
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 08:32:27 PM
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I'm happy to say I assassinated Webb last night playing the Beta. Played against him on Swordbase. Pretty fun game

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Comment #27 by Ross.knight
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 08:39:34 PM
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@20, READ READ READ! Don't ask stupid questions. Everyone has talked about this. The BETA doesn't get released at midnight.
Pacific standard time: 9am-11am
Eastern time: 12pm-3pm

Just please for once everyone read before you ask. If the answer is there and you ask then people will just call you stupid. Also, one more thing for the road 20, learn proper grammar.

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Comment #28 by starsmember33
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 08:45:40 PM
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My freind got my ODST Copy,Proably a peice of crap now. BUT CANT WAIT!!!!!! REACH!!!!

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Comment #29 by DENAz666
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 08:56:38 PM
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I've been hating on this game a fair bit, but Bungie are masters of hyping up a game... and they've slowly sucked me in. Kind of looking forward to it now, enough so that i dug up my old copy of ODST to give it a shot. Lets hope its something new! :)

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Comment #30 by Cyler12
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 08:58:46 PM
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my account is under 18 will I be able to download?

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Comment #31 by Mister_Sandman
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 09:09:44 PM
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I think you will be able to download it even if we're not 18. If we can't, I'm calling Chuck Norris.

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Comment #32 by Andreas_loel
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 09:26:56 PM
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Why did you have to take away the BR :(

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Comment #33 by Infomouse
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 09:27:17 PM
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I'm glad this beta ends just as Red Dead Redemption and Alan Wake come out, but I really hope the beta rocks!

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Comment #34 by PuttyGod
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 09:34:34 PM
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Good God, man. You need to calm the hell down, learn to read English, and learn to write English (not necessarily in that order).

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Comment #35 by Fireball6554
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 09:59:53 PM
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Late afternoon for me. That's prob around 3 then so that's great timing, since I get home from school at 2:45.

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Comment #36 by halofan1989
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:12:37 PM
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Been playing this for a couple days now.
It is pretty damn amazing!

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Comment #37 by Masterchief950
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:16:42 PM
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If the graphics aren't the greatest oh well to bad I'm just hoping for a big improvement from Halo 3 to this one.. as long as its fun as hell it will be a great game and also as long as there are no 10 year olds playing it.

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Comment #39 by RedPwnerRanger
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:00:27 PM
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@30 yeah you can DL the beta if you're under 18.

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Comment #40 by xTKWxCanadaEhx
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:01:12 PM
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@38 So shut up and play the damn game.

Stupid thing cut off the rest of my comment.

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Comment #41 by Webb [STAFF]
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:05:32 PM
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@#38 - You bring up tragic world events to make your point? Wow. Seriously, you're worse than they are!!

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Comment #42 by SOLIDSYSTEM64
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:07:19 PM
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@38 are you an idiot, it takes ONE sniper-shot to the head to get a kill and 2 to the body. Don't complain or put down halo if yow have never played it for more than 10 minutes.

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Comment #44 by SpookTheUndying
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:20:59 PM
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Personally, I think the whole thing is a sham. Halo was awesome in it's earlier years. I enjoyed the original off of my old xbox. I kinda liked 2, but the storyline was so choppy and I had to beat the game 3 times to understand just what in the world was going on. But Halo 3 was the worst yet in my opinion.

So the Beta is gunna shutdown when Red Dead Redemption comes out? This to me is odd. It's like Bungie KNOWS ODST sucked and was only good for a 18 hour playthrough to get everything. And they know everyone sold it back or pawned it off. So to make another 35 bucks/40 quit, they make us run back and retrieve the garbage we once played so that we can enjoy the LIMITED Beta of Halo Reach.

Halo Heads (me included), I ask you not to hate Bungie, but recognize them. They want your money

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Comment #47 by SuperWoody64
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:27:39 PM
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Stupid fake accounts made me not able to get an expertzone beta. Pbthth

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Comment #71 by Ronniecw91
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 12:49:52 AM
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Thats cool. I cant wait. does it come out exactly at 12:00

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Comment #72 by BlO0DJUNKi3
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 12:57:45 AM
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Ok. too many extremists here. Keep the comments about Reach. You guys both just sound like crying kids. let it go.

I'm excited about this. I wanna see the balancing issues first hand since they could just be a matter of skill. A ton of footage i've seen shows the dmr and NR doing great damage if you aim right. but i'll find out tomorro

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Comment #73 by Blue Thunder28
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 01:05:50 AM
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Yeah Bungie says they made you still run slow for a tiny bit after dropping the flag so there's no point in "juggling" it.. but still playing around with it. So excited for this Beta, every Halo game has improved in every way from the previous I love it.

Also Canadian x360a is embarrassing every Canadian in the world right now. >_< Including me. Settle down. :)

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Comment #76 by Felix Pie
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 01:15:22 AM
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We should channel all the anger to the 328 people who rated this game. It wont be out for months but we are rating it. How ignorant can you be. So irritating!

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Comment #77 by Udak
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 01:15:36 AM
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Canadian caught himself a ban already. Thanks admins.

Cannot wait for this--i've got class all day but hopefully can grab some reach during lunch

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Comment #78 by pauly_27
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 01:47:51 AM
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Wow at the gap in comments from #47 - #71. It must have been one hell of a trollfest.

Looking forward to the beta, even though I wasn't a huge fan of Halo 3. I've rented ODST for a week just to give it a whirl.

