Halo: Reach
Halo: Reach - Your Questions Answered
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Yesterday I asked the members of our esteemed community – that’s you! – whether you had any lingering questions about Halo: Reach, the achievements for it, our Halo: Reach review or anything Halo: Reach related really.

So today I’ve spent the day going through the game, trying to answer of many of your questions as possible, ahead of Tuesday’s launch. The questions came in thick and fast, asking about the difficulty of Legendary on your lonesome, a little more insight into Forge World, plenty of armoury questions and more, so without further delay... Let me answer those questions for you.

Wehttam asks:

“I noticed you gave reach a perfect 100 for playability, is this the first game on this website with that score?”

I actually had to check through the archives for the answer to this and I half expected to come back and say, “Oh no, we’ve given loads of perfect playability scores,” but the truth is, we haven’t

Mass Effect 2, Bayonetta and Burnout Paradise were the only 3 I could find. That’s not to say it’s perfect though, because we all know, that there’s no such thing as perfect. It is to say that it’s set a new benchmark and is at the top of its genre.

“Also, Halo 3 has a 1% lead on Reach in the reviews, yet you say it’s the best Halo ever?”

I just knew someone would ask this, because although you made the comment in jest, it’s something that gets asked a lot, but there are a couple of things to take into consideration here:
  • Reviews are always subjective for the most part. Yes, a reviewer has to remain objective and leave any personal grievances, preconceived notions or bias behind them before they go into review a game, but it’s very rare that two reviewers will agree on the exact same score every time. Halo 3 and Reach were reviewed by different people.
  • Reviews are also relative to the time period they come out in. For instance, a 10 two years ago, may be an 8 now. Whether that’s because better titles have come out and set the new benchmark for games to aim at, or because they haven’t aged well, it's usually one of those two. If review scores weren’t relative, then it’s conceivable that every iteration that improves on a previous game should essentially score more than its predecessor. And with FIFA, that means that after 10+ years, we could effectively be scoring it 101/100 now.
While it might score a 94 now and effectively score lower than Halo 3, the industry has made leaps and bounds since the second title came out, ultimately meaning that it is the best Halo game Bungie have ever made.

He did comment, “Haha don't take the second question too seriously that's probably me just being anal,” but I thought I’d answer it anyway.

And finally from wehttam, “Another thing, after playing some Halo 3 - please tell me the Spartan Laser doesn't make a return, that gun is sooo annoying.”

Sorry to report, the Spartan Laser does make a return.
Hand of Blood52 asks:

“Kat's robot arm, is it available in the armory? (Please say yes!)”

From the off, I can’t see Kat’s cyborg arm in the armory, but that’s not to say it’s not there. I’ll touch more on this in your next question...

And also... “Aside from what we were shown in the armory, let’s say you got helmet 1,2 and 3, is there a helmet 4 and 5 to unlock?”

Well, the fact that Kat’s arm isn’t showing up to start with doesn’t mean that it’s not there and that ties in with this question.

While there is a wide selection of goodies to purchase and unlock from the off, as you rank up, more and more items appear in the armoury for you to purchase. For instance, I ranked up to a Corporal First Grade earlier this afternoon and with ranking up, more options became available in the armoury: if I recall correctly, it was a few new shoulder attachments and also a new visor colour. So yes, with your hypothetical question, there is a helmet 4 and 5 to unlock. There’s even Master Chief’s MJOLNIR armour!

xxxxHolic asks:

“From what you've seen in the Armory. Will players be required to reach some ridiculously high rank to unlock certain items or will most be easy to obtain provided you earned the appropriate amount of credits?”

Consider you earn about 25,000 credits for completing the campaign on normal and you get around 500 points a game in multiplayer – an average game this is – then the answer is yes, players will be required to do a ridiculous amount of work to get some of the more exclusive items.

For instance, Sgt. Johnson & Cortana’s Firefight voice is 100,000 credits to buy, Master Chief’s Firefight voice is 150,000, the Birthday Party armour effect is 200,000, the Heart Attack armour effect is 300,000, the Pestilence armour effect is 1,000,000 credits and the Inclement Weather armour effect is 2,000,000. So yeah, a it's going to take a loooooong time to unlock those!

