In the year 2552, the planet Reach fell. Invading Covenant forces razed the human population to the point of complete destruction. This tragic event set the groundwork for 2001's Halo: Combat Evolved, Master Chief's first appearance. The harrowing fall of Reach happened all too quickly for those who fell victim to the alien attack, but we have a gallery of the event's monumental moments, weapons, and heroes.

Check out our comprehensive Halo: Reach media gallery below.