Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that tonight at midnight Halo fans will be lined up to receive their long awaited copies of Halo Reach – the final installment of the series from developer Bungie. The prequel to the first Halo: Combat Evolved game is set to rock retail and is billed as the most highly anticipated game of 2010.
So if the barrage of marketing by way of live action trailers, dev diaries, and in game footage haven’t worked you into a Halo frenzy here are a few ways you can pump up the jam in anticipation of Halo Reach.
5) Play the first Halo: Combat Evolved game - Halo: CE is not only the first installment of the series but also regarded as the best in the series from a campaign standpoint. In Halo Reach we’ll be going back to blasting Elites, Grunts and Jackals so taking a step back into the past will really help to align your killingmanship come midnight. Furthermore since Reach is a prequel to Combat Evolved you’ll be up and up on the story.
4) Read the Fall of Reach book - Certainly you’re aware that Master Chief wasn’t the only spartan. In fact he was just the prime subject from a batch of manyof children who were abducted by the UNSC for genetic modification and intense physical augmentation to become the first wave of super soldiers to combat the Covenant. Reading a little backstory to Halo will reveal a fairly rich and detailed universe that you may not have considered prior to playing the Halo games. A lot of people unjustly dismiss the Halo story as generic sci-fi fodder without delving into the novels which are, apart from the first novel which simply recounts the first game, well written.
3) Watch the Halo Legends anime - While it isn’t the greatest anime effort put out the Halo Legends series isn’t half bad and contains anime shorts by a variety of studios giving their own spin on the Halo universe. There’s a lot of backstory to be had here such as the origins of the Forerunners, some of Master Chief’s early exploits, an ODST trooper short and some more backstory for the Arbiter. As I mentioned all of the animes are pretty brief so they don’t take too long to watch but they do help paint a better picture where the story is concerned.
2) Play Halo 3 matchmaking - Yep – good old fashioned multiplayer beat ‘em up! That’s how I spent my weekend getting in all those last kicks on Halo 3 before moving on for greener pastures. Halo 3′s multiplayer shooting is one online experience that really holds its own and there isn’t much out there nearly as competitive and well regarded as Halo 3′s team based warfare and although Modern Warfare games pitch a good fight I’d have to tip my hat to Halo 3 as being the premier online console shooter. Hundreds of thousands still play Halo 3 and many still even played Halo 2 up until its dying days. So round up your friends and take this last day to wipe up any newbs still lingering about.
1) Attend a Midnight Release event - They’re happening at game retailers across the US tonight. Midnight release events are a sure fire way to get pumped for Halo Reach. There’s nothing like hanging out with fellow enthusiasts the night before a Halo release. It’s been my personal tradition since the launch of Halo 2 and I’ve continued to do so ever since. Exchanging gamer tags with equally enthused fans, playing in mini-tournaments before the retail counters open, and waiting for those doors to blow off their hinges almost makes the wait worth it… almost. Because once you’ve got that cellophaned box of awesome in your hands there’s nothing like getting it home to your console and tearing into some Covenant bastards!
So – what version of the game did you pre-order?