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No Easy Way Out achievement in Halo MCC

No Easy Way Out

Halo 4: Survive Spartan Miller (Ep.5 Ch.1) of Spartan Ops on Heroic or Legendary.

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How to unlock the No Easy Way Out achievement

  • LostMantella9LostMantella9
    16 Jan 2015 16 Jan 2015
    This achievement can be confusing, so I thought i'd explain how I got it Solo Heroic.
    First off this achievement is on Episode 5, Chapter 1 "Spartan Millar" and it must be done on Heroic or Legendary

    You're allowed to die as many times as you want, even though the achievement description says "survive"

    You're also allowed to lose 1 of the generators you defend, But not both!

    Now first things first, clear out all the enemies until you have to activate 2 buttons on the ground, as soon as you activate these 2 buttons you are going to have to defend those points from taking damage. After you activate the first button a couple of crawlers will spawn, kill them before activating the second button, then activate the second button.

    Now the defend section goes by Time NOT waves of enemies killed. The defend section goes for about 5 minutes and you will hear dialogue ever couple of minutes to know your progressing.

    What I find easiest, is to kill all the enemies in the first wave but 2! Keep 2 enemies alive and distract them as best as you can for 5 mins, keeping 2 enemies alive stops the next wave from spawning. I recommend you keep 2 knights alive but crawlers work too. To distract the knights, try shooting near them or there head (Not to much that you kill them, just enough to get there attention) if one of them starts punching your generator, try push against him to get him off and shooting at him a little. I find I always lose 1 generator but never both using this strategy and i die every 10 seconds or so, everytime you die just sprint back and try get there attention again.

    Now after you successful defend your new objective will be to press a 3rd button DO NOT PRESS THIS BUTTON until you've popped the achievement, you have too clear out all the enemies then go down to where you were defending the generators and another wave will spawn and another and another... I was killing wave after wave downstairs for about 20-30mins, it honestly seems endless but isn't, after you kill the last wave your achievement should pop before pressing the 3rd button.

    I hope this helps out some people, of course this can be done co-op too and is probably easier :)

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    Rock Is SpongeWorked thanks!
    Didn't pop for heroic but it did pop when I did it on legendary
    Posted by Rock Is Sponge On 27 Nov 22 at 17:52
    Morning CoffeeeFor anyone else struggling with this achievement...

    See that part where LostMantella9 says DO NOT PRESS THE 3rd BUTTON??
    Well he means it. You can die as many times as you like and still get this achievement, but what you MUST NOT DO is press that 3rd button (the one that Dr. Leslie Boyd tells you to push after the "Defend the Sensors" portion of the mission is complete).

    This achievement is called "No Easy Way Out" -- as MrBubbles451 says in the other solution below, the "easy way out" is to press the 3rd button, which will stop more enemy reinforcements from arriving. The achievement description is to "Survive Spartan Miller (Ep.5 Ch.1) of Spartan Ops on Heroic or Legendary", and this means continuing to kill (and be killed by) wave after wave of Prometheans until the game gets tired of spawning them -- no pressing Dr. Boyd's button that Dr. Ruiz says will stop the Prometheans from continuing to show up. This achievement will pop once you defeat the last wave of Prometheans that the game sends at you -- you don't actually need to finish the level, OR press the 3rd button.

    Contrary to some of the other solutions and comments, I can 100% confirm that it IS necessary to save at least one of the sensors from being destroyed. If both sensors are destroyed, you will actually FAIL the mission, and will be returned to the title menu.

    However, even on Legendary, getting the Prometheans to destroy both sensors before the "Defend Sensors" portion of the mission ends (5 to 6 minutes after activating the second sensor) is actually fairly difficult. I played through the mission on Legendary multiple times without shooting any Prometheans at all during the "Defend Sensors" section (I literally hid the entire time), and it took 3 tries for the Sensors to both be destroyed within the 5 - 6 minute window. Even then, the Prometheans BARELY made it. It seems that killing or distracting even a few enemies is enough to prevent both sensors from being destroyed -- they will definitely get one sensor, but most of the time the defense window closes before they can take out the second.

