The scene opens on a shot with part of the void of space being filled by a planet. The composition of the frame brings a flash of a memory to mind, but joy quickly dissipates at the realization that the Battlestar Galactica and the ships it has kept safe is not coming in from the right of the screen. That is not Earth, which holds all the hope of mankind in that universe. It is Reach, a doomed planet without hope, only a story.
As most players familiar with the Halo mythology know the events on Reach takes place before the first Halo game. As the forgotten helmet in the beginning suggests things are not looking too good for Reach as the Covenant attacks, yet as the game progresses the player must fight for a planet whose outcome is already written into the history books, adding an overriding tragic feel to the efforts of the team in which the gameplay follows. [Read more...]