If you are new to playing Halo Infinite, this guide is for you. Even if you have played other first-person shooter games, Halo Infinite may have some confusing elements. The Halo series has always had unique features that make the player form special strategies, so let’s talk about three basics of what you should know. These are the Halo Infinite Multiplayer Basics.
Know Your Health and Shields
In all Halo games, your life is split between health and energy shields, with your energy shields being your first line of defense. Because you’re a cybernetic warrior in a futuristic suit of armor, this makes sense. The distinction between these two life gauges matters for getting kills and for not getting killed. The role of your shield is to protect you from headshots. You deal maximum damage on any shot before the shield breaks. A foot shot will deal the same damage as a headshot until your shield breaks.
Once your shield is depleted, you’ll see an electrical burst on screen. Now, only your health remains. You will be vulnerable to headshots from precision weapons which will instantly kill you. In the next section, we will talk about weapon types and which are most effective for shields and health. Once your shield is depleted, staying out of fire will eventually replenish your health and shield completely. You’ll be like new!
Know your Weapon Types
For beginners in Halo Infinite, it’s important to know the main weapon types and what they are effective for. Kinetic, Plasma, Shock, and Hardlight.
These are your basic human weapon such as the Assault Rifle and the Battle Rifle. these weapons are most effective at takin down enemies who their shields are gone or low.
These weapons are the neon alien weapons and are extremely effective at lowering shields. Once you lower the shields, however, dropping the enemies health to zero may take twice as long. For this reason, these weapons are best paired with kinetic weapons and precision weapons capable of getting headshots. Examples of plasma weapons include the Pulse Carbine and the Plasma Pistol.
A new addition to the series, shock weapons are more effective at lowering shield, but are also cable of making quick kills with headshots. Their most unique feature is their chain effect that they can produce. If enemies are close together, one player being shot by a shock weapon will share the electricity with others, harming multiple enemies in the process. Shock weapons include the Shock Rifle, Disruptor, and the Dynamo grenades.
The array of hard light weapons has recently expanded in the Halo universe. These weapons include the Sentinel Beam, the Cindershot, and the Heatwave. These weapons are overall powerful, capable to tearing through shields and health, but have unique firing modes that require either skill or luck to land hits.
In Halo, “precision” weapons are a sort-of umbrella and sub-category of weapons. They are any gun that can scope and can get headshots. For instance, an Assault Rifle in Halo Infinite can scope in, but aiming at an opponents head will never land you an instant-kill headshot.
Know Your Movement
The Halo series features a lot of modern movement conventions, but there are still basics and specifics we should cover to get ready for Halo Infinite Multiplayer.
In Halo, all movement is tracked on your radar. The enemy does not have to shoot, run, or throw a grenade to be seen on your sensors. The only except is with crouching! Simply crouch walking can allow you to sneak up on enemies who do not have you in their field of vision. Also, grenades are not specially indicated on your HUD or your sensors in anyway – you simply have to keep a look out!
Crouching and Clambering
Since the previous Halo game, clambering and sliding have been default abilities. When pressing forward, you will automatically grab and clamber up walls a little taller than your head as well as make jumps just a little farther away than your feet can land.
As mentioned above, you are able to crouch. This prevents players from seeing you on their radar. Pressing the same button while running will enable a slide into a crouch and pressing the button mid-jump allows you to perform a crouch jump. This will raise your legs up while keeping your head in the same position. This is a useful maneuver to keep momentum without clambering.
Now that you know the Halo Infinite Multiplayer Basics, get out there and test your skills! Also, check out everything in the new Season to be ready.