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Halo: Reach now free on Xbox Live

Halo: Reach was Bungie's last game before turning the franchise over to 343i.
Halo: Reach was Bungie’s last game before turning the franchise over to 343i.

The story of Noble Six and “the rookie” is now available for free on the Xbox 360 for Xbox Live Gold members.

It’s been four years since the release of Halo: Reach and Bungie’s last take on the Halo universe, and Microsoft is giving all Xbox 360 owners who have elected to forgo picking up the title a very good reason to try it out now with their September Games with Gold promotion.

Reach was the first of the Halo series to truly open up character customization where your own stylized player takes center-stage in both the single player campaign and the multiplayer.

For those not familiar with the Halo franchise, this will be a good time to pick up the FPS as Halo: Reach is one of the only Halo’s (besides Halo 3: ODST and Halo Wars) that diverts from the core story of Master Chief, a super solider “Spartan”, and Cortana, his artificial-intelligence assistant. For those interested in following the story of Spartan 117, The Master Chief Collection will be releasing in two months (November 11th) and will be covering all of Masterchief and Cortana’s story.

Check out Halo: Reach on the Xbox Live marketplace on the Xbox 360 or head on over to to download the game instantly to your console.