5) Squad tactics
Whereas Master Chief and the Rookie generally went it alone, here the emphasis is on teamwork. And you’ll need all the help you can get, with up to 40 AI characters to a single battle, as well as 20 vehicles.
6) Tooled up
Dissection of the trailer reveals several old friends, including the battle rifle, sniper rifle and shotgun. There’ll also be a one-shot rifle suitable for long and short-range attacks, plus the new needler rifle.
7) Meet the elite
During the later Halo games, alien race the Sangheili (aka Elites) slowly came to the realisation that the Covenant were a bit mental. It was a huge plot twist that led to the Arbiter helping Master Chief finish the fight in Halo 3. However Reach is a prequel so the Predator-faced warriors are back. But will the Arbiter show up?
The plot follows the battle between the UNSC and the Covenant on the planet of Reach (a story told in the novel Fall of Reach). It was here that the war took a turn for the worse, and aliens destroyed much of the UNSC’s means of manufacturing arms. As a member of Noble Team, you must salvage what you can and escape.
9) New engine
Not only is Halo: Reach a fresh chapter in the Halo series, it will also feature a brand new engine. The images on these pages were all created using said engine, so expect considerably more detail, improved textures and a far more impressive physicality (include facial animations) to the Spartans and the Covenant.
10) What no Chief?
There’s no evidence of Master Chief in the trailer, but we know that he played a key role in the battle of Reach. Perhaps it’s no surprise that there hasn’t yet been confirmation. After all, imagine the whoops of joy when the big reveal finally happens. We reckon he’s likely to make a cameo appearance at the very least!
Feb 9, 2010