Halo torches passing before our eyes…
On the eve of the Halo: Reach beta I wanted to take this time to discuss some of my own recent adventures across some of the Halo games. Though Reach looks in many ways vastly different, there is still that Halo feel that carries on through all their titles. Here is my Halo feelings for the past couple of weeks:
Gamerscore = 100 Acquired 24/4/2010
Earning this achievement took me a little longer than I expected. With the onslaught of games I have had come my way in the last several months, getting some of these additional achievements and accomplishments become more a bout a matter of time than difficulty. As I am not Halo-Pro, I do need to bring in a buddy or two into the game in order to complete these campaigns. So not only is it tough on me to find time, I have to coordinate with some other friends whose time is as precious as my own.
Revisiting ODST in 2010 has been great. A couple of months ago my son and I bonded over the Firefight mode, and recently I have taken to the Campaign, exploring the city and discovering the lost Audio Logs. The Audio logs are truly the hidden gem of this game, they tell a most unconventional Halo tale. I need one more which I hope to come buy shortly (I need to help my brother through the last missions of the game).
And hey, ODST keeps giving. Halo: Reach beta is all ready in the wild for many people who are fortunate enough to get early access. As for me, unlike Halo 3, I will be waiting until May 3rd like most everybody else.
Vidmaster Challenge: Lightswitch
Got the rank of Lieutenant in any playlist in the new EXP progression system.
Gamerscore = 0 Acquired 23/4/2010
This past weekend, thanks to a Zombie Double XP weekend in Halo 3 matchmaking, I was able to earn the elusive ‘Lightswitch’ Vidmaster challenge. Now I am not one of those guys who has gone out of there way in the search of the Recon armor variant as made available through the Vidmaster Challenges, But I was so close last week I thought I would slog on late into the night to earn this achievement. It is a tad disappointing that the achievement does not even offer a point value, put I have it none the less. I may try to earn some more of these achievements in the months leading up to the Halo 3 launch, just for fun mind you.
On Wednesday, April 14 I played my last multiplayer Halo 2 game on the Xbox LIVE service. According to Bungie’s awesome stat tracking my last match was my 750th recorded match. It was a game of Rumble Snipers on the Sanctuary map. The complete match breakdown can be viewed here if you are so inclined. I came in at a respectable 2nd place. Snipers were never really my forte. Back in the day Halo 2 was king of all multiplayer, but today Halo 2 certainly showed its age, but can still hang and bang with games over half a decade its senior. And hey, if you are a Halo 2 fan, you can still play online on your PC (just expect some problems if you have Windows 7 installed).
As you can see on the banner above, the Giant Bomb boys recorded what they thought was the death of Xbox LIVE. What they did not anticipate is some hardcore Halo 2 players not letting the service die quietly. Even at this moment some crazy Halo 2 gamers are out there, clinging to the last moments of the service, As for the Giant Bomb guys, you can watch some hilarious snippets of their last Halo 2 experience on the Halo Waypoint portal on the Xbox dashboard. Remember that a Gold membership is required to enter.