Haunting Halo Reach Mod Combines Spartans With Grunts

Haunting Halo Reach Mod Combines Spartans With Grunts

A Halo Reach player creates a haunting mod that combines UNSC Spartans with Covenant Grunts, with results that are pure nightmare fuel.

A Halo Reach player has created a haunting mod that combines UNSC Spartans with Covenant Grunts. The blend between the two simply doesn’t look right, and Halo Reach‘s dated graphics only make the creation more bizarre to look at.

The release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC has been enormous for the Halo modding community. With the older games previously restricted by the restraints of the Xbox 360, modders never really got to show their true potential in Bungie’s classic titles. To the credit of 343 Industries, the developer has done a brilliant job at providing the modding tools necessary to breathe new life into the games, and the results speak for themselves. The Halo Reborn mod is perhaps the most impressive so far, aiming to bring all of Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 into Halo 3‘s game engine within The Master Chief Collection.


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The clip by Redditor GashnorOfficial is the stuff of nightmares. The Grunt-Spartan hybrid waddles toward the camera, revealing its true form. It has entirely Spartan armor, with a comically oversized helmet, but maintains the short and stout shape of a Grunt. Halo‘s Spartans are often depicted as killing machines throughout the franchise, but it’s extremely hard to take this particular one seriously at all. The user had nothing to say about where the idea for the mod came from, so it appears to have been a cursed moment of inspiration.

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According to GashnorOfficial, the mod is a rigging of Marcus Lehto’s model of the Mark V Spartan armor, just scaled to fit a Grunt as a variant adding to the existing game. It would definitely change the tone of Halo Reach‘s campaign to see these guys strolling around. The game famously features one of the darkest FPS campaigns of all time, but the Spartan-Grunt hybrid is a bit of fun and not to be taken seriously at all, even if it is haunting to look at.

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Hopefully the Halo modding scene remains strong for years to come. 343 Industries seems to have fully embraced the idea that gamers should be able to create custom content for its games, and this is a wise decision. With games like Skyrim and Fallout 4 being kept alive well beyond their expiry dates due to mods, the benefits are obvious. Too many studios are still quick to turn their backs on modders, and they’re all leaving a lot of future money on the table by doing so. Halo fans need not worry about suffering the same fate.

Halo Reach is currently available on Xbox 360 and via Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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