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Halo Reach Achievement Points Released in Full!

So here they are, finally the entire list of Reach gamer points revealed by Bungie. All 49 of the beauties! I like the sound of number 26,’that’s a knife’ which might a reference to the classic movie, Crocodile Dundee


Be warned, dear halo fan, reading this list may give away some of the game’s plot line…

  1. Completed the Campaign on Normal difficulty.
  2. Completed the Campaign on Heroic difficulty.
  3. Completed the Campaign on Legendary difficulty.
  4. Completed every mission in Halo: Reach alone, on Legendary.
  5. Completed the 2nd mission on Normal or harder.
  6. Completed the 3rd mission on Normal or harder.
  7. Completed the 4th mission on Normal or harder.
  8. Completed the 5th mission on Normal or harder.
  9. Completed the 6th mission on Normal or harder.
  10. Completed the 7th mission on Normal or harder.
  11. Completed the 8th mission on Normal or harder.
  12. Completed the 9th mission on Normal or harder.
  13. Completed the 10th mission on Normal or harder.
  14. Cleared the 2nd mission without setting foot in a drivable vehicle.
  15. Killed 2 vehicles at once with the Target Locator in the 3rd mission.
  16. Hijacked a Banshee during the Reach Campaign.
  17. Killed the Elite Zealot before he escaped during the 5th mission.
  18. Performed an Assassination against an Elite to survive a fall that would’ve been fatal.
  19. Destroyed the Corvette’s engines & escort in under 3 minutes in the 6th mission on Heroic or harder.
  20. Finished the 9th mission on Legendary with the Scorpion intact.
  21. Earned a Triple Kill while Jetpacking in Campaign, Firefight or Matchmaking.
  22. Killed 7 Moa during the 2nd mission of the Campaign.
  23. Killed 3 of the anti-aircraft batteries during the 8th mission.
  24. Used a Health Pack to replenish life after taking body damage.
  25. Performed an Assassination on an enemy.
  26. Killed 10 enemies in a Firefight or Campaign session with the M6G pistol.
  27. Killed 10 enemies in a Firefight or Campaign session with the DMR.
  28. Traded weapons with an AI ally in Campaign.
  29. Killed 10 enemies in Firefight or Campaign with a supercombine explosion.
  30. Let a teammate spawn on you 5 times in an Invasion Matchmaking game.
  31. Earned a First Strike Medal in a Matchmaking game.
  32. Won a game of Invasion in the 1st phase.
  33. Earned a Killing Spree in multiplayer Matchmaking.
  34. Earned a Killionaire medal in Firefight.
  35. As an Elite, killed 5 Spartan players in Matchmaking.
  36. Scored 15,000 points in Score Attack Firefight Matchmaking.
  37. Scored 50,000 points in a Firefight game.
  38. Scored 200,000 points in a Firefight game.
  39. Scored 1,000,000 points in a Firefight game.
  40. Completed a Firefight set on Legendary without dying.
  41. Purchased an item from the Armory that required the rank of Lt. Colonel.
  42. Reached the rank of Corporal in the UNSC.
  43. Reached the rank of Captain in the UNSC.
  44. Used the File Browser to upload a file to your File Share.
  45. Completed all of the Daily Challenges in a given day.
  46. Purchased an item from the Armory.
  47. Recommended a file to someone.
  48. Advanced a Commendation to a Silver state.
  49. Completed a Weekly Challenge.

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Halo Reach News Round Up

As the release date for Halo: Reach draws closer and closer more and more more information and news is getting released to build excitement and get the fans wet with glee. The biggest thing for me this week was the release of a short campaign trailer The Battle Begins. It was a great insight into how epic in scale Reach might be – remember how Halo 3 was touted as a huge space battle in which to Finish the Fight? Reach might actually be that game.

Of course to play Reach you might want to play it on the 250 gig Xbox Reach Console

which has been made specifically as a game tie in. Controllers and the like can be found on the ultimate Buy Halo Reach page – all goods are bought through Amazon so you know it’s safe online trading!

Comic Con came and went and we got to see all kinds of awesome Halo cosplay – there was a sweet panel with Bungie staffers that showed of Versus mode in Firefight. Forgeworld was unveiled and the map is just insanely massive is scope – it’s almost most a limitless platform for making custom halo maps and game types.

