Halo: Reach beta is go, go, go!

Monday, 3rd May 2010 18:14 GMT By Johnny Cullen


The multiplayer beta for Halo: Reach is now a go! Repeat, it’s a go!

The heads-up came from the Halo Waypoint Twitter just now.

“The Halo: Reach beta can now be accessed through your Halo 3: ODST campaign disc. #Reach”

The download for the multiplayer taster comes in at 1.15Gb, so best get in there fast before the servers turn into a clusterfuck.

Why are you still reading this? Boot up ODST and go download it!



  1. Johnny Cullen

    One percent done!

    Just 99 percent to go!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. onlineatron

    Why was I so foolish to think there would not be a download?

    5% done!

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Roybott

    43% :) actually downloading at a reasonable speed!

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Johnny Cullen

    Three percent!

    #4 5 years ago
  5. onlineatron


    #5 5 years ago
  6. daytripper

    will work for code

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Johnny Cullen

    Ten percent!

    90 percent to go!

    #7 5 years ago
  8. _S_E_R_G_

    too bat consoles hasn’t torrent clients)

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Syrok

    /VG247 frontpage 8 hours later

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Boris Fett

    Your internet connection sucks, Johnny.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Mike

    Got it. PLayed it. Bored with it.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Question. I’m getting my new 360 today with ODST included. Do you think i’ll get the beta code and if so, can I still join the beta?

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Boris Fett

    Any first hand edition of ODST should work.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Enkeixpress

    Boring.. I ain’t going to download & play it.

    Halo sucks now.. Always has done, really..

    #14 5 years ago
  15. reask

    30% done.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Johnny Cullen

    Seriously Syrok, you’re full of awesome.

    Never leave. :D

    In other news: 26 percent!!!

    It’s actually going a lot faster then my download of the Halo 3 beta.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Dralen



    #17 5 years ago
  18. onlineatron

    That’s amazing Syrok… most humorous thing i’ve seen all day… and i’ve been playing Sam & Max for the majority of it!

    Managed two games before something fishy happened with the servers; first Halo game I’ve enjoyed since CE.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Johnny Cullen

    41 percent!!!

    #19 5 years ago
  20. onlineatron


    #20 5 years ago
  21. polygem

    never been a huge halo fan but enjoyed the reach beta this far. the abilities are pretty cool. headhunter is awesome….will need more time to find out if i will become a believer….there are (of course) some glitches and bugs, but overall the new changes they made are very welcome…

    #21 5 years ago
  22. onlineatron

    I didn’t realise Headhunter was in the Beta build =/

    Agreed on the polish, of course it will happen but right now there are just odd things missing; When you pick up a health kit there’s no sound effect.

    The graphics aren’t up to much either, I know it’s the multiplayer but I assumed a flagship Halo game (this far into the generation) would be a bit more of a stunner.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Johnny Cullen

    60 percent!

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Freek

    Servers seem to be a bitt overloaded. Played 5 games and coulden’t get in anymore.

    Loving the jetpack, verry satisfying to get a long range weapon, hop on a roof top and provide covering fire for the rest of the team.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Patrick Garratt

    @9 :D

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Johnny Cullen

    82 percent!

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Johnny Cullen

    90 percent!!!

    Ten percent to go!

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Johnny Cullen

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Pyrix

    Mine went quickly until 80% but then slowed considerably. It took longer to get from 80 to 100 than from 0 to 80.

    Anyway, the game is fun, and while it definitely feels like Halo 3 (graphics, methods of killing (shooting then beating down) and most gametypes) there are clearly differences and additions like the armour abilities, of which Armour Lock for Guard is VERY ANNOYING. The Stockpile gametype is quite original and fun, but I still am yet to play Invasion which sounds great (is it on the Beta?).

    I’m miffed that there’s only two maps, and some of the weapons like the Plasma Grenade Launcher and that Sentinel Beam-like weapon are very overpowered, but overall it’s fun to play and the final version should be even better assuming they fix a few bugs (such as there not being an indicator for where to take the flag unless you look directly at the place, i.e. there is no arrow on the side of the screen like for where their flag is).

    Matchmaking was slow for me earlier, and sometimes it spits out that either ‘Cannot connect to server’ or ‘loading information’ but that’s due to the high server load I imagine.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Moonwalker1982

    Beta is NO NO!

