Halo: Reach PC mod completely overhauls Campaign and Firefight

Promotional art made for the mod.
Promotional art made for the mod. (Image credit: @RatDadJoe on Twitter.)

With the arrival of Halo: Reach on PC, the modding community, of course, got down to business developing different types of mods that alter various parts of the gameplay experience. One such mod, dubbed "Halo: Reach Evolved," completely overhauls the Campaign and Firefight modes, allowing old and new players alike to experience Halo: Reach in a completely new way. Here's everything you need to know about the mod, including an overview of what it contains, where you can download it, and who made it.

So, what does Halo: Reach Evolved do?

At it's core, Halo: Reach Evolved is a project that aims to completely overhaul the sandbox of Halo: Reach using inspiration from the original three Halo games. According to the mod author, who spoke to us, the goal was to add completely new content that would offer a new gameplay experience, while also making sure everything still felt like it belonged in a Halo game and wasn't too crazy.

Halo: Reach Evolved brings numerous additions to Halo: Reach that shake up its formula.

Another design goal was to make every weapon in the game a viable choice on Legendary difficulty. This is because with vanilla Halo: Reach, only a small amount of weapons were worth using against the deadly foes you face on Legendary. Some things you'll find within Reach Combat Evolved include DMRs that have burst firing, longer-range shotguns, Spikers that shoot like shotguns, a special variant of the Revenant Covenant vehicle that shoots streams of flame instead of plasma mortars, and other sandbox items.

On top of that, there are new Covenant enemy types that add new twists to combat, such as Elites that use a physical energy shield in conjunction with an Energy Sword. You can even "hijack" a Hunter as if it was a vehicle and plant a grenade inside of the worms. Now that's badass! For a first-hand look at what the mod brings to the table, check out the gameplay video above.

The mod isn't fully completed yet on PC, but currently, the campaign mission "Winter Contingency" and the Firefight map "Beachhead" are available to play with the mod. The mod author plans to finish the Campaign first, then finish making the mod work with the rest of the Firefight maps.

Where can you get Halo: Reach Evolved, and who made it?

The current version of Halo: Reach Evolved is available here (The m10_evolved.ppf file is for the Campaign mission, and the ff50_park_evolved.ppf one is for Firefight). Once you've downloaded the files, head over to this Reddit post and follow the instructions on how to patch your game's map files with the files you got in order to make the game work. The process is quick and simple, so it isn't a hassle at all.

Halo: Reach Evolved was made by Halo community member The Vengeful 'Vadam, a Halo content creator on YouTube. He posts information about the mod as well as gameplay on his channel, so make sure to keep an eye on it. He also has a Twitter if you'd like to get in touch with him directly.

Your thoughts

What do you think of the Halo: Reach Evolved mod? Let me know. Personally, I think it's awesome, and it makes me excited to see all of the other types of amazing mods Halo community members will dream up in the future.

Halo: Reach on PC is available on both Steam and the Windows 10 Store for $10.

Brendan Lowry

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.