bodyguard – The Joy of Combat (or: Let

Since it is my goal to lead as many of my fellow red-blooded comrades into the glorious field of video game battle, known as ‘Halo: Combat Evolved’ and ‘Halo 2’ (and very soon, ‘Halo 3’ and ‘Halo Wars’), I offer a basic primer for combat.

Here are some basic combat tips from a fairly advanced player. For those of you who are looking for an edge in this game, or just looking to have enough skill at your debut, to keep from being humiliated, this is for you. You may know some, none, or all the tactics in this article depending on your level of experience. Even if you are an expert this article may help you remember the fundamentals that made you a good player. In this article, I will focus primarily on individual fighting techniques. Later, we’ll address team strategies.

Weapon Combos (Halo 2, only):

At close and medium range, plasma pistol in off-hand, magnum or needler in strong-hand, makes for a devastating strike. Overloading the plasma pistol and capping a shot at a nearby Elite, breaks his shield, and the magnum finishes him. In Halo, the same thing can be accomplished by popping a big shot at the Elite, and quickly changing weapons, to finish him. For long-range shots, the weapon of choice is an Earth battle rifle, if you can’t lay your hands on a sniper rifle. If you aim at an opponent’s head and they don’t… they will be wondering how they died so quickly. If you are running dual plasma rifles, alternate you fire, in 3 to 5 round bursts. This lets you mercilessly pound and erode your opponents shield. If they can’t get cover, they’re done.

Plasma Pistol/Battle Rifle combo:

My personal favorite. If you are at close to medium range, hit them with a big shot from the plasma pistol and transition to the battle rifle. POP/brap/brap down. At long range, pick them off with the battle rifle. In gameplay, this plasma pistol/battle rifle combo is highly effective against Ultras (that have been known to kill you, after getting 2 plasma grenades stuck on their face!).

Plasma and Fragmentation Grenades:

This is one of the things that separates the strong from the weak. It takes mucho practice to become an expert with grenades, but it is one of the quickest ways to kill someone (duh). Use common sense, throw the grenade where the player will be not where they are right now. If you see an enemy bearing down on you, get behind cover and roll a grenade in their path. If it doesn’t take them out, it will break their shield, and leave them vulnerable for the kill.

Melee attack (or smacking the daylights out of your opponent):

Nothing is more aggravating than getting buttstroked with a shotgun from behind, the shot in the back of the head. Instantaneous. In my early xbox live online experience, with a player known as Queen Bee, this happened to me repeatedly. She really forced me to get better, fast. Don’t forget that you lunge slightly when you melee, so use that to your advantage.

Just like real life… flank:

Try to flank the enemy as often as possible. For example if you are on top of the big base sniping, watch your radar. If you see an enemy coming up, look through or jump through the hole behind you and take them out. On Ivory Tower, if you are at the top and see someone approaching from the dark side, jump down a level and flank them. Do not run into rooms with more than one enemy… make them come to you or weaken them with grenades first, then make your move.

Summary: The 3 most important rules: head shots, head shots, and head shots. Hone your marksmanship. Like the guy that asked how to get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, Practice Practice. Get familiar with the maps you are going to play on. If you don’t know the maps, your opponent might.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, but you don’t know how to get started, stop by my page.

ask for Reclaimer.45. I’ll show ya around. Semper Fi


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