Best ways to get experience in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary on PC

Halo: Combat Evolved
Halo: Combat Evolved (Image credit: 343 Industries)

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary has arrived on the PC platform as part of The Master Chief Collection, and with it came a brand new game to play to level up and unlock armor pieces for Halo: Reach (Combat Evolved doesn't have customizable armor). On top of this, recent changes made to The Master Chief Collection have also made it possible to earn significantly more experience in multiplayer matches than you could before. Here are the three best ways you can take advantage of those new opportunities while playing Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.

Play Big Team Battle

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Halo: Combat Evolved

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One of the best ways that you can ensure you get heaps of experience in every match you play is to play Big Team Battle. This 8v8 playlist has matches that are longer than normal ones, but they generally also give players more opportunities to earn medals, which directly translate to experience points. Power weapons and vehicles can help get players get huge killing sprees if the people using them play smart, and since the Magnum in Combat Evolved has such a quick time-to-kill, flanking a team with it (or just being a crack shot) can result in large multikills.

When using a vehicle like the Scorpion or the Warthog, you'll want to always stay moving in it since players will be able to snipe you out easily if you stay still. When you have a power weapon like the Rocket Launcher, Fuel Rod Gun, or Sniper Rifle, try to stay hidden and then surprise large groups of players. Ambushing vehicles headed towards your team is also a great play to make.

Stick with and assist your teammates

Halo: Combat Evolved

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Another great way that you can get a lot of experience in Combat Evolved Anniversary's multiplayer is to always fight with and assist your teammates. You can get lots of assist medals for weakening an enemy player that your team finishes off, and teammates weakening enemies for you can help you get multikills.

Another way that working with your team helps you get experience comes with the increased chance of surviving engagements with the other team. There's strength in numbers, and while you don't get any experience for simply surviving, being alive does mean you'll have more opportunities to assist teammates and kill enemies. You can't earn medals if you're stuck in the respawn screen all of the time, so living longer will only help you.

Focus on the objective

Halo: Combat Evolved

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Whenever your match has an objective, such as a flag to steal or defend or a hill to capture, playing with, in, and around those objectives can give you a ton of medals. While chasing kills away from the objective might be tempting, you'll get more experience overall if you stick near the objective and kill enemies trying to control it or take it away from you.

When playing Capture The Flag, you can get lots of experience for either capturing flags yourself or defending your own from assailants. Killing enemies trying to kill your flag carrier will also get you some extra medals as well. In King of the Hill, it's best to either stay in the hill yourself and capture it or stick close to the outside of it and attack enemy players trying to take hold of it from your team. Finally, in Oddball, you'll want to make sure that you hold the Oddball whenever you can to accumulate points for your team. If you can't, defending your team's Oddball carrier or killing the other team's is the next best way to play the objective.

Your thoughts

What are some other ways you've been able to get a lot of experience in your matches? Let us know in the comments.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is available for $10 on Steam and the Windows 10 Store. You can also get access to it by purchasing the full Master Chief Collection, which is available on Steam, the Windows 10 Store, and Xbox One.

Brendan Lowry

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