The world’s first Halo Reach review has done by US mag Game Informer giving the Bungie game a whopping 95 per cent score. They gives the title in Tuesday’s worldwide release that “The true follow up to Halo 3″.
GI’s review is the first mainstream write-up available. The rest of the online reviews are due to go live tomorrow morning at 5am, UK time. Bungie, the studio that created the blockbuster franchise, says Halo: Reach will be its last game in the series. Microsoft may keep making more Halo games after Bungie moves on to other projects. But Reach will be something of a closure for the seminal first-person shooter. And because of this, anticipation is fervent.
“Reach” is slated to be the last “Halo” entry developed by Bungie Studios, which signed an exclusive 10-year deal earlier this year with Activision to publish and distribute a series of games for various platforms. The deal marks Bungie Studios’ first partnership since breaking off in 2007 from Microsoft, who retains the rights to the “Halo” universe.
GI writes: ‘Any disappointment series fans felt after ODST should be completely washed away thanks to Reach. Make no mistake about it – this is the true follow-up to Halo 3. It’s also a perfect way for Bungie to part with the series it turned into a phenomenon.’
The intergalactic protagonist also has a past as a pilot, providing players with the opportunity to take to the skies — and beyond — for the first time in a “Halo” game. Lehto said the team at Bungie Studios packed as many such dramatic moments into the single-player campaign and amped up the multiplayer mode knowing that this would be their last “Halo.”
“We really never anticipated it becoming this big,” said Lehto. “There was so much responsibility on our shoulders to make sure that ‘Reach’ is the best of all the ‘Halo’ games. We put every bit of effort we could into this game. While we’re happy that it’s done, and we’re proud of what we created, we’re really sad to say goodbye to the ‘Halo’ universe.”