Latest Halo: Reach gameplay runs at 30fps

February 18, 2010 by Ivan Cronyn  
Filed under Uncategorized, Xbox


Recent footage of Halo: Reach at Microsoft’s X10 press event are looking promising. A poster at Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry said:

Overall performance is extremely smooth during gameplay. Not only do we see a remarkably solid 30FPS in most clips, it’s clear that Bungie has added a great deal more in the way of post-processing work to the new engine. While Reach overall seems to run at the same frame-rate as Halo 3, it looks and probably feels smoother owing to a decent camera motion blur effect.

Only two clips – one cut-scene, one gameplay – show a consistent drop down to 20FPS. During the assassination scene (around 00:16), we do see torn frames though. It may well be the case that some clips have v-sync engaged, others don’t. We have to remember that this is alpha footage, and presumably there’s still a hell of a lot of optimisation to be done; however, it’s likely that the fundamental elements of the engine are now solid and the performance overall looks promising.

While overall capture quality of the clips is low even in Bungie’s own HD version, there are plenty of edges to measure and all of them seem to point towards a native resolution of 1152×720 for the new engine – a significant upgrade over Halo 3’s 1152×640. Anti-aliasing doesn’t appear to be employed, but the improvements in post-processing effects and resolution should make this far less noticeable than it was in Halo 3.

X10 News: Halo Reach Beta Dated

February 11, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Xbox

To get in on the beta for Halo Reach you will need a copy of Halo 3: ODST

Fresh from the X10 event in San Francisco, Bungie and Microsoft have unveiled the date for the much anticipated Halo Reach Beta.

Owners of Halo 3: ODST will be able to get their hands on the Reach Beta starting May 3rd 2010, providing that they still have the disc. Players will be able to access the beta through the ODST menu. Bungie have also released the cover art as well as minor details on the first map: “Powerhouse”. Expect more details to surface in the next few days. In the mean time, here’s a post on with more details: Bungie.

Also from the X10 event, Microsoft has announced release dates for Alan Wake (finally), Splinter Cell Conviction (again, finally), Lost Planet 2 and Dead Rising 2. The first 3 will all be out by May, with Dead Rising set for an August release. They also announced some Xbox Live Arcade releases including Perfect Dark, and confirmed that Fable III will be out this holiday season.

I’m sure you’ll hear more from us if any more big news comes out of there (Natal anyone?).

Spike VGAs 2009 Part 2: Previews and Announcementsfrom the

December 13, 2009 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Nintendo, PC, Playstation, Xbox

A preview of Halo Reach closed the show at last night's VGAs

A preview of Halo Reach closed the show at last night's VGAs

Spike TV’s VGAs were also used as a platform for a few big game announcements and previews, some of which were expected, others not so much.

First up we’ll tackle some of the big announcements. On the music front there was an announcement trailer for Green Day Rock Band which featured the band themselves announcing the game. It looks quite early in the production process but that should be out some time next year. Then there was the big Star Wars announcement that was teased, which turned out to be The Force Unleashed II. The trailer featured the voices of Darth Vader and Yoda, plus a monster that makes a Rancor look like a puny little bug. Finally there was Arkham Asylum 2, with many more villains and plenty to make those that loved the first one (many many people) look forward to the sequel.

Now on to the previews. There were quite a few but we’ll just look at the big ones. First there was a trailer for the new Medal of Honor game which looked very impressive (and uncannily like COD: Modern Warfare). The visuals in the trailer are stunning to say the least, it’s definitely worth checking out. Next there was a trailer for the next Prince of Persia title: “The Forgotten Sands” which relaunches the story of “Sands of Time” which looks impressive. Crackdown 2 was another game shown off, and the from the trailer it certainly looks that the second game will be even more fun than the original (which was pretty damn fun).

Then there was the big one that was being talked about all over the internet leading up to the VGAs: Halo Reach. Bungie’s next (and possibly last for a while at least) game in the massively popular franchise made its debut at Spike’s ceremony, and it definitely impressed. With over 2 minutes of in-game engine footage, it will certainly help build excitement for that multiplayer beta coming next year. Make sure you keep your copy of Halo 3 ODST…

To see all the trailers and stuff head to

Halo Reach Beta Will Sell ODST

September 19, 2009 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Xbox

A key to the Halo Reach Beta will come packed in with Halo 3 ODST which release next week

A key to the Halo Reach Beta will come packed in with Halo 3 ODST which is released next week

According to Stephen McGill, Head of Entertainment at Xbox, the Halo Reach beta will be a big selling feature for ODST. He believes that it will exceed the success of the Halo 3 multiplayer beta being packed in with Crackdown, which I know was a big selling point for me personally.

This is what he said:

“The only way to access this beta will be through the Halo 3: ODST disc, so we feel there’s another extremely compelling reason for both fans and newcomers to the franchise to experience Halo 3: ODST,” he said.

“We saw the success of this mechanic with the Halo 3 multiplayer beta that came on the Crackdown game disc and the continued sales momentum and excitement generated around that title throughout its lifecycle, and we fully expect Halo 3: ODST to exceed that achievement.

“It’s a great way to extend the shelf life of the title at retail, and allows us to deliver some cool and creative sustained marketing activity around the game throughout 2010.”

Personally I believe that most people that will be interested in Reach will also be interested in ODST, so I don’t think it will have quite the same impact as the Halo 3 Beta. Only time will tell…