If you play Halo: Reach without getting into Multiplayer Matchmaking, then you shouldn’t even be playing the game in the first place. Obviously, it’s the type of game that some people buy solely so that they can play online against other people. The multiplayer mode on Halo: Reach is pretty fun to play, but you need to know what you’re doing. Let’s take a look at the best methods and tricks to employ while playing against others that will help you dominate everyone else.
First of all, it should be your priority to familiarize yourself with every single armor ability. You might just stick to one or two of them for most game types, but you need to know how to use all of them. Here are some quick tips for the armor abilities, but you’ll be able to pick up on their strengths and weaknesses through frequent use of all of them:
* Active Camo works best if you are crouch walking because enemies will barely be able to see you. Inattentive enemies will just miss you, so you can kill them in any manner that you like.
* Evade can help you get to cover if you lose your shields in battle. Also, using Evade to get close to an enemy when you have a sword or gravity hammer will help you annihilate opponents.
* Hologram can be used as a great distraction. Send a hologram across the map, and you can either catch enemies off guard as they go to kill the fake copy or run away if you need to recover your shields.
* Charging Armor Lock and releasing it close to an enemy will take out their shields. This will allow you to melee them to death with a single blow, which can save your life in many cases.
* Jet Pack can be used to get the jump on enemies who aren’t paying attention to you. However, you will more than likely lose a fight if you boost upward right in front of an enemy.
Most players in Halo: Reach tend to click the right stick in order to zoom with a weapon and then click it again to return to normal view. However, some people are unaware of or fail to use the click-and-hold zoom feature. To do this, you just hold the right stick to zoom in and it will zoom out as soon as you release the stick. This comes in handy when you need to zoom out quickly to locate enemies nearby or when you need to snipe multiple enemies at different locations. Basically, you want to get used to doing the click-and-hold zoom method because it will make you more accurate, aware, and able to kill enemies.
Killing Opponents Quickly
Well, killing opponents as quickly as possible will help keep yourself alive as long as possible too. Therefore, you should practice fighting techniques that will kill your opponents in mere seconds. Take a look at some of the following methods of dispatching opponents quickly, which you will always be able to do:
* Double Pummel: melee attack an opponent twice to kill them right away.
* Beat Down or Assassination: melee them in the back for an instant kill.
* Plasma Pistol + Melee: use the EMP blast and then melee the opponent right away to kill them.
* Melee + Automatic: melee an opponent to take down their shields and use an Assault Rifle to kill them.
* Four-Shot: shoot an opponent four times in the head with a precision weapon to kill them quickly.
Of course, you can simply use one of the following weapons to get a one-hit kill:
* Energy Sword
* Fuel Rod Cannon
* Gravity Hammer
* Plasma Launcher
* Rocket Launcher
Or a direct hit from one of the following vehicle weapons (but you can splatter an opponent with any vehicle):
* Banshee Bomb
* Scorpion Tank Round
* Wraith Plasma Round
Basically, the only thing you should take from this is that you have to do whatever you can to take out an opponent quickly. A one-hit kill is always preferable, but you’re more than likely going to find yourself taking a few shots to kill an opponent. Your best bet is to think quickly and use all of your weapons to your advantage. Obviously, you’ll want to melee an opponent if they don’t have shields and are close enough. You shouldn’t rocket an opponent that is standing right next to you. Some of this is pretty obvious, but players do make mistakes on a frequent basis, so don’t be one of them.
In order to take down an opponent’s shields, you can do one of the following:
* Shoot them with a weapon.
* Throw a grenade by them (which could kill them).
* Use an EMP blast from a Plasma Pistol or Armor Lock.
* Hit them with a vehicle (which will normally kill them but not always).
* Hit them with a melee attack.
You can’t kill an enemy without taking down their shields, so that’s what you’ll want to focus on first. No matter how it gets done, you need to do it before the enemy can do the same to you. If your shield gets taken out before your enemy’s does, then you might consider running away or ducking for cover. Honestly, it’s better to run away and let your shields recharge than to just die.
Post-Shield Takedown Options
Sometimes, you’ll take out an opponent’s shields and be left with the following options:
* Continue firing at the opponent to kill them.
* Switch to a secondary weapon to kill them (if out of ammo for primary weapon)
* Hit them with a melee attack to kill them if they are nearby.
* Chuck a grenade to kill them.
One thing to mention is that hitting an opponent with a melee attack when you both have no shields can be dangerous because they can do the same to you, which will result in both of you dying. You’re going to just want to kill the enemy in any way possible when they lose their shields. At close range, you’ll usually find that you are melee attacking opponents to death. At medium range, you’ll usually use a precision (non-sniper) or an automatic weapon. Long range will obviously necessitate a precision weapon or a sniper weapon – maybe even a heavy weapon. Vehicles are always an option too.
Here are some other random tips:
As far as camping is concerned, you should do it if you are good at it, even though you’ll enrage plenty of other players. The following areas are some of the best camping spots that you have available to you in Multiplayer Matchmaking:
* Sword Base: If you camp inside the lift room (the green lift) with a shotgun or sword and use the Armor Lock ability, then you can pretty much kill everything that attempts to come up the lift or walk into the room. Also, you should stay close to the lift on the left or right to avoid grenades coming up the lift or into the room.
* Hemorrhage: You can either camp on either the open ridge or the ridge with the cave on either side of the map with a Sniper Rifle. From there, you can snipe away to get plenty of kills on unsuspecting opponents.
* Countdown: At the top level of the map, there are rooms on either side that have drop-down holes. You can camp in there with a sword or shotgun to kill unsuspecting enemies. Also, you can camp inside the small rooms where the sword spawns and kill people as they come up the lifts or into the rooms.
Rushing Power (Heavy) Weapons
Another thing that people might hate you for is rushing the heavy weapons on the maps. Despite how angry opponents will get, you will end up getting plenty of kills with Rocket Launchers, Shotguns, Swords, and more. Here are some of the various locations of power weapons on particular maps:
* Boardwalk: In the underground area, a Plasma Launcher and a Rocket Launcher await you. The Plasma Launcher is right in the center of the underground area. To the right (if you are looking at the small fountain), and then to the right again, the Rocket Launcher is sitting on the ground.
* Reflection: If you start on the side of the lift, there is a Sword right behind where you spawn. People that spawn over by the fountain can run straight forward to where the fountain starts to find a Rocket Launcher. Also, going to the left area that leads up to the top floor if you spawn near the fountain will result in the discovery of the Shotgun leaning on a wall to the left.
* Sword Base: If you spawn on the side of the lift room (green), you can run across the walkway to the other side of the base. Inside the reddish room is a Shotgun leaning against the wall. On the other hand, there is a sword if you spawn in the other area to the right.
Wrapping It Up
Playing Halo: Reach can be plenty of fun, especially when you’re fighting against other players on Xbox Live. However, it will take you quite some time to truly master this game and all of the little things you need to do in order to dominate. Of course, the idea of the game is pretty simple, but playing all of the game modes effectively is an entirely different story. You’re going to need to spend some time playing this one to get great at it, but you won’t have a problem with that because this game is pretty fun anyways!