If you thought I had disdain for the story of Halo 3 in one of my previous posts, try magnifying that disappointment by a factor of ten and you’ll still probably be nowhere near to my frustration with the story of Halo: Reach… But that is to be saved for another post in another time, and I do actually have a favourite moment in this game to talk about.
The opening to the mission New Alexandria is the one time in the game that I felt some kind of emotional response being elicited from me, as the sight of Noble Six sitting in the back of a Pelican watching the city of New Alexandria crumble under the Covenant’s might with that powerful choir playing in the background was really well done. I actually felt, for the first time in the game, that I was seeing the true scale of humanity’s losses, that even Noble Six was lamenting how, no matter what he does, the Covenant are too powerful to go up against.
I really wish that the rest of the game managed to capture the scale of this feeling of tragedy, awe and destruction – rather than force us to trudge across barren farmlands and backtrack through the same ONI base. There’s not really much else to say here, it’s a great scene and I was able to pick it out so easily because it’s one of the only good scenes in the game, in my opinion.