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Halo LASO Challenge
Posted: Posted December 21st, 2016
Edited September 4th by Vandy

@Count Dooku:

Would you be interested in trying Halo CE LASO? At least to start with. I'm not sure even I would have the patience to go through all of the campaigns LASO.

Or anyone else? Unfortunately Halo CE only allows two-player co-op.

These are the active skulls and stipulations:

Black Eye - Your shields only recharge when you melee enemies.
Boom - Explosions have twice the damage radius.
Fog - The motion tracker is disabled.
Eye Patch - Auto aim features disabled for all weapons.
Foreign - Players cannot pick up or use Covenant weapons.
Famine - Weapons dropped by AI have half the ammo they normally would.
Malfunction - Every time you respawn, a random element of your HUD is disabled.
Recession - Every shot is worth twice the ammo.
Grunt Birthday Party - Grunt headshots lead to glorious celebrations.
Grunt Funeral - Grunt bodies explode like plasma grenades.
Iron - Dying in co-op resets you at your last saved checkpoint. Dying solo restarts the level.
Mythic - Enemies have increased health.

...

This may be a terrible idea.

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Oh God, I think the last Halo game I did LASO on was Reach. And after doing that regular legendary seemed so easy. I'm not sure I would have the patience honestly. Halo 1 is already probably the hardest Halo game to beat on legendary lol.

Posted December 22nd, 2016 by Q
Q
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Most seem to agree that Halo 2 is the most difficult to LASO from what I have been reading. What scares me most about CE LASO is no plasma weapons, meaning no plasma pistols to drain Elite shields.

Posted December 22nd, 2016 by Vandy
Vandy

Yeah I think I am in the middle of a Legendary run on Halo 2 in MCC that I stopped once halo 5 came out. I should get back to that.



Edited December 22nd, 2016 by Q
Q
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Count_Dooku and I began the great journey last night. We made it through the first level without much trouble. Level 2, Halo, was more challenging, especially the first standoff with all of the Covenant dropships, but once we got past that it wasn't too bad. Unfortunately MCC decided to crash during the last standoff in the rocks so we lost about an hour of progress since you can't save level progress during co-op. At one point we had it down to about three remaining enemies to finish the level but I was hunted down by a blue elite and smacked to death.

Edited January 4th by Vandy
Vandy

I'm not looking forward to doing that first tower again!

I noticed there seems to be some kind of... input lag, for lack of a better description, on my end. Makes getting accurate headshots with the pistol a real pain. Which really sucks when every bullet counts for two!

Posted January 4th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

Oh that's not good. Maybe my connection. I have experienced the same thing while not hosting a lobby of MCC campaign.

Posted January 4th by Vandy
Vandy

I've been reading that it's a known issue with co-op in MCC. There's not much in the way of a fix.

I'll probably get used to it/learn to compensate for it as we keep going.

Posted January 4th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

@Count Dooku:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVzgXJ06qNc
Here's a good guide to Truth and Reconciliation. I think we need to try and get more kills with the assault rifle and meleeing to conserve sniper ammo.

Posted January 5th by Vandy
Vandy

I've been avoiding the AR mainly because everything has so much health and shooting it exposes you longer than just pop-shotting with the sniper/pistol. But sniper ammo definitely became an issue as it went on.

I'll give this a better look later. I definitely think staying in the canyon area is our best bet once we get to the gravity lift.

Posted January 5th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

Also those sword elites are going to be suuuper fun with my input lag

Posted January 5th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

You could host this time around. I'm just afraid it may jeopardize the playlist progress. That's just because I am paranoid with the MCC.

Posted January 5th by Vandy
Vandy

Worst case I can grab the camo and hide. Some of those side halls are pretty long if you can get into them.

I wouldn't mind trying to host, but you might just end up with my problem!

As for playlist progress, I notice my playlist has progressed two maps since we started. So I think it would do the same for you.

