April 18, 2010

Halo: Reach Beta on GTTV; To Bungie, Thanks for Making the Wait Worse

Geoff Keighley has got to be one of the luckiest guys on the planet.

Taking an exclusive trip to Bungie, GameTrailers TV showcased none other than that little beta demo that's gonna be released, oh, I dunno, at some point in the near future; I'm not really keeping up on it.  But for those couple of people out there who are excited about it, you might be interested in watching the episode (embedded after the jump).  It's loaded with lotsa new multiplayer gameplay, as well as a well-deserved smack to the SMG.

Of major note is the discussion of the Invasion gametype.  It sounds as if it's Spartans vs. Elites (of which I'm confused because I think that's another gametype?) on vehicle heavy maps that become more open as each side progresses.  Loadouts and vehicle options begin few in number, but part of the goal in Invasion is to unlock areas of (your side?) of the map that grants more loadouts and vehicles.  We'll have to see how this plays out but it looks like Big Team Battle enthusiasts will rejoice and I actually might want to try some more BTB than my normal, what, like ten times ever?

Overall, the new innovations Bungie has made don't mess with the Halo mechanics but expand them while also simplifying.  For me, one of the biggest pieces of "innovation" is no dual wielding.  While this seems like a step back, Bungie really made an attempt to make the experience not any more full than it already is.  Now that I think of it, I really didn't dual wield much, anyway, preferring the trusty Battle Rifle over dual Spikers any day.  New weapons are mentioned (human and Elite grenade launchers!), your teammates can save you if someone is in the middle of an assassination animation, and June will be when we'll probably receive more news about the campaign.

So, whenever this little thing comes out, I hope enough people want to play it to help Bungie out a little; they've worked hard on this small project that probably won't receive any attention.

Whatever, everybody and every grandma is going to be playing this on May 3rd.  Watch the episode after the jump.  Now.

(Thanks, Joystiq)


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