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  Mara Jade Skywalker
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I'm surprised we have no Halo thread, but...here is one now.

I finally got my new Xbox One set up, and the Master Chief Collection downloaded and installed. Just started playing Halo 2, and wow. Fantastic! The remastering is gorgeous. Halo 2 is probably my favorite Halo game, and I think the collection is totally worth it just for that. Not to mention everything else you get. Very Happy
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  Salaris Vorn
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I'm currently working my way through Reach on Heroic. I die a lot but I'm honestly surprised that, with a few tries, I have so far managed to progress through each level. I was pretty certain that I'd never make it past level 2 or so. I'm mainly doing it so I can be 1 step closer to unlocking the CQB helmet customization.

After that I think I'll stick to normal difficulty mode. I appreciate how heroic (and no doubt Legendary) difficulty is probably the most accurate to the narrative (since pretty much any soldiers who aren't Spartans drop like flies) but it is kinda discouraging to have a squad of ODSTs with you and have them be ineffective cannon fodder too. I guess I like normal since it meshes better with Halo: ODST where non-Spartans are able to put up a fight, if having a much harder time of it. I also like it when grunts can't take 1/3 of a AR mag to the face...
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I have never played outside of Normal. A friend of mine beat Reach on Legendary, but I remember the woes he expressed. I can't even imagine. Though I would consider it a fun challenge one day. Very Happy

I had to laugh at your comment about the grunts. I've noticed that in Halo 2 all over again. I pop them in the head three or four times with a battle rifle, and they just bounce back like punching bags. Even headbutting them with a weapon often sends them skidding away like bumper cars. They're too resilient sometimes. But it's all good. I like when they bunch up, which they often do, so I can send a grenade into the pile. They're never resilient to that. Wink

I have to reiterate my love for the remastered Halo 2. It is simply staggeringly marvelous. Seems like they remade the entire game, graphics wise. Even CE doesn't look nearly that good with its upgrades. I just can't praise the improvements enough. Good on you, 343. Smile
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I'm actually halfway through a Legendary playthrough of all four games. Just started Halo 2. It can be repetitive; I got stuck for 3 hours on a single skirmish - the one just before the second station explodes. The trick is figuring out how to kill each enemy type. Elites can be easily killed with an overloaded Covenant pistol, then a quick battle rifle burst. Practically nothing else works on Legendary. Yet on CE Legendary plasma rifles were best. So yes, it can be tough, but fun and satisfying when trying to figure out the perfect run through.
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Friends are a must when playing on Legendary, the respawning alone requires one person to hang back.
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Life Is The Path wrote:
I'm actually halfway through a Legendary playthrough of all four games. Just started Halo 2. It can be repetitive; I got stuck for 3 hours on a single skirmish - the one just before the second station explodes. The trick is figuring out how to kill each enemy type. Elites can be easily killed with an overloaded Covenant pistol, then a quick battle rifle burst. Practically nothing else works on Legendary. Yet on CE Legendary plasma rifles were best. So yes, it can be tough, but fun and satisfying when trying to figure out the perfect run through.


Yeah I'm kinda making it hard on myself playing Reach and trying to only use UNSC weapons. Which, unlike other Halo games, actually works since ammo for them is very plentiful. Kinda like how I played Republic Commando trying to only use GAR equipment (save for the Trando shotgun because that was too much fun to use). I'm really a fan of the DMR in Reach, even on Heroic it packs a real punch and can take out many enemies with 1-2 headshots.

Maybe I should make it a policy to trade Covenant weapons with my NPC allies so they'll have more powerful weapons that might allow them to live more than a nanosecond.
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Perhaps, perhaps not. Weapon and enemy strengths and weaknesses vary with each game, so perhaps staying with UNSC weapons isn't such a bad thing in Reach.
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Sorry for the double post but I totally forgot to address your last point, Vorn (sorry for that, too). Giving them stronger weapons can help - but mostly only against minor enemies. If an elite or a sniper comes, they'll likely still die, and just as quickly. That said, they are a useful way of transporting stronger weapons like rocket launchers for longer periods than they'd normally last, and that's mainly how I use them.

In other news, I picked up a Metal Earth UNSC Pelican for my sister. I was doing some early Xmas shopping, but it looks so good it may not make it to her stocking ....
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