NO SPOILERS PLEASE, AS I HAVE JUST STARTED.
Ok, I would like Single Player Campaign Comments, only please. No Co-op, No Multi-Player...Just comments if you are going to play SP by yourself, please.
I wasn't going to buy Reach, but the Wife surprised me with a copy, because she had thought I wanted it. I am playing SP, Solo, on Normal so far.
I can't place a finger on it, but there is something very wrong with the beginning of the SP Campaign, and I can't place my finger on it? Could it be that there is no sense of urgency, or foreboding?
Voice Work: WOW...it is bad, Really Bad. There are segments where people are calling for help, saying that there is "Covenant on Reach!" or they are "under attack." It is done in such a monotone voice, I wonder if they just took the first take or the guy was on lithium?
Graphics: Wow, there are some really bad, bad graphical locations. I like to explore and look around, not always following the chosen path. Looking over edges, show, well Smears?? You will have this flow of graphics, and then what appears to be a tear or jaggie, looks like it is just filled in, and not with the correct color palette. Like a Chocolate frosted cake that had White Frosting to fill in places where you just couldn't get the cake to fit together. Even walking up Hills and looking between rocks, this is noticeable.
Music: FIRST I love to play a game with the Music turned off, all the way through, through the first play through. I prefer to listen to nature and the ambient sounds of the world I am in. PLEASE if anyone knows, HOW to TURN OFF the Music let me know. I keep checking and I can't find anywhere I can turn the Music off. Just turning the TV volume down would remove the ambient and nature noises that I like to hear. I mean if we were really doing this, the true soundtrack would be the life going on around me, not a music soundtrack.
Also, the music when playing can sometimes be quite a distraction, from jungle drum beats to rock to electronic...it just feels, slightly askew for some reason.
AI: Wow AI is Bad Really, Really Bad. I have No control over my team, I can't ask them to stay put, while I try to maneuver into a sniper position to take out some grunts. Instead while I am sneaking behind a rock, my 3 AI team-mates rush in and kill everyone. Often time I am exploring and I see them rush forward and hear gun fire and by the time I get there, it is all done.
Crouching: Why can't I stay crouched?? This is common sense in all FPS, you can crouch by just pushing a button, and guess what you STAY CROUCHED!! But not here, I have to keep the button pushed if I want to stay crouched, and if you want to lay down and sneak on your belly, forget about it. Ok, Maybe I am really, stupid, but if you know how I can crouch, Permanently, let me know, PLEASE!!
The Reach Farm Rover: Hmmm, permanent skidding, and horrible control, worse then the Warthog.
Water: The water is UGLY, and very Fake...simple as that
So Far, overall...I am starting to feel that Bungie, really didn't want to do another Halo Game? Maybe they were ready to move away from Microsoft. I get the sense, that Bungie just said, lets get this out as quick as possible so we can move on to something else.
Everyone keeps Hailing this as the Best Halo Game Yet! Really, REALLY, I don't see it. In Fact, I think it worse, much worse. It just feels like a game that was "called in" with no real effort. The Hype definitely is much bigger then the game.
Ok, I could be wrong, it could get much, MUCH better, I am hoping so. I am having a very hard time playing for any length of time. The first play was 45 minutes, the Second Play was 30 minutes. I am still very early in the game, as I said before I am taking my time and walking around, but there is something wrong, something very wrong. I feels like I have stepped back in gaming, almost like this would be the first title with all the things I mentioned above being bugs and problems that would be fixed by a seasoned team by the final game. I am really surprised with all the flaws this game has, as if it was handed over to another developer.
Ok so What do you think. Please don't Troll or Flame...I am hoping you all are going to tell me that it gets much better, and the pacing picks up, and it gets better looking, and the voice work gets better, and so forth?? What do you all think??
Remember I am only talking about SP with AI, and No Co-op, just playing yourself and then allowing the AI to control the others.
Please NO SPOILERS...Thank you