Halo Reach 'the biggest game of next year'?

Bungie's upcoming shooter's still nearly a year off, but the anticipatory hype's already percolating.

In the "I'll do anything for attention" category this morning, Spike TV Video Game Awards host Geoff Keighley can reportedly be heard pimping for Microsoft's upcoming Halo: Reach in a recent Microsoft-hosted podcast, claiming it'll be "the biggest game of next year by far." Yep, bigger than Mass Effect 2, God of War III, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Diablo 3, StarCraft 2, and whatever Microsoft and Sony have up their sleeves when they launch their respective motion-control gizmos.

According to Keighley (per Examiner) speaking to Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb:

At the VGAs, we actually go down on to the Planet Reach and see this game for the first time. It's all going to be in-game stuff. This is not CG. This is not live-action like all the kids on twitter are speculating. You will get a first glimpse at the world of Reach, which is phenomenal. I think it's going to be the biggest game of next year by far. Folks love ODST and though it was great but when people see the huge leap forward Bungie is taking with Reach, I don't know if you seen it yet, but everyone that I talked to that's been on the team and seen it is incredibly excited about that time.

Can you blame the guy for gilding the lily? He's after viewers, and with that kind of talk, he'll probably get them.

Me, I could care less if the game makes James Cameron's Avatar look like an amateur indie animation one-off. How Halo: Reach plays--not how it looks--is all that matters.

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