Halo Reach: Boneyard, Invasion and Much, Much More!

Hey everyone! Bungie has just released some great info on Halo Reach this week! We will be talking about Invasion, Boneyard, Loadouts, vehicles, and weapons on Boneyard, Controls, and much more! So lets get started!

Below is an area of Boneyard in March.

When the Bungie teams got thier hands on this place, they turned it into this:

Amazing what Bungie did with the map in only a few months. No extra space was added and this is the same area. Bungie informs that The first space you need to be familiar with is the exterior expanse set Continue reading

Halo Reach Multiplayer Beta Info Overload

Information on the new Halo Reach Beta has really been kept on the down-low by Bungie. Yeah a few weapons and Armor Abilites have been revealed, but nothing really along the lines of the Multiplayer Beta. Well Halo Reach fans, that’s all about to change!

With the Multiplayer Beta, four new Halo Maps arrive. The four maps are called: Overlook, Swordhouse, Powerhouse and Boneyard.

Above is a picture of the map titled Powerhouse

Lars Bakken, on the Multiplayer Beta team with Bungie describes the new map Powerhouse:

“You know, I’m really growing to love Powerhouse. That’s kind of our outdoor, pioneer aesthetic — which is what the pioneer structures look like on Reach. The artists have done a lot of work background concepting what that space would look like. Those buildings and that area of Reach and that particular map I find really fun to run around in. It’s kind of a cool nice, breezy outdoor space. I love the sightlines in it and I love the mix of indoor and outdoor combat that you get in it. It’s quickly becoming my favorite in the Beta maps.”

This map is said to be designed for a new gametype engineered by Bungie. It’s called 4 on 4 Slayer which is pretty self explanitory. (Teams of 4 fight each other)

As most gamers found, the graphic change from Halo 3 to Halo 3: ODST did not seem that great. Let me put it in simple terms: The Graphics Did Not Change At All! Although, in Halo Reach, the entire graphics system and engine has changed! Basically, the graphics will be amazing compared to Halo 3.

Inside of Powerhouse

Here is an example of the detail put into these maps. As you move closer to an object, detail is created. Though, as you begin to move away, detail disapears.

Halo Reach focuses on making all players happy. It includes both large and small maps. If you are a fan of “small, intence maps” you won’t be dissapointed.

Picture of multiplayer map titles Bonyard
We won’t be talking much about this map becuase Bungie decided to keep this map a secret. Of course, in the near future, detail will be dished out. But for now this is all we got. Boneyard is described as completely crazy and one of the biggest maps bungie has done. Apparently, it was inspired by the Beaches in Bangladesh. So, I guess we will just have to wait for Bungie to reveil more detail.
Picture of Map titles Overlook
Alright, moving along to the next map brings us to Overlook. Shown by the screenshot, Overlook looks like a nice open map that can make a Multiplayer Experience even better! Overlook is actually an area in the campaign of Reach that was taken out, changed a bit, and put into the Multiplayer beta. These changes were necassary to simply make the Multiplayer Beta Experience more enjoyable.
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Picutre of Multiplayer map titled Swordbase
If you ask me, Swordbase looks like a very “interesting” map. It looks like a map that some people will either hate or love. It has the enclosed look that only certain people enjoy. I like open maps such as Overlook.

Swordhouse

Like I said, Swordhouse looks very enclosed, but Bungie is here to make all fans enjoy Halo Reach. Swordhouse looks enclosed, but really is a 5 story complex map perfect for sniping and camping. I would not suggest running out like a maniac becuase that will not work. Be ready to fight more tactically!

On these kinds of maps, gamers must be concerend about the power of Armor Abilities. Bungie is doing thier best to try and contain these not make the Armor Abilities too controlling. Jet Packs will beable to get you into places that most people will not beable to get into. Though Bungie is trying to limit the “cheapness” get ready for a completely new gameplay. Any kind of new type of mass power will result in a new gameplay.

Here is another look at Boneyard. Boneyard will be used mostely for as a vehicle map. Get ready to see new gameplay, new weapons and sweet to vehicles come May 3rd when the Beta kicks off. See you then!