Check in here for strategies on completing the Daily and Weekly Challenges in Halo: Reach. If it’s your first time, click through the About HRD link above; and add comments below if you’ve got a good idea of your own for tackling the Challenges today.


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY



SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: KountKriztofer

We’re not sure why, but we’ve been in a Master Chief mood all week, and KountKriztofer had the perfect Screenshot Of The Day to satisfy our Sierra-117 frame of mind. But, wait…what’s he doing on Breakpoint? What kind of Christmas magic is this? You know what — we don’t wanna know. We’re just happy to see him. Everyone, click to enlarge!

Send your screenshots to haloreachdaily@live.com, or just make a file recommendation to us on XBox (Gamertag: Ender Xer0, with a zero), and we’ll take care of the rest. Remember: we’re not looking for Forge art or pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary

• TYPES: Kills, Killstyle, Single Match
SETTINGS: Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
TOTAL TIME: 30-45 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★★
TOTAL CREDITS: 6850

FIRE WHEN READY

Multiplayer

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 15-20 minutes (Concurrent with other Multiplayer Challenges)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1000

Kill 30 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

A basic, straightforward Challenge; how long it takes simply depends on which playlists you prefer and how good you are at them. So, our standard recommendations:

  • Your best bet remains Rumble Pit or Multi-Team, since the kills come fast and furious and you don’t have to worry about K/D — both the game and Challenges only count kills, not deaths, so trading one-for-one with double-melees will rack up points while scattering your own deaths (more or less) among the other players.
  • Most Pit Objective gametypes (King Of The Hill, Oddball, etc.) also usually increase your kill-count, since they concentrate combat into small zones, making it easier to spam grenades, death-blossom your Assault Rifle or pickpocket kills from a gunbattle between other players.
  • However, skip Juggernaut — a low-kill-count option that can leave you with no kills at all.
  • For a change of pace, head into the Team Slayer playlists (Slayer, Swat, Snipers), but avoid Team Objective, since games usually take longer and generate fewer kills.

ONE SPARTAN ARMY

Firefight

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 15-20 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 1500

Kill 150 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking.

Pretty simple: Just fire up a Gruntpocalypse in Score Attack and start making confetti. With 120 enemies per match, you’ll hit the Challenge mark just into the second Wave of your second game.

Corvette, atop one of the platforms, and Overlook, on the lower of the two sheds near the silo, both provide wide lines of sight for sending Grunts to their birthday party; the big guns or main deck on Outpost and the far-end walkway corners on Courtyard also offer excellent defensive positions. Use your Drop Shield liberally to keep the party going, and focus on headshots and multikills, since the medals register bonus cRedits.

T-HUG IT OUT

Multiplayer

Single Match

Close-Quarters

Type: Killstyle
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 15-20 minutes (Concurrent with other Multiplayer Challenges)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1350

Kill 7 enemies with close-quarters combat in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

Close-quarter combat includes any form of melee — that means Pummels, Beat-Downs and the ever-spectacular Assassinations. It also includes hand-held weapons like Swords and Hammers, and will even register a point from a Shotgun ambush.

  • Though I normally only reserve this recommendation for enemies and ex-wives — ah, what the hell, I’m still in a holiday mood: get your Zombie on in the Living Dead playlist, where you should be able to notch seven close-quarter kills before your brain cells consider suicide.
  • If you’ve got no love for Infection — and why would you want to use the words “love” and “infection” in the same sentence? — Rumble Pit and Multi-Team remain your other best bets. It’s crazy simple to Sprint-rush opponents for the double-melee, since even if you trade knockouts you’ll score a Challenge point in addition to the regular kill. You can also more easily work the Fire When Ready and Aggressive Negotiation Challenges, so consider saving time by combining then all here.
  • If you’d rather rely on weapons, you’ll find Swords littered liberally throughout the Rumble and M-T maps (Zealot, Sword Base, Countdown, Asylum, Reflection), while Powerhouse offers an easy-access Hammer. One obvious advantage of is that, after you’ve wrapped the Challenge, you’ve still got a power weapon to rack up additional kills.
  • You can tackle this Challenge in Team games as well, but you’ll be disadvantaged by the fact that team-shooting from the other side will seriously limit your ability to rush them, and a teammate with the Sword or Hammer removes the weapon from your list of options; in Free-For-All, you can fire on the carrier from range, then recover it from his shuddering corpse.
AGGRESSIVE NEGOTIATIONS

Multiplayer

Single Match

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-20 minutes (Concurrent with other Multiplayer Challenges)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 3000

Earn at least 17 kills in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

Nothing to say here that hasn’t been covered up top in the Fire When Ready Challenge — the only difference, of course, is that you’ll be looking to register 17 of those kills in one match, so map and gametype selection become that much more important. But, if you’re decent enough at Pit matches, you’ll find yourself hitting the 17 mark simply by playing.


HALO REACH DAILY SCREENSHOT GUIDE!



(Heya, we’ll be running our new Screenshot Guide by guest columnist Artful Fiver in this space every day this week for those who have been on holiday and missed it, or just for quick reference. It’ll take up a permanent space along the top of our Front Page in the New Year. Enjoy!)