I also found some images of new maps, including Reflection.

And finally Frankie appears to have confirmed that the Master Chief will be back, just not in Reach……oh something else important happend too… Reach’s gamer points list was released!

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Why I’m Looking forward to Halo: Reach

Why I’m Looking forward to Reach being released

Halo is my new Star Wars. Luke and Leia were my cool buddies back in the day and over the last 5 years or so its been 117 and Cortana. I know the cute couple are Lost in Space somewhere so I need new friends and I think Jorge is gonna be that friend. In all the Halo Reach promo stuff the dude just looks awesomely heroic.

I’m looking forward to coming across Buck again as he was kinda cool in ODST, in fact you could almost say he was that game’s Han Solo.

I’m looking forward to playing on the Ascension map remake that can be found in Forge World. Rocket grabs, sniper pissing contests and camping with the shotgun in the nooks and crannies were some of my most favoured Halo 2 things on that Map.

I’m looking foward to a totally new story. Halo: Reach is not simply a retelling of the novel The Fall of Reach, it’s a new chapter inthe universe. It’s unexplored terrortory and you just know it’s going to make way more sense that any of the pa-lava served up in Gears of War


Space is supposedly the final frontier. In terms of the Halo uiverse, Bungie have cracked it and now we are going to be able to pilot a space ship in a Halo game. It’s like we get to fly around in an A-Wing, taking down the Emperor’s finest pilots.

I’m looking forward to driving around fire rockets from my Warthog:

I’m looking forward to awesome assassination moves (though I’m wondering if they might result in me getting killed more!) I’m looking forward to the new weapons and let’s face it, I’m gagging for matching making abilities for Firefight. I feel we got sold a pup for ODST

‘s Firefight – let’s hope Bungie have learnt their lesson and if they haven’t been able to deliver and idea they haven’t mentioned it!

I’m also looking forward to Halo: Reach because I may have done my dash with Halo 3 multiplayer – after being spoiled to bits by the Beta test programme, Halo 3 just isn’t the same online these days – that’s not to say the campaign isn’t worth of another run through! And that said, I did a Combat Evolved run through some months ago to get back into the Halo zone and I still loved it – Halo 2 kept the magic, Halo 3 Finished the Fight, ODST was a fun round around the park, I want Reach to have some magic that is greater than the sum of its parts like CE, and given what we’ve seen, I suspect Bungie may have given us the game they really wanted Halo 3 to be…and that’s what I’m really looking forward to.

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So Halo Fans do you want the good news? We got youtubes of Reach Slayer matches:

Zealot – player’s not too shabby

Here’s the one I mucked up earlier this week: Zealot

Also there’s a boat load of Halo videos on youtube worth of a watch: Asylum Map

Or this fan made trailer which utilised promotional Halo game pieces including cuts from ODST and Halo Wars.

And and epic in length fan trailer in the same vein:

Nice work boys! and nice work to the people that acutally made the cut scenes and promo efforts! I reckon half the fun of the Halo game is waiting for the release! I’d make one myself, were it so easy….

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Outpost details

Hands-On New Halo: Reach Maps

Outpost map details stolen straight from G4TV

  • Trades the sleek purple Covenant lines for a dusty and desolate location in the middle of nowhere.
  • Hilly terrain means lots of cover and lots of places to toss a grenade over.
  • Massive Covenant gun huddles on the hillside overlooking the map.
  • Central building has a small but fairly defendable location if you cover all the entrances. Just watch out for grenades.
  • Ordnance spawns will force you out in the open.
  • One of the locations on this map is called “ONI Road,” a nice little nod to another Bungie project. (That’s a sweet Easter Egg!)
  • Scattered containers and debris provide decent coverage for coordinated attacks
  • Best bet: Hole up in the central building, and cover all the exits. Watch for grenades and spawn outside the building if you die so you can clean baddies off the outside.
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1 Nothing?

Is it me or has’s Halo Reach coverage of Halo Reach been pretty light in contrast to what they had for the release of Halo 3? What’s the matter 1Up? Did you piss off Lukems?

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We’ll be havin’ some fun under the Boardwalk

Video of multiplayer action on the Halo Reach Maps, Boardwalk and Countdown…

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Remember ODST?