Donlowc06 asks:

“Can Halo Reach be installed to your hard drive? Or is it going to have the same issue with Halo 3?”

Yes, Halo: Reach can be installed to your hard drive. It takes about 10 minutes to install and takes up 6.6GBs of space. As someone noted in the forums, the chances are that Halo 3 didn’t install because the game came out before the ability to install was available.

Pearson asks:

“During campaign co-op they said the difficulty would change according to how many players were playing. So, how much harder is it to do the campaign with a party of 4 as opposed to doing it solo?”

Well, I’ve not had the pleasure of playing 4 player co-op yet – only 2 player – but I have had the pleasure of watching a few people play it at the Halo: Reach review event. Put it this way... on normal, 4 players were struggling on a bit that ‘s pretty easy on your lonesome. I think that right there says it all.

xxxxHolic asks:

“I'm still rather curious as to how they deal with multiple players in campaign. From what I saw, your custom Spartan takes the place of Noble 6 on your screen, while the other players see their own custom character. Does this mean that you do not see the other players in movie sequences? Can you talk with other players through them, and how do they (if it's even an option) handle skipping said sequences?”

First and foremost, you see your own Spartan in your own online version of the campaign, so if yours is pink and your mate’s Spartan is green, you see pink, he sees green. Secondly, no, you do not see your friend’s Spartan in any cutscenes.

I’m not sure what you mean by the third question, but the fourth question is an easy one. To skip a cutscene, you press A and then Y – apart from the opening cutscene which you can’t skip. So be careful if you’re playing with a careless friend, because you might end up missing some of the story.

“Guess I could throw in if there is any word on the Legendary ending. From what I've read there doesn't seem to be any although an interview with a developer lead people to believe that there would be.”

Well, I can’t say for certain, but talking with the Bungie rep on hand when we went down to London to review it, it was heavily hinted at there being the usual multi-story endings – i.e. Normal has an ending, as does Heroic and so does Legendary. The way I look at it, Bungie have been doing special endings for years now, so why would they stop now? It makes no sense considering that Bungie do a lot of things for fan service.

toolieo asks:

“What emblems have been removed from the game?”

I’m not 100% sure what has been removed from the game in terms of emblems, as I’ve not seen any lists to start with and it’s been a hell of a long time since I played Halo 3. However, that being said, the choice there is incredible and you’re definitely spoilt for choice.
There are 80 foreground images that range from the usual numbers and Halo symbols, to the more quirky and random symbols like a cat, a spider, a rock-on hand gesture symbol and even a cup. Each emblem has two versions as well – toggled and untoggled – with the toggled version adding a twist to the symbol – i.e. the wasp is dual coloured and the bull has feathers hanging from his horns.

Combine that with the 53 background shapes that range from hats and crowns, to shapes and even gradient backgrounds; and the usual ability to customise the two colours on each layer, and it should be easy to make a really unique emblem.

xxxxHolic followed that up and asked, “I'll second the emblem question as well. I THOUGHT I saw the return of my all time favorite the drone in a Reach video but it wasn't in the Beta at first so I'm hopeful to say the least. XD”

Yes, the Drone emblem is back!

TG Wolf asks:

“Have they fixed the ridiculous usage of the Focus Rifle; over 300 people that I know also complained about that. Have they dealt with it being used as a close range sweep weapon instead of a sniper like it's supposed to be?”

Unfortunately not. The Focus Rifle is still as beasty as ever and dangerously effective at close range as well as long distance. It does seem that Bungie has tweaked the overheat rate though, so now, it feels as if it takes less of an extended trigger burst for it to overheat – maybe they’ve extended the cooldown time after that as well. After reading your question though and testing it out enough to be able to answer it, I will say the first time I picked it up, I went 7-0, so yes, it’s still powerful as hell – that’s 7 kills, 0 deaths by the way. Nuff' said.

guillermo316 asks:

“What are those daily and weekly challenges?”