Edited January 5th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

That camo appears to be important for transitioning into the next area without much trouble. Same for the camo that got us into trouble last night, haha.

Posted January 5th by Vandy
Vandy

Ah well, we'll figure something out after the 10th retry

Posted January 5th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

I think you're missing a few zeros there.

Posted January 6th by Vandy
Vandy

@Count_Dooku:

Think you can try again tonight?

Posted January 13th by Vandy
Vandy

Probably not :( Expecting company to show up around 8.

Posted January 13th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

@Count Dooku:

Silent Cartographer tonight?

Posted February 3rd by Vandy
Vandy

Hey man,

Not sure. Already made a commitment to playing something else. What time did you have in mind? Will you be around tomorrow?

Posted February 3rd by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

Likely pretty late. 9 or 10.

Same goes for tomorrow but maybe around 8.

Posted February 3rd by Vandy
Vandy

We'll get it one way or the other then. I'll let you know later if I'm available.

Posted February 3rd by Count Dooku
Count Dooku



Posted February 3rd by Vandy
Vandy

@Count Dooku:

Library tonight?

Posted March 3rd by Vandy
Vandy

@Vandy:

I'm heading out of town for the weekend. Perhaps next weekend, or sometime during the week?

Posted March 3rd by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

I will be out of town next weekend, I think. Maybe sometime next week.

Posted March 3rd by Vandy
Vandy

@Count Dooku:

How about tonight? Last day of class for me. :D I can hear the flood theme now.

Posted March 10th by Vandy
Vandy

Tonight it is.

I'll take the flood theme over alien beep-boop noises.

Posted March 10th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

@Vandy:

What time?

Posted March 10th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

I have to take a final. I would hope by 9:30 at the latest. But maybe earlier depending on how it goes.

Posted March 10th by Vandy
Vandy

What time are you guys planning on playing? I could join if you want a 3rd wheel.

Posted March 10th by Q
Q
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CE only allows two player co-op unfortunately. We could set a date to continue our Halo 5 co-op though.

Posted March 10th by Vandy
Vandy

Ok, no worries. I'll just keep playing BotW then lol.

Posted March 10th by Q
Q
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@Count Dooku:

can you LASO tonight?

Posted March 31st by Vandy
Vandy

@Vandy:

I'm not sure. I'll let you know.

If not, are you going to be around Saturday night?

Posted March 31st by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

Yes I think so.

Posted March 31st by Vandy
Vandy

I can definitely be around Saturday, I'll shoot you a message on skype tonight if I'm around.

Posted March 31st by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

Okay. FYI:

Terminal respiratory secretions (or simply terminal secretions), known colloquially as a death rattle, are sounds often produced by someone who is near death as a result of fluids such as saliva and bronchial secretions accumulating in the throat and upper chest.

Posted March 31st by Vandy
Vandy

So Flood noises?

Posted March 31st by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

I suppose so but I was referencing Keyes's [yells in pain then a death rattle]

Edited March 31st by Vandy
Vandy

Overly descriptive subtitles are the best kind

Posted March 31st by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

@Count Dooku: internet is dead at the moment. Sorry

Posted April 1st by Vandy
Vandy

Shame, let me know if it comes back!

Posted April 1st by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

Well it came back on at some point last night but I had already fallen asleep. And friday the power went out around the same time.

Posted April 2nd by Vandy
Vandy

@Count Dooku:

Library friday or saturday night? I want to try the new Beam streaming feature.

Posted April 26th by Vandy
Vandy

@Vandy:

Sure, whichever works best for you. Just let me know.

Posted April 26th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

I just realized it sounds like we're meeting up to study in a quiet, peaceful library. But it's anything but a peaceful library ...



Edited April 26th by Vandy
Vandy

@Count Dooku:

Here's a LASO guide to Two Betrayals. There's a useful despawn trick towards the beginning of the level but it appears we'll have to fight through most of the level.



Posted May 8th by Vandy
Vandy

@Count Dooku:

Are you available this weekend?

