Halo 3 players help fan get their final achievement before server closure

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With the multiplayer servers for Xbox 360 Halo games shutting down permanently on Jan. 13, 2022, many players have flocked back to the original versions of Halo: Reach, Halo 3, and other titles for one last hurrah. Some of these players include members of the Hidden Reach YouTube channel, which is a group that focuses on teaching the Halo community useful hiding spots in multiplayer maps.

As seen in a video the group posted to Twitter, a member of the group encountered a player in matchmaking named Fishy956 (referred to as "Fishy" from here on out) that needed to get one final Halo 3 multiplayer achievement before the servers shut down. The achievement in question is "Two for One," which requires a player to kill two players with a single Spartan Laser shot while playing in the ranked Free-for-All (FFA) playlist. Since the Spartan Laser is more of an anti-vehicle power weapon and multikills with it are difficult to line up in competitive playlists, this is generally considered one of the hardest achievements in the game.

In the pre-game lobby, Fishy asked the Hidden Reach player as well as the other players if they'd be willing to allow him to kill them with the Spartan Laser so that he could get the achievement. Everyone agreed to help, and after everyone loaded into the match, the players proceeded to line up in a straight line so that Fishy could easily kill them all with one shot.

After Fishy got the achievement and the match ended, he expressed his heartfelt gratitude in the post-game lobby. "Yes! Thank you so much man, I appreciate that. I really do," Fishy said, chuckling. "Bro, that is so kind of you guys, thank you. I thought I wasn't gonna get it, I only had two days left."

Overall, it's awesome to see Halo fans working together to help one of their own get the final achievement they need. It's a good reminder that while instances of negativity and toxicity in multiplayer gaming often dominate discussions and headlines, there are also plenty of gamers out there who are willing to lift each other up.

Note that while matchmaking services for the original Halo 3, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4 are permanently going down on Jan. 13, multiplayer for these titles will continue to be playable in Halo: The Master Chief Collection (MCC). The MCC combines Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4 into one comprehensive package that includes brand new cosmetic unlocks and gameplay features. It's easily one of the best Xbox shooters available.

Brendan Lowry

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