Thursday, August 19, 2010

Halo: Reach Beta - Stunt Kills

Earlier this year I played in the beta test for Halo: Reach.  Of course, I looked for stunts to do while playing this great new game.  I didn't know the movie files would only be temporary unless finalized and downloaded, so I lost most of my footage.  But I did get a few films saved and luckily, some were of my favorite stunts.

Reach will have fusion cores, but the beta only had smaller gas tanks-- and they were great to do stunts with.  They are hard to balance on and not tip over (especially while holding a cumbersome chain gun that took forever to haul all the way to that spot).

There are also now jet packs in this new game.  They have limited use and require constant momentum adjusting; it takes practice to get the jet pack working for you instead of against you.

It occurred to me it may be possible to jet pack hover down onto a gas tank without tipping it and do a stunt kill.  It took me at least 40 tries before I landed one, and then many more landings before I finally got a kill from one.  I think I got about 14 hover landing kills, but only have 4 or so on video.

Luckily I do have footage of my trickiest ones:  one hover land with a headshot kill, and one hover land with an alien grenade stick.  These are both in the video here.  There are also some good comedy/fluke kills.  I have more and they’ll be out before the release as well.

Halo: Reach releases in less than a month (on Sept. 14th).  Since rarity of context makes a stunt possess more coolness, I will be trying the following challenge on it’s release:

Get a kill in a legit match, standing on a fusion core, and have it be my first kill ever while playing the released Halo: Reach game, including multi-player and campaign.

To make it better, I’ll try to also have it be my first actual shot/shots fired in the release of the game; we’ll see how it goes.

Hopefully I won't blow my shot at this kind of stunt... I'll have to wait for the next Halo (or Marathon) game release for another try.

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