Halo Infinitehas several video game techniques that make it unique among FPS games.
Understanding Halo Infinite’s maps and sandbox wins games.
Learn how to build game sense through video game techniques, tips, and more.
Playing similar games improves your skill at arena-style shooters.
If you’re serious about getting better at Halo, you need to love learning. Video game techniques in Halo are quite different from modern games and shooters that came before. You’re in the right spot — HaloHype has several seasoned veteran players back to Combat Evolved.
Whether you’re low-level, are pretty new to first-person shooters (FPS), or you’re a veteran looking to brush up on the fundamentals, this article has the video game techniques and game sense tips you need to improve your skill set and win games.
Prepare to drop, trooper.
Playing in the Sandbox
There are two universal truths when it comes to improving in Halo. The first is to understand the map. The second is to understand the weapons. It’s time to talk about each.
Picking Your Spots
Knowing a map inside and out helps you pick your spots to the best of your ability. If you understand what routes are popular and where an enemy is likely to go, it’s easier to find an ideal flank position or callout for a teammate’s shot.
Think about the positions where you die the most. Avoid those areas until you learn viable strategies to improve – whether in-game or from watching someone else.
Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the sandbox is a big value add as a teammate. It’s reasonable to think most understand how to use their gun effectively — but there’s knowing and then there’s doing.
Instinctually knowing a weapon’s rate of fire and at what range it’s effective gives you the edge over players who have better equipment.
Your starting loadout in Halo is identical to the enemy team’s, generally called “even starts.” As the game unfolds and gun fights break out, players begin to position themselves differently and scavenge equipment and weapons. Just like in a game of blackjack, you’re dealt a new hand when any player’s loadout changes.
Below is a brief breakdown and classification of each weapon. Each fire rate is different, but each category has some overlap in function.
* = Very loosely classified, but likely the closest category
** = Power weapon with a special broadcast spawning pad and timer
As you get in the reps and practice, you learn when to use which gun — and what to use in any given situation, location, and gun duel. For example, if you play at the right range and stay out of reach, your BR out-duelsa Cindershot or Energy Sword. In other scenarios, you want a Needler or Bulldog because of their spawning placement.
A Brief (Grapple) Shot Into Equipment
Equipment pickups see their triumphant first return to the series since Halo 3.Each has a specific utility andsets up successful engagements and highlight reels like any weapon (yes, even the Drop Wall):
Active Camo: A Halo classic that makes you invisible for 30 seconds. The invisibility isn’t foolproof, but when employed correctly, you become a Ninja assassin for Overkills. Don’t sprint when using it, ensure no one is ever following you, and attack from behind. It is considered a power weapon with specialty spawns.
Overshield: Since the Overshield (OS) doubles your shields, it only lasts 40 seconds after you pop it. A skilled player whittles down the shield with grenades, keeping their distance or even well-placed melees. Going up against a health bar at 200 percent is a sizable disadvantage. When you leverage it properly by picking your spots, OSleads to five-point swings. As it is also considered a power weapon, it has a special spawn and timer.
Drop Wall: Exactly what it sounds like, the drop wall is a deployable cover that is weak enough to beshot through after enough damage. Get a feel for the time to deploy and place them when camping objectives. When used correctly, it protects you from grenade spam.
Grappleshot: Because of its grappling nature, this sends you sailing across the map to chase down objectives, weapons, and cheeky kills. However, this alsobrings you weapons from lengthy distances. Use it sparingly, and especially to yoink power weapons off their pads while you’re in cover. You’ll thank yourself later.
Repulsor: A pickup that allows you to “boop” objects backward, the repulsor is an excellent counter to energy swords and grenades. But it also is an excellent movement mechanic when deployed directly at the ground while jumping. Thisallows you to get into excellent flanking positions, and maybe even boop somebody off the map.
Threat Sensor: The sensor has a detection device, revealing nearby enemies, even through walls. Use this and call out enemy positions by pinging.
Thruster: A short-range dash in whatever direction you’re inputting, the thruster is an excellent mixup option while in a fight. It gives you the upper hand with an unexpected move, to escape behind cover, dodge a grenade, or even set up a Ninja for your highlight reels.Use it sparingly.
Win the Battle, but Also Win the War
This series’ governing principle is its power weapons — control the power weapons, and you win the match. It’s how Halo works.
Infinite’s competitive settings start you with just the BR75, so scavenging the right weapons is essential to a win. Any starter weapon proves deadly when used by a disciplined trigger finger.
Power weapons are the golden ticket to victory. These weapons and equipment lead to faster time-to-kill (TTK) and are hard to fight. If you win that fight, however, power weapons become yours.
This leads to an essential point: Don’t be afraid to pick up power weapons. It’s better that you have it and use it poorly rather than allow an enemy the advantages a power weapon gives.
If you’re uncomfortable, get a feel for weapons in the Practice Range. If you don’t know how to use a gun, get the reps in, watch someone else use it, and understand each role in the sandbox.
Remember: Understanding the weapons and understanding the map is what wins games.
It’s time to discuss some basics. The following principles apply to every game mode and competition you’re in.
