Edit: OK some people are getting it in their heads that im talking exclusively about relative lag between halo 3 and Reach. I am not. I discuss underlying netcode once (not lag), but that is only one of my points. I also state multiple times that i found H3 lag to be no worse than it ever was in its prime anyway.
Ive been playing halo 3 again for a few days (mainly TS and swat), for a nostalgia trip and to try and get some perspective on this reach vs h3 situation. H3 was a bit of a shock going back to, but actually still a lot of fun, even if the gunplay in it does seem rather haphazard to me now.
And then i came back to Reach and im pretty much blown away. What i want to know is this:
How can people honestly claim, with a straight face, that Reach is “just bad”?
Or to use the popular vernacular “Reach trash”
Its plainly obvious that Reach is dripping withquality. Its one of the most polished games out there, only GOW3 rivals it for polish imo. For one thing, Reach netcode is literally about 10 times better, and that alone should put it ahead of H3, perhaps even in the majority of multiplayer aspects, as the next evolution of online FPS. Its nothing short of remarkable how much tighter and more active and reactive everything feels than previous halo games.
Especially seeing as i went straight from H3 swat to Reach swat. Its like reach was made for swat, and you really get a feel for why the DMR earned its nickname “an elegant weapon”. Also one other thing i noticed is how there is actually less jumping and more aiming in reach. Going back to H3 felt like i was playing on the moon, and people in swat literally had autofire jump buttons or something. Again, another thing i never noticed until i had the benefit of hindsight.
This isnt a “lets hate on H3” thread, as i said i enjoyed it and it felt like slipping on an old pair of comfy if slightly worn slippers.
No doubt Reach has its share of issues, but then so does H3 and i believe overall its a much better multiplayer game. I just want to know how people feel they can outright dismiss the work bungie did with Reach online as trash. I can see absolutely no reason for that to be true at all, so im left wondering if its just popular to hate Reach because everyone else says they hate it? IE if the whole Reach hate issue boils down to a populist memetic construct.
Try it, go and play halo 3 again for a night, then come back to reach, and post your honest opinion. Or if you have something to say right now, by all means say it.