Well guillermo, I’m glad you asked that. The daily and weekly challenges are in-game challenges that Bungie issue the player to complete every day/week to give you something else to shoot for. So for instance, this week’s challenges involve getting 75 multiplayer matchmaking kills and for it, you get an extra 750 credits; killing 100 enemies in Firefight matchmaking for 1,000 credits; 10 multikills in Firefight matchmaking for 1000 credits; an assassination for 250 credits; and finally, completing 9 campaign missions on Heroic for 5,000.

Now, I know that the first four of the five mentioned supra are in fact the daily challenges because I netted the achievement earlier by completing those four. Judging solely on the fact that the symbol for the Heroic challenge and the weekly achievement are the same, the final one is sure to be your weekly challenge.

What’s unclear is how it works... I’m guessing that the daily challenges stay up for a week, but you must finish the daily challenge within a day. I say that because I got one daily challenge yesterday and three today. This however could change when the game ships – Bungie may be holding back stuff there.

If you interested, doing it on Legendary counts as Heroic as well, so if you want to start there, then by all means, carry on. These, according to Bungie, will change quite often, allowing you to net more credits this way – and they do make a nice good boost!

RuggersAssassin asks:

“Can you have a four people split screen campaign (four people on one screen) or only two people like it was with Halo 3?”

No, the local split-screen campaign is two players only still.


“The special code for the recon helmet, do you get it in store or does it come with game?”

I assume that you get it with the game, like with every other game. My Legendary Edition doesn’t turn up until tomorrow/Tuesday, so I can’t confirm or deny that. By the time I know, chances are you’ll already have it and know for yourself.

D4RKXPOW3R asks numerous Forge World questions:

“How many people can I have in Forge World?”


“Can everyone who is in the game, help edit the map as well?”

Yes, everyone can edit at the same time.

“Are there options to turn someone off specifically to prevent them from editing the map, or must I turn everyone off?”

No, it doesn’t seem like there is. If they’re in, they can go crazy with your creation. You can end the game though and back everyone else out into the lobby if that starts to happen. Or you can...

“Is there an option to boot someone from Forge World?”

Yes, you can boot people. Depending on your network settings though – what you have Forge set to – they can easily rejoin. For instance, you can set the options to ‘open to party,’ open to friends,’ local, etc. If you have it set to friends only and your mate starts to piss around, you can boot, press start and change the options to ‘invite only.’

neosman8 asks:

“Can you earn credits in campaign and custom games?”

Yes, you earn credits in absolutely everything you do. So Forge World, Firefight, multiplayer – custom and ranked – and the campaign all net you credits. That’s a lot of modes and a lot of credits!

And finally, neo and a lot of people are asking...

The “A Monument to your Sins” achievement, how hard is it?

Well, it is and it isn’t that hard. As long as you take it easy, for the most part, you’ll be alright. There are however going to be some tricky chokepoints and huge difficulty spikes in the game that will require you dig deep and prepare for a frustrating push. You’ll know when you get to these points, so that's all I'll say as I don’t want to spoil any of the campaign for you. In all though, there are only about 3 or 4 of these potentially tricky chokepoints, so be careful. In my opinion, it’s no harder or easier than any other of the Halo games on solo Legendary though.

Following on from that, the inevitable question, asked by Frostie is...

“How are the AI teammates in the campaign? Do they just shoot a lot of bullets making it seem like they are doing something or are they actually useful? Would be good if they helped since by the sounds of it solo legendary campaign might be tougher than the previous games, and I'm not exactly fantastic at Halo.”

Your Spartan squad for the most part are a great deal of help; however, it’s when you’re on your own that becomes the trickiest on Legendary. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it can get super tricky. So, get brushing up on those skills: learn the noob combo, remember to stay very close to cover, never rush, work out which armour ability suits you best – probably the bubble shield with regenerative health properties – and take your time.
If there are any more questions, I'll try to answer them in the comments if I can. In the meantime, don't forget to read our spoiler free review if you haven't already. 


