Haunted Helmet: Not Looking Good

December 27th, 2010

More info on the Haunted Helmet.  After unlocking the Security helmet and the UA/HUL add-on for it, a new add-on opened.  The CBRN/CNM is available for 200,000 cR but requires a rank of Mythic to purchase.  There's also another helmet add-on for GUNGNIR that requires the rank of Legend.

Haunted Helmet takes forever

Thus, the previous article about helmet add-on costs will need to be revised.  It seems when you purchase one add-on, another may become available.

So now it's at least going to take the rank of Mythic to get every helmet and add-on.  As with the CBRN/CNM, that's an additional 200K cR.  Buying just the base helmets doesn't work.  Chances are that before everything is finished, it will take the rank of Inheritor to get the Haunted Helmet.  It was worth a try and fun to chase, but 20mil cR is a long ways away.  Bungie needs to step up and have some double or triple cR weekends.


Haunted Helmet: Update

December 22nd, 2010

In follow up to the chase for the Haunted Helmet, I've purchased all base helmets and most of the add-ons.  There's one add-on for the CQB helmat that hasn't unlocked yet.  It requires you to finish Halo 3 on Legendary, so that's the next task to tackle.

Haunted Helmet

The remaining add-ons needed are going to cost 515,000 cR and I have about 325,000 cR now, so it's time to drop back and clean up Halo 3 on Legendary.

If getting all of the helmets and all of the add-ons doesn't work, it could be a case of needing to be an Inheritor to achieve the Hanuted Helmet.  Yuck.


Haunted Helmet: Separating Fact From Fiction

December 2nd, 2010

So without a doubt if you've played Halo: Reach, you know about the vast choices of the armory.  Within the armory, there are various add-ons for your Spartan, like visors, knee guards and helmets.  I'm going to review the helmets, specifically the coveted Pilot variant, Haunted, and how to theoretically to get it.

The Mysterious Haunted Helmet

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Halo: Reach Rank Freeze Lifted

November 3rd, 2010

Bungie has lifted the rank freeze / cap on Halo: Reach. According to Bungie, there are no more caps in place. You can rank up and earn armor all the way to Inheritor if you want. But how do you make it to 20milcR at 1KcR at a time?

Halo: Reach Rank Unfreeze


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Halo: Reach Noble Map Pack Achievements

November 1st, 2010

Bungie has published the achievement list for the upcoming Halo: Reach Noble Map Pack due November 30:

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Activision Releases Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011

October 27th, 2010

Activision has released their newest entry into the hunting arena with Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011 for PS3, PC and Xbox 360.

Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011 Front

While you can buy just the game, you can also purchase the package with their new Top Shot Elite gun.

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Halo: Reach - Noble Map Pack

October 26th, 2010

Bungie has announced the first downloadable map pack for Halo: Reach is coming November 30. The pack is a total of 3 maps at 800 MS points named Noble Map Pack and include an additional 250 gamerscore to complete. Bungie has released images of the maps: Anchor 9, Breakpoint and Tempest.

Halo: Reach Noble Maps

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Inheritor Rank - 20 million credits?

October 20th, 2010

If you've noticed, the Halo: Reach credits (cR) required for the Inheritor rank is 20,000,000.  It takes over a million cR just to reach Colonel Grade 2.  So where do all these credits come from?  Once commendations are maxed out, should you just run campaign or matchmaking until the end of time?  Let's take a look at the numbers...

20 Million Grunt Killin' Credits

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Halo: Reach - Rank Freeze / Cap

October 20th, 2010

UPDATE: According to Bungie, the freeze / cap will lift sometime in mid-November, or at the same time that collective Halo: Reach online players complete a total of 117 million Daily and Weekly challenges. Get it?  John 117 and 117 million.

Lt. Colonel Grade 3 - MAX!

For now, your maximum Halo: Reach rank is Lt. Colonel Grade 3. Bungie has stated they will keep the freeze in place for a bit longer. Chances are the rank freeze/cap will be lifted about the time Call of Duty: Black Ops comes out (Nov. 9) to try to pull away some of their online players. Once the freeze/cap is lifted, we'll let you know.


Halo: Reach - Ranks and Credits (cR)

October 20th, 2010

Halo: Reach now uses a credit (cR) system that allows players to increase rank. For every cR earned, the player moves closer to a higher rank. Credits can be earned from Campain, Multiplayer and FireFight. Credits are earned through basic gameplay, medals earned, commendations and slot machine (given a the end of any matchmaking game). Credits are also used towards the purchase of armor upgrades. While you may spend cR on armor, your advancement towards your next rank does not diminish beacuse of spending cR. Once a cR is earned, it is applied towards rank and does not reduce (unless you get the ban hammer for cR boosting). Below is the list of available ranks and the required number of cR to reach each:

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Halo: Reach - Commendations

October 19th, 2010

The Halo: Reach Commendations offer a good way to earn cR towards your next rank. Each gametype (Campaign, Multiplayer, FireFight) offers a different set of commendations. Well for some, the names are different but the goal is the same. The levels of commendations and approximate cR increase are:

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Xbox Live - Pro?

October 15th, 2010

When you set-up a profile for a gemertag in Xbox Live, you have four choices for your zone: Family, Pro, Recreation, Underground.  For my profile, I've picked Recreation which is why I play games.  What seems to be the most popular zone?

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Halo: Reach Challenge Choosing

October 15th, 2010

Performing the Daily or Weekly Challenges on Halo: Reach are a good way to pick up some extra cR, but sometimes it doesn't pay to "chase" a challenge.  A good example is one of the Daily Challenges from October 12, 2010.

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Halo: Reach Jet-Packing Kills

October 15th, 2010

On October 11, Bungie had a Halo: Reach Challenge to kill 10 enemies on the level Exodus on Normal while jet-packing.  It wasn't that difficult, but there was something that came to light during the process.

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Halo: Reach - Legendary Solo Tips

October 15th, 2010

Finishing Halo:Reach on Legendary Solo is not impossible but it's not a cake walk either.  It's more about patience and conservation than anything else.  Following are some basic tips for pulling it off.

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