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Comment #79 by qK o ShadowZz
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 02:15:25 AM
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im in the UK sitting in bed at 8:15am does any 1 no can u play it yet

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Comment #80 by Delboy06eu
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 02:15:46 AM
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Comment #81 by DJSambob
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 03:06:33 AM
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@79 No, we have to wait until about 6-7ish tonight before we get our hands on the beta. :'(

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Comment #82 by nabs96
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 03:35:09 AM
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@79 thats BS its a bank holiday today aswell.....I was hoping to be from the morning...... curse you stupid timezones

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Comment #83 by I Timmo I
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 03:49:46 AM
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@8 seriously that's messed up. Fair enough you're excited to play it, but don't go that far! :P

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Comment #84 by KIDDRAGON67
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 04:30:39 AM
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WTF post 48-70 got deleted?

@82 it's may 3rd in AUS and has been for over 20 hours!

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Comment #85 by Oultranator0731
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 04:31:58 AM
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My Impressions of the game so far are:

1. Grenades are too powerful, i sometimes get killed by one grenade, plus due to the devastatingly big area damage it makes it unstoppable, they need to reduce area damage or reduce the power.

2. I agree that some guns like the DMR and Needle Rifle are underpowered, so is the Magnum, one round rarely kills anyone, one or two less shots and it would be perfect.

3. Someone sort out Flag return area sizes, you have to stand on the flag to return it and the grenades get you every time!!!

It's fun though, also there is a new BXB type beatdown, i dunno how to do it but that needs to be fixed

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Comment #86 by Craphex
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 04:33:20 AM
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@78 yeah haha I love the gap 47 and 71 lols :P
So glad it is a bank holiday today! Roll on beta! :D

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Comment #87 by Bell 2d
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 04:42:56 AM
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Bungie why couldnt you have released it at Midnight, or unlocked it for Europe, I was hoping since its bank holiday i would play the Reach Beta pretty much all day, but then i learn its out in Europe at 6-7pm.

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Comment #88 by Craphex
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 04:43:42 AM
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Meant to add "between" there haha.
Anyway, I just remembered about the free hoody!
Everyone remember to log into waypoint after a round on reach :P

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Comment #89 by Murn
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 04:44:52 AM
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@84 - 5am tomorrow is the magic number for us Aussies, well, for the East Coast anyway.
Cannot wait! Might have to get off school and work tomorrow, but I can't see that happening. Is there any download needed or anything?

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Comment #90 by Launch
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 06:00:10 AM
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@89- Yep, if I remember right it's about 1.2GB.

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Comment #91 by makk 88
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 08:14:10 AM
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Can you download the beta before the time it goes live?

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Comment #92 by Brother Cloud
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 08:22:22 AM
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Seriously its 1.2GB? shiittt i'm on half a meg that'll take me like over 10 hours to download. Looks like i won't be playing it today...

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Comment #93 by Ross.knight
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 08:54:11 AM
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@Everyone. I am on the west coast, 6:51am here. Still cant play BETA yet. They said Late morning. So should be just about 2 more hours!!!!

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Comment #94 by Smolesie
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 10:31:08 AM
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It's 4:27 pm in England. Fekkin sucks, waiting this long after staying up til 6 last night hoping it would come out then D:

It's official, Bungie is racist against Englanders haha

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Comment #95 by Opiate42
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 11:22:55 AM
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Working late tonight....crud

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Comment #96 by Briggy666
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 12:07:29 PM
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@94 I completely agree ! :) I can't beleive it's 18:03 and I'm still waiting :) Went out at 4 to the cinema to watch Iron Man 2. I come back and it's not even on yet! FAIL -_- :D..... So jealous of those who are playing right now :)

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Comment #97 by Briggy666
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 12:18:04 PM
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Woo frickin hoo! It's finally up in the UK! * happy face *

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Comment #98 by THC BLUNTED
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 12:30:02 PM
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@44 Why did you buy ODST if you thought Halo 3 was crap and why did you buy Halo 3 if you kinda liked Halo 2? Also 18 hours for one game aint that bad, it can be far less with other games. AC2 took a little over 20 hours to 1000g it and I thought that game was great.

Also you act like the reach beta was a secret for bungie to screw everyone. It was posted on the cover of the game, if you wanted to play the reach beta dont pawn in the game. You need to quit your bitching.

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Comment #99 by Cherdburger
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 12:40:14 PM
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Finally Up in The U.S thank god

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Comment #100 by OffroadJames
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 02:14:15 PM
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Comment #101 by Stormlord
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 04:15:56 PM
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i'm surprised you didn't say anything about the insanely overpowered grenades.. i mean come on, one grenade should NOT kill you when you're at full shields/health. fucking annoying..

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Comment #102 by Captain3Beers
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 09:13:20 PM
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Can someone confirm the DL size?

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Comment #103 by k2345
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 @ 09:39:38 AM
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@102 its 1.15GB

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Comment #104 by BlO0DJUNKi3
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 @ 11:19:17 PM
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weapons aren't underpowered. Its a matter of headshots.

Grenades need to be touched up for sure.

sprinting could last a tad bit longer not much though.

Hit zone on the head should be more precise.

But my biggest problem: Melee should not be able to block a sword. thats pure BS. it leaves the sword guy at far too much of a disadvantage consider both persons shields are down, but one has a gun out and the other has a sword. Seems pretty stupid to me. the point of the sword is to be powerful and lethal. Not to be block by an assault rifle.

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Comment #105 by darwin42
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 @ 02:05:42 AM
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I have to agree with Webb, I've found the beta not nearly as much fun as Halo 3. I know that it's just a beta, and once Bungie fixes some of the weapon balance issues, I'm sure it will be much better. Speaking of weapon balance issues, the plasma launcher is too powerful and takes too long to charge, and the rest was covered pretty well be #85. I've gotta say though, whoever came up with the idea for Headhunter is a frickin' genius. So much fun.

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US September 14, 2010
Europe September 14, 2010
Japan September 15, 2010

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