VIDEO | X360 Saturday, May 1, 2010 | 1:29 AM

Halo Reach beta: Covi Slayer

Halo Reach beta: Covi Slayer

Microsoft sent us a beta key for Halo Reach and we of course recorded a long gameplay session for quite a few upcoming videos. Let's start with the Covi Slayer mode, quite a different one from the usual in terms of gameplay thanks to the major speed and movement boosts of the Elites, making the gameplay much faster. So far it seems like a not so popular mode since we only managed to play it once in three hours, so we could only record this one session where our friend Zepitou playing here had to discover everything, so I decided to leave it uncut for you guys to really see how different it can feel.

Beta: Covi Slayer

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Commented on 2010-05-01 01:52:30
Last time you guys wrote up a preview of the beta you came away quite disappointed at the quality of the visuals - noticably the aliasing. This seemed at odds with the footage thats been released that show it looking crisp and clean, with some nice lighting effects going on.

Now that you've got your hands on it in a better setting (as i dont think the conditions were that great for the preview) what are your fresh impressions of the visuals?

It'd also be nice to hear the impressions of the beta from the community here that have early entry. How it plays, how the net codes holding up ect
Commented on 2010-05-01 01:54:59
The shots look very nice, and I can only imagine that it'll look better once I can stream the video :P
Commented on 2010-05-01 02:09:17 In reply to bleachedsmiles
Posted by bleachedsmiles
Lots of stuff
The game's still as aliased as ever, but with the motion blur setting now turned to 11, it's less noticeable. The only downside is that there also seems to be a lot of ghosting with the motion blur which ruins the look a bit :S The explosions are really nice though, and the weapons and Spartans look a lot better this time :)

Also the way an explosion makes you go partially deaf in game is a great little effect :)
Commented on 2010-05-01 02:10:00
good graphics,

is it me or does it seem like unreal tournament. everything is faster
Commented on 2010-05-01 02:12:51
@Haig07, how are you finding the new load outs? do each make a difference? a good replacement for the bubble shield ect?
Commented on 2010-05-01 02:18:21 In reply to bleachedsmiles
Posted by bleachedsmiles
@Haig07, how are you finding the new load outs? do each make a difference? a good replacement for the bubble shield ect?
The new load outs are great, jet packs are good for grabbing flags, camo for the people who like to see me spaz out and shoot in every direction, sprint for sprinting and armour lock which is great for escaping rockets, *a* grenade and the hammer. Armour lock can be a bit useless, though because usually there are around 500,000,000 grenades hurtling at you from all directions killing you instantly as it runs out which is probably the only complaint I have about the beta xD
Commented on 2010-05-01 02:37:48
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOOL!
awesome video superb quality, looks fucking AWESOME!!

Blim holy shit that was some BAD playing dude, those grenades had me and frosty in stitches :D
Commented on 2010-05-01 02:38:36 In reply to gmulis
Posted by gmulis
good graphics,

is it me or does it seem like unreal tournament. everything is faster
Higher frame rate and blim rolling every 4 seconds does that :D
Commented on 2010-05-01 02:41:49
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK_Ao4cu2t4

This is how i roll......... lulz
Commented on 2010-05-01 02:51:24
WTF at that creepy voice??

IS that suposed to be like that??
Commented on 2010-05-01 03:06:06
Great video, fantastic quality and oh my does this game look absolutely incredible! Its going to be the longest 48 hours ever!!
Commented on 2010-05-01 03:28:13
is it possible to get in the beta without having ODST?
Commented on 2010-05-01 05:22:46 In reply to b0vril
Posted by b0vril
is it possible to get in the beta without having ODST?
Yes, by being lucky and redeeming codes that are being given away.

Well, at least I know what I'll be playing in the 3rd...
Commented on 2010-05-01 09:59:55
Whoever played the demo in this video is a terrible sucker. sorry :-(
Commented on 2010-05-01 11:14:26
HALO Reach is like HALO CE but with some great upgrade
Commented on 2010-05-01 12:28:42 In reply to Milhouse
Posted by Milhouse
Whoever played the demo in this video is a terrible sucker. sorry :-(
Bitter much? ;)
Commented on 2010-05-01 12:38:04
Loving the sound design, those explosions carry so much weight.
Commented on 2010-05-01 13:12:28 In reply to mykmarian
Posted by mykmarian
HALO Reach is like HALO CE but with some great upgrade
You don't say? I always thought that was the concept of sequels.

Looks better than i expected, i kind of want to get in on that now. I really don't care for the beta but i might get Reach, if only for the online bit :)
Commented on 2010-05-01 13:16:28 In reply to DeadHat
Posted by DeadHat
Yes, by being lucky and redeeming codes that are being given away.

Well, at least I know what I'll be playing in the 3rd...
ach, I can't be bother to keep refreshing various pages and entering codes.

guess I'll wait for the full game.
Commented on 2010-05-01 14:18:31
It looks like the same stuff as Halo 3. Graphically a little better but same old. Never been a fan of Halo, i've always given it a try but just could never get into it. This one must doing things right as you guys are all excited lol.
Commented on 2010-05-01 14:28:04
watching this video hurts.....
Commented on 2010-05-01 14:38:29
One thing i'd really like to know is does Halo now come with the ability to jump in games that have already started? I'm sure Bungie said something about this before...but i've not heard anything since. I think it really makes or breaks an online game..theres nothing worse than starting a game in Halo and having half your team leave 30seconds later.
Commented on 2010-05-01 15:04:58
I dont think they said that you can jump-in/jump-out running games O.o

The "active rooster" is a feature from Halo 2 which brings back the "Y Button in-game Friendslist" and you can jump in to their partys. Its much faster than checking every gamercard via guide button. But that doesn't mean that you can join running matches.

Maybe this works for campaign but yeah, no info so far.
Commented on 2010-05-01 15:14:50
lovely vid. The game sure is treat for the eyes. I can't even think what Bungie has in store for the single player mission. It's gonna be a long wait.
Commented on 2010-05-01 15:25:20 In reply to FemaleTengu
Posted by FemaleTengu
I dont think they said that you can jump-in/jump-out running games O.o

The "active rooster" is a feature from Halo 2 which brings back the "Y Button in-game Friendslist" and you can jump in to their partys. Its much faster than checking every gamercard via guide button. But that doesn't mean that you can join running matches.

Maybe this works for campaign but yeah, no info so far.
well that will be a real shame if you cant..and they really need to step up and evolve halo with the times (they've been leading the way with everything else).
At the very least there should be a bot option offered to fill emptied games
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