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Comment #1 by WeapDog iZ TBK
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 11:35:54 PM
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Comment #2 by Saracin
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 11:41:36 PM
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Wow, a lot of good info. And yes the Recon helmet code is included inside the case with the game, I took a quick glance when unpacking my stores copies. I can't wait to get to work on this game with friends and by myself. Aaaaaand I think I'll take most of next week off lol.

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Comment #3 by Frank_The_Bison
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 11:41:39 PM
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I cannot wait, just a little over 24 hours for me!

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Comment #4 by Isaccard
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 11:46:48 PM
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Comment #5 by Smiles90
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 11:46:52 PM
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I'm so excited for this, but in between work and a load of homework and reading from a rigorous college schedule I'm not sure how much of Reach I will be enjoying... :((((

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Comment #6 by fuelstaind
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 11:47:02 PM
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I can't wait.

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Comment #7 by romanticid3
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 11:48:18 PM
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Word....Time Square in about 20 hours.. cant wait!!

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Comment #8 by fuelstaind
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 11:49:00 PM
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I purchased the console. We took a peek at it, since it was paid for. The game case is black instead of green and there is no mention of the Recon code being inside. I hope it is.

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Comment #9 by Kaged
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 11:50:05 PM
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Legendary in the past halo games were cake if you just take your time. I'm blaming Bungie for any bad grades I get this semester.

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Comment #10 by Jase D Dakota
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 11:55:24 PM
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Does going from Co-op to single player work as it did in ODST? As in, if I'm playing co-op with a friend through campaign, get halfway through the game...he I have to start the campaign from scratch, or can I pick up where he and I left off on my own?

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Comment #11 by Smurfboy
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 11:59:15 PM
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Nice. A lot of credits and a lot of clothes to buy. That's neat. I really like the one with Skull face inside Helmet!!

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Comment #12 by TheTenthPlague
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:04:23 AM
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It's awesome how much you guys care about the fans, followers, etc. on the site. We really appreciate this kind of effort, Webb.

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Comment #13 by Frank_The_Bison
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:05:09 AM
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I am really amazed at the armory in this game, after about 1 week of the release, I doubt anyone is going to see a Spartan that looks remotely like their own. Sure once everyone starts getting the high end stuff there might be some sameness, but all I know is that I want the security shoulder with the giant knife on it.

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Comment #14 by Hammer Man69
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:13:10 AM
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The armour effects. You know, the ones mentioned above that cost from 300,000 cR to 2,000,000 cR. What exactly are they, and would they be worth all the effort? Like say the Katana and Recon armour in Halo 3?
(PS: Katana isn't much hard to get now with all the new achievements... but you get the idea right?)

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Comment #15 by DOA_Rose
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:19:55 AM
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Still worried about A Monument to All Your Sins. I'll be lucky to get through on normal....never mind the daily & weekly challenges. Can't wait for firefight!

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Comment #16 by asilent boom
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:27:19 AM
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I've been searching for an answer all over the internet for this and can't seem to find one.

How many total armor abilities are there? I know about the abilities that were in the beta and the decoy holograph, are there any others?

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Comment #17 by xxxxHolic
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:28:14 AM
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Great stuff. Glad to see the questions were answered before the game was released, and in good detail too. What I meant with my third question was if you could talk/hear your team through the movie sequences. Certain games still have it so you cannot talk while they play, that's all.

Mah gawd... Drone, my sweet. Soon, we will be together again. ;_;


You can see some of the armor effects in game play videos on Justin.TV. Inclement weather for example, covers your character with a slightly thunderous dark cloud. Much like the recon in Halo 3 has the flame effect, only this one covers the entire character. They look pretty cool, and worth unlocking a few just to add that extra level of customization for your Sparta, imo. That is, of course, after I unlocked all the helmets for the haunted helmet. ;D

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Comment #18 by SpinoRaptor24
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:33:15 AM
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Can you still earn credits offline?

