In pictures: Halo Reach midnight launch party, Sydney

Hundreds of die-hard Halo fans line up at 12am for Halo Reach launch

  • Hundreds of die-hard Halo fans lined up in Sydney last night for the official midnight launch of [[artnid:312431|Halo Reach]]. The event was held at [[xref:|EB Games']] Westpoint Blacktown branch, which had received the highest number of Halo Reach pre-orders in the country.

    Attendees were treated to free pizzas, music, showbags and photos with Master Chief himself.

    Check out the rest of the slideshow for all the pictures from the event.

  • The crowd was surprisingly large for a midnight game launch, with hundreds of individuals lining up to bag a copy of the game.

  • Customers were given photographic momentos that placed them inside the Halo Reach universe.

  • In addition to Halo Reach, EB Games also showcased Microsoft's new Kinect add-on for the Xbox 360.

  • Free pizza was provided for the happy punters, courtesy of EB Games.

  • The music was properly pumping at the event, with an MC-cum-DJ building up the crowd's enthusiasm/hearing problems.

  • Master Chief, the hero from the first three games, turned up for some happy snaps.

  • A GamePro staff member gives into fangirl impulse.

  • The calm before the storm.

  • Doors opened at 10pm sharp. EB Games staff collected pre-order receipts from customers. Only two more hours to go!

  • The crowd lines up for a free Pepsi and show bags.

  • Customers who had pre-ordered the game received a free showbag containing a Halo Reach poster and other EB goodies.

  • EB Games 'Halo Reach' show bags.

  • The attendees included hardcore gamers, kids and put-upon mums and dads.

  • The crowd remained calm and orderly throughout proceedings, with no Halo-fuelled riots. Bummer.

  • Halo fans eagerly awaiting their pre-order copies.

  • EB staff scramble to appease customers: look at that motion blur!

  • Brothers in arms.

  • Spartan cosplay was thankfully scarce at the event.

  • Ker-ching!

  • Charitable gamers could also pick up a Halo Reach wireless headset (pictured) at the event. $5 per unit sold will go directly to the [[xref:|Make-A-Wish Foundation]].

  • Pictured: the first lucky customer to collect a Halo Reach Legendary Edition at the store that night.

    Read our review of Halo Reach [[artnid:360373|here]].

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