Um, can anyone explain to me why Aisha Tyler is in charge of explaining the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta that hits today? I don’t mind, actually — I’ve had a lazy stalker-worthy celebrity crush on Tyler back when she was the host of The Soup, recently cemented by her excellent voice acting on the excellent FX cartoon Archer, and I gave up on Halo about two hours after I started playing Halo 2. Still, Tyler delivers a great deal of nerdy information about Reach‘s maps, weapons, customization and more with panache, despite not having the best material to work with; and maybe it’s her, but Halo: Reach‘s multiplayer actually looks kind of exciting to me, which will be the first time since the original Halo that that happened. It’s probably Aisha Tyler, though. Any TR commenters currently in the beta that can give us their thoughts?
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