    Hopefully this helps anyone still tracking down MCC achievements in 2023. This is one of my favorite missions in Spartan Ops -- no matter how many times I play through it, Roland being a dick to Spartan Miller never seems to get old...
    Posted by Morning Coffeee On 21 Feb at 05:07
    MeatwarePerfectly put together guide 👏👏 FYI for anyone still attempting this after June 2023, you can use the bandana and acrophobia skull.
    Posted by Meatware On 04 Jul at 20:31
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  • MrBubbles451MrBubbles451
    12 Jan 2015 01 Feb 2015 13 Aug 2017
    Though the other solution is great, it says you need to keep at least one of the two generators from being destroyed. I got this achievement on MCC and Halo 4 and lost BOTH generators both times.

    Feel free to ignore the generators and when the objective tells you to push the button in the tower, DO NOT PUSH IT. Just keep killing, and killing, and killing. It seems like it will never end but it does. Voila! Achievement unlocked!

    The title says, No Easy Way Out. The button is the easy way out. The generators have nothing to do with it as far as I know.

    Note: This may only work solo. In the comments, someone said losing both generators while playing co-op fails the mission.
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    GamePadZebbyFrom the information provided, it seems that maybe you have to keep one generator alive until the button appears (time based) after which the generators dying no longer triggers a mission failure
    Posted by GamePadZebby On 25 Sep 19 at 11:07
    Lurid RequiemManaged to unlock this achievement as of December 8th, 2020. Keeping one generator alive long enough for that button to show up is all you have to do. Continue clearing out the seemingly endless enemies until they finally stop spawning and it'll pop.

    Did this on Heroic with 145 kills and 19 deaths.
    Posted by Lurid Requiem On 08 Dec 20 at 16:21
    Brett Holte10This solution worked well solo. I was able to keep one generator alive and after 167 kills the achievement popped.
    Posted by Brett Holte10 On 21 Jul 22 at 02:41
  • Morning CoffeeeMorning Coffeee
    21 Feb 2023 21 Feb 2023 21 Feb 2023
    For anyone else struggling with this achievement...

    See that part where LostMantella9 says DO NOT PRESS THE 3rd BUTTON??
    Well he means it. You can die as many times as you like and still get this achievement, but what you MUST NOT DO is press that 3rd button (the one that Dr. Leslie Boyd tells you to push after the "Defend the Sensors" portion of the mission is complete).

    This achievement is called "No Easy Way Out" -- as MrBubbles451 says in the other solution below, the "easy way out" is to press the 3rd button, which will stop more enemy reinforcements from arriving. The achievement description is to "Survive Spartan Miller (Ep.5 Ch.1) of Spartan Ops on Heroic or Legendary", and this means continuing to kill (and be killed by) wave after wave of Prometheans until the game gets tired of spawning them -- no pressing Dr. Boyd's button that Dr. Ruiz says will stop the Prometheans from continuing to show up. This achievement will pop once you defeat the last wave of Prometheans that the game sends at you -- you don't actually need to finish the level, OR press the 3rd button.

    Contrary to some of the other solutions and comments, I can 100% confirm that it IS necessary to save at least one of the sensors from being destroyed. If both sensors are destroyed, you will actually FAIL the mission, and will be returned to the title menu.

    However, even on Legendary, getting the Prometheans to destroy both sensors before the "Defend Sensors" portion of the mission ends (5 to 6 minutes after activating the second sensor) is actually fairly difficult. I played through the mission on Legendary multiple times without shooting any Prometheans at all during the "Defend Sensors" section (I literally hid the entire time), and it took 3 tries for the Sensors to both be destroyed within the 5 - 6 minute window. Even then, the Prometheans BARELY made it. It seems that killing or distracting even a few enemies is enough to prevent both sensors from being destroyed -- they will definitely get one sensor, but most of the time the defense window closes before they can take out the second.

    Hopefully this helps anyone still tracking down MCC achievements in 2023. This is one of my favorite missions in Spartan Ops -- no matter how many times I play through it, Roland being a dick to Spartan Miller never seems to get old...
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