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Comment #19 by SWAGGART
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:44:40 AM
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cmon cant wait! oh and I will be pre ordering any top title in future since so many people are already playing it.

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Comment #20 by Soundscream_SAW
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:55:08 AM
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i came

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Comment #21 by mjc0961
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 01:03:56 AM
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Okay now I have a question. How the hell did Burnout Paradise get a perfect (or whatever) in playability? I spent more time watching the game play itself than I did actually playing it.

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Comment #22 by smdl2
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 01:11:17 AM
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That's so awesome! I can't wait to Forge stuff!

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Comment #23 by newbsicle
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 01:11:17 AM
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“Can you have a four people split screen campaign (four people on one screen) or only two people like it was with Halo 3?”

No, the local split-screen campaign is two players only still.

I'm not sure this is 100% true because I know you can have 4 player split-screen in all game variants online.

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Comment #24 by Hand of Blood52
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 01:11:17 AM
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@13 I know, you are completely right that will be amazing. In Halo 3 for the first months everyone was wearing Hayabusa and when people where unlocking Recon they where getting crazy at it.

I wish Kat's Robot arm is available, i really would like my spartan with a robot arm.

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Comment #25 by smdl2
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 01:12:43 AM
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@newbsicle in Halo 3 you can have four player splitscreen if everything but firefight and campaign. Reach is the same deal.

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Comment #26 by newbsicle
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 01:15:14 AM
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That sucks. :/

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Comment #27 by icky2049
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 01:16:14 AM
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Thanks for this Dan you always come through for me. :D

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Comment #28 by xbox360freak222
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 01:34:38 AM
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8 hours 2 go

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Comment #29 by HorsemanOfWar16
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 02:21:24 AM
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I WANT I WANT I WANT !!!! - halo reach so close now !!!

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Comment #30 by JustAFriend
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 02:56:12 AM
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15 hours untill i can get it woop woop!! all nighter yeh

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Comment #31 by the emcee
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 03:03:47 AM
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Wehttam asks:

“I noticed you gave reach a perfect 100 for playability, is this the first game on this website with that score?”

Sorry guys you run a great site with great information on the games, but your reviewers really do need to step aside. I'm not saying this in conjunction with reach, but your reviews are hardly ever up to scratch, I used to read them avidly but you steered me wrong too many times. Other than that it's a good thing you are doing here, shame you have to try to do too much and include things you are not qualified to do

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Comment #32 by Jor-El
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 03:04:03 AM
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Nice Q&A. It answered quite a few questions i was wondering about. Now only 1 more day!

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Comment #33 by Janglin
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 03:04:47 AM
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come on midnte! been waitin tooooooooo long for dis game

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Comment #34 by Floodgates
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 03:08:11 AM
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Thanks for all the great info! A few if my questions was answered by reading this.

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Comment #35 by Astrex
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 03:32:31 AM
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1 day to go now

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Comment #36 by asilent boom
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 04:33:25 AM
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@31 How do you know someone isn't qualified to do the reviews? If you don't agree with someone's reviews that's fine, but to say someone else is not qualified, when you are? It amazes me how many people think they know everything about everything, and can always do it so much better than someone else. Or they think someone else isn't qualified when they know nothing about it. They are reviews, it's an OPINION on something, your not always going to agree with them every time, if you don't most of the time, then don't read them.

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Comment #37 by D4RKXPOW3R
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 05:07:42 AM
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Well, looks like I am going to have to find some trustworthy people who want to help build something insane in Forge World...No way am I opening a public room.

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Comment #38 by Tedet
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 05:25:28 AM
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Just completed the game on Normal. Great game.

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Comment #39 by Jleek1992
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 05:33:44 AM
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I just scaned through the questions never really read them to be honest all i know is 1 day left until history is made.

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Comment #40 by WILKO1892
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 05:34:11 AM
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I got the game delivered by Zavvi on Monday and the Recon helmet incentive card came seperate to the game. Also there are avatar awards for things such as complete a legendary mission without dying and you can earn all of the NOBLE teams helmets for your avatar.

