Best Buy plans a launch party for Halo:Reach tonight at the bewitching hour. To entice customers, the store is giving a $20 gift card if you decide to purchase the game[to counter Amazon’s similar offer].

We will also be attending the Microsoft Store launch at midnight precluded by a giveaway of prizes, a costume contest, and a tournament with various prizes. Stay tuned for more.
 
Bungie developed the game which comes just before the company goes into a 10-year franchise development deal with Activision. Halo:Reach, based on an Eric Nylund novel, recounts the story of the attempted defense of the planet by a small group of Spartan soldiers. Following the Star Wars Trilogy tactic, Halo:Reach is a prequel to other games in the series.
 

Pillar fight in Halo:Reach

Pillar fight in Halo:Reach

 
Published by Microsoft Game Studios on the Xbox360 console, Halo:Reach, a first person shooter video game, was originally shown at E3 2009. Players take on the role of a supersoldier, Noble 6, who is fighting the alien Covenant in the year 2552 on the human colony of Reach, just weeks prior to the events of the previous Halo: Combat Evolved. The latest series, retrospectively, finds the United Nations Space Command [UNSC] in a heroic but hopeless attempt to stave off the brutal alien invaders.
 
Players will find reusable equipment in this version, and new weapons. They will also be able to enjoy the typical multiplayer support via Xbox Live, System Link, and split screen. Audio, created by Martin O?Donnell, takes on a somber note ? emphasizing the knowledge that the planet is destined to fall in the "future".
 
For a briefing on the Halo series, go to Halopedia which lists vehicles, weapons, organizations and characters. There we learn that the UH-144 Falcon is a troop transport aircraft of the United Nations Space Command. The Type-50 Directed Energy Rifle/Heavy or T50 DER/H, otherwise known as the Concussion Rifle, is a Covenant infantry weapon.
 
The Marine Tiltrotor Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron Twenty-Two [also known simply as VMX-22] is a tiltrotor squadron of the UNSC Marine Corps. This unit provided support for SPARTAN Noble Team and various other Special Operations Forces during the Battle of Reach in summer 2552. VMX-22 primarily operates the UH-144 Falcon tiltrotor aircraft.
 
As to characters, Jorge-052 is a SPARTAN-II commando of the UNSC Naval Special Warfare Command, attached to the UNSC Army’s Special Warfare Group Three. He fought during the Fall of Reach in 2552 as a part of Noble Team under the call sign Noble Five.
 
Halo:Reach is scoring high on GameRankings and Metacritic, and is designated as an IGN Editor?s Choice. The release date is upon us. September 14 Halo:Reach is available in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia with Japanese fans having to wait one more day. The game will be released in three different versions, Standard, Limited and Legendary. The Standard Edition comes with the game disc and manual.

Below is the first video in a series of many others that we captured at the Microsoft Store’s Midnight Launch Party. If you would like to watch more videos simply follow the video below or click this link.