Posted June 30th by Vandy
Vandy

@Count Dooku:

I know you're a big star now after the success of Cooking with Dooku, but can you pencil anything in for the near future?

Posted July 7th by Vandy
Vandy

@Vandy:

I can cancel my scheduled appointment with Moonray and make room for you.

Saturday night? Sunday night?

Posted July 7th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

It would actually have to be tonight because it's one of the rare weekends when some of my family is visiting. I wouldn't want to upset Moonray though. I heard he killed a guy for less.

Posted July 7th by Vandy
Vandy

Any availability during next week/weekend?

I miiiiight be available tonight but I kinda doubt it. If I am I'll let you know.


Posted July 7th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

I will be available next saturday night. I have time for matchmaking during the week but for LASO purposes only saturday night.

Posted July 7th by Vandy
Vandy

@Count Dooku:

Not sure what your work schedule is like but I'm not working this friday if you have any time during the day. Night time likely available too.

Posted August 2nd by Vandy
Vandy

I'm an 8-5 M-F guy, but my Friday night should be free too.

Posted August 2nd by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

Here is the epic sticky denial. The music almost seems orchestrated for this moment in particular.
https://streamable.com/jx1d0

Edited August 12th by Vandy
Vandy

@Count Dooku:

Posted August 12th by Vandy
Vandy

Haha, that's great how the music goes with it. Was such a horrible feeling, because I thought he'd missed me at first but then I noticed the blue haze on the side of my screen...

Posted August 12th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

@Count_Dooku: up for starting Halo 2 LASO today? I've got some time.

Posted August 27th by Vandy
Vandy

@Vandy:

I sent you an alert earlier but I'm not sure it went through.

Unfortunately not really available today. Been working on getting some things in order for the move.

Posted August 27th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

@Count Dooku: will be free tonight if you are able

Posted September 3rd by Vandy
Vandy

After a long hiatus, I am defo getting an Xbone X later this year. If you need a fourth player for LASO runs on another title, I will be down.

Posted September 3rd by Arch
Arch
 

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For sure. We're only on Halo 2 now which only allows two players but once we get to Halo 3 and 4 we can do up to four players.

Posted September 3rd by Vandy
Vandy

Well, judging by your 7 month CE playthrough, I can afford to wait.

That works for me. And you're in luck. I've done Halo 3 LASO solo before (albeit some time ago), and rinsed Legendary a thousand times on my own when I didn't have Live for a year. Still have all the weapon locations and enemy order memorised.

I haven't played MCC yet, but I imagine the greater fidelity and 60 fps will assist.

You doing ODST as well?

Edited September 4th by Arch
Arch
 

@Vandy:

I've got company this weekend, but I should be free all next weekend if you're around.

Posted September 4th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

Yeah I should be able to find some time.

@Arch:

It took a long time but mostly due to scheduling conflicts. Dooku and I seem to be on opposite schedules a lot of the time. With work and school I can really only afford to do LASO on the weekends since it can take several hours to complete a level. That and we had several technical issues along the way that would wipe away hours of play time. I would estimate that we lost around ten hours of time to disconnects.

What time zone are you in?

Posted September 4th by Vandy
Vandy

UTC/GMT (time zone of time zones). So forward 5 or 8 hours from EST or PST respectively.

It took a long time but mostly due to scheduling conflicts. Dooku and I seem to be on opposite schedules a lot of the time. With work and school I can really only afford to do LASO on the weekends since it can take several hours to complete a level. That and we had several technical issues along the way that would wipe away hours of play time. I would estimate that we lost around ten hours of time to disconnects.

Fair enough. I'd prefer it took a while, because then you don't start without me!

I've had to reset a lot of Vidmaster challenges over the years because of disconnects, but ten hours? Christ.

I'll happily do Fridays/Saturdays, as I can't stay up past my bedtime without too much duress.

