Hey, Ever wanted to know how to play Halo: Reach better? Well I thought I’d throw a guide together of things you can do to improve your play, Here is my Megathread to getting better fast at Halo: Reach.
Part One: Basic rules
So first off you need to know my list of basic rules:
- Practice, Keep playing try Team Slayer, The Arena or MLG, As you need to get used to working as a team
- Get some friends, Practice gets extremely boring get some mature buddys who won’t distract you and play together.
- Learn the maps, Weapon spawns, Health packs, Lifts, Shortcuts
- Always use your voice, It’s your most powerful weapon communicate well, I’d suggest watching some MLG and observing how they communicate.
- Select accurate weapons, Always keep a DMR on hand its still a good all rounder and its always good to have.
- Share, Don’t hog two power weapons share them out your team will become more effective
- Learn your weapons,
- Use your grenades,
- Don’t get offended by online comments for example ‘Rockets are a noob gun’ First off if it wins you the game it wins you the game you got to remember that or it will hold you back.
Part Two: Your gaming setup
One thing people underestimate is the power of a good setup. So here is my advice for setting up you Xbox, TV, and your entire gaming zone to make you more comfortable and ready to play to the best of your ability. A good way to start is to place your Xbox so it is away from your feet it is easy to kick it and take the disk out you never want that to happen, Also keep it in a dust free area preferably off the floor and in a well ventilated space.
Secondly your TV personally I think a LCD between 19" & 32" is a good size but any old TV will work, Make sure you are directly in front of your TV on a comfortable chair, futon or sofa but make sure your not to comfy that you will lay down and fall asleep. Another really really important thing to check for is Screen lag! This is really important do not skips this if you own a HD TV, First off screen lag is caused by HD because a screen cannot process the data it is being sent from the Xbox it not a problem for offline play but online it makes a whole lot of difference. Screen lag causes the images you see to be shown after they have already happened for example you could be playing a sniper shot could go off at 10:01 seconds into the game however you would only be shown it a second later, Therefor you could be a second behind the game. That doesn’t seem like a lot but in a DMR fight a second advantage is worth one shot and one shot could be the difference between you walking or facing the dirt. So how do you check well a good start is to google your TV and look at the specification, All TV’s have screen lag unless you buy the official MLG Acer TV. So if you have really bad screen lag then switch back to good old standard definition. But if the screen lag is not too bad then you could keep playing with it but still try SD out it might help out your play.
Background distractions should be avoided play in a quiet space somewhere where you family or friends won’t distract you, Also turn all your attention to the game sit forward in your chair with your arms resting on your lap, Do not sit to far from your TV the closer the better, Forget about it hurting your eyes the distance makes little difference just remember to take frequent breaks keep hydrated and wear comfortable cloths like a short arm T-shirt, jeans or Sweatpants hell even shorts. Keep your room well ventilated so you don’t get too hot and keep anything you may need near you at all times for example spare battery’s, play and charge kit, a drink… Hopefully this will make a difference,
You can also check out Dr Pepper & MLG Ultimate Gaming House the 2010 season has just finished but the 2011 season will start up soon or so I have been told, So if you have a real bad setup then you could go and win yourself a Ultimate gaming house! However you can just use it to see how the MLG’s setup their game zone…
Part Three: Keeping a Balance
This part is short a sweet don’t just play the Xbox 24/7 play a sport or do something to keep you physically active for example I play the drums but sports work too, Now some people say MLG is a sport and ESPN show it sometimes but it will not beat getting out and doing something. Being fit keeps up your responses makes you more alert and awake.
Part Four: Video guides
Here’s a list of video guides some of these are on Halo 3 but still apply to Reach
TSquared Tips: Power Weapons
TSquared Tips: Communication
TSquared Tips: Firefight
Last Longer With Karma
Last Longer With Naded
Last Longer With Ghostayame
Halo Reach Pro Play With Snipedown
This last video is really special in this you can see the pure skill and effort that MLG’s put into their play, Keep an eye on the Communication… MLG Raleigh 2010 Halo 3 Finals