TAKING EFFECTIVE SCREENSHOTS

Artful Fiver here. One of the coolest things about Halo Reach Daily is the Screenshot Of The Day feature, showcasing us, the members of Halo Nation in pitched battle. However, not all Screenshots are created equal. Here is one Spartan’s advice on how to create compelling Screenshots of you doing your thing and maybe score yourself some front-page action.



Bungie made your Spartan model a statuesque tank who strikes poses just standing around, so your job is to supply the game play that yields explosions, shattered vehicles, flying bodies, stuff like that. At the same time you should keep an eye out for interesting moments in the game play in between those big, loud, dramatic moments. The first lesson of the Theater is that you can learn from watching Halo as well as playing Halo. Watch yourself play campaign, watch yourself in multiplayer, watch your opponents in multiplayer. Watch and learn.



Photographers talk about the “Rule of Thirds.” Psychologically, the human eye naturally drifts to a point two-thirds of the way up an image. A good rule of thumb when composing your Screenshot is to put your horizon line on a “third”: one-third from the top (emphasis on the sky) or one-third from the bottom (emphasis moves to the sky). See the two diagrams at left (stacked top and bottom) for examples.

Advanced applications: Imagine the page is divided into three columns and three rows; the intersections are the compositional sweet spots. (See the diagram with the red dots for an example.) Try to compose your image with the key action or focus falling exactly on one of these spots and you’ll already be ahead of the game.

This just represents the basics, and all you’ll need to get started; if you want to learn more, look up “The Golden Section” on Google as it applies to visual composition; lots of great stuff on the concept — you’ll be amazed how much you already knew without realizing it.



You lookin' at me? 'Cause I'm lookin' at YOU!

Camera placement is probably the next most important consideration.

As the “cinematographer”, you’re in charge of framing the shot. A camera placed low and looking up will generally make your Spartan seem more grand and iconic. Placing the camera at eye level can create the impression that behind the visor, that Spartan is looking at YOU, mister.

Look below at the sample images from the same opening moment of Nightfall and notice how camera placement radically changes things.





Bungie spent a lot of time making Reach a highly detailed world for you to play in. The background of your Screenshot can accentuate your portrait (explosive action with busy background) or contrast it (simple, uncluttered backgrounds will focus the eye on the detailed figure). Artsy-tartsy folks will talk about each picture having a foreground, middle-ground, and background, and remind you to make deliberate choices for each zone when designing your image.

The Screenshot of the shotgun kill in Reflection (below) is an example of background supporting the action. If I were a snooty art professor, I might claim: “the repeating geometric architecture rendered in three-point perspective is echoed in the angled limbs of the tumbling figure in the foreground, whose legs frame our protagonist”. Or you could do away with the artsy mumbo-jumbo, and just say, “That dude got owned! He landed on his head!”

Other times the background can become a framing device if you strategically align the action with scenery, distinct architecture, or even empty space.

Busy background on Reflection


Architectural accent on Countdown


Quiet sky on Nightfall




Negative space (the empty area surrounding a figure) is important; always give your subject room to look into. The Rule of Space says that a person looking off stage and placed too close to the edge looks like he’s exiting. The more dramatic the pose, the more asymmetrically you can place the figure and still maintain balance.

How many knives can you spot? Give the man some room!


Depth of field can be another powerful device: Remember that you can click the right thumbstick to zoom the camera in. This is great for close-ups as well as compressing distances. Consider placing something (or someone) large in the foreground, then using the zoomed-in camera to peer over their shoulder.



Over-the-shoulder depth, figures placed on thirds, simple background highlights action... wait, is that a shotgun? *BAM!*




The pose you see the most while playing and watching Halo is your running Spartan with weapon shouldered. The only thing wrong with this pose? Everybody uses it.

Halo: Reach has built in model animations for all kinds of things. When you climb in or out of a vehicle, you see an animation different from 90% of your regular gameplay (running and gunning). Most of the Screenshot examples in this article capture specific animations that come and go in the blink of eye when you’re playing. Assassinations, melees, sprinting, jumping, assassinations (and did I mention assassinations?) — even hitting the button to change weapons will allow you to capture your Spartan with his gun down in a “resting” stance, and where you can see his face from either side.

Wait...did I mention Assassinations? OK, just checking.


Did you see my Melee animation? Wanna see it again?




So next time you have a great game, head for the Theater for the play-by-play. Remember to slow down and view potential Screenshot moments from different angles, making use of the right-click-to-zoom technique when needed.

When you get to a Screenshot-worthy event, watch it a couple of times so you can be sure you’re capturing the pivotal moment. Be aware of your background, the placement of figures, and the lighting. Hopefully we’ll see some of your excellent Screenshots here on Halo Reach Daily soon!



About the Author: Artful Fiver has been playing Halo since 2001 and is currently a Field Marshall in Halo: Reach. If you play with him in matchmaking, chances are you’ll never see him coming. Because, oh yeah, he DOES love those Assassinations!

GRATUITOUS ASSASSINATION OF THE DAY: Artful Fiver

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Comments
  1. dukemeiser says:

    Played Multi-Team King of the Hill on Countdown and got all 3 challenges in the same game.

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