Video Game Reviews: Halo: Reach and Bulletstorm

Halo: Reach

The Halo Trilogy might have ended a while ago, but there is more to Bungie’s unique, action packed universe than the Master Chief. We have also seen the release of Halo Wars and Halo: ODST, after all.

That said, Bungie are currently working on their last Halo title before they leave the Microsoft fold and join up with Activision.

Halo: Reach will present the player with a darker story. Set on the planet Reach, humanity’s last line of defense against the Covenant, Halo: Reach will tell the tale of Noble Team, a group of Spartan soldiers willing to lay their lives on the line to keep the enemy at bay. No, not those kind of Spartans… It’s Reach, not Sparta.

Bungie are promising a lot with this title. Not only will the player get to be a legendary Spartan soldier, but will also be able to take part in the biggest conflicts ever seen in the Halo universe. New weapons and abilities will be added to the familiar arsenal, all of which will help the player take on cunning AI enemies.

New technology will add to the experience, with stunning visuals combining with systems that exploit nextgen technology to its utmost. And let’s not forget the features that players love. Halo: Reach will feature four-player co-op, split screen support, saved films, screenshots and a bunch of other stuff that they haven’t revealed yet. It might be Bungie’s last Halo game, but it looks like Halo: Reach will also be their best. We’ll have to wait until half-way through September to find out.

At A Glance

Bungie are making big promises for Halo: Reach and, knowing their reputation, they’ll probably deliver.

Developer: Bungie

Publisher: Microsoft

Distributor: Microsoft

Platform:

Xbox 360

Bulletstorm

Bulletstorm is an over-the-top first person shooter that’s aiming at putting even more fun into making your friends go splat.

Creative designer Cliff Bleszinski describes the game as a mix between Duke Nukem and the popular TV series Firefly and promises fast paced action mixed in with quirky narrative.

The story takes place in future space, where former elite mercenaries have ended up as drunken pirates.

After an accident in space they end up trapped on a dangerous planet on the edge of the frontier.

Their mission: to escape the planet hopefully alive and with all body parts attached while mutants, mercenaries, vicious creatures and hungry plant life fight over the change to the menu.

The player controls the main character, Grayson Hunt, who is joined by his friend Ishi Sato in a desperate fight to escape the planet and maybe even get revenge on their old commander.

Epic Games have teamed up with developers People Can Fly (Painkiller fame) which just means we can expect boss encounters of biblical proportions.

Besides the obvious FPS weapons, Bulletstorm will also introduce their own special range to make potential kills a little more interesting. An example would be the flail gun that fires two grenades attached by a chain, which can be used for some interesting takedowns and kill combos.

Creative kill shots are encouraged and points will be earned for stylish kills which can be exchanged for upgrades to weapons or character abilities.

This is going to be one for the collection: a break from the totally serious, lots of over-the-top kill action and boss fights of note. No release date is announced as yet but players can expect Bulletstorm to only hit the shelves in 2011.

At A Glance:

A futuristic, violent romp across a 2011 distant, mutant-infested planet… what more could we ask for?

Developer: People Can Fly & Epic

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Distributor: EA Africa

Platform:

PC

Xbox360

PS3

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