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Halo: Reach Beta Preview

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Dan is a moderator in our live community chat room who goes by the name of Guru_Meditation. As an avid gamer and radio personality in the UK, I knew he was the perfect person to review the beta of Halo: Reach I received from Bungie. Judging by what you see in this video, this newest iteration of the popular game is going to fly off the shelves when it is finally released later this year.

Halo: Reach is a first-person shooter game set in the year 2552, where humanity is locked in a war with the alien Covenant. In the game, players control Noble 6, a member of an elite supersoldier squad, during a battle for the human world of Reach.

Back in Halo 3, players weilded single-use equipment powerups that gave temporary offensive (or defensive) advantages. This system has been replaced in Reach with reusable armor abilities. Those armor abilities will stay with a player until replaced by you. Amongst the new abilities, you’ll find a jetpack, active camo, sprint and armor lock. Armor lock is pretty cool: it makes you invincible in exchange for loss of mobility.

If rumors are to be believed, this will be the final version of the Halo series EVER. If this is true, Dan feels it’s a perfect way to end things… on the note of the prequel. Halo: Reach is set in a time period prior to that of the original game.

Dan says that he’s read a lot of negative commentary about this version. Apparently, there are many gamers complaining that Bungie “dumbed-down” the multi-player mode a lot in this game and removed many strategic elements to focus more on action. But if you’re a newcomer to multi-player modes, you’re able to get into the game much more quickly.

The beta was due to end Monday night. Bungie released an announcement just a couple of hours ago, though: the beta has been extended! According to Bungie’s Brian Jarrard, “Our official plans as of now are to turn off the Reach beta on Thursday, 5/20 at 10 AM PDT.”

Dan feels strongly that gaming companies should step up to the plate and offer more beta games in this manner. It not only gives them a larger audience to help them iron out the kinks prior to release… it gets people excited about the game. Dan and I both predict that Halo: Reach is going to be a huge hit. More than one million people signed up for the beta on day 1, and the game broke into the top four most-played games on Xbox Live during the first week.

Thanks, Dan, for an excellent screencast and a fun look inside Halo: Reach. How many of you are now waiting impatiently for the game to be released this fall? Will you be grabbing a copy for yourself?

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Top 5 Shooters for Xbox 360

Geek!This is Danny Minick’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

These are my choices for the top 5 shooters for the Xbox 360. Please note all games carry the ESRB Mature rating (17+).

  1. Gears of War 2 – This game was epic. The storyline is nothing short of excellent; the weapon choice is top notch, and the aim extremely accurate. This, in my opinion, is the perfect shooter for the Xbox 360 console. The best weapon in the game is the one you start out with: The Lancer. Not only does it tear the enemy apart when in use, it has a saw at the end of the gun itself. Ran out of bullets? Use the saw! The saw sprays a bloody mess all over your character (as well as the TV screen) as it rips the enemy’s guts out and slays the bodies into many pieces. If you have an Xbox 360, this is a must-have title. Epic studios did an awesome job, which is why this game has the number one spot on my Top Five.
  2. Call of Duty: World at War – This game is excellent in shooting. The weapons are totally new and I was highly impressed. Through most of the game, you use German made weapons, which are very powerful. The aim is wonderful and very accurate. You do tend to run out of ammo often, but that’s why they equipped you with a knife. One swipe to the enemy kills them instantly, making it just as fun and as shooting them. The storyline is fairly good, especially if you like World War 2 history.
  3. Rainbow Six Vegas 2 – Another Tom Clancy installment, Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is a sequel and a flop. The storyline is beyond bland, the weapon choice is nothing special, and the graphics are nothing to drool about. The game gives you standard military weapons like the AK-47 and some grenades to throw. The storyline is absolutely boring but the aim is better, though in some situations, you are better off shooting freely. The weapon choice is better than Grand Theft Auto IV, but the storyline lacks. Ubisoft and Tom Clancy failed miserably in this installment.
  4. Grand Theft Auto IV – As much as I personally hate it, Grand Theft Auto IV comes in fourth. The aiming is just fine. You simply hold the LT button and it auto aims, which is something Saint’s Row 2 lacked. The weapon choice is the same dried-out choices we have had in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The graphics in this game beat the others from the past, but sometimes pretty isn’t everything. Give us something new next time, Rockstar!
  5. Saint’s Row 2 – Though Saint’s Row 2 is a very fun and highly addictive game, the shooting stance is a little elementary. There is no aim; you simply use the circle in the middle of the screen to aim on something. If you want to shoot at someone that’s to the right of you, you literally have to move the screen with your joystick. The weapon choice is decent with no special guns. The best gun to choose is probably the shotgun, since it takes out innocent citizens of Stillwater with one blow.

Do you get Involved in Online FPS?

Michael sent in the following tips for how to get into a online FPS… and not ending up annoying everyone else on the server.

  • Don’t Bunny Hop There is nothing more annoying than coming up against a Bunny Hopper. Imagine if you come up against an opposing player, and you fire off first. Normally in this case, the kill is yours. A Bunny Hopper jumps around like crazy, making it almost impossible to hit them. It is infuriating, and a lot of servers will say somewhere they don’t allow it.
  • Don’t use the ‘n00b tube’ The n00b tube is a name mainly given to explosive weaponry, such as a rocket launcher or a grenade launcher. It’s cheap, and there’s nothing that can be done to stop it. It annoys people… as out of nowhere something will explode at their feet, ending any run they may have been on. There’s nothing that can be done to stop or forsee it. A more specific example would be random grenade throwing in Call of Duty 4. This can be infuriating.
  • Accusing people Just because someone is good, don’t accuse them of cheating. This is a sure-fire way to annoy people on a server. Remember, most games these days have anti cheating measures for online play. If someone were cheating, chances are they won’t be on the server for long.
  • Join a clan This is a great way to find people to play with on a server, and to improve your skills. Most clans will require you to have software such as Teamspeak or Ventrillo for communication purposes. For this, a headset or mic is pretty much essential.
  • Don’t camp (unless you’re a sniper) This will infuriate people, and more than likely get you killed repeatedly. I ask you… where is the fun in staking out in one location for the duration of a game? If you’re a sniper, this is acceptable in places as it’s what snipers do.
  • Don’t mic spam This will annoy other people on the server, and more than likely get you kicked. If you continue, you can also get permanently banned from competing on the server.
  • Don’t worry about your skill level When most people first start out, they will feel very conscious of their skill level. This doesn’t help when you have people who often call others ‘noob’ or something to that effect. Remember everyone starts somewhere, and it’s just a bit of fun.
  • Don’t go AFK for a long period of time and stay connected Not only does it annoy your team mates, and bring glee to opposing snipers… but it also takes up a slot that could be better used by someone who’s actually wanting to play the game.
  • Don’t be afraid of joining in on the chat This is a great way to make yourself known on a server and become recognized. This will also ensure that there’s always a server you can go to that will be full of people who will be friendly towards you.
  • Respect and abide by the servers rules You chose to go on their server, so you can abide by their rules. This often involves things such as no bad language, no bunny hopping, camping or anything else considered cheap or that can detract from other users enjoyment of a game. If you don’t abide by their rules, you deserve to be kicked. It’s just common sense, and a bit of courtesy.