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Halo: Reachis an upcoming Xbox 360 first person shooter video game set for release on September 14, 2010. “Reach“, as it is being called by fans, is set in the Halo universe a few years prior to the events of Halo: Combat Evolved. Halo: Reach has also been built up with a series of amazing advertisements that have toned the series into something of a drama; well, at least for this installment they did.

In Reach you will play the part of, as you might think, a bunch of “Master Chiefs”. In all actuality, they are called Spartans, and you’re now a part of Noble Team: one of the most elite squadrons of super-soldiers in the known Galaxy. Your character, only known by the call-sign Noble 6, is something of an enigma to begin with. As the game progresses you will learn the back story to the Halo franchise, and just what is behind the masks of the mysterious Spartans.

Reach is the product of one of two sub-studios within Bungie. With the critical and financial success of Halo 3, Bungie, the creators and masterminds behind the franchise, split into two product-specific sub-studios: one would focus on Halo: ODST, and the other Halo: Reach. Not that ODST wasn’t amazing and revolutionary in its own right, it was; however, the expectations and propagated hype of Reach will surely give the fourth installment a run for its money.

Anyways, so let’s get down to the nitty-gritty: the plot. As most fans of the series already know, Halo follows a long-bitter cosmological war with a race of space-faring, technologically advanced idiots. Well, the Covenant, as they are known, are adamant opponents against all lifeforms not within their cult; these morons believe that to kill everything though a “journey” is necessary to satisfy their religious obligations. Regardless, Humanity is already deep in their Great War with the Covenant, and things haven’t been going so good.

The Covenant’s highly superior technology and army of mindless followers severely out-gun the humans. Humanity and its allies, it seems like, is on the brink of destruction. That’s where Noble Team comes in. Although not much different initially from the other Spartan Teams, Noble will prove to be an invaluable asset in the changing tide of the Human-Covenant war. Lead by Carter-A259, one of only two survivors of the original Team, Noble proves to be very instrumental to Humanity. Kat-B320 (simply “Kat” or “Catherine”), the other survivor, is the First Officer and a brilliant computer technician within the unit.

With both a compelling prequel plot and sustained media enthusiasm, it seems like Halo: Reach is going to be everything it’s cracked up to be. September 14 is not too long away, but for those who are damn sick of playing the beta on ODST, it sure will be a sweet relief.

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