Hundreds of thousands of people play Halo: Reach daily, so it should be no surprise that there are plenty of people playing the Living Dead game mode for multiplayer matchmaking. Obviously, Living Dead is just another name for Infection, which is what most people refer to the game mode as. Thousands of people may play this mode, but only a few players are actually any good at it on a consistent basis. Luckily, there are a few tricks that you can employ, whether you are a zombie or a human, to help you do much better at this game type.
Being the human is obviously the better option in Infection because you have the guns. On the other hand, the zombies are stuck with swords so that they can only strike from close range. The pistol works best at medium range, but it can be used at long range. Obviously, the shotgun is for close range. You don’t get to choose which side you are on for Infection, but you should always hope to end up the human 2 or 3 times during the match.
#1: Are you playing these maps? Then get to these spots!
Certain maps have places that are perfect for the human players to camp at and destroy the zombies for high kill counts. Sadly, none of them are foolproof ways to avoid death because the zombies will be able to reach these positions eventually, especially as their numbers grow. Anyways, be sure to get to these spots when playing on the following maps:
* Boardwalk: You can get onto the building that the humans start at by jumping from the rock in front to the ledge right next to it with the tree on it. From there, sprint jump onto the tree and jump up onto the building. You should be able to pick off all oncoming zombies for awhile. Just make sure that you pay attention to your radar because zombies will come from above and below.
* Pinnacle: This map is a zombie’s worst nightmare because the humans should and will camp in the tower. From this spot, humans can kill zombies without a problem from all entry points into the tower. Also, if you jump onto the ledge at the top of the tower, a person can jump onto another player’s head to get to the very top of the tower. Pinnacle is a great place to get huge kill counts as the human. The zombies might just hide though, so make sure to not just sit in the tower and shoot at nothing.
* Sword Base: Most people know about the Sword Base camping spot in Infection, but many people don’t know how to get there. Of course, you simply take the lift. The best technique for the humans to reach the camping spot, which is the high ledge right behind where the humans normally spawn, is to sprint diagonally left through the lift. Honestly, I have found that this gets me onto the ledge within the first try or two. Get up there, camp, and kill the zombies. Be sure to watch out as zombies will come from the lift and the opening to your right.
Asylum has a nifty spot too. In short, run to the cliffs right next to where you spawn as the human and climb up them. You can even get on top of the structure on your side. There are plenty of other maps that have good camping spots for the humans, but the previously mentioned ones are probably the best choices. Of course, you need to actually be playing on that particular map for any of this to matter.
#2: Always use the shotgun-melee combination.
Well, this is a pretty simply technique, but it can save you from dying a good amount of the time. You should always melee after you shoot with the shotgun to make sure that you kill the zombie. In reality, you’re making sure that you don’t fall victim to a sword slash from a damaged but alive foe. Also, you might score a bulltrue when you do this, which will sometimes leave you alive so that you can defeat the zombie. Don’t ever do this when there are multiple zombies charging at you, however; it will waste too much time and probably result in your death. Most of the time, just remember to right trigger and then right bumper on the controller when using the shotgun. The same holds true with the pistol, but you shouldn’t be using that at close range anyways.
#3: Leave open an exit route.
For some reason, many people play as the humans and never leave themselves an escape path. This is pretty simple to do, even in a split second if you think about it right away. Basically, don’t just back yourself into a corner where you can’t escape in some way or another. It’s worth it to run away if you can get a couple more kills.Plenty of people simply get stuck in a corner and shredded to pieces by the zombies. Obviously, you don’t want that to happen, so pay attention to your surroundings.
In Pinnacle, you can jump out of the tower to avoid a group of enemies. You can go to where the lift is in that map and use the lift or the teleporter to get away. With sword base, you’ve got two lifts to use as escape routes. Most other maps will just allow you to jump off of wherever you are standing to get away. Of course, I’m not telling you to commit suicide. I’m simply telling you to jump off a ledge and onto solid, not instant-death ground. Just make sure that you can escape from where you are so that you can kill some more zombies instead of dying instantly.
#4: Don’t run around on your own.
Some people are great at running off as the human and taking down tons of zombies by themselves. Sadly, most people aren’t, so don’t risk your life by doing exactly that. You are much less effective at killing zombies on your own than when you are with a group of humans. With more eyes, guns, and ammunition, a group of humans will usually outlast a single human on the other side of the map. The zombie players aren’t idiots, so they will gang up on a solo human in order to lessen the number of enemies they have to face and increase the allies they have. Basically, running around on your own usually equals death.