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Comment #41 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 05:34:49 AM
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@#14 - Well, the two expensive ones are quite nifty... Pestilence has flies and stuff flying around your Spartan's armour; while the Inclement Weather armour effects creates lightning and weather effects around them. I've not seen them, I'm just going on their descriptions =)

@#16 - I actually list them all in the review:

Jet Pack, Sprint, Holographic Decoy, Active Camouflage, Drop Shield, Armour Lock and Evade.

@#31 - Qualified? What makes someone qualified to tell other people what they think of a game? I suspect that over 20 years experience playing them qualifies the team - which is applicable for most the team.

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Comment #42 by Swegabe
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 05:40:31 AM
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I'm surprised no one has asked about Theatre Mode, is it still in the game like in Halo 3?

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Comment #43 by macd
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 05:47:24 AM
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@ 31 - You should never base your purchases on just one review. Webb makes clear it's all subjective (in a questiosn response) and an opinion is given. I wouldn't have said x360a's reviews or any where elses reviews have ever steered me wrong, because I use them in conjunction with demos/other reviews/youtube footage. Besides, on most pages, the user score given is often pretty close to the review score by the team here.
Anyway, I always check metacritic if I'm unsure.

Anyway, not sure I want Reach tbh. Hoping my buddy gets it so I can co-op it. Don't feel like spending £40 on it though.

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Comment #44 by Astrex
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 05:47:39 AM
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#42 theatre mode was awesome for those really cool screen shots, I had a few as my computer background

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Comment #45 by lemlem360
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 05:54:35 AM
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Comment #46 by lemlem360
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 05:55:42 AM
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Tonight guys!

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Comment #47 by The brown mist
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 05:58:51 AM
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Can you use the superintendent emblem from odst?

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Comment #48 by WILKO1892
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 06:08:03 AM
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There isn't a superintendent emblem available to pick unless it unlocks later

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Comment #49 by callmeclean
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 06:11:02 AM
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@41 I love the reviews on this site, for the most part they are fun to read and are always spot on to how I feel about the game. And I'm so jealous you have completed REACH and I have to wait until tomorrow, although I guess lots of people have already completed it *cries*

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Comment #50 by callmeclean
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 06:12:56 AM
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@42 Sorry for double comment, but yes halo reach does have theater mode and its been upgraded a bit but basically the same

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Comment #51 by WiredHEaDsHoT
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 06:22:11 AM
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i am playing it right now! wooo

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Comment #52 by Barad
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 06:27:12 AM
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so glad solo legendary isnt as ipossible as it sounds..

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Comment #53 by GaminFanatic
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 06:50:09 AM
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Wow, thanks for all the info man. It helped a lot! I'm picking up my copy tomorrow. Today is gonna be a long day...

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Comment #54 by the emcee
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 07:45:23 AM
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@43 Decent points you make there man! Part of my opinion on this sites reviews is formed from being a gamer for many years myself, and I do always read different sites reviews before I make a purchase, games aren't cheap these days....

I think my problem with this site is that there are only a couple of people reviewing a broad spectrum of games, and therefore the coverage in reviews is not up to par with the rest of this site which is very good at what it does.

I'm not ridiculing anyone here, or condemning opinions, maybe I was too brash in my wording because when I said about being qualified I did mean that the reviews just don't seem to be up to scratch in my opinion. Take the Alan Wake review, where the reviewer took it upon himself to warn people to avoid reading manuscripts when part of the story was to do exactly that and know what was coming. It's not necessarily because I don't agree with the scores, sometimes I do sometimes I don't, but I'm not ignorant enough to think that matters, life would be boring if we all agreed. Just stating my opinion, that's all.

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Comment #55 by ccasanova34
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 07:53:04 AM
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Great article. Thanks, Webb.

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Comment #56 by Corpse87
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 08:42:09 AM
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halo is lame!

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Comment #57 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 08:55:15 AM
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@#54 - Wait, what? The manuscripts spoilt the surprise in Alan Wake. That's a fact. They were a non-essential collectible. If Remedy were too engrossed in their work to see that they ruined the suspense with it, then it's my job to warn the gamer. It's not like I'm saying, skip the cutscene.

