During my trip to 343 Industries while attending PAX West last year, I got a chance to briefly play some Halo: Fireteam Raven, the franchise’s new co-op arcade shooter, with other Halo community members. It was good, chaotic fun, but I only got to play for five minutes.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get my hands on it again during that trip. Ever since, I was dying to play it in its entirety so that I could see what it truly has to offer. Thankfully, that opportunity came last week. I took a trip to my local Dave & Buster’s arcade, and lo and behold, there it was, Halo: Fireteam Raven, in all its glory. Here’s what I experienced.
Presentation is on point
Right off the bat, the most striking thing about the Fireteam Raven machine is how … well, Halo-y it is. Two massive lit-up Halo rings form the backbone of the booth, and iconic Halo music emanates from its speakers beautifully. The Halo franchise has 17 years of rich history to its name, and there’s a real sense that the people who designed this booth wanted to honor that legacy.