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There are a maximum of 25 Halo: Spartan Assault (WP) achievements (20 without DLC) worth 570 (250)

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Vidmaster Challenge in Halo: Spartan Assault (WP)

Vidmaster Challenge41 (15)

This is a rare achievementComplete Operation E, Mission 1 with the Hollow and Black Eye Skulls active

  • Unlocked by 1,071 tracked gamers (14% - TA Ratio = 2.70) 7,878  

Achievement Guide for Vidmaster Challenge

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Yin
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Yin
Achievement won on 20 Jul 13
TA Score for this game: 570
Posted on 21 July 13 at 06:33
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This achievement can be tedious, but anyone can unlock it with a bit of patience and practice. Note that you only need to complete the level, not earn gold. This allows you the freedom of taking it slow without worrying about squiring loads of points along the way.

This walkthrough will be centered around the idea that you are willing to spend 1,500 XP (earned by completing missions and challenges) points to use the sniper and autosentry during this mission to make this achievement a cake walk. This solution works without the handicap, but it certainly makes things significantly easier and less frustrating. If you need XP, grind out of a few challenges or work on other achievements until you have worked up enough experience points to purchase one or both of the listed upgrades.

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From the main menu, start the game and navigate to operation and mission E-1. On the inventory screen, be sure that you enable the Hollow and Black Eye skulls. The Hollow skull forces death upon the loss of your shields, while the Black Eye skull requires you to melee in order to regenerate shields. If you are moving forward with purchasing the sniper and autosentry upgrades, do so now on this menu. My personal recommendation is to replace the pistol with the sniper rifle and keep your SMGs to help kill the flying drones fairly early on.

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If and once you have purchased these upgrades and started the mission, you may restart as many times as you wish and retain the upgrades that you have spent. You only lose your upgrades once you abort or complete the mission, so if you feel like your run has gone terribly, do not be afraid to restart.

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From the start, proceed north until you find an unoccupied Shade turret. Directly north of this position, there are two grunt minors, an elite minor, and a Shade turret. Jump into the Shade turret next to you and pick the opposition off from afar (any damage you take while in the Shade only damages the vehicle, not your shields.

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After those enemies have been dealt with, proceed north, but stop before the choke-point where the enemy Shade you destroyed is located. Directly north of here, four flying drones will spawn. Once you hear (or see them) fall south a few steps and let the three marines block any shots you might take, while using your SMGs to deal with them. If your shields aren't at least three-quarters of the way, it's advised that you restart, simply to give yourself some breathing room later on.

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Switch to your sniper and follow the cliff around to the west carefully and pay close attention to the three camo sword elites that will engage you. One sniper shot will dispatch each one. If any of your three marines are killed during this encounter, do not fret. As you continue to follow around the cliff clockwise, you will spot another shade turret and a few grunt minors. There will be a path to the left of that shade, that heads north.

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Dispatch any of the grunts attempt to attack you with your SMG, and run north with your sniper equipped for a camo elite that will attack you. A Wraith tank will be seated or occupied at the top of this path; run up to one of the three dots and press the interact button to hop in or hijack the Wraith.

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Use this newly commandeered vehicle to destroy the Wraith to the east, as well as the ghost and shade turret found to the south. Continue to clear the way by eliminating the grunts to the north and camo elites that are hidden along the north-eastern side of the area (you may need to Wraith bomb to kill Elite through the trees).

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Once you are confident that all camo elites have been dealt with, exit your Wraith and proceed on foot with your sniper to the north-east until you encounter another group of enemies. This encounter pits your against three grunt minors, three elite minors, and a Shade turret. Using the comfort of the tree, wait until the Shade has fired, then jump out and place your Sentry, then run back into the trees to safety (you may wish to use the sniper to knock a few out. The sentry should take care of a majority of the smaller units, leaving the Shade. Again, wait for the Shade to fire, then jump out and put a few sniper rounds on it until it blows up.

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Continue north to your objective, then fall south a bit. A large elite force will spawn near the shield to the west of the Phantom. Using a placed sentry turret as a guide, aim your sniper off screen to pick off the elites from this last encounter. Be sure to watch for the few sword elites who may sneak through the defenses. Continue shooting random rounds into the general area, placing the sentry to provide additional support. If you are getting rushed, fall south to protect yourself. Feel free to use all of your ammo, as this is the final encounter.

After you have dispatched all of the elites, the mission will complete and your achievement will unlock!

Here is a video of the run I made on my Surface tablet. It was filmed using XSplit screen capture (hence the watermark), and unfortunately has no sound, but it does walk you through my steps clearly, and shows you what to look out for. If you find yourself still having trouble, please leave a comment and I will try my best to help you and modify the solution to better help others.
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