Halo: Reach was released way back in September, which might as well be years rather than months in the video game realm. However, the game is still pretty popular with over 200,000 regular players each day. Plenty of people are good at the game, but thousands more are not. Obviously, we have all seen those players in the game who don’t really seem like they belong there. There are certain tricks that every Reach player can employ to get better at the game. Therefore, here is a beginner’s guide for Halo: Reach that will help novice players and others alike.
In general, Halo: Reach is a fairly easy game to grasp as far as simply playing it goes. It’s a first person shooter with various weapons and abilities. There are plenty of things you’ll need to learn in order to master the game in campaign, firefight, and multiplayer, but the basics are pretty easy. Anyways, I’m here to help you learn how to do some basic things that will ensure that you can play any game mode effectively.
First of all, the armor abilities in the game are sure to excite many gamers because they are so much fun to use. It might take you a little while to figure out how to use them to their full potential, but they can help you win matches and survive campaign missions/firefight rounds.All of the armor abilities are these:
* Jet Pack
* Armor Lock
* Active Camo
* Drop Shield
Oh, make sure to realize that certain abilities may not be available during a certain match or game mode. Without a doubt, the most useful armor abilities are Jet Pack, Armor Lock, and Active Camo. The others might come in handy sometimes, but these ones are useful all the time. Please note the following:
* You cannot move while using Armor Lock, but nothing can kill you. Also, you can use Armor Lock to take down an enemy’s shields if they are too close to you when you disengage it, so you’ll want to follow that up with a melee kill right away. A.L. will also destroy vehicles.
* Enemies will be able to see you if you are walking around in Active Camo. Make sure that you crouch walk to make yourself as invisible as possible. This way, you’ll find yourself sneaking up on opponents much easier.
Of course, certain weapons will fit certain situations better than others. You don’t want to be using a pistol when you could be using an assault rifle or a needler. Don’t you dare ever use a close range weapon at long range because it will almost never work. The best weapons to use in just about any game mode are:
* DMR or Needle Rifle (Any Range)
* Assault Rifle (Close Range)
* Rocket Launcher (Close to Medium Range)
* Sniper Rifle or Beam Rifle (Medium to Long Range, unless you are good at no-scoping enemies)
* Shotgun (Close Range)
Obviously, all of the weapons in the game can be used effectively against enemies, but some of the weapons take a lot of use for you to learn how they work best. A really new person at the game will want to always grab the power weapons (Rockets, shotgun, snipers) because they are fairly easy to kill people with. Certain weapons are best used at a certain rate of fire. For instance, the DMR and Needle Rifle should be fired somewhat slowly to increase their accuracy, unless you are in a close range situation. The Assault Rifle should be used up close at max rate of fire to destroy enemies.
And then, there are the grenades. Plasma Grenades are usually the best choice because they can stick enemies to kill them. However, Frag Grenades can be used to bounce into a room or up a hill to take out an enemy. Certain situations work best with certain grenades, but you’ll probably be able to tell when you need to use a certain grenade. As a reference, you’ll want to go with Plasma Grenades in Slayer Pro matches because a stuck opponent won’t have Armor Lock to save them.
There are plenty of vehicles in this game. Undoubtedly, some of them are more effective then others. The vehicles in Halo: Reach vary in size, maneuverability, and purpose. For reference, here are all of the vehicles in the game:
In general, the Scorpion tank is the best vehicle in the game because it’s a one-hit kill on pretty much everything, including all other vehicles (aside from itself, which takes 2 shots). The Mongoose is useless for everything beside transport. Revenants can be fairly good offensive vehicles. Anyways, you’ll be able to see how all the vehicles are during the game. It is important that you know which vehicles are affective against the others.
* The Warthog’s machine gun will destroy the Ghost quicker than the Ghost will destroy the Warthog. Also, the same holds true for the Falcon’s guns against the Banshee’s gun (except the Banshee Bomb will take out a Falcon in two hits).
* The Scorpion kills all, but two Banshee bombs or two Wraith shots will destroy the tank.
* The Revenant is best used to take out Ghosts, the Mongoose, or players on foot. They take awhile to destroy most other vehicles though, unless you ram a Warthog head on, which will usually blow it up.
First of all, the campaign mode in this game isn’t very easy on any difficulty that isn’t called “easy.” You’ll find this out as soon as you play Normal, Heroic, or Legendary. Every game difficulty can be beaten, however; you simply need to know how to use certain tactics. Luckily, Normal and Heroic aren’t too difficult, so you can employ the same methods to play the game on both difficulties. Legendary
These modes aren’t too hard. However, you usually can’t just run straight at enemies, shooting them until they’re dead. The best option you have is to use whatever weapon you fancy to take out enemies. Every so often, you might come across a battle that you need to retry a few times, but nothing is all that hard. Grenades will be your best friend, as will friendly A.I. Honestly, there isn’t much to say about playing Normal or Heroic because they are easily doable, assuming you don’t charge into every group of enemies blindly.
