So you might laugh at me, taunt me, push me, and shake your head at me, but I’ve finally played and beat Halo: Reach campaign!  The game came out on September 14, 2010, I got it sometime in October, with plans to play with my friends, Patrick and Kevin, and my bro-in-law, John, who bought it soon after me, hoping to play couch co-op because he didn’t have Live Gold.

However, by the time I got the game, Patrick and Kevin stopped playing campaign because a third friend, Angelo, stopped.  They said “oh well we gotta wait for him to play with us” but I don’t think he’s picked it up since.  We did, however, play a good amount of multiplayer!  We got pretty good, so good that when the three of us played together, it was usually a win (probably 75-80% win rate with the three of us together).

A bit later, I ran out of my Live Gold subscription and didn’t have the money to renew it, so Halo: Reach was pushed to the back burner (and entered into my Games of Shame list).  My bro-in-law only got about an hour or so into the campaign by himself and never finished it (and still hasn’t, sorry John!).  Last Saturday, he happened to be here and, since money is tight, we decided to just stay home and play some games.  We thought about Borderlands, starting our second playthrough, or Left 4 Dead, which neither of us love, and there was Halo: Reach, staring back at us.

At first I put it aside, watched TV for another 30 minutes, but got bored with that easily and we popped Halo in. Three and a half hours later, we turned it off and he headed home, but the itch to play was now embedded inside me, so the next chance I got, I turned it on and played the rest of the campaign solo.  Total play time was somewhere in the 8 hour range (including both the co-op and solo play), which was about where I imagined it to be, and a lot of fun.

Without giving away true spoilers, I’ll just say that the ending was pretty cool, although it lacked content (the last “level” was cool, but I didn’t participate much), but I do think it made a good prequel to the series.  I never played much Halo: Combat Evolved (but with the remake coming out, I might just do that), I did play and beat Halo 2 and 3.  With Halo 4 announced, even though it’s a different story, I’m a little hyped!  I’m not a huge fan of Halo, not like a lot of people out there, but it’s still a lot of fun.

Oh and I felt good today when I put the disk back into the case and put it in the back of my collection, knowing that it’s no longer on my Games of Shame list.  That’s two down recently, and many many more to go…With money being tight this summer, I’m going to try and get a few more off the list, including Final Fantasy XIII, Mass Effect 2 (I beat it before all the DLC, need to finish my second playthrough and the DLC), Dragon Age II, Fable III, and Red Dead Redemption.