10th April – Halo Reach Daily Challenges & Commentary

In the 5 days since I bought a PS3 I’ve played through Journey 6 times. Yesterday I even sat and watched someone else playing through it. At only about 2.5 hours long it’s pretty easy to get through in one sitting, which is in part what makes the story so wonderful. It’s emotive, and engaging, to such a high degree.

What surprised me whilst watching someone was how there are so many small things in video games that we know because we play them, but to anyone new they’re not obvious. It’s interesting because I looked at Journey as something perfect for a non-gamer, which it still is, but there are some definite elements that on the first play through aren’t as obvious.

Either way, if you have a PS3, go buy it. I’ll be shocked if it’s not one of the top games of the year, if not the top one!

Today’s challenges are:

  1. One Spartan Army – Kill 400 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking – 2000 cR
  2. Survivor – Earn 5 Sprees in a Firefight Matchmaking game – 2000 cR
  3. Golden Opportunity – Find and kill the Gold Ranger-class Elite in any Campaign mission on Heroic or harder – 5343 cR
  4. Home Field Advantage – Win 8 games in multiplayer Matchmaking – 4400 cR

Commentary follows after the break…

One Spartan Army – Kill 400 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking – 2000 cR

You get 120 Grunts in Gruntpocalypse, about 100 enemies in Score Attack, 120-135 in 2X SA, and something like 330 in a Firefight Matchmaking game (although split between up to 4 people). If you need to ‘top up’ your FF kills, jump into a game of Generator Defense or Crashsite and once you have your kills give up the defense.

Survivor – Earn 5 Sprees in a Firefight Matchmaking game – 2000 cR

You get 120 kills in Gruntpoc so it’s an easy way to do it. If you can get kills using weapons (ie 5 grenade sticks, a shotgun, sniper rifle etc) then you get nearer the total – use Score Attack to get a range of weapons. Beachhead is quite good as you can use the vehicles to get more sprees – and now on Firefight Arcade you’ve got a good chance of using a variety of weapons, lots of killing sprees and grenades and the like.

Golden Opportunity – Find and kill the Gold Ranger-class Elite in any Campaign mission on Heroic or harder – 5343 cR

Your best bet is Winter Contingency from Rally Point Alpha. Follow this excellent guide to find the Gold Elite on all levels, or this comment from MJOLNIR Tester previously about finding him quickly on WC. We’ve also had lots of discussion on one particular Gold Ranger in New Alexandria.

Home Field Advantage – Win 8 games in multiplayer Matchmaking – 4400 cR

Stick to Team Slayer/SWAT/Snipers/Objective/Grifball/Action Sack for this. In those there are only two teams so your chances of winning are greatly improved. If you find a group of guys you play well with then stick with them.

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11 Responses to 10th April – Halo Reach Daily Challenges & Commentary

  1. Metal Zangief says:

    Lots of points for once. Bout time

    • KingThursday says:

      Agreed. These 10k+ days are the ones that draw me back in. Cumulative 6k dailies? Pfft. What am I, poor?

  2. DeepCrow says:

    Seriously, who uses the word “whilst”?

    • KingThursday says:

      Apparently, the reply function doesn’t work?

    • KingThursday says:

      From an article on while v whilst:

      “My old OED from 1930 writes: ‘whilst less usual form of while’. My 2007 version of the OED describes whilst as ‘chiefly British’ and a word that dates back to Middle English (mid-1000s to mid-1400s). It derives from the word whiles + t, in the same way as against. The origin of against is: again + -s + -t = again + adverbial genitive + superlative.

      The problem with choosing – or insisting on using – whilstis that once you’ve done so you also have to take a similar position towards amidst, amongst and unbeknownst. Look up amidst in the OED and what you’ll find ‘literary variant of amid’, what Fowler and Fowler labelled the amateurism of ‘conscious archaism’. ‘It is conscious archaism that offends, above all the conscious archaisms of the illiterate.’ Archaisms are, according to them, ‘deliberate ornaments’ used by the amateur writer . . . for the sole purpose of wanting to impress.”

    • Matthew Vose says:

      Or simply… those of us speaking the Queen’s English.

      • MissedTheApex says:

        Agreed, Matthew. This is a good example of someone needing to get his facts straight before taking a jab at someone. Because sometimes, your own ignorance can make you look…well…ignorant.

        Hell, I’m just a stupid American, and even I know that English speakers outside North America typically use “whilst.” Careful, Matthew…next time, he’ll criticize you for not knowing how to spell “color” and “center”.

      • KingThursday says:

        That’s actually in the first section of the article (and in the quote): Whilst is ”Chiefly British.”

      • Dogmeat says:

        I find it interesting how a single word can bring back a memory. I used “whilst” in a post a couple of years ago to denote someone who always exhibits perfect decorum:

        Proper Passenger Etiquette

        🙂

      • DaRoflBandit says:

        Seriously… what are you guys talking about?

  3. Knifekilljoy69 says:

    I whilst use whilst if I feel

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