We will tell the story of Halo, one of the most popular series in the gaming world. Then we will examine Halo Reach, the beginning of the story.
Halo is one of the most discussed productions in the gaming world since its release. There are those who dislike the series as well as those who love it. While some consider the game as a depthless shoot and go game, others consider it a masterpiece with the universe it creates and the story behind it. I think both sides have their share of truth, but let’s save these thoughts for the general evaluation section.
Let’s say from the beginning, the release dates are different, but if you want to play the story from the beginning in the order in which it is told, the order of playing Halo is as follows:
Order to Play Halo
- Halo Reach
- Halo: Combat Evolved
- Halo 2
- Halo 3
- Halo 4
- Halo 5
Of course, there are other Halo games, big and small, that come out in different genres and run parallel to the story. However, the main story consists of the games above. Now let’s come to the story of Halo, which is not found on the internet or is told in a mess with unnecessary details. In order to increase your motivation to play the game and not to spoil the surprise, it is possible to tell the story as follows.
The Story of Halo
In the 2500s, people discovered a faster travel method than the speed of light and began to colonize new planets with the developing technology. However, reaching different planets has also increased natural resources, and democratic stability has deteriorated, and a loose universe has emerged in which irregularities prevail and separatist organizations are formed.
An international organization called UNSC Commonwealth (United Nations Space Command), which is equipped with many powers, which is a mixture of NATO and the United Nations, has been established to ensure control between these universes. The organization created the Spartan, an advanced military unit equipped with special technologies, although it was met with much controversy in order to maintain order in the universe.
While this political order, which is very close to being dystopian, continues like this, humanity will realize that it is not alone in the universe. Seven different races, called The Covenant, will attack us on the grounds that we have destroyed the sacred relics, and will engage in genocide on all human planets to destroy all humanity in the universe.
The planet Reach in the game, which is the subject of the review, is one of the planets where the genocide took place and is the military center of UNSC, the last remaining stronghold of humanity. Throughout the game, the Spartans tried to evacuate people by saving what they could from the falling planet Reach, but they were unsuccessful. Only one ship (The Pillar of Autumn) manages to escape from the planet Reach, along with the artificial intelligence named Cortana, who is thought to be humanity’s last hope.
The story of Halo Reach, in which we brought to life the character of Noble 6 from the Spartan group, is here. After that, we see The Pillar of Autumn, the only ship to escape, by blind leap and accidentally finding herself next to a gas cloud (Really by chance? Artificial intelligence Cortana?). There is only one oddity. A giant ring with a diameter of 16,000 kilometers can be seen around this gas cloud. This is our first encounter with Halo, but the events are described in Halo Combat Evolved.
First of all, the atmosphere of the Halo universe is really incredibly successful. From the music to the cutscenes, from the cutscenes to the moments in the game when the giant ships are falling, there is a tremendous atmosphere.
Yes, the script provides a long-term experience that is really deep and structured layer by layer. However, the logic of shoot and go can sometimes get boring if you are playing alone with your friends, not as a team.
This story, which I sense subtle breezes from Battlestar Galactica, allows me to experience every vehicle from ship to helicopter, from ATV to Jeep. Depending on the situation, first-person or third-person camera angles also add dynamism to the game, but I have to say that this dynamism is not enough for you if you are playing the game alone.
In the meantime, for those who want to experience a scripted game with a team, I highly recommend the Tom Clancy’s Division series from Ubisoft or Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, where you can also make plenty of tactical progress.
Halo Reach Review
Briefly My Opinion
It is a game that you will love if you experience it with your friends, but if you play it alone, you will not find it very immersive despite its magnificent atmosphere and story.