Posted September 4th by Arch
Arch
 

Yes well, we disconnected four hours into Truth & Reconciliation (most difficult level for CE LASO imo) and another chunk of time lost during the Library when Dooku's power went out briefly due to a storm. Aside from those major losses we had a disconnect at the end of the second level (Halo) right before getting onto the pelican to finish the level. And a few other restarts due to poor ammo management or level breaking.

I'm in Central time and I think Dooku just moved to Pacific time.

Edited September 4th by Vandy
Vandy

@Vandy:

Are you going to be around tonight? I'd be down to start Halo 2.

Posted September 9th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

@Count Dooku:

Well shoot UFC 215 is tonight until around midnight probably. But that's only around 10pm your time right? I may be willing to give it a go depending on how long the event lasts. I don't know how long Cairo Station will take.

We actually need to beat the first two levels to avoid playlist glitches but the second level can be done pretty quickly.

Posted September 9th by Vandy
Vandy

@Count Dooku:

Does tonight or tomorrow night work better for you?

Posted September 15th by Vandy
Vandy

@Vandy:

Unfortunately neither. I'm out of town this weekend and packing for the move next.

After that I expect my schedule will be a lot more open, as I won't be traveling as much.

Posted September 15th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku



Posted September 15th by Vandy
Vandy

I am willing to play reach.

Posted September 15th by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

That's the only Halo I don't have currently.

Posted September 15th by Vandy
Vandy

If I could gift it like steam I would. How much does it go for digitally?

Posted September 15th by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

$20

You could just buy MCC for for cheaper.

Edited September 15th by Vandy
Vandy

@Count Dooku:



Posted October 14th by Vandy
Vandy

Wasn't halo reach free with GWG a while back? I hope we get a remaster of that in in a few years. It had the best UI and customization.

Posted October 14th by Q
Q
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I don't think Reach was ever on GWG. Halo 3 was.

I don't think I want any more Halo remasters until we have another significant increase of power. Halo 1 and 2 look significantly better with their remasters. I don't think 3-forward would benefit as much with a remaster at this point. It would be more of a polishing than a full fledged remaster as 1 and 2 were.

Posted October 14th by Vandy
Vandy

Actually it was on GWG in September 2014, so it's been a few years.

Could you imagine Halo Reach running 1080p at 60fps? That alone is worth a remaster imo.

Posted October 14th by Q
Q
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Oh you're right. Too bad I didn't grab it.

Could you imagine Halo Reach running 1080p at 60fps? That alone is worth a remaster imo.


I can because Halo 3 got that treatment in the MCC. Admittedly, it is nice.

However, if it comes down to getting a 1080p 60fps remaster today or getting the all-out anniversary treatment that Halo 1 and 2 received 5+ years down the road, I would rather wait for that.

Posted October 16th by Vandy
Vandy

I agree, I would rather have a full blown Anniversary treatment for reach rather than a improved port. I think the XBOXONE has enough power to handle something like that, plus there might be a new XBOX coming out in a few years that could give even more power towards a remaster.

Posted October 16th by Q
Q
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@Count Dooku:

So after doing some research I may have found out some information on how the checkpoints work and why we weren't getting them. Due to the black eye skull, if either of our shields are not full, this can prevent the game from thinking we are "safe" and so a checkpoint will not trigger. So we need to try and have full shields upon entering a new section to trigger checkpoints.

Posted October 17th by Vandy
Vandy

Wow. That's interesting (and concerning!). Almost adds another layer of difficulty to the whole thing. I wonder if that's why it finally gave us a checkpoint before the first hangar bay.

Posted October 18th by Count Dooku
Count Dooku

I'm seeing conflicting reports on it but it's something to try. It shouldn't be too difficult as there is usually a destructible environment piece available that we could save for this purpose. And once we get a room down to two enemies we can make sure each of us gets a melee kill. One kill restores the base shield to 100% I think.

Posted October 18th by Vandy
Vandy

@Count Dooku:



I see you looking on in horror from a distance lol

Posted October 22nd by Vandy
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