Anger, Sadness and Envy Ep. 20: Reach Spoilers

In this episode of Anger, Sadness and Envy, Blackstar and Narcogen, together with Miguel Chavez of Bungie Sightings and special guest, Claude "Louis Wu" Errera, webmaster of fansite, take a look at Halo: Reach due out this week. Both our guests have played some or all of the Reach campaign and will give us a sneak peek at what is to come from the game come release day.


If you wish to avoid spoilers and are not accessing this podcast through iTunes, you can instead download the AAC version and play it in QuickTime player. It will display chapter titles, which include notes on whether or not that chapter includes spoilers. Most spoilers are near the end, but no guarantees! If you want to be sure not to hear any spoilers, save this episode until after you've finished the game.

Show highlights include:

How Reach Fits Into The Series
Master Chief vs. Noble Six
All Good Things...
Playing with Noble Team
Invincible Sidekicks
Equipment vs Abilities
Reach's Sandbox
Space Combat
Plot Twists
Bungie's Future
Reach Engine Performance
Final Thoughts
The Definitive Halo Game?

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Where is this on iTunes?

[quote=Anonymous]Where is this on iTunes?[/quote]

The link to the podcast on iTunes as right at the very top of the podcast page:

Rampant for over se7en years.

Rampant for over se7en years.

I've not been following the Reach build-up very closely but I listened to all of the podcast aside from the spoiler section near the end, and the thing I'm most encouraged to hear is the vote of confidence on the replayability level of the campaign. And evidently the campaign had quite some effect on Louis for him to pronounce it his favourite in the franchise so far, even including the original! I do have a few specific questions though, for anyone who's played enough of the game to be able to respond.

Firstly, is the Brute shot in the game, or has it been dropped? I can't recall seeing it in any advance footage or anything. If I understand correctly, Brutes aren't such a presence in this game, so I guess that could be a reason for its absence. But for me it was one of the best things about Halo 3, so I'd be sorry to lose it.

Secondly, is it true that the Grunts no longer deliver funny lines in English? Obviously that would be quite a break with tradition. I never liked [i]Elites[/i] talking English as it was such a big change to their character and made them way too human-like for my tastes, but with the Grunts it was always different as they were so funny and, well, they were like that from day one. So if the Grunts don't do lines in English any more, what are they like now? More serious, less comical?

I guess we should state that these comments will be spoiler-laden. Though really I think your first question has been known for a while...

No brute shot. The replacement is the 'nade launcher.

Elites are just back to their alien speak and grunts do say funny things in english. But honestly I wasn't paying that much attention to that aspect of the game for some weird reason (probably trying to stay alive!) so don't hold me to it. :)