A Guide to Staying Alive and Kicking Butt
Halo 3. Probably the most anticipated game of this year on any platform. If you are new to this game you are likely to be in tough competition with those who have experienced the first 2 games, so here are a few tips to help you stay alive and grab a few easy kills in online multiplayer.
1. Jump Around
There’s nothing harder to hit than a moving target, especially if your are moving vertically as well as horizontally. Never stand still, you never know who is out there trying to snipe you.
2. Learn the Maps
Setup a custom private (invitation only) game and take your time exploring the levels. Search for great weapon types, look for good sniping spots, and get a “feel” for the overall layout. This will also help a lot in team games and learning how to flank your enemies.
3. Get in Close
If you are behind an enemy, don’t waste your ammo! Hit the melee button (“B” by default) to strike them in the back of the head. 1 hit kills.
4. Splash Damage
If you have an explosive weapon such as a rocket launcher, aim for the feet of your opponent. It’s more likely to hit your enemy due to the splash damage.
5. Aim for the Head
Work on your accuracy and try to go for head shots. It is the quickest and most effective way of taking down your enemy. This works best for most weapons, but if you are using a shotgun try aiming for the chest.
6. Use Vehicles
Be careful with this one. Vehicles are best in open areas with little or no chance of getting stuck. They are a big target and make a lot of noise (making you easy to find), but if you ram into a few players you can gain some easy kills.
7. Weapon Combos
Experiment with weapon combinations to suit your situation. Usually dual wielding pistols is best for close range (with maximum damage), whereas rifles are best for medium-long distance.
Learning to master grenades takes time, but it’s definitely worth practicing as much as possible. Try to aim for where your enemy will be (within 2 seconds or so) rather than where they actually are. This will also help in slightly laggier games.
9. Teaming Up
This tip is linked to number 8. When in a team it is common (and a great tactic) to stay close together. However, be careful not to stay too close to your team mates as it leaves you open to a total wipeout. One luckily thrown grenade can wipe out a team of 4 in seconds. Try to keep a little distance apart.
10. NEVER give up!
You have an enemy up close emptying their gun into your face and your gun just ran out of ammo. Don’t run away! Charge into them and smack them in the face (“B” button), run circles around them and try to throw that last grenade before your food for the crows! You may even get lucky and take out a few people after death. This has worked for me many times and is definitely worth a go. Don’t go down without a fight!
So there we have it, 10 simple tips to help you stay alive and cause maximum damage in Halo 3. I am by no means a veteran at this game, but I have learnt to do well from this information.
If anyone has any tips of their own please leave a comment. I too could do with all the help I can get!