So Halo Reach has been out for a while and I've been playing it since the release. This post is simply to note both the good and bad points of the game. Between campaign, multiplayer, and firefight, Reach has a lot to offer.
Let’s start with the campaign of Reach, you play Six. Six can be either male or female and has about double the lines Master Chief had, which isn't saying much. The campaign entails Team Noble's exploits during the fall of Reach and yes, everyone is either MIA or KIA by the end, including you; overall the campaign is a challenging and enjoyable experience; promoting both CO-OP and single player experience with an achievement for completing it solo.
Firefight which first debuted in ODST is back in Reach and better than ever. You have the choice of going into it through matchmaking, which gradually increases in difficulty the more rounds you play or you can make a custom game, fiddle with the settings(you can tweak just about everything) then invite your friends and have at it. Firefight is an amazing mode that gives a little extra flavor to the experience as a whole; although I lost interest myself after completing all the firefight related achievements.
Now finally the multiplayer experience, this is the meat of the game and what people are going to be playing years from now. There are essentially two modes here, Competitive and Arena. Essentially competitive is basically the social playlists from Halo 3 and Arena is the ranked matches. Arena in itself is an interesting prospect, your personal stats are tracked and you get a rating as a result, you play 3 games a day to be rated for that day, and after 10 days of being rated you earn a division rank. Many people, myself included miss the level system from Halo 3. Arena even without the current bugs (assists not awarded even when taking peoples shields down) promotes bad sportsmanship at times. Sometimes its better to blindly go for kills, ignoring your K/D because three deaths is equal to a kill. Now I won't go into all the logistics of arena but overall I find it lacking and would much rather have levels. The game itself though is plenty of fun.
Now most reviews assign a game a numerical value typically on a scale 1-10, I fucking hate that. Basically if you own a 360, like FPS games, buy this game. There’s really no reason to not play it unless you're terrible, like me but instead of blaming yourself you blame the game.