In preparation for the release, I’ve been reflecting on the previous Halo games – here’s my thoughts on re runs of Halo 3 and CE. Below is my first impression of ODST, I think my comments are still the same a year later. What do you think? I do love how this game had ‘Remember Reach’ graffitied on the walls through out the game and that is now a phrase being used to promote Halo Reach.

the team of ODST soldiers from Halo 3 ODST

So as I did with Halo 3, I went and got my hands on ODST at midnight. I arrived at EB Games early was confronted with lots of teenagers with acne, Lord of the Rings fans and a seriously troubling amount of goatee beards. What singled me out from them? Perhaps it was my mum didn’t drop me off…
So with two bottles of V, and a packet of Twisties I was set to jump in and be a … Helljumper.
Game setting: Heroic, No skulls. Attitude: keen to explore a little, keeping it clean, mostly interested in the story.

The Review:
An interesting opening scene falls way to a very dull start. Walk around Mombassa, find a few things, shoot a few things. The real action of ODST is the vignettes where the Rookie (you) gets to play in the scenes where the Rookie is piecing together traces what has gone on in the past 6 hours. Bungie step up big time in this regard and deliver some remarkably fun set pieces to play. Blowing up bridges, heavy defence scenarios, sniping, strange looking creatures and decent enemy AI means some seriously fun engagments. I did however find wandering through Mombassa slow going and quite dull at times. If I had to call fault on one thing, it’s how Bungie consistently fail to present decent face detail for their human characters in the Halo series.

halo odst battle shot

The music was very different to previous Halo games. There was no cast back to previous Halo themes here. When playing as the Rookie, the music was moody with saxophones. When belting out the pain to attacking Brutes and Hunters the music was punchy.
The plot evolves around a secret mission that is foisted on the Rookie and his team. It’s not explained till the very end why everything is happening and its hardly anything to write home about but it’s nice in its own way. A small payoff at the cut scene following the credit roll will make some fans happy.
Overall I found ODST to be a remarkably solid game. It took me around 8 hours which seemed long enough. Playing through on Legendary will take some patience as there are some tough battle scenarios to run a through and some Libraryesque levels near the end. Playing this game feels like Halo 2 perhaps should have – all the benefits of the bells and whistles of the third with an OK ending. It has big repeat value and the addition of Firefight!
Fans of Halo will probably enjoy this game a fair bit. If you are a noob, I suggest you check out Halo 3 before you try ODST.
P.S. Did anyone figurewhat whvidldshbyjsdo is in reference to yet?
P.P.S Check out the leaked campaign pictures of Halo: Reach

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Pre-order Halo Reach Now!

While I think you should really pre-order Halo Reach from Amazon

, I think it would be rude not to post how you can do it through Microsoft Channels:

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Halo Reach

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Going above and beyond is standard operating procedure for the Spartans of Noble Team. But even they weren’t prepared for Operation Uppercut. With their backs against the wall they face the full might of a Covenant invasion force.

Halo Waypoint

Track Your Career with Halo Waypoint

Halo Waypoint is the destination for Halo fans on Xbox LIVE . Stay current with the latest Halo news and activities, and progress through an all-new Career path tied to in-game accomplishments across multiple Halo games.

Halo Combat Evolved

Where the legend began

The first instalment of the exceptional Halo series, Halo Combat Evolved takes place on a mysterious alien ring-world. Battle on foot, in vehicles, and with Alien and Human weaponry in the game that began it all.

Halo Wars

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Halo Wars is a strategy game based on the legendary Halo universe. Effortlessly command entire armies of Spartans, Warthogs and more as you join the crew of the “Spirit of Fire” to confront the alien Covenant in epic battles.

Halo 3

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The saga continues with Halo 3, the hugely anticipated third chapter in the highly successful and critically acclaimed Halo franchise. Master Chief returns to finish the fight, bringing the conflict to a dramatic, pulse- pounding climax.

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Go beyond the game and enter the world of Halo Legends – a sweeping science-fiction saga created in collaboration with some of Japan’s leading animators. Over seven exciting stories, explore tales of Master Chief’s mysterious origins, discover the Spartans’ advanced combat capabilities, and observe the tense rivalry between Spartans and Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs).
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