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After reading some of the Game Informer editor’s best
moments in games, I decided to try out a series of my own. I will be covering
some of my favorite moments in gaming history, and I hope to write about
moments that the G.I. crew hasn’t covered yet. Oh, and this has spoilers for
Halo: Reach. With that out of the way, let’s get started.
Reach was doomed from the start. In previous Halo games,
Reach has been mentioned and hinted at as a planet that was wiped out by the covenant.
The books seem to love this setting, and most of them are about Chief fighting
off covenant menace on the planet and his escape on The Pillar of Autumn. But
one game went a step ahead.
Halo: Reach shows that Chief wasn’t the true hero of this planet.
No, the true hero was a spartan named Noble Six. During Halo: Reach, every
member of Noble Team was dispatched in some grand fashion. After defending the
Pillar of Autumn so that Chief and co can get off the planet, only Noble Six
was left on the wasteland. The final mission of Halo Reach has you in control
of the doomed warrior as he fights against the hordes of covenant invaders.
Both you and Noble Six both know that help isn’t coming. You
both know that you aren’t making it out alive. But you both know that Spartans fight
to the end. Armed with a DMR and Assault rifle, you control Noble Six in an
endurance match against fate. You use guns, grenades, and plasma weapons to
hold the line while all sorts of covenant attackers try to take Noble Six down.
And they do.
Noble Six loses his helmet, and you keep your helmet view as
you watch him attempt to hold off against grunts, elites, brutes, and jackals.
You have no control over Six as he gets mauled by elites. He falls to his knees
and gets stabbed by an energy sword before falling limp onto the ground.
Moments like these make this game special. The intense
fights and spectacular character deaths defined the game for me, and when it is
your turn to face your fate you know what you must do. Noble Six died a hero’s
death, fighting until he stopped breathing. The game then flashes back after the
planet is glassed, and Noble’s helmet is still there. Every Spartan had a story
to tell on Reach, and you got to experience one of the grandest tales.
But did Noble really die? His story lives on, and the
residence of the UNSC controlled planets all know the story of the Spartans who
defended Reach and gave humans a future. After all, Spartans never die. They
are just missing in action.