And a couple of reviewers means that they can't specialise? I'm sorry, but that's wrong. I personally - as have all the reviewers in actual fact - have played every genre to death over the years. Whether that's sports games, management sims, shooters, RTS titles, RPGs, strategy games, sandbox games, action-adventure games, arcade games, point and click games; you name it, I've played it. It should actually make for a much more consistent review system rather than the latter - 3/4 reviewers with consistent opinions who are well versed on every genre, versus a site that has 20 reviewers who are all specialists.

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Comment #58 by Wehttam
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 09:02:39 AM
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Wow i featured in this article, thats cool and im at the top. Thanks for answering my questions Webb, you are a legend. I got the game today been playing it all morning - so far so good.

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Comment #59 by Stabby
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 09:03:01 AM
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Does not like. Will not play Gaylo:Reach-around.

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Comment #60 by kaleido42
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 09:19:32 AM
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Guess I should have asked it earlier, but only thought of it now. Are there any painfully unplayable levels like there have been in earlier Halo games? Cortana from Halo 3 comes to mind.

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Comment #61 by callmeclean
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 09:24:55 AM
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I just thought of something I really want to know, a while ago Bungie hinted at there being other things to collect in the campaign since skulls were available from start like ODST. Have you found any of them like are they similar in form and effect to skulls or something totally different and awesome?

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Comment #62 by the emcee
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 09:35:28 AM
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Well said Webb, I see where you are coming from, doesn't mean I have to agree but I respect your opinion on this.

Happy gaming

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Comment #63 by MARCOUXqc
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 10:33:35 AM
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Holy ******* **** I cant wait!

Who agrees with me

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Comment #64 by romanticid3
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 10:39:36 AM
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Time Square in 9 hours!!!!!! zomggggggggggggg

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Comment #65 by lizard9979
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 10:39:42 AM
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You rock Webb!! Thanks for taking the time to answer us Halo starved fans!!!!

Cannot freaking wait.

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Comment #66 by D4B0MB1N4T10N
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 10:55:44 AM
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ok, i got a couple questions:

Can you actually counter a sword lunge by pressing melee? it sure seemed like you could in the beta.

What have they done about the "melee lunge?" i dont remember that from the beta, but if people can still melee from 5+ feet, im going to be pretty mad.

and sorry, one more: is the Gravity Hammer just as random as ever, or is it more accurate (and i moreso mean that in regards to the Shockwave it generates)? i could hammer people 2 feet in front of me and not kill them, and the shockwave could affect people all over the map, even from halfway across!

sorry, im just kind of anal about these things :p they bothered me quite a bit in H3.

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Comment #67 by Extreme Washing Machine
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 11:56:33 AM
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Question 1: Yes, however if he has time to lunge again, he will kill you. Just like in the beta.
Question 2: it is relatively the same. Time to get mad.
Question 3: I dont know how to answer your question but I think the blast radius is (once again) relatively the same.

Got reach yesterday, ITS AWESOME!

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Comment #68 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:12:06 PM
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@#61 - I've not stumbled across any, but apparently there are little secrets - as there are in other Halo games.

@#62 - Same to you my friend =)

@#66 - Looks like #67 has you mostly covered. I've never been able to counter a sword lunge yet though to be honest, and I reckon they've dialed down the lunge somewhat.

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Comment #69 by Vigorous Ninja
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:32:11 PM
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Unfortunately I'm in around £50.00 debt to Blockbuster so I can't buy this through store credit unless I pay the games owed... Damn my brother. I was really looking forward to it as well, I wanted to grab a copy before the glitches were found and began to be exploited by nearly every player. Wonder how long it will take for a infinite armour lock timer. Zombies will be ruined by that, anyone sad enough can find a glitch with enough hard work. Sigh, or an infinite Jet pack. That would be pretty sweet I have to admit, doubt it could be an exploit.