You’ve probably seen some epic meltdowns from players who got jumped one too many times by excellent enemy positioning. Newer players often dismay when attacked or see an enemy in their crosshairs.
The takeaway here: Do not panic. When your adrenaline spikes because of a key team fight or it’s a one-on-one, you feel out of control or anxious. It’s just a game, so breathe, take your time, then hit your shots.
If you miss, you miss — everyone misses around half of their shots every game, believe it or not. If you hit 50 percent or more of your shots and you have more kills or equal amounts of kills as deaths, you’re on the fast track to improving.
Play Your Game
A lot of Halo is reactionary: When the enemy team has locked down rockets for the last three spawns, you’re likely behind on the scoreboard. When you play the game at your pace, practice fundamentals, and position properly, you improve.
Lower-skill players let game situations push them into poor decision-making, or they allow the pressure or speed of their current gunfight dictate how they fire and what sandbox resources they spend. Like any other type of resource, it’s quickly spent.
Don’t let this be you. Halo’s TTK is much slower than other shooters because of its shield system. Make your decisions deliberately and remember, if you miss your shots, you have options to fall back on.
Punch a dude if you’re close enough. If you have a grenade, it’s an excellent option to get something cheeky to start or finish a fight. Play at your pace, according to your skill level. You don’t play effectively fast until you play well slow. Don’t let any outside factor back into making poor decisions.
Stop Sprint Spamming
Sprint is a useful tool in most FPS, but in Halo Infinite, it’sonly eight percent faster than x. That differenceseparates escape from a lost engagement or picking off an enemy with cracked shields. Infinite’s sprint is a well-balanced gateway into movement tech like sprint slide and jump sliding.
Over-sprinting in Halo Infinite feeds the enemy team’s scoreboard. You do it every once in a while because everyone does. Maybe you got caught in a 1v2 or 2v3, and you just respawned and have to get back to help your team. You’re off to the races, straight for where the fight occurred to pick off the leftover enemies — where they lie in wait for you to poke your on-fire helmeted head around the corner. They definitely have a power weapon or two.
Instead of feeding the enemy team, here are a couple of dos and don’ts for sprinting in Infinite:
Slide when evading fire. Sliding in Infinite is an excellent mix-up to avoid opposing fire. When you slide, your character model becomes smaller, which makes you harder to hit. A well-placed slidesaves you from a sniper round to the dome.
Learn how to strafe.Unconventional movement makes you harder to hit and sees you come out on top. This is especially true in a gunfight where you’re at a disadvantage.
Sprint around corners. Getting your gun back up and ready to fire takes a few frames. Those frames are often the difference between a winnable fight or another quick trip to the Respawn Screen.
Automatically sprint just to sprint. Sprinting just because you want to channel your inner Sonic the Hedgehog is a great way to get yourself killed and/or end up on a Mint Blitz highlight reel. (But maybe that’s fun in its own right.)
Watch Halo Pros and Content Creators
YouTube, Twitch, and, if you absolutely have to, Facebook Gaming have thousands of Halo players to learn from.
Here’s a short list of excellent creators in the community:
Lucid: 2022 Regular Season MVP and 2022 Halo World Champion, Tommy “Lucid” Wilson plays for OpTic Gaming and is likely the best in the game today. He’s insightful, skilled, level-headed, and a player who entertains as well as teaches.
Shyway: The advanced movement tech guru himself, Shyway is an in-depth analyst for the series.Through his YouTube channel and his Twitter, you get a comprehensive breakdown of skill jumps, advanced slides, and clip breakdowns.
YNOT B CASTING: Tony offers regular Halo Championship Series (HCS) news, streams on Twitch, and is one of HCS’ go-to commentators. Learn plenty about the professional game and start watching more of the pros after doing so.
And while you do, write down what you observe. According to eAthlete Labs, if you write down what you learn, it “[makes] it more likely to stick in your long-term memory.”
Play Other Shooters
This might sound counterintuitive at first — if you want to get better at Halo, don’t you just keep playing Halo?
Well, yes. But actually? No.
While grinding Halo Infinite familiarizes you with the series’ sandbox and helps you to gain an understanding of how weapons and map positions are balanced, it helps to have some contrasting experiences. These comparisons orient you better in Halo’s arena.
Below are some multiplayer FPS to check out that have skill sets and sandboxes similar to Halo Infinite:
Halo: The Master Chief Collection:Your first stop that isn’t Infinite to see improvements. The Halo franchise borrows from itself all the time, and to know your roots is to improve.
Splitgate: While 1047 has moved on to developing more games with similar mechanics, support and game patches still happen regularly for this title. Imagine a shooter that draws inspiration from Halo’s sandbox and cranks up the positioning game and speed by adding a portal gun — that’s Splitgate.
Apex Legends: Truthfully, this is included here in place of Titanfall 2, since support for that title has been dropped by Respawn. Still, there are excellent guns, abilities, movement, and scavenging principles here that easily translate over to Infinite.
See You in “Ranked”!
There are plenty of ways to improve in Halo Infinite by employing multiplayer video game techniques. Building game sense, understanding the sandbox and the map and learning from other players and games all lead to your skill level increasing. Learn from the best, because you’re just getting started.
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