A bunch of Halo 3 players pulled together a team up to help one player get one last achievement before the servers finally shut down for good.
On January 13, 2022 the servers for pretty much every Halo game on Xbox 360 will be shutting down permanently. That includes Halo: Reach, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4 though interestingly it won’t include the twin stick shooter Halo: Spartan Assault and the RTS Halo Wars.
As such many fans have rushed back to play these old games for one last hurrah. True, they could head to the Master Chief Collection to play some of these games, but for some it just isn’t the same when you’re not holding the classic 360 controller or looking at 1152×640 resolution.
Among these players are the Hidden Reach, a group of players that run a YouTube channel dedicated to teaching players about the useful hiding spots in various maps. As spotted by Windows Central, a video posted by the group to Twitter featured an encounter with a player looking to get one final Halo 3 multiplayer achievement.
The player, gamertag Fishy956, wanted to get the “Two for One” achievement before the servers shut down, dooming them to a grayed out cheevo in their ledger forever. “Two for One” requires a player to kill two players with a single shot from the Spartan Laser while in a ranked Free-for-All (FFA) playlist.
While in the pre-game lobby, Fishy956 asked whether the players would be willing to to help him get the achievement, by allowing him to kill them with the Spartan Laser. The Hidden Reach players agreed and once the match loaded, they lined up in a straight line so that Fishy956 could easily fire the laser through them all.
After he got the achievement and the match ended, Fishy956 thanked everyone in the post-game lobby profusely. “Yes! Thank you so much man, I appreciate that. I really do,” he 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.”
It’s a wholesome moment of Halo fans working together to accomplish the things they want to before the sun finally sets on their favorite games. And also a wonderful reminder that while there are certainly plenty of instances of toxicity and negativity in online gaming, there are also plenty of folks willing to help another.
As stated above, the matchmaking servers for the original Halo 3, Halo: Reach, Halo 3: ODST and Halo 4 are permanently going down on January 13, 2022. You can continue to play those games in their modern incarnation as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection (MCC) on Xbox One and Xbox Series consoles, as well as on PC.