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Halo 4 Weekly Challenges: Spartan Ops January 7th 2012
Posted on January 07, 2013 by Drew Bergmark

Halo 4 has been out for two months now and I've been studying how the game play from a casual and competitive perspective. For those of you who don't know, I'm very much into playing with both scenes and one factor that seemed to merge and work with both in Bungie's last game in the franchise introduced in-game challenges. Back in Reach, There were four daily challenges and one weekly challenge. That's completely changed this time around as in Halo 4 there are eight weekly challenges, two daily War Games challenges and one monthly War Games challenge. One of the main reason's why I joined the site was to produce Halo 4 content and though I'm super behind on the game this will be my first time around creating a guide for the Spartan Ops challenges this week.

Over the last month, the challenges have just been "kill x enemies 80 times" or 'kill x enemies 15 times in one online game". The Spartan Ops challenges aren't that difficult this week but if you want to collect a quick 4500 XP plus whatever you would earn normally I got your easy guide right here. This week, all of the challenges are setup so you can kill them offline or in Matchmaking. I'll be explaining which ones will be easiest for you to tackle depending on if you want to earn some extra XP in matchmaking or just play as the lone Spartan of Crimson squad taking down anything that comes your way.

To get prepped for the release of the last five episodes, 343 has been reprising each episode on legendary difficulty. This week, episode four is up and the best chapter to get all of the challenges this week is chapter two. Taking place on the remake of Vahalla which is now called Ragnarok, chapter two Rally Point spawns you in the middle towards the end of the canyon. Simply run towards the base closest to the water and follow the objectives then take out 43 crawler, 7 watchers & 4 knights. If you play with four players, an additional Knight Commander will spawn in. One run through should last 8 minutes if you don't take your time going through the level. Always remember to be as confident going into battle as your online teammates aren't going to wait for you to take the shot. As playing online, you'd have to divide the kills between allies so this would take quite a while but unfortunately chapter two is the quickest way if you want to get the challenges through matchmaking

If you are looking to just jump in an offline game, I'd suggest episode five on chapter two. With the potential of picking up 61 crawler, 19 watchers and 19 knights (20 if you play with 4 players), there is no excuse not to play this chapter to pick up the easy 5k in less than 10 minutes. The map is forerunner base in the middle of the forest on Requiem. For those inexperienced players, you'll definately want to play this mission on normal for your hardest difficulty especially if you are playing by yourself. It's a small map and with over 30 enemies on the map at one time it can get really overwhelming very quickly if you don't know how to handle yourself very well. After two matches at most, you should be fine.

Just a reminder: if you leave one watcher around while you are taking out a group of knights, the watcher will respawn knights once in a while giving you the chance to get more and more kills. Good luck on your challenge gathering and I'll give you guys hints for the other weekly challenges tomorrow. In the future, I will be posting videos but for right now I'm sticking to writing.

Drew Bergmark - Staff Writer viggo (@) original-gamer.com | all author's articles

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