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Comment #70 by Vigorous Ninja
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:34:50 PM
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Also, I know this is way off topic, but if ANYONE knows where I can order a limited edition copy of Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 I will come to your house and hug you. Seriously I cannot find it anywhere and the release date is approaching rapidly.

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Comment #71 by TimJimRob
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:39:47 PM
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I've seen someone with it already.
It makes me soooooooooooooooooo maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!!!!!!!!!

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Comment #72 by caboose69ing
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:45:36 PM
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fuck yeah can't wait till tommorow at mail buy better send it to me day it shipped on the 10'th so hopefully *fingers crossed*

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Comment #73 by TNT LotLP
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 01:19:30 PM
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I can't freakin' wait... tomorrow...

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Comment #74 by Hammer Man69
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 01:49:39 PM
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What's the Haunted Helmet? :D

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Comment #75 by Hammer Man69
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 01:53:03 PM
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Never mind... For thow wondering what armour effects are aswell... check out this video!

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Comment #76 by RuggersAssassin
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 02:00:50 PM
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Thanks for answering my question! I don't like the answer though haha. I wish they could esxpand campaign to four person split screen.

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Comment #77 by Chanens417
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 02:57:52 PM
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Can you complete the daily challenges more than once? You mentioned that they look like they are up for about a week, so if I finish it on Tuesday can I do it again on Wednesday?

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Comment #78 by xdiamondxinfernox
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 04:24:16 PM
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@77 im sure the daily challenges change each day, where the weekly challenges can be done in a week (obviously) so i dont think they are repeatable.

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Comment #79 by ViNyLek
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 05:35:17 PM
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Nice FAQ there. I would definitely not come up with all those questions^^

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Comment #80 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 05:51:09 PM
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@#77 - No, once. The ones I have done are checked off.
@#78 - They're not repeatable, but whether they change is a different thing. They haven't changed once yet, but I suppose it still is pre-launch =)

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Comment #81 by LEGO_MAN
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 08:23:08 PM
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if you can get credits from custom games? how does bungie prevent boosting credits?

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Comment #82 by BVC74BVC
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 08:27:25 PM
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3 1/2 more hours here cant wait going to hurry thru school then hurry thru practice and thru a meeting then im staying up to enjoy Reach!

~cant wait~

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Comment #83 by sunny aus
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 10:13:13 PM
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Still 6 1/2 hours till I can play it. Damn uni. Still, looks really good

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Comment #84 by Le Hooch
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 01:03:07 AM
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Thanks Webb, and to the Gaylo commentor, how dare you try to soil this hallowed occaision. Go choke.

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Comment #85 by citizen666
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 01:35:20 AM
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Finally, the waiting is over! In a couple of hours the stores will open. Well, i guess technically speaking the waiting isn't quite over then, but you know what i mean.

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Comment #86 by the emcee
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 05:43:44 AM
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where is VS FIREFIGHT matchmaking...anyone worked out how to do it?

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Comment #87 by WoodyJ64
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 06:14:28 AM
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great questions. Thanks.

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Comment #88 by ohmygodicame
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 05:47:57 PM
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yeah, halo reach is cool and everything but, i got the limited edition and put my code in for the content, i got everything apart from the recon helmet.
so I'm not to happy about that and I'm not quite sure on what to do...

.....does anyone have any ideas???


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Comment #89 by DrawnMasterAim
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 06:01:03 PM
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i got very upset at halo 3 because my friends would turn there back on me like a cute puppy but halo reach will be better because when that happens all I have to do is leave and play another game mode(:

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Comment #90 by ShaneyBoii
Monday, September 27, 2010 @ 07:10:29 AM
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ahh some very good infomation right there, I enjoy playing Halo I just hope my friends arent careless enough to skip the cutscenes, I hate that

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Comment #91 by Fill The Voide
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 07:11:51 PM
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ya it is so fun.and having the flaming helmet.

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Comment #92 by unbornkiller
Thursday, December 02, 2010 @ 09:41:53 AM
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is there an xbox360 harddrive to put it on my new xbox 360 slim??

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