SPOILER WARNING: HALO: REACH WALKTHROUGH for THE PACKAGE
Noble Six lands the Falcon on the extended landing pad. Rejoining Team Noble, Kat is again getting reprimanded for accessing comms she shouldn’t be listening to. As Carter tells her to focus on her work she informs him there’s more shrapnel than transceiver left in the radio.
As she works on it, a voice crackles to life and she hands off the headset to Carter, informing him that the communication is coming over an open (unencrypted) channel. Noble Team is assigned to a priority one Torch-N-Burn mission at Halsey’s installation to protect info that must not fall into the Covenant’s hands.
As the mission starts Noble Six is checking out the outside noting that the number of enemies needs to be thinned out. He has been put in charge of a squad of marines, and they move in quietly toward some Covenant at the position in front of them. Shade Turrets, a Ghost and many Grunts can be seen. The building in the water ahead has some Armor Abilities and a nice Focus Rifle.
Moving into the building I chose the Holographic Decoy and sent on out as a Shade Turret was firing on me. I dropped my Assault Rifle and grabbed a Focus Rifle, and took out three Shade Turret operators, a Grunt in a Ghost and switched to my DMR to take out a Grunt with what looked like a Fuel Rod Gun.
The Focus Rifle and marines seem to do the job as the last of the Grunts falls. I’ve grabbed the fallen Fuel Rod Gun since the Focus Rifle was low when I come upon another Focus Rifle dropped by a Jackal sniper. A marine has grabbed the Ghost and is ready to head out.
I move on… and around the next bend is a Scorpion tank. Hopping in I take out the floating lookout that fires on me. Driving around the corner I’m fired on by a turret and covey on another floating lookout platform. Several Grunts and an Elite are the next thorns, joined by two Ghosts. Now its time to press on. Its hard to lose when you are in the Scorpion.
NEXT OBJECTIVE: Eliminate the anti-air towers so Noble team can airdrop into Sword base
So there’s another Anti-Air tower behemoth, but this time we have a Scorpion tank. Maybe I should take the AA tower out at distance? Seven rounds stop it from firing and then it overloads and explodes.
NEXT OBJECTIVE: Clear out the Sword Base Gate Defense then Regroup with NOBLE Team
Around the next corner heading toward the gate is a floating guard tower, and three Ghosts. Destroy them before moving on. Move past this area beside the building on your left, but don’t advance too far ahead. There are about three Revenants, three or four turrets and a bunch of Banshees. Take them out piece at a time allowing room to retreat if you start to get attacked too heavily. That big tank is powerful but its also a big target. When you get the Revenants and turrets taken out head toward the gate.
NEXT OBJECTIVE: Breach Sword Base with NOBLE Team
Move through the open gate and head uphill toward Sword Base. Take out the Grunts and Elites there. Boy I am glad I kept that Fuel Rod gun – BOOM! BOOM! A couple of grenades, and mop up the remaining Grunts and it was time to move into the base itself. Have to go through Maintenance, and immediately you run into a room full of Jackals and Skirmishers. There are 4 Armor Abilities right next to one another. Out the door past the Armor Abilities there is an Energy Sword on the floor, but make sure to take out the covies first, or you may be on the floor with the sword. Heading up about 3 levels up the stairs and finally into hallways as you continue through maintenance, you come upon another set of 4 Armor Abilities and a door. “Proceed to the coordinates and await further instructions” are your orders at this point.
Through a heavy door into another room with more dead UNSC you are attacked by several Elites, some sporting Active Camouflage. Take out the Engineer floating quietly at the other end of the room to make it a little easier. Making your way to the end of a corridor, DOT, your AI informs you that an unknown UNSC AI with a higher security clearance is giving them revised coordinates. Shortly after a wall section slides away revealing a hidden passage. Team Noble take a tram and ends up in an elevator going deep beneath the surface of Sword Base. Dr Halsey informs them as the elevator is almost at the bottom that they are looking at an artifact neither of human or Convenant construction.