Legendary difficulty, however, is a different story. In Halo: Reach, Legendary difficulty is quite possibly the hardest campaign playthrough of all previous Halo installments. You’ll find yourself hiding behind cover throughout most of the game or relying upon your Noble Team friendlies. No matter what, you will not be able to fight groups of enemies out in the open without dying right away. Legendary difficulty requires some patience and a little bit of luck, but there are certain techniques and tactics that you can and should follow.
* When facing enemies with shields, you will almost always want to use the plasma pistol/other weapon combo. An overcharged plasma shot will take down the shields of most enemies, which will allow you to kill them much easier. Also, note that some enemies will take two plasma shots.
* If you aren’t that good at the game, then just rely on your Noble Team friendly A.I.’s. They cannot die, so they are invaluable allies to use. Most of the time, they will be able to take out a group of enemies if you sit back and wait for them to. It’ll take awhile, but the job will eventually get done.
* Always use cover of some sort because enemies will kill you in seconds on Legendary difficulty if you are out in the open. Your best bet is to simply stay behind cover and pop out every so often to kill an enemy. Basically, just don’t stand around in the open, waiting to get shot at.
* Keep your distance. The farther away from enemies you are, the more likely you are to kill them before they can kill you. Also, you are far less likely to get hit with rounds in the first place if you are fighting from afar. Some enemy A.I. may not shoot at you when you are fairly far away, but you sure as heck can shoot at them.
There isn’t a whole lot to say about Firefight. Of course, you’re strategy is going to depend upon the game type that you are playing. In general, you’ll want to follow some of these tips:
* You don’t want to stand out in the middle of the fighting because there are so many enemies around during a Firefight match. The difficulty for Matchmade Firefight games is Heroic, so the enemies aren’t exactly pushovers unless you have a powerful weapon or vehicle. Basically, just make sure that you are somewhat careful so that you can avoid enemy fire.
* If you are playing the “Bonus Round” for Firefight, then you should know that you will not respawn if you die, since it is the last part of the match. Stay alive as long as you can to kill as many enemies as possible. This will give you tons of points, credits, and kills.
* Some levels allow you to use the Target Designator, which you’ll want to do because it will kill large groups of enemies without a problem. Also, you’ll get a ton of points by killing enemies with this weapon, but you only get two uses each time you pick it up.
Matchmaking has so many different gametypes that it would be impossible to make a short guide about it, but here are some general tips that you’ll want to follow almost always. With so many gametypes, you’ll probably only play a few of them regularly, but it is a good idea to get familiar with all of them because it will make you a better player.
* Always watch out for snipers on the large and open maps (and any map with a Sniper Rifle for that matter). Experienced players will always get the Sniper Rifle and pick off people who aren’t watching out. Therefore, you don’t want to be running around on foot in the open because you are likely to get sniped in seconds.
* Always aim for an opponent’s head if you are using a DMR, Needle Rifle, Sniper Rifle, Beam Rifle, or Pistol because your enemy will die quicker (in one shot with the Sniper). At close range, you’ll want to take out your opponent in as few shots as possible so that they don’t kill you first. Aim for the head.
* If you get a hold of the sword, then don’t stay out in the open because an enemy will kill you before you can use it. With the sword, hide somewhere out of sight so that you can jump out and surprise enemies with a quick death. You’ll obtain plenty of kills during a match if you’re using the Energy Sword. Also, the same thing goes for the shotgun.
* Don’t run off on your own because you are far more likely to die at the hands of multiple opponents. If you stick with your team, then you have a better chance to win a match of Slayer. Also, you will die far less if your team works together. Teamwork is always the best choice, especially in Team Objective, Invasion, Team SWAT, and Team Snipers.
* Always use your grenades because they are your best friend. However, you’ll want to make sure that you throw them where you think your opponent is going to be when they are moving. Throwing one straight at your opponent will usually result in you wasting a good grenade.
* If you are fighting at close range with weapons and you take out your opponent’s shield, then you should melee kill them right away if you are close enough. That way, you are far less likely to die if they are able to take out your shields. Melee attacks are extremely effective ways to kill opponents when they are close.
* When your shields are down, don’t just stand there. Right away, run to cover if you have the chance. You’ll be much better off if you wait until your shields are back to attack an opponent. Don’t just lose your shields and then your life too. Hide!
Halo: Reach isn’t a difficult game to play, but it is definitely a difficult game to master. Obviously then, you’re going to have to take a good amount of time to become very good at the game. There are so many little tactics and techniques that you need to employ in order to dominate all game types. You might have some trouble playing the game well at first, but it shouldn’t take you too long to be able to hold your own. Basically, your best path to mastering the entire game, including Multiplayer Matchmaking, is to play hard and play often!