Managed to get done with work in half the time today, I don't mind getting home early !
Haven't managed tog et much coding done today though... Hopefully tonight, tomorrow, and the weekend :\
Took sometime to relax, fired up Halo: CE and finished off the game on Heoric. Came in at what was left of Captain Keys as the shoot out was about to start. Not very hard, just move down the ramp to trip the area-triggers on the flood goons and back pedal off the dais and use the pillar at either corner for cover while doing some hit'n'fade and sharp shooting work.
Blew away the flood 2 or 3 at a time with my Assault Rifle and Shotgun then reloaded on my (very low) supply of grenades and ammunition from the corpses. Since several previous attempts told me there would be a covenant attack squad full of elites and grunts including fual rod guns. I stock pillied weapons near the corner, (ab)using the weapon swap to prep my fall back point. I setup a plasma rifle and pistol in the strong corner and left my assault rifle and a plasma pistol on the opposite side from the covenant door. Then loaded off my shotty and picked up a needler for some long-range work.
I figured, if I couldn't take out the attack squad when I went for the door -- lobbing grenades into there midst while letting rip at survivors with a needle gun. I'd do a fall-back by suppressive shotgun fire to the pillar, fall back point (FB) one. If I got boxed out of there, I'd fling the empty needler, frag out and rush to the assault rifle over by FB two, a last stand and run for ye life moment.
Brains over brawn ;-)
So I went over to the door, tripped the auto-open and chucked in a few grenades as the grunts threw back, blew most of them up. Then applied needler fire to deal with the living critters and put some more grenades in. Took it easy and fetched full supplies hehe
Halo I think is very much a game where you need to learn when to stand and fight from a distance and when to kick down the door and storm the enemy position, if you want to survive. After 15+ years of gaming and thousands of hours in the shoot house with my teammates training room clearing in RvS & SWAT, it comes a bit easier tome then it used to.
After that, made it off the ship (while dodging endless streams of plasma grenades) and down to the pillar of autumn. Fighting through armies of Covenant and Flood, even going toe to toe with Hunters (up close and shotty). Blew the ships reactor and high tailed it out... Halo's ending really is a bit anti-climactic compared to the pump up to get through the end game lol.
Game felt much shorter and much easier this time around 0.o
One thing I like about Halo is the Elites are almost the Master Chiefs equal, on legendary if your not paying attention a single blue elite can kill you. Heroic, well is not that challenging imho but it gets the job done for R&R. I find the best way of dealing with Elites is to use the range advantage -- and hit there shields with accuracy. The 12.7mm pistol and covenant plasma rifle work best, but the needler also works great in open ground. And you can always use your own movements and grenade tosses to control the AI's movement patterns, Halos AI ain't that bad for the Elites (although the rest suck) but they don't do long range work well and like any half realistically intelligent creature of an AI, they know RUN FOR COVER. Which makes grenades great for flushing out elites and forcing them to move towards ground more favorable for you to pick them off.
I also like going "up close and personal" in situations where I can use mobility to close and avoid more hits while finishing them off. During the control room missions I did that a lot, blast'em with the pistol then close in with the plasma rifle and rifle butt any slugs that got to close.
Halo is far from one of my 'preferred' styles of game but the single player makes good relaxing. Multilayer, I avoid though. Whenever I play Halo online I usually get owned for actually trying to capture the flag. Or I spend the round shooting the heck out of the other team like a crazed one-man-army and screaming at my stupid teammates for having the tactical ability of a slug, for camping our base instead of taking advantage of the perfect time to launch an attack !!!
Modern siege warfare favors the attacker in the long run.
Hmm, code time soon !