#5: Conserve ammunition.
Unfortunately, many people blaze through most of their pistol ammo at the start of the round when they try to kill one zombie that ends up being killed by another human player. You want to have as much ammo as possible because it doesn’t work well to attempt to melee kill zombies. Only let yourself use one to two rounds per enemy if you are in a comfortable and safe spot, such as the Sword Base camping spot or the one on Boardwalk. Oh, don’t ever shoot at nothing because that’s just plain stupid. The more ammunition you have to kill zombies, the more kills you will end up getting.
Without a doubt, playing as the zombie is the more difficult role in Infection for Halo: Reach. There are people who are extremely good in this role, but the majority of people are not. Playing as the zombie isn’t too difficult if you follow the right game plan. However, you can’t just run straight for all the humans and expect to take them all out. That almost never happens, so you shouldn’t count on it working when you attempt it. Anyways, let’s be the zombie!
#1: Remember those human camping spots? Shred them to pieces like this!
Even though the human players have a few camping options on various maps, the zombies also have a few ways to reach each spot and rip them to shreds. You’ll want to employ these tactics to take out the humans as quick as possible so that they won’t be able to just pick off your zombie teammates for the entire match, which happens all too often.
* Asylum: As soon as the match starts, rush over to the cliffs that the humans WILL horde onto. There is no trick to this, so just get a little bit lucky and strike down as many human players as you can at the start of the match. Fortunately, there are always stragglers that can’t seem to get onto the rocks and these are the ones you want to take out at the very beginning of the match.
* Boardwalk: For this map, you can go the same way the humans do to take them out on top of the building, but there is an even better method. You should take the left walkway (when facing that building) and stop before you get to the stairs that lead to the second floor of the building. Quickly, evade forward and jump onto the awning in front of you. From there, jump onto the building (it will give you 10 seconds to get off) and run over to where the humans are on the building. Jump down before the time limit runs out and slash them to pieces. If you do this at the start of the match, it should work every time if you make it there.
* Sword Base: You can use the exact same strategy to get to this map’s camping spot as the humans do. Of course, you’ll evade diagonally left to get to the ledge since you won’t have sprint. From there, evade toward the human(s) and get some kills. Another method is to use that opening that is about level with the high ledge and to evade from inside it, jump onto the ledge, and evade to the humans to kill them.
#2: Always leave an evade handy to attempt to avoid death.
Too many zombie players attempt to run straight at a human to slash them to death. Obviously, a shotgun stands in your way of doing that, so I wouldn’t recommend running straight into death. The best remedy to this problem is to always leave an evade left to charge an enemy with. Of course, your evade ability regenerates, but you’ll want to have one handy for that random surprise encounter with a human. You can evade to the sides of an opponent or behind them, but evading right in front of them will sometimes work too. It just depends upon a little bit of luck most of the time. Also, evade can be used to get the heck out of there when you’re in a deadly situation. Always evade away from humans if you’re about to die. You can usually get away with a small amount of health left, which is always better than dying a bunch of times.
#3: Use numbers to your advantage.
The great thing about being on the zombie team is that you will always gain more teammates as the match goes on. Of course, you still might die as much as usual, but you can sometimes end up as the one with the kill. You should charge with a group of zombies to take out the humans but attempt to stay behind them a little bit too. That way, your teammates will die, and you can hopefully be the one who takes out a human or two. Charging at the forefront of the group is a bad idea because the first few zombies are almost always the ones that die repeatedly.
Jumping above your opponents and slashing them from above is a good technique to practice because novice human players will normally fall victim to your blade. For some reason, new players don’t really think to look up in time to avoid dying. On the other hand, a good human player will almost always look up and blow you to pieces if you are the zombie. You should always jump on top of your enemy to kill them if you think that it will work because it can work most of the time. Really though, it comes down to luck, depending upon how smart your human opponent is. Just don’t run straight into a shotgun blast. Jumping is better than running right in front of a human.
#5: If it comes down to it, then hide.
Sometimes, life is tough as a zombie. If your human counterparts are extremely good and you don’t want to die repeatedly, then simply hide. You can either attempt to kill humans that come near you or you can find a place that allows you to move around to avoid dying. Honestly, you might not gain any respect for hiding from humans, but you won’t die a hundred times in a match either. Be careful though because your teammates will probably betray you a couple of times if you are just standing somewhere without moving or doing anything. Of course, they also might just crouch dance around you and pretend to slash at you.