    And with that i mean is that it’s full of errors and shit at this time. I had one game, it was fun, and then it showed another map loading screen and it stayed there, i couldn’t go back to main menu or anything, i had to go to the dashboard again and restart it.

    Now i’m only getting ‘ Server unaivable at this time, try later’ .

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Gekidami

    Overloaded no doubt.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. manamana

    Servers are so down.
    Game is so hot.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Moonwalker1982

    A mate of mine said i have to remove the beta and download again, it fixed the problem for him. I highly doubt it, but why not try, right? Can’t play anyway.

    I heard from another friend that Bungie said that the server was ready for milions of this is rather bullshitty but ah well.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. manamana

    bungie statement: “Yup, the backend servers are getting hammered.”

    #34 5 years ago
  35. onlineatron

    Surprise surprise!
    A new multiplayer game’s servers are malfunctioning!


    You’d think Bungie would have been able to gauge the demand of the servers by how many copies of ODST had sold.

    Even if they didn’t have that data… it’s a HALO game ffs! Build the best damn servers that have ever existed or prepared to be hammered!

    #35 5 years ago
  36. onlineatron

    Oh also… has the intro video for the beta confirmed First person vehicles?!

    #36 5 years ago
  37. manamana

    Right. They could have built a new marketing-record, like xx-games in xx-hours.
    Well, they ruined it.
    Better go multiplat, bungie.
    Sonys Serverfarms are waiting.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. manamana

    @36 tron: Drool FPV. And sprint. SPRINT! Finally.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Moonwalker1982

    Nothing but shit….sigh.

    It’s now either…..

    Playlist data pending download…resulting in nothing.


    This playlist is currently unaivable. Please try another playlist

    #39 5 years ago
  40. ninjanutta

    should be reach beta is no-no-no not go-go-go.waited for 5mins and couldnt get into a match so i switched off which kinda fucked with my box,couldnt get back to dash,just got black screen and had to power off completely,im leaving this alone for a few days to let the shitstorm settle,can see this causing a lot of problems,maybe even hardware with the strange black screen lock ups etc.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. onlineatron

    I just managed to get a game!

    Touch me for I am golden!

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Moonwalker1982

    Yeah, probably just one game, like i had. Then it started loading a new map, only to stay there, i couldn’t even go back to the main menu. Had to push guide and back to dashboard. It better be better tomorrow…shiiiiit.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. onlineatron

    I got several games in the end… There was a moment where we were stuck in a playlist selection cycle, but it soon sorted itself out to provide us a few matches.

    Good game (:

    #43 5 years ago
  44. Moonwalker1982

    There’s always tomorrow for me, it’s really time to get some sleep now…:)

    I only played one map…i think it was powerhouse, sure hope there are some others.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. DJ Deathstar

    Just had a few hours on the beta, tis awesome! There was a dodgy period earlier where it just wouldn’t let you search for games in a party but that seemed to sort itself out and had a blast playing some headhunter!

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Johnny Cullen

    Got about half an hour’s worth of playtime in.

    Just for multiplayer alone, and bare in mind this is a beta, I am starting to see Keighley may have some cause in calling it the biggest title of 2010.

    #46 5 years ago
  47. SunKing

    Probably missing something, but it just seems like Halo 3 with jetpacks and unlockable costumes. Will hopefully get some more time to play it next Friday.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. frostquake

    USA Here:
    Took 3 Hours to Download when normally it takes just a few minutes…but once downloaded worked great, matchmaking with friends was easy!

    Slayer and Grab all the Flags were all that were available at the time, with 3 different Maps.

    Graphics look very VERY good. Grab the flags was ok, though I am SOOOOooooo Tired of Flag Anything.

    Being able to play an Elite was Fun…the run like an animal is great!

    Looking forward to Generator..a-la Quake.

    No Hiccups when playing…kind of amazing considering it was day one. Credits Concept a nice welcome.

    The only Negative here..3 hour download…but once I got it all was fine!!

    #48 5 years ago
  49. Blerk

    Heh. Switch on last night – 18 friends online! 15 of whom were playing the Reach beta.

    /felt left out


    #49 5 years ago
  50. DJ Deathstar


    3 maps? I thought Sword Base and Powerhouse were the only 2 maps available at the moment?

    #50 5 years ago

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