REACH DAILY CHALLENGES: KILLING FRENZY

Posted: April 13, 2011 in Multiplayer
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KILLING FRENZY

Multiplayer

Single Match

Spree

Kills

Type: Kills / Spree
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Hard
Time: 45-60 minutes
Value: ★★★☆
Reward: 2000

Earn a Killing Frenzy in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

Yeah, like we really needed a Daily Challenge to make us hunt for Killing Sprees. We all score them pretty frequently, though Killing Frenzy is perhaps one you’ve nailed many times before, but not with any sense of planning or regularity. The fact is, there’s no real shortcut here: Either you’re good, or lucky, or both, but it’s not a Challenge that will simply fall into your pocket.

However, despite that this may be your longshot Challenge of the day, you still have a few options to skitch the odds in your favor:

  • Armor Lock, hate it though you might, becomes your best friend here, since it’ll prevent a lucky Plasma stick from resetting your Spree counter and generally save your ass in all sorts of tight spots. You know all those douchebags who you hate Armor Locking just as you’re about to score a kill? Well, now that’s you. Do you want the Challenge cRedits, or do you want to be popular? Yeah, thought so.

    Armor Lock: Be The Douchbag.

  • As a general principle, play defensively, since you need 10 kills for this to register, and you won’t get them all in row by going batshit on the battlefield. Stick with distance headshot weapons that’ll help you score kills from range while keeping you out of danger (yes, Sniper Rifle, we’re talking to you). Ignore the close-quarter Power Weapons like Hammers, Swords and Shotguns unless you’re particularly good at camping; if you are, you’ll rack up Sprees, and if you’re not, you’ll get a Plasma Grenade stuck to your head.
  • Ideally, spend your time in Objective-based Big Team Battle games and especially Invasion, since you’ll only have a timer to contend with rather than a kill-count limit, which can mathematically cut short your Spree before the game has even finished. You’ll also find more enemies to target in BTB and a greater likelihood of vehicles, which make Multikills (and thus Sprees) more typical no matter which side of the headlights you’re on.
  • In fact, while it’s true that Reach has nerfed most vehicles into rolling deathtraps, making it likely that you’ll eventually get blown to bits (by gunfire, Armor Lock, a flying traffic cone), they still remain useful for a few essential kills on their way to the scrapyard, especially against other vehicles. Hop in a Wraith or Revenant and play conservatively, waiting for the other team to make its rush; you can score single- or Double-Kills against guys on the ground, Doubles and Triples against other vehicles, and even boost for splatters when needed.

    The best way to destroy a Banshee: Turn into Godzilla.

  • Many players who score a Killing Frenzy do so in the Banshee, particularly when griefing a team populated by some combination of quitters, betrayers or AFKs; and we’ve all been bent over by that piece of sunshine at some point or another. The fact is, though — and you may not want to admit it, but it’s true — unless you’re a really good pilot, climbing into the cockpit will just turn you into a soon-to-explode bullet magnet long before you hit a 10-killstreak. If, however, you do insist on Banshee-bombing: run up a few kills, then ditch the bird once enemy fire has reduced you to a flying purple potato. At that point, the vehicle has become more dangerous to you than any enemies you might target.
  • Other Big Team Objective games also remain great for gathering Sprees: enemies usually converge into clustered hot zones, such as with King Of The Hill or Multiflag, making it easier to spam grenades and fire into the crowd. Just don’t go into the Hill, or grab the Flag yourself: That’s a sure way to get fragged and lose your Spree. You’ll be trading off some points in the game, but the Challenge bonus will more than make up for it.
  • NOTE, however: In Objective games, the counter for Sprees doesn’t carry over from Round to Round. And in all games, a betrayal will reset your counter, so don’t be tempted by that teammate with the Sniper Rifle when you’ve got one kill left to go. (Or, ever, yeah?) Also: Host migrations will reset your kill-streak to zero. It can’t be avoided, so just deal with it; and at least you can go get